Relaxing Soft Tissue Warm Oil Massage uses a technique that as you will be able to guess is less intrusive than deep tissue massage. Instead of focusing on slow and pressured movements to affect the deep layers, soft tissue massage focuses on working with a range of depths, pressures and durations that help you to feel more relaxed yet invigorated. As a massage therapy it will aim to work with your muscles, tendons, ligaments and will be very similar to the techniques used in deep tissue massage. It is a useful technique to help relax muscles, increase endorphins, reduce muscle tension and improve blood circulation.
The Ayurvedic practice of abhyanga, or warm-oil massage, is a soothing treatment for overwrought vata.
Seated in the colon, vata governs all movement in the body and mind. (The Sanskrit translation of the word is “that which moves things.”) It enables our fluids to flow, our nerve impulses to fire, our thoughts to coalesce, and well our wastes to pass. In other words, vata keeps all of our systems going and contributes to great vitality.
Because of vata’s association with the nervous system, its state is often reflected in our mental health. When vata is in balance, we tend to be enthusiastic, imaginative, funny, quick to learn, and spiritually minded. But the excess vata of late fall and early winter can leave us susceptible to feeling more fearful, scattered, or worried than usual. Physically, pain is the most obvious indication of excess vata; other common signs are variable appetite, insomnia, dry skin, constipation, flatulence, and irregular menstruation.