Although in its modern form massage dates back in Europe only to ca 1800 it was used as a prescribed form of treatment by Greek and Roman physicians already many centuries ago and throughout Asia for thousands of years. Physicians today recognise that massage benefits the body with the prevention, relief and cure of countless ailments and imbalances, and improves all bodily systems:
The Circulatory System - During a massage, the blood flow is quickened by using direct pressure and stimulating the nerves, nutrients are distributed around the body at a higher rate and the heart’s action is strengthened.
The Nervous System - Massage can either stimulate or sooth according to the methods used. Stimulation increases the activity of the muscles, vessels and glands while soothing massage movements relieve pain and nervous irritability.
The Lymphatic System - Direct massage pressure quickens the activity of the lymphatic ducts and glands promoting absorption and exchange of lymphatic fluids thus enabling the body to eliminate harmful substances more quickly. The Respiratory System - Massage improves local circulation which increases the amount of carbonic acid gas in the body’s tissues. The lungs respond with deeper breathing.
The Digestive System - Massage excites the reflexive action of the nerves in the digestive system and also increases the amount of bile fluid produced by the liver. The manufacture of digestive juices in stomach, intestines, liver and pancreas are also helped by the increased activity of the glands and circulation, stimulated by massage.
The Muscular System - The muscle tone is strengthened through improved circulation and nutrition of the muscle tissue. Massage relaxes tense muscles and allows for greater ease of movement.
The Skeletal System - The improved circulation of the blood and lymph also brings more nutrients to and improves the circulation in the bones making them stronger and more flexible.
- in general the practitioners offer whole body massage
- patients are asked to undress but will be covered on the massage table with only the part that is being massaged exposed
- patients should tell the practitioner about any health problems like headaches, migraines, high blood pressure, infections, recent operations or irritable bowl syndrome
- patients should refrain from eating for 1 ½ hours before treatment und should rest afterwards to gain the full benefits.