4th June 2021

At Peel we take great interest and pride in promoting wellbeing treatments which are slightly left field and off the beaten track. 

We like to try a range of alternative treatments to help boost the hormones which keep us healthy and happy because we know when those are off, negative ripple effects can be felt in all areas of life. 

This week we came across the art of massaging with wax. 

Yes, that’s right. The thing which makes candles. It turns out that wax is a perfect substance for therapists, their clients, and you, if you fancy undertaking a bit of DIY home massaging. 

Here’s what we found…. 

Superior grip equals superior massage 

Let’s face it, oils and lotions can get messy. Real messy. Within just a few seconds of pouring, your hands could be slipping and sliding in all directions.  

The Tui community in New Zealand faced up to this exact problem in the 1980s and decided enough was enough! Instead of oils and water-based creams, they developed a beeswax-based massage wax which offered greater grip and traction. This allowed therapists to gain greater malleable control over the product. 

A superior grip led to a superior massage experience, and just like the Tui community, you could be one step away from appreciating true massaging greatness! 

100% natural with less waste 

Massage wax tends to be made using 100% natural ingredients, with countless vegan options on offer too. Products are kept free from synthetic preservatives, parabens, sulfates, petrochemicals, perfumes, GM ingredients or palm oil and boast a consistency which promotes less spillage leading to less waste. 

As environmentally conscious global citizens, we think these attributes definitely score points when it comes to choosing  

Works to release tension in the fascial system 

The fascial system is what impenetrates and surrounds all organs, muscles, bones, and nerve fibers, bestowing the body with a functional structure and providing an environment that enables all body systems to operate in an integrated manner (Adstrum, Headly, Schleip, et al, 2017).  

To release the tension and tightness that occurs here, deep tissue work is required, and massage wax offers therapists a tighter grip to work on manipulating connective tissue. 

Prolonged shelf life 

Replacing and restocking outdated products has become an environmental curse of the 21st century. That’s because many oils and lotions don’t have antibacterial properties to resist rancidity. 

Massage wax however is often made from ingredients which do contain antibacterial and natural preservative properties such as beeswax and Vitamin E.  

This means their shelf life is long – sometimes up to 2 years! 

A great base for essential oils 

Since it’s Aromatherapy Awareness Week it would be wrong not to mention essential oils! 

Massage wax serves as an ideal base ingredient to enhance essential oils and should be on the top of the list for any budding aromatherapist who wants to create a wellbeing ambience within their home. 

Top oils for a calming effect include lavender, eucalyptus and bergamot. Paired with the correct massage wax and you could be onto a winner. 

How can Peel help? 

Well actually we can’t! But we know a local business that can. 

NW Sports Massage Therapy offer a range of treatments designed to help alleviate stress and tension around the body. They also use massage wax where appropriate. 

So, what are you waiting for? Book your treatment online or call 07889 447 762 for further info. 

References: 

Adstrum, S., Hedly, G., Schleip, R. et al. (2017). Defining the fascial system. Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, 21(1). https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1360859216302595  

Massage Wax. (n.d.). Songbird Altogether Natural. https://www.songbirdnaturals.co.uk/massage-wax.html