Here’s a new twist on the old fashioned Honey Massage. This one actually uses old-fashioned honey. The sticky massage seems to be increasingly popular in Europe, judging by the YouTube videos from Romania, Czech Republic, and especially videos such as this news clip (Was ist eine Honigmassage?) from Germany. In fact, the German Honey Massage videos outnumbered all the others when I did a search.
So what’s the point of a honey massage? According to numerous websites, honey is the only really natural massage ointment available. That is likely true. This series of ‘how-to’ videos will teach you how to do the massage and will tell you the purported health benefits: “It nourishes the skin, stimulates and moves lymph, frees up the fascia, and creates a space for stagnant fluid.” And many more things. I am always leery of multiple and diverse health claims, and I don’t understand what this instructor means by “moving lymph,” “freeing fascia,” and especially “creating spaces for stagnant fluids” – though I’m not really keen on hearing a definition for the last one. However, the video will teach you how to prepare and perform the honey massage.
We are always happy to see new uses for old honey. And I suspect it really does work magic on sore tired muscles. Certainly it helps beekeepers sell more honey. So, of course the honey massage is a great idea!