History of Massage
One of the oldest forms of medicine known to man is massage therapy. A drug-free solution to many of the body’s ailments, massage therapy has evolved over 5,000 years of practice. Ancient civilizations used massage to heal injuries, to relieve pain, and to prevent illness. Egyptians are credited with creating reflexology in which the practitioner applies pressure to reflex zones or specific points on the hands and feet. This is a form of massage still practiced today that results in beneficial effects on the recipient.
As the modern world made advances in medicine, it became easier (and more profitable) to treat ailments with pharmaceutical drugs and antibiotics—often overlooking natural healing methods available. With this cultural shift, massage therapy became more of a form of indulgence. Luckily, massage therapy has had a recent resurgence as medical professionals laud its beneficial effects on health. Today, it is considered a highly respected holistic treatment practiced around the world.
The Soma Institute in Chicago is at the forefront of this alternative healing revolution. They’ve trained thousands of students in the varying elements and modalities of massage therapy—preparing them for rewarding and successful careers in massage therapy. Soma offers an 11 and 15-month program with flexibility for all student types. If you’ve thought about joining this growing community of healers, give Soma a call to find out more about their program at 1.800.694.5314.