Why a Good Massage should be on your next Holiday Hit List

Read our tale of pre holiday madness and find out why a massage isn't just a 'nice to do' on holiday but an absolute essential...

Stress woman pre holiday

So you’ve been busting 10, 11 and 12 hours days to get everything done. It’s already pretty late when you type your ‘I’m outta here’ out of office message. Too late for the gym, especially as you didn’t pack yet, so it’s straight home, suitcases out and holiday essentials packed before a glass of wine and snack see you to bed, alarm set for the (ungodly o’clock in the) morning cab/bus/tube combo to the airport.

It’s too hot/cold at the airport and your inappropriately dressed, your carry on luggage weighs more than your suitcase and check-in at Gatwick/Luton/Leeds/your own favourite airport is absolute chaos and why is your gate so freakin far away?

You cram your half asleep body into the non-aisle/window seat, hunch over your blackberry checking for last minute disasters at the office, then try and catch up on some of the hundreds of z’s you’ve missed over the past week getting ready for this moment…

Why massage works...

Ok so maybe this is a bit of an exaggeration but we bet at least one of these pre-holiday scenarios is familiar to you, which is why, by the time you land, your body is practically crying out for some attention.

Good news though… all of this can be balanced by a good, well rounded, tailored-to-you massage and here’s some of the reasons why:

Lack of sleep: Massage reduces fatigue and increases serotonin, which indirectly leads to better, longer sleep – sweet dreams ;)

Erratic eating habits: Massage (especially of the abdomen) can improve bowel movements and improve blood circulation (which carries nutrients to cells for repair and renewal) so even if your diet has been shitty in the run up to your holiday, massage can help eliminate the waste and make the most of the good stuff you ate.

Hectic deadlines:  Deadlines and our response to them creates physical tension in the body, an excess of adrenalin and the by-products of that adrenalin doing it’s important work.  Getting a massage boosts the production of noradrenaline (the opposite of ‘ go getting, let’s do this thing’ adrenalin), releases the physical tension in the body, slows the heart-rate and calms everything down.

Excessive laptop hours and a squashed body on the plane:  Your muscles, tendons, ligaments and connective tissue all get stretched/shortened in funky directions. This will eventually equal pain so let’s stretch it out, unknot the knotty bits, smooth out the creases and realign your bony bits.

Sensory bombardment at the airport: Bright lights, noisey bars and busy fellow travellers, constant advertising and a hundred sprayed perfumes will leave your senses overloaded. Lay down, close your eyes and breath in the soft essential oils and give your senses a break from all that busy.

Relaxing Back massage on Pause // Play // Escapes

Help Yourself...

We, of course, recommend you try and minimise some of the pre-holiday madness. But if you can’t, at the very least, make this your pre holiday hit list:

1)   Try and get plenty of sleep before you fly

2)   Drink plenty of water before you get on the plane and during your journey

3)   Stretch at 30 minute intervals when you are in the sky

4)   Breathe deep (focusing on the exhale) during the journey

If you recognise your bodies need for a good break, 
have a look at our next escape:

Pause // Play // Ski

16th- 23rd March 2016

Morillon, French Alps

Daily morning yoga with a mountain view, afternoons to ski/board to your hearts content, a full body massage, meditation techniques for the curious, a B-EA-U-TIFUL chalet complete with a sauna and right next to the ski lifts. Oh, and of course stinky french cheese and wine are also included! 

If the idea of yoga & skiing tickles your toes, have a look at our next escape:

Pause // Play // Ski

16th- 23rd March 2016

Morillon, French Alps

Daily morning yoga with a mountain view, afternoons to ski/board to your hearts content, a full body massage, meditation techniques for the curious, a B-EA-U-TIFUL chalet complete with a sauna and right next to the ski lifts. Oh, and of course stinky french cheese and wine are also included!