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{November 1, 2010}   Massage

by- Nidarshana Sharma

MassageWhat’s more rejuvenating than a complete body massage? Surrendering yourself to the adroitness of the masseuse, while you lie on your back and are transported to a world of fantasy, that’s the power of a good massage. A massage is very helpful in relaxing the body and the mind and in getting rid of joint pains or other problems.

According to Wikipedia, massage is the manipulation of superficial layers of muscle and connective tissue to enhance the function and promote relaxation and well-being. The word comes from the French massage “friction of kneading”, or from Arabic massa meaning “to touch, feel or handle” or from Latin massa meaning “mass, dough”. Thus, massage is where the body is where the muscles of our body are kneaded to relax us.
We also have facial massages which are extremely beneficial in improving the skin tone and complexion by increasing blood flow to the skin.

Who needs a massage and who does not?

A massage can be chosen by anybody, belonging to any age group. It is not restricted to older people or people with various muscular and joint pains. There are over eighty different recognized massage modalities. The most cited reasons for introducing massage as therapy have been client demand and perceived clinical effectiveness.
Why do you need a massage?

Each one of us is so busy and stressed out with our work-oriented lifestyles that having someone relax you with a massage does seem like an irresistible idea. It has been suggested that a thirty- minute massage session lowers the levels of stress hormones cortisol and norepinephrine. Massage has many other benefits too.
Most importantly, a one hour massage can help cancer and HIV patients. A study was conducted, where the participants were given a one hour massage. After the massage, it was found that there was a substantial rise in the number of their white blood cells and improved functioning of disease fighting T cells. Since, our immunity is primarily measured by these two factors; a good massage can boost our immunity system apart from helping terminally ill individuals.

Massage helps you get out of depression. It releases two hormones called serotonin and dopamine which are associated with feelings of happiness and comfort. When a depressed person is given a thirty minute massage, his outlook becomes more positive.

When there is tension in muscles, it releases toxics and chemicals that cause pain. When these muscles are loosened up, it can prevent injuries. Tight muscles can lead to pulled muscles and particularly painful back injuries. A study has discovered that when some people suffering from back pain were given a massage for 10 weeks, they reported a 47 percent drop in pain. This is because massage triggers the release of endorphins which increase a person’s pain threshold.

A massage is a great means to increase your level of alertness. A quick massage during a break at work can increase productivity and concentration.
If you’re feeling too bogged down by too many activities happening in your life, now is the right time to go get a massage done and refresh yourself.

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