Massage has the very much same effects on the system as the cold water treatment. - Henry Lindlahr- father of naturopathy

Massage is generally defined as manipulation of soft tissue, whereas massage therapy is defined as systemic application of massage. Massage therapy to include the systemic manual manipulation of soft tissue such as muscle, fascia, and body fluids to and body to enhance health and well-being

It helps to eliminate morbid matter and increase blood circulation.

Morbidity → accumulates within the tissues and clogs the capillaries → interferes / prevents the normal activity of the organs of elimination.

How Massage Works

  • Squeezes the stagnant blood and the morbid accumulations out of the tissues into the venous circulation
  • Speeds the venous blood charged with waste products and poisons on its way to the lungs
  • Enables the arterial blood rich of oxygen and nourishing elements to flow more freely into the less-obstructed tissues and organs.

Benefits of Therapeutic Massage

  • Stress- stimulation and relaxation (brings about deep relaxation in the individual).
  • Helps to reduce high blood pressure and heart rate by peripheral vasodilatation
  • Massage helps to provide the physical relaxation which could in turn act on the mental realm- Unity of Mind-Body
  • Helps increase jointmobility and reduce body/joint stiffness stiffness.

Indication

  • Circulatory disturbance
  • Nervous irritability
  • Injury & inflammation (correlate clinically)
  • Pain and spasm of muscle and nerves
  • Joint stiffness
  • Facial paralysis

 

  • Insomnia
  • Spastic condition of limbs
  • Muscle wasting
  • Constipation
  • Liver congestion
  • Bronchitis (to loosen mucous)

Contra Indication

  • Skin affections- wounds, burns, eczema, eruptions
  • In elderly patients with circulatory or lymphatic afflictions.
  • Tumor/ Infective conditions.
  • All acute affections of the bone-tissue.
  • Pregnancy, Menstruation.