Massage Away Holiday Stress: Best oils & massage techniques for the season
If massage care isn’t on your list this holiday season, it definitely should be as this is the most stressful (and wonderful) time of the year! With a longer to-do list and additional activities, it’s common for stress levels to spike, causing people to feel rundown and anxious at the same time. Massage therapy is very effective in reducing stress and relaxing your body after endless days of running around to make the season bright with presents, decorations, festive gatherings, and special meals.
The added stress and cold weather during this season negatively impact our health, which is why it’s important to make some time for self-care to beat that holiday stress, so you can be healthy and merry all season long. In this post, we’re going to share some of the best massage oils and techniques to get you through the holidays.
Nourishing holiday massage care
Massage therapy has many long-term benefits for stress management and overall health – such as, reducing insomnia, blood pressure, tension, and aches or pains – that last long after the holiday season. Whatever issues are ailing you; regular massages are a therapeutic treatment that can also improve your mood and immunity. Certain types of massages and techniques with nurturing massage oils help relieve various symptoms, allowing you to unwind. Here are a few examples:
A soothing full-body massage which enhances relaxation by releasing muscle tension and pain through kneading, circular motions, light tapping and vibration. This type of massage improves circulation, reduces muscle aches, and eases stress while restoring energy levels. If you want to increase the therapeutic effects of a Swedish massage, try using Cosmetasa’s Hot Cream Massage Gel which contains Rosemary, Eucalyptus, and Peppermint essential oils. All of these natural extracts have anti-inflammatory properties to treat aches and pains, so you can recover after a long day of holiday shopping!
Deep tissue massage
Similar to a Swedish massage, deep tissue massages involve the technique of deep finger pressure to treat muscle and joint pain in the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue. This will help relieve chronic pain and also decrease anxiety. In order to get the maximum benefit from this type of massage, consider adding a quality massage oil like Sore Muscle Massage Oil with nourishing ingredients, such as peppermint and lavender oil. Lavender can reduce anxiety while inducing relaxation, and peppermint offers relief from headaches, which allows you to enjoy those festive social gatherings.
Hot stone massage
The cold weather can wreak havoc on our muscles and joints during the holidays. Hot stone massage incorporates heated basalt rocks to soothe sore and tight muscles, decrease stress, and promote relaxation. The stones may be placed on target problem areas of the body, and also used in long, circular motions across different muscles or joints to alleviate pain. After this massage, you’ll be ready to hang all of your favorite holiday decorations with the family.
Perhaps the ultimate form of relaxation, aromatherapy massages include the use of essential oils with gentle pressure to promote healing and relieve stress. Aromatherapy improves mood, treats muscle tension and pain, and reduces anxiety. Using Lavender Massage Oil during your massage will enhance the relaxing effects, enabling complete mind and body rejuvenation. Lavender improves sleep quality while reducing symptoms of depression and anxiety, so you can get the peaceful rest you need to brave the holiday season.
These massage techniques and oils will counter the damaging effects of holiday stress, so don’t neglect your self-care this season! There are also many other techniques and essential oils with different healing properties to suit your specific needs.
Whether you prefer self-massage or a professional massage, you’ll reap the long-term benefits and notice a difference in how you feel. Give yourself the gift of relaxation this year with Cosmetasa’s all-natural massage oils and experience the joy of the holidays!