Massage is as old as humans. Some paintings in the Egyptian pyramids demonstrate hand and foot massage techniques. Massage as a method of treatment is older than medicine itself. Today's modern world tends to emphasize a particular type of massage as the right one and mystify massage, especially if the techniques come from the Far East. It is incorrect to say that one kind of massage is better than another - a massage is just a tool used to improve the person's condition. There are three primary effects of massage:
- increased blood circulation
- muscle relaxation
- increased muscle tension.
These three basic levers make a miraculous revolution in the body possible – reducing or increasing blood pressure, reducing pain, intestinal peristalsis, etc. What is crucial is that the massage is tailored to the person. We are all different and everyone reacts differently to a massage. Close contact and mutual trust are vital. It is important to emphasize that the massage should not hurt (except for connective tissue massage). If the muscle is taut, of course, a minimal amount of pain will occur - but this pain must not turn into pathological pain. If the massage is too painful, it will cause an opposite effect - the massaged muscle (and sometimes the whole body) will spasm and instead of getting better, a person will start to feel even worse. At this point is where the masseur's skills are most evident - a good masseur can correctly estimate how much pressure should be applied while massaging a muscle.