Massage has been used as a therapy for healing and improving body movement, toning, and general well-being for centuries. It has many benefits, not only to the skin, muscles, and joints of the body, but also on a psychological level, as a massage promotes a wonderful feeling of well-being and lightness.

The feeling of well-being and relaxation you experience after a massage is due partly to the nervous system’s many nerve endings being soothed and stimulated. The actual physical touch involved also has a soothing and comforting effect on the mind and body. Increasing the circulation of the blood promotes regeneration and repair of the skin, and also improves muscle tone and general appearance of the skin.

Today, it’s possible to experience a variety of different massages from soothing, milk touching, to much firmer and rigorous hand movements of a Swedish deep tissue massage. There has also been a huge move towards alternative therapies, along with the addition of such things as warm rocks, suction, and the great trend of using different products from mud, to all sorts of wonderful natural solutions, and scrubs.

The influence of Asian medicines on our society has also led to many spas offering different kinds of massage such as rhythmic Kodo massage as well as acupressure which is akin to acupuncture but using the hands instead of needles.

The massage treatments described here are more traditional, suing essential oils, and a calm, relaxing atmosphere, and touch. I am sure you will find them a great beginning in your journey to a better self.

Massage is a very special experience: It can be healing, strengthening, relaxing, sensual, or energizing. And it should always be a loving, sharing, and trusting experience.

Jasmine, neroli, patchouli, rose, rosewood, sandalwood, and ylang-ylang make a sensual massage oil.

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