Cure the Common Cold with Massage Therapy Techniques

Published: 07th February 2012
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After a lifetime of swallowing pills and concoctions with only temporary improvement in the symptoms of colds and flu, I got nearly instant relief after a combination of massage therapies, and progressively better as my cold disappeared. The medical and pharmaceutical industries would lose profits if they had cures for diseases but the money’s not in the cure; it’s in the continuing treatments that can be put on store shelves.

Both health and sickness are largely due to the communication to all parts of the body via the nervous system and various bodily fluids of factors in our current state of affairs in relation to our chronic conditions and personal history. Holistic medicine is that which recognizes the fact that health depends on our physical, mental, and emotional systems, and one system of the body affects all others. Flushing waste for a clean body is essential for good health; the body is two-thirds liquid to ensure that this cleansing can take place.

Human beings are 66% water; a 70 kg male contains about 40 – 45 litres water divided into different fluid compartments. The largest is the intracellular fluid compartment; any fluids such as blood and lymph (circulating and interstitial compartments) not contained inside a cell are known as extracellular fluid compartments.

I was down with a virus for weeks when I went for massage therapy for a back problem. The therapist knew several different techniques including acupuncture and traditional Chinese fire-cupping therapy. Fire cupping is a treatment where the reflexology points in the back are targeted and round glass orbs prepared by flame with a vacuum inside are placed on them, drawing up a circular patch of skin. The blood and lymphatic fluid are held there for about 10 minutes while a towel covers the back. The effect combined with reflexology and deep-tissue massage was no less than astonishing. My condition improved immediately and by the next day my sinuses were completely clear and I felt many times more energized than I could have hoped for.

My treatment started with a Californian massage, similar to a Swedish or relaxation massage. These styles use 5 strokes to work the superficial tissue and increase circulation: effleurage, petrosage, friction, vibration and tapotement. Acupressure was integrated next to stop my tendency to cramp up. The experience and skill of trained therapists gives them an instinct for clearing and balancing bodily meridians.

Then I was introduced to the traditional Chinese fire cupping therapy. At first glance most people would probably pass on this treatment since it looks strange and also leaves red marks that stay for days. The ‘vacuum cupping’ as it’s also known, is commonly known in China and Europe as the cure for the common cold, and it lived up to that reputation completely. I felt twenty years younger and I was supercharged with energy for days. I hadn’t had a massage for quite some time so there was a lot of tension to work through, probably necessitating the blend of therapies to get my body cleaning itself more efficiently.

It stands to reason that if our bodies become toxic swamps our health will suffer. When water in nature becomes polluted the fish die off yet many communities still continue to pour liquefied air pollution from the phosphate industry and the processing of aluminum – fluoride – into the public drinking water. This, combined with a cocktail of other deadly chemicals, fill up our organs with bad substances. Increased circulation and balanced energy meridians help to flush some of this waste. This faster this takes place the sooner we recover from the nagging cold or other ailment.

SEO consultant, researcher, and writer Pat Boardman presents these facts and opinions in reference to the Montreal Massage Therapy Centre, where Traditional Chinese fire cupping, Montreal Acupressure massage, Acupuncture, Californian Massage, Deep-Tissue Massage, and Reflexology treatments are available.


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