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Types of Massage

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									Types of Massage
Massage can be roughly divided into two kinds- one that emanates from the
east and one from the west.
Eastern massage
Eastern massage is based on the premise in traditional Chinese medicine
that the body is made up of vertical lines or meridians though which life
energy flows. Disease is the manifestation of a disrupted or blocked flow
of energy, and massage works by restoring the movement and thus relieves
symptoms. Many varieties of massage follow this basic principle, for
example Chinese massage, reflexology, and shiatsu.
Western massage
The type a massage used in the West das its roots in anatomy and
physiology, and is usually based loosely on Swedish massage. Simply
speaking, the theory is that stroking, pressing, and squeezing the flesh
stimulates the circulation, therefore supplying more blood to the muscles
and removing waste products of metabolism more effectively to prevent or
remove a buildup.
What the experts say
Here is an explanation of what happens to us during a massage from Dr
Candace Pert, a neurochemist from the US: "When people feel pleasure, as
they usually do during a massage, they focus on the present moment rather
than staying involved with worries and preoccupations. An interesting
scientific fact is that there are neurons containing peptides in every
organ and throughout the body. One end of these cells is heading into the
central nervous system, leading to the brain. The other end is located in
the skin -when you manipulate skin, the peptides are released; you are
programming the whole body - not so much just the brain area."
Cultural differences
There is no doubt that touch is a very touchy subject! There are striking
differences in the way different cultures touch one another; in some
countries it is even taboo. People from lands in the northern hemisphere
are far less touchy-feely than people from warmer climes; however, they
are more likely to cuddle and stroke their cats, dogs, and horses. So it
seems that touching is such an overriding human need that if you can't
touch other people you'll find touching an animal is a fine substitute.
Why don't you carry out your own research and people-watch? See how many
times different groups of people, for example couples, mothers, and
siblings, touch each other. The point I'm trying to make is that massage
is a form of touch and if you have a problem with touching people per se,
you need to overcome this to reap the benefits of massage. I think these
social inhibitions are due to a confusion between sensuality and
sexuality, and as a result we have formalized touch. Massage can remove
the taboos of touching, and allow people to touch in a positive way.
A final note
In the frantic, materialistic, and technological age in which we now
live, many people have lost touch with their inner feelings and in
particular how to feel good about themselves. Massage is an excellent way
of rediscovering yourself- so next time you feel you need some retail
therapy, try having a massage instead. That item you left in the shop
will soon be forgotten, but the feel-good factor from the massage will
last a long time.
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