Massage of all kinds has an excellent effect on the body and mind - without any side effects. Reflexology before bed will make you fall asleep quickly.
There are many methods, under different names based on touch, presses, and movement of the patient. All of these techniques have fairly similar principles, with clear benefits and no side effects.
Massage in modern times.
Link: Massage (Wikipedia)
- Massage exists almost everywhere globally; massage professionals assist athletes, accident victims, patients with severe diseases, etc. Massage in China has been around for 5000 years, and in all of East Asia, massage is part of the local culture. A pampering massage to release and relieve tensions is also present in almost every place in the world.
My massage experience is immense, including traditional Chinese massage, reflexology, Hydrotherapy, Shiatsu, and Thai massage.
- During my 15 years of being very sick, I did more than 500 traditional Chinese massages in China (body and foot) + about the same number of Thai massages in Israel + direct liver massages, and Jacuzzi massage. Long ago, I started to add massage to my treatment regularly. (See my views concerning massage below.)
Why are there dozens of different massage techniques?
- Some massage technics are applied to standing, sitting, or lying down—some in water (hot or cold) while requiring the patient's cooperation and activation. Although the techniques look pretty different - they work very similarly. The differences lie between the rest of the area being treated. Sometimes these are also traditional techniques.
- The massage is usually performed by hands, sometimes also by feet. Different techniques combine different lubricants, such as aromatic oils. The masseur sometimes uses various accessories designed to enhance the effect of the massage.
- Massage beds and armchairs do not have the same value as a human massage which is inherently more sensitive. A good masseur immediately notices the problem spots and works on them intensively.
In skeletal and muscular injuries, you will find extensive use of hydrotherapy.
- The water resistance is much higher than that of the air, requiring significant effort on the patient's part. Other techniques are used in internal organs diseases; however, water (warm) has a calming effect.
Therapeutic Massage benefits.
- Pain relief.
- It is relaxing and relieves tensions.
- Helps sleep.
- It causes a temporary decrease in blood pressure.
- Increases sex drive.
- Increasing the flow of blood & lymphatic fluid.
How does one know massage works well? (My personal experience)
- Due to my severe liver condition, I had frequent urination (the kidneys work much harder to compensate for the liver deficiency). During a massage of 90 minutes, I almost always needed to urinate twice as frequently as usual (2-3 for 90 minutes). After the massage, I experienced relaxation for a few hours, and my sleep was usually deeper. Since I had this reaction hundreds of times, I firmly believe it is not random; massage is helpful in many ways.
- Massage works well for everyone, but it is a slow process and usually cannot be a standalone treatment.
The Biological Benefits of Frequent Massage.
Reflexology & acupuncture as diagnostic tools.
Recommended link: Acupuncture – Enhancing Qi flow.
- Foot massage – Reflexology covers all the body. I did it hundreds of times in Changsha, China. If you get a professional massage, which employs a lot of pressure, you will usually feel pain when the area of the organ creating your primary symptoms is pressed. Incredibly, the pain was always where it was supposed to be: the liver, kidneys, blood pressure, small intestines, colon, etc.
- Acupuncture, although a different technique, gives the same results. The sensitive spots reflect the body's organs that are blocked, precisely as reflexology does.
Liver acupressure direct massage. (Mainly needed for chronic liver patients)
This type of massage requires particular skills and compassionate hands. If you want to try this type of massage, you should only go to a professional therapist. It should be performed on an empty stomach.
- Direct liver massage is not standard. (I tried it for the first time in a big TCM massage hospital in Changsha, China.)
- Direct liver massage does not refer to Acupuncture Liver Point No. 3 located on your foot between the big toe and the next toe join.
- Later I requested the same massage from my Thai massage therapist in Israel. The results, combined with coffee enemas, liver flushes, and fresh juicing, were excellent.
- Direct liver massage gently breaks the bonds inside the bile ducts that produce bile fluid solidification and block your liver. Massage improves the blood supply and elevates the Qi energy flow.
- After a direct liver massage, a coffee enema is recommended.
- Direct liver massage is also recommended before doing the liver flush. It helps release green intra-hepatic stones. (Solidification of bile due to high toxicity and lack of bile production.)