Wellbeing Event Ideas – Chocolate and Massage: The Great Stress Busting Duo

We love to inspire event organisers with new ideas and initiatives that will draw in the crowds to their events and keep them happy whilst they’re there. This week one of our wellbeing event ideas is having both chocolate and massage at your event! Why?

Well, it’s good news for chocoholics. In October every year, the UK celebrates Chocolate Week.  For this week every year there is chocolate tasting and chocolate making demonstrations held throughout the country.

What a great excuse, should you need one, to incorporate chocolate into your event! And, you can partake without guilt, in the knowledge that chocolate, especially when it has a high cocoa content, can actually be very good for you.

The Benefits of Chocolate

Chocolate contains iron, potassium and vitamins that can keep us feeling healthy and well. Indeed, there is scientific evidence that eating chocolate, in reasonable amounts, can protect against heart disease. Cocoa contains antioxidants called polyphenols that prevent the oxidation of harmful cholesterol.

Antioxidants are also known to protect against cancer and eating chocolate can be good for stress. This is thought to be because chocolate contains valeric acid, which is both a relaxant and a tranquilliser. Additionally the sugar in chocolate may reduce stress – sugar can have a calming and pain-relieving effect because sweet tastes activate opiate-like substances in our brain. Further studies have shown that the smell of chocolate slows down brain waves, meaning we experience a pleasant feeling of calm.

The Benefits of Chair Massage

Another great stress reliever for visitors and delegates is massage, for some of the same reasons as chocolate! Massage can lower your heart rate and blood pressure. It can relax your muscles and increase the production of endorphins, the body’s natural ‘feel-good’ hormone. Massage also released serotonin and dopamine. This results in a feeling of calm relaxation, making acute and chronic stress easier to overcome. Providing massage at your event is a brilliant way for everyone to experience all these benefits and more!

The stress relieving benefits achieved through massage are one of the reasons many events provide chair massage services for visitors at their event. With an On Site Massage Co, highly skilled professional mobile therapists can deliver massage in almost any space you have available! Services include chair massage, Indian Head massage, sports and remedial massage, holistic massage and reflexology. For our full list of chair massage treatments at events treatments, click here and sports massage here.

So, celebrate national chocolate week. Offer relaxing and rejuvenating chair massages for your visitors . And, include some healthy chocolate smoothies or dark chocolate treats in your event too!

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