How to stay warm in the winter with home massages
People usually avoid body massage during winters. However, experts suggest that winter is the best season for massages. There are proven benefits of oil massages as well as dry massages on body during winters. Benefits of dry massage include an improved blood circulation and a better functioning and relaxing of muscles. For providing the body warmth in winters, a massage of a blend of different oils is the best. Oils like cinnamon bark oil and cinnamon leaf oil are usually recommended for body massage during cold season because of their heating properties. They are also known to make skin beautifully glowing.
Experts suggest options like the following:
Hot stone therapy: It involves the therapists placing water heated and smooth stones on some parts of body. The heat generated by the stone when gets transferred into the body, has therapeutic effects that help relieving muscles aches and pains. This works fine in winters.
Thai traditional massage: This is a dry massage which involves body parts’ stretching. It is quite helpful in increasing blood circulation in body.
Shiatsu: This is also a dry massage originated in Japan. This is meant for releasing muscle tension which results into deep relaxation. This is done by working on back with pressure.
Traditional Balinese: This is an oil massage and incorporates a combination of aromatherapy, stretching, reflexology and acupressure. It works wonders when done in winters because it actively increases blood circulation in body. It also takes care of joint pains if any.
Post workout body massage: According to many expert fitness trainers body massage forms an essential element of a fitness program especially in case of training with resistance. There are various physiological advantages of post workout body massage. You can pamper your body with a fine massage after a tough workout session. A recent study has brought into light the fact that after an intense workout, a deep massage causes enlargement of muscles growing new mitochondria which is known as the powerhouse of the cells. Mitochondria functions by producing useful energy out of nutrients. Massage sessions at home should be planned according to your workout schedule. For example, if you work out five days in a week, one massage session will be the best post that. If your workout plan is for four days, you should get two massage sessions that week
Keeping the health benefit of massage in winters like increased blood circulation to tissues and muscles, warmth in tissues, decreased soreness and stiffness, stimulated lymphatic system, relaxation etc, you must include massage in your regular winter workout sessions.