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Massage from Infancy to Today

January 18, 2015

Pug Massage

Massage has a long and varied history.  You may not be aware, but massage has been around since at least 3000 B.C.  Expanding on basic massage the Egyptians developed Reflexology, a method of applying pressure to the feet and hands to affect physical change to the body, as long ago as 2500 B.C.  A medical papyri was even discovered from 1555 B.C. which contained many remedies for illnesses using aromatheraphy and herbal medicine that are still in practice today.

The Greek physician, Hippocrates, widely considered to be the father of Western medicine, had high regard for massage and said "the way to health is to have an aromatic bath and scented massage everyday."  In addition he believed "Rubbing can bind a joint that is too loose and loosen a joint that is too rigid…"  It is also said that Julius Caesar received daily massages to treat neuralgia and to help with epilepsy. 

In 90 B.C. the Chinese created Acupuncture, and by 600 A.D. the Japanese expanded on it and developed Shiatsu, which is Acupressure. 

Scientific massage was brought to the U.S. from Sweden in the 1850's, and after WWI Swedish massage was used in the rehabilitation of injured soldiers.  By the late 1960's myofascial release therapy was developed by John Barnes.  The myofascia is a layer of tissue that covers all of the muscles and bones of your body.  When you experience trauma, the myofascia can become tight and apply pressure on sensitive areas of the body, causing discomfort.  Myofascial release therapy loosens this tissue and restores flexibility, relieving pain and restoring balance.

The study of the benefits of all of these modalities for animals began in the early 1980's, creating animal massage as it is practiced today.  I trained at Integrated Touch Therapy in 2008 as a way to assist the pets for whom I care.  Since then I have continued to expand on my knowledge by studying Acupressure and TTouch.

Now that you know a little more about what I do, I look forward to hearing from you with questions and comments, which you can post here or direct to me at or 724-448-7330.

Raylene Hoover


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