Two things I love with a passion? Chocolate and massages. You can imagine my delight when I recently discovered that you can actually combine the two! Even though both are considered luxury products, I personally believe they are extremely healthy for you and (dare I say it) even quite necessary for your wellbeing.

Why chocolate?

Uhm…seriously? It’s just damn good! :D

But it’s also actually really good FOR you, especially dark chocolate has a lot of health benefits: It contains alkaloids like theobromine, that increase serotonin and endorphin levels in the brain. (Serotonin has various functions, including control of appetite, mood and anger, endorphins work as natural pain relievers and produce a sense of well being). Scientists also claim that chocolate, eaten in moderation, can lower blood pressure.

Abigail O'Neill's Model Chocolate book
Abigail O’Neill’s Model Chocolate book

Why massages?

(Again: seriously?)

As opposed to the calvinistic belief that massages are a decadent indulgence, they are actually a powerful pain management tool, a very effective stress reliever and therefore a good way to keep your body healthy. Massages relieve pain, reduce anxiety, depression and blood pressure. They also stimulate the release of endorphins and serotonin. Another interesting fact is that they increase peripheral blood lymphocytes, which stimulates the immune system by getting rid of the body’s waste products. This is because massages improve both blood and lymph circulation, which helps your body gain strength and maximizes your energy level. Efficient circulation also helps in muscle recovery, growth, and promotes the natural healing process.

Why chocolate massages?

Well, duh… Ok, in the highly unlikely case you’re not convinced yet, here’s why: Needless to say, it smells delicious, and the warm chocolate on your back feels amazing. But there’s much more to it: The combination of almond oil and cocoa really hydrates your skin, and therefore has an anti-aging effect, plus it contains various minerals that improve skin texture. Cocoa contains anti-oxidants, that have a detoxing effect on your body. Also, it contains tannic acid, known for its slimming effect. And this is only the physical part! It’s very good for the mind too: The double increase of serotonin and endorphin makes you feel super relaxed, peaceful and gives you a feeling of happiness.

Can anyone resist…?

 

Model Chocolate

xoxo Abigail 

p.s. check out my book Model Chocolate for delicious chocolate recipes!

Organice Your Life choice for a chocolate massage if you don’t want to make the chocolate massage oil yourself: Chocolate Massage Oil/Body Oil 8 fl. oz. with All Natural Plant Oils