In addition to supplying your body with the nutrients it needs to be healthy, there are additional natural, alternative therapies that encourage wellness and healing—one being massage therapy.

According to massagetherapy.com these are just a few of the benefits of a massage:

  • Ease medication dependence.
  • Enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow—the
    body’s natural defense system.
  • Improve the condition of the body’s largest organ—the skin.
  • Increase joint flexibility.
  • Lessen depression and anxiety.
  • Promote tissue regeneration, reducing scar tissue and
    stretch marks
    .
  • Pump oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, improving circulation.
  • Reduce spasms and cramping.
  • Release endorphins—amino acids that work as the body’s natural
    painkiller.

I don't know about you, but within 5 minutes of laying on a massage table I'm out like a light. In addition to the benefits highlighted above, getting a massage from a licensed massage therapist is a good chance to get away to a quiet, calm place and relax. No cell phone, computer, kids—just a dark room, warm table, and the soothing smell of essential oils.

Here are a few places that I recommend:

Wellness Therapy—Joyce Wicklund, Florence KY

Sia Spa—Kenwood, Ohio

Pure Concepts Salon & Spa—Kenwood and Mason, Ohio

In fact, I'm about ready to head to Pure Concepts for a little R+R and a deep tissue massage. Going to kick some stress to the curb and reap all the benefits of a soothing massage.

Tipoftheday Always ask the spa or therapist what types of oils they use on your skin. It's OK to question whether or not there are chemical or paraben type ingredients in their products. Or, you can do like I do and bring your own. I highly recommend the 3-in-1 eucalyptus mint + lime oil from Good Fortune Soap. It smells amazing, lasts forever, and is seriously calming. Get $5 off your purchase if you sign up for their e-mail offers and updates. And if you stop by the site, you should definitely check out the owner's story about just returning from Haiti where she educated over 50 people on how to make natural soap. She is even selling the soap made in Haiti (for $5—a weeks salary in Haiti) to people back home and then sending 100% of the money back to Haiti to those that made it!

Have a blessed day and weekend! Thanks for visiting 🙂