What is Ayurvedic Massage Therapy?

Time and again we are all tempted to go to a spa for a massage. Most of us are looking forward to the relaxation and the refreshing spa experience. Little do we know that massages have a scientific basis and they are not only rejuvenating but also therapeutic in nature. Let me introduce you to the science and technique behind the Ayurvedic and natural massages.

Ayurvedic Massage

Introducing natural massage
A massage is a manipulation of the soft tissues of different areas in whole body to bring about generalized improvements in health and relaxation from stress. Natural massages are conventionally prevalent in almost all cultures of the world and especially in Indian and Chinese traditional medicine. Massage therapy is one of the most important touch based therapies. There are many complementary medicine systems which are primordially touch based or with a substantial touch component such as aromatherapy, reflexology, Ayurvedic marma massage, Microcurrent massage etc.

The treatment
A massage for an improvement of skin complexion, reducing fat cells, relieving stress, alleviating pain is available in various forms and for different time durations. A plethora of herbs, aromatic oils and other natural substances are used in these massage therapies. The ideal condition for a massage is that a client is unclothed, lying on a massage couch, a warm room either quiet or with soft music in the background.

The technique
Massage is done by the practitioner using various techniques. Although these techniques are more useful for the massage practitioners, but it is good to know the basic techniques so that the next time you are getting a massage done, you can ensure how authentic it is! The massage uses the following different techniques;
1. Effleurage: gentle stroking along the length of a muscle
2. Petrissage: pressure applied across the width of a muscle
3. Friction: deep massage applied by circular motions of the thumbs or fingertips
4. Kneading: squeezing across the width of a muscle
5. Hacking: light slaps or karate chops
Depending on the client and her/his condition the massage is constrained to a certain body part.

Massage can manipulate the muscles and soft tissues and thus enhance the circulation of blood within the body. It also acts on the lymphatic system, immune system and nervous system. Massages are highly scientific in nature as they press the vital points in the body and reach deep below the dermis to reach the deep seated organs. This property enables them to enhance, improve and maintain the normal physiological functions in the body thus maintaining the vitality and rigor; improvement in physical form and a positive mental and spiritual disposition.

The massages are a pleasurable and deeply relaxing experience. When done by experienced and skilled persons, it is an effective and completely safe and natural therapy. They have been reported to have a very low risk of adverse effects if any. The contraindications to massage are mostly based on the judgment of the masseur. Hence, it is important that you go to someone who is well versed with the know-how of massage therapy.

Scope of the massage
Massage primarily provides relief from stress by promoting relaxation and reducing anxiety. Along with a global effect on general health, massage has been used in treatment of various disorders. It has been used to treat acne, wrinkles, aging and in weight loss programs. A massage improves the overall general well-being of the client.

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