Massage therapy is one of the important treatment modalities of naturopathy used for treating many disorders and also to preserve good health. Massage improves blood circulation, provides strength to body organs, and helps regenerate muscles. Massaging with oil is very useful and has therapeutic benefits. The oils that are usually used in massage are mustard oil, sesame oil, coconut oil, olive oil, and aroma oil. The process of massaging activates all the body organs. Different massage techniques:
- Stroking (Effleurage): This is essentially a circular stroking movement made with the palm of the hand and is used to warm up the muscles before a deep tissue massage.
- Rubbing or Cross Fiber (Friction): This technique uses friction to create a stretching or broadening effect in large muscle groups.
- Kneading (Petrissage): This is a deep massage where the pressure is applied to compress the muscles; hands are molded to the area and movements are slow and rhythmical.
- Percussion or Rhythmic Tapping (Tapotment): This is a rhythmic percussion used to “wake up” the nervous system.
- Shaking/Trembling (Vibration): This involves the use of mechanical devices which passes on the vibrations to the area being massaged.
- Very effective in toning the muscles, and nervous system.
- Helps to eliminate body waste/poison through the kidneys, bowel, skin, and lungs.
- Improves blood circulation and respiration.
- Relieves pain and fastens the metabolic rate.
- Delays the appearance of facial wrinkles.
- Eases body stiffness.