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The history of massage. The power of touch.

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Using the power of touch to help heal is as old as time itself. Ancient civilizations discovered that massage could heal injuries, relieve pain, and prevent and cure illnesses. They even found it could help reduce stress and produce deep relaxation. Imagine having such power in your fingertips.

Somewhere between 1500 and 500 BCE, the practice of Ayurveda was added to massage. Ayurveda encourages individuals to restore their natural mental and physical balance by reestablishing harmony between themselves and the world around them. Turns out, touch and smell working together is amazingly powerful.

The earliest written records of massage therapy were discovered in Egypt and China where tomb paintings depicted individuals being kneaded by others. Egyptians are also credited with creating reflexology, the practice of applying pressure to specific points on the feet and hands, in approximately 2500 BCE. 

Starting around 1000 BCE, Japanese monks studying Buddhism in China noticed the healing methods of traditional Chinese medicine, including massage therapy and so Japan began importing and customizing Chinese massage techniques. This grew into the practice of Shiatsu, which raises a person’s energy level. An increased energy level regulates and fortifies the functioning of the organs and stimulates natural resistance to illnesses.

Ancient Greek athletes used massage to keep their bodies in peak condition prior to competitions. Physicians used herbs and oils along with massage techniques to treat many medical conditions and Greek women soon recognized the benefits of aromatic oils as skin treatments.

Some other notable achievements:

  • In the fifth century BCE, Hippocrates prescribed “friction” to treat physical injuries and instructed his physician colleagues on the benefits of rubbing to help the body heal itself.
  • In Rome, during the first century BCE, Galen, a physician to many emperors, began using massage therapy to treat different types of physical injuries and diseases.

Fast forward to the West. Between 1600 and 1800, doctors and scientists first observed and documented the benefits of massage. The early part of the 20th century introduced several new massage techniques, including some to treat World War I patients who suffered from nerve injury or shell shock.

Seen as a luxury that only the rich could afford, massage stayed out of the mainstream for years, but starting in the early 21st century, rising interest in natural healing methods revitalized massage. Oils, herbs, foams and creams were added and the result is that simple: Massage helps all feel better inside and out by smoothing and softening the skin. Carrier oils, so named because they help “carry” essential oils into the skin, make massage oils potent and potently wonderful.

Madflowers Breast Elixir is our premier massage oil, containing essential oils of geranium, rosewood, palmarosa, sandalwood, spearmint, ylang ylang and rose Bulgarian, along with carrier oils of fractionated coconut, jojoba, and St. John’s Wort. 100% oil for 100% ayurvedic massage healing pleasure and touch.

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