A brief history of massage – China, Egypt, India, Sweden, etc.
Civilizations in the East and West found that massage could heal injuries, relieve pain, and prevent illnesses helps to reduce stress and provide relaxation.
- Practicing massage is noted in approximately 3,000 BC.
- Based on the patient’s health imbalances, constitution, and time of year, Ayurveda has given a variety of treatment therapies, medicines.
- These treatment therapies have Abhyangam-OIL massage as an important part.
- A variety of massages have been described according to the patient’s need etc.
- Massage therapies are seen between 3000 and 2500 BC
- Egyptians created reflexology – 2500 BCE.
- Here practitioner applies pressure points on the feet and hands, the patient experiences benefits on the areas of the body that are connected to those points.
- The benefits of massage therapy are traced back to approximately 2700 BC.
- Chinese massage states that diseases and illnesses arise due to deficient or imbalanced energy in pathways/meridians which represent physiological systems. Through massage, energy flows more harmoniously through meridians.
- Techniques name- Tui Na, amno, acupuncture, acupressure.
- Massage techniques developed in the early 1800,
- Swedish physician Per Henrik Ling developed “Swedish Gymnastic Movement System” Techniques include stroking/pressing/squeezing/striking to treat physical issues.
- How does massage work on the body?
- When the oil is massaged on the body for a particular duration the oil accordingly reaches deeper layers (dhatu levels).
- The medicines in the oil have their action by absorption mechanism.
- The oil with its medicines is absorbed and converted by bhrajak pitta to pachak pitta in the skin than to all dhatus and organs in the body.
- When the medicine reaches with the help of oil to particular dhatu it subsides the disease of that particular dhatu.
- “Vata” is dominating the skin which is mentioned in the Ayurveda texts also skin is the largest organ of the body hence keeping it oiled should be followed as a daily routine.
- Also, there are references that abhyangam–massage nourishes the body and the mind. As the oil nourishes the organs which in turn nourish the mind and body.
- What are the different kinds – USP of each (benefits too)?
Three main types
Sarvakayaabhyangam – Full Oody Oil Massage
- Makes the body sturdy and strong
- Makes it capable of facing any injuries and assaults
- Improves body immunity.
- Improves skin texture.
- Nourishes overall body organs, joints, ligaments, etc.
- Improves body fluid and blood circulation.
- Rejuvenates the body and rebuilds the body system.
Shiroabhyangam – Head Massage
- Hairfall, graying of hair.
- Nourishes the hair follicles and pores.
- Provides nourishment to the brain and mind
- Relaxes the body.
- Provides black and lustrous hair.
- Nourishes the mind and sensory organs
- Improves sleep patterns.
Padabhyangam – Foot Massage
- Prevents dryness, cracks, stiffness in the feet and leg.
- Provides strength
- Improves body circulation
- Improves vision.
- Nourishes the ligaments and tendons.
- Cure symptoms like numbness, swelling, etc
- Other areas where massages are conventionally used are post-pregnancy massages and newborn massages.
- Please explain the evolution of massage as therapy (Ancient Vs. Modern)
- These days massage is a common form of holistic medicine, with a variety of techniques and practices to cater to all types of mental and physical ailments.
- Today’s day and age massage being considered as part of an overall healthcare plan.
- In recent times there has been an emergence of massage chairs being used in addition to a massage treatment.
- Massage therapy is used to maintain internal and external health
- What are the areas of application in healthcare?
Health benefits from implementing a daily oil rub into your morning or evening routine include:
- Improved Musculoskeletal strength
- Develops bone and joint strength
- Nourishes nervous system
- Improves circulation and lymph drainage
- Works on improving the quality and duration of sleep
- Makes skin healthy, soft, and subtle
- Enhances vision
- Nourishes the scalp and hair
- Tones the body’s tissues
- Increases life span and quality
- Nourishment for the whole body
- Relives stress mental and physical
- Improves vigor
- The present-day scenario of massages.
- As a preventative practice, therapeutic massage is used in spas, gyms, and workplaces all over the world
- Today various massages are used in physical therapy and in chiropractic clinics to treat pain, improve circulation, and speed up the healing of injured muscles.
- Post-delivery massages and pediatric massages are types of massages that have always been important since traditional times to date.