Massage has been known since ancient times as one of the most effective ways to help. Not only humans but also animals use touch as a way of human exposure. This is proven by the fact that the peoples of the world in one form or another have used massage. Also the term massage can be found in all languages.
In ancient Chinese medical treatise, written about five thousand years ago, it is recommended 'to knead' body 'to protect against the cold, keep the bodies moving and prevent minor ailments.' In another treatise contains information about using techniques similar to the passive movement of limbs, which are practiced in the modern Swedish massage. Ayurvedic texts of ancient India, which appeared four thousand years ago, are also advised to rub the body to treat and prevent disease. Since massage has become an integral part of Indian culture - for example, on the eve of the wedding the bride and groom must massage, Indian mothers are able to massage the newborn.
From the days of ancient Egypt to have reached a bas-relief depicting the Pharaoh Ptahotep, which massages the foot servant. Many centuries later, the Egyptian queen Cleopatra enjoyed a foot massage during the feasts. But massage is not just the preserve of the rich and the nobility - preserved evidence of the fact that even the Egyptians, who were on the lowest rung of the social ladder, were paid aromatic oils in sufficient quantities for daily use. The ancient Greeks sought primarily to physical perfection, and the massage was an integral part of grooming. Their famous medical centers, or school, the training consisted of an open-air halls, sports grounds and rooms for massage.
In ancient Greece, massage strongly recommended in those cases when it was required to cope with fatigue, sports injuries or combat injuries and illness. Hippocrates, known as the father of modern medicine, has argued in V. BC, that a skilled physician to master the art of perfect 'grinding' and prescribed sequence of aromatic baths, massages with oil daily for good health and stamina.
The ancient Romans also could not imagine life without massage and turned it into a ritual ablution. Wealthy citizens considered commonplace, when visiting the baths they rubbed the tired muscles of warm vegetable oil. This was followed by a full body massage to awaken the nerves, improve blood circulation and mobilize the joints. To conclude the procedure, the body anoint thee richly aromatic oils nourish the skin, so that she remained smooth and soft.
Healers of the time and went to the therapeutic effects of massage. One of the most famous physicians of antiquity Galen (130 - 200) wrote several treatises on massage, exercise and health. It was Galen classified hand movements of massage and used massage in the treatment of many diseases.