Benefits of Massage
Relieves muscle tension, pain, and stiffness: increasing our "Range of Motion" and ability to be active.
Alleviates stress ( a major factor in many medical conditions). Stress directly affects the body’s nervous, cardiac, respiratory, immune and endocrine systems.
Brings oxygen and nutrients to the muscles as well as removing metabolic waste (by stimulating the lymphatic system.)
Decreases levels of cortisol (your body’s main stress hormone) and Increases levels of serotonin and dopamine (our pleasure related brain chemicals/neurotransmitters). These also help regulate mood, sleep, appetite, memory, etc
Improves sleep and sleep rhythm: Serotonin (which is increased in the body during massage) promotes the production of melatonin… our natural sleep aid.
Quiets the mind, getting us in touch with our physical body (Clinical studies have shown basic human touch is essential for well-being).
Regular massage causes muscles to be more elastic and firm, delaying atrophy from inactivity.
Improves blood circulation, and decreases blood pressure.
Brings nutrients to the skin
Breaks up scar tissue and can aid in recovery after injury or overuse.
Decrease edema ( interstitial fluid build up that can result in swelling, pain and loss of motion).
Promotes a greater functioning immune system.
Clinical studies report that people who had regular massage reported less depression, anxiety and fatigue.
Massage can often help us become aware of any emotional tension that we may be carrying in our bodies. It can quiet our minds, so we can feel things we often skip over. Healing proceeds by letting emotions and memories come and go. Massage can help release these build ups and realign the body, mind and heart with its natural flow.
Benefits of essential oils
Essential oils are extremely popular these days. But the truth is, they've been around for thousands of years.
They have been used for:
- treating illnesses, infections and dietary issues
- natural cleaning and purification
- cosmetic remedies
- emotional and spiritual enhancement.
Does aromatherapy really work?
The constituents in these oils stimulate the receptors and systems in our brains associated with memory, state of mind and mood.
What exactly is an essential oil?
They are highly potent and concentrated phytochemicals (biologically active compounds found in plants). They are distilled from flowers, roots, leaves and other plant parts.
How is essential oil used in massage therapy?
It can be used directly on the skin when mixed with your massage cream and can be used in a diffuser during your session. It can also be placed in very small amounts upon wrists and feet (diluted using a carrier oil). Allergens are always taken into consideration.
Benefits of body scrubs and wraps
What is a body scrub?
A body scrub is the one to choose if you want a good all-over exfoliation. It involves being rubbed all over with a gritty lotion designed to get rid of dead skin cells that could otherwise clog up pores and cause spots and excess grease. Body scrubs can be made of sand, salt, sugar, coffee beans and seeds.
Benefits of a body scrub
~ Makes skin look fresh and rejuvenated
~ Makes skin look youthful
What is a body wrap?
A body wrap is a pleasant treatment which involves applying a mask all over the body. You are then wrapped from shoulders to ankles in a warm, insulating Mylar blanket designed to raise the body's temperature. The extra heat is supposed to open up the pores and boost circulation to aid the absorption of the mask's active ingredients into the skin.
Benefits of a body wrap
~ Detoxified skin
~ Time to relax
~ A feeling of revitalization
~ Taut, youthful skin
~ To soothe tired muscles