Why Massage Therapy is Good For Your Health

Some people think that massage therapy is only for relaxation and that it’s really just a luxury, but that is not entirely true. Massage therapy will definitely relax you, but there is so much going on physiologically during a massage you’ll really be surprised at the many benefits you receive.

During massage therapy, your parasympathetic nervous system is activated. The parasympathetic nervous system is the counterpart to your sympathetic nervous system, your fight or flight response. When your parasympathetic nervous system is active, your body goes into a relaxed state, your heart rate, respiration, and blood flow to the muscles slows down. This gives the body a chance to de-stress on the physical level. When the body stays in a state of constant stress (you may not realize it, even just daily work stress can activate the body’s sympathetic nervous system), eventually the body will break down. Stress related diseases are common and massage therapy combined with a good diet and exercise will definitely decrease your chances of developing those diseases.

One of the many health benefits you receive through massage is the elimination of toxins. This occurs through the movement of blood and lymph during the massage. Although the blood flow to the muscles slows during a massage, while the therapist is working on a specific muscle, blood flow is increased in the area of contact, and ultimately circulation does increase in the body after a massage. When blood circulation increases, it increases the oxygen to the cells and thus increases elimination of toxins. If you already get massages, have you ever noticed that during your massage your nose gets stuffy? This may seem to be because your head is face down in the face cradle, but it’s more than that. The congestion you feel is due to the toxins building up and looking for a way to get out of the body. That is why it is very important to drink a lot of water after a massage to flush out the built up toxins, especially if you receive a deep tissue massage.

Another benefit of massage is that it can relieve chronic pain or muscle tension. A weekly massage can help to retrain the muscles to relax. Our nerves and muscles have memory. When we experience stress or trauma even though we may not think about it after a while, our nerves and muscles will remember the experience. This can often lead to muscles staying contracted or spasming in an effort to guard the body against the stress or trauma. If you’ve ever broken a bone, you might have noticed that one of the first things to happen is that the muscles near the bone contract and stay contracted for several days. This is to protect the bone that broke against any further damage and to hold it in place so that it can begin to heal. When you experience stress, the contraction is not as extreme, but a similar concept is going on and in some cases the body will experience chronic pain or just feel tight and uncomfortable. When the muscles are contracting they can pull on the bones, especially in the back, and you can wind up with pain due to a pinched nerve. When you receive a massage for this type of problem, the muscles begin to relax and over time they release the ‘memory’ and the pain or tightness dissolves.

The are so many benefits to receiving massage therapy, too many to go into in just one article, but you can see that just by taking the time to enjoy a relaxing therapeutic massage you are truly allowing your body to rejuvenate and detoxify. In the environment that we live and work in, any little thing that we can do to improve our health will help our body to serve us better and longer. ”

By Laura Sadler, B.A., CMT

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Chyawanprash

Chyawanprash – Ultimate Rasayana of Ayurveda

Chyawanprash  is named after Rishi Chyawan who had become very old, but then once more became youthful through taking this preparation. According to the Charaka Samhita, Chyawanprash is “the foremost of all Rasayanas”. Rasayana is helpful to increase the immunity of the person to keep the disease away and also reverses the disease process and prevents the re-occurrence. Rasayanas are rejuvenators, nutritional supplements and possess strong antioxidant activity.

Chyawanprash is a total health tonic, here is why a spoonful of Chyawanprash every day can bless you with perfect health.

Regular consumption of Chyawanprash strengthens digestion, absorption and assimilation. It eases constipation.

Due to its high vitamin C content, Chyawanprash is well known to enhance the immune system and thereby reducing the incidence of common infections like cough, cold and fever.

A good cardiac stimulant and helps in the smooth functioning of the heart.

It nourishes the neuronal cells and promotes intelligence and memory.

It has a calming effect on Central Nervous System (CNS), thereby reducing anxiety and stress induced psychiatric problems and imparts sound sleep.

Helps in the smooth functioning of the respiratory system by maintaining moisture balance and stimulating the metabolism. It is especially beneficial for cough and asthma patients.

Improves skin complexion and prevent skin infections.

Promotes hair growth and helps in calcium absorption and hence strengthening of bones and teeth.

It is believed that Chyawanprash purifies blood, eliminates toxins and is beneficial to liver.

It also works as an antioxidant, thus slowing down the aging process.

Chyawanprash helps to balance all the three Doshas. It has a marked effect on Kappa which governs the defense systems and plays a role in stabilization of all systems of the body. This formulation is fit for all Doshas types and perhaps through all seasons of the year.

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KAHWA

Traditionally a Kashmiri drinking recipe, ideal for winters.

Ingredients:
4 Cups water
A pinch of Cinnamon (dalchini)
1/2 tsp Fresh kashmiri green tea, crushed
2 Green cardamoms, crushed
3-4 Almonds, shredded
4 strands Saffron, crushed
Sugar to taste
Preparation time:10 minutes

How to make Kahwa:
Pour water in a vessel.
Add crushed green tea leaves and cinnamon.
Bring to boil.
As soon as it boils, add saffron & sugar to taste.
Add cardamoms and shredded almonds.
Cover and boil for a few minutes.
Remove from the flame.
Kehwa is ready to drink.

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Gandusha

Gandusha : Procedure of holding the medicinal decoction/ liquid/ oil in the buccal cavity for certain period without gargling. It can be done in both healthy and diseased persons. In a healthy person it can be done as a regular practice by using til taila (sesame oil).

This procedure produces local as well as systemic effect. Used for the diseases of oral mucosa, gum, tingue, teeth etc generally for local effect. At the same time it can produce some systemic effect as the medicines can absorb by oral mucosa and can directly enter in to systemic circulation more rapidly.

Benefits
Nourishes oral cavity and gums
Strengthens and stabilize the teeth
Improves voice
Moisturize the mouth & lips
Enhances the taste perception of tongue

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Abhayanga

Abhayanga is an Ayurvedic procedure of application of sneha dravayas (mainly oils) over body with certain amount of pressure in specific directions. In this procedure, warm medicated oil is applied gently all over the body. Many of the prevalent modern massage techniques are the modified forms of Abhayanga. It can be performed as preventive therapy, therapeutic procedure or even as Rejuvenative therapy also. It can be applied over the whole body or locally.  In a healthy person it can be done as a regular practice as a dincharya with sesame oil.

Benefits
Enhance body strength and promote physical stability
Improves lustre of skin and complexion
Induces sound sleep
Helps prevent the hazards of aging
Maintains proper tension of muscles and tendons
Improves vision
Gives longevity
Enhances the activity of sense organs

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Nasyam

Nasyam : Medicaments administered through nose/nasal route is called Nasya. It can be used as a preventive therapy, curative therapy or rejuvenative therapy. It is also applicable in healthy person for keeping up the power of sense organs in head and to stimulate the central nervous system.

Nasya karma is indicated in the disease of head and for all ailments above shoulder.

Benefits:
* Ensures proper and healthy growth of hairs
* Enhances the activity of sense organs
* Prevents early ageing process
* Highly effective for migraine headaches, paralysis, neurilogical diseases, clarity of voice
* Checks recurrent sinusitis, nasal allergies, nasal polyps
* Improves memory and eye sight
* Relieves stress and emotional imbalance

Sambhasha – International Conference

Sambhasha

International Conference on Scope and role of Ayurveda in the management of Madhmeha (Diabetes Mellitus) and its complications.

Date : 5th Feb to 7th Feb 2017

Address : National Institute of Ayurveda

Madhav Vilas Palace, Jorawar Singh Gate, Amer Road, Jaipur -302002 (Rajasthan) India

Email : sambhasa.nia@gmail.com

Website : http://nia.nic.in

 

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Healthy dessert Dry fruit dates ladoo

Dry fruit  dates ladoo : Easy to make, healthy to eat ladoo recipe.

Ingredients
20 Seedless dates
1/4 cup mixed roasted nuts (almond, cashew, walnut, peanut, pistachios)
1 tsp desiccated coconut (optional)

Preparation time: 15 minutes

How to make the recipe :
Blend the dates in a blender, keep the blended dates aside. Add nuts to the blender and pulse them them coarsely.
Mix nuts and dates well or blend them together in blender.
Take small portions and make balls.
You can roll them in desiccated coconut for special look.

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Best Ayurveda beauty tips on skin, eyes and hair.

Revitalize yourself with Best Ayurveda beauty tips on skin, eyes and hair. Simple and useful tips which can be used daily at home.

• To remove puffiness from the eyelids, massage a drop of very fresh castor oil on to them.

• To cool your eyes, make eye pads using thick slices of cucumber. Another option is to use cotton pads soaked in cold milk. Lie down and place them on your closed eyes and relax for a while.

• Putting a drop of rose water into each eye just before you sleep can also refresh you eyes.

• To delay age spots on your hand, use a piece of lemon and rub all over your hand, before washing. This will delay onset of age-spots.

• To add extra shine and glow to your hair add 2 tablespoons of lemon. Use it as a last rinse and towel dry your hair

Yashtimadhu (The wonder drug)

Yashtimadhu (The wonder drug)

Sweet in taste commonly known as Mulethi. It has soothing effect on throat and used in cough, asthma and hoarseness of voice. Yashtimadhu also helps in relieving hyperacidity, soothing peptic ulcers, liver diseases and abdominal aches. Packed with healing properties.

*Herbal anti-oxidants
*Analgesic & anti- inflammatory properties
*Used in anaemia and bleeding disorders
*Has skin lightening effect

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