The practice of massage therapy became popular in the united states in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Massage therapy resurfaced in the nineteen seventies. At least eighty forms of massage exist. The usage of massage has been to reduce stress and increase circulation in the body. It is important not to eat before a massage, to come to the appointment on time, undress to your comfort level, inform the massage therapist if you are allergic to anything, communicate sensations of discomfort, and to drink plenty of water after receiving a massage.