Ah, winter. ‘Tis the season to be jolly, right? That’s what everyone says but the truth is when the temperatures drop, so do our moods, motivation, bank balances and immune system functions. Our mood and motivation drop because of there is less sunlight. Sunshine naturally lifts mood and in autumn and winter, there’s much less of that and much more of cold gales, frost and rain.
As for our immune systems, we’re just more likely to get ill in colder climates than we are in the warmth. Why? A 2015 study found that our genes change with the seasons and that includes parts of our immune system. Basically, our immune responses have evolved to adapt to the different threats of different seasons and climates, so we are more likely to feel sick during winter, but our immune systems are more active so it can fight off the threats better. As well as this, we tend to spend more time indoors and on public transport during winter. Being cooped up means that we are in closer contact with other people who may be carrying the germs.
Various illnesses such as the common cold, flu and sinusitis thrive particularly well during the colder months. Picture this: you’re standing on the train, clinging onto the plastic grab handles dangling from the ceiling. It’s rush hour, so you’re crammed in like sardines. A man near you sneezes and you envision the droplets flying out to hit the nearest surfaces (AKA your little grab handle). A woman over in a nearby corner coughs. In that little train carriage, there are now thousands of germs whizzing around, clinging to the surfaces, people’s clothes and bags, and you have no choice but to breathe it all in for the next hour of your long commute to work. It’s no wonder that public transport is a breeding spot for viruses and bacteria.
Sinusitis is a nasty infection that usually develops after a cold or flu. A common infection that usually clears up on its own within two to three weeks, sinusitis is where the sinuses swell up. Symptoms include a blocked nose, green or yellow mucus, a sinus headache and in some cases, a fever. Painkillers such as ibuprofen and paracetamol can help reduce sinus pain, and the congested head and nose can be relieved by leaning over a bowl of boiling hot water and breathing in the steam.
However if you’re looking for a more alternative treatment, sensual massage therapy can help. A sensual massage is a highly relaxing style that involves the use of fragrant and medicinal essential oils, and soothing touch to help heal the body.
The basics of a sensual massage
Now, a sensual massage focuses on awakening and sharpening the senses in order to distract the mind from the troubles of the body. It’s very much an emotional and sensually arousing experience. However, it also helps with physical problems – it’s not just in the head. A sensual massage still uses the same basic Swedish and deep tissue techniques as any other massage, so you’ll feel your muscle knots being loosened, your aches being smoothed out and your limbs becoming more flexible.
How can a sensual massage help with sinusitis?
Sensual massage is a unique blend of aromatherapy and massage. Essential oils are used to arouse the senses – something which would help ease the congested symptoms of sinusitis. Steam inhalation is said to be the best treatment, but oils can enhance their benefits.
There are certain oils that have greater benefits and do more good for a sinus infection. Here’s a list of the ones that can act as an inflammatory and can reduce the swelling:
- Tea tree
- Sweet basil
When a few drops of these oils are mixed with carrier oila and slowly spread all over the skin, you will start to feel your nasal cavities start to open up again. As well as this, the techniques used in a massage will leave you feeling very relaxed and breathing deeply. To maximise the benefits, ask your therapist to practise aromatherapy during the session. She may be able to put a bowl of hot water under your face so you can breathe in the steam and then smell the aromatherapy essential oils.
A sensual massage also uses a series of techniques that are meant to arouse you and slowly build you towards a climatic ending. The orgasm will leave you feeling intensely relaxed and distracted from your sinus-related pains. If you’re looking for a little pick-me-up as well as the medicinal benefits, a sensual massage can be the treatment for you. We offer a personalised oriental massage service with a highly trained therapist. Visit our sensual massage London service page for more information! http://www.oriental-massages.co.uk/sensual-massage-london/