Massage as a healing art has been around for thousands of years in many cultures. In French the word massage means “friction of kneading”, in Arabic it means to “touch to handle or feel”. In Greek it means ” to touch, to handle, to work with the hands.” So it is evident that touch and hands are synomonous with massage. Evidence has shown that massage has been found to exist in ancient civilizations such as China, India, Japan, Korea, Egypt and others. Back in B.C.2330 the Tomb of Akmanthor in Saqqara, Egypt shows two men having work done on their feet and hands. We find similar scenarios in China, in fact in B.C. 700 Bian Que, the earliest known Chinese Physician, used massage in his medical practice. In B.C.500, Buddha’s physician Jivaka Komarabhacca, the founder of Traditional Thai massage codified a healing system that combines acupressure, reflexology and yoga postures. We also find biblical references with the use of certain oils.

Today massage is incorporated in many healthcare practices and various sports including the Olympics and continues to gain in popularity as a functional adjunct to wellness. There are a variety of types of massage such as;
Acupressure Massage- Traditional Chinese medicine
Anma Massage- Traditional Japanese
Ayurvedic Massage- India which incorporates yoga, meditation and herbal remedies
Deep Tissue Massage- deals with deep tissue connective tissue
Pre-natal Massage
Lymphatic Drainage Massage
Swedish massage
These are just a few of close to fifty different types.

The beneficial effects are as of peer reviewed medical research; pain relief, reduced anxiety and depression, temporarily reduced blood pressure and heart rate.
Other effects include increase range of motion, increase superficial blood circulation as well as others.

For more inforamation contact:
Debra Stefanelli Massage Therapist
Debra has over 20 years experience in Deep Tissue and Trigger Point therapy.

Sessions range from 30-60 minutes.

She can be reached at the European Day Spa, Nutley, N.J.- 973-667-3322