Massage dates back to India in 3000 BCE. It was once thought to be a sacred remedy. Originally used to heal injury, relieve pain, prevent and treat infections Massage was an extensively practised and passed down through generations within the Ayurvedic way of life, health and body treatment. Massage was considered a extravagant luxury during the middle ages of Europe. The population was less interested in wealth and power which is why it fell from favor. As the population grew to the middle class, the massage practice has slowly returned to popularity as a treatment that works for many ailments.