In the recent period, there is a growing interest in traditional medicine like Ancient Chinese medicine or Ayurvedic medicine. This type of medicine has many interesting practices including oil massage. It turns out that many people in India practice oil massage on a daily basis.
Of course, many people will think that there is not surprising about oil massage, but what is interesting and unusual is that many of them are massaging their thighs, knees, and legs while they are talking to each other and on top of that, they are doing this so gently and carefully without losing their focus and thoughts.
In other words, the conversations continue without any interruptions despite the constant massaging. If you observe many of these practitioners of traditional massage you will notice that they are doing this with pure love to their body and every touch they make represent a full self-awareness and body-mind balance.
This article will be dedicated to oil massage that takes place every day, how it works, and what it does to our body. According to the Ayurvedic scripts, being involved in such activity every day is much more beneficial for you compared to the one who is just receiving a massage from another person.
The concept is quite simple and logical – if we are performing something that has our complete attention the results will be much better than if we are doing something that we have our focus on as an object.
The Skill of So-Called Loving Touch
Studies and research about massage have confirmed that this activity has the ability to boost oxytocin production in the body. This hormone which is naturally produced inside our body is primarily focused on the maintenance of the highest levels of physical health, but also of kindheartedness, love, bonding, and compassion.
Scientific research has confirmed that the absence of loving and bonding relationships, even in cases when everything else is perfectly fine, makes people stagnate.
Oxytocin is a hormone that is especially active among mothers, fathers, and babies during the earliest age of the baby. This hormone is here to bring the family together forever. It is obvious that oxytocin levels are increased when you love, give, feel, touch, bond, and take good care of others.
But, in order to witness this increased production, you must do all of these things without any conditions or terms and without anticipations. Oxytocin is a hormone that supports the renewal of cells and rejuvenation of the body.
It is good to know that this hormone is released right after we or someone else touches our body and this is especially true when it comes to massage. In addition, oxytocin is released when the temperature is warm and we experience low-level skin stimulation. On the other hand, massage aids the body’s efforts to deal with stress, and the way it does is still being investigated.
In addition, scientists have discovered in addition to boosting oxytocin levels; massage also lowers stress hormones like nitric oxide, adrenocorticotropin hormone, and beta-endorphin.
Another scientific study conducted not while ago and revealed in the popular Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine journal, about 100 people have taken blood tests to determine the levels of certain chemicals in their body prior to and after a massage that lasted for about 15 minutes.
The levels of oxytocin were increased by more than 15% for those who have received massage. The group of individuals who did nothing but rest has about 10% lower levels of oxytocin. Additionally, this group witnessed increased levels of stress hormones like adrenocorticotropin for 30%. At the same time, the level of this hormone dropped by 20% in the first group (the one that received massage).
Oxycotin is able to do this in many different ways and one of them is through modification of the natural processes that take place in the skin while the massage lasts.
With the so-called loving touch that people give to themselves, they are able to boost oxytocin which changes the microbes and processes and ultimately improves overall health.
For example, if we want to assess the microbial effects of this hormone we can rely on a scientific study conducted a few years ago.
In this study, the participants have taken probiotics which resulted in an increased presence of oxytocin. This increase caused significant changes in hair and skin quality, improved hormonal and immune balance, improved reproductive and fitness elements, better skin regeneration, and even better mood.
How Does the Outer Layer of the Skin React to Massage Oil
Wherever you touch the body you will actually touch some nerve ending. So, the so-called sensory nerves located on our skin are interacting with circadian, tactile, microbial, environmental, and emotional stressors all the time.
As a matter of fact, a human arm comes with more than one million nerve ending and you can calm down all of them by using oil.
It is the best idea to take a shower and apply oil to a clean body. Oil massage can do wonders for our health. Many people claim that they feel completely relaxed and calmed once they perform a 15-minute session.
Just think about the fact that you are calming millions of nerve endings and receptors on the skin in a matter of minutes.
A simple oil massage can relax Vata too – the nervous system. The best part is that you no longer have to believe only in the Ayurvedic scripts because there is strong scientific evidence that oil massage performed carefully, lovingly, and respectfully can make our body boost the production of oxytocin.
What is even more interesting is that microbes that react to oxytocin are usually focused on hydrated and healthy skin which gives nutrients for these microbes like fatty acids, amino acids, and water.
However, if the skin is dry, affected by chemicals found in creams and lotions, stressed, the setting for the proper growth and activity of the skin microbiome will be altered.
There are specific types of microbes (probably every microbe that can be found in healthy skin flora) that thrive thanks to the sebum produced by the skin which means that the old technique of oil massage is here to support skin health in ways that we could not imagine before.
Using oils with superior quality directly to the skin will strengthen the skin barrier and protect our body. In addition, it will also:
- Manages the nervous system and Vata.
- Makes a suitable environment for the microbes.
- Boosts oxytocin production. This is a hormone that is related to love, bonding, and best health.
- Calms about 2 billion sensory nerves located on the skin.
- Relieves stress in microbes.
- Supports the procreation of useful microbes that boost physical and mental health and mood.
Of course, in order to find direct links between positive feelings like love and empathy and microbes, we must perform even more studies and research.
In addition, science must also answer why doing skin massage lovingly is better than regular massage without any emotions. But, according to many experts, there is a sufficient amount of evidence to prove that microbes can’t make progress and proliferate in environments packed with stress.
For example, studies have shown that lab mice that live together in a cage with lab mice that are aggressive have much lower levels of beneficial microbes, poor levels of diversity in the gut microbiome, and an excessive number of dangerous bacteria which means that they were more prone to inflammation and infections.
Another scientific study has confirmed that college students found in an exam week full of stress had stools with a small number of good bacteria compared to the days when they were not burdened by exams and other stressful events.
Pay Attention to the Inner Skin Too
Obviously, the outer skin serves as a barrier that keeps our bodies safe from external influences. However, the inner skin that goes in the oral cavity, digestive tract, respiratory system, and gut is equally important and that’s why Ayurveda has special advice for this part of human skin.
For example, the technique that is getting quite popular today, known as oil pulling, was described in Ayurvedic scripts and many people have practiced it for years. This practice requires practitioners to take some oil and swish it in the mouth for about 15 minutes before breakfast.
Science has proven that using virgin coconut oil for swishing has even better effects because of the altering of enzymes in our mouth. Thanks to this practice we will be able to pull out or eliminate toxins soluble in fat from the mouth. In other words, we will improve our breath and overall dental health.
There is another popular Ayurvedic technique focused on the health of inner skin and involves tongue scraping. This practice comes with many health benefits like improving the properties of digestive enzymes, lowering an unwanted bacterial load, lowering unstable sulfur structures that lead to bad breath, and lowering the levels of specific compounds that lead to tooth decay.
You can expect the best results if you use brass, copper, tin, silver, or gold tongue scraper.
Improve your wellbeing and health by taking good care of the skin from the inside and outside. Please, share the techniques you are using to improve the health of your skin.
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