Holistic Massage: A Primary and Modern Therapy Technique

Holistic Massage: A Primary and Modern Therapy Technique

Massage is one of the oldest forms of pain treatment and relief. Ancient Greeks and Romans used the "art of touching" as a basic healing method. At the beginning of the fifth century BC. Hippocrates, the "father" of Medicine, wrote that "the doctor must know many things, but he must know how to fret," because "the fret can tighten a very loose joint and loosen another very tight".
There are literary references to the use of massage in various ancient cultures such as China, India and Babylon. After the collapse of the Roman Empire, the technique of kneading was almost abandoned in the West for hundreds of years and developed by the Arabs.
The word massage comes from the French massage which translates as "friction massage". According to some theories, the French borrowed it from the Arabic "massa" which means "blush". However, the earliest recordings of the word massage come from French texts that had traveled to India.
Ayurveda, the "science of healthy living and longevity", as this integrated health system, which has its roots in ancient Vedic culture in India, had proclaimed massage in a family tradition where one massaged the other.
The benefits of massage
There are many scientific studies that have shown (and have shown) the benefits of massage to musculoskeletal problems, strokes, cramps, swelling, etc.
Relaxing the tight muscles, connective tissues and the fascia, the massage relieves pain and relieves inflammation. Massages help to circulate blood better, thus oxygenating and restoring tissues.
Another benefit of massages is that they can facilitate lymph flow to release toxins from the body. A healthy lymphatic system, in turn, will lead to a healthy immune system.
Of course, the benefits of massage are wider. For example, massages act on the nervous system by activating the "parasympathetic nervous system", which is designed to provide relaxation and relaxation to the body after facing a threat. If, in fact, massage is combined with essential oils, then you have a perfect relaxation for everyday stress.
The results of the massage are cumulative. This means that one cannot have a session a year and expect dramatic improvement. That is to say, some regular contact is needed.
Holistic massage
The "art of touch" has become quite popular in recent years. There are dozens of types of massages that have different medical, philosophical, and possibly religious backgrounds. Of course, they do not separate the "Great Wall".
Swedish massage is considered more athletic, Thai and Ayurvedic more traditional and relaxing, reflexology ideal for the lower extremities.
And here comes the question "is there a kind of massage that includes all other types?" The answer to this question is yes and it is called holistic massage.
Holistic massage includes many types of massage and many techniques in one session. It is so named because it treats humanity holistically, as a unified whole composed of body, soul and spirit.
The body has the potential for self-healing
Holistic massage incorporates Swedish massage, aromatherapy, bioenergy, reflexology, reiki, crystallotherapy, etc. Within an hour you can have almost all types of massages that apply to all parts of your body.
But the main difference with the other species, which is also a great advantage, is the holistic massage releases the trapped energy, activating the self-healing powers of the human body.
- Watson S., 1997, The effects of massage: an holistic approach to care, Europe PMC, https://europepmc.org/article/med/9355535.
- Mackey BT., 2001, Massage therapy and reflexology awareness, Europe PMC, https://europepmc.org/article/med/11342409.
- E Davies, S Campbell et al, 2007, The introduction of a holistic massage service in a combined paediatric and adult BMT unit, Nature, https://www.nature.com/articles/1705924

By Dr Angel,

Aggeliki Koskeridou

Holistic Doctor – Counseling Psychotherapist

Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine

MSc Health Psychology


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