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Massage therapy: A Manipulation and Body Based Practice Jamie Joy University of North Carolina Wilmington NSG 411: Integrating Therapies into Practice February 20, 2021
Massage therapy is a practice that has been performed throughout history in numerous cultures and civilizations. The origin of massage therapy can be traced back to India around 3000 BCE and was created for the purpose of natural healing. Within India, the Hindu people created and formed a holistic treatment approach called Ayurveda. Ayurveda translates to the, “knowledge/ science of life,” this practice is believed to be of divine origin and has been handed down throughout generations. Over time some aspects of this medicine system were adopted by other civilizations. Ayurveda is a traditional holistic medical system in India and was developed based on centuries of ancient studies and experiments. Scholars estimate the Ayurvedic practices and written manuscripts came into circulation sometime between 1500 and 500 BCE (History of Massage, 2020). The practice of Ayurveda views illness as an imbalance between the person and their environment. With the patient’s symptoms, time of year and constitution considered, “Ayurveda recommends treatments that include diet and herbalism, aromatherapy, color therapy, sound therapy, and touch therapy” (History of Massage, 2020). Roughly, around same time as India, China and Egypt also began practicing a form of massage therapy between 3,000 and 2,500 BCE. The practice of massage, as depicted above, is a widespread cultural phenomenon and as time progresses to modern-day; these practices evolved as well as mixed together to form many different types and practices of massage therapy. There are various types of massages such as a, “lymphatic massage, medical massage therapy specialist, Myofascial release massage, Feldenkrais method, reiki massage, Rolfing, Shiatsu massage, sports massage and Swedish massage” (Types of Massage, 2020). Massage therapy is multi-purposeful and can be used in many different ways. Massage therapy can be utilized spiritually as well as a way to mend the body holistically. According to an article published by Mayo Clinic, massage therapy is a unlimited integrative medical approach as
its benefits include, “decrease in stress, pain reduction, circulation improvement, decrease in heart rate and blood pressure and improved immune function” (Never Had a Massage, 2021). Massage therapy is a way to enhance wellness and can be applied to several different people and medical disorders. Examples of various medical conditions massage therapy has been shown to have beneficial effects on are “newborns, infants, autism, skin conditions, pain syndromes including arthritis and fibromyalgia, hypertension, autoimmune conditions including asthma and multiple sclerosis, immune conditions including HIV and breast cancer and aging problems including Parkinson's and dementia” (Field, 2016). In an examination of the effectiveness of massage therapy Field (2016), noted that:

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