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Massage has been with us ever since man first injured himself. It is instinctive to rub or press the area involved to reduce the pain.

Massage, as a form of treatment coupled with exercises, has been passed down for thousands of years. Records show that many ancient civilisations including China, Persia, Japan and Egypt have all practised the art of massage for cosmetic or healing purposes. Homer, in 1000BC, spoke in his Odyssey of beautiful women rubbing and anointing war torn heroes to refresh and revitalise them after battle.

Hippocrates (460-377BC), the father of medicine, used massage as a form of medical treatment for diseases and injuries.

Massage more or less disappeared from the west until Peter Henry Ling of Sweden (1776-1839) developed our modern techniques now known as “Swedish Massage”.

In the East, however, the techniques based on inner energy meridians continued and moved from China to Japan around 1500 years ago. From here Anma (Japanese for press and rub) and, later, Shiatsu developed.

Massage has benefits at both the physical and emotional level and may include some or all of the following depending upon the techniques used and the duration of the treatment.



  • - Tense muscles will be relaxed
  • - Slack muscles will be toned and strengthened
  • - Muscles may be protected from damage through exercise
  • - Posture will be improved
  • - Joints will be eased
  • - Lymphatic flow will be increased which aids the removal of waste products e.g. carbon dioxide and lactic acid
  • - Blood flow will be stimulated providing nourishment to help heal damaged tissue
  • - Skin tone will be improved
  • - Sensory nerve endings will be stimulated
  • - Fatty deposits will be softened and broken down ready for absorption



  • - Relaxing
  • - Uplifting
  • - Stimulating
  • - Stress/Tension Relieving
  • - Rejuvenating
  • - Enjoyable

Contact Details

Telephone: 07947 497654

Chiltern Therapies


Buckinghamshire SL7 3RL