What is a Massage?


Massage is systematic, therapeutic method which involves use of touch either to invigorate or relax the muscles. This is generally adopted to promote healing, for relaxation and relieving of stress. Massage methods prevalent in use are Acupressure, Anma, Ayurvedic massage, Balinese massage, barefoot deep tissue, bowen therapy, breema, champissage, hilot, medical massage, Swedish, thai massage.


What are the different types of massage therapy?

  • Swedish massage: Swedish massage is also called classic massage. It involves five kinds of touch are used to massage different tissues using the therapists hands. To moisturize and give an aromatherapy experience, massage oil or lotion is used. In this technique kneading, rolling, vibration tapping and percussive movements helps improve blood circulation and relaxes the muscles. It is therefore employed to hasten healing of injuries, reduce swelling and help dissolve deep scar tissue adhesion.
  • Deep tissue massage: This type of massage deeper tissues those are present at the joints are targeted. Deep tissue massage is good remedy for chronic muscular You do not have access to view this node, injury rehabilitation, and You do not have access to view this node reduction due to arthritis and tendinitis.
  • Chair massage: Chair massage, is very popular. This type of massage is seen while shopping in a mall or traveling by air. In this the masseur does n't use oil or lotion, and you're fully clothed and sessions are shorter.
  • Stone Massage: In this form, smooth, heated, black stones are placed along a person's spine. These are used as an extension of the therapist's hand in conjunction with traditional massage. Benefits accrued are You do not have access to view this node relief and improved energy movement.
  • Shiatsu Massage: It is originated in japan, which involves sustained localized finger pressure on acupuncture points which energize the body. Shiatsu massage is quite relaxing.
  • Ayurvedic Kerala massage: The Ayurveda Kerala healing centers employ Ayurvedic massage which involves application of various oils, herbs and baths, which is deeply relaxing and ideal for a relief from stress.
  • Prenatal and Antenatal Massage: As name suggests it is form pregnant women through their pregnancy period and for a short duration after wards. This massage relieves You do not have access to view this node, reduce stress, cure swelling and remove depression and also alleviate good mood.
  • Neuromuscular massage: The main aim of this massage is to restore the balance of the autonomic nervous system.


There are different strokes in a massage

There are various techniques or strokes that are commonly used,

  • Effleurage (gliding): Effleurage helps in warming muscles and to prepare soft tissue for deeper treatment. In this free flow movement of flat palm is used with a steady pressure.
  • Fanning: Fanning technique employed on the back, chest, legs and arms to release tension from the muscles.
  • Feathering: As name suggests it’s a light stroke and barely perceived but does have a profound and smoothing effect.
  • Petrissage (kneading): With petrissage specific muscle groups are put to work and it is performed superficially. It is helpful in promoting circulation and to loosen muscle tightness.
  • Friction and pressure: Friction is mostly put over joints and helps to increase circulation and the fingers do not slide over the skin. This type of technique is also referred to as cross-fiber stroking.
  • Vibrating: Vibrating strokes take the form of striking the body bony areas lightly or jostling the muscles.
  • Tapotement (percussion): In this type drumming movements can be seen being administered over broad areas of body.
  • Pummeling: In this form, the body is stroked with the outer edge of the hand.
  • Hacking: Rapid chopping motions are performed with hand edge and the fingers slightly separated. It is mostly given on fleshy areas like upper shoulders or legs.
  • Cupping: In this form, the hands are cupped and the body is struck with the fingertips and the heels of the palms.


When should we not get a massage?

  • After taking a large meal, alcohol or addictive substances.
  • Post surgery unless advised by a medical doctor.
  • Heart attacked patients ( A gentle massage can be given to improve circulation)
  • Cancer patients
  • In case of fewer or infectious fever or infectious disease
  • If a persone has varicose veins, inflamed joints, gout, arthritic or rheumatoid You do not have access to view this node.


In Indian culture, massage is an intricate part. Children and newborn babies are massaged till they reach a 2yrs age. Apart from the physical benefits of regular massage, the immune system gets boosted against various diseases.


Why is Kerala massage popular?

Ayurveda is regarded as art of healing and the science of living. The aim of ayurveda is to remove the underlying causes of disease, and restoring the equilibrium of the bio-energies, vata, pitta and kapha. This ancient therapy, which is as old as the civilization that treasured it and nurtured it, continues to flourish. Kerala massage employs principles of Ayurveda therapies. Over here in kerala massage therapy, it has customized many techniques to suit the needs of the patients  to cure the disease. Some of the special treatments available are Abhyangam, Shirodhara, Shirovasti, Pizhichil, Navarakkizhi, etc.


During consultation, the physician tries to get the root cause of the ailment by examining closely and prescribes treatments. Either Sodhana therapy, which is basically for cleansing of metabolic wastes, or Samana therapy is administered in case of patients seeking therapeutic benefits are prescribed. Brahmana therapy is also recommended for body rejuvenation.