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Wellness and Health through Massage

Having a massage brings relaxation and relief from muscular pains, as attested by people who have been having this activity. 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.

And so for those who need relaxation and healing, we will go through here some of the benefits of massage.

Let us briefly give a background about massage. It has been said that the benefits of massage dated back 4,000 years ago as a healing therapy, which was used by the Chinese as one of their traditional medicine to cure some conditions. Massage has various techniques, generally described as hands-on therapy, consisting of gentle stroking to a firmer and deeper manual techniques.

The benefits of massage are said to influence the condition of the musculoskeletal, circulatory, lymphatic and nervous systems, and thus affecting the body as a whole. There are several types of massage and corresponding 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.

Described with a light and rhythmic strokes, another kind of massage is the lymphatic massage with the goal to enhance the flow of lymph throughout one’s body.

Another kind of massage is the reflexology using specialized thumb and finger techniques aiming application on the hands and feet.

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.

Other massage treatments are meant for more specialized purpose which we will describe 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.

Next specialized massage is the myofascial release aiming to relax and stretch the muscles, fascia and related structures with the gentle pressure and body positioning.

With the objective of promoting health and well-being, another special massage called polarity therapy, is a form of energy healing that enhances the flow of energy within the body.

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.