Who does not love a massage?

I have a weekend ritual I share with my husband. Saturday mornings we work out for 1 hour with a personal trainer. Afterwards we try to go for a massage in a couples room at a local massage studio. Although the massage I get is amazing, a good friend of mine is a massage therapist and her massages truly take you another level. I just feel badly imposing on her all the time since she is a good friend.

The benefits of massage are countless. Massage not only does great things for your body, it’s good for your skin too. Massage increases circulation, which improves skin tone by bringing more nutrients to the skin and removing toxins. Add the hydrating creams and lotions used in most massage sessions, and you’ve got a great combination that nourishes and hydrates your skin.

Massage is perfect for those people who work out. Whether you are dong weight training or cardio training, your muscles can get sore. A sports massage can greatly help reduce your recovery time. Paired with a detox bath, the lactic acid build up can be eliminated from your muscles and make you feel like a million bucks in no time at all.

One of my favorite types of massage is a hot stone massage. This a deep massage technique that uses smooth, water-heated stones, which are applied to key muscles and muscles groups on your body to help reduce stress and restore balance. The massage therapist then performs a massage using the hot stones, where the heat of the stones is relayed through muscles leading to deeper tissue, providing greater relief and relaxation, not to mention improved circulation. This type of massage is especially ideal if you have back pain, arthritis, insomnia, depression, anxiety, or circulatory problems.

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