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Abstract

CONCEPT OF MASSAGE IN AYURVEDA AND MODERN- A REVIEW

Dr. Vivek Kumar Mishra* and Dr. Neha Mishra

ABSTRACT

Ayurvedic system of medicine approaches in a particular way to prevent and promote a healthy life by following certain methods and therapies in day today activities which could be consider as a part of a health promotion among the fast moving people of the 21st century. In Ayurveda the application of oils and massage is given a great importance according to the pressure applied, the techniques adopted, the materials used etc. They are named under different types. Those are abhyanga, udvartana, samvāhanam etc. and the effect varies as vatahara, kaphahara, preetinidrakara respectively. So according to the need of the situation the procedure can be manipulated. According to modern concept massage is used for relaxation, lymphatic drainage etc. and accordingly they use different techniques like effleurage, pressure massage, percussions, petrissage etc. The latest studies on massage anxiety and depression, temporarily reduce blood pressure and heart rate and it relieves pain too. It works by activating the of endorphin and serotonin (pain reliever and mood elevator) and by increasing the flow of lymph. Massage prevents fibrosis or scar tissue and increases the flow of lymph.

Keywords: Massage, Abhyanga, Samvahanam, Udvartana.


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