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Alternate medicine: massage therapy
Massage is one of the simplest forms of therapy. It involves stroking, pressing and rubbing different parts of the body to relax, stimulate and reduce pain of the body. Massage does create a pleasant sensation to the skin. That apart, it acts on the soft tissues, namely the ligaments, muscles and tendons. It normally affects the muscles just under the skin; its advantages may also reach the deeper layers of muscle and even the organs.
Massage helps the lymphatic system, running parallel to the circulatory system, in discharging the waste from the body.
Massage therapy assists in bringing oxygen and other nutrients to body tissues. This results in proper blood circulation.
It removes muscular pain and stiffness in joints. As a result, flexibility and mobility increase.
Effects Of Massage:
A single massage will be good, no doubt. But to have real benefits, a course of more massages will be ideal. Regular massage can ensure shaping and strengthening the whole body system. Another advantage is that probable stress and strain of future can be prevented. Massage can excite or cool the nervous system based on the individual, thereby easing fatigue and developing extra energy. In short, massage boosts the individual physically, mentally and spiritually.
Who require Massage Therapy?
Massage therapy is recommended for those who require relaxation of mind and body. In addition it can cure muscular pain, back pain, arthritis, headache, migraine and so on. Blood circulation and respiratory systems can also be made to function normally with massage. Massage therapy relieves stress. It helps to lower the levels of hormones such as Cortisol and thereby body’s stress response. Massage therapy also augments immune function.
Typical Massage Therapy Session:
Depending upon the type of massage, a session may last for about an hour or more. Your life style, health history etc will be reviewed at the outset. With bare minimum cloth on, you will have to lie face down under a sheet on a massage table. The therapist will then ensure that you are comfortable and properly positioned by adjusting the face rest and pillows. The therapist begins the massage on the skin with dilute oil. A full body massages starts at the back, moving down to feet. Then you have to turn over. Now it is the turn of neck, arms, abdomen and legs to get the massage. Slowly get up. If you try to get up fast, you may feel giddiness.
During massage there is chance for pain when pressure is applied on the areas of muscle tension. Then let the therapist know it. In any case massage will never hurt. After the massage some will have body pin for the day, but most feel happy and relaxed.
There are those who must avoid massage:
People with skin infection, rash or wounds.
Those who have just undergone chemotherapy, radiation or surgery.
People with heart diseases and those prone to blood clots.
Please bear in mind that massaging over fractures bruises, wounds, tumors, abdominal hernia etc. are not advisable.
Avoid heavy meal just before the massage.
Arrive 10 minutes early to the massage centre so that you can take some rest before starting the session.