Massage Therapy

This passage discusses different ways a massage can help our bodies.

Lexile Level: 780L

Categories: Sports & Health


Have you ever gotten a massage? Did you know that people thousands of years ago got massages too? Some people think that a massage is just another way to relax. While this is an important aspect of a massage, it is not the only aspect. Massage therapy is one of the oldest forms of medical treatment. People in ancient Rome, Greece, China, and India all used massage therapy. They used massage for physical health reasons as well as a way to relax. Massage helps with circulation. Circulation is the movement of blood through the heart and blood vessels. It can also help relieve pain, such as a backache. Muscle pain often occurs when a muscle is tight, or constricted. Rubbing the muscle can help it relax to how it was before. It wasn't until the 1960s that it became popular in the United States. Now many Americans get massages in order to stay healthy, alleviate pain, or just relax!


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