The first known written massage therapy traditions came from India between 1500 and 500 BCE, but practice may have actually originated around 3000 BCE or earlier. Hindus used the art of healing touch in the practice of Ayurvedic medicine. Ayurveda, a Sanskrit word, translates to "life health" or "life science." It is regarded as the basis of holistic medicine, combining meditation, relaxation and aromatherapy.
Considering the long history of massage, it has only just begun to be incorporated into Western medicine and is now returning to India through an integrative approach. The International Medical Massage Therapy Institute program will create a new health care profession and employment in India. These drugless practitioners will provide internationally standardized effective and affordable healthcare. The training is based on decades of scientific research that will allow the graduate to flourish in India and open doors internationally.
The growth of Massage Therapy employment of Massage Therapists in the United States and Canada is projected to grow 22 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. Continued growth in the demand for massage services will lead to new openings for massage therapists in India.
In the North American health care industry, massage is commonly used in hospitals, nursing homes and birthing centers through specializations in geriatric, prenatal, hospice, trauma and medical massage. It is also used in physical therapy and in chiropractic clinics to treat pain, increase circulation and expedite the healing of injured muscles.
It is the desire of The International Medical Massage Therapy Institute to integrate medical massage therapy in all aspects of healthcare through our specialized program and continuing education.
We look forward to serving you and elevating our health and the health of our clients.