If you have, then you know it is one of the most stressful things that you will ever have to do. Between coordinating invites, guests, vendors, outfits, the bridal party, venues………………………………and so on.
Yup! Exhausting and stressful. It is therefore very important for the bride to be (and groom of-course) to take a little me time to de-stress and pamper themselves, because there’s nothing worse than being exhausted and cranky on what should be a very happy day!
There are many different types of massages, and it’s best to go to a professional massage therapist to figure out which will be most beneficial to you, but in general a massage is the manipulation of superficial and deep layers of muscle and connective tissue using various techniques to enhance function, aid in the healing process and promote relaxation and well being – source Wikipedia.
The most popular types of massages are:
1. Hot Stone Massage – Warm stones are massaged all over the body using warm oil.
2. Swedish Massage – It is the most common type of massage found in spas. It combines various hands on techniques with some massage oil to break up muscle knots. It is very relaxing, releases tension and increases circulation.
3. Aromatherapy Massage – Essential oils are added to the oil that is massaged into the skin. This is very relaxing and eases away tension. The essential oils are chosen for their therapeutic benefits. For example, chamomile, lavender and sandalwood are known to help with insomnia. Eden’s garden has a great informational page on essential oils, you can find that here.
4. Deep Tissue Massage – This technique targets the deep layers of connective tissue and muscles of the body, using slow strokes to apply pressure. This is usually used to help with pain and inflammation since the massage increases blood flow to the area. The massage itself does not have to be painful for it to work.
5. Foot reflexology – This is based on the theory that there are reflexex in the fedet that correspond to tother parts of the body. It involves the application of pressure with specific thum, finger and hand techniques to the feet. It is very relaxing and helpls to increase circulation.
Getting some form of massage is definitely recommended especially if the wedding plans are beginning to take a toll. You can definitely turn it into a pre-wedding date and have a couples massage!
Aaaaaahhhhhhh! Doesn’t that just look relaxing?