Massage Moves into the Modern Era

In the last few posts, we focused on the ancient beginnings of massage, including the efforts by Hippocrates to make it an accepted and common element of medical practice.   Following the Western Dark Ages, Middle Ages and Renaissance, massage once again began moving toward greater acceptance around the world. In 1776, two French missionaries […]

Swedish Massage: The Soul of Relaxation

We begin our exploration of the different modalities, or types, of massage with the most famous form: Swedish. Most other forms of massage are derived from Swedish massage techniques.   Believed to be the most commonly requested modality, Swedish (also known as relaxation) massage is relatively gentle, and focuses on all the body’s major muscle […]