Unwrap & Enjoy Chocolate

Category: Massage Posted: 26 Jun 2018

Posted: 26 Jun 2018

enjoy endorphin release through massage and chocolate

Remember this well-known advert showing a woman relaxing in her bath with her chocolate? You may be thinking, what's that got to do with massage? Chocolate and our favourite total relaxation remedy - a full body massage - have more in common than you might think. We explore some of the similarities below. 

 

Indulgent relaxation 


Many of us remember the shot above as part of Cadbury’s “Flake Girl” series of adverts which ran on TV in the 1990s. Possibly the most famous of them was the 1991 version which showed this young girl lying back in an overflowing bath tub, consumed by deep relaxation whilst enjoying her Flake. It was a roaring success. For many of us it simply touched that part of our system also yearning for a moment of pure and simple indulgent relaxation. The Cadbury’s campaign associated chocolate with total self-indulgent relaxation and it hit a note with most. 


Massage of course is one of the most widely practised and effective forms of relaxation. But what about indulgent? Is massage indulgent? Whilst we believe that proper healthy living should include regular massage as one of your basic necessities, massage can also be a decadent experience too! 


Here are some suggestions on how to turn your regular healthy living massage into a once in a while luxurious treat:
 

Extra Special Essential Oils 


To make your massage a little more of a treat than usual, add a few drops of an extra-special essential oil to a good almond massage oil. For a step up from the rest, try Neroli essential oil. Neroli oil has a sweet, honey like scent and is extracted from blossoms of the bitter orange tree. It is widely believed to possess beneficial natural properties such as reducing feelings of sadness or anxiety. This essential oil may just be the one thing you need to add to your regular massage treatment to treat yourself to during a period of extreme stress. The oil is quite expensive but promises a host of other natural benefits too. 


There are many special essential oils that you can add to standard almond oil to create a bespoke massage oil and what you choose depends both on your natural preferences for scent as well as what benefits you are seeking. Like precious stones, the rarer and more difficult the core ingredient is to obtain, the more expensive it becomes. If you are feeling really quite extravagant then you might like to consider what is regarded as one of the most exclusive essential oils, Champaca, which at around £200 for just 25ml is one of the most expensive essential oils in the world! It boasts a beautiful natural aroma used by many of the leading perfumeries as well as inherent benefits in quickly and effectively reducing deep stress and tension. Champaca is also considered to be an excellent natural promoter of relaxation, happiness ... and even a powerful aphrodisiac!
 

Luxury Scented Candles


Burn an exclusive candle to provide not only soft lighting but a gorgeous background scent for your massage treatment. We suggest Rituals’ Black Oudh luxuriously rich scented candle for a weekly treat or Tom Dixon’s Materialism Oil candle for an even more indulgent treat.  However for those of you who are looking for the extremities of lavishness then consider Fornasetti’s Nuvola Mistero which is not only presented in a beautiful carrier but also offers amazing deep scents of sandalwood and cedar, both perfect accompaniments for deep tissue relaxation massage. At first glance the £245 price tag seems somewhat ludicrous for a candle but just give it a moments thought. It is expected to last 180 hours, which means it could provide gorgeous luxury aromas and lighting for 120 massages of 90 minutes each. At around £2.00 per massage, that's starting to look like a bargain for luxury!


The Best Massage Therapist 


What good is all the above if the massage therapist who performs your massage just does not feel right? This is why we offer you the best chance to choose a therapist who matches what you are after. We show full profiles of massage therapists that you can book, detailing their treatment style, personality and a photo so you know who will be visiting you at your home or hotel. 


Choosing the best massage therapist can be a process of trial and error. Take your time, relax your mind and be open to new ideas and personalities. Try a few different therapists. You will know when you have found the one for you. Simply enter your postcode (London only) to check which of our masseuses can visit you at your home or hotel room right now.


Your Post Massage Treat


For a special post indulgent massage treat, why not keep a few small pieces of your favourite high quality chocolate by the side of your glass of cool water. Cadbury's is fine if you like it but we recommend you choose a chocolate which has 70% or more cocoa content. Massage helps promote the release of endorphins into your body. A further boost with a few bites of high quality chocolate will help those happy hormones along the way!

 

Endorphin release


When endorphins are released into your bloodstream you feel stress and pain melt away and generally much happier. The first thing many of us immediately think of when seeking to boost our endorphins levels is chocolate. Cocoa contains both Phenethylamine and Theobromine which according to some studies work to boost endorphin levels in your body and suppress pain in favour of pleasure. 


Good quality massage is another excellent way to encourage the release of endorphins into your body. And of course, whilst a little chocolate is a lovely occasional treat, a constant stream of endorphin releasing chocolate is unlikely to be good for your longer term health. A regular massage however is likely to increasingly increase your overall health and endorphins levels.

 

What about the treatment Chocolate Massage?


All this talk of chocolate and massage and we have not yet mentioned the chocolate massage treatment which some spas offer. What we have discussed above is our recommended alternative but if you simply feel like a beauty based experience, check out your local spa to see if they offer a chocolate massage. 


Finally, if you find you've enjoyed a little too much chocolate over the years, perhaps have a look at how massage can help reduce cellulite.