Chocolate Massage and the benefits it offers

by Lisa Young

Studio 8 Beauty CEO


Discover the ancient origins and modern benefits of chocolate massages. From skin nourishment to stress relief, elevate your well-being with this indulgent experience.

Chocolate has captured our hearts for centuries, tantalising our taste buds with its rich, velvety goodness.

But did you know chocolate’s enchanting journey began long before it became a beloved treat ?


Lisa Young, Managing Director of Studio 8 Portsmouth, takes you on a fascinating journey through the history of chocolate, from its ancient South American origins to its modern-day use in luxurious body treatments and massages.

Discover how this sweet delight can satisfy your cravings and rejuvenate your body and soul !



A Taste of History

Our adventure begins in the heart of ancient Mesoamerica or Mexico as we know it today, where the Olmecs, one of the earliest civilisations, cultivated cacao trees over 4,000 years ago. The cacao beans were used to create a bitter, frothy beverage that the Aztec and Mayan elite enjoyed. These early civilisations revered chocolate, using it in rituals, medicines, and as a form of currency.

When the Spanish explorer Hernán Cortés encountered the Aztec emperor Moctezuma in the early 16th century, he was introduced to the marvels of cacao.

Moctezuma’s chocolate concoction was seasoned with spices like vanilla and chilli, making it far from the sweet treats we enjoy today. Cortés returned to Spain with cacao beans, sparking chocolate’s journey to Europe.

Chocolate’s journey across the Atlantic soon led to its transformation from a bitter drink to a sweet delicacy. Sugar was added to the mix, creating a sensation that quickly spread throughout Europe’s royal courts and upper classes. By the 17th century, chocolate houses were as popular as coffee houses, with people indulging in this new and exotic beverage.

Chocolate was an expensive & indulgent commodity; only the rich & upper class could afford to enjoy chocolate for indulgence and its medicinal benefits. It wasn’t until 1828 that the invention of the chocolate press revolutionised chocolate, speeding up the process of extracting cocoa. Today, we can all enjoy chocolate!


Cacao beans used in chocolate massage



The Magic of Chocolate in Massages

Fast forward to the present day, and chocolate isn’t just a treat for our taste buds.

It has found its way into the world of spa treatments and massages, offering many benefits for the body and the soul. So let’s delve into the world of chocolate massages, where relaxation and indulgence combine for an unforgettable experience. Chocolate & massage both have their benefits for the body & mind.



8 Benefits of combining chocolate & massage

1. Nourishing the Skin

Chocolate is packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals that can do wonders for your skin.

The cocoa in chocolate helps improve blood flow, while its natural oils provide deep hydration. This makes chocolate an ideal ingredient in body treatments that leave your skin feeling soft, supple, and rejuvenated.


2. Improved Circulation

Chocolate’s ability to improve blood flow comes into play during a massage. As the therapist uses chocolate-infused oils or creams, the enhanced circulation from the combination of chocolate & massage can help alleviate muscle tension, reduce inflammation and promote a sense of rejuvenation.


3. Mood Enhancement

Chocolate contains phenylethylamine (PEA), a compound that promotes the release of endorphins and dopamine in the brain, often referred to as the “feel-good” chemicals. Incorporating chocolate into a body treatment can help alleviate stress, anxiety, and even depression, leaving you with a sense of euphoria and relaxation.


4. Exfoliation

Chocolate’s natural texture can act as a gentle exfoliant, removing dead skin cells and promoting skin renewal.


5. Skin Rejuvenation

During a chocolate massage, the skin absorbs the beneficial properties of chocolate, leaving it nourished and radiant. The antioxidants in cocoa combat free radicals and can help repair and protect the skin from damage caused by environmental factors, providing a radiant and youthful glow. Perfect as an anti-ageing treatment! Who would have known, eh!!


6. Stress Relief

Massages alone are well-known for their stress-relieving properties, but the results are even more astounding when chocolate enters the equation. The combination of soothing massage strokes with the calming aroma of chocolate can melt away tension and anxiety, leaving you in a state of bliss. In fact, chocolate-scented products used during massages can help reduce stress and promote a sense of calm, making them a perfect addition to any salon or spa experience.


7. Aromatherapy

The heavenly scent of chocolate is a powerful aromatherapy tool. It triggers the release of endorphins, creating a sense of pleasure and relaxation. The aroma enhances the overall experience of a chocolate massage, promoting emotional well-being and serenity.


8. All the joy of chocolate without the calories

Yes, you heard that right! Chocolate massage tantalises the senses without the calories, so you can enjoy an indulgent fix of chocolate that is totally guilt-free.


Chocolate Massage Treatment



Optimise Your Well-Being with an indulgent chocolate massage

Incorporating chocolate into body treatments and massage isn’t just about indulgence; it’s about enhancing your well-being. Whether you want to pamper yourself, relax, or rejuvenate your skin, chocolate has a sweet solution.


So there you have it: chocolate’s journey from ancient Mesoamerica to the treatment rooms of today is a testament to its enduring appeal. Its rich history and incredible benefits for the body and mind make chocolate a truly unique and delightful indulgence that goes beyond the ordinary. You’re sure to leave with a smile on your face, and what’s more, your body and spirit will thank you for it!



Want to book a chocolate massage for yourself or a loved one ?


Book your chocolate massage here: STUDIO 8 BEAUTY CHOCOLATE MASSAGE TREATMENT



About the author:

Lisa Young is a highly skilled and experienced beauty professional with a passion for enhancing natural beauty and promoting well-being.


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