San Diego Massage Therapy

The History of Massage Therapy

When scheduling your next San Diego massage therapy treatment at Glow MD Skin Care, or if you’ve never had a San Diego massage therapy treatment before, you might be wondering about how the practice of massage therapy began. Interestingly enough, one of the oldest healing arts we still practice today is the art of massage. There are Chinese records of massage therapy being utilized as far back as 3,000 years. Documented use of massage also goes back to the ancient Hindus, Persians and Egyptians who applied forms of massage for a number of ailments. Hippocrates wrote papers suggesting the use of rubbing and friction for joint and circulatory problems. Today, we now know that the benefits of massage therapy are both varying and are far-reaching. Massage therapy plays a part in many physical rehabilitation programs, and massage therapy has also proven itself to be beneficial for a number of chronic conditions including lower back pain, bursitis, fatigue, arthritis, high blood pressure, immunity suppression, infertility, diabetes, an aid to helping smokers stop smoking, and as an anti-depressant, and more. And, as many millions will confirm, massage helps relieve our stress and tension built throughout a typical work day which can lead to disease and illness.

What Is Massage Therapy?

Your San Diego massage therapy session from Glow MD, will include the application of various techniques to the human muscular structure and soft tissues of the body.

More specifically, massage is the application of soft-tissue manipulation techniques to the body. These techniques are generally intended to reduce stress and fatigue while improving circulation. Several different techniques account for the many variations of massage.

Bodywork by definition is the application of various forms of touch therapies that may use movement, manipulation, and/or re-patterning to affect structural changes to the body.

Somatic simply means “of the body.” Numerous times the term somatic is used to indicate a body/mind or whole-body approach as distinguished from a physiology-only or environmental perspective.

There are many more styles of bodywork and somatic therapies than those listed above, and many practitioners may utilize multiple techniques within one, one hour, appointment. The application of these techniques may include, and not limited to, stroking, kneading, compression, vibration, tapping, rocking, friction, and pressure applied to the muscular structure or soft tissues of the body. Techniques may also include passive, non-forceful or active movement, and/or application of techniques intended to affect the energetic systems of the body. Massage therapists will typically use oils, lotions, and sometimes powders that will help to reduce friction on the skin. .

Will my Insurance Cover Massage Therapy?

The services of a massage therapist may be covered by health insurance is prescribed by a chiropractor or osteopath. Almost all types of therapies provided as part of a prescribed treatment by your physician or your registered physical therapist are often covered.

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