Pamper Yourself with a Massage

Massages have been practices in many ancient civilizations including Rome, Greece, India and China. They are known for being pleasurable, but massages are also very important to your health and beauty routine, since the effect of massages can help melt away tension and toxics.

Massages have many beneficial effects including pain relief, reducing anxiety and depression, and even temporarily reducing blood pressure and heart rate. In addition, massages may stimulate the release of endorphins- the body natural pain reliever, causing a feelings of exhilaration. Massages can also stimulate the body to produce serotonin, known to impact sleep, mood and appetite.

In order to enjoy the benefit of massages in your daily life, it is recommended to have at least two massages a month. Of course, the more massages you get, the better you will feel both in body and in mind.  So in order for you to select the right massage for your needs, here are some of the most popular massages you can choose from:

Acupressure- Acupressure is a traditional Chinese medicine technique derived from acupuncture. With acupressure physical pressure is applied to acupuncture points by the hand, elbow, or with various devices.

Ayurvedic massage- Ayurveda is a natural health care system originating in India. Ayurvedic massage is usually performed by one or two therapists using a heated blend of warm herbal oils.

Deep tissue massage- Deep tissue massage is designed to relieve severe tension in the muscle and connective tissue. This type of massage focuses on the muscles located below the surface of the top muscles. Deep tissue massage is often recommended for individuals who experience consistent pain, are involved in heavy physical activity, such as athletes, and patients who have sustained physical injury.

Reflexology massage- Reflexology is based on the principle that there are reflexes in the hands and feet that relate to every organ, gland, and system of the body.

Shiatsu- Shiatsu is a Japanese born therapy that uses pressure applied with thumbs, fingers and palms to the same energy meridians as acupressure and incorporates stretching. It also uses techniques such as rolling, brushing, vibrating and grasping.

Stone massage- A stone massage uses water-heated stones to apply pressure and heat to the body. Stones coated in oil can also be used by the therapist delivering various massaging strokes. The hot stones used are commonly river stones which over time have become extremely polished and smooth. As the stones are placed along the recipient’s back, they help to retain heat which then deeply penetrates into the muscles, releasing tension.

Swedish massage- Swedish massage uses five styles of long, flowing strokes to massage. Swedish massage has shown to be helpful in reducing pain and joint stiffness. It has also been shown to be helpful in individuals with poor circulation.

Thai massage- Thai massage originated in India and is based on ayurveda and yoga. The technique combines massage with yoga-like positions during the course of the massage; the northern style emphasizes stretching while the southern style emphasizes acupressure.

Many of the massages use oils, and most popular massage oils are coconut oil, grape seed oil, olive oil, almond oil and sesame oil.  Salts are also used in association with oils to remove dry skin. Jericho Skincare carries many products that are especially made for massages, whether you wish to give a massage or use the products on yourself, rubbing it carefully into your skin.

The Jericho Dead Sea Facial Massage Cream is a delicate modular massage cream designed for facial massage of all skin types. Made of Dead Sea minerals and natural oils, this cream blends easily with additional gel additives to increase the skin’s hydration.

Relax your body while in the shower with the soothing lavender oil and Dead Sea minerals of the Relaxing Salt Scrub, to recondition the skin and ultimately calm the body after it is massaged into the skin.

You can also stimulate your body with the Anti-Cellulite Massage Soap that deeply penetrates and help to eliminate unwanted cellulite. The Dead Sea minerals contain an assortment of ingredients ranging from coconut oil to red seaweed to palm oil and aloe that is ensured to stimulate metabolism and reduce cellulite.

Jericho skincare Tip: Massages are very good for your wellbeing, but please choose your masseurs carefully and always look for a trained professional.

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