Massage Beyond Pampering

Massage is perhaps one of the oldest healing traditions. Many cultures – including the Ancient Greeks, Egyptians, Chinese and Indians – were convinced of the therapeutic properties of massage and used it to treat a variety of ailments. It can be considered a holistic form of therapy as it works on all levels,bringing harmony to mind,body and spirit. The simple touch of a hand can ease stress or suffering.

Research over the past couple of years has found that massage therapy boosts immune function in women with breast cancer, improves symptoms in children with asthma, and increases grip strength in patients with carpal tunnel syndrome. Giving massages to the littlest patients, premature babies, helped in the crucial task of gaining weight. The benefits go beyond feelings of relaxation and wellness that people may recognize after a massage.

Physiological Benefits Of Massage.


During massage the amount of blood pumped to the heart is increased,which affects blood pressure. The flow in local arteries,veins and capillaries are improved and it temporarily reduces blood pressure, urine flow is increased and cellular metabolism is improved


Pain in the joints can be due to injury,inflammation or simply wear and tear.Massage reduces the pain and speeds up the healing process.


Massaging the chest,shoulders and back not only reduces tension but also improves breathing. It removes the congestion and respiratory sympyoms are improved.


During massage ,sweat is increased which helps the removal of toxins. This is a benefit that I love.

Nervous System.

Our nervous system helps to regulate all other systems of the body,so by calming with massage we are helping all the organs of the body to function more effectively.

Digestive System

Stress,long working hours and poor diet is bad for our digestive system. Symptoms like bloating,indigestion,and constipation are common these days. Massage improves the functions by helping to ease indigestion and flatulence.It can also be beneficial for constipation.

Lymphatic System

This is the most important system in our body as it helps to fight infections,so its imperative to have it function properly. Massage releases the congestion from the lymph nodes which in turn helps to improve our immune system.


We all know the problems tension in the muscles can cause,particularly in the neck and shoulders. Massage eases the spasms and tension enabling the taut muscles to work efficiently. It is good before and after sports to keep muscles in good shape and to help damage.


Pent up emotions can often lead to tense muscles so by relaxing them,massage helps to release any unexpressed emotions.

So go ahead and give it a try…..You wont be sorry you did.


Natural Antibiotics


When it comes to antibacterial agents, natural medicine really shines. While there are hundreds of natural antibiotics of varying degrees of strength, here are some of my faves:

1. Oregano Oil—The King of natural antibiotics, study after study proves the effectiveness of oregano oil. Three volumes of research by Paul Belaiche
found that oregano oil killed 96% of all pneumococcus bacteria, 92% of all
neisseria, proteus, and staphylococcus bacteria. Some strains of neisseria are
responsible for diseases like gonorrhea or meningitis. Proteus is a type of
intestinal infection, and staphylococcus is the culprit in some types of food
poisoning. Oregano oil eliminated 83% of streptococcus and 78% of
enterococcus, which are linked with strep throat, scarlet fever, rheumatic
fever, toxic shock syndrome, cystitis, wound infections, and anorexia.

2. Olive Leaf Extract—Olive leaf, like many other natural antibiotics, is also a good antiviral, making it an excellent choice when the nature of the microbe
is not completely known. Drs. O. and B. Lee at the Department of Biomedical
Science at CHA University in Korea, found that olive leaf extract was potent
against various microbes. Additionally, their research showed olive leaf
exhibited free radical scavenging abilities. Free radicals are linked with
aging and disease.

3. Garlic—A natural antibiotic, anti-fungal, and antiviral agent, garlic is
a great addition to your diet, particularly at this time of year. While
garlic contains potassium and germanium, two minerals that are
critical to good health, it is best known for its sulphur compounds, particularly
allicin. These are the main phytochemicals that boost immunity
and act as natural antibiotics. So, ladies and gentlemen, start chopping—garlic
that is. It’s time to throw some fresh garlic into your favorite soup, stew,
chilli, stirfry, meat or veggie dish. Forget garlic powder. Most of its health benefits are long gone.

4. Green tea—One of the active ingredients in green tea, epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), has been identified in research as an effective agent against certain strains of oral bacteria. Since green tea has many other health benefits, including an impressive ability to break down excess fat in the body, it’s a great natural antibiotic to add to your daily diet. For best results, be sure to swish it around in your mouth.