The History of Deep Tissue Massage Therapy

The history of Deep Tissue Massage allows us to understand the importance of how the ancient healing practice evolved across time and developed into the respected, evidence-based health profession it is today.

The earliest date of origin for massage therapy goes back to 2700 BC in ancient China. The first written records were found in China, Greece, India and Egypt and date back to 2400 BC. At this time, massage therapy was performed exclusively by the ancient equivalent of present-day qualified medical doctors.

Ancient Chinese, Greeks, Indians and Egyptians were the first to discover the healing power of massage and it was considered a sacred system of natural healing. The practice was passed down through generations to heal injuries, relieve pain, and prevent and cure illnesses. Physicians at the time would use herbs and oils, in addition to massaging, which marked the birth of aromatherapy massage.

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Earliest evidence of massage therapy was found in the Tomb of Akmanthor (also known as “The Tomb of the Physician”) in Saqqara, Egypt around 2400 BC

Around the year 1000 BCE, Japanese Buddhist monks began to customise Chinese massage techniques. Then from 800-700 BCE, the strong, athletic Greeks introduced specific techniques to reduce knots in the body and relax sore, tightened muscles through therapeutic rubbing. A technique we would define today as deep tissue massage therapy.

By the late 1800s, this concept was adopted in Canada and the USA. Deep tissue massage was used for decades throughout both countries, but solid guidelines and procedures weren’t established until the mid 1900s

Deep tissue massage therapy enhances your life by improving your circulation, flushing out toxins and boosting your immune system. Your overall health and well being improves while your stress levels decrease.

Sources: Entegra; Wikipedia.