Massage: Everything you need to know
There was once a time when massage was considered an indulgence for the wealthy. Fortunately, things have changed today, and more and more people are starting to understand the significant health benefits of this therapy.
The use of massage has always been an excellent method of relaxation, and a form of therapy, as it involves solving and improving various problems of the human body and improving one's mental health at the same time. Regular massage sessions have become a common part of everyday routines for an increasing number of people.
Now let's explore what massage is, how it started, and what to consider before scheduling an appointment.
Massage is beneficial for all people, regardless of age and gender
What is massage
Professional massage is the handling of soft tissues in order to normalize them. Massage therapists employ a wide variety of techniques and movements, such as constant or non-constant pressure, rubbing, holding, or causing specific movements within the body.
Typically, therapists use their hands, however forearms, elbows, feet, and tools can also be used at times. The primary goal of massage therapy is to increase health and wellness by helping the body heal itself. A massage is a combination between science and art, with touch as the key ingredient.
Masseurs use touch to locate the body parts that need care and determine which technique to employ and how much pressure to apply. Combining this with the delightful and relaxing sensation of therapeutic touch, enables the body to be totally relaxed. There are several different massage services that use different techniques as you will see below.
The history of massage
Massage has its origins in 3,000 BC. in India, where it was considered a sacred system of physical therapy. Hindus used it in their Ayurvedic medicine for "health of life" and it was passed down from generation to generation to heal injuries, relieve pain, and prevent or cure diseases. Ayurveda advocates believe that diseases are caused when people fail to harmonize with their surroundings, and that massage can restore the body's natural balance, allowing it to heal naturally from illness.
Its beneficial properties were discovered and widely used in China, Ancient Greece and Rome, and Japan. Massage, however, became less popular in the West from the 17th century, when medical advances changed the view of medicine. However, massage's health benefits continued to be recognized and believed by many doctors.
So, the Swedish physician, gymnast, and teacher, Per Henrik Ling, in the early 1800s, developed a method called the “Swedish Movement Cure”that was intended to alleviate chronic pain. Modern massage, exploits this by applying pressure, pressing, tightening, and light tightening to different areas of the body.
Choose among our services the one that suits you best. Designed to provide a sense of well-being and relaxation, they are also therapeutic in nature.
Our team of experienced therapists in Athens and Thessaloniki will be pleased to assist you in one of the Hammam Baths' specialized massage centers. We design all our spaces with your wellbeing and relaxation in mind, and our experienced masseuses use techniques tailored to the specific occasion.