We've come a long way in applying materials to the skin while doing massage therapy. Hog's lard, powder, olive oil, and liniment are just a few of the materials that have been used in massage. Olive oil was believed to ease pain. Liniment was used to increase circulation. I'm not certain what the lard did other than being used to oil the skin. Some of these, such as powder, are still being used today.
1403 Pemberton Road, Suite 104
Richmond, Virginia 23238