Welcome to The Massage
After 30+ years of being in the Hand & Body Lotion, Massage Oils & Lotions,
and the Cosmetic Industry. I realized that there wasn't a good place for
people to get the proper information, news, and articles about the massage
industry. Whether it be making massage products, proper techniques of
massage, which oils go with what essential oils, etc... After navigating the
internet for the last 10 years I noticed a small amount of websites trying
to do this with little effect. So I decided to make this website so as to
inform any therapist, teacher, spa, or any person wanting to be more
informed about the massage industries, to be able to get quality
We have added a new page full of Massage
Videos, click here to view them.
And we have also added a new page that relates
Massage and Palliative Cancer Therapy
We are in the process of populating our new
store. Please check it out and tell us what you think.
CLICK HERE FOR NEW MASSAGE STORE.
Be sure to visit our new
New massage articles posted everyday. More videos, and
tons more massage information.
We are also testing a new Massage Classifieds Section that is much, much
larger than our original Massage Classifieds. It has listings for massage
therapists from every state and country. Massage Products, Schools, Links,
and much, much more.
What is massage?
Massage is a "hands-on" therapy in which muscles and other soft tissues of
the body are manipulated to improve health and well-being. Varieties of
massage range from gentle stroking and kneading of muscles and other soft
tissues to deeper manual techniques. Massage has been practiced as a healing
therapy for centuries in nearly every culture around the world. It helps
relieve muscle tension, reduce stress, and evoke feelings of calmness.
Although massage affects the body as a whole, it particularly influences the
activity of the musculoskeletal, circulatory, lymphatic, and nervous
What is the history of Massage?
The use of massage for healing purposes dates back 4,000 years in Chinese
medical literature and continues to be an important aspect of Traditional
Chinese Medicine (TCM) today. A contemporary form of massage known as
Swedish massage was introduced to the United States in the 1850s. By the end
of the 19th century, a significant number of American doctors
were practicing this manual technique and the nation's first massage therapy
clinics opened its doors to the public.
In the early 20th century, the rise of technology and
prescription drugs began to overshadow massage therapy. For the next several
decades, massage remained dormant and only a few therapists continued to
practice the "ancient" technique. During the 1970s, however, both the
general public as well as the medical profession began to take notice of
alternative medicine and mind-body therapies, which thrust massage therapy
back into the limelight. Today, there are more than 125,000 massage
therapists practicing in the United States and their numbers are growing
rapidly to keep up with the more than 80 million massage therapy
appointments made every year.
THE NUMBER ONE TOOL OF A MASSAGE THERAPIST IS "THEIR
as an artist has his brushes, a doctor his instruments, the number one tool
of a massage therapist is “their massage oil.” Usually when massage
practitioners are buying massage oils for their practice, they do not
consider the specific chemicals in that massage oil or if the massage oil is
“food grade quality.” For our health, the rule of thumb should be, “If you
can’t eat it, perhaps you should not use it. GROWERS, CHEMICAL COMPANIES AND
MANUFACTURERS KNOW that “unprocessed, cold pressed base oils are rich with
pain relievers, anti-inflammatories, enzymes, vitamins, natural steroids and
assist prostaglandin production, an important immune system factor.
Pharmaceutical companies buy tanks of raw oils to harvest their abundant
medicinal elements for medicine. As health practitioners we should know
exactly what those “healing elements” are, and in which specific oils they
can be found.