The Healing Power of Massage
The healing power of massage – Massage is a form of therapy that has been used since antiquity, born of the natural desire to seek relief through touch. For example, after a blow to the head, the first reaction we have is to touch the sore spot with the hand.
In today’s world, especially in the West, we have a frantic pace of life. It is common fatigue, stress, muscle aches, etc. Usually we work with the accelerated mind: we do something and we are already thinking about what we will do next, or what we have done before. We have repressed or exalted emotions and we are not aware of our spiritual dimension.
Holistic massage is a type of massage that covers the treatment of the body from the point of view of holistic medicine. It takes its name from the Greek term “Holos”, which means: whole, whole, complete. The human being is an indivisible whole; composed of a physical body, a mind, an emotions and a soul or spirit. This massage takes into account this uniqueness of the human being and uses different techniques in order to balance this complete Being.
This type of conception of alternative medicine tries to treat the social, mental and physical sphere of the individual as a whole, trying to heal and prevent diseases with the aim of improving health and keeping in harmony the mind and spirit. For this, holistic massage is nourished by the benefits of several alternative therapies combined.
Through circular movements and stretching of the whole body, holistic massage improves circulation, immune system activity, eliminates toxins, corrects posture and relaxes muscles. At the mental level, holistic massage favors concentration and eliminates depressive states.
There are many types of massages. Some act by pressure, such as shiatsu, acupressure or Chinese massage. Others are concentrated in specific parts of the body, such as sports massage in muscle injuries, or lymphatic drainage.
However, classic therapeutic massage is the main basis of all other massages. This is intended to act on the locomotor system (muscles, tendons, synovial caps, periosteum, bones) the skin and connective tissues and is particularly effective in curing the symptoms of stress, insomnia, depressions and diseases of the circulatory system, muscular pains, joints and rheumatic diseases, among others.
Holistic massage is a massage that uses different manual and natural techniques in order to eliminate these blockages that preclude a healthier and more balanced way of life. This massage gives us the possibility of knowing ourselves of “skin inside”, of realizing our blockages and how they are formed. Once we know them, we have the possibility of releasing them.
First, massage the entire physical body. In this phase chiromassage techniques, Thai massage, sports, etc. are used. Basically they are superficial and deep kneading, stretching of muscle groups, frictions that stimulate the arterial circulation, venous and lymphatic, rotations in the joints, throbbing in large muscle groups that need stimulation. It serves on one side to relax the person who receives it, and on the other, provides valuable information about areas that are more tense.
Once the oil and essences are chosen, we continue the treatment. Massage all areas of the body, although more emphasis will be placed on more tense areas.
Then different points of the body are stimulated or relaxed. These points are along the so-called acupuncture meridians (China) or Nadis (India), channels through which energy circulates and travel throughout the body. These channels also have their relationship to the emotional world. For example, the feeling of sadness is related to a lack of energy in the meridian of the lung.
Reflex points are also worked through techniques such as reflexology, massage tuina and / or ayurveda.
The release of these points not only benefits the musculoskeletal system, but also all other systems of the body: nervous, digestive, respiratory, reproductive, endocrine, urinary, circulatory, lymphatic system.
Finally, we work the body parts where energy is concentrated to a greater degree with techniques such as Reiki, polarity and craniosacral therapy. They are called chakras. There are seven main chakras located along the spine and head. Each energy center is related to parts of the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual body.
The hands simply lean on the body but it is the part of the massage that causes more relaxation. You do not work with physical strength, but you work in a meditative state, feeling the energy in your hands and trying to balance it. The person receiving the massage gets a state in which the mind relaxes, the thoughts diminish and the body “releases” the physical and emotional tension.
Holistic massage on the body
Massage at the physical level acts on:
THE SKIN TISSUE
Desquama the epidermis.
It facilitates the respiration of the skin.
It improves the activity of the sebaceous and sweat glands.
Dilates the blood vessels of the skin to aid in feeding.
Accelerates the circulation of blood and lymph in the vessels of the skin accelerating the supply of food substances and elimination of metabolic products.
Facilitates the supply of oxygen and nutrients to muscles.
Accelerates the elimination of metabolic products.
Increases the capacity for effort.
Prevents muscle atrophy.
JOINTS AND LIGAMENTS
Increases the elasticity and strength of the ligaments.
It improves your blood supply.
Accelerates recovery of joints.
THE CIRCULATORY AND LYMPHATIC SYSTEM
It facilitates through stimulation a more efficient supply of food and oxygen to different organs.
Accelerates elimination of metabolites and absorption of inflammation.
It facilitates the return of venous blood.
Accelerates blood flow velocity.
THE NERVIOUS SYSTEM
Performing a leisurely massage or gentle vibrations has a reassuring effect. Strong vibrations and kneading, on the other hand, are stimulating.
At the mental and spiritual level:
Silence the mind
Promotes concentration and clarity of mind
Create comfort and healing
Unlocks trapped emotions between tissues
Works as antidepressant and Anti-alcoholic
It sensitizes deeply.
Plants for topical use that can be a good base for gels or massage oils
A professional can do a good massage thanks to his technique and dexterity. However, it can be improved by using massage gels or oils which, in addition to making the massage more pleasurable, also have a direct impact on the well-being of the person receiving it.
Beyond the type of massage that we are using, gels or oils can improve their effects notably by the properties of their components, and also allow the masseur’s hands to slide more easily through the body.
Phytotherapy puts at our disposal numerous plants for external use that have different properties: anti-inflammatory, regenerative, analgesic, etc. which may be included in massage gels or oils depending on the problem to be remedied.
Among the plants with anti-inflammatory action that are generally associated with a more effective therapeutic effect are arnica (Arnica montana), harpagophytum (Harpagophytum procumbens), verbena (Verbena officinalis), yarrow (Achillea millefolium), calendula (Calendula officinalis), plantain Plantago major), etc.
Plants that develop their antiseptic action due to the presence of essential oils or other substances are for example lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis), melissa (Melissa officinalis), cypress (Cupressus sempervirens), niaoulí (Malaleuca viridiflora) , cajeput (Malaleuca leucadendron), celidonia (Chelidonium majus), lemon (Citrus limon), etc.
The cicatrization is favored with the use of, in addition to the aforementioned antiseptic and anti-inflammatory plants, with astringent plants or with those containing substances such as allantoin or asiaticoside that favor epithelial regeneration. Yarrow (Achillea millefolium), marigold (Calendula officinalis), echinacea (Echinacea purpurea), horsetail (Equisetum arvense), minor daisy (Bellis perennis), etc. are used as cicatrizantes.
In the field of regeneration, the comfrey (Symphytum officinale) stands out for its content in allantoin, one of the best tissue regenerators in external use, and the hamamelis (Hamamelis virginiana) with tannins that exert an astringent healing-re-epithelizing action.
To treat problems such as psoriasis or atopic dermatitis, plants with an immunomodulatory effect such as calaguala (Polypodium leucotomos) or aloe (Aloe vera) are used.
Each person reacts in a different way to the massage. All these reactions are absolutely natural and therefore do not have to repress them.