The History of Massage: An Illustrated Survey from Around the World

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Inner Traditions / Bear & Co, 2002 - Health & Fitness - 268 pages
The first comprehensive history of massage.

• Written by Robert Noah Calvert, the founder of Massage Magazine.

• Includes 200 black-and-white illustrations.

• The definitive resource for all students and professionals in the fields of massage and bodywork.

From the people of ancient Greece to the tribes of the Pacific Ocean, massage has been a significant element in medicine, midwifery, folk healing, and athletics. Yet the rich presence of healing touch is rarely manifest in the telling of human history. Now, for the first time, Robert Noah Calvert offers a comprehensive history of massage that spans the globe. Starting with the healing art's ancient foundations, Calvert's History of Massage leads us through Greek temples and Middle Eastern bathhouses, Chinese martial arts traditions and Native American sweat lodges, to discover the significant role of touch therapy in the life of the world's people.

With rich use of anecdote and illustrated text, the author details the cross-cultural healing and sensual applications of massage, the development of massage technologies, and the emerging trends of massage in the twenty-first century. The History of Massage is groundbreaking work that should not be missed by anyone interested in massage and its benefits for healing.
 

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The History of Massage: An Illustrated Survey from Around the World

Contents

What Is Massage?
1
Shamanic and Priestly Origins of Massage
13
Massage in the Ancient World Babylonia Egypt China and India
27
Massage in the Ancient World Greece and Rome
43
Keeping the Faith Massage from the Fall of the Roman Empire to the Nineteenth Century
63
Nineteenthcentury Massage in Gymnastics and Movement Therapy
81
First Steps to Credibility Massage in Nineteenth century Medicine
99
Massage in Nineteenthcentury Alternative Therapeutic and Restorative Cultures
131
Massage Tools and Mediums
149
The Evolution of Massage Technique
177
The Golden Age of Massage
199
The Future of Massage in the New Millennium
227
Endnotes
235
Bibliography
251
INDEX
259
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The History of Massage:
An Illustrated Survey from around the World

Introduction
1. What Is Massage?
2. Shamanic and Priestly Origins of Massage
3. Massage in the Ancient World: Babylonia, Egypt, China and India
4. Massage in the Ancient World: Greece and Rome
5. Keeping the Faith: Massage from the Fall of the Roman Empire to the 19th Century
6. Nineteenth Century Massage in Gymnastics and Movement Therapy
7. First Steps to Credibility: Massage in Nineteenth-century Medicine
8. Massage in Nineteenth-century Alternative
Therapeutic and Restorative Cultures
9. Massage Tools and Mediums
10. The Evolution of Massage Techniques
11. The Golden Age of Massage
Epilogue
Endnotes
Acknowledgments

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