muscle-tension and relieves pain, opens the pores of the skin, thus
eliminating poisons from the body through sweat. It also speeds up blood
meaning of 'massage' is manipulation of the soft tissues of the body
using the hands. In naturopathy, massage occupies a very important place
in the treatment of diseases of all kinds. For centuries, massage has
been used as a remedy in India, Greece, Rome, China, Egypt and a host of
According to the modern system of physiotherapy, the process begins with
massaging upper limbs (arms) and lower limbs (legs) followed by the
chest, abdomen, back and hips, and ending with the face and the head. As
far as possible, massage with the hands to derive complete benefit.
According to modern therapy, the massage strokes are directed towards
the heart. According to Ayurveda, massage is known as Snehan (oleation) and should be given to a
patient before Panchakarma treatment.
Panchakarmas are the
five basic principles to clean and detoxify or purify the body.
- Virechana (puragation)
(unctuous enema -
preparation with oil or other unctuous substance)
always be followed by Svedana (fermentation). Snehana and Svedana are the two purvakarmas that should be given before Panchakarma treatment.
1. Massage is used to improve blood circulation, to reduce edema, adhesions in tissues after injury, reduce muscular spasm and
improve muscle tone.
2. Massage reduces muscle-tension and relieves pain, opens the pores of the skin, thus eliminating poisons from the body through sweat.
3. It also speeds up blood circulation, hence reducing swelling (edema), relieving tension of the nerves and soothing them.
4. It stimulates the digestive system and activates the urinary system.
1. For patients with pains, use Narayan Taila, or Mahanarayan Taila.
2. For weakness, use Narayan Taila, Chandan Bala Lakshdi Taila.
3. For patients with joint pains (rheumatism), use Saindhavadi Taila.
4. For patients with burning sensation problems and sleeplessness,
use Bhringraj Taila and Brahmi Taila.
5. For patients with skin diseases, use Kushthararakshas Taila, Nimba Taila and Bakuchi Taila.
Massage produces heat. After half an hour of getting a massage done, a
hot water bath or shower can be taken. The head should be bathed with
1. Massage is not recommended in any type of fevers.
2. Massage is not recommended during pregnancy.
3. Abdominal massage should be avoided in case of diarrhea, ulcers, appendicitis and tumors in the
Excessive oil after massage should be removed with gram flour (besan)
and not with soap. Peeli mitti (Indian yellow clay) is also excellent
for washing the body. It has a cooling effect on the skin and nerves.
What is the first
thing that you do before taking medication, when you are suffering from
a headache? Normally you would rub your temples. Have you ever wondered
why do you do that? The simple answer is that you feel better and
application of medicated oil while rubbing relaxes you more.
The above action is
a type of massage that your hands are unknowingly performing. Have you
ever realized the fact that we practice massage daily in our routine
life. Shaking hands, patting, embracing all these acts are types of
Ayurveda there is a description of
marmas or the vital points that play an
important role in the treatment of the disease. Massage with medicated
oils acts as a remedy for certain diseases as well as an energizer for
Massage therapy is
the touch therapy, which has a feeling of warmth and being considered
and cared for. It has a positive touch towards life. Thus massage is an
effective aid to relaxation, massage helps to soothe away stress, tense
and aching muscles, relieving headaches and helping sleep problems.
Massage therapy has
been practiced all over the world in different ways. In countries like
Afghanistan, China, India, Japan, Thailand mostly in the eastern
countries, it is commonly practiced and they are named as Swedish
massage, Chinese massage, Indian massage, Thai massage, Shiatsu, Turkish
bath massage and Moroccan massage and accordingly. In these countries
importance has been given to the nature and the natural approach towards
For a massage the
basic requirement is the two hands of the person performing the massage.
With them he can create wonders. At one moment, a massage can calm and
soothe your anxiety and put you to sleep and at the same time it can
stimulate the circulation of the blood, remove fatigue and make you feel
What exactly does
he do? With his experienced hands he invigorates the body, tones up the
muscles and gives a feeling of renewed energy. Thus you feel relaxed and
zealous. Hence massage therapy has a dual effect.
A small example of
the wonders of massage is, one of my patients has a very busy schedule
working as an editor and a copywriter. After the days work all her
energy and excitement gets drained off and she gets quite irritated to
play with her kids and manage the household work. I treated her by
massaging her soles with oil medicated with lemon and then with the same
oil I also gave her a light facial massage. She felt quite relaxed and
said that she felt energetic enough to face the pranks of her kids. This
is the experience of practically everybody who has felt the touch of a
As Dr. J. H.
Kellogg (Author of Art of Massage, 1895) says, “the effects of simple
touch are quite remarkable. Pain is lessened, by the simple contact of
the hand.” This therapy can be used to cure many diseases and is useful
in many ways like to relieve stress, for aching feet, sprains and
strains, for problems related to backaches and headaches etc.
One should keep in
mind that in this therapy it is important to exert the exact required
pressure and use of properly blended oils and also taking in
consideration the age, sex and the ailment the person is suffering from.
As Dr. Jones said
on the results of the age concern project, 1996 that “If the relaxation,
touch, personal warmth and a calming influence have such profound
effects ...the use of alternative therapies… should be extended and made
easily available as part of the care system in long term situations.”
therapy combined with the main medicine will help to relieve the patient
from many troubles and help him get cured both physically as well as