is it about chocolate that affects our mind, body and soul the way it does?
What does chocolate do to us?”
Well here’s the good news. Chocolate contains flavinoids and antioxidants,
which help reduce blood pressure. Of course a large part of the chocolate
pleasure is in the taste, a deliciously rich concoction that satisfies the most
But, several chemical reactions are also at work. Chocolate stimulates the
secretion of endorphins producing pleasurable sensations and seratonin also
found in edible chocolate is shown to have mood lifting effects! So what this
means is that we end up having feelings of happiness, love and passion. The
real truth however, is that scientists are not really positive how the over 300
chemicals contained in chocolate make us feel so great.
In most parts of the world chocolate is associated with romance, and not
without good reason. It was viewed as an aphrodisiac by the Aztec’s who thought
it invigorated men and made women less inhibited. So when it was first
introduced to Europe, it was only natural that
chocolate quickly became the ideal gift for a woman to receive from an admirer
or a loved one, and of course, vice versa. So we had the marriage of chocolate
and Valentines Day.
But when a chocolate sauce is massaged into your feet or body at a Spa, what is
it doing? Well first, it’s not a melted HERSHEY bar applied to the skin right
from the microwave. This treatment is created for the body from chocolate oils,
cocoa butter, essential oils, moisturizers and other healthy hydrating
ingredients and yes, it smells just like chocolate brownies. (not edible, but
The Chocolate Spa treatment is massaged, pressed, slathered, and pasted on the
feet, legs and/or body of anyone who wants to indulge. Here’s what happens with
a chocolate pedicure: the feet are soaked and rubbed with a scrub that is clear
in color, but smells like a freshly baked chocolate cake. After the scrub is
removed a mixture that looks and smells of Hershey’s finest is painted on the
feet and legs. Hot towels are then wrapped around the feet and legs and after
ten minutes the chocolate is wiped away leaving soft, exfoliated, hydrated
skin. In the next step, the feet are massaged after being covered with oil that
smells of chocolate-covered raspberries. It is warm and hydrating on dry winter
skin, and therapeutic in every sense.
But, the only thing that really matters for chocoholics like me is that the
benefits of spa chocolate services in pedicures, body treatments, and massages
is nothing short of spectacular. Your mind, body, and soul are left feeling
pampered and ooh so special.
So, we think it’s both an aphrodisiac and therapeutic.