Massages have always been touted as either one of these two, or both. Some people consider massages as the perfect way to relax, while other people regard is as a gateway to achieving over-all health. Having said that, it’s been around as early as 4000 B.C. by Hippocrates, the “Father of Medicine”. Until now, it’s rather easy to get a massage, where there are centers for Massage Therapy Toronto which you could visit for this particular purpose. Through the years, there have been several kinds of techniques and methods for massage developed, and these are just some of the most common ones.
The first, and one which is the easiest of all is Acupressure. In this kind of massage therapy, the point of emphasis is one the fingers and toes, where the therapist gets to press certain “key points” on the surface of it, and in the process allows the body to heal itself naturally. The pressing of these key points allow blood circulation and the so called “qi” to help in the process of healing. It could also stimulate certain points to release endorphins, and when done the right way, not only allows the body to relax, but helps improve circulation and the over-all strength of the immune system.
Another common massage technique is Aromatherapy. In this process, essential oils, which can be obtained from flowers, herbs, roots, and certain plants are used to help increase the effectiveness of other massage techniques, as these essential oils are burned while the massage takes place, and in the process would allow the scents to elicit a good effect, such as further relaxation and/or invigoration.
Originating in India, this process is one which is rather intricate, and makes use of warmed herbs and oils on “energy points” throughout the body. This is quite similar to aromatherapy, except that it is one which has a more spiritual connection to it.