Massage can be used for treatment of some disorders:
Modern studies have shown that massage can be used to successfully treat a variety of disorders, including:
Back or neck pain
Soft tissue injuries
High blood pressure
Typically, the practitioner uses either oil or talcum powder to allow their hands to slip over the subject’s skin. Sometimes, a sheet or thin piece of cloth might be used for the same effect.
The different types of massage may include:
Aromatherapy – essential oils made from selected flowers and plants are added to the massage oil for their particular therapeutic properties. For example, the scent of sandalwood is thought to reduce nervous tension.
Baby massage – can help to treat constipation, colic and sleeping problems. Studies have found that regular massage helps premature babies to gain weight at a faster rate.
Reflexology – massage of the feet can encourage healing in other parts of the body.
Therapeutic – also known as ‘Western’ or ‘Swedish’ massage. One of the most popular forms of massage in Australia, this technique is designed to promote relaxation and improve blood circulation.
Remedial – encourages healing of injured soft tissue, such as muscles, tendons and ligaments.
Shiatsu – is an oriental massage technique that aims to improve energy flow by working certain points on the body. The underlying principles of Shiatsu massage are similar to those of acupuncture.
Sports – is a blend of techniques that aim to enhance performance and help overworked muscles to recover quickly.
Healing hands massage has many benefits some of which are:
The benefits of touch and massage therapy has long been recognized as one of the best and most effective ways to achieve mental and physical well-being.
The use of hands in healing hands massage has been developed over the years to help cure a number of ailments, and even to simply promote a state of relaxation, calmness, and health.
Healing hands massages makes use of applying pressure, rubbing, or kneading various parts of the body to reach deep muscles, improve circulation and blood flow, and to remove any blockages in the internal system that may be causing ailments.
It should be noted that although healing hands massage can improve overall well being and improve some health conditions, it is not a cure for ailments.
Massage can be used complimentary with medical treatments and other forms of curing, to help alleviate pain, manage depression and trauma.
Healing hands massage is significantly better than other forms of therapy and treatment because there are no side effects and it can only benefit the patient in the long run.
One of the immediate benefits of massage is a feeling of deep relaxation and calm. This occurs because massage prompts the release of endorphins, the brain chemicals (neurotransmitters) that produce feelings of well-being. Levels of stress hormones, such as adrenalin, cortisol and norepinephrine, are also reduced. Studies indicate that high levels of stress hormones impair the immune system.
Some of the physical benefits of massage include:
- Reduced muscle tension
- Improved circulation
- Stimulation of the lymphatic system
- Reduction of stress hormones
- Increased joint mobility and flexibility
- Improved skin tone
- Speedier healing of soft tissue injuries
- Heightened mental alertness
- Reduced anxiety and depression.
My Massage Teacher Brandon Raynor explaining the origins of Raynor Massage
"The physician must be experienced in many things, but most assuredly in rubbing. For rubbing can bind a joint that is too loose, and loosen a joint that is too rigid" - Hippocrates, The "Father of Modern Medicine"