Massage therapy has a lengthy history dating back to the 3000 BCE in India. It was considered a holy system of healing. It is widespread practice that has been passed down over generations to alleviate pain as well as to ease injuries and combat illnesses. The basic idea behind massage therapy is that the cause of body pain can be explained through an imbalance in the energy system. The application or manipulation of soft tissue regions like the muscles, tendons or ligaments may stimulate these energy centers, increasing their capacity and allowing them to function more effectively. Massage therapists are educated to determine and treat root of problem or illness.