Massage is a practice that has been performed since ancient and medieval times. Many of the different massage types you see today originated from ancient civilisations including China, Japan, India, Egypt, and Greece, and were performed to induce a number of different bodily responses. Every type of massage offers a different historical and cultural experience.
Depending on where you’re having the massage, the practitioner might use their hands, fingers, forearms, elbows, and sometimes even knees and feet! A range of facilities, equipment, and supplies may also be used, with everything from your standard massage tables and chairs to warm-water pools, lotions, and even stones or rocks.
With all those differences in mind, here are 35 different massages from around the world.