How Indian Massage Can Make a World of Difference 1Author: Tania Penwell Indian massage can be your solution for looking gorgeous, smelling splendid and feeling on top of the world! Read this article to find out how this ancient art of touch can help you in your complete rejuvenation. Touch is the most basic mode of communication between two human beings. Due to the fact that massage involves this magic touch, massage promotes health---both psychological and emotional. How? Massage improves circulation, supports neurological functions, helps in digestion by providing gas relief and strengthens overall immunity. Massage act as stimulant for the skin receptors and the nerves and triggers off the 'feel-good' hormones, especially the endorphins. This helps the nerves and muscles relax. Massage also helps alleviating pain simply by refusing to receive pain signals from brain. The end result is: you get a feeling of complete relaxation---both in your body and mind. With tensions and stresses gone, you gain back the keenness of your senses. How Indian Massage Therapy is different Massage takes different approaches in different parts of the world. The Indian massage therapy or the Ayurvedic massage has been practiced since antiquity. Massage has always received a scientific perception in the writing of the Scholars of ancient India. This traditional Indian technique was based on Ayurvedic Doshas and Marmas---the pressure points in the Western reflexology. Here are some basic points: The focal point in Ayurvedic massage technique is: different pressure points of the body. As a healing agent, Indian massage involves the use of different types of touch and pressure or flowing movements. Ayurvedic massage is applied to the skin in a way so that the tissues underlying it are relieved of muscular tension and pains. This form of massage may involve either particular parts of body---as for example, Indian head massage---or full body massage. Indian massage often involves the use of different types of aromatherapy oils---hot or cold. All of these result in relaxation of the body and promote a sense of overall well-being. Indian Massage---an experience of lifetime In the interior of India, you will get to see people receiving massage in the corners of the streets for a few rupees; although they often lack formal training, they have acquired the art as a part of community tradition. But for a life changing experience, you should visit a luxury Indian spa where trained and experienced masseurs will offer you traditional Ayurvedic massage for a holistic rejuvenation. Here are some of the varieties of Ayurvedic massage you can experience in the different parts of India, especially in the Spa Resorts in Kerala, in southern fringes of the peninsula. Panchakarma treatment The gentle process that promotes deep cleansing without discomfort. This is a massage technique that helps eliminate toxins from the body accumulated in areas like the lymph, circulatory, and immune systems. Abhyanga Massage The fastest toxin expelling technique - this is a luxurious full body indulgence with medicated oils containing herbs and ingredients that pacify the unbalanced Vata, Pitta, and Kapha energies. Ayurvedic Head Massage The technique that ends mental fatigue - this massage is done with oils containing herbs that pacify the nerves and stimulate the brain for better functioning. This massage can be your ultimate solution for getting rid of emotional fatigue, confusions and for enhanced clarity of mind. Full Body Steam Expelling toxins with the help of steam - this is a full body massage technique, much different from ordinary sauna; here the steam contains vapors of detoxifying and balancing herbs. However, the head and neck areas are excluded in this massage. In addition of relieving body from toxins, it also moisturizes and dehydrates the skin giving it a baby soft glow. Shirodhara The ultimate stress reliever - this amazing technique involves trickling of a warm stream of mixture of cooling and balancing herbal oils and medicated ghee over the forehead in a continuous flow. To enhance the effect, the treatment is carried on in a quiet, soothing atmosphere. If you happen to suffer from any one of these: chronic neuro-muscular disorders, hypertension, insomnia, depression, anxiety, headaches or restlessness---- Shirodhara is the technique you must give a try to get rid of these menaces for once and for all. For generations, Indian massage has been trusted for having a powerful effect on the mental and emotional well being of the individuals. Come and experience the difference yourself! About the author: Tania Penwell provides information on Indian massage and other types of massage for Savvy Cafe - your guide to living life to the fullest! Buy the Book: Indian Head Massage: with Fold-out back cover - the massage routine in full colour photographs
Reflexology - Reaching the Heart through your Feet 3Author: Patrick Curl This article is about reaching your heart through the feet - and reaching the brain, sinus cavities, glands, stomach, spinal column, reproductive system, etc... The human body is a magnificent work and it never ceases to amaze me. As a massage therapist I learn new and wonderful things about the human body almost daily it seems. Reflexology is an ancient healing art, one that was lost for awhile and then re-discovered. We have areas on our feet that correspond with every area on our body and we can reach those area through a specialized massage of the feet. We also have these points on our hands and to some extent on our ears. The method we use to practice reflexology is as follows: First we do some really yummy releasing exercises. The only way to send the signals from the gentle touch of reflexology from our feet up to our body is to do it when our feet are relaxed and more alert. There's two major methods of performing reflexology, there's finger walking (where your thumb or forefinger walk along different patterns on the foot, but it looks and feels more like it's trying to wiggle like a worm, it takes some practice to accomplish, but isn't too hard.) Then there's hooking in and pulling back, where you kind of hook your thumb into a point and scoot it down a little towards the heel. Another quasi-stroke I find that works well is if you find a point that's really congested, you can rotate counter clockwise, in essence it will feel like you're sending the congestion back up into the body, and for really loose or lack of congestion you can pull energy down to that spot by rotating clockwise - you can recognize by the way it feels - it usually feels hard and/or may have some urine crystals in (bet you didn't know that uric acid settles in the foot and when you feel little crunchy things in someone's feet it's really those crystals). If you are interested in practicing on yourself or your partner, then get a good chart of the points on the feet, and also some books for further reading, as there is so much more you can learn about reflexology beyond this starting point. About the author: Patrick Curl is a Massage Enthusiast and owner of http://www.aboutbodywork.com Where Massage Enthusiasts Gather. Drop on over for your chance at winning a FREE Massage from a therapist in your area. Buy: Spa Sister Reflexology Socks Visit A Much Better Health Store Browse through our Organic Bath, Body & Beauty Store
Natural Solutions for Circulation Problems 6[caption id="attachment_7142" align="alignleft" width="440"] via gnondpomme on Flickr.com[/caption] If our heart, arteries and veins are lined with various waste products such as salts and fatty acids, then the volume of blood which can pass is diminished and the ability of these vessels to expand and contract is severely limited. Thus we have conditions such as arteriosclerosis, high and low blood pressure, heart blood flow deficiency and general circulatory deficiency.
Natural Solutions for Circulation Problems:1. Carefully observe guidelines for healthy eating. Avoid cooked oils as much as possible (except for coconut oil), white flour, meat, white sugar, and any foods, which have been over processed or have chemical additives. 2. Eat whole grains, fresh vegetables and fruits and a little raw unheated vegetable oil each day. 3. Occasional fasting helps to purify the blood vessels. One could fast on apples, pears or brown rice or do a juice fast for a few days. If one wants to do a longer fast, consult your doctor. Fasting on grapes is considered one of the most effective ways to purify the blood. 4. Vitamins and antioxidants help with better circulation: A, C, E, and Lecithin, B complex (especially B3, B2). 5. Alternating hot and cold baths help the blood flow to penetrate into all parts of the body. In general finishing with a cold shower helps stimulate circulation. Consult your doctor as to whether this is for your specific case. 6. Dress warmly so as to allow your blood vessels to be relaxed and let blood flow. 7. Swimming in the sea all year long helps to keep the circulation flowing and the body vital. One must be regular. If you cease for a period of time, your body will lose its ability to adapt to the cold water in the winter. 8. Nettle tea and beating the extremities with nettles is a folk remedy for increasing circulation to the extremities. This may be painful while doing it, but it brings results. 9. Reflexology massage can be used to bring circulation to organs, which cannot be affected by other means. By massaging the reflex point on the bottom of the foot we are able to bring blood flow to the various interior organs, so as to revitalize them. 10. Swedish muscular massage can be used to bring better blood flow to the various extremities. 11. All forms of movement and activity are helpful, i.e. running, walking, dancing, swimming, playing, sports and yoga. These are a must for those with poor circulation. 12. Breathing facilitates the return of the blood through the veins to the heart. When we breathe deeply and slowly, we help the blood to return to the heart an also move the lymph through the system. Deep breathing every day is an essential for those with circulatory problems. 13. When we relax the blood vessels, our blood flows freely to the various parts of our body. We tend to obstruct the free flow of blood through unconscious tensing of the various muscles and also the blood vessels themselves. Relaxation is essential for healthy circulation. Perform deep relaxation daily, imagining the blood vessels opening and the blood flowing freely to the parts of the body which have insufficient circulation. 14. Various forms of heat, such as hot compresses, hot water bottles, and electric heating pads can be used to increase the circulation momentarily to various parts of the body. 15. Physical Exercises
- The abdominal area is considered the furnace of the body, where heat and energy are produced. Sluggishness and tension in this area can impede our general flow of energies and also blood. Thus, you will need to do a number of exercises to stimulate and vitalize the area of the abdomen.
- The endocrine system regulates our overall metabolism. You would do well to learn and employ specific exercises for rejuvenating and harmonizing the endocrine system.
- Add other exercises for the various joints such as the shoulders, elbows, wrists, fingers, hips, knees, ankles and toes according to where you need better circulation. Even if our problems are located at the extremities such as with the fingers and toes, we have to open up all the other joints, which come before them. Although the symptoms may be in the extremities, the cause may be in one of the preceding joints. It is usually at the joints that the circulation gets blocked.
- Ensure good circulation to the brain by lying on your back next to a wall and placing your feet up on the wall, so that the blood flows into the lungs gaining oxygen and then into the brain oxygenating and bringing nutrients to all the cells of the brain. This is essential for the pituitary and hypothalamus and thus for the endocrine and autonomic nervous system and thus for all bodily and mental functions.