Posts tagged ‘massage’

4 home-made treats for Valentine’s Day

If you’re a fan of home-made treatments, it’s a no-brainer making homemade beauty treats for your significant other on Valentine’s Day.

And if you’re new to it, I’ve selected 4 easy recipes from the Just Massage archives for you to make this February.

  1. DIY Massage bar

Here ‘s a recipe from one of my favourite online blogs, Hello Glow.

These DIY Matcha Lotion Bars Are a Multitasking Miracle Worker

It’s simply cocoa butter, coconut oil and beeswax combined with (in this case) matcha tea and sweet orange essential oil, but you can change the last two ingredients to your taste. Check it out here.

2. A relaxing balm

Melt 30g cocoa butter with 30g jojoba oil, 25g beeswax and 15g avocado oil in a bain marie/double boiler.

Take off the heat and cool, then add 2 drops each of rosemary and grapefruit extract, and 8 drops each of rosemary and grapefruit essential oils, and 6 of ginger.

Mix and leave to solidify before using after the bath.

3. Chocolate orange soap

Ok, admittedly, if you make this now it won’t be ready by February 14th (soap needs 4-6 weeks to dry or mature). But you can still make it, wrap it and give it with the proviso that your loved one mustn’t use it until such and such a date. Because it does smell divinely of chocolate and orange, and what Valentine’s Day is complete without chocolate (and this one’s without the calories!)

4. Lavender bath bombs

These easy-to-make bath bombs from James Wong will fizz away like any commercial one in your bath.

And of course you can learn the basics of massage with me and pamper your loved one (or a friend, your mum, your pet dog…) on that special day. But don’t forget to hint heavily that you’d appreciate a Just Massage gift voucher in return!!


Chocolate kisses for Saint Valentine’s

Give out some chocolatey kisses on Valentine’s Day with this quick lip balm recipe made with cocoa butter.

It comes from my favourite  homemade beauty recipe site,  AromaZone. 

It’s a French site, though part of it is translated into English – unfortunately not the huge collection of free beauty recipes.

Don’t worry, I’ve translated this one for you:

3 g cocoa butter

3 g vanilla-infused oil

1,5 g mimosa floral wax (or use beeswax, it’s easier to get hold of)

Melt all the ingredients together  (in a bowl in hot water), mix, pour into a small pot or jar, set in the freezer.

Apply to lips and get kissing!


Good skin resolutions

Your new mantra for September: I will massage my skin daily (and we’re not just talking about your face!).

Massage boosts blood and lymphatic circulation, so awakening your skin’s radiance.

It stimulates fibroblasts (a cell in connective tissue that synthesizes collagen) and plumps up your skin.

It also tones and relaxes muscles which, in the face, can improve skin elasticity giving a fresher, healthier look.

Check out my earlier blogs for some ideas on building massage into your daily routine:

Improve your skin’s appearance

The facelift massage

Aroma foot massage relieves stress

Ayurvedic self-massage guide

Blue sky thinking

When stress levels are high, meditation techniques can teach us how to observe and stand back from our emotions and feelings, rather than them taking us over.

You don’t have to meditate for hours or join a sect to reap the benefits, 10 minutes a day could be enough for you.

To understand the basics of mindfulness meditation, consider this analogy by former Buddhist monk Andy Puddicombe:

“When you think of a clear blue sky, it feels nice. But think of a dark, cloudy sky, you don’t feel so good. If you took a plane up through the clouds, though, you’d find the sky is still blue.

Rather than trying to create that state of blue sky, of calm and happiness, it’s more a question of sitting back in the garden and waiting for the clouds to pass.”

Identify and observe your feelings and emotions when stress is high and you may find they evaporate more quickly of their own accord.

Try to stay grounded as well when things are not going well.

Try a technique called “positive acceptance”.

It’s a combination of accepting what is and refocusing on action to make things better in the future.

Some might say that acceptance means letting things be and not doing anything about it, but the idea is to stop WISHING that things were already different (because they can’t be) ad accept what ‘is’ – i.e. the present situation.

Accepting what ‘is’ can help to calm your thoughts and give you a more positive outlook. You are taking your mind away from negativity and looking to improve the future.

And a massage is always a good de-stresser, providing you know a good massage therapist.

Try out our selection of massages here at Just Massage.

Reminder March massage offer

Spring is just around the corner, so as the weather starts to warm up, de-stress and chase away those tensions in your upper body with our Indian Head massage.

Ease stress with an Indian Head Massage

Ease stress with an Indian Head Massage

Traditional Indian Head Massage is based on the ancient system of medicine known as Ayurveda (the science of life and longevity in Sanskrit) and has been practised for thousands of years. The Ayurvedic approach to health is holistic, balancing the body, mind and spirit and promoting long life. Indian Head Massage, as its name suggests, was originally designed for use on the head, but has been Westernized to include the shoulders, upper arms and neck. As such it has become popular as a stress management technique.

Indian Head massage

Massaging the scalp

Indian Head Massage can:

  • Relieve muscular tension and fatigue
  • Improve circulation
  • Help relieve emotional stress and elevate the mood
  • Help improve the condition of the skin and hair
  • Help relieve mental fatigue, promote clearer thinking, improve concentration and increase productivity

Indian Head massage is given in a seated position. We use a special table head rest to allow you to relax more during the treatment.


There is no need to undress but the massage can be more enjoyable if your upper back is uncovered so we can use oils.

Throughout the month of March we are offering a 20% discount :

28€ instead of 35€ for a 40 minute Indian Head massage.

Valid up to and including March 31st 2017.

Offer does not include gift vouchers.

Just call for an appointment

Just Massage offers home massage in and around the Mérignac and Pessac area (near Bordeaux, France).

Healing touch

oldhandsTouch is the mother of all senses. It not only heals the aches and pains in our bodies, it also nourishes our souls when we fell stressed, anxious, depressed or hurt.

Massage is also good for improving posture, strengthening the respiratory system, improving blood circulation and rebalacncing hormones.

From its earliest inception, massage was intended as a healing art as it reduces pain by releasing the wellbeing hormone serotonin.

The secret to releasing stress and rebalancing is at your fingertips (or someone else’s!) – so book yourself a massage now.

free massage

Source: Healthy magazine

Aftercare advice

After you have received a massage, there are a few things you should and should not do to continue to reap the benefits of the treatment.

What to do/not to do after a massage

The best thing to do after a massage is to relax as much as possible and drink plenty of water or other liquids, such as herbal teas or fruit juice. Try to avoid caffeine (tea, coffee, cola) as it is a stimulant and won’t help you relax.

Drink plenty of water or herbal teas.

Drink plenty of water or herbal teas.

Massaging the body can release toxins into your system and so the more you can do to help flush them out the better. So drinking water will definitely help.

Avoid alcohol and, if possible, smoking after your treatment. A massage is a detoxifying treatment and smoking and drinking will reintroduce toxins into the body.

Heavy meals should also be avoided immediately before and after treatment. When we eat, blood is diverted to the gut to help with the digestion of food. A massage will stimulate blood circulation which may hinder digestion.

Vigourous exercise (running, weight-lifting,  high-intensity aerobics, power yoga, etc.) should also be avoided as it may increase muscle soreness if you’ve received massage on specific tension areas and compromise any work done.

Feeling tired after a massage is quite common.

Feeling tired after a massage is quite common.

Possible after-effects

After a massage you may feel tired, or get a headache (which is one reason you need to drink more) or experience aching in some of the areas you were massaged. This is quite normal and nothing to be worried about. You may have no after-effects at all – that’s quite normal too! Everyone is different.




Some of the more common after-effects of massage include:

– an increase in going to the toilet as your circulatory and lymphatic systems have been stimulated

– tiredness due to the release of toxins, increased circulation and the relaxation process

– a headache which may be a result of stimulation of nerve fibres during the massage, or dehydration

– muscular aches in the areas the treatment has focussed on

– thirst due to the increased action of the lymphatic system
– heightened emotions due to the release of tension


As I said at the beginning, the main thing to do after a massage is – NOTHING.
Rest and relax, it couldn’t be simpler.
Take time out to do nothing and don’t feel guilty about it.
If you have a home massage with us here at Just Massage this is so much easier – no car/bus/train to get home.
Straight to your sofa or bed with a herbal tea and a light-hearted book to read!
Rest and relax after your massage

Rest and relax after your massage

You can contact me at Just Massage for a home massage appointment in and around the Mérignac and Pessac area (near Bordeaux, France) on: