Massage therapy is a technique that incorporates soft tissue manipulation to produce soothing and relieving effects and date backs to the earliest human civilizations. In recent years, it has become a popular tool in healing ailments. The technique is aimed to produce positive effects on health, using elbows, hands, fingers or thumbs, in circular or longitudinal directions. It is an alternate form of medicine, which has gained popularity among the common people because of no ill effects. Therapy has magical effects on almost every part and system in the body. Important positive consequences can be witnessed on skeletal, excretory, nervous and circulatory system. In addition, it induces relaxation and rejuvenates you.
Tools of massage therapy
Therapy is greatly effective and is completed with the use of certain elements. These elements include oils, lotion, or powder, to enhance lubrication, which also helps achieve the benefits of massage therapy easily. In other words, these lubricants do not allow friction or rubbing of surfaces, which may get harsh on you. In some parts of the world some hot stones are also used for massage purposes and the therapy is commonly termed as hot stone massage.
Benefits of massage therapy
It is advisable to take at least 2 sessions of massage in a month to avail its benefits. With every massage, the body feels light and new because of a surprising number of advantages. Here is broad list of plus points of massage:
- Circulation: The massage techniques are the best way to enhance blood circulation in the body. With increased blood flow, adequate amount of oxygen reaches the body parts, which is vital for their nourishment and growth.
- Removal of waste products: The blood starts gushing at higher speeds, facilitating the elimination of accumulated toxins via lymphatic and excretory system. With removal of toxins the muscles loosen up thereby decreasing the pain and tightness felt in the muscles.
- Relaxation: Helps in decreasing cortisol, the hormone responsible for stress. With every stroke, the stress levels reduce and one feels relaxed. Also, the warmth produced by each massage stroke helps in promoting sleep.
Apart from these common effects, it also helps in boosting immunity and treating lifestyle.