The word for massage was anatripsis, and the Latin was frictio. Archaeological evidence of massage has been found in many ancient civilizations including China, India, Japan, Korea, Egypt, Rome, Greece, and Mesopotamia. In the United States, the title massage therapist has been recognized as a business norm for those who have been professionally trained for massages.
About Massage in brief
Massage techniques are commonly applied with hands, fingers, elbows, knees, forearms, feet, or a device. The purpose of massage is generally for the treatment of body stress or pain. A person professionally trained to give massages is traditionally known as a masseur or a masseuse. Aquatic massage and bodywork is performed with recipients submersed or floating in a warm-water therapy pool. Archaeological evidence of massage has been found in many ancient civilizations including China, India, Japan, Korea, Egypt, Rome, Greece, and Mesopotamia. In the United States, the title massage therapist has been recognized as a business norm for those who have been professionally trained for massages. The word for massage was anatripsis, and the Latin was frictio. The earliest known Chinese physician uses massage in medical practice. Medical knowledge, including that of massage, made its way to Persia in the Middle Ages. One of the greatest medics was Avicenna, also known as Ibn Sina, who lived from 1037 to 980 AD. His works included a comprehensive collection and systematisation of the fragmentary and unorganised medical literature that had been translated by Greco-Roman scholars. This led to the renewal of the Ancient Greeks’ medical tradition during the Renaissance. It is believed that massage had been practiced in India long before the beginning of recorded history. It was also mentioned in the Iliad and the Odyssey as a means to relax the tired limbs of warriors and a way to help to treat wounds.
The first known massage therapist was Bian Que, who used oil of myrrh as a part of the beauty regimen of the wives of Xerxes. He was a doctor and a surgeon, but not a massage therapist. In professional settings, clients are treated while lying on a massage table, sitting in a massage chair, or lying in a mat on the floor. In amateur settings, a general purpose surface like a bed or the floor is more common. A massage therapist is a person who specializes in a specific form of massage therapy, such as bodywork or body-mass-extraction. The term masseur is used to refer to someone who has been trained in massage therapy for a long period of time and is known for their skill and knowledge of the techniques. It can also be used to describe someone who is more experienced in the field of massage than the person who is giving the massage. It has been used as a derogatory term for people who are not trained in the art of massage. This includes people who have not been trained for more than a few years, or who have only been doing it for a few months or even a few weeks at a time. It also refers to those who are more experienced than the masseur in the first place, and who have had to learn how to use the techniques over a number of years to get the desired effect on their body. It refers to people who were trained to use massage therapy in a more advanced setting.