An essential and integral part of the nuru massage is the use of a mostly odorless and tasteless massage oil, the nuru gel, which is derived from seaweed leaves. The gel is applied to a large area of the body. During the massage participants will try to get the widest possible physical contact, the masseuses often using their entire body on the person to be treated. Strong tactile sensations are triggered that are designed to relieve stress.
The massage is often performed in specially heated rooms such as a steam room, and the gel warmed to an appropriate temperature.
Nuru gel is colorless, odorless, and tasteless. The main component is the sulfated polysaccharide fucoidan, which is obtained from the leaves of the brown seaweed plant (Sphaerotrichia divaricata). Chamomile (Azulene) and other minerals are often added. The gel is similar in composition and application to medical gels such as that used for ultrasound examinations.Starting in 2010, Nuru massage has become popular around the world. Many massage parlors and independent massage providers in Canada and Europe provide a nuru massage service.
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