The healing art of massage is known, through inscriptions, sculpture and writing, to have been employed at least 5,000 years ago, in locations such as China and India, and has probably existed much longer. Inscriptions inside Egyptian tombs dating back to this era also verify that massage is as ancient as recorded history itself. Massage began as a healing art aimed at curing ailments of the body. However, as humans began to master their environment, massage began to be used as a preventative medical treatment and as a form of indulgence for the wealthy. Because massage was often a privilege of the elite during classical times, it lost its popularity among much of the general public for centuries. However, it has endured the test of time and reemerged to become more popular than ever.
In today’s global marketplace, we are able to enjoy the fruits of labor of all the massage pioneers of the past and have access to the many forms and modalities of massage therapy that have evolved and developed over time. Swedish and Deep-tissue massage, in particular, have stood the test of time because of their beneficial value.
Stone massage, as we know it, is based on some wonderful massage techniques of the ancient world that have been adapted by me, Sonia Alexandra (LMT), to become very suitable for and most beneficial to our clients and the people we care about. My stone massage technique has become widely accepted within the last 15 years creating a new service menu item and modality that is now available all over the world. Stone healing looks to maintain its place among the greatest massage techniques of all time.
All of these developments in massage modalities could not have come at a better time, as today’s world can often seem more stressful than ever! The massage practitioners of this, the 21st Century, are very skilled in their therapeutic practice due to the licensing, education and regulatory processes.
I would like to express my gratitude to all massage therapists out there today. If someone hasn’t thanked you for how wonderful you are lately, than allow me. Thank you. I know many of you receive just as great a satisfaction from healing to weak, crippled, or just plain stressed-out as I do and I would remind you to take care of yourselves just as much as you take care of your clients. You deserve it.
By Sonia Alexandra, LMT