Ayurvedic Massage And Yoga Therapy – Natural Way Of Healing

By Patricia | March 10, 2009
Ayurvedic Massage & Natural Healing

Massage Therapy consists of manipulating and acting on the soft tissues of the body with pressure – unstructured, structured, moving or stationary – motion, tension, or vibration. It is performed either manually or with mechanical aids, with specific physical, functional, and in certain cases, even psychological goals and purposes. The word Massage is derived from the from Latin root massa meaning “mass, dough” or the Arabic root massa which means “to feel, touch or handle”. A more ancient etymology might even ascribe the word to the Hebrew root me-sakj which means “to anoint with oil”.

In modern day Yoga Massage therapy is used help to people relax stress in a variety of ways as well as for therapeutic reasons. Massage Therapy targets tissues such as the skin, muscles, joints, tendons, ligaments, or connective tissues. It also acts on the organs of the gastrointestinal system or the lymphatic vessels. Massage is normally applied with the masseur’s fingers, hands, forearm, elbows and, even, in some cases, feet. There are more than 80 assorted massage modalities that are recognized in the world today.

Professionally, the massage subject is normally treated either whilst sitting in a massage chair, lying on a massage table, or lying on a floor mat. The client could be partly or fully unclothed, depending upon the need and form of massage adopted and arts of the body are covered with sheets or towels.

Several different types of oils are used by different masseurs. These include grape seed oil, fractionated coconut oil, sesame oil, macadamia oil, mustard oil and pecan oil. Some people even use aromatherapy oils such as pine oil or neroli oil, be blended with the carrier oils mentioned above. In addition, some even use salts are mixed with oils to gently take away dry skin.

Ayurvedic Massage methods

In India, Yogic and Ayurveda is an ancient and natural health care system. It incorporates Yogasanas (postures), massage, pranayama (breathing exercises), meditation as well as herbal remedies. Ayurvedic massages are also called Abhyanga and are generally done by one or two therapists, who use a heated mixture of herbal oils.

The Massage Therapy thus administered includes decongestive therapy that is be used therapeutically in combination with the above mentioned Yoga techniques. It is used to a variety of illnesses, including Sinusitis, Asthma, Blood Pressure, Cardiac Problems, Arthritis, Rheumatism, Gout, Chronic Constipation and many other conditions by massaging on and around the seven chakras (energy centers) of the body

Other popular forms of Massage Therapy, modern day Yoga practitioners use include:

  • Acupressure
  • Anma
  • Balinese massage
  • Bowen therapy
  • Breema
  • Champissage
  • Deep Tissue Massage
  • Esalen Massage
  • Hilot
  • Lomi Lomi
  • Meso-American
  • Myofascial release
  • Reflexology massage
  • Russian Massage
  • Shiatsu
  • Stone massage
  • Structural Integration
  • Swedish massage
  • Thai Massage
  • Traditional Chinese massage
  • Trager Approach
  • Trigger point therapy
  • Visceral manipulation
  • Watsu
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