By Steve Goodman
Go to your typical doctor's office and you are likely to find coffee in the waiting room. Go to your typical Massage Therapist's office, or MediSpa, and you're increasingly likely to find coffee in the treatment rooms!
Yes, believe it or not, massage practitioners may be bringing a whole new meaning to the term "coffee break," as coffee is increasingly used in various types of therapeutic massage. Coffee massage is one of the latest trends in the field of massage therapy. Coffee is being used as a base ingredient in body scrubs, lotions, oils, and body wraps. There are coffee body soaks and coffee aromatherapy candles. Take a look at the number of people lined up every morning waiting to drop more than $4.00 at Starbucks, and there can be very little doubt as to the popularity of coffee.
Typically, a coffee massage involves the application of coffee grounds mixed with soothing gels or lotions to the skin by hand or with a wet cloth. Primarily, the coffee beans are used as a stimulating exfoliant to remove dead skin cells through scrubbing the skin. This is then followed by the actual massage where a coffee based lubricant or oil is used during a therapeutic massage.
Licensed Massage Therapists (LMTs) like coffee because they say it is gentle enough for facial massages. It has a cleansing and moisturizing effect and it is also loaded with antioxidants, especially when using green coffee. It can even tighten skin and reduce puffy eyes, albeit the effect is temporary. A typical coffee massage invigorates tired muscles and provides protection from oxidation and sun exposure. LMTs say these coffee based massage creams and essential oils stimulate circulation and at the same time provide aromatherapeutic effects with their rich, deep scents.