Circulatory massage is the most common healing method used for enhancing the proper flow of blood through the entire body and providing relaxation to the various muscles. This massage relaxes the tensed muscles in the body and relieves the stress from the body thus improving the overall health of the person. It involves applying pressure (medium to deep), tension, vibration or motion to the different parts of the body either with hand, arms or electronic massage devices. This massage was developed in Sweden and is now used in various parts of the world due to its unlimited benefits.
Circulatory massage therapy uses five different forms of massage strokes. The first form of stroke involves the application of stroke in a sliding or gliding way (smooth long strokes), most commonly known as effleurage. The second form of stroke is known as petrissage, which involves applying strokes in a kneading manner. The third form is known as tapotement, and the strokes are applied in a systematic and rhythmic tapping/slapping manner. The fourth form is known as friction stroke, where firm, deep, circular motions are applied. The last stroke is known as vibration stroke, where a rapid shake or vibration is applied to the targeted muscle. All these different types of strokes have proven effective in improving circulation in patients.
This therapy is performed in a very comfortable and relaxing environment and a session of this massage may last for duration of 30 minutes to an hour depending on the patient's needs. It is generally carried out in a calm and quiet place with soothing music, comfortable lying bed/table and soft lights. The massage therapist begins by application of oil, gel or lotion to the skin as it facilitates the movement and reduces the friction. In case of patients with serious health problems, it is always advisable to consult a physician before carrying out this type of massage.
This therapeutic style of massage has several benefits associated with it when applied properly. Apart from being very effective in relaxing the muscles and increasing the oxygen in the blood, this massage helps the lymphatic system to remove the toxins from the body, cleanses the body from the tissues of lactic acid, uric acid and other metabolic waste. It also helps in reducing the pain, stiffness of joints, lowering the blood pressure, reducing the headaches, reducing the stress, promoting speedy recovery from illness/injury and providing greater flexibility. This therapy has also proven beneficial in improving the mobility in patients suffering from knee osteoarthritis. It also stimulates the lymphatic system, as well as venous system, thus improving the fluid circulation and increasing the nutrition to the body cells and tissues.
This ancient form of healing is now becoming an essential part of stress management programs. It reduces the stress and fatigue and promotes an overall feeling of well being in individuals. This relaxing and rejuvenating massage can do wonders and improve the strength and vitality of the patient.