The ancient art of massage has been around for several millennia and today there are myriad massage techniques available around the globe. Massage techniques range from therapeutic massage to sensual, erotic massage Ibiza, and tantra massage, carried out by tantric masseuses or male masseurs Ibiza. So where does massage come from and how has it evolved over time?

The word ‘massage’ stems from the word ‘massa’ which means ‘mass or dough’ in Latin or ‘touch or feel’ in Arabic. The word itself is French, from the verb ‘masser’ meaning to knead or work dough with your hands.


Massage uses a range of techniques to apply pressure to the body for relaxation, stress relief, treating pain and specific conditions and for overall health and rejuvenation. Male masseurs Ibiza and female masseuses Ibiza mostly use their hands and fingers to apply pressure, but they can also use their elbows, knees, feet or even special massage tools (e.g. Body Rocks carved out of stone, bamboo tools used in Southeast Asia or hot stones).

Evidence of the use of massage therapy has been found in artwork for over 3,000 years from many ancient civilizations, including Egypt, China, Greece, Rome, Japan, India and Korea. In Egypt, a tomb in Saqqara from 2,000 BC features images what appears to be a foot massage.

The earliest description of massage techniques appears in the ‘Huangdi Neijing’ in China between 700-480 BC. The Neijing is an ancient Chinese medical text that lays out the foundations of traditional Chinese medicine. The earliest Chinese physician, Bian Que, used massage as part of his medical practice as early as 700 BC, and in 581 AD the Chinese Office of Imperial Physicians created a department of massage therapy.

In India, around 600 BC, a natural health system called Ayurveda evolved. Ayurveda is based on a system of whole body healing that examines each person spiritually, physically and emotionally and combines massage, meditation, yoga, diet, and herbal remedies. Ayurvedic Massage aims to relax and rejuvenate the patient, improving their circulation and eliminating toxins.


Shivago Komarpaj, who was thought to be Buddha’s personal physician, founded traditional Thai  outcall massage ibiza around 500 BC. Thai massage combines yoga postures, acupressure and reflexology based on a combination of Indian and Chinese traditions of medicine.

Hotel Massage Ibiza, the massage was introduced into Europe much later, in the 1700s, when French missionaries in China translated medical massage techniques from traditional Chinese medicine into French. Then in 1813, a Swedish physiotherapist, Pehr Ling, developed the ‘Swedish Movement Cure’ as a result of his study of gymnastic movements.

Pehr Ling’s work was later referred to as the ‘Swedish Massage System by Dutch massage therapist Johan Mezger who defined the 5 basic sensual massage techniques using French terms that are still used today:

  • effleurage (long, gliding strokes)
  • petrissage (lifting and kneading)
  • friction (deep, circular rubbing movements)
  • tapotement (percussive movements)
  • vibration (to shake & vibrate muscles)


From the mid 19th Century onwards when the Swedish system was introduced, massage became very popular in the US and Europe. In the 1980s, Tantra massage was developed by Andro Rothe in Germany, based on ideas from works by Carl Jung, Wilhelm Reich, and Alexander Lowen and Carl Rogers. During a Tantra massage the patient rediscovers sensations and emotions and remains passive, receiving only (no sexual exchange of any kind is permitted between the tantric masseuse or male masseur and the recipient). Joseph Kramer and Annie Sprinkle also developed the Lingam Massage Ibiza and Yoni Massage Ibiza respectively.

Although massage therapy has long been accepted as part of standard health care in some countries, like China, it is still considered an ‘alternative therapy’ in the Western World. Couples massage Ibiza (sensual massaje) is gaining popularity slowly but steadily in the Western World, particularly over the last 50 years, and is now widely accepted to be beneficial to all ages and a range of medical conditions, both physiological and psychological. In the sports world massage therapy is one of the medical services available to professional athletes and the massage industry continues to grow to this day.