Massage is a great way to rehydrate our skin and also reminds us to start taking care of ourselves again.

We usually think of dehydration in Summer but in actuality Winter can cause dehydration much easier due to the dry air sucking moisture out of our bodies all day. This dehydration can cause an imbalance in the skin and it's pH levels, creating an imbalance between acidity and alkalinity. This means our skin is at risk and our protective shield needs help. Massage is a great way to rehydrate our skin and also reminds us to start taking care of ourselves again.

At my studio I use 100% organic oils by Lotus Touch.  In both my Hot Stone and Aromatherapy massages I first use the dry brushing technique to exfoliate the skin to create rapid skin growth (detoxification) and to prepare the skin to more easily accept the nourishing oils. Here is a break down of my oil and the benefits of Lotus Touch ingredients. 

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Massage, not just a luxury anymore. Benefits:

Massage Benefits: 

  • Alleviate low-back pain and improve range of motion.
  • Assist with shorter, easier labor for expectant mothers and shorten maternity hospital stays.
  • Ease medication dependence.
  • Enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow—the body's natural defense system.
  • Exercise and stretch weak, tight, or atrophied muscles.
  • Help athletes of any level prepare for, and recover from, strenuous workouts.
  • Improve the condition of the body's largest organ—the skin.
  • Increase joint flexibility.
  • Decrease depression and anxiety.
  • Promote tissue regeneration, reducing scar tissue and stretch marks.
  • Increse oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, improving circulation.
  • Reduce postsurgery adhesions and swelling.
  • Reduce spasms and cramping.
  • Relax and soften injured, tired, and overused muscles.
  • Release endorphins— the body's natural painkiller.
  • Relieve migraine pain.

 

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Do It Yourself Trigger Point Therapy:

 

Tired of the positive benefits of your massage not lasting more than a day or two? Are you sick of chronic pain? There is an easy technique you can use at home to give you quick relief! Put a tennis ball in a long sock (sock is used to maneuver), lay flat on your back and put the ball under your problem areas and the areas you learned from your massage therapist. Apply pressure until the point releases or gets to a lesser degree of pain. take the ball out and repeat as much as your patience allows. The more you work with this technique, the more you won't have to do it.

For those hard to reach areas purchase a theracane http://www.theracane.com/  or call your massage therapist for an appointment.