Massage as a therapeutic modality has deep roots into many ancient cultures. Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine referred using friction through rubbing joints for circulatory problems. Ancient Egyptians, Hindus, and Persians all utilized massage techniques for treating various ailments. Chinese Medicine records describe the use of massage, a form of Tuina, dating more than 3,000 years ago. In modern medicine we describe the benefits of massage as a method of increasing circulation of blood and lymph. Classically Chinese medicine refers to the circulation of Qi (pronounced Chee) as the vital life-force which can determine health or illness. Blood, Qi, Lymph and all other matter which circulates in the human body must be fluid and free moving to maintain longevity. Massage therapy is a physical tool to do just that.
Much like the long history of massage therapy would suggest, many styles and techniques have have evolved and multiplied. The State of Hawaii has some of the most demanding requirements in the U.S. for a massage therapist to gain licensure to practice and therefore any Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) has studied many of these various modalities. At Longevity Health Center, our LMT’s are extensively trained and have complimented their resumes with specialization in techniques offering the best in relaxation, as well treating patients with top-notch medical care.