The holistic application of physical touch to affect the systems of the body — the muscular, skeletal, elimination, digestive, circulatory, respiratory, endocrine, lymphatic, emotional, mental and nervous systems is called body massage. Body massage is the manipulation of the soft tissues of the body with the hands for healing, therapeutic, pleasurable and relaxing effects. Body massage is the loving touch of the heart expressed through the hands. Professional therapeutic massage originated in China, is an age-old healing art, which can alleviate mental, physical and emotional ailments.
Let us study the healing powers of body massage.
Body massage helps release stress and tension in our bodies by increasing oxygen flow and blood circulation in the body. Excessive unresolved tension and stress in our daily lives could cause continuous muscular tension. This type of mental tension or stress diminishes the flow of oxygen and blood to the muscles and organs causing pains and aches, feelings of fatigue, symptomatic heaviness, tightness of muscles and stiffness. This can even increase the chance of strains and injuries. Tension creates a tendency for a build up of toxins in the body, and reduces the flow of the more subtle energy or life force (Prana or Chi). Muscular stress also deforms the skeletal anatomy, which further compounds present problems and develops new ones.
OTHER BENEFITS OF BODY MASSAGE
1. Assists weight loss;
2. Improves and increases blood circulation and the flow of tissue fluid (lymph);
3. Nourishes the skin (with the right oils);
4. Soothes and relaxes nerves;
5. Assists in removal of deposits of tissue;
6. Releases emotional and mental tension;
7. Creates a feeling of well-being;
8. Gives pleasure.
If you have any illness it is always advisable to inform a doctor before you go for a body massage.