Amazing Massage

The word massage is derivation from Greek massein, or the French masser, which both mean: be knead. Massage is a scientific treatment, by certain passive systematic manipulations, upon the nude skin of the human body.

What is massage?

Massage is a form of structured touch. The hands, or sometimes other parts of the body, such as the forearms or elbows, are used to glide over the skin and apply pressure to the underlying muscles in a series of movements that involve various stroking, rubbing, kneading and pressing. It can be either soothing or stimulating, and when used in conjunction with a focus on energy, can affect the body, mind, spirit and emotions. Massage is ancient, reserved  art that has been practised for centuries. That ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans used massage for healing and health as well as pleasure. In India, China and Japan, massage forms an integral part of whole systems of medicine, while reference to massage in China dates back from between two to three thousand years B.C

What does massage do?

Massage does not actually do anything to the body!  However, what it does is to stimulate and encourage the body to carry out its normal functions. In other words, massage is not something  you do to another person, it is a process that you do to another person, it is a process that you initiate, to which the body then responds. Massage provides the stimulation, and the body does the work.

The therapeutic benefits produced by massage include loosing of muscular tension, toning and firming the muscles, and stimulating the circulation of the blood and lymph. Through too much or not enough exercise, or physical or mental tension, the waste products from muscular activity.

 

Who can benefit?

Massage is for everyone, absolutely. Anyone can massage. It is true that some people have a better natural touch than others, but there is no reason why everyone cannot learn. And anyone can be massaged.

Touch makes us feel wanted. Without touch we become withdrawn. This is the reason why massage can particularly help people suffering bereavement or loss, or those not in a physical relationship. Touch is a means of communication, affirmation and expression, providing a sense of identity and helping to build confidence and self-esteem. In an increasingly over-stimulated and desensitized world, where mental activity has suppressed the physical, massage provides the opportunity to keep in touch with your body and feel it fully. The all over glow of being comfortable with your skin is something we often miss out on.

Following a massage, many people will experience the sense of being a connected whole as opposed to disconnected series of parts. They are also more aware of their feet being more firmly planted on the ground. Massage provides that vital and essential sense of touch, of being looked after, without the pressure of having to give back anything in return.

Massage provides balance, especially if the person giving the massage is concentrating and using their energy effectively. If you are feeling over-stimulated, massage can help sedate and calm, or if you are feeling sluggish, it can help wake you up. It can also be used to help specific problems, such as back and shoulder aches, period pains, coughs, headaches and so on, and can be used as part of the process of recuperation after injury or illness.

Massage can be used before and after sport or exercise to help the body warm up, or to relax and tone the muscles afterwards, preventing stiffness the next day. By helping tone the muscles, massage can help as part of fitness or beauty programme, while the use of oils combined with massage will help stimulate cell renewal and improve the elasticity of the skin. Some people worry about their bodies, thinking they are too fat or unattractive to be massaged. However, in my experience, massage can have he opposite effect, and make you feel much better about your body.

The connection between mind and body is such that being in good shape, physically, affects the mind, and being mentally relaxed helps your body to function better.