massage therapy

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Manual manipulation of soft tissue to promote physical and mental health and well-being. Forms of massage therapy can be traced back to ancient Chinese, Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Hindu, and Japanese civilizations. Modern forms are based on techniques popularized in the 19th century by the Swedish medical-gymnastic practitioner Per Henrik Ling (1776–1839). See also rolfing. MT abbrev. [From French masser to rub, from Greek massein to knead]

Subjects: Psychology.

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