Massage has been practiced for thousands of years. The term "massage therapy" includes many techniques, and the type of massage given usually depends on your needs and physical condition. A massage can last anywhere from 5 minutes to 2 hours. In Naturopathy, massage therapy is used for treatment of many disorders and for up-keeping a good general health. Massage has been in use as a therapy for many centuries to cure different ailments.
Hippocrates is known to have used massage therapy for treating many of his patients. While performing massage therapy on a patient, a therapist manipultaes soft tissues of body to restore health of a patient.
Massage therapy is very effective in toning body, nervous sytem, elimination of body waste/poison throguh kidney, bowel, skin and lungs, and improving respiration. Massage therapy is also useful for improving blood circulation, relieving pain, fastening metablic rate, delaying apperance of facial wrinkles, easing stiffness of body, and toning muscles.
While performing massage a therapist could use oil depending on the condition of the patient. Ideally, body is massaged for forty-forty five minutesbefore local part massage of around ten minutes. Once massage is complete, oil must be washed away.
Although massage is very useful for curing several disorders, one must not use massaging for serious inflammatory or tubercular condition of joints. For less severe conditions of joints and swollen joints, it could be used. Massage must be avoided in condition of gonorrhea and diptheria, as massaging could spread pus in the body and could worsen the situation.
Half of the weight of the body is contained in the muscular tissues and a quarter of blood circulates in muscles. Therefore upon given a massage, the body's blood circulation improves and muscle regenerates to hold half of the blood. Therefore, muscles get nourished asa a result of massage and get strengthend. Also, different modes of manipulation help in improving contractile power of muscles. Massage therapy is very effective in curing ailments, yet therapist must assess condition of the patient before providing him with a massage.