The word massages comes from the Greek „massein” word, which means kneading. This is one the simplest and oldest treatment method. The most frequently applied massage technique; the Swedish massage was developed and pioneered by Per Henrik Ling. Eastern healing has appreciated the beneficial impact of massage for a very long time. Nowadays the western medicinal science is aware that massaging is not only a physical process, but it has also got an important physiological and mental impact.

Interesting facts

Application of strong stimulating grips has a stimulating effect, increasing the activity of the body. Calming grips ensure the release and relaxation of the body. During massage several related vital changes take place within the human body. A good massage brings the body to a mental level similar to meditation, which has a positive impact both on patient and masseur.

Short history

Massage has already been applied by the Greeks in ancient times for enhancing the sport performance of their athletes. Egyptians, Persians, Indians, Romans, Japanese and Chinese knew and applied frequently massage as a medicinal procedure. In the middle ages the significance of massage fell into background due to the influence of the Church. Nowadays massage has been rediscovered through scientific research.


During the treatment pulse rate per minute and blood pressure is changed, blood circulation and lymphoid circulation are stimulated; metabolism, body temperature and breathing also change, while excretion is intensified and as a result detoxification is increased. Furthermore it also has a proven impact on the nervous system.

Counter-indications of massage:

  • acute inflammatory diseases, e.g. kidney, vein, periostitis or articular
  • rheumatism
  • serious injuries of tendons, ligaments and muscles
  • ruptured disc
  • osteopathy e.g. osteoporosis, bone tuberculosis
  • rheological disturbances, e.g. thrombosis
  • high blood pressure, heart diseases, pacemaker
  • chronic angiectasis (aneurism), severe varicose disorders
  • haemophilia
  • first two days of menstruation
  • fever
  • chronic lung, pleura illnesses, TBC
  • malignant tumours, chemotherapy
  • advanced stage of diabetes chilblain or burns
  • skin-diseases (infection, fungi, inflammation)
  • psychiatric disorders (epilepsy, schizophrenia)
  • condition under the influence of alcohol and drugs
  • very weak, pale, deteriorated and old patients