From cold weather aches and pains, to slips and falls, dry skin, and winter blues, a little massage can go a long way in terms of increasing our health and happiness.
These are just a few of the benefits of massage therapy:
- Increase circulation to cold hands, feet, and joints
- Lower blood-pressure
- Speed recovery from injury and muscle strain
- Relieve back pain and sciatica
- Improve sleep
- Reduce depression and anxiety
- Lower levels of cortisol and inflammation
- Boost immune system
Whether you treat yourself or a loved one to a 10 minute foot massage, or book a full body relaxation or deep tissue session, the positive effects of massage are worth noting.
This week, take a few moments to show someone your appreciation, or perhaps treat yourself to a little much needed self-care!
Hopefully, we'll see you soon ;)
Give a Great Foot Massage
"Regardless of whether you're on the receiving end of a foot massage or you're the one giving it, you both will experience many benefits, Even if you are simply massaging your own feet, it can still be a rewarding and satisfying way to end your day.
Giving a friend or loved one a foot massage is very soothing and calming for you, too, and can actually cause your blood pressure to decrease. It's a very caring, nurturing, and bonding experience to share with another person..."
Relaxing Foot Bath
For an extra enjoyable foot massage, try a nice soak first!
To your bath, add:
1/2 cup epsom salts
1/4 cup sea salts
1/4 cup baking soda
10-15 drops essential oils
Here are a few essential oil combinations for you to try fromAromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art:
Stimulating Blend: rosemary, peppermint, grapefruit
Balancing Blend: lavender, orange, geranium
Aphrodisiac Blend: sandalwood, ylang-ylang, jasmine
Relaxation Blend: neroli, marjoram, Roman chamomile, lavender
For more information on essential oils and aromatherapy, click here.
VIDEO: The Benefits of Massage Therapy
From The Doctors and USA Today
"You know massage helps reduce stress and tension; here are some more potential benefits, based on research compiled by the American Massage Therapy Association..."
Massage Benefits: 9 Healthy Reasons To Make An Appointment Today
From The Huffington Post
"A new study found that massage really does work to ease those sore muscles after a tough workout. Just 10 minutes can reduce inflammation..."
Learn More: The Benefits of Massage
"Getting a massage can do you a world of good. And getting massage frequently can do even more. This is the beauty of bodywork. Taking part in this form of regularly scheduled self-care can play a huge part in how healthy you'll be and how youthful you'll remain with each passing year..."