Massage therapy history dates back thousands of years to ancient cultures that believed in it’s medical benefits. The first written records of massage therapy are found in China and Egypt.
Although Massage Therapy was introduced to the west in the 1800’s, it is still considered to be in its infancy. However, it seems to rapidly gaining traction and can be found in gyms, spas, and in stand alone facilities. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), as of 2020 there were 166,700 massage therapists in the United States. Other organizations place this number as much higher, double the count of the BLS.
Benefits of massage are listed as:
- Reduced muscle tension
- Improved circulation
- Stimulation of the lymphatic system
- Reduction of stress hormones
- Increased joint mobility and flexibility
- Improved skin tone
- Improved recovery of soft tissue injuries
Heightened mental alertness
Reduced anxiety and depression.
There are different types of massages, and our experience is that they all feel wonderful. We’ve used them to relieve cricks in neck, lower back pain, leg pain, and to relieve anxiety.
We’re lucky to have a certified massage therapist among our collaborators, and all of us keep him on speed dial.