Body massage and its benefits
Body massage has been a style of treatment which has been prescribed by many ancient texts as well as modern medical science for its power to relax the body and also to heal the body of the various ailments. Massage involves acting on and manipulating the body with pressure. It could be in different forms such as structured, unstructured, stationary and moving. It involves applying pressure on various parts of the body via tension, motion or vibration and it is done both manually and with mechanical aids.
Manual massage can be applied with the hands, fingers, elbows, knees, forearm, and feet. There are over eighty different recognized massage modalities. All of these modalities aim at improving the blood circulation and strengthening the organs of the body.
It should not be misunderstood that massage is only for those who are sick. Rather, it is beneficial for all. A good and properly done massage administered to a sick person can help in obtaining the necessary therapeutic effects through specific techniques. For those who are not suffering from ailments, massage is a substitute of exercise wherein the effects of exercise could be derived from it.
Various oils are used in massage as lubricants like mustard oil, sesame oil, coconut oil, olive oil, and aroma oils etc. which also have therapeutic effects. Movements in massage vary according to condition and the body parts involved