The Power Of Touch
Whether it is for a revitalising boost, finding relief from aches and pains, working out the kinks of knotted and tight muscles, or simply relaxing after a hard day’s work, the age-old practice of massage is increasingly accepted as a key complement to a healthy lifestyle.
Not only does it feel good, but massage has long been considered a powerful healing tool. “The physician must be experienced in many healing things, but assuredly also in rubbing…For rubbing can bind a joint that is too loose and loosen a joint that is too hard,” advised Hippocrates, the father of Western medicine, around 400 BC. Many ancient cultures including Greek, Egyptians, Chinese and Indians were convinced of the healing properties massage offered and used it to treat a variety of ailments. it is said that Julius Caesar was massaged daily to help ease his epilepsy. In more recent times, ballet star Rudolf Nureyev relied on massage to relieve the persistent pain he suffered from repeated dance injuries-pain so debilitating the superstar had to actually measure his steps to the bathroom for fear of aggravating it.
From the vigorous and spectacular contortions of Thai to the gentle and soothing pleasures of Swedish, a recent report in the New England Journal of Medicine found no fewer than 100 varieties of massage in use. With so many massage styles out in the market, determining what’s best for you can be a somewhat perplexing task.