Massage is an ancient practice with many specialties that target specific ailments and areas of concern. With the right professional and regular maintenance, though, massage can make a world of difference in your quality of life.

A brief history

"The history of massage therapy dates back to around 3000 BCE in India," said Janine Brungardt, a California-based massage therapist with 30 years of experience. "It was part of the Ayurveda 'life health' practice, which was a more holistic approach to medicine."

Zara Celik, a wellness expert, health coach and owner of Amara Wellness Centre in Australia, specializes in hammam soap massage and endermotherapie.

"Ancient Turkish hammam soap massage originated from the seventh century Byzantine Empire," she said. "Endermotherapie treatment massage began in the 1980s, using the principles and techniques of manual massage combined into mechanical form to help therapists and practitioners and get better outcomes."

Each region and culture put their own