Massage therapy dates back thousands of years to ancient civilizations both in the east [India and China] and west [ Egypt]. Massages have proven to soothe muscles, relieve pain, strengthen muscle and heal injuries too. Ayurveda the traditional medical system in India propagated that an individual who was not in sync with his natural environment would feel sick. To be healthy again Ayurveda taught that the five senses would have to be balanced, treatment included diet, herbs, aromatherapy, color therapy and touch therapy. Touch and massage stimulates the release of endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers and brings about relief. Massage in Chinese medicine too was based on a similar concept. Derived and developed in the East these concepts soon spread to the west. Athletes in Ancient Greece kept their bodies well in shape and ready for competition using the massage technique. They used massages to treat many medical conditions. Greek women were one of the first to use aromatherapy as part of beauty treatment.
Massage has had a positive effect on every medical condition we’ve looked at–Tiffany Field, Touch Research Institute. University of Miami.
We strive to pack in the maximum in the 24 hours available to us. Often unrealistically wishing for longer hours, so that we could fit in that one more chore. All along trying to juggle our duties and responsibilities and sometimes failing miserably. In our quest to optimize time management many us stumble on life management, neglecting ourselves in the bargain. Compromising on the way we look, dress, the number of hours we sleep or rest or even the number of times we socialize. Soon all these compromises manifest themselves in our body and we start suffering from stress related issues like depression and pain. How long can you continue like a multitasking machine? Regular massage helps you relax, taut and painful muscles, improves the functioning of the circulatory system and reduces stress too. It is paramount to look after yourself if you are to achieve what you have set out to do.
Gadgets and technology form a huge part of our lives. The modern gadgets available work like magic soothing the aching muscles of your feet, legs or back. The vibrators cause the muscles to relax, and you can feel the tension and tightness leave your body.
It will be prudent to invest in such gadgets, especially if you do not find the time to visit a massage parlor. Specialized massage gadgets help release the knots formed in different parts of your body due to stress, leaving you feeling relaxed, rejuvenated and revitalized.