It's no wonder then that I read (a few years back) a good activity for new mothers was to massage their baby. The article explained that, in such a circumstance, massage was an intuitive action that needed no training. For mothers, "[a]ffectionate touch and rhythmic movement are among the most powerful forms of communication between [you]... and your babies," according to Parents Magazine. I believe that the same goes for ourselves and our loved ones. Prefiguring one is in good health, a massage can serve as an act of love towards oneself and others. With loved one's, adding essential oils such as lavender and/or peppermint to enhance one's relaxation or energy respectively. For oneself, the shower is a great time to simulate your circulation through massage in the following ways:
Dry Brush: While a dry brush isn't exactly akin to a massage, it does simulate your circulation as you move it's bristles across your body and towards your heart. It can also exfoliate your skin making it easier to massage oneself in the shower.
Shampoo: While shampooing your hair, simply rubbing your fingers in circular motions around your scalp is a great way to stimulate circulation due to the large presence of blood vessels in the area. Since I have dandruff, massaging shampoo into my scalp is a pretty imperative ritual but according to wikihow, massaging the scalp offers the added benefit of, "stimulat[ing] mental function." Again, when essential oils are added to this process via one's shampoo, the experience becomes all the more better and effective.
Body Wash: Recently, I came across a sampling of body washes from Aromatherapy Associates. Labels such as support, de-stress and relax came into view as did the product's hefty price tag. However, as I learn more about the fusion of beauty and health, I find that it's the process, not the product, which carries the farthest reaching results. To this extent, even if one uses Ivory Soap, one can still provide his or herself with a shower massage that is sure to enhance circulation and, according to the Livestrong website, when blood circulation is increased, it, "promotes cell growth and organ function," it also allows your skin to more effectively combat bacteria and your muscles to relax. To give yourself a massage in or out of the shower, you can read up on the process here.
So, with that in mind, you have even more to look forward to regarding your shower. And to enhance the experience, here's some "Buddhist meditation music for positive energy". My friend listens to such chants when she has a cold citing that the vibrations help de-congest her sinuses. I can't help but believe her and if anything, it's certainly relaxing. Enjoy!