Contrary to popular belief, massage therapy did not descend from Sweden. Massages were implemented as a form of natural healing for injuries, pain, stress and illnesses implemented in the ancient civilization. The earliest written record of therapy dates to circa 2400 BCE, in Egypt followed by the habituation of this form of therapy across the globe in Asia, India, Europe etc. Massage has been used since ancient times to relieve pain and promote healing. There are many different types of massage but most offer similar benefits. Massage is not typically considered a replacement for other types of medical care but can be used along with other methods of treatment to provide the best possible outcomes for patients. According to accredited sources such as Mayo Clinic, a series of massages has the benefits of relieving pain for many people, including those with arthritis, fibromyalgia, lupus, back injuries, sports injuries, promotes stable REM cycle for those with stress related insomnia and a myriad of other conditions. Massage relieves pain by reducing muscle tension and also by triggering the release of endorphins, which is a hormone produced by the central nervous system, released by the pituitary gland. This hormone serves as a form of communication in the brain, blocking pain signals, and in turn giving individuals a slight feeling of euphoria similar to the sensation given off by opioids according to the Florida State Massage Therapy Association. Aside from endorphin release, some individuals claim to experience feelings of caring, comfort and human contact from this form of therapy. Just as in any other form of therapy, there are a few risk factors that individuals should be aware of. Individuals with bleeding disorders, those taking blood-thinning medications, individuals with fractures, burns and/or healing wounds should receive a clearing from their physician prior to their massage service. Consult with our licensed massage therapist to discuss what type of massage might work best for you and how you might benefit from massage therapy.