Soft Tissue or Structural Massage
A brief History
Massage derives from the Arabic meaning “Stroke” and is an extremely old therapy and is known to predate recorded history. The oldest reference is found in the Cong-Fu of the Toa-Tse from about 3,000 BC.
The next reference is from around 2,700 BC can be found in The Yellow Emperor's Classic of Internal Medicine, where it recommends 'breathing exercises, massage of skin and flesh, and exercises of hands and feet" as the appropriate treatment for -complete paralysis, chills, and fever."
There are many other references to massage from the ancient Egyptians around 2500 BC and from India in about 1800 BC where it talks about the Ayurvedic traditions. There are mentions in various texts spanning the rest of our recorded history; 1000 BC Homer, 400BC Hippocrates, 200BC Galen to mention a few. However the first known school of massage wasn’t until about 100AD in China. In terms of the Modern age Avicenna around 1000AD, 1569 AD Girolamo Mercuriale wrote the first sports medicine book. However deep tissue massage was not known as an individual technique until the mid to late 1800’s where it was developed in Canada, since then as science has expanded more and more specialised techniques have arisen.
The treatment itself
This is the art of gently massaging the body to sooth away, tension, stress, or knots from the body, using various different massaging techniques, depending on your needs. It is for people who look after their bodies, and want to keep it working efficiently. Often used in conjunction with Aromatherapy oils, as these permeate down through the skin to aid the healing process, which means you use less pressure and will achieve the same results as deep tissue massage.
It usually starts off with a stimulating back massage, then goes down to your feet and up your legs, if needed working the outer edges of your bottom, as this is the largest muscle of the body and the one that you use most of all. It then goes over to your hands and up your arms, moving to your shoulders and finishes off with a soft facial massage. Focusing on areas of tension, and gently brushing them out of your body.