The use of massage as a healing practice can be found in historical records as far back as 3000 BCE in India. As part of the practice of Ayurveda Medicine, massage was prescribed to heal injuries, relieve pain as well a curative and preventative for illness due to its health benefits to the body.
Indirectly related to the alignment of the Chakras, massage was seen as a sacred system to realign and balance the body. The notion was put forth that all maladies, mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual were the result of an imbalance of the energy centers.
The Chakras described in the ancient holy books of India were believed to be specific centers of energy throughout the body. There are seven primary chakras named the Root or Primary Chakras or energy centers within the body.
Yogis, healers, and practitioners who dedicate their lives to the alignment of their study have identified 114 chakras, all can be touched by massage.
In the practice of Ayurveda Medicine, “life-health” medicine, massage was seen as an essential healer. It is thought that the body must be totally aligned with the environment and its energy centers for maximum health. Not unlike the practice of chiropractic manipulation today, the ancient art of massage is used to realign the body.
Massage as practiced involves the rubbing of the soft tissues throughout the body. Its primary function is to reduce tension, improve blood flow and promote relaxation. The massage therapist uses various levels of pressure to open circulation throughout the body.
As the art of massage has advanced therapists use all of their body to massage another. Hands, feet, forearms, elbows, and even juxtaposed bodies are used to relieve tension, ease pain, and improve circulation during a massage therapy session.
From India in 3000 BCE, the use of massage can be traced throughout Asia to China in 2700 BCE. It was used in conjunction with traditional Chinese Medicine, Yoga, Martial Arts and in spiritual training by Buddhists and Taoists.
It was even written about in Egypt in 2500 BCE. The book titled, “The Yellow Emperor’s Classic Book of Internal Medicine” published in China is considered the master guide to alternative medicines including, massage therapy, acupressure, acupuncture along with herbal remedies.