When many people think of massage, they assume that it is an activity only for R&R, indulging or pampering yourself. While these are some uses, massage therapy has many other benefits for everyone including if you are pregnant, recovering from an injury, or fatigued. It is an effective way to relieve stress, pain and muscle tension, improve sleep, pain and anxiety. Though do note, massage is not supposed to replace traditional medical care, but it can do wonders to help you relax and heal.
A professional massage when done using a proper massage cream, lotion or wax can bring you an optimised massage experience and a massage to remember. Discover the type of treatments available to you to help work wonders on your body and mood via engaging sensory stimulation and skin interaction.
Creams & Lotions
Massage therapists use a variety of lubricants depending on how much glide is required for the types of technique and massage. The reason behind this is because the friction that occurs when rubbing the soft tissues of the body can be detrimental to the skin if done without them. While lubricants that include heavier oils will stay longer on the skin, lighter oils will absorb quickly. Thus, this needs to be taken into account if someone is heading back to work and may not desire greasy stains on clothing. Nonetheless, lubricants are great moisturisers for the skin during treatment.
Body lotions are often used as an alternative to massage oils because of their non-greasy nature. As such, they provide maximum glide for therapists without the sticky feeling of oils, where customers often feel the need to leave and use body wash to clean and clear their skin after the treatment. On one hand, heavier oils are good for low friction modalities, and are commonly used for relaxation as well as enhanced circulation and blood flow, such as in a Swedish massage. On the other hand, lighter oils allow for more drag to focus on deep tissue massage, which is necessary for Sports injuries and other deep tissue massages.
At first, the touch of creams to the skin can feel quite cold, which contradicts the sensation of relaxation many seek. In addition, some are scented, which could be bothersome for those who prefer them to be odourless. Hygiene can also be a concern, particularly if they come in jars, as they may attract airborne bacteria as well as through bare hand contact. Another thing to note is that water-based creams can leave the skin feeling dried out, but then again there is always body wash to rescue your skin post-treatment!
Paraffin wax is where you submerge your body parts such as the hands and feet into warm wax. If you are considering a simple heat therapy to relieve joint and muscle pain, increase joint flexibility, hydrate and soften the skin, look no further than paraffin wax treatment. If you are considering an anti-aging treatment that is therapeutic and economical for your hands and feet, paraffin wax therapy is also a great choice for you!
Combining a paraffin treatment with your manicure will help hydrate and moisturise your skin on a much deeper level, especially problem areas such as on your knuckles and elbows. This treatment contains a lot of oils and moisturisers to help prevent you from getting dry cuticles and hangnails. Soft melted paraffin wax combined with the massage from a manicure will encourage and increase your blood flow circulation, prevent fatigue, muscle soreness and overworked hands. The hot oil in this treatment will help open the pores in your skin and allow moisturisers to work their magic, increasing your skin elasticity and mobility. It is also an effective therapy if you suffer from ailments like arthritis or tendonitis.
The warm wax has a low melting point which means that it can be unsafe and painful to dip your body into. This treatment is not recommended for those who have varicose veins, high blood pressure, or diabetes. While pregnant women should consult with a doctor before using heat therapy as it will not treat common problems such as chronic foot swelling, instead try looking for cooling methods to support you through this issue.
So the next time when you go for a massage, you’ll have more insights about which treatment is more fitting for you and which lubricant you’ll need to optimise your massage experience.