Health Goes Skin Deep

Massage, aroma therapy and acupuncture are three treatment methods that have many benefits for a person’s health. Let’s take a look at each one and see how they can help a person to maintain their health or to recover from an injury or illness.
1. Massage
Studies have shown that the basic act of a person placing their hands on another person’s body can cause the person receiving the touch to thrive. Massage takes touching to a whole new level and turns it into a art form. There are many different types of massage practiced throughout the world. Each one has a style that makes it unique. The most popular types of massage are reflexology, myofascial release, trigger point therapy, shiatsu, connective tissue release and Swedish massage. Therapeutic massage is used for the purpose of helping to treat various conditions.
Massage offers many benefits, such as relief from the following conditions:
– Temporomandibular joint pain
– Soft tissue strains or injuries
– Myofascial pain syndrome
– Headaches
– Digestive disorders
– Sports injuries
– Myofascial pain syndrome
– Headaches
– Digestive disorders
2. Aroma Therapy
A person who is an expert in the art of aroma therapy understands the various differences in essential oils that can be attributed to literally thousands of chemicals, and the effect that these chemical constituents have on a person’s body. The aromatic properties of essential oils that are natural and pure can act as a catalyst for change in the body and mind of human beings.
– The Mind: The area of the brain that affects emotion is stimulated by the aroma of essential oils. The limbic system is also stimulated. This is where pleasure is perceived and memories are stored. Once the limbic system has been stimulated, chemicals are released that have a direct impact on a person’s central nervous system. The serotonin that is released helps to reduce pain and counteract anxiety. Aroma therapy is widely regarded as one of the most effective ways to eliminate stress.
– The Body: The skin is able to quickly absorb essential oils. They travel around cells and enter hair follicles. This is where the oils gain entry into glands that are sebaceous and blend with the natural emollients of the skin. The oils contain chemical properties that can be balancing, toning, deodorizing and cleansing.
3. Acupuncture
Acupuncture has many benefits such as:
– Eases back pain: Acupuncture has been used for centuries to relieve the pain associated with chronic back pain. There are many people who claim that this type of therapy provides greater results that traditional chiropractic treatment.
– Soothes indigestion: There was a recent study conducted by researchers in Brazil that showed people who were treated with acupuncture experienced relief from their indigestion and heartburn. 75 percent of the people in the study saw a decline in the intensity of their heartburn.
– Counteracts the side effects of radiation: People who have undergone radiation therapy have found relief from many of the common side effects such as nausea and dryness of the mouth.
After taking a look at many of the benefits of these three forms of treatment, it is easy to see why they have all been around for literally thousands of years. There is no doubt that they will still be used thousands of years from now.