When you think of Olympic athletes dedicating their lives to a sport and training their hearts out, what word comes to mind?  "Inspiration"? "Motivation"? "Pride"?  How about, "Pain"?

To stay in top shape and maintain peak performance, athletes wreak immense havoc on their bodies, using and straining muscle groups that the average person will never even know they had.  The benefits of a massage go beyond mere relaxation for the athlete.  A sports massage stimulates fatigued muscles, prevents injuries, relieves swelling, and reduces tension in the soft tissues of the body.

And just as there are so many sporting activities, there are also many different kinds of massage therapies to tailor to each type of athlete.  From the Shiatsu to the Swedish, modern massages blend techniques from all over the world.  But what if the athlete just wants an at-home treatment?

Cue Abrione Positive Vibrations Massage Cream.

Over the past weekend, I have indulged in a nightly rubdown with this cream.  My reasons went beyond product research. I had a throbbing shoulder and aching arms from lugging an overstuffed tote and shopping bags through the city on what was probably the hottest day of the year.  On top of that, my legs and feet had suffered transporting all that weight in the wrong pair of shoes. I owed my body some TLC.

Upon lifting the lid, I detected a familiar spa-like aroma.  After kneading the cream into my shoulders, forearms, thighs, and calves, I felt a sense of soothing calm.  A perfect room temperature, flickering candle, and chanting Enya put the finishing touches on my DIY spa experience.

I lay down and waited for the "positive vibrations" touted on the label to envelop my whole body.  Maybe it was my overactive imagination, but I thought I noticed a faint tingling sensation, which might be the emulsion melting as it reaches body temperature.  I couldn't resist the urge to keep rubbing the cream in, as its thick consistency clings stubbornly to the surface of the skin. Plus, it felt good.

The ingredients are mostly botanical extracts with moisturizing properties.  Aloe vera and cocoa butter contribute to the cream's emollient function and distinctive scent.  A combination of various oils, including coconut oil, meadowfoam seed oil, and eucalyptus oil, improve skin hydration and deliver an antiseptic bonus.  Additionally, glyceryl stearate softens the skin and gives the cream its rich texture, while cetyl alcohol locks in the skin's moisture and lends that velvety feeling.

Manufactured in the US and formulated by Dr. Valery Valenty (an innovative organic chemist), Abrione addresses the effects of aging, stress, and pollution on the skin.  With an esthetician's interests at its core, Abrione combines premium, natural ingredients with the latest advances in cosmetic technology.

Although its massage cream may not send vibrations down your spine, Abrione has packed a high-quality formula into its diminutive 1oz tub.  As long as you don't hollow out half the contents in one scoop, the cream should last for at least 10 uses.  A massage cream doesn't need to be revolutionary to be pleasurable - its power lies in the hands of the kneader.


Aqueous extracts of aloe vera (aloe barbadensis), coconut oil, glyceryl stearate, cetyl alcohol, isononyl isononanoate, tocopheryl acetate, meadowfoam (limnanthes alba) seed oil, caprylic/capric triglyceride, matricaria (chamomilla recutita) extract, PEG-150 pentaerythrityl tetrastearate, hydrogenated soy oil, cocoa butter, ascorbyl palmitate, eucalyptus(eucalyptus radiatia) oil, fragrance, sclerotium gum, sodium acrylates copolymer, PPG-1 trideceth 6, paraffinum liquidum, imidazolidinium urea, phenoxyethanol and hydroxybenzoate esters