Massage and its use for health benefits
Massage is a form of passive exercise, often involving services of another person to perform actions of rubbing, kneading or hitting someone’s body, to help the person in relaxing, relive pain or preparing for muscular actions. Massage involves scientific and observational knowledge on soft tissues of the body and movements for the manipulation of tissues. Massage is an excellent therapy for stimulation and strengthening body with increased energy and vitality.
Use of massage as a medicinal way for healing dates far back to 2000 B.C. or beyond. Massage is an important practice in many tribal societies for relieving pain and thus forms a part of traditional medicinal systems. Its use as a sexual stimulant and pleasure instrument is discussed for long in sexual knowledge books like ‘Kamasutra.’
The increased knowledge on our body, various types of massage oils, their properties and hand movements has brought many new developments. Many new forms and combinations of massage are developed. Many times it is used in combination with other medicinal ways for quick and better recovery from ailments.
Benefits of Massage:
The benefits of massage depend on the area of application. E.g. general body massage, involving all parts of the body, helps in body relaxation, toning up the nervous system, curing insomnia, cleaning and opening skin pores, improving respiration and fastens the process of elimination of toxins i.e. detoxification and waste material from the body by improving the performance of our excretion/elimination organs such as the lungs, kidneys and bowels.
Other major benefits of massage are:
- Improved blood circulation,
- Increased metabolism,
- Reduction of facial wrinkles and marks on skin,
- Toning up of skin and removing stretch marks or black spots,
- Aligning muscles and improving posture,
- Treating headache,
- Easing of childbirth or relieving pain post childbirth from perineal,
- Decreasing fat from belly,
- Relieve pain from sore muscles and joints or to avoid injuries,
- Filling out hollow cheeks and neck,
- Enhancement of body parts like breast and penis,
- To speed up recovery after exercise or sports, thus improving performance,
- Provide relief from numbness (reduced sensitivity/emotion), and
- Remove stiffness from muscles.
Despite these benefits it should always be kept in mind that massage should not be used just like any other medicine which helps you in keep going for high intensity and physically or mentally demanding work.
For other information on Massage kindly follow the links:
- Requirements for massage- material, professional and precautions
- Fundamental manipulations of massage
- Visual guide to massage manipulation techniques
- Anatomical and physiological knowledge required for massage
- Therapeutic usage of massage
- Various types of massage