SOMETIMES you have one of those weeks when every muscle in your body feels like it's wound tighter than the proverbial coil.
It's at times like these that you need to do something serious about stress release and often the answer is a massage.
Of course it can also be cardiovascular exercise like hiking, running, a spin class or time to spend on a passion or hobby.
Massage has been shown to boost levels of feel-good hormones in your body as well as release stress.
I chose the winter special at The Byron at Byron Spa.
You can pick from remedial, relaxation, heated stone, or a fully customised integrated massage.
I needed some serious help and so I opted for the last one which turned out to be a mixture of remedial, Lomi Lomi (Hawaiian massage that uses the arms as well as the hands) and aromatherapy.
Spa therapist Angela mixed a blend of oils including ylang ylang, lavender, rose and orange, to use with the organic macadamia massage oil and as an inhalant.
Angela began with my neck, shoulders and back, working deeply and keeping all other areas of me covered with warm towels.
A head massage that released tight areas in the scalp was included before I was turned over and Angela again massaged my legs, feet, arms and hands before working on my neck and scalp.
For the rest of the day, I felt marshmallow-like and incredibly rested and refreshed.
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