Massage therapy is a passive form of exercise and is prevalent since ancient times. Massage basically manipulates the soft tissues of the body, scientifically. The manipulation is done with pressure, including tension, motion, or vibration practiced manually or even mechanically. The therapy can be applied to different tissues of the body including muscles, tendons, ligaments, skin, joints, or other connective tissue, as well as lymphatic vessels, and/or organs of the gastrointestinal system.
When massaging manually, one can use hands, fingers, elbows, forearm,
and feet. There are around eighty distinct massage modalities. One of
the main reasons for the application of massage therapy is its profound
clinical effectiveness. It tones up the body, the nervous system,
enhances respiratory system and boosts blood circulation and metabolic
purposes. Moreover, it also accelerates the elimination of waste and
toxins from the body. Other benefits of massage therapy includes removal
of facial wrinkles, fills hollow cheeks and neck and eases stiffness,
numbness and sore muscles.
Commonly cottonseed oil is used for massage therapy. However, for
filling cheeks, neck and breast enlargement, butter should be used.
Those who are averse to oil, talcum powder can be used for the same.
Usually, the general body massage therapy lasts for 40 to 45 minutes
while the local body massage lasts for 10 to 15 minutes. After massage,
the oil should be completely washed off the body. There are different
ways of massaging different body parts for healing purposes.