Massage has been practiced long before modern medicine existed, but it is only recently that the benefits are being proven with modern science. It is also only recently that massage has become more accessible to the masses.
My favorite auntie has been a massage therapist for many years, and because of her I had considered becoming a massage therapist before I began college, especially because I wasn't sure what I wanted to pursue academically. I ended up completing my degree in Biology before beginning my studies in massage therapy.
Honestly, it was my trip to Thailand that inspired me to really pursue massage therapy. I literally received massages almost twice daily, the entire month I was in Thailand. I cannot begin to describe the benefits I felt not only emotionally but physically too. As I was practicing yoga daily, massages helped me to overcome soreness and helped to increase my flexibility.
The benefits of massage can really only be experienced if you are receiving them on a regular basis, and should be incorporated into your overall wellness routine. However, that being said, the accessibility of massage in Thailand is something we completely lack in most Western societies. Most people cannot afford to be getting a massage monthly, let alone twice daily. I believe this is partially due to the cost, but also because people do not understand how massage can improve their daily life.
I hope to make massage more affordable and accessible so that more people can share in the many benefits.
I encourage you to take a look at this article published by the Mayo Clinic,