Massage

“As every person instinctively rubs a swollen or painful body part due to crushing, in an attempt to reduce the pain caused by tension, this instinctive means (the massage) will at all times have also been used as a remedy.”

 

Franz Kirchberg: Handbuch der Massage und Heilgymnastik (1926)

 

MASSAGE

WHAT HAPPENS DURING A MASSAGE?

As soon as our biggest organ, our skin, is touched, the information is sent to our brain. If you feel that the massage is good, whereby no immediate harder pressure is exercised, the information returns to the specific site and provides a positive effect. This relaxes the specific body part, which “opens” itself for the massage. If a direct stronger pressure is exercised onto the muscles, the upper layers harden in order to protect the layers underneath. A negative effect. If the massage is done well, a positive process is created. In principle, a muscle massage is like working with a sponge. The musculature is filled with blood and during the massage wastes are removed. By the elimination of such toxins the musculature can absorb again and is fed with minerals. The metabolic balance is restored. It is mostly the upper muscle layers that undergo a massage. This has a positive effect on the layers underneath.

DO PEOPLE NEED A MASSAGE ONLY WHEN THEY ARE ILL?

Definitely not. Have you seen a football match which is prolonged? The assistants attend the players, give them something to drink and massage their leg and calf muscles. This is required for the regeneration of the strained muscle parts. It balances the metabolism and oxygen and nutrients are fed to the muscles. During a massage, endorphins are automatically released by the brain and the self-healing process is initiated. Naturally, it cannot be compared to the work of a physiotherapist, but how can you help yourself when you desire a fitness massage? You can visit a professional massager, or you can use a specific massage device.

WHAT DOES A MASSAGE DEVICE OFFER?

Firstly, a massage device provides relaxation. The different massage methods, such as kneading, tapping, pressing and stretching, as well as the different pressure degrees, are a mechanical trigger for the skin and connective tissues, jointly with the muscles. The tension is released and the blood circulation increases. Scientific research has proven that a massage diminishes the release of stress hormones and relieves pain. The intrinsic self-healing forces are stimulated and activated. A massage device does not only harden the muscles at one point. Around the massaging sites the connective tissues are relaxed and the blockades in the deeper muscle layers are loosened. If you have complaints, it is the muscles what we can effectively treat in the first place. For example, chemical substances that have been built up in the body by stress, can be destroyed through the muscles.

BACK MASSAGE

How do you image a classical massage? Nowadays, the back area, specifically the shoulder part and lumbar region are pain factor no. 1. The muscles supplying the nutrients to the body, are exhausted. The tension presses extra blood out of the muscle. The deeper muscle layers become cramped, and this is followed by the superficial layers. Veins and arteries are also impacted by the lack of blood circulation and ligaments and articulations are no longer taken care of. Our body cells depend on nutrients. They are fed with vital nutrients via the intermediate spaces of the arteries. The metabolism is responsible for the exchange of used and new substances and discharges the used substances via the lymph ducts. But if they are obstructed, the substances cannot be eliminated which leads to congestion. The wastes remain in the body.

This process is further accelerated due to long and frequent sitting and monotonous activities. Since our spinal column depends directly on the back muscles, it immediately ‘feels the burden’ in case of a disorder. We note this by cramps, strain and even headache. The more painful it is, the less we demand from this area. Unfortunately, this is a mistake. By the lack of movement and care, such as a massage, our muscles harden more and more and constrict the whole body part.

FOOT MASSAGE

Often, everyday life puts much pressure upon us. After a long exhausting day, our legs and feet frequently hurt and we long for rest and relaxation. A foot massage would be ideal and provides overall relaxation. Already in ancient Thailand, illnesses were treated by exercising pressure on certain points of the body (SenSib) in combination with a back massage. Today, these techniques are implemented in the Thai massage therapy for the relief of general sufferings.

The body has two circulatory systems. The blood circulation from the heart provides the brain, organs and muscles with nutrients and vital oxygen, while the lymph system eliminates the products from the metabolism, such as wastes and toxins. If our immune system is affected by infections and viruses, the physician shall palpate your lymph nodes first. Here, the immune cells are generated. They become swollen by the burden. The massage triggers the immune system and promotes the elimination of toxic substances and the provision of oxygen and nutrients.

FOOT REFLEX MASSAGE

Compared to the reflex zone massage, the foot reflex massage has the advantage that the endings of 72,000 nerves from different body parts are located in the foot. This way, many organs can be simply and effectively treated here. For example, a foot reflex zone massage stimulates the metabolic system, improves the blood circulation, boosts the digestion, triggers different body parts and supports healing processes. The more we care about the health of our feet, the better our organism functions: Feet must be considered as a micro-system, and is a reflection of the whole person, for his or her personal treatment.

NOT ENOUGH EXERCISE

Sitting, sitting, and sitting – whether it is in front of your desk, watching TV or at the office. Most people move less than 1 hour a day.

They take their car to work. They sit before their computer screens for hours. They go home by car. They watch TV or use their computer. Then they go to bed. For many people, the daily activity is mainly: Sitting. And when do we exercise? According to a study from the Harvard University, every year 5 million of people die due to the lack of exercise. According to scientific research 6 percent of the cases of coronary heart disease, 7 percent of diabetes, type 2, and 10 percent of breast and colon cancer is caused by inactivity.

HOW MUCH EXERCISE IS REQUIRED?

A quarter of an hour per day can help. Science has proven that more exercise improves the health – and exercise does not always mean competitive sport. Already 15 minutes of body exercise per day can diminish the risk of premature death by 14 percent.
(Source: www.m.tk.de / www.rueckenzentrum-muenchen-west.de)

WHY IS EXERCISE SO IMPORTANT?

Very simple. It strengthens the muscles and stimulates the metabolic process. Weak muscles also produce a bad blood circulation. Weakened muscles with strained ligaments can no longer resist the pressure and become weaker and weaker over time. This causes the displacement of single vertebrae from their “track”, which may lead to scoliosis. Therefore, a sufficient blood circulation must be guaranteed, in order to build up the muscles and support intervertebral discs, articulations and ligaments. Only saturated muscles, which are sufficiently pronounced and fed with nutrients, shall be able to dispatch “unnecessary” nutrients.

BODY POSTURE

What kind of work do you do? Do you stand a lot? Do you move a lot and is such activity monotonous? Do you sit a lot? Nowadays, most people demand much monotony from their muscles. Above all, the posture of a sitting body is a significant burden/demand for our spinal column and intervertebral discs. Most people who work at a PC can tell you a thing or two about back pain, pain in their arms, headache and in many cases, migraine. If you do not do anything about it, nothing shall change. Also, you should know that by a unilateral load of a monotonous body posture excessive tension is put onto the individual vertebrae and articulations! If this is not balanced out by exercise, it shall always lead to complaints. Since it is proven that pain is mostly due to weak muscles, we should change that and tackle this “problem area”. In this case, we should work on the cause for hardened and weakened muscles due to monotonous movement.

CONSEQUENCES OF LACK OF EXERCISE

THE HEALTH CYCLE

Our body is a miracle of nature. No other architecture is so flexible, resilient, versatile and astonishingly refined as our human body. The protection of this miracle work – our body – against illness, to prevent it from disease and to give it due care, should be among our top priorities.

The harmonious coordination between the different body systems and their individual parts makes them function so that we stay alive. The individual “Building stones” must be interconnected directly or indirectly, like gear in a machine, in order to function in harmony. Our sensory organ which is an even more complex and also magnificent system, allows us to perceive the environment and to interact with it so that we can respond to the impact. Additionally, our body is “the gate to our soul”, our own oasis. Our soul lets us express our feelings such as love or reluctance, joy or sorrow. It is generally known and also scientifically proven that our feelings are the result of complex chemical and hormonal processes.

Our body is the most important tool for social interaction. The social competences of a human body are formed by our body posture, our attitude to our own body as well as the attention we pay to it.

Within the framework of the human body and its health cycle, we can clearly distinguish which single factors play a role for its functioning. If a single building stone is neglected, all other building elements shall suffer. It often occurs that you do not feel well or even feel ill, but you do not know why. You may have sufficient exercise and good eating habits, but if you have to work hard from early in the morning until late in the afternoon, your body shall have no rest. This deficit appears by itself and must be overcome by our body, which has an impact on our general well-being.

OUR BODY AND ITS “PROBLEM AREAS”

THE CENTRAL UNIT

Our spinal column is the central carrier of our whole body to keep our posture upright. Very often, it is put under enormous tension, since it stabilises our posture jointly with the muscles and ligaments, while it guarantees the movement of our torso. Our spinal column is composed of 24 movable vertebrae, 7 cervical vertebrae, 12 thoracic vertebrae and 5 lumbar vertebrae. Next to these vertebrae, there are also 23 intervertebral discs that are part of the spinal columns.

NATURAL SHOCK ABSORBER

Our intervertebral discs consist of a soft core, which is surrounded by a cartilage ring. Our intervertebral discs are composed of 75% water and 25% of a more solid water-absorbing substance. But just as any other building stone of our body, they also depend on our care and the intake of nutrients. This absorption usually takes place in the evening and during the night. In a relaxed position, the individual vertebrae make space to allow the easy absorption of nutrients.

Only when after a long and demanding day, we give our body the chance to regenerate and absorb nutrients, its functions as a natural shock absorber shall be guaranteed. When we are 30 years old, the intermediate discs undergo an ageing process and become sensitive over the years. This may increase for example, headaches or dizziness. The reason might be that our head, or more precisely, our brain, does not absorb shocks as well as in the past. If we believe that our intermediate discs are severely affected, or this is confirmed by a physician, we can actively do something about an incipient herniating disc and take preventive action. For example, a herniating disc takes approximately 7 years to develop from the “onset” up to the “event”. It depends thus on us to prevent or delay it.

MUSCLES

People would not function without their muscles. The contraction and relaxation of the muscles determine the movements of the body. Our muscles are continuously maintained under slight tension (muscle tone) by the nerve system for the generation of energy. Also without any movement, a quarter of the energy is generated by the muscles. This generation increases significantly during exercise and efforts. The main part of own energy comes from our body warmth. During cold periods, when you tremble due to the muscle contraction, this is converted into “Warm energy”.

Another important task for the muscles is the central supply of all units (articulations, cartilage, bones, organs) with vital minerals and substances. Muscles are our main streets, when we breathe in oxygen and transport it from the lungs to the muscles. The better pronounced they are, the better the supply. Due to different factors and lack of exercise, the muscles can become atrophied or cramped, so that the smooth supply to the individual areas and organs is no longer guaranteed

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