May the change of seasons bring good health, bounty and continued dedication to your own well-being and self care!
The onset of colder weather usually brings to most of us a shift in lifestyle. Days are shorter and we try to fit more in. Preparing for holidays while meeting end-of-year deadlines can mean longer hours at work, or weekend work. With the arrival of Flu season our immune systems are needing extra support.
While most people are aware that massage relieves sore and tight muscles (and feels great), there are other benefits that make it a great supportive therapy for the Fall and Winter seasons.
Below are some links to interesting clinical studies on the effects of massage. Because clinical research on massage is on the rise, information on the effects and health benefits are more available.
* Massage therapy has been shown to boost immunity.
* Massage reduces anxiety, which many people suffer from.
By adding Massage to your self care routine, you can play an active role in your physical as well as mental health.
Hot Stone Massage : Heated stones are used to warm tight, overactive tissues. The stones can be used as tools to work out knots and trigger points and/or placed on sore muscles for a soothing experience. Follow up with CBD intensive muscle therapy for deeper relief.
Hot Stone Reflexology: Heated stones are applied to the feet in preparation to a reflexology session to relax, soothe and mobilize tissue. Individual heated stones are used to work the reflex points as indicated for each individual client. New to reflexology? Learn more here.
CBD oil, cream and ointment is available for pain relief. CBD comes from the hemp plant and is a non-psychoactive compound. Humans naturally have cannabinoid receptors that bind to CBD making it an effective pain relief tool. These lubricants also contain menthol and camphor which are cooling, making them great for joint pain and inflamed tissue. Visit CBDclinic.co for more information on this brand.
Hot towels are complimentary, just in time for the cool weather. A heated massage table, a warmed, weighted blanket, and hot towels will keep you cozy and relaxed during your session.
Holiday Blend and OnGuard essential oils from DoTerra are back! The combines scents of warming spices such as cinnamon, cardamom and vanilla plus beautiful plants like wild orange and ginger make these individual blends beloved during the holidays. Use throughout the day for your own mood and immune- boost or give as a gift. Roll-ons can be purchased for $25.00, Scents can also be diffused during your session, or added to your oils during massage.
Stay tuned for the next Aromatherapy Workshop date TBD for December 2019.
Gift Certificates are available! Your loved ones deserve it and will be so grateful!
Please call ahead for Gift Certificated and essential oil roll-ons :)
Immediate benefits such as temporary increase in local circulation which leads to oxygenation and nourishment of tight and painful tissues, and decrease in pain are some powerful physical benefits.
The release of endorphins and increase of dopamine and serotonin makes us feel emotionally calm and mentally relaxed. Massage has also been shown to stimulate the production of cells that bolster immunity. This makes it an ideal, natural way to combat stress and support your immune system.
**Please take note that masssage isn't recommended if you are already fighting a flu or cold. Your body needs rest and supportive nutrition to fight viruses such as flu and the common cold. When we are flu-ish it may seem like getting a massage is a good idea because of the achy muscles that accompany it. Getting a massage after you are already infected may make you feel worse and put others at the clinic at risk. This is because your body is trying to manage and contain pathogens. Massage directly engages your lymphatic system, which is the main system for fighting pathogens such as flu virus.
Massage therapy takes it's place among excercise, healthy eating and meditation to maintain physical and mental health and ease the pressures of the daily grind.
There are different approaches to a massage session. These depend on your goals, both long-term and immediate, your lifestyle and your current state of health. I will work with you to determine the best course of your therapy with me.
Volunteering for Samaritans 5K, Artesani Park September 2017