Massage is the most ancient healing practice developed by humans. Long before learning to employ plants and other remedies derived from animals and minerals, human beings used to rely on their own touch or another human's for curative purposes.
There are many records of the importance given to the Massage, which have been handed down to us from all the civilizations that have preceded us. An example among the many are the Romans, well-being enthusiasts who used to assiduously attend the spas, spread all over the Empire.
During the so called "Warring States" period in China, over two thousand years ago, the first theories that will form the foundation of Chinese Traditional Medicine started to take shape and to develop the concepts of meridians, yin-yang and wu-xing, from which Acupuncture, Tuina Massage, Ayurveda in India and Traditional Massage in Thailand derived.
In the West, the advent of Christianity determined a dramatic change in the perception of the Massage, which started to be considered inconsistent with the changed conception of the body and the soul. The human physical expression had been regraded to a "holder" of sinful impulses and to a position of inferiority to the soul. For many centuries the Art of Massage has been looked at with suspicion, if not even condemned as demonic practice, together with all the curative treatments not given by clergymen.
The Renaissance gave a new impetus to the Art of Massage, and the renewed interest in the body care promoted the revival of body manipulation techniques with the aim of improving the phsysical well-being.
Studies of anatomy and the increased knowledge of the physical response to palpation followed, which ledto treatises and manuals that restored dignity to the therapeutic effects of the Massage.
The Holistic Massage pays special attention to the human being in her/his physical, spiritual and psychological entirety.
It does not only aim at gaining balance and restoring the well-being, but above all at preventing tension and stress thus avoiding the blockages that interfere with the harmonic body energy flows causing disease.
The benefits of the Holistic Massage are manifold: although not supported by scientific studies, its evident and undeniable effects are the reason why more and more people choose to entrust themselves to an expert in this field in order to:
The Holistic Massage should be never considered a substitute of the traditional medicine.
It can be seen as its precious ally in the process of rebalancing inner harmony and serenity.
It should be kept clearly in mind that a Holistic Massage Therapist is not a healthcare professional, does not make diagnosis, does not prescribe remedies, either pharmacological and homeopathic.
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