Improves blood circulation:
Vaidya Vandana Dhir Patanjali Yogpeeth Haridwar says When a massage is performed your muscles and body are twisted, patted and the different hand movements of the technician help stimulate the surface of your skin — leading to production of heat which in turn massages the nerve and blood vessels under the skin — which help improve blood circulation.’ So getting a massages helps get that blood pumping which in itself has a number of great health benefits like improving the texture of your skin, better elimination of toxins and proper functioning of internal organs. Apart from that, the heat produced is also known to help improve metabolism.
Vaidya Vandana says that when a person’s body is massaged with precise pressure applied on their muscles, it helps tone your muscles by stretching them and improving their functioning. Apart from this massage performed for an extended period of time helps reduce flab and gives your muscles more tone
1. Fighting Fibromyalgia Symptoms :-
Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition characterized by muscle pain, fatigue and tenderness, according to the American College of Rheumatology. Symptoms can be brought on or exacerbated by stress and lack of sleep. Frequent Fibromyalgia massages have been found to help relieve stress as well as alleviate muscle pain, discomfort and spasms in patients suffering from fibromyalgia. In fact, it's one of the most effective complementary treatments, according to the National Fibromyalgia Association, which reports that about 40 percent of sufferers have used it as part of their treatment plan.
2. Easing Surgical Effects :-
Postsurgical rehabilitation is one of the most important aspects of undergoing any procedure. And massage can help get you back on your feet by increasing circulation, relaxing muscles, and improving joint movement and flexibility. It's even been found to promote tissue regeneration and reduce postsurgical adhesions and swelling, according to the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals.
3. Improving Mood :-
It's no secret that massage can relax you and make you feel good mentally. But did you know that it may even help treat anxiety and depression? According to a review by the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine, massage is able to lower the body's level of cortisol, a stress hormone, by as much as 53 percent. Massage also appears to increase the feel-good hormones serotonin and dopamine.
4. Headache Relief :-
Approximately 28 million Americans suffer from migraine headaches, according to the National Headache Foundation. Often, migraines are triggered or exacerbated by stress and poor sleep. In a study published in the Annals of Behavioral Medicine, researchers found that participants who received massages had better quality sleep and fewer migraines than participants who didn't. Effects even lasted up to three weeks after therapy ended. Massage therapy can help relieve headaches if you suffer from them.
5. Lowering Blood Pressure :-
About 72 million Americans have high blood pressure, which can lead to stroke and heart attack. A study in the journal Biological Research for Nursingfound that people who had at least three 10-minute back massages a week lowered their blood pressure more than people who spent the same amount of time just relaxing.
6. Increasing Flexibility :-
Whether you're an avid athlete who is constantly putting stress on your knees or a middle-aged adult who has lost some range of motion in your hips, staying flexible is key. Massage can help you maintain flexibility and range of motion by working the muscles, connective tissue, tendons and ligaments, and by stimulating the production and retention of the natural lubricants between the connective tissue fibers.
7. Breaking Back Pain :-While back pain is one of the most common reasons people seek massage, many are not aware of just how helpful a treatment it is. In fact, a study in theAnnals of Internal Medicine found that massage therapy was more effective at relieving back pain than other therapies such as acupuncture and spinal modification. It even appeared to reduce the use of painkillers by 36 percent.
8. Curbing Carpal Tunnel Carpal tunnel is a painful condition in which the median nerve that connects the forearm and hand becomes pinched at the wrist, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Symptoms include burning, tingling or numbness in the palm, thumb and middle fingers. It can also lead to difficulty forming a fist or gripping small objects. Treatments usually consist of medication, wrist braces and surgery. But a study in the Journal of Bodywork and Movement reported that carpal tunnel patients receiving regular massage had less pain, reduced symptoms and improved grip strength.
Improves your mood and can beat depression: Your body contains 30 pressure points on the soles of your feet and palms that are related to various organs. Apart from that, you have 7 reflex centres that are related to the glands of the neck, head, reproductive organs, pancreas, kidneys and liver. When performed a massage also helps on the release of certain hormones that calm your mind, relieve stress and help keep depression at bay.
Beats body pain: A massage feels perfect when you are aching all over. This is because if done properly it helps beat body pain. Due to its action on the muscles and nerves of your body a massage helps relieve mild to moderate body ache. Apart from this the increased blood circulation, release of hormones and secretions that help make you relaxed also help beat pain. Vaidya Vandana says that if after a massage a person experience pain relief but it recurs, it needs medical attention. Here are reasons for constant body pain that you might not know about.
Gets rid of dead skin and dirt effectively: When you rub oil on your body or a technician does it for you, the oil helps get rid of dirt and dead skin especially in those areas that are prone to its buildup, especially places like your navel, behind the ears and knees. Not only does this help you stay clean and infection free but it also brighten up your skin and gets rid of any tanning.
Helps your nerves become healthier: During Abhayangam, your body is pressed, patted and the muscles are massaged. But another effect of this, is that the nerves beneath your skin are stimulated and therefore help work better. What’s more is that according to Ayurvedic texts this helps your senses sharpen and makes your mind more focused.
Keeps you healthy: Massaging the head, nose, navel, rectum, hands, wrists and the soles of the feet have reflex points that help activate certain secretary glands making them function properly, helps in the release of certain hormones and calm nerve endings. Since the practice also increases blood circulation and calms you down mentally an oil massage is the best way to stay healthy. To add to this, it is also a great form of exercise (if you perform it yourself) and is therefore is great for your health.
Improves heart health: Points on your right palm and sole have the reflex centre of the heart. Applying gentle yet regular pressure on this point helps improve the functioning of your heart and stay healthy. There are other ways to keep your heart healthy naturally too, here are a few.
Keeps your stomach healthy: Abhayangam involves the massage of the stomach and lower abdomen as well. This massage runs along the large intestine, liver and spleen and pays special attention to your navel. All this movement helps relieve gas, ensures proper secretion of gastric juices and the proper functioning of the liver and spleen. The only precaution one should take is to be gentle as these organs are delicate.
Beats the symptoms of sinusitis and cold: Massaging your face, nose and the area around your eyes helps relieve the symptoms of sinusitis and cold. In a professional Ayurvedic set up your doctor may even instill a few drops of medicated oil in your nostrils to help with the symptoms. You may also like to read about instant home remedies to get rid of cold and cough.
Can help improve eyesight and relieve eye strain: Massaging the area on the side of your head and around the eyes helps improve eyesight, beat a headache and eye strain. So if you have had a long day staring at a computer screen then this kind of massage is perfect for you.
Keeps your skin healthy: According to Vaidya Vandana the kind of facial massage that is a part of Abhayangam, is great to prevent pimples and beat dryness on the face. Apart from that it also prevents the onset of wrinkles, pigmentation and signs of sun damage. You can also try some yoga poses for naturally glowing skin.
Gets rid of stretch marks: Getting regular massages helps get rid of stretch marks. This is because the oil when massaged over the skin permeates the top layers and moisturises it. Apart from that it also helps stimulate the production on melatonin which can help banish stretch marks. Apart from a regular massage, there are other natural remedies to get rid of stretch marks, here are a few.
Helps get rid of toxins from the body: During a massage since your blood circulation is improved it helps in the elimination of toxins from your body. Also, since Abhayangam also helps improve the functioning of your sweat glands and kidneys, the practice helps in the proper functioning of the elimination system of your body. You must remember that getting one massage will not show results but getting them regularly, over a period of time will help in the elimination of toxins.
Aids in better and deeper sleep at night: This is one of the best benefits of this practice. When your entire body is relaxed, including your mind and muscles you are more likely to sleep better. If lack of sleep is a common problem you face, here are some yoga poses that can help you sleep better.