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MASSAGES


Massages are an ancient form of therapy and one of the most natural gestures that occur every day since it is instinctive to rub your back when painful or, in fact, any part of the body that hurts. In practice, a massage is a series of different movements that are performed on the body to soothe muscle or joint pains, tone the volume of certain tissue and maintain and improve psychical well-being by training tension and fatigue.

The positive effects

Massages have numerous positive effects. To start with, they make you relax, which alone helps our bodies to regenerate and rebalance the nervous and hormone system, and then there is a long list of positive effects that this technique boasts. Some of the most important are:

  • attenuation of tension signals which appear in the forms of cramp and muscular spasms; 
  • strengthening of the immune system, thanks to the fact that movement and muscle contractions help lymphatic fluid (which eliminates toxins) circulate around the body;
  • improving circulation, since the movements carried out during a massage allow for blood to pushed towards the heart. Basically, massages encourage the exchange, on a cell level, of toxin-containing blood with new blood that is rich in nutritional elements;
  • elimination of dead cells and absorption of elements that nourish the skin, making it smooth and helping it to breath;
  • production of an overall feeling of well-being because you feel caressed and pampered.

Some contraindications

Usually massages do not have any contraindications, however, do remember that, in some situations, like if you have any injuries, heart problems or are suffering from the flu, inflammations, heart diseases or infectious diseases, it can be a good idea to avoid having a massage. What is more, in order to avoid taking unnecessary risks, it is best to speak to a doctor before having a massage if you have any sort of health problem.

Preparation

In order to perform a massage correctly, the preparation phase must not be neglected. During the session, the olfactory, visual and auditory senses will also be involved, therefore, the environment must be spacious, warm (24-25°C) and comfortable, with dim lighting and relaxing background music to complete the setting. The only equipment needed is a bed, however the patient can also lie on the ground. Furthermore, perfumed candles or a bouquet of flowers which emit captivating fragrances and soft colours also help the patient to relax. Appropriate creams and oils should be used to make the massage more fluid, but do not use too much. These products can be bought ready to use, however they can also be created by mixing a few drops of an essential oil that is used in aromatherapy with a basic oil, such as wheat germ or sunflower oil.

oil properties
BergamotAntiseptic, astringent, antidepressant. Used for acne and greasy hair. Sensitises skin to ultraviolet rays.
ChamomileGood for calming nerves and suitable for sensitive skin. Can lighten hair slightly.
CedarReduces fluid in tissues and has a diuretic effect. Warming in baths.
LemongrassStimulates digestion, antiseptic, good for lymphatic detoxification.
EucalyptusAntiseptic and stimulant. Used to treat coughs, colds and general feelings of illness.
GeraniumAstringent, diuretic, antidepressant. Tones the skin, acts as a repellent for insects and helps to bind fragrances.
JasmineAntidepressant, aphrodisiac, revitalising.  Good for treating post-natal depression.
JuniperExcellent calmer and purifier.
IncenseGood for calming nerves, relaxing and treating breathing problems.
LavenderAntiseptic, sedative, sedative. Good for headaches, insomnia, depression, bad moods, pains, wounds and insect bites.
MarjoramAnalgesic, sedative, comforting. Treats pains, insomnia and headaches. Improves peripheral circulation.
PeppermintStimulates attention. Good for headaches and colds.
Neroli (orange blossom)Sedative, calming, aphrodisiac. Relieves anxiety and insomnia. Good for dry skin.
Petit Grain (bitter orange leaves)Sedative, calming and refreshing. Treats anxiety and insomnia. Known as the ‘Neroli for the poor’.
Tea treeAntiseptic, germicide, fungicide and calming. Treats wounds, infections, boils and bites.
PineExcellent painkiller. Natural deodorant.
RoseExcellent antiseptic, sedative and antidepressant.
RosemaryStimulant, helps the memory and clears the mind. Treats rheumatic pains and disturbances after exercise. Darkens the hair.
SageBalances female hormones. Good for scalp problems.
SandalwoodAntiseptic, sedative, calming, aphrodisiac. Good for dry and dehydrated skin. Can be used for acne.
VertiveriaExcellent sedative and relaxing agent.
Ylang-YlangAntidepressant, sedative, antiseptic, aphrodisiac. Good for skin problems.

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