Massage is a widely used therapeutic procedure that has been used for thousands of years for healing the diseases of patient. It has also a preventive aspect to protect and preserve the health. It has occupied an importance place in Naturopathy. This article discusses the health benefits of massage and various types of massage.
Benefits of Massage
There are various benefits of massage. It removes fatigue and pains, increases vision, produces good body, good sleep, and good skin. It eliminates toxins out of the body from the skin. It stimulates circulation of the blood and soothes the nervous system. It reduces the tension in the muscles and relieves muscular pain. Systematic massage reduces the burden on the heart, and thus increases its efficiency.
Types of Massage
There are five methods of manipulation of massage. They are:
1. Effleurage (Stroking)
2. Petrissage (Kneading)
3. Friction (Rubbing)
4. Tapotement (Percussion)
5. Vibration (Shaking or Trembling)
This type of massage is done with strokes over the body on the skin. It is also done in five different ways: palms of one hand; palms of two hands; the knuckles; the ball of the thumb; the finger tips. Effleurage has various benefits. It increases circulation of blood. It soothes the nervous system. It is beneficial in lean, thin individuals. It relaxes and warms the skin and muscles.
In this type, pressing, rolling and kneading of the muscles, skin and tissues are done with one or both hands or with thumb or thumb fingers. A light pressure is done for superficial kneading. For deep kneading heavy pressure is to be done. Petrissage massage is beneficial for muscles, to strengthen it, to nourish, and relieves the congestion of intestines and it eliminates poison and soothes the nerves.
In this type, circular massage is done over and around the joints. It is helpful in toning the muscles, and tendons of the joints. It reduces the pain, redness and swelling which are the cardinal signs of the inflammation.
In this type, tapping, clapping, hacking and beating is done by sticking the human body rapidly. Quick and short blows are commonly gives by wrist. Tapotement has various benefits. It is useful in wasting of muscles. It soothes the nerves. It strengthens the muscles.
In this type of massage, pressing and shaking on the body either by use of hands or fingers is done. It is beneficial in neuralgia, neuritis. It not only stimulates circulation but also the nerves. It regulates the bowel. It is used to tone up the muscles and to relieve pain in the body. This massage is done from electrically operated machine by a trained person.
Disclaimer: This article is not meant to provide health advice and is for general information only. Always seek the insights of a qualified health professional before embarking on any health program.
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