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What are the Benefits of Massage : Herbal oils, Spa treatments!

Updated on June 18, 2017
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Chitrangada has keen interest in Alternative therapies.As a parent and teacher she shares her real life experiences for benefit of readers.

Massage: An effective therapy
Massage: An effective therapy | Source

How Is Massage Beneficial For Your Body?

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  • I remember the days, when my Grandfather came back home after a long and tiring day, some of the juniors in the family giving him head and body massage with oil, preferably Mustard oil.
  • It was also done with home made herbal oils, helpful in relaxing muscles, tendons and ligaments.
  • Who doesn't know about the benefits of Massage during and after pregnancy!
  • All of us must have given gentle massage to our babies. This is very necessary when they are in Infant stage, not only to relieve tension in their body from constantly lying on their bed but also to build their body strong.
  • So Massage is an old age tradition and was practiced to relieve stress and tension and also any mild pain which a person may have due to extensive physical or mental work.
  • Massage is still considered quite beneficial but now it is done in Modern Massage centers and that too with lot of variations.
  • These variations are in the form of fragrant essential oils, herbal and medicinal oils.
  • Of course you have to pay a handsome amount of money to get an expert Massage.

Why Massage?

1. Well if you ask me, the feeling is wonderful, because it means someone is really caring for you and genuinely trying to relieve you of pain or anxiety.

2. It does help you in relieving tensions, stress and anxiety. Try it and you will agree with me.

3. Persons with sleep disorder get relief with a head massage and may get a sound sleep after that. I do have head massage with cool herbal oil to get good sleep after a tiring day.

4. A gentle massage can give relief to soft tissue injuries.

5. Massage relieves and relaxes muscle tensions in hands, legs, calf muscles, back and can be beneficial in minor digestive disorders, if done correctly.

A head massage is very soothing and can lead to sound sleep at night.
A head massage is very soothing and can lead to sound sleep at night. | Source

Massage: Is So Important For All Age Groups:

  • Massage thus can be termed as a safe, alternative therapy for the treatment of pain, stress and general tiredness.
  • Mostly Massage is done with hands and palms, by the process of pressing, kneading, rubbing the affected body part. It can also be done by tapping and applying little pressure and vibrations.
  • As a layman we can understand that this increases blood circulation in that part of the body, which helps to soothe and relax the muscles.
  • The smooth blood circulation also helps the influx of oxygenated blood and helps to throw out toxins from that body part. This helps to give relief to the person from pain and stress.

Massage should be done in the correct way to get the maximum benefits:

  • To get the best results, it is necessary to use the correct technique of massage.
  • Nowadays there are training centers for massage therapists and everything is done in a scientific way.
  • And for this the massage therapist must understand the blood circulation system in human body. And this is how the therapist at the Spa explained to me the whole process.
  • The Heart receives impure blood from all organs of the body.
  • Then the blood is sent to the lungs to become pure and oxygenated.
  • Then that pure blood is circulated throughout the body by the many arteries.
  • The focus of the massage therapist is to rub, press or tap the muscles towards the heart as the impure blood circulates towards the heart.
  • If done otherwise, the massage may not be effective to relieve the stress.

Herbal massage oils/ Aromatherapy!
Herbal massage oils/ Aromatherapy! | Source
The massage is more effective, when done with Medicinal Herbal OILS
The massage is more effective, when done with Medicinal Herbal OILS | Source

Massage Oils!

You may or may not use oil for massage. You can have a daily dry massage by yourself, using the same technique as mentioned above and maintain good health.

But Oil massage has medicinal properties and helps even to protect and prevent us from various minor ailments.

If you happen to visit an Ayurvedic shop at a reputed mall, you will be amazed at the variety of Herbal oils displayed there.

You may find :

  • Sandalwood oil,

  • Rosewood oil,

  • Eucalyptus oil,

  • Amla or Gooseberry oil,

  • Almond oil and other wonderful

  • Aroma oils lined up there.

The modern day' s Spa treatments use such and other oils or a combination of them to satisfy their customers.

Whereas there are so many, I still prefer Olive oil for body massage throughout the year and Mustard oil massage for winters, since it brings warmth to the body from severe cold.

Coconut oil and Amla oil is good for head massage. In summers however herbal oil with Camphor is very effective in keeping you cool.

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A Word Of Caution:

While massage is beneficial to everyone having normal health conditions, it may not be the same for persons having certain health issues.

  • Persons on blood thinning medications,
  • Person having Osteoporosis,
  • Persons having vein thrombosis or in simpler words has a tendency of blood clots within veins,
  • Persons with open wounds, fractures or burns,
  • Persons having Allergies from unknown substances,
  • Persons having some kind of Nerve disorder.

Therefore before you start any kind of Massage, as a therapy, you must consult your Doctor. Moreover, you must go for a certified Massage therapist.

It is necessary these days, to get certifications done as per government' s guidelines. Always go for a reputed and registered Massage clinic.

Still better, learn it yourself and you can have self massage or you can take the help of your family member.

© Chitrangada Sharan 7th May, 2014,

All Rights Reserved.



Easy Massage Techniques: Source: You tube

Face and scalp massage technique, source: You tube

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Nithya, for your kind visit and positive comments!

      Yes, massage is beneficial but it may not be so for persons with certain health issues.

      Thanks for appreciation!

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      Nithya Venkat 2 years ago from Dubai

      A good massage is a great way to relieve pain in the body. Massage oils enhance the whole experience of a massage. Great hub, as you have mentioned people should consider their health condition before going in for a massage.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks aviannovice for your visit and comments!

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Massage is excellent therapy!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Devika for stopping by!

      Appreciate your comments and support!

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      A great suggestion and would leave one feeling most relaxed your tips are worth trying.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Minnetonka Twin, for reading the hub and appreciating!

      I am glad you liked the information.

      Yes, I have been using Olive oil for facial and body massage since my young age. It spreads very easily with only few drops. And skin is very well nourished. We get it very easily at the chemist's shop in 200 ml or 500 ml packs. They are usually Italian Olive Oil or made in India. There are special packs for Babies too.

      In fact during pregnancy, I was advised by many to apply it on the abdomen, to avoid getting stretch marks. And I must say it was very effective.

      For cooking purposes I buy from the grocery store. But I don't think there is any harm in using that for massage purpose as well. Since what is edible, can also be applied on skin. Don' t we have fruit face packs and chocolate spa treatments! However you may take advice from the massage experts on this matter.

      Thanks for your interest on the subject and also for voting up!

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      Linda Rogers 3 years ago from Minnesota

      This article is both informative and interesting. I try to go in for a massage every few months. It makes me relax and sleep better. I was intrigued to hear you use olive oil for massage. Is it the kind in the grocery store or a specific kind for massage? Hit many buttons and voted up.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks midget38, for reading and appreciating!

      I would be interested to know which Aromatherapy oil did you choose.

      Many thanks for sharing!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Imogen French, for your kind visit and comments!

      Its better to learn it and do self massage with the help of a family member.

      Thanks and have a good day!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Hi manatita44!

      Thanks for reading this hub and your beautiful comments. You are a noble soul and I am sure you must be doing selfless service. And selfless service leads to greatest satisfaction.


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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      Coincidence! I just wrote about this for a client. I am choosing an aromatherapy oil for my husband at present. Helpful!

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      Imogen French 3 years ago from Southwest England

      We would all benefit from regular massages to relieve us from the stresses and strains of modern life. I used to go to a friend who was learning massage as I would get free or very cheap massages, but now she has qualified it is just too expensive to do except as a very rare treat.

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      manatita44 3 years ago from london

      Yes, I'm pretty stiff too. In fact so tired that I am at home this evening. Done lots of massage for others. never charged, and never learnt. I guess I just grew into it. I feel that love is an important part of the therapy. In one is selfless, then the message gets conveyed to the person being massaged. Great article.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Bobbi Purvis, for your lovely comments!

      So pleased to know you liked this hub.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks billybuc, for your visit and positive feedback!

      Glad you liked it!

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      PurvisBobbi44 3 years ago from Florida


      I need a body massage right now. I think I will make an appointment soon and take my sister with me.

      I loved this hub and the video. Great job.

      Bobbi Purvis

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I've only had one massage in my life and it certainly was heavenly. Everything you say here is true.