History Of Massage

Published on 13th April 2020

History of massage

The majority of people who want to take our anatomy and phsyiology e-course need it because they are training or want to train to become a complementary therapist of some kind. Many want to become massage therapists. 

The word “Massage” actually comes from France as “Massage” or “Friction of kneading”. There is other translation of the word, originating from other countries such as Latin “Massa” or Greek “Mass?”.

Evidence that massage has been practiced for thousands of years can be found in many ancient civilisations. These include many Asian countries such as China, India and Japan, but also dating back to ancient Egypt. The Tomb of Akmanthor otherwise known as The Tomb of the Physician in Saqqara, Egypt, depicts two men having work done on their feet and hands, which we can only presume is massage. The images are fairly clear to see that this is a method of massage, and the rest of the images in the tomb will back up the thoughts as it is full of other depictions of practices. The tomb was not named “The Tomb of the Physician” due to Akmanthor being a physician, as he was not. It was named this because of the interesting scenes of medical practices on the tomb walls. This information proves that massage has been practiced for a tremendous amount of time, and still to this day people still want to undergo the process of relaxation through massage, using techniques that have been refined, and tested throughout many years.

In today’s world, massage is ever growing and becoming more popular every day. In China, massage has continued to grow and is now part of essential health care training. It is being widely practiced in medical schools and hospitals. In other countries such as the United States, the massage therapy industry is continuously growing, and as of 2009, around $4-$6 million is spent on the treatment.


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