Wellness and Health through Massage
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 some rehabilitation programs, a massage is included in the program and has proven to bring relief to several people.
And so for those who need relaxation and healing, we will go through here some of the benefits of massage.
Let us give a short description about massage. Back in 4,000 years ago, the Chinese used massage as a healing therapy as a traditional cure for a number of cases. Massage has various techniques, generally described as hands-on therapy, consisting of gentle stroking to a firmer and deeper manual techniques.
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 considered to have many types with different benefits.
One kind is the aromatherapy massage wherein the essential oils from plants are massaged into the skin in order to promote the 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.
Next kind of massage is called shiatsu, described as the gentle pressure of finger and hand application of specific points of the body, thus relieving pain and enhancing flow of energy with the concentration on the body’s energy pathways.
Described as a using different kinds of strokes and pressure techniques, Swedish massage is performed with the aim of enhancing the flow of the blood to the heart, remove waste products from tissues, stretch the ligaments and tendons of the body, and thus give relief to 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.
Next to describe of a special massage is polarity therapy, which is a kind of energy healing, and is used to stimulate and balance the flow of energy within a person’s body, thus enhancing the health and well-being of the person.
There is a kind of pressure applied to the fascia, and this special massage is called rolfing, and the activity would make the tissue more flexible, thereby stretching it, and making it more flexible.