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Thursday, 14 April 2016


The oldest known reference to massage is from the tomb of Akmanthor in Egypt, dating back to 2330 BC, where a picture shows two men having their feet and hands massaged.

Barber shops first came into vogue in the Greek an agora. Philosophers, writers, poets, and politicians debated and gossiped while they were shaved, manicured, pedicured, and massaged.

Hippocrates, writing in 460 BC, advised: "The physician must be experienced in many things, but assuredly in rubbing."

In AD 581, China established a department of massage therapy within the Office of Imperial Physicians.

The earliest known meaning of "massage" in English was around 1450, when it meant "the action of saying Mass." It first adopted its modern meaning in 1866. The words "masseur" and "masseuse" followed in 1876 and 1879 respectively.

The world's first electric massage chair was invented in 1950 by a man who wanted his frail daughter to have a massage any time she wanted.

The 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles was the first time that massage therapy was televised as it was being performed on the athletes.

Runners receiving massages at the 2004 ING Taipei International Marathon. By Rico Shen - Wikipedia Commons

On May 9, 2014 1,000 masseurs gathered on Sanur Beach, Bali, to massage 1,000 people for 15 minutes and set a record for the world's largest massage.

The European Patent Office lists nearly 45,000 patented massage appliances and devices.

'Shampoo' originally meant head massage in several North Indian languages.

In South Korea only the blind or visually impaired can become licensed masseurs.

Source Daily Express

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