the traditional Indian system of medicine,
places great emphasis on the therapeutic benefits of massage with
aromatic oils and spices. It is practiced very widely in India.
A variety of massage techniques have also been incorporated into
several other complementary therapies, such as aromatherapy, reflexology,
Rolfing, Heller work, and osteopathy.
BODY MASSAGES AND HEALTH
Massage is a holistic therapy. It has effect on both body and
Massage increases the circulation of blood and flow of lymph.
The direct mechanical effect of rhythmically applied manual pressure
and movement used in massage can dramatically increase the rate
of blood flow. Also, the stimulation of nerve receptors causes
the blood vessels (by reflex action) to dilate, which also facilitates
blood flow. This has a profound effect on one's health.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF MASSAGES
Massage Reduces Muscle Tension
Massage affects the muscles throughout
the body. Massage affects the muscles and other soft tissues throughout
the body. It loosens contracted, shortened, hardened muscles.
Massage can stimulate weak, flaccid muscles. Chronic muscle tension
reduces the circulation of the blood and movement of lymph in
Massage Improves Blood Circulation
The oxygen capacity of the blood can
increase 10-15% after massage. By indirectly or directly stimulating
nerves that supply internal organs, blood vessels of these organs
dilate and allow greater blood supply to them.
Massage Induces Better Lymph Movement
Lymph is a milky white fluid that drains
impurities and waste away from the tissue cells. A component of
these wastes is toxins which are the by-products of metabolism.
So, it is a vital to our health. Muscular contraction has a pumping
effect that moves lymph. Massage and exercise help to move lymph.
Massage Results In Increased Mobility and Range of Motion of Joints
Massage provides a gentle stretching
action to both the muscles and connective tissues that surround
and support the muscles and many other parts of the body, which
helps keep these tissues elastic.
Massage Stimulates or Soothes Nervous System
Massage balances the nervous system
by soothing or stimulating it, depending on which effect is needed
by the individual at the time of the massage.
Massage Enhances Skin Condition
Massage enhances the skin condition
by improving the function of the sebaceous and sweat glands, which
keep the skin lubricated, clean, and cool.
Massage Results in Better Digestion and Intestinal Function
Massage increases the body's secretions
and excretions. It increases the production of gastric juices,
saliva, and urine. There is also an increased excretion of nitrogen,
inorganic phosphorus, and salt. As a result, the metabolic rate
Massage Relieves of Acute and Chronic pain
Massage can promote recovery from the
fatigue and from minor aches and pains.
Massage can help any pain originating from muscle tension: example
- head, back, neck, and shoulder pain are all can benefit from
massage. Releasing tightness and tension in muscles is the most
obvious effect of a good massage.
Massage also is beneficial for relieving
pain associated with arthritis, injuries, or even recent surgery.
Massage can help prevent new tension lines and wrinkles from appearing.
Massage does this by relaxing the muscles and by stimulating the
blood vessels under the skin.
Other Benefits of Massage
>> Massage has beneficial
effects on the internal organs and the immune system
>> Massage reduces swelling
>> Massage reduced stress
>> Massage is useful for general relaxation
>> Massage results in overall improvement in physical health
and the quality of life.