Massage is manipulation
of the soft tissue of the body (skin, underlying fatty tissue, muscles,
connective tissues, and tendons.) Effects on the body through massage
depend on the technique being used, the physical condition of the
person being massaged, and the purpose for giving the massage. Generally
the aim of massage si first to soothe, relax and help the body release
tension. Toning, stimulating, releasing tension, stiffness, joint
pain, and hardened areas in the muscles often called ‘crystals’,
or knots. Silence is always best when giving a massage, no verbal
chitchat, or soft gentle music. A warm, comfortable environment on
a firm, flat massage table with comfortable positioning for the head,
shoulders, and feet is best. Organic pure vegetable oils, and balms
are best used sparingly. Short nails, and warm hands are important,
plus a calm and quiet manner.
The four basic movements of massage are:
Effleurage – even
smooth, soothing movements
sage – circular, rolling, wringing, picking up movements.
Friction – fingertips
or thump pads, disperse of knots.
Tapotement – tapping,
hacking, pounding, and clapping.
Reflexology Zone Therapy.
Physicians, and healers have used zone therapy in Asia for centuries.
For every important muscle, or gland organ in the trunk and head
there is a tiny area on one of the hands, feet, ears, and even
the tongue that corresponds to it. With the correct type of stimulation
and massage work on these areas you can unblock an energy flow
that also affect the corresponding area of the body.