Why add aromatherapy to your massage?

Essential oils are distilled from flowers and herbs. Added to a massage, they can increase the therapeutic benefits you came in for. When you inhale essential oil molecules, messages are transmitted to the limbic system and affect heart rate, stress level, blood pressure, breathing, memory, and the immune system. When added to a massage, they are also absorbed through the skin into the blood stream. Like healing herbs, each essential oil has different properties.

Here are our new offerings for the summer:

Baby Skin – A great combination with an exfoliation or esthetics treatment, geranium, rosewood and other soothing oils maintain skin elasticity, speeds healing after surgery, and moisturizes dry skin.

Tension Release – This blend of oils is excellent for the athlete, anyone with joint/bone pain or in muscle spasm. It has a “green minty” scent. Along with our “Tension Buster Massage”, it can relieve a sinus or tension headache. It is anti-inflammatory and assists in sprains, swelling, muscles and joint discomfort.

Tranquility – Assists in reducing depression, eases anxiety, stress, and tension, balances and stabilizes the emotions, gives patience and calms worries. Grounding and integrates energy allowing us to visualize our goals and dreams. Citrus-y uplifting scent is a blend of orange, lime, ylang ylang, lavender, chamomile, and more.

Theraclear –  This is a blend created specifically to increase the lymph system performance, or as a lymph detox. Designed with Essential Oils that are renowned to have lymph supporting properties, this blend also benefits the skin and overall well-being. Contains grapefruit, cypress, and juniper berry to rejuvenate a sluggish immune system.

Leslie Knee, LMT

Our New Winter Aromatherapy Massage Blend – Frankincense and Myrrh

Treat yourself to our winter aromatherapy blend of Frankincense and Myrrh. Deep, woody and sweet, this blend has the effect of stimulating the spiritual centers of the brain through its fragrance. These oils have been used for centuries to deepen meditation and prayer by quieting the busy mind.  When these essential oils are used in massage, they have a soothing and relaxing effect on sore muscles and can reduce inflammation in painful joints.  We have brightened this traditional blend with Orange Citrus to help lift the heart during the winter blues. Blended with a vegetable oil based lotion rich in essential fatty acids to nourish and replenish dry winter skin, it is a treat for body, mind and spirit.

Integrative Mental Health

Dr. Andrew Weil recently blogged on “The Huffington Post” with suggestions that may help improve treatment effectiveness for depression.  Some highlights:

  • Acupuncture: The World Health Organization has recognized acupuncture as effective in treating mild to moderate depression.
  • Massage: Massage therapy has been shown to relieve depression, especially in people who have chronic fatigue syndrome; other studies also suggest benefit for other populations.

Read his full posting here.

Healthy Alternatives to Headache Pain

Want some natural alternatives to ease your aching head?

The Headache Point
There is a powerful acupuncture point for headaches that is often referred to as “the headache point”. It is located on the padded area of your hand between the thumb and index finger, between the first and second metacarpal bones. Massage this point with your thumb on both hands for approximately 30 seconds.

Peppermint Oil
Peppermint oil has a calming and soothing effect on the body, and is often used to treat headaches. Rub peppermint essential oil across your forehead and temples to relieve a tension headache or inhale a peppermint steam treatment to treat a sinus headache. Adding 10-15 drops of peppermint oil to a warm bath is another great way to relax, help reduce muscle tension and relieve a headache.

Cayenne Pepper
Research suggests that capsaicin can help relieve cluster headaches. In one study, people with cluster headaches rubbed a capsaicin preparation inside and outside their noses on the same side of the head as the headache pain. Within five days, 75 percent reported less pain and fewer headaches.

Feverfew
Feverfew is a medicinal herb that has been used since ancient Greece for swelling and inflammation. Studies have shown that feverfew limits inflammation of blood vessels in the head and can reduce headaches. Feverfew generally takes up to four to six weeks to take effect. Sip tea or take a feverfew supplement daily.

Ginger Tea
Numerous clinical studies have shown that ginger can be used to relieve headaches. Researchers believe it does so by relaxing the blood vessels in the head and diminishing swelling in the brain. It also activates natural opiates in the brain that relieve pain, and it reduces prostaglandins, which are responsible for causing inflammation.