Regular exercise and massage have tremendous health benefits.

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Regular exercise and massages have an excellent effect on the body and mind while boosting the immune system and good mood.

Exercise.

Regular exercise and massages are critical tools in maintaining good health and mood. There is no need to perform grueling exercises, even moderate and continuous walking of about an hour a day, preferably after meals, improves and stimulates the digestive system, helps good sleep, and has long-term health effects.

Massage in its various forms is typical in many cultures, and for a good reason: it has a beneficial effect on blood circulation, lymphatic fluid flow, and relaxation. 

 

The long-term benefits of regular exercise.

  1. Strengthening aerobic capacity and heart-lung output.
  2. Improving the flow of lymphatic fluid in our body. (The second line of defense of the immune system)
  3. Improvement in the peristalsis of the gastrointestinal tract. (especially walking after meals)
  4. Improvement of mood as a result of increased production of the neurotransmitter serotonin.
  5. Strengthening of muscles and prevention of symptoms of thinning skin.
  6. Lubrication of joints, strengthening of bones, and preventing fractures (typical in old age) relieve rheumatic pain.
  7. Regular physical activity contributes to sexual fitness, especially in men. Testosterone production is affected by muscle-strengthening activity.
  8. Regular exercise helps maintain weight.
  9. The cumulative effect of regular physical activity has a beneficial impact on a relatively youthful appearance.

The beneficial effects of measured and regular exercise have been known for thousands of years.

 

Recommended sports and those with the potential for long-term health damage.

Apart from extreme sports, all sports are recommended while maintaining clear rules and adapting to ability.

  • Long-distance running puts all body weight on the knees, whose cartilage may be damaged, causing swelling. Using shock-absorbing shoes (in high turnover) does reduce the problem, but not completely.
  • Cycling is an aerobic sport and is highly recommended for young people but not for men over 50 years old. The explanation lies in prolonged sitting on the narrow seat that presses on the prostate and impairs the blood supply. This phenomenon burdens and encourages the development of an enlarged prostate BPH.
  • Horse riding is a rather dangerous sport, unsuitable for men over 50 years old, for the same reason that cycling is not suitable. The pressure of prolonged sitting on the prostate impairs the blood supply.
  • Intense tennis matches wear down the wrists and elbows due to the heavy load on the hitting hand.
  • Hiking, swimming, canoeing, or sailing are especially recommended.
  • Walking in nature, preferably between trees, after rain, and especially immediately after a lightning storm, is recommended.

Indoor sports are suitable for all weather conditions and are recommended in itself.

  • All sports and therapies based on stretching and contracting organs are recommended.

Yoga and Thai Chi are types of movement with a deeper energetic meaning that incorporates breathing and meditation techniques and are especially recommended.

 

Massage in modern times.

Many methods are under different names based on the patient's touch, presses, and movement. These techniques have similar principles, with clear benefits and no side effects.

 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 5,000 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 everywhere worldwide.

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 massages. Long ago, I started to add massage to my treatment regularly. (See my views concerning the message below.)

 

Reflexology.

Reflexology.

Why are there dozens of different massage techniques?

  • Some massage techniques 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 are less valuable than humans and inherently more sensitive to massage. 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 the air, requiring significant effort on the patient's part. Other techniques are used in internal organ diseases; however, water (warm) has a calming effect.

 

Therapeutic Massage benefits.

  1. Pain relief.
  2. It is relaxing and relieves tension.
  3. Helps sleep.
  4. It causes a temporary decrease in blood pressure.
  5. Increases sex drive.
  6. 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 have 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 and acupuncture as diagnostic tools.

Recommended link: Acupuncture – Enhancing Qi flow.

  • Foot massage – Reflexology covers 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 blocked organs, 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 were excellent, combined with coffee enemas, liver flushes, and fresh juicing.
  • Direct liver massage gently breaks the bonds inside the bile ducts that produce solidifying bile fluid 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.)

 

Exercise and massage have many benefits for the body and mind, particularly recommended in modern life, and are full of constant stress.

Frequently asked questions and answers:
Why can you find a good massage almost anywhere in the world?
The benefits of massage have been known for thousands of years. There is nothing like a good massage to relax, relieve joint pain, and improve sleep.
Is gentle massage as effective as intense massage?
In terms of mental relaxation, a gentle massage has an excellent effect. An intense massage and pressing acupressure points, such as the one in the far East, have a good impact on energy flow.
There are many types of massage; how do I know how to choose between them?
Massages have many different names, but there are two main categories. A gentle and relaxing massage (such as a Swedish massage) versus an intensive-medical massage. (Such as a Thai massage)
Reflexology calms and improves the quality of sleep.
Reflexology is highly recommended as a natural treatment tool, without drugs, to improve sleep quality. Dipping the feet in warm water and massaging the feet stimulates blood circulation and lymphatic fluid.
Is physiotherapy based on principles similar to those of massage?
Physiotherapy is a therapeutic tool emphasizing injuries, especially in movement. The principles are quite the same. Improving the flow of blood and lymphatic fluid to the affected area, soothing pain, stretching and releasing, lengthening and contracting muscles and pressure points. (similar to the points of acupuncture)
Why is hydrotherapy so beneficial?
Hydrotherapy is a type of physiotherapy carried out in the water (at temperatures pleasant for the body) with quite similar principles. Still, because of the resistance of water, it is more intense, along with the calming effect of water.
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Regular exercise and massage have long-term health benefits.
1. Is it possible to maintain good health without regular exercise?
Modern life is very intense, and there is not enough leisure. That's why many give up exercising. The beneficial effect of exercise is undeniable and has been known for thousands of years.
 
 
 
 
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A more detailed explanation:
1. The most suitable answer is answer number 3.
Regular, even moderate, exercise is incredibly essential. Walking regularly for about an hour a day, preferably immediately after dinner, provides an excellent health solution. Of course, other sports are always recommended.
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