For centuries, cultures around the globe have used massage therapy for pleasure, relaxation and improved health. European settlers brought the concept of massage therapy to the United States, and it enjoyed considerable popularity with Americans for over a century until the rapid advancement of technology, medicine and science during the 1940s caused it to lose popularity. But, the massive cultural shifts of the 1960s and 1970s caused a renewed interest in massage therapy among the public, especially with those engaging in intense physical activities.
“The therapeutic massage therapies seen today focus more on holistic healing techniques rather than the relaxation-pleasure type of massage that most Americans might consider typical,” explains Dr. Tanya Edwards, director of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Integrative Medicine.
More Than Just a Massage
Therapeutic massage represents more than just a massage; the title of practitioner better suits the level of skill and healing power that an LMT (licensed massage therapist) can deliver using one of many specialized therapeutic massage techniques. According to Edwards, these therapists may work in collaboration with sports medicine physicians, chiropractors or physical therapists. Read more…