BENEFITS OF MASSAGE FOR BODY AND MIND!

Here we speak about massage which is a true and proper art with really interesting origins and history.

The word massage derives from the Arabic “mass” or “mash” (rub, press) or from the Greek “rock” (kneading, handle). The benefits of massage are both physical and psychological and have been recognized and applied since ancient times.

Massage is spoken about also in ancient texts, for example in “Kong Fou”, Chinese text of 2698 B.C., describes physical exercises and various types of massage, with the aim of reaching a perfect psycho-physical balance.  Also in the XVIII century a.C., in the sacred text the Ayur-Veda, Brahama recommends to his disciples the massage even for hygienic purposes and last but not least also the Egyptian, Persian and Japanese medical literature speak about massage.
In the beginning the doctors used the massage for the care of fatigue, illnesses and traumas. Hippocrates (406 a.C.) the famous Greek physician as well as the father of modern medicine ,described “anatripsis”, literally meaning “clutch upwards”, as a more effective practice with respect to the same movement performed downwards on the limbs, practically it had already sensed the mechanism of lymphatic and blood circulation. In Europe, for the entire duration of the Roman Empire, the massage was an important element for health care, so as to keep the massager on the same level as the physician; during the Middle Ages in Europe the massage as also many types of medicine was put aside while in Asia the study not only continued but has led to studies and to the techniques that we know today.

BENEFITS OF MASSAGE

The benefits of Massage are countless also depending on the type of massage and the technique used that affects more or less a zone, but we can combine some benefits that are general:

  • HEALTHY AND BRIGHT SKIN: The  massage improves the skin in terms of brightness and beauty. With the massage we eliminate dead cells, we get the stimulation of the pores with a consequent better absorption of nutrients contained in products used, greater elastication and distension of the skin itself.
  • RELAXATION: every type of massage is able to relax.
  • LOOSENS MUSCULAR TENSION: massaging the muscles loosens tension, muscle contractures and trigger points that you create and accumulate during the day or during an intense workout. This release brings benefits to bone level with a greater elasticity, amplitude and ease of movement with a consequent greater ability to use our own physique.
  •  LYMPHATIC STIMULATION: during a skin contact treatment we have a movement of liquids that leads to the elimination by the kidneys of toxins and waste that accumulate in the body in the event of lymphatic stagnation or malfunction of the system itself.
  • BETTER HEMATIC FUNCTION: besides the lymphatic movement also the blood that can benefit from a nice massage, during a manual treatment it is in fact possible to improve the quantity but also the quality of the blood that flows in the veins and arteries.

TBENEFITS OF MASSAGE ARE SO MANY BUT BEWARE THERE ARE ALSO AREAS TO AVOID TO MASSAGE AND ALSO PARTICULAR PATHOLOGIES

The massage in some cases can result in the accentuation of symptoms:
– Recent trauma (wait for tissue repair),
– Processes acute inflammation (traumatic, infectious or allergic),
– Serious phlebopathies (phlebitis or thrombophlebitis),
– Cardiac insufficiency with edema in the lower limbs (edema of secondary nature),
– Diseases of the central nervous system (CNS) with spastic evolution
– Serious necrosis (for the danger of excess of elimination of protein substances),
– Febrile processes (for the danger of temperature increase),
– Dermatitis or dermatosis (for the danger of irritation, relatively to the dermatitis and itchy dermatoses and contagion, relatively to the infectious dermatitis).

In addition there are areas to be avoided since they may be painful or annoying such as the malleolus, crest and tibial tray, the patella, the greater trochanter of the femur, the iliac crest, the spinous spinosa of vertebrae, sacrum, sternum, clavicle scapula, elbow-olecrano) and the outcrop points of vascular organs, nervous and lymphatic vessels (cable popliteal, inguinal cable, axillary fossa, cable or the pit back-claveolare), the sexual organs.

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