Massage, Overview and Benefits

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Mmmmmm, pure, heavenly and simply divine, just the thought of a massage makes you feel relaxed.

So what is Massage?
Massage is the use of hands, feet or mechanical means to manipulate the soft tissue of the body, in particular the muscles. Massage is used for relaxation, rehabilitation and stimulation of the whole body. It enhances suppleness of the muscles, improves circulation and reduces stress.

So where does it come from?
Massage is not a technique derived from one culture but from many. People the world over use touch as a form of communication and comfort. Animals use touch in a similar way, e.g. grooming their young, licking wounds and nuzzling each other to show affection. The use of massage has been recorded in China from 3000BC. In India massage has always’ been used as part traditional Ayurvedic Medicine. At Roman baths, business life for all members of society, massage was central to the whole ritual. For the ancient Greeks massage formed part of everyday exercise and fitness. Modern massage is based on techniques used by Per Henrik Ling (1776-1839) a physiologist and fencing master, he was from Sweden and massage is still referred to as Swedish Massage because of his influence. At the end of the nineteenth century massage was battling for respectability. The name was often used in relation to prostitution and therefore the therapy was not taken seriously. In order to combat this eight woman founded The Society of Trained Masseuses in 1884. Massage now has become a reputable and recognized therapy thanks to an increased awareness and interest in complementary therapies.

What Massage does?
Massage is beneficial to all of the bodies systems. It is a natural and effective way to treat psychological problems (relating to the mind) such as stress, by enabling the body to relax, thereby reducing tension it relaxes the mind, thereby reducing anxiety and its effects and gives a “lift” to our emotions and increases positive feelings,
enhancing self esteem. Massage will increase you energy by invigorating all body systems and reducing fatigue. Massage is also effective in treating the Physiological (relating to the physical structure of the body) by improving skin tone and colour by removing dead skin cells and improving circulation. This is an excellent natural way of keeping the muscles in our face strong and young looking facials are an important part of keeping that youthfulness for both men and woman. It encourages deeper and therefore more efficient breathing, it encourages better lymph drainage and reduces swelling, it relieves muscle fatigue, soreness and stiffness, encourages sleep, boosts. In the long term mass will lower high blood pressure, balance the digestive system, relieve insomnia, improve skin elasticity and circulation and boost immunity.

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