The body is a great healer. It will completely replenish itself and start all over again. Again and again and again. Right down to cell level. So why add chemicals to it. Especially if you are exercising and doing your best to keep you body in good, healthy condition.
Which is why massage is so good. It promotes healing. Stretches and moves lactic acid, lymph and blood. It helps the body to replenish in a totally natural way.
There are two types of sports massage. Pre and post. One is for getting the body ready for a race, the other is to help it recover from the race. This is a blend of oils I sometimes use to help with the recovery process. These oils smell great together. They are clean and fresh and their properties combined really help relax and aid the massage, which in turn will improve your athletic performance in a significant way. Keep the info above in mind and you’ll start seeing improved performance in your body and mind.
Essential oils are perfect for massage. Not only are you breathing in the oil, you are absorbing them through the skin. They are being absorbed into the bloodstream by the pores and hair follicles.
When using rollers, you also absorb the oils through the skin, but you generally use them on pulse points around the body, which are the wrists, temples and back of the neck. These are areas where blood vessels are closest to the skin’s surface and so there is quicker absorption.
Fresh and minty, Peppermint essential oil is fantastic combined with a sports massage. It is a vasoconstricior, which means it helps the blood vessels become narrow or constrict, and so reduces inflammation. As an analgesic oil it reduces pain. Other properties include antispasmodic, carminative and a stimulant. It fantastic oil helps clear breathing, improves concentration, cools and calms nervous trembling and relieves nausea. A real winner when looking to improve your athletic performance.
Here is an oil with an aroma that you know so well. It is woody and sweet and highly camphoraceous. It's one of the first oils you would probably go to when you have a cold or flu - and you would be right to - as it can clear mucus and fights infections. However as another analgesic and antispasmodic oil, it also relieves aches and pains, reduces inflammation and clears the head. Again, a real performance enhancer. A bonus is that it stimulates the bodies immune system, nobody wants become ill as they get closer to the all, big important race.
This all rounder is pretty famous for its ability to help relax the mind and body. balancing emotions and reducing stress. It promotes good sleep is well known for being pretty much perfect for all skin types and conditions. But thats not just why we're using. As another analgesic, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory oil, it also helps and soothes bruises, aches and sprains. It lowers blood pressure and can reduce palpitations and nervousness by relaxing your breathing. It is also another antiviral oil and the aroma is a great blend with some of the other stronger smelling oils.
Fresh and fabulous, this little uplifter just adds sunshine to any blend. Another immune stimulant, it encourages the system to produce more of those protective white blood cells, while detoxifying the body, helping you stay in peak performance state. It lifts your mood and stimulates the mind, bringing clarity of thought. Another bonus is that it aids digestion. Reducing high levels of gastric acid which can cause ulcers and indigestion.
Sweet Almond Oil
As with all essential oils, it's usually best to blend them within a base oil. I'm suggestion sweet almond here for a number of reasons. Mainly because it has a long history of being used to relieve muscle pains and soreness. This protein-rich oil is packed with vitamins A, B1, B2 and E. It also helps sooth inflammation and is a great oil to massage with.
To find out more about the benefits of massage and different types, go to nuamassage.com.