The Californian massage is a particular type of relaxing massage.
Born in California around the 70s, Californian massage not only aims to achieve the well-being of the body, but above all to achieve a “rebalancing” between the physical and spiritual planes. The intention of the Californian massage, therefore, is to allow the achievement of a state of harmony between body and mind.
Sometimes also called by the names of psychosomatic massage or sensory massage, the Californian massage aims to “put in contact” the body with the mind, in such a way that the well-being of the whole organism is obtained, therefore of the individual. . According to the philosophy behind this type of treatment, the Californian massage – therefore, the contact that is inevitably created between the masseuse and the person being massaged – must be an important sensory experience capable of generating well-being. However, this sensory experience should not be confused and has nothing to do with the sexual sphere.
As for the possible benefits exercised on a physical level, according to those who practice it, the Californian massage would be able to:
Reduce muscle tension;
Promote and increase hydration and elasticity of the skin (benefit mainly attributable to the massage oil used to perform the treatment and not so much to the massage itself);
Promote and stimulate blood and lymphatic circulation;
Promote weight loss;
Promote the elimination of toxins;
Regarding the potential psychic benefits, however, according to those who practice it, the Californian massage would be capable of:
Relieve stress and tension;
Reduce anxiety states (clearly, in the presence of non-pathological anxiety);
Counteract panic attacks;
Rebalance the nervous system, helping the individual who suffers to reestablish positive contact with their body.
When you should not do the Californian massage
The Californian massage itself has no real contraindications, however, there are certain situations in which this type of relaxing treatment should be avoided, as well as the execution of any other type of massage. In detail, Californian massage and other forms of massage should not be performed in the presence of:
Recent trauma and / or skin lesions;
Dermatitis and dermatosis;
Acute inflammatory states;
Phlebitis or thrombophlebitis;
Edema of the lower extremities related to heart failure;
Central nervous system disorders causing spasticity;