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The history and development of massage

The Oxford English Dictionary defines massage as: ‘the rubbing and kneading of muscles and joints of the body with the hands, especially to relieve tension or pain’.

The word ‘massage’ seems to originate from the late nineteenth century French word ‘masser’ which meant ‘to knead’, and this term is thought to derive from the Portuguese word ‘ammassar’ (knead) or ‘massa’ (dough).

The actual practise of massage is much older than the mode terminology. Hippocrates (often thought to be the ‘father of medicine’) was an advocate of massage as early as the fourth century BC, and referenced to massage (using alternative terms) have been found across the world in many cultures, some even before Hippocrates. Read More

How sports massage complements other therapies and treatments

There are a range of therapies and treatments that are complemented by sports massage.

These therapies include:

– Physiotherapy

– Chiropractic treatment

– Osteopathy

– Occupational therapy

– Podiatry

– Counselling

– Physical therapy

– Other complementary and natural therapies (e.g. aromatherapy, hypnotherapy, yoga therapy, naturopathy, reflexology). Read More

The effects of sports massage

Sports massage elicits a number of effects which can be categorised as physical, psychological, physiological and neurological.

Physical effects

A physical effect can be defined as a mechanical change that happens to a structure being massaged. Physical effects are likely to occur to more external structures of the body where massage is directly applied. Read More