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Lefkothea Moschona 

 Massage is God's gift to humanity

 

Who is Lefkothea Moschona?

Lefkothea Moschona (Lefki) was born and raised in a beautiful Greek island. After school she attended a series of seminars in the Basic Remedial and Classical Massage and was able to gain a lot of practical knowledge and skills about basic massage techniques, the patient-client relationships and about some of the related health issues and contraindications for massage. In addition to Greek language, Lefki speaks English and French fluently and also has a basic knowledge of Dutch. Being in a direct contact with the people and focus on how a touch and the right movements can provide pain relief, relaxation, rejuvenation and well being made Lefki chase her dream.

Right after her arrival in the Netherlands in the year 2011, she studied and also got trainings on the traditional Chinese medical and the Swedish massage, Reflexology and Energetic massage . Up to now Lefki carries on studying other types of massage while constantly keeping herself informed about the new techniques and products.

The truth is that magic touch is the art of massage. We all need to forget for few moments this stressful life, relax and start dreaming again.

Therefore Healing Art Massage invites you to immerse yourself in a world of opulent luxury and allow yourself some savour moments you will remember for a long time.

 

What is massage?

The word massage is originally a French term meaning "friction of kneading."

Αlso it comes from the Latin word massa meaning "mass, dough", from the Greek verb μάσσω (masso) meaning "to handle, touch, to work with the hands, to knead dough" or from the Arabic massa meaning "to touch, feel or handle".

A baby's sense of Touch develops while it is still in the womb.

Instinctively humans respond to pain by touching and rubbing the spot that hurts.

So Massage is the use of touch as a therapy based on the principles of anatomy, physiology and pathology for therapeutic or preventive purpose.

Therapists primarily use their hands, but may also use their forearms, elbows, feet or massage equipment.


Massage history

Massage therapy is one of the oldest health care practices known to history.

Almost all cultures have developed systems of therapeutic massage customized to their tradition.

The earliest written records of massage therapy were discovered in Egypt and China (2.700 B.C.).

Ancient Egyptian tombs have been discovered adorned with images of figures being massaged. Specific massage modalities, such as Reflexology, have been depicted in hieroglyphs as forms of hand and foot therapy.

The development of the Chinese tradition came from the synergy between four groups, doctors who brought the sophisticated medical theories of TCM to massage, martial arts who combined deep experience of qi with great ability to heal injuries, Buddhist and Taoist adepts who used massage as an essential support to their spiritual yoga and laymen often blind practitioners offering massage for pleasure and relaxation.

In ancient Greece first Asclepius referred on mysterious force of the human body which he was energized mainly by massaging.

The Greek god considered the massage as the most important way of treatment, along with hydrotherapy, relaxation, diet, herbal medicine and psychological counseling (psychotherapy). He used even reptiles as a means to treat his patients. A serpent was his constant companion therefore the Rod of Asclepius, a single serpent entwined around a staff became the distinctive symbol of doctors and has been the emblem of the modern medicine even today.

Another significant figure in massage therapy history is Hippocrates, a great Greek physician and commonly accepted as the father of medicine whose technique changed the way massage had been practiced for centuries. He stressed that massage should be directed toward the center of the body or toward the heart. His rationale for stroking upwards was to help eliminate waste products from the body. Hippocrates believed that a good physician must be experienced in many things but assuredly also in rubbing (anatripsis) for things that have the same name have not always the same effects. For rubbing can bind a joint that is too loose and loosen a joint that is too rigid. He taught his students the advantages of rubbing for self-healing of the body.

It is also worth mentioning the importance of massage during the Olympic Games. The coaches belonged in three categories: The trainers, the gymnastic coaches and the 'sprinklers' whose job was to sprinkle the bodies of the athletes with herbs and essential oils so they all had massage in order to keep their body in optimal condition before the games and to promote rapid removal of toxins and waste products from the muscles.

References to massage appear as well in writings from ancient Japan, India, Arabic nations, Persia, Rome.In modern age several people Jack Meagher, George and Charles Taylor, Sigmund Freud, Wilhelm Reich, credited as the ones who adopted names, practiced or established new massage methods.  such as the Swedish physician Per Henrik Ling, the Dutch practitioner Johan Georg Mezger, the English John Grosvenor, Matthias Roth, Dr. I.M. Sarkisov-Sirasini,

Modern massage therapy continues to re-discover and adapt ancient practices from cultures all over the world. Nowadays massage fills a special need for relaxation and promotion of health in an increasingly complex and mechanized world where these are often in short supply.