Massage is believed to have originated in China around 2700 B.C. Massage was used to cure sickness, promote health, and balance the body. Chinese and other Eastern physicians were only paid if their patients remained healthy.
Acupressure and trigger point therapy preceded acupuncture by at least a thousand years. Acupuncture was not developed because it was believed to be superior to acupressure. People in power were to be touched as little as possible, so physicians devised a method where needles were used in place of hands and fingers.
Treatment of animals first appears in writings around 720 B.C. Horses, chickens, camels, and pigs are shown in early illustrations.