Your newest book is about Ayurvedic massage. How important is massage for health ?
Harish Johari :
Well, the first most important thing in the world is breathing, the second most important thing in the world is cleansing, and massage is the best cleanser.
To dispel toxins from the body, and to recycle vital life fluid, there is nothing better than massage. By working with muscles, you make the muscles work. Then fluids move out and new fluids full of nourishment flow in. In this way massage expels toxins.
Also, it strengthens the body. It strengthens the immune system, and it's soothing. Even wild animals can be brought under control if you give them a little massage. If you sit down with a wild animal, and rub its body, hug or touch it, and play with its spine and head, in a few minutes the animal will become very demanding, and say please, give me more massage. So massage tames the wild beast.
This is the secret Indian women use to control their men. To get that massage, the man runs home. The house is a heaven where he can relax.
Massage is very important for people who are working and who are tired. It brings them back to normal life, relaxes them, takes away their fatigue, provides them with fresh nourishment, gives them security, grounds them, and makes them feel comfortable.