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Saturday, December 9, 2006


Massage Benefits

The literal meaning of 'massage' is manipulation of the soft tissues of the body using the hands. Massage Therapies are directed to eliminate the disease completely, permanently. In Ayurvedic Treatment massage is done in a traditional manner with application of medicated herbal oils. The selection of oil depends on the condition of the subject. Human touch connects one person to another and the feelings shared are healing and energizing emotionally. Some of the benefits of massage are listed below.

Pain Relief: All kinds of pains and muscular aches can be eliminated through massage therapy. It is beneficial in curing rheumatism arthritis, headaches, migraines, chronic back pain. It helps relieve muscle tension and stiffness.

Improved Circulation: Its most important application is that it increases blood circulation, increasing life span and general sense of well being.

Stress Relief: Massage is a great way to reduce the stress in your life. It helps in curing tension-related headaches.

Reducing Blood Pressure: Massage is helpful in decreasing blood pressure in people with hypertension.

Better Sleep: Massage therapy induces a sound sleep for some days. Regular massage relieves mental stress.

Improves Flexibility: It provides greater joint flexibility and range of motion. It relieves muscle tension and stiffness

Athletic Performance: Massage therapy enhances athletic performance. It speeds up healing of injury and prevents further injury.

Strengthens the Immune System: It stimulates the digestive system and activates the urinary system.

Emotional Benefits: Massage is good for healing emotions. It satisfies the need for caring nurturing touch.

Body Awareness: Massage creates body awareness and enhances capacity for calm thinking and creativity.

Massage therapy can soothe pain, relax stiff muscles, and reduce the swelling that accompanies arthritis. Massage and gentle stretching help maintain a joint's range of motion.

If you have osteoarthritis, gentle massage can help ease the pain. Start by putting few drops of Arthcare massage oil on your fingertips. Then work slowly around the affected joint, making small, gentle circles with your fingertips. It's best to avoid massage directly on the joint; stay just above and below it with your fingertips. Work on the area around the joint for three to five minutes each day.

Gentle massage may also help reduce swelling in rheumatoid arthritis. Use the effleurage stroke to work the muscle and tissue around the joint with your fingertips. Make sure you use oil or on your fingers to make the massage more gentle. Work the area for five to ten minutes a day.

Massage can help any pain originating from muscle tension: example - legs, back, neck, and shoulder pain. All can benefit from massage. Releasing tightness and tension in muscles is the most obvious effect of a good massage.

Self Massage: Wonderfully relaxing and energizing at the same time, a daily self-massage with warm oil is easy to do and takes only about 30 minutes. You can do it at home each morning, and reap the benefits of this luxurious therapy all day long.

Ayurvedic texts list a wide range of benefits from regular performance of the warm oil full-body massage:

1. It helps pacify Vata dosha, the space and air elements in the physiology.

Because of our hectic 24/7 lives, most of us have high levels of stress, anxiety, a feeling of being overwhelmed and spaced-out, all indications of an aggravated Vata dosha. Soothing touch is very Vata-pacifying. Warm oil, being warm, smooth and unctuous, is also Vata-pacifying.

2. The massage also helps balance Kapha dosha, the water and earth elements in the physiology.

It enhances circulation throughout the body and revitalizes a lethargic body and mind.

3. With regular performance of the massage, deep-seated toxins in the joints and tissues are loosened and released into the system for elimination through the natural toxin-release processes.

Toxins in the skin are also released, leaving you with clear healthy skin.

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