Life in modern times has become very luxurious in many ways. Most people who live in towns and cities perform little physical labour. The demands of their jobs often don't require them to participate in activities that make their muscles work.
Coupled with no natural fresh air and sitting in an air-conditioned office over a computer screen for hours at a time, can cause enormous strain on the eyes and head. Shoulder muscles become tense and tight.
The physical and mental strains that accumulate each day, can cause weakness in the nerves and impair the circulation of the vital life-fluids to the brain, causing tension headaches.
The skull feels tight and heavy and the brain cannot function properly, causing more stress to the individual. Working hours are spent in a downward spiral of tension and sickness.
To avoid these problems and to reduce stress on the body and mind, relaxation is a must! Whilst yoga postures and deep breathing exercises effectively ensure relaxation, they cannot always be carried out and we need other techniques to use. The best, easiest and most natural way of relieving these problems is an Holistic Massage, which can be carried out in the workplace on the individual who remains fully clothed. When massage is adopted as a regular practice, it offers many benefits, - vitality increases as the circulatory and respiratory systems open to provide fresh oxygen and vital energy. Massage also encourages relaxation.
By enhancing the circulation of nutrient material and helping the body expel toxins, massage plays an important role in the cleansing and maintaining the health of the body. It excites the body's internal resources, stimulating it to process proteins, to convert various forms of sugar into glucose, and it generates various chemical enzymes. If adopted as a daily practice, massage can help rejuvenate the body. Massage of the pressure points (marmas) relaxes the body instantly.
Holistic Massage works on both the physical and the mental level Physically, it helps all the systems of the body - the immune nervous, respiratory, endocrine, circulation, muscular, skeletal and lymphatic. Mentally, it helps the mind to relax, transmitting a life-giving energy that assists all systems of the body to restore and renew themselves.
Generally, massage assists the body in self-healing. It can make the mind stop wandering and give perfect relaxation. For people suffering from sleeplessness or disturbed sleep, receiving a holistic massage is essential.
The subtle (or spiritual) energy of the body, or indeed of the universe, is know in Sanskrit as “Prana”. It may well be the same as the unifying force now being studied in quantum physics but has been known intuitively for many thousands of years in both western and eastern esoteric traditions. It permeates our hole being and radiates forth as the aura. In other cultures it is known as Ki, Chi, Qi, Vital Force, Bio-energy, Orgone Energy and by many other terms.
Massage is an inter-play of energies between two bodies. Beside, being two human beings, these bodies are also two electro-magnetic forces. When we receive, or give, a massage we are not only manipulating muscle, skin and bones, we are working with energies, both physical and mental. There is a clear interaction between the psyche of the giver and the psyche of the receiver. To understand this we need to remember one simple law, i.e. energy flows from a higher level to a lower level.
The energy transfer process is a simple one. The recipient surrenders to being Massaged and allows the body to relax. Defences drop naturally allowing the energy of the giver to enter into his or her body and to be absorbed. If there is resistance from either party the massage does not yield many benefits. The receiver needs to allow the giver to work without offering any resistance. This will enable the giver to keep their vibrational levels high. Because Head massage is the act of giving, the giver is automatically on a higher level than they receive. Thus according to the natural law, the energy is transmitted from the body of the practitioner to the body of the receiver. A fine discharge of subtle energy flows through the fingertips of the practitioner, which the skin of the receiver readily absorbs.
BENEFITS OF HOLISTIC MASSAGE
Increases the supply of fresh oxygen and glucose to the brain.
Through massage an electro-chemical balance can be maintained, which results in health and long life.
Relaxes the nervous system and eliminates the fatigue caused by mental stress and strain.
Improves circulation of that life-giving cerebrospinal fluid.
Increases the secretion of growth hormones and necessary for the growth and development of brain cells.
Increases the circulation level of pranic energy, inside the brain, by kneading and pressing the muscles, accumulated toxins are encouraged to leave the body; in exchange the cells fill with nutrient materials and prana. The body and the immune system become strong and stamina, vitality and virility increase.
Retards hair loss, premature balding, and greying by stimulating the circulation to the hair follicles encouraging hair growth.
Massage in general, and head massage in particular, is an effective device for inducing sleep.
For these reasons, holistic massage should be included in every daily schedule.