I think having a massage is one of the most wonderfully soothing and healing experiences a person can have. My illness which was largely due to stress required that I get a massage as often as I can. Back then, I use to get a back, leg and foot massage almost every night. I use scented virgin coconut massage oil as my consumable. The scent of either lavender or orange coupled with the soothing effect of the hand massage helped me in my recovery. The back massage I have someone do it, but the foot and leg, I do myself. The sequence is I do first my leg and then my feet, sometimes even my face. And then the finale is the back massage. You could fall asleep while having it, so it is best that you have taken your shower or through with washing up so you can just doze off to sleep. Wow, I can imagine and feel the healing effect as I write this post. zzzzz.
“Massage is one of the oldest, simplest forms of therapy and is a system of stroking, pressing and kneading different areas of the body to relieve pain, relax, stimulate, and tone the body. Massage does much more than create a pleasant sensation on the skin, it also works on the soft tissues(the muscles, tendons, and ligaments) to improve muscle tone. Although it largely affects those muscles just under the skin, its benefits may also reach the deeper layers of muscle and possibly even the organs themselves. Massage also stimulates blood circulation and assists the lymphatic system (which runs parallel to the circulatory system), improving the elimination of waste throughout the body.
Some Benefits Of Massage: for relaxing, soothing, healing, reassuring, eases tension, stiffness, and pain, improves breathing, improves circulation, and enhances well-being.
Although a single massage will be enjoyable, the effects of massage are cumulative and a course of massage treatments will bring the most benefits. Regular massage can have the effect of strengthening and toning the entire body mechanism, and so help to prevent unnecessary strains and injuries that might otherwise occur due to excess tension and any resulting structural weaknesses. Massage can stimulate or calm the nervous system-depending upon what is required by the individual-and thus help reduce fatigue, leaving the receiver with a feeling of replenished energy. At its best, massage has the potential to restore the individual physically, mentally and spiritually.”