Massage ancient and modern
Massage is one of the oldest restorative cures and one that we all instinctively practice. When a part of our body causes us pain, we automatically rub the affected spot with our hands. Doctors in ancient China were already applying massage to various ailments in c. 2600BC, as the oldest surviving manuscripts testify.
Massage can stimulate or soothe, relax tension, calm anxiety and achieve a renewed sense of corporeal well being. This kind of physical contact benefits both body and soul because it means that, as part of the process, you are forced to make time for your whole self, your body, your thoughts and your feelings. Correctly and opportunely applied, massage can help save you money otherwise spent on other treatments or medicines and with practically no undesirable side effects. On the other hand, massage is no panacea that can miraculously replace more conventional wisdom. First off, you must establish whether or not massage can be beneficial to the case in point. In general, infected or painful areas should never be massaged prior to consultation with a doctor.
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