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The Benefits of Massage

All of us need touch and we can all benefit from massage.  The advantages available to specific systems of the body are noted below.

The Nervous System, thus encouraging digestion, absorption

The nervous system may be calmed and soothed.  This will reduce stress and tension and help stress-related conditions such as headaches, anxiety and insomnia.

A stimulating massage will wake up the nervous system and help to relieve fatigue and lethargy.

The digestive system

Massage aids the digestion of food, providing relief from conditions such as indigestion.  Elimination is enhanced thereby alleviating and preventing conditions such as constipation.  The muscular walls of the intestines and the abdomen are strengthened, thus encouraging digestion, absorption and elimination.

The Skeletal System

The nutrition and growth of the bones is improved.

Stiffness of the joints is reduced and mobility is increased.

Posture improves as tight muscles are relaxed and loose tissues are strengthened.

The Respiratory System

The deeply relaxing effect of massage encourages deeper breathing and improves the efficiency and carbon dioxide is removed more effectively.

The muscles inolved in respiration – namely the diaphragm and the intercostal muscles located between the ribs – are relaxed.  This enables deeper, more effective repiraiton.

Mucous and bronchial secretions are eliminated.

The Genito-Urinary System

Massage Promotes activity of the kidneys, which encourages waste products to be eliminated and reduces fluid retention.

The Reproductive System

Menstrual problems such as period pains may be helped by abdominal massage.

Massage Oils

Oil is the most common massage medium although massage cream or talcum powder is sometimes used.  you should be careful, however, to choose a pure and natural product in order to avoid an adverse skin reaction.  In my opinion, the only way tomassage is to use oil.  This allows your hands to glide smoothly over the skin without causing any appropriate massage oils they are therapeutic and nourishing for the skin.

The basic oil is called a base, fixed or carrier oil, and is usually a vegetable, nut or seed oil.  It should preferably be cold-pressed, unrefined and additive-free since the more highly processed the oil the less effective it will be.  The use of mineral oil such as a baby oil is not recommended, as it is not easily absorbed by the skin and can dry the skin and clog the pores.  Whichever carrier oil you choose, make sure that it is not too thick and heavy, otherwise it can become sticky.  It is a good idea to use a lighter carrier oil such as sweet almond and perhaps add a thicker, richer oil to enhance absorption.  A teaspoon of wheatgerm oil may e added to your blend to preserve it.  You should also take into account the smell of the carrier oil – if you do not like the smell then there is no point in using it!  You may decide to scent your carrier oil with an essential oil.

If you are working on an individual with a highly sensitive skin or with allergies you may wish to carry out a patch test.  Rub a small amount of oil onto the crook of the elbow, leave for 24 hours and note if there is any reaction.

Carrier Oils and their Properties

Sweet Almond Oil

One of the most popular base oils for massage.  This light, inexpensive oil is suitable for all types of skin.  it may be used on its own.

Apricot Kernel Oil

Another popular oil that is suitable for all types of skin, particularly mature, inflamed, dry or sensitive skin.  Apricot kernel is an excellent choice for a facial oil.  It may be used alone or a small amount can be added to your primary carrier oil.

Grapeseed Oil

A light, inexpensive carrier oil that is almost odourless.  Suitable for all skin types it may be used on its own without dilution and has no allergic effect on the skin.