Are you looking for body treatments in South East England? You’ve come to the right place.
The Pamper Parlour in Coulsdon, South East England, offers a wide variety of body treatments, including Hopi Ear Candles, various massages, and reflexology.
Of course, the main thing we think of when we consider body treatments is massages. Who doesn’t love a massage? When you consider that massage therapy dates to around 3000 years BC, it certainly doesn’t seem about to go out of fashion any time soon. Tomb paintings in Egypt appear to show people enjoying massages. The ancient Egyptians also seem to have been the first to use reflexology, as evidenced on papyrus documents and wall paintings. Massage appears around the same time in Chinese and Indian history.
However, these ancient civilisations weren’t just after ways to chill out. Body treatments involving touch such as massage and reflexology had spiritual connotations too. Ayurveda is the traditional Hindu method of healing and was believed to have divine origins. It was later spread throughout India and South East Asia, taking body treatments like massage with it. It was believed that massage could restore mental and physical balance and therefore start healing. Over in China, some religions viewed touch as essential to their spiritual training. They also believed that illness was caused by interrupted or imbalanced flows of energy through the body. Massage helped to realign these flows.
Travelling to Japan, the system of massage underwent some changes to become the traditional shiatsu massage. It was thought that Shiatsu raised energy levels in the patient, which in turn gave the body more resistance to illness and better healing power.
Massage seems to have reached the west in around 800 BC, when Greek athletes got massages from physicians using herbs and oils to achieve better fitness.
Body Treatments crossed over to Rome around the first century BC. It was popularised by the physicians Hippocrates and Galen to treat disease and injury. While the posher element could afford treatments in their own home, those with slightly less cash to flash could obtain massages in the wildly popular Roman Baths. Ironically this led to massages and other treatments falling out of favour, as Roman Baths came to be seen as places of immorality and decadence. (Not the sort of behaviour we expect here in South East England!) There is still some evidence of use of reflexology being used in Europe through the 15th and 16th centuries, but it wasn’t until the early 19th century when Per Henrik Ling, a Swedish teacher, and Johann Georg Mezger, a Dutch physician, popularised what came to be known as Swedish Massage. Massage again became considered for its healing properties.
Over the last century alone massage has undergone changes in the minds of westerners. From a luxury reserved for the wealthy, it’s now a form of self-care if you’re feeling the stresses and strains of modern life. If you’re looking for body treatments in South East England, the Pamper Parlour is an ideal choice.