Thursday, January 13, 2011

Massage and the Cold Season

We often get asked if it's a good idea to get a massage when you have a cold. If it's just starting we recommend waiting because a massage will just intensify the cold, bringing it on fast and furious. However, if you're near the middle or end of a cold a massage can help alleviate symptoms and speed up the healing process. Whether you're in spa or at home, there are certain essentials oils that can help. Tea tree oil and eucalyptus are highly disinfecting and can also help with sinus and chest congestion (as does peppermint). Lavender is soothing and great before bed while rosemary can help get you up in the morning. Remember: never use essential oils directly on your skin. Instead, dilute it with massage oil or cream. In a bath tub, 5-10 drops of oil is more than enough to have benefits without causing skin irritation. Children should be kept away from essential oils.