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Welcome to The Massage Information Society

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 information. -Matt

We have added a new page full of Massage Videos, click here to view them. Massage Videos

And we have also added a new page that relates to Therapeutic 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.
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Be sure to visit our new Massage Blogs. 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.

Massage
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 systems.

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 MASSAGE OIL"

Just 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.

 
 
   

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