Massage Parlors: Historical Beginnings

One of the oldest therapies known to man, practiced since 300 BC, massage treatment has seen many variations in techniques and addition of essential agents like herbs, oils and relaxants to it. Hindu and Chinese scriptures consider it a finely balanced system and a part of ancient medical practices. Greece too had massage therapy and its curative powers hailed by the famous Greek physician, Hippocrates. Massage parlors had physicians linking it closely with science and this is the reason why the decline faced in the early years of this century (due to massage parlors thought to be associated with prostitution and therefore people shying away from them) has given way to a new awakening and revival of this ancient technique in health spas and the home. With people becoming more aware of holistic and natural health care, the interest in improving physical health has led to a resurgence of massage parlors and the rejuvenation they offer.

Defining Massage and Visiting A Massage Parlor

The treatment of superficial parts of the body for therapeutic purposes by specially developed techniques of rubbing, stroking, kneading or slapping, applied manually or with the help of electronic devices is defined as massage. For this to be curative the skilled hands of a physiotherapist/qualified masseur are needed. The treatments, prices and packages offered by massage parlors are dependant on the location, technique, experience of masseuses and the clientele the massage parlor caters to. Many parlors have websites, online discount coupons or gift voucher systems that enable one to check out services and products at the convenience of a fingertip and even allow booking a consultancy visit. The local yellow pages are another option of checking for a listing of good massage parlors in the area.

Massage Parlors: Services Offered

• The first visit to any established massage parlor will help the client determine the quality of services offered by the customer service. Consultancy is the first step at a good massage parlor and the clients are usually asked at length about their medical history to ensure that there are no contraindications to the massage receiver.
• The length of the massage depends on the type of treatment chosen and the therapist/counselor gives details about the possible benefits of massage treatments that a particular client can avail of to suit his/her condition best. Questions about the client’s general lifestyle, dietary habits, exercise regime, working environment, stress levels and family life may be asked too for a complete holistic approach.
• Most massage parlors use oil based treatments and use a variety of gentle, stroking movements to warm the skin, which gradually progress to deeper massage techniques, leaving one feeling relaxed and revitalized.
• Liquids may be offered at the end of the session to help in the process of detoxification and any specific after-care advice appropriate to the client given too.
• Most massage parlors offer showering facilities for the client to freshen up after the massage treatment.