Most of us live in a stressful world juggling work, traffic, and family. Hopefully at sometime during the week we get an hour or two to relax fully and stay in touch with our sensual side. Fortunately, a good massage provides a means for us to relax and connect with ourselves physically and emotionally. If you have tried a full body massage you know this type of massage can provide the relaxing benefit and stress relief you need.
A good relaxation massage relieves stress and tension in your muscles and will leave you oozing with a sense of wellbeing. It achieves this because of the general benefits of massage: it improves your circulation, so your organs and skin get more oxygen; it moves fluid through your lymphatic system. A relaxation massage encourages your body to digest its food, and get rid of its toxins. It will help you to sleep better. A massage will also help un-knot any muscles, soothe aches and sprains and encourage the skin to heal minor abrasions.
It is a natural instinct to rub or cuddle someone to give them comfort; a relaxation massage takes that instinct and runs with it, or rather ‘meanders’ with it.
Before any massage treatment, avoid large meals or alcohol. It’s also a good idea to drink plenty of water, which will help your body to flush the toxins out of your body.
It’s also a good idea to give yourself plenty of time either side of the massage, so that you don’t feel rushed.
You should always tell your therapist in advance if you:
- have any medical conditions or are receiving any treatment or medication
- have recently had an injury or operation
- are allergic to anything, particularly skin allergies
- have any broken skin or sores on your scalp
as this may affect the kind of oil and treatment you receive.