- Therapeutic massages and spas claim to relieve stress, reduce pain, boost mood and promote relaxation.
- But all these claims are yet to be proved beyond doubt to be true. The Cochrane Library, which gathers and summarizes the best evidence from research to help in making informed choices about treatment, says that there is still not much research done to prove the claims of different touch therapies.
The healing power of human touch with skilled hands promises relaxation, improvement in blood circulation and detoxification. Serotonin hormone released after the massage enhances the body and mind’s “feel good” state. Indulgence in spa also promises to keep extra pounds off your body through steam treatment and uniform glow to your skin through mug therapy or body wrap treatment. Athletes or pregnant women, arthritis or dementia all categories are offered different treatments by different therapies.
“When you sit in front of computer screen for more than 12 hours a day and you have project deadlines to meet, you need to relax. After visiting a spa once in a month, I get recharged for the next month,” said Easha Pandey, who visited Four Fountain Spa in Pune.
Aboli Dhayarkar, a Kathak dancer from Pune, said, “My routine is very hectic. Our daily practices on some days go beyond six hours. In this case, spa refreshes me by calming my mind and body.”
But all these claims are yet to be proved beyond doubt to be true. The Cochrane Library, which gathers and summarises the best evidence from research to help in making informed choices about treatment, says that there is still not much research done to prove the high claims of different touch therapies.
“Consumers with some physical pain must be more cautious because no spa centre has doctors to regulate the treatment and many Ayurvedic massage centres have occasional doctors visit. Blindly taking the treatment without doctor’s advice worsens the pain many times over,” said Dr Saroj V Patil of the Tilak Ayurvedic Mahavidyalay, Pune.
There are modern spa’s which claim cure for many skin related diseases and mental relaxation by bathing in water mixed with sulphur. But all these therapies and their claims are not new to Indians. Sadhus with white beard and traditional saffron clothing sitting around the natural hot spring at Manikaran in Himachal Pradesh will narrate the folk tale for you saying how a dive in the natural hot spring water can eliminate not just sins but also hundreds of diseases. ‘The Great Bath’ structure from The Indus Valley Civilisation at Mohenjo-daro speaks a lot about the importance which ancient Indian civilization gave to bathing.
You might want to take Spanish or an Ayurvedic massage therapy. Ask for massage parlours in your city and your search engine will give you the result you have not asked for. ‘Body to body happy ending massage’, ‘sexy young chinki to fulfil all your expectations’, and ‘19 year young girl offering massage at great discounts’. The whole gamut of commercial sex industry working out of the purview of law under the garb massage parlours!