• massages


      There exist several typologies of massages, both in the Orient and in the Occident. This practice is deeply rooted in the Orient, where still today it is considered as an important form of therapy. In the Oriental culture it was seen as a real method of cure, for reaching perfect harmony of both mind and body. It’s said to be the origin of the medical art itself, recently its effectiveness for a hard and elastic skin has been prooved.

      Furthermore it has a relaxing effect and after a massage people normally feel much better. This is valid especially in the Orient, in China and in India, where the practice of massage dates back to 4000 or 5000 BC. Other ethnicities which put into practice massages were the Persian, the Japanese and the Egyptians. The massage was also recommended by Hippocrates, who perceived the rules of blood and lymphatic circulation. He proved the benefit of massaging patients from the high to the low, for making easier the return of the body liquids. The term “massage” itself comes from the Greek term “masso”, which means to knead or to handle. Even the Romans practicated it, so much that a masseur was at the same level as a doctor.

      The decline of this practice in the Occident happened with the beginning of the so- called “Dark Ages”, the Middle Ages. In this period body care lost its importance and the spiritual needs became more significant. As a consequence the contact with the human body during a massage was seen as something sinful and immoral.

      The practice of therapeutic massage turned to be important during the ages of Renaissance and Enlightment, the pioneer nations were France and the northern Europe, which have continued this kind of treatment until today. The Swedish massage for example arised exactly at the end of the nineteenth century in this Scandinavian nation, it has actually several positiv effects on skin and body. Another example is the massage which arised in northern Europe, the Vodder massage, this is one of the most popular and loved treatments and has its origins in Denmark in the thirties. With the beginning of the sixties the massage became even more important- thanks to the great interest for natural therapies and for the Orient. Here an overview of some massages rised in the Orient….and also in the Occident!

    • Il “massaggio svedese” è nato appunto all´inizio dell’Ottocento in questa nazione scandinava; esso è infatti indicato in caso di cellulite, stress e contratture muscolari; esso ha effetti tonificanti, drenanti e rilassanti. Un altro esempio di massaggio nato nel Nordeuropa è il massaggio Vodder, tra i trattamenti benessere più conosciuti e amati, ha avuto origine in Danimarca negli anni Trenta; A partire dagli anni Sessanta del XXmo secolo, il massaggio è stato ulteriormente rivalutato, grazie all’interesse per le terapie naturali e per l’Oriente. Ecco un prospetto di massaggi nati in Oriente … e anche in Occidente!

      Il declino di questa pratica in Occidente si ebbe coi “secoli bui” del Medioevo; in quest’epoca infatti la cura del corpo passò in secondo piano, facendo spazio ai bisogni spirituali; di conseguenza, la pratica del contatto umano nei massaggi fu vista come peccaminosa. Questo pregiudizio è tuttora duro da sradicare; ad esempio, quando si parla di massaggi, qualcuno … sorride malizioso! La pratica del massaggio terapeutico riprese nel Rinascimento e con l’Illuminismo; le nazioni “pioniere” che fecero rinascere i massaggi furono la Francia e l’Europa Settentrionale, che continuarono questa tradizione fino a giorni nostri.