Theory and Practice of Therapeutic Massage (5th Edition) by Mark F. Beck

By Mark F. Beck

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3. Identify three historic Greeks who professed the benefits of exercise and massage. 4. Explain how developments in the nineteenth century influenced modern massage therapy. 5. Describe the basic differences in massage systems. 6. Explain why massage practitioners should understand massage history. INTRODUCTION Massage (muh-SAHZH) is defined as the systematic manual manipulations of the soft tissues of the body by movements such as rubbing, kneading, pressing, rolling, slapping, and tapping for therapeutic purposes such as promoting circulation of the blood and lymph, relaxation of muscles, relief from pain, restoration of metabolic balance, and other benefits both physical and mental.

Effleurage, petrissage, tapotement) and frictions, is generally attributed to a Dutch man, Johann Georg Mezger (1817–1893). massage is the systematic manual or mechanical manipulations of the soft tissues of the body for therapeutic purposes. Copyright 2011 Cengage Learning. All Rights Reserved. May not be copied, scanned, or duplicated, in whole or in part. Due to electronic rights, some third party content may be suppressed from the eBook and/or eChapter(s). Editorial review has deemed that any suppressed content does not materially affect the overall learning experience.

The origin of the word massage can be traced to at least five sources: ■ The Greek root masso, or massein, which means to touch or to handle but also to knead or to squeeze. ■ The Latin root massa comes directly from the Greek masso and has the same meaning. ■ The Arabic root mass’h, or mass, means to press softly. ■ The Sanskrit word makeh also means to press softly. The modern use of the term massage to denote using the hands to manipulate the soft tissues is of fairly recent origin. The term was first used in American and European literature in approximately 1875.

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