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An Introduction to Massage: The Body-Mind Connection

Massage Therapy is the sharing of touch with hands on body, scalp, face, hands, and feet. Yet massage goes deeper than skin deep, deeper than muscles or bones—a good, caring massage penetrates right to the depth of your being.

The practice of using touch as a healing method derives from customs and techniques rooted in ancient history. In the fifth century BCE, Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, prescribed “friction” to treat physical injuries and instructed his physician colleagues on the benefits of rubbing to help the body heal itself. Moreover, he promoted a combination of massage, proper diet, exercise, rest, fresh air, and music to restore the body to a healthy state.

Hippocrates’ thoughts on health are more relevant today than ever before. Given the pressures of modern society and particularly, the increase in stress-related illnesses, the touch therapies are becoming an integral part of everyday life. Massage Therapy is a key element in the shifting of thought into practice of this lifestyle. Massage Therapy changes our bodies’ physiology. Immediately after a massage, our chemical make-up is altered naturally, producing health benefits such as increased endorphins and serotonin. These “feel good” chemicals of the brain help relieve many common symptoms, such as headaches, backaches, and muscle tension. Massage, when received regularly, improves long-term health and produces a type of cell called lymphocytes, which can reduce sick time. Through these studies and thousands of years of practice, massage has earned a place as a legitimate and respectable form of alternative and complementary medicine.

Health and wellness is more than a lifestyle for both men and women. It is the belief that we can be well each day, preventing disease with small changes in daily living through nutrition, exercise, and massage.

At Bliss Massage Therapy, our passion is to Enhance Wellness through Touch.