Ayurvedic massage therapy is an effective method of healing. Massage therapy is useful –
- to strengthen muscles, bones and joints
- to relieve stress
- to relax mind and body.
While these things are true, it is also important to know when not to go for massage, when not to massage a particular part of the body. Here are a few massage tips in this regard –
Avoid massage therapy during these instances –
1. During fever – During fever, or during an infection, according to Ayurvedic principles, there will be a disturbance in Agni (digestive power) and body will not be in a position to take a massage. It disrupts the healing process. So it is better not to go for massage.
2. During inflammation / swelling blunt injuries – During inflammation and due to blunt injuries, it is best to avoid oil massage. It is okay to apply Ayurvedic oils (taila). But massage might aggravate the pain.
3. During abdominal pain: In case of a pain that is arising due to some problem in internal organs like gastric complaints, liver complaints etc, it is not good to go for a massage without a doctor’s advice.
4. During wound and abscess – Oil massage may cause an increase in pain. If the oil is not sterile, then it may add to the infection of the wound and healing may be delayed.
5. During fracture – Massage during fracture may cause displacement of the fractured bone, leading to complications.
6. During pregnancy – Massage during pregnancy is fine. But to be on the safer side, it is better to undergo massage after taking an expert opinion. Gentle oil massage is better than regular massage therapy.
7. During a feeling of urgency – If your mind is pre-occupied about a pending work, which is very urgent, better to avoid massage at that time. Set your mind free and then go for massage to enjoy maximum benefits.
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