Massage (For Health and Healing)
: S.V. Govindan
: Abhinav Publications
of publication: 2000
Id : med 03
From the Publisher
This book on
"Massage for Health and Healing: The
Ayurvedic and Spiritual Energy Approach" is a
commendable guide to a very important medical aid
which reigned with dignity in the past. Though it
was neglected for many years, the art of massage
has recaptured its central place amongst the forms
of healing. Prevention of disease, and promoting
Massage is the
oldest of all techniques for relieving pain,
shaping the organs, regenerating tissues, and
correcting almost all internal malfunctions.
Massage and its origin in the natural instincts of
animals, handed over to the conscious man with a
mandate to improve it as far as possible with his
old wisdom. Despite advancements in knowledge and
complex techniques, massage retains its usefulness
and significance even as a method to save a person
from immediate death, as in heart failure,
breathlessness, and several other fatal ailments.
In all kinds of
therapeutic approaches, massage alone can maintain
certain links. Any method of treatment with a
holistic approach cannot leave out massage.
Ayurveda upholds its psychosomatic benefits.
Sushruta and other texts explain it, classifying
various types of massages and instructions on
their manipulations and effects. In Ayurveda, the
human body constitutes three functional entities,
the balance of which maintains health; an upset in
this balance increases disease.
The book serves
not only as a guide to novice practitioners but
also as a manual and refresher guide for those who
are experienced ayurvedic masseurs. The contents
(techniques) of this book will bring relief and
better health to those who faithfully apply them
in their daily lives.