Massage, the Perfect Elixir for Good Health and Definitely an Art to be Appreciated

A History

It dates back almost as far as recorded history and works on the basis that when the body is calmed and relaxed, mental anxiety is lessened. For thousands of years some form of massage or laying on of hands has been used to heal the sick. For the ancient Greek and Romans, massage was one of the principle methods of healing and relieving pain.

In the fifth century B.C. Hippocrates, often regarded as the father of modern medicine, said,"The physician must be experienced in many things, but most assuredly in rubbing, for rubbing can bind a joint that is loose and loosen a joint that is bound."


A number of studies have confirmed that being massaged, stroked or just held can lower stress levels dramatically as during a treatment the human body secretes lower levels of the stress hormones cortisol, norepinephrine, and dopamine. These hormones not only make us feel anxious, which can be unpleasant, but they can actually cause stress-related diseases.

Contemporary Western massage includes methods based primarily on modern Western concepts ofanatomy and physiology, using a wide variety of muscle manipulative techniques. They include Swedish, neuromuscular massage, deep tissue massage, sports massage, and manual lymph drainage, all of which can enhance the performance of the muscular, skeletal, circulatory, nervous and respiratory systems.

Massage affects the nervous system through nerve endings in the skin, stimulating the release of endorphins, the body's natural 'feel good' chemicals. It helps reverse the damaging effects of stress by slowing heart rate, respiration and metabolism. It lowers raised blood pressure, stimulates blood circulation to improve the supply of oxygen and nutrients to body and also helps the lymphatic system to flush away waste products. It eases tense and knotted muscles, stiff joints and improves mobility and flexibility.

As stress management is a key component for anyone striving to achieve a healthy lifestyle, massage therapy has been proven to be one of the most effective and enjoyable methods for achieving stress relief.

Research studies show massage therapy actually boosts the body's immune system, which can become compromised from extended periods of stress and has the ability toreverse many of the affects caused by stress related illnesses. Once a person's stress level is reduced, they can reclaim the energy they once enjoyed, and experience a refreshed body and mind.

. . . So as you can see, massage is the perfect elixir for good health and definitely an art to be appreciated . .


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