Massage and What It Can Do for Your Body
People who have tried having a massage would attest that this activity brings relaxation and cure of stresses and muscles pains that they feel. In fact, a massage forms a part of several physical rehabilitation programs and this had brought relief to many people of all walks of life.
We will present here how anyone who needs healing and relaxation can get solutions through the benefits of having a massage.
Let us briefly give a background about massage. Massage was used by the Chinese 4,000 years ago, as their healing therapy and as a traditional cure to several conditions at that time. Considered as a hands-on therapy, massage has several techniques, from a gentle stroking to firmer and deeper muscular manual moves.
Massage is said to benefit the whole body in general and specifically influencing the condition of the various systems like musculoskeletal, circulatory, lymphatic and nervous systems. Massage has said to have various kinds with different benefits.
There is the aromatherapy massage that uses essential oils from plants, and then is massaged to the skin, thus giving a healing and relaxing effects.
Another type is the lymphatic massage implementing strokes that are light and rhythmic, that aims to improve the flow of lymph throughout the body.
Next type that we will describe is reflexology that focuses on the hands and feet with special skills using thumb and finger techniques.
Shiatsu is another kind of massage wherein gentle pressures of hand and finger are applied to certain points of the body in order to relieve pains of those areas, thus improving the flow of energy of the body’s energy pathways.
Next kind of massage is Swedish massage, using different strokes and pressure techniques, with the objective of improving the flow of the blood to the heart, and other benefits like removal of waste products from the tissues, ligaments and tendons are stretched and to ease physical and emotional tensions.
Some massage treatments are also specialized and we will describe briefly here.
One special massage is called craniosacral massage that is using a gentle pressure to the head and spine, thereby correcting the imbalances and restoring the flow of the cerebrospinal fluid.
One special massage is myofascial release, that is used to relax and stretch the muscles, fascia and related structures, with the techniques of gentle pressure and body positioning.
Another kind of special massage is a form of energy healing, called polarity therapy, that is for the purpose of stimulating and balancing the flow of energy within a person’s body thus promoting health and well-being.
Next special massage we introduce is called rolfing, wherein a kind of pressure is applied to the fascia in order to stretch, lengthen and make the tissue more flexible thereby realigning the body and conserving energy, releasing tension thus making it function better.