10 best massage oils and waxes
Relieve tired muscles and aching limbs with the help of these aromatic, relaxing skin treats
Monday 14 July 2014
The way many of us live now, spending hours at our desks and in front of screens, doesn’t have many health benefits. We experience it every time we return from the office with a stiff neck, strained wrist, or shoulders that have migrated to meet our ear lobes.
Our body’s reaction to stress is a complex one, and circular in the way that mental pressure causes physical tension, which in turn can affect us long after the initial reason to be stressed has passed. Those who work with the body will often refer to certain body parts ‘storing’ tension or worry. Whether you're looking for pain relief or a holistic experience, massage offers a powerful way to release built-up tightness. Touch is the first sense that develops in the human foetus, and a massage has the potential to put our concerns into perspective and remind us that we're more than just minds on legs.
Using massage oils helps in getting the right balance between grip and slip on the skin, and the smell enhances the experience by stimulating a second sense that we pay relatively little attention to most of the time. The variety of scents mean you can tailor the massage to your needs, with options ranging from the invigorating to the sleep-inducing.
To give you some inspiration and an overview of what's out there, we teamed up with Lisa de Liema, a London-based massage therapist specialised in the treatment of pain, and have tried and tested a range of oils (with the help of some patient helpers). Here is our pick of the best out there for a range of different needs; from Weleda’s Arnica oil ideal for sports-weary limbs to Alva’s luxurious anti-stress oil for your face, we hope there’s a blend that will help you relax.
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The Éminence Apricot Body Oil is the perfect pick-me-up for both your skin and mood. If you’re looking for a deep tissue massage, Songbird’s massage wax will give you the grip that you need. For an all-round relaxing experience, try Janjira’s Therapy Massage Candle - fun for whoever is giving the massage too!
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