Massage is part of our treatment system from ancient times. While undergoing massage, the body is benefited with manifold physiological benefits, moreover it soothes and relaxes the body. Physically massaging or kneading the soft tissues is the procedure in which a person derives relief from pain, stress, discomfort and promotes health and wellness. When such techniques are applied to promote health and wellness it is called Massage Therapy.
Massage in ayurveda is known as abhyanga and are recommended for treating several diseases. Besides that, it plays an important role in body detoxification process called “Panchakarma” usually prescribed before starting the core treatment for a disease in ayurveda. Massage is performed using ayurvedic herbal oils and aromatic oils. Ayurvedic physician select oil according to the condition and objective of massage.
There are different types of body massages according to the ayurvedic texts and they are selected after diagnosing the patient and his discomforts. The different types of massage are udvarthana, mardana and paadaghata.
Massage and its immense benefits
- During massage, the blood circulation in tissues increases, releases muscle spasms and stimulates the nervous system or sedates it. When the circulation is increased, the tissues get more oxygen and nutrients.
- The recovery period of illness or injury is shortened.
- Due to massage, endorphins which are natural pain killers are released into the body
- It stimulates lymphatic system which boosts body immunity.
- Massage relieves muscle tension, stiffness, pain and reduces swelling.
- As a result of massage the formation of scar tissue is reduced.
- Massage increases performance of the athletics and gives immense joint flexibility
- It helps to reduce discomforts arising out of stress related conditions like migraine, tension headache, body pain, tiredness, anxiety, depression, insomnia, sleep disturbance etc.
- Apart from that it reduces the level of stressful hormones called cortisol.
- It helps to handle stressful conditions in a relaxed and calm way
- It enhances the creative ability and creative thinking.
- It altogether promotes the feeling of wellbeing.
Cases where massage has to be avoided
Ayurveda text underlines that massage should not be done on patients who suffer from fever, diarrhea, vomiting, indigestion and pregnancy. Therapists avoids massaging for persons suffering from fever, skin eruptions, large bruises, inflamed joints, sensitive veins, varicose, tumors, a period, indigestion, nut allergy, appendix, dislocated shoulders, and vertebral problems.
It is recommended that you ensure that massage therapist is qualified or not.