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The History of Massage

The History of Massage

An Illustrated Survey from around the World

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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  • Healing Arts Press | 
  • 288 pages | 
  • ISBN 9780892818815 | 
  • April 2002
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Pages xiv & xv
Massage was not advocated nor practiced as a singular therapeutic tool until modern times. The shaman rubbing evil spirits out of the body, the deaconess laying on her hands to inspire the healing power of the Holy Spirit, the midwife soothing a mother from the pains of childbirth, the trainer preparing for and administering after athletic pursuits, the nurse administering a healing balm in battle or the bath, the doctor treating an injury with a liniment or mechanical treatment, the woman applying healing and soothing creams to her skin for beauty and health, a couple rubbing as a part of the rituals of sexual behavior, and any... see more

About the Author

Robert Noah Calvert

Robert Calvert, founder and president of Massage Magazine, has been a leader in the field of massage for more than 20 years. He is author of the International Massage and Bodywork Resource Guide, and his work has appeared in numerous publications including Body, Mind, & Spirit magazine and the Journal of Higher Education. He has been the keynote speaker and presenter at numerous trade conventions and international conferences and has traveled extensively throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, China, Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Rim. He currently resides in Valley Ford, Washington.

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