During the pandemic of 2020, you most probably avoided all spas. Most of them were closed anyway, and the thought of having a massage therapist breathe over you while enjoying a massage was too much to bear, considering how contagious Covid-19 is.
Now that many people around the world have received their vaccines, spas have reopened to the public, and people are flocking to them! And boy, now is an important time to go to the spa and be taken care of after all the stress that 2020 brought with it.
However, this article delves particularly into the menstrual cycle and what spa treatments to receive when your monthly flow arrives. Let’s take a look!
It’s important to get a massage during your period, as it will relax you, ease your pain, and stimulate blood flow. Of course, the massage therapist will need to apply a light touch around sensitive areas like your belly and abdomen.
When getting a massage, you will be asked to remove your underwear, and a plastic thong will usually be given to you. In this case, it’s best to wear a tampon or menstrual cup while you are spending time at the spa. You will also be covered in a sheet or towel.
1) Swedish Massage
A Swedish massage is great if you have never had a massage before. It eases tension, and will help if you are very sensitive to touch. It covers the whole body, releases knots in the muscles and helps you to relax.
The masseuse will knead your muscles, as well as use long strokes that point towards your heart. The movements will be long and circular, and you can ask your masseuse to lighten the pressure if need be. There will also be a lot of vibration and tapping.
This will last between 60 and 90 minutes.
2) Hot Stone Massage
This is a lovely massage where the masseuse applies hot stones to your body, and uses it to massage your muscles. It’s similar to a Swedish massage, but quite different due to the heated stones. It will ease the tension in your muscles, improve the flow of blood, promote relaxation and relieve pain.
At times, cold stones may be used. Make sure to go to a trained masseuse who doesn’t heat up the stones too much.
This will usually last 90 minutes long.
3) Aromatherapy Massage
An aromatherapy massage is especially good to have during your period, as this kind of massage can really connect with your emotions.
An aromatherapy massage boosts your mood, reduces stress, lowers anxiety, helps with depression, and relieves muscle tension and pain.
This massage may just focus on your back and shoulders, as well as your head. You can ask for a full body massage, and you’ll inhale the essential oils that you have chosen through a diffuser. This will help you absorb them through the cells of your skin.
Great essential oils to choose during your menstrual cycle are:
- Clary Sage
- Cypress Oil
It lasts between 60 and 90 minutes.
This is a great massage if you feel your body is just too sensitive and tender for a full body massage. Your masseuse will apply pressure to your hands and feet, but will mainly concentrate on your feet.
If you feel a lot of pain during your period, tell your masseuse, and they’ll know exactly which parts of your feet to concentrate on. The pressure point they’ll concentrate on is called “Spleen 8”, which can be found on the tibia bone.
This is a lovely massage that lasts between 30 and 60 minutes.
5) Shiatsu Massage
If you feel a bit shy to strip your clothes off, a shiatsu massage is just the thing you need, as you can keep your clothes on. This massage will calm you down emotionally and physically. It will also help with any sort of stress or depression you are experiencing. It helps with tense muscles and may even lift a headache.
Your masseuse will apply pressure with their hands and palms, as well as their thumbs. The pressure applied will be pulsing, and there will be a rhythm to it.
This lasts between 40 and 50 minutes.
During PMS all of us women experience skin breakouts, and I’m sure one or two pimples of yours have surfaced. Therefore, when you have your period, it’s a great time to apply treatments to the skin.
There are a range of spas that offer different facials. A good facial will usually include a deep cleanse, exfoliation, masks and moisturizers.
Manicures and Pedicures
Everyone needs a good manicure and pedicure. The fun with us ladies is that besides just cleaning and shaping the nails on our hands and feet, we get to choose from a plethora of colors to paint them with. Not only that, but we can choose a regular nail or gel polish on the hands.
Tell the spa manager you are having your period, and ask them if its ok to allow you to have a rosewater bath. Here they will light scented candles, and pour rose petals into the bath, as well as rose water and oil. This will be very healing and relaxing for you.
Beauty Treatments to Avoid During Your Period
The above may be wonderful beauty treatments to enjoy during your period, however, there are a few beauty treatments you really need to avoid. These are:
- Laser hair removal and waxing – this can cause a whole lot of pain, which you really don’t need while experiencing period cramps
- Body wraps – these can be exceptionally uncomfortable if your body feels very sensitive
- Lymphatic draining massage – this is for weight loss, and the pressure applied may bring you pain and discomfort if you are experiencing major cramps.
The above are just a few spa treatments to enjoy during your period. Choose a nice spa and speak with the manager, and they’ll be more than happy to recommend special treatments with respect to the fact that you are menstruating. Just don’t forget to insert your menstrual cup before arriving!
The best part is, you’ll be taken care of, and will feel fabulous afterwards!