Abhyanga, the Ayurvedic form of massage, functions as both a strengthening and reducing therapy. There are four main reasons for giving or receiving an Abhyanga:
- The eliminate excess water and fat deposits
- To purify the blood and tissues of toxins
- To strengthen and rejuvenate
- To maintain strength and balance
The first two points fall under the category of reducing, while the latter two fall under the category of strengthening. Abhyangas are hot oil massages first implemented as an ancient practice; they are still implemented today in therapy as a means to reduce stubborn fat deposits, eliminate toxins and reduce stress by acting upon the lymphatic system and implementing proper drainage
Massage the word immediately brings into our mind relaxation in all spheres.
How can Abhyanga help you?
Abhyangas have traditionally been used to treat the following ailments:
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Arthritis including Rheumatism
- Minor pain associated with the joints
- Weight gain and obesity
- Poor circulation
- Nervousness or Anxiety
- Parkinson’s Disease
Massage is done in following ways-
Circulatory massage includes systems such as Swedish and Esalen forms of massage. The emphasis is on strokes that enhance the movement and eliminations of toxins from the muscle tissues, lymph system and the blood. Most of the strokes are repeated numerous times.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage is a slow stroking of the muscles in specific area to allow deep pressure. This method utilizes compression and holding in addition to the stroking motion. Most of the massage will be at a localized area of the body. This method may open blocked energy channels, relieve muscle ache and strain and may release emotions.
Appart from the above mentioned types there are many methods or styles being practiced in different parts of the world like the Ayurvedic Kerala Massage, the Chinese Accupressure massage etc.
Benefits Of Massage
Massage helps to create a calm state of alertness while reducing mental stress. It can create calmer mind, and increases the capacity for clear thinking. It is relaxing and allows the body to release stored stress.
Massage improves circulation, improves joint flexibility, aids in healing scar tissue due to injury. It also releases chronic muscle tension and pain, reduces physical fatigue, releases muscle spasms and cramps, aids in the release and elimination of toxins, promotes deeper and easier breathing, reduces blood pressure, relieves tension related to headache and eye strain. Massage nourishes your skin, improves posture and body awareness. It has been proven to aid in fibromyalgia.
Massage creates a feeling of well being while reducing anxiety. It creates awareness of body-mind connection, enhances a sense of harmony and energy flow at all levels.