One of the most ancient holistic healing methods is massage. It has been used by many ancient cultures, including the Ancient Greeks, Egyptians, Chinese, Indian and Medieval Europe. It was used to treat various ailments. Treatment for massage (myotherapy) is the application of specific techniques or pressure to various soft-tissue areas in order to improve their health or to treat a specific type of health condition. Basis, which is an Greek word meaning "to massage" is the basis for the term massage.