Skin Care for Men (and Women)

I wonder what percentage of guys are conscious of what they do to their skin on a daily basis.  If you shave regularly you are actually exfoliating. If you have a beard you are protecting the skin underneath from UV rays and feeding that beard with all natural beard product?

Remember around your eyes and your forehead could use a few seconds of care every day. Every time you walk into work, a job interview, first date, or social gathering you’ll want to put your best face forward.

The appearance of your skin says a lot about what is going on with you physically and emotionally. Monitoring the balance of your skin may guide you to healthier choices, such as getting more sleep, exercise, changing diet or decreasing (possibly increasing) your alcohol intake.

6 Rules for your skin, to age with dignity

Rule #1 – Always use 100% natural products. Your body systems are already familiar with the organic molecules in plant-based products and know how to utilize them for maximum results.

Rule #2 – Stop washing your face with synthetic soap and cleansers! Use warm water, never hot and a true real soap or plant-based cleanser. 90% of “soaps” and “cleansers” are really detergents, with the same type of ingredients that are found in dish, laundry, and other household cleaning products. Always wash your face twice, the first removes the dirt and oils, as well as environmental contaminants. The second washing calends the skin itself and helps remove dead skin.

Rule #3 – Exfoliate 2 – 3 times a week. You want an all-natural and gentle exfoliating product. Things like oatmeal, sandalwood powder or Neem leaf powder work very well and have their own skin benefits. Do not use presser when exfoliating, let the product do the work and use light circular motions. A word of warning, never use an exfoliant that has baking soda in it!!! Baking Soda is very VERY alkaline and will throw off the Ph of the skin. The skin should always be on the acidic side.

Rule #4 – Hydrate. After you’ve cleared all the gunk off and opened your pores with warm water, use an oil or cream. If you shave this can double as an aftershave. This takes about ten seconds to apply. Keeping the skin hydrated is one of the most important things you can do to keep healthy skin. Do not be afraid of natural oils, jojoba, rosehip, argan, baobab, evening primrose, kiwi seed, and borage seed are just some of the oils that have amazing skin healing properties.

Rule #5 – Remember to drink LOTS of water.

Rule #6 – Use a Toner! A toner is like a primer for the rest of your skin-care routine like serums and moisturizer. Think of toner as prep for your pores, It brings your skin back to its natural acidic state, sweeping impurities away and helping your skin absorb your skincare products.

AromaTherapeutics LLC carries a full line of all natural skin care product. Formulated with the help of a holistic esthetician. They contain ingredients known for their skin healing and health-promoting properties.

You can find them every Wednesday at the East Point Farmers Market in East Point Ga, every other Saturday at the West End Farmers Market. You can also set a time to pick them up at our home office or order them online at https://squareup.com/market/aromatherapeutics under ReNew Skincare. Both the ReNew and the ReNew Problem skin line is made for men and woman

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Cold and Flu. The things to can take to help keep them at bay and get over it faster.

It’s very important to know the difference between the flu and a cold.  While a cold can make you feel bad for a few days, the flu can make you feel quite ill for weeks. The flu can also result in serious health problems such as pneumonia and hospitalizations.

Colds usually begin with a sore throat, which usually goes away after a day or two, runny nose, and congestion follows, along with a cough by the fourth and fifth days. Fever is uncommon in adults, but a slight fever is possible. Children are more likely to have a fever with a cold. With colds, the nose teems with watery nasal secretions for the first few days. Later, these become thicker and darker. Dark mucus is natural and does not usually mean you have developed a bacterial infection, such as a sinus infection. Colds last about a week to 10 days and most times only affect the upper respiratory system.

The Flu is more severe than cold symptoms and comes on very quickly (overnight). Symptoms include a sore throat, fever, headache, muscle aches and soreness, congestion, and cough. Swine flu, in particular, is also associated with vomiting and diarrhea. Flu symptoms gradually improve in about five days, but it’s not uncommon to feel run down for 2 or 3 weeks. A common complication of the flu is pneumonia, particularly in the young, elderly, or people with lung or heart problems. If you notice shortness of breath, let your doctor know. Another common sign of pneumonia is fever that comes back after having been gone for a day or two.  The Flu virus infects the entire respiratory system and can disrupt other systems of the body as well.

Both Cold and Flu viruses enter your body through the mucous membranes of the nose, eyes, or mouth. Every time you touch your hand to one of these areas, you could be infecting yourself with a virus, which makes it very important to keep hands germ-free with frequent washing to prevent both flu and colds.

Now to the very bad news. You can get a cold any time of year where the standard flu season runs from fall to spring of the next year. There are thousands of different types of cold and flu viruses and they mutated all the time, the Flu most of all. Which is why there is a new Flu vaccine every year, but even then, by the time we know the type of flu virus is the “dominant” one for that year it can mutate to something new making the vaccine less effective (but still a little helpful). This is what has happened this year. What was the “dominant” type when the season started has mutated to the point that the CDC is now telling us the vaccine has gone from 80% effective to 10%.  Now most Flu or influenza viruses have a very short life outside of a host, But this new mutation has changed that some. A news report this morning stated that they, the CDC, has found that this Flu virus can be spread within 6 feet of the infected person up to 30 min after a sneeze or a cough.

So, without an effective vaccine and with Georga being one of 16 states that are seeing extremely high reports of Flu what are we to do??? Support our immune system, strengthing it and have the tools on hand to help our bodies fight the virus more effectively. Mother Nature offers some things that can help. Below is a list of products that are thought to help and have been used traditionally to support the bodies fight against the virus.

Wash your hands! Using water as hot as you can take and a good soap. Our GermFight Hand soap is made with powerful essential oils thought to be strong antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal        https://squareup.com/market/aromatherapeutics/item/foaming-hand-soap-1

Fire Cider is a blend of powerful herbs in Organic Apple Cider Vinegar that has been used traditionally to support the immune system and works as a “tonic”. Traditionally it is thought that if one takes some of this every day it will help to keep the body and the immune system strong. https://squareup.com/market/aromatherapeutics/item/fire-cider

Immune UP Bath/Body Oil is a blend of essential oils thought to help support the immune system.  https://squareup.com/market/aromatherapeutics/item/immune-up-oz

Immune UP Inhaler is modeled after the old “Vicks type” inhalers. Formulated with essential oils thought to help strengthen and stimulate the immune. There are an adult and kid-friendly versions.  system. https://squareup.com/market/aromatherapeutics/item/immune-up-inhaler

Red Reishi has been used in Traditional Chines Medicine for thousands of years. Thought to strengthen and support the “CHI” the vital energy of the body. https://squareup.com/market/aromatherapeutics/item/red-reishi

Elder Berry and Elder Flower have been used throwout Europe and the US to help fight the cold and flu virus. Studies in Isaral showed that people that used a extrat of the berries recovered in 2 days. https://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/news/20031222/elderberry-fights-flu-symptoms#1  https://squareup.com/market/aromatherapeutics/item/elder-flowertincture  https://squareup.com/market/aromatherapeutics/item/organic-elderberry

Garlic has a well-documented history of proven health benefits in supporting the immune system. Eat as much as you can at every meal and use as a supplement. https://squareup.com/market/aromatherapeutics/item/garlicextract  https://squareup.com/market/aromatherapeutics/item/garlic-oil

Honeysuckle is another herb used in Traditional Chines Medicine for the immune system.  Thought to have antibacterial and antiviral properties.

Echinacea has been used by Native Americans for thousands of years. In Germany, the Commission E, their version of the FDA has found that it helps stimulate the immune system and might increase the action of white blood cells. It has been a staple in the western herbal arsenal for over 200 years.  https://squareup.com/market/aromatherapeutics/item/organic-echinacea-whole-plant-tincture-oz-1

Aroma C is an all-natural vitamin C 500mg that herbal extracts and essential oils have been added to that are thought to help support the immune system. Vitamin C is extremely important when fighting immune stressors.   https://squareup.com/market/aromatherapeutics/item/aroma-c

All of these and more are available at AromaTherapeutics and at the Farmers Markets we are at. Don’t forget to see your doctor if you think you have a cold or flu as well.

None of this is intended to take the place of professional Medical care or to cure or diagnose an illness and is for your education only.

 

 

 

 

ReNew Your Skin as You Sleep!!!

The Renew line of skin care is the Flag Ship of my whole Aromatherapy line. With the help of a good friend and holistic esthetician, we destined products to help all skin types. The focus of the line is to help bring “balance” to your skin, helping to bring out the natural beauty of your skin. The gold star of this line is the ReNew Night Serum. this is a mix of exotic and nutritional oil as well as essential oils all known to benefit the skin and its health. Lets look at some of the ingredients and what they can do for you.

Jojoba Oil: helps improves the flow of nutrients into the skin, It is non-comedogenic (will not clog pores), leaves  skin feeling soft, smooth, and conditioned.

Org. Comfrey Oil: Many of the beneficial properties of comfrey are attributed to its high content of allantoin, a substance that promotes new skin cell growth, along with other substances that reduce inflammation and maintain healthy skin.

Org. Hemp Oil:  helps to reduce the size of pores, blackheads, acne, protects the skin from free radicals, maintains epidermal lipids the skin’s water barrier, elasticity and softness. In addition, it has anti-inflammatory benefits, reduces redness.

Org. Argon Oil: anti-inflammatory, promotes tissue repair, promotes moisture retention, though to reduce wrinkles

Org Avocado Oil: high in a substance called sterolin, which studies have shown to facilitate the softening of the skin and to reduce the incidence of age spots, rich in antioxidants, making it useful for healing sun-damaged skin, High in vitamins A, D and E, particularly good for dry or aged skin.

Org.Pomegranate Seed Oil: highly prized oil, which is naturally high in flavonoids and punicic acid, is remarkable for the skin,  High in the rare pucinic acid, which help heal inflammation and reduce swelling. It has been found to nourish and moisturize the skin, improving elasticity, reducing wrinkles and preventing aging. It has also been shown to help sunburned and ultraviolet damaged skin.

Org. Sea Buckthorn Berry: Contains: 30% palmitoleic acid, carotinoids (including a high level of beta-carotine), tocopherols, alcohols, (vitamins A, C and E). 1900 IU of Provintamine A per gram of extract, Sea Buckthorn  promotes cell tissue building thus aiding in the healing of wounds, and restoring skin tissue

There are one or two other oil blended in as well.

Then we have a blend of essential oils, all organic or wild harvested.

Lavender & Blue Chamomile: anti-inflammatory

Rose Geranium, Sandalwood, Frankincense: help protect and balance the skin.

Carrot Root, Carrot Seed and Helichrysum: for skin care they are unequaled. Adding tone and elasticity to the skin. There are those who swear it reduces or prevents wrinkles;they are known for its regenerative powers

Rose: helps balance the skin

Amaranth Seed CO2: Rich in polyunsaturated fats, it is an excellent preventative for sagging, aging and mature skin, as well as dry, irritated, itchy skin caused by harsh winter weather.

OK, I know it looks like there is a LOT of ingredients, but unlike what you can get in the high end stores, every ingredient in has a purpose so there is no fillers or bulking  agents.  And unlike those high end, $40, $50 even $100 that can be up to 50% fillers there is enough of each of each to be functional and do what they should.

How to use:  After cleaning the face and neck, apply a small amount to cover the skin, including around the eyes and lids. Wait 15 minutes and wipe off excess. If all the serum has been absorbed, repeat. You want the skin to take up as much as it can. Do this every night for a 5 nights then twice a week after that.

1 oz for $20.59

Healthy Teeth, Naturally!

What’s in your toothpaste?  Sorbitol? Ok that’s a synthetic sweetener, PVM/MA copolymer? what the hell is that?, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate? Something that makes it foam up and is thought to be carcinogenic.  The list can and does go on and on. Lots of ingredients that we don’t know what they are, what they do and even if they are safe!

If you know me, you know I want to know the WHY of the ingredient. So I went looking at the natural and DIY toothpaste that are out there, looking at all the ingredients and why people and companies use what they used. If they did not do something or were just “fillers” I removed them from my list.  So, after some experimenting I came up with a good blend of ingredients, all with a purpose and all of them either organic or natural.  (Some of the mineral powders are right from the ground and are not classified as “organic”.)

So let’s look at the major ingredients and what they do:

Bentonite Clay: extremely high in minerals, thought to help remineralize the teeth and acts as a mild cleaning agent.

Aluminum Free Baking Soda: an alkalizing agent, helps neutralize acids, mild cleaning agent.

Xylitol: a type of sugar acid frond in Birch and other trees. Has been found to help remove and kill bacteria in the mouth that are thought to contribute to tooth decay.  Used to help sweeten the product.

Ionic Minerals:  “Ionic” minerals are thought to be “body ready” AKA that your body and liver do not need to work on them so you can use them. Thought to help remineralize the teeth.

Vitamin C w/ bioflavonoids: thought to help strengthen the gums and improve gum health.

Organic Thyme Essential oil and Colloidal Silver: Thought to have strong antibacterial properties.

Organic Peppermint essential oil and Chlorophyll:  breath fresheners.

Himalayan Pink Salt: acts as a natural preservative, can be antibacterial, is a astringent that can help tighten the gums. High in minerals.

Other ingredients include purified water, glycerin and grapefruit seed extract.

To use just apply enough to cover a wet toothbrush.  Brush the teeth for at least two minutes then rinse or you can just spit out and let the minerals keep doing their job.

This product is fluoride free and kid safe!

Comes in a 2oz bottle for $4.50. If you brush at least 2 times a day this should last you over a month, maybe two!.

Massage Modalities

An expiration of some types of Massage and Modalities. This is to help you understand each and what each can do for you.

Swedish Massage: this is the only type of “massage” there is, everything else is built upon the Swedish style. The presser can be very light to extremely deep. The term “Swedish Massage” refers to a variety of techniques specifically designed to relax muscles by applying pressure to them against deeper muscles and bones, and rubbing in the same direction as the flow of blood returning to the heart. This form of massage was created at the turn of the 19th century by Henry Peter Ling in Sweden. It involves the use of Effleurage, Petrissage, Friction, Vibration, Percussion, and finally passive and active movements (bending and stretching) and may provide relief from stiffness, numbness, pain, constipation, and other health problems. The main purpose of Swedish massage is to increase blood flow and relax muscles. Other possible benefits include increase in muscle tone, and a balance of the musculo-skeletal systems. Swedish massage shortens recovery time from muscular strain by flushing the tissues of uric acid, and other metabolic wastes. It increases circulation without increasing heart load. This type of massage can be 30 minutes to 2 hours long.

Deep Tissue: deep tissue work is the specific manipulation of the deeper tissue structures of the muscle and fascia, also called connective tissue. Deep tissue manipulation therapy uses many of the same movements and techniques as Swedish massage as well as cross fiber, pin and stretch, active and passive movements with others, and the depth is more intense. It is also a more focused and slow as deep tissue works to release chronic muscle tension or knots (also known as “adhesions.”) Although it is more uncomfortable then Swedish massage, it shouldn’t hurt. The presser used should not exceed a 4 to 6 (the client’s tolerance) and is only performed on one or two parts of the body. The term “deep tissue” is often misused to identify a massage that is performed with sustained deep pressure. Deep tissue massage is a separate category of massage therapy, used to treat particular muscular-skeletal disorders and complaints and employs a dedicated set of techniques and strokes to achieve a measure of relief.
It should not be confused with “deep pressure” massage, which is one that is performed with sustained strong, occasionally intense pressure throughout an entire full-body session, and that is not performed to address a specific complaint. Deep tissue massage is applied to both the superficial and deep layers of muscles, fascia, and other structures. The sessions are often quite intense as a result of the deliberate, focused work. When a client asks for a massage and uses the term “deep tissue”, more often than not he or she is seeking to receive a full-body session with sustained deep pressure throughout. If a practitioner employs deep tissue techniques on the entire body in one session, it would be next to impossible to perform; and will lead to injury or localized muscle and nerve trauma, thereby rendering the session counterproductive. This type of work is done, in no more then 1/4th of a massage session.

Aromatherapy Massage: is a wonderful stress relief massage. It’s a common way to administer healing therapeutic essential oils. This type of massage therapy relies on smooth, fluid effleurage strokes. Aromatherapy is used to treat the following conditions: digestive problems, headaches, fatigue, congestion, stress, anxiety, menstrual problems, and hormone imbalances sleeping disorders, chronic pain, skin conditions, and slow metabolism. When you get aromatherapy massage the therapist will talk to you about your conditions first. Then the therapist will mix up a special blend of essential oils with massage oil for your massage. The massage is like a standard Swedish massage. At the end of the session the therapist usually gives you the unused massage oil to use at home. This type of massage can be 30 minutes to 2 hours long.

Chair/On-Site Massage: is a relaxing type of massage that re-energizes tired muscles and eases aches and pains. When you get an on-site massage in a massage chair you stay fully clothed. The therapist uses no oils or lotions. Most massages last about 15 minutes and use a combination of shiatsu and Swedish style massage techniques. The thing that makes it most convenient is that the therapist can do quick massages at offices, stores, festivals or any place you can imagine. It is especially popular in offices because you can take a 15 minute break from work and get a massage that will help you feel renewed and re-energized enabling you to work more efficiently. This type of massage has the same benefits that most other massage therapies do including increases circulation and the flow of lymph but it’s associated with these specific benefits: tense muscles, back pain, shoulder pain, neck pain, tension headaches stress, fatigue It can be a good introduction to massage for people who want to try a massage, but aren’t sure about getting undressed and lying down on a massage table. This type of massage can be10 to 30 minutes long.

Cranio Sacral Therapy: (CST), is one of the gentlest forms of bodywork. This holistic therapy is so gentle that it can be used to treat newborn infants. It is also an ideal alternative medicine treatment for the elderly. The brain and spinal cord are bathed in a fluid called cerebrospinal fluid. The fluid and the dura mater that contain it form the Craniosacral system. This system has its own rhythm that is a result of the fluid being pumped around the spinal cord and brain. The Craniosacral rhythm is different from your heartbeat or breathing. The therapist is able to feel the rhythm of your craniosacral system by placing her hands lightly on various areas of your body. The feet and ankles, thighs, hips, ribcage, shoulders, and head are all the key areas were your therapist will feel your rhythm. By checking these various points your therapist can determine where your rhythm is irregular or weak. The therapist then uses a light touch, no greater than the weight of a nickel, to release restrictions in the fascia around the craniosacral system. Craniosacral therapy is not just used to treat neurological disorders. It can be used to treat: fibromyalgia, headaches, chronic pain, stress, temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ), central nervous system disorders, and chronic fatigue During a Craniosacral therapy session you are fully clothed. You lie on your back and don’t really have to do anything but relax. During the session you’ll feel extremely relaxed. After the session you’ll continue to feel relaxed. This type of massage can be 30 minutes to 2 hours long.

Geriatric Massage: sometimes referred to as elderly massage, is tailored to meet the needs of the elderly population. This form of massage therapy can be used in an elderly care programs to decrease symptoms of some diseases commonly found in that population. Let’s look at the benefits of massage therapy on the elderly population. Elderly massage uses the same basic strokes used in Swedish massage therapy as its foundation. While there are many healthy seniors, many also suffer from a variety of conditions associated with aging. Geriatric massage can be used to lessen the effects of these conditions increasing the quality of life. The benefits of massage therapy include, increasing the circulation of blood and lymphatic fluid, relieving stress, improved sleep quality, lowering blood pressure, and calming anxiety. Massage therapy can also help treat conditions associated with aging, such as: arthritis bursitis, headaches, sleep disorders, Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease Seniors who live in nursing or retirement homes tend to be touch deprived. Massage can help counter the effects of touch deprivation. Seniors who live in institutions also tend to be physically and verbally agitated because they can no longer care for themselves. When institutionalized seniors are given hand massages they show fewer signs of agitation. Back massages increases the calming affects even more. Geriatric massages last no longer than 30 minutes and use slow gentle strokes. Therapists trained in this form of massage know how to tailor a massage for the special needs of elderly clients.

Hot Stone Massage: heated basalt lava massage stones with traditional Swedish massage techniques to relieve muscular tension and melt away stress. It is a popular spa therapy. The stones are sanitized and heated in 120 and 130 degree water before the massage. The therapist places them on areas of your body to open up meridians, loosen muscles and increase circulation. They are usually left on you for about 20 minutes before the massage starts. Loosening the muscles with heat first makes it easier for the therapist to work deep muscle tissue. The therapist then uses the stones to massage you. The stones are never rough and with a bit of oil glide nicely across the skin. Sometimes cool stones are used to treat muscle injuries. This form of massage helps sedate the nervous system, detoxify the body, increases lymph flow, and causes you to relax more deeply. It can be used to treat a variety of conditions: arthritis fibromyalgia, depression, muscle aches, insomnia, back pain, anxiety, stress, circulation problems This type of massage shouldn’t be done on women who are less than 3 months pregnant, people with varicose veins, high blood pressure, ulcers or any kind of skin disease. This type of massage can be 1 to 2 hours long.

Manual Lymphatic Drainage: more commonly called MLD, is a gentle lymphatic massage technique used to clear up blockages in the lymphatic system allowing lymph to flow more freely. The lymphatic system is a series of ducts, nodes and organs that balances the body’s fluid levels. It also supplies the body with important immune cells. When this system becomes blocked, swelling the blocked area occurs. This swelling is called lymphedema. The therapy is used to treat pre and post-operative problems. It can be used to treat a variety of conditions. Lymphedema, burns, fluid retention, lymph node removal, allergies, chronic fatigue syndrome, chronic mastitis, headaches, scar tissue, chronic sinusitis During a Manual Lymphatic Drainage session the therapist massages the skin directly with no massage lotion or oil. Very light strokes are used to stretch the walls of the lymphatic ducts. You shouldn’t get this type of massage if you have cellulitis or fever. If you get this type of massage you may experience an increased need to urinate after the massage that could continue for the rest of the day. This happens because fluid has been pushed to your kidneys during the massage and your kidneys turn that fluid into urine. This type of massage can be 30 minutes to 11/2 hours long. (There are two “types” of MLD chronic and acute. Chronic is for long term lymphedema and acute is more for after surgery, the therapist should have at least 30hr of training before doing acute MLD).

Myofascial Release Technique (MFR): is one of the gentle types of massage therapy that can provide you with great health benefits. MFR can be integrated with other types of massage or can provide a complete treatment on its own. Myofascial release technique loosens bound areas of fascia by gently stretching them. The therapist does this by applying pressure and traction to the skin. When the releases are performed on you, you’ll usually feel a stretching sensation on your skin like a gentle tug. Sometimes the area will itch. Sometimes it will tingle or even feel like a burn. These sensations all let you know that more blood is getting to the area. MFR can be used to treat these conditions: chronic pain, back pain, neck pain, whiplash fibromyalgia, carpal tunnel syndrome, vertigo, headaches, TMJ disorders, plantar fasciitis and thoracic outlet syndrome. When you get MFR you’ll lay on a massage table partially clothed. No oil or lotion is used during this type of massage because the therapist needs to be able to get traction on your skin. You’ll be asked to move around for this therapy. You’ll sometimes be asked to sit on the table or stand. This type of massage can be 1to 11/2 hours long.

Neuromuscular Therapy: the utilization of static pressure on specific myofascial points to relieve pain. This technique manipulates the soft tissue of the body (muscles, tendons and connective tissue) to balance the central nervous system. NMT is based on neurological laws that explain how the central nervous system maintains homeostatic balance. These same laws dictate how the central nervous system initiates pain response. There are five principles to Neuromuscular Therapy: 1. Postural Distortion 2. Biomechanical Dysfunctions 3. Trigger Points 4. Nerve Compression Entrapment 5. Ischemia
Ischemia is a lack of blood supply to the soft tissues, which causes them to be very sensitive touch. Trigger Points occur when nerves fire impulses at a rapid speed into an area of the body other than that which has been traumatized. Because of trigger points, the cause of serious pain may often be far from the actual site of the pain. This, in turn, inhibits proper blood flow, which causes ischemia an often leads to more pain and discomfort.
Nerve Compression and Entrapment is pressure on a nerve by bone, cartilage or soft tissue. The role of the soft tissues in nerve compression is vital. Failure to treat the associated soft tissue often treats the symptom without eliminating the cause of the pain. Nerve entrapment is the most common type of pain and always causes ischemia. Ignored, it can produce associated trigger points.
Postural Distortion or muscular contraction occurs when there is an imbalance of the musculoskeletal system resulting from movement of the body off the coronal, midsagital or horizontal planes. When the body tries to compensate in an effort maintain structural balance, muscle contraction, body distortion, and pain result. For example, lower limb-length inequality can cause a tilted pelvis, which usually results in a compensatory scoliosis that is maintained by sustained muscular effort.
Biomechanical Dysfunction is an imbalance of the musculoskeletal system resulting in faulty movement patterns. Repetitive strain of certain soft tissue result in adapted movement patterns that become muscular “habits” and must be reeducated. After treatment you may feel some soreness. This soreness should go away within 24 hours. You may not notice much of a difference in the looseness of your muscles until as long as 14 days after treatment. This type of work can be performed as part of a 30 minutes to 2 hours long massage and should be less than 1/5th of a massage. there are multiple levels of training for NMT, for as little as 12hr to over 1000hrs.

Orthopedic Massage: one of the types of massage used for therapeutic purposes. It is sometimes confused with medical massage, but an orthopedic therapist usually has more training than a medical therapist. Therapists trained in this type of massage will work in a clinical setting usually in a doctor’s or physical therapists office. They treat acute and chronic pain conditions. When partnered with other therapies this type of massage speeds healing time. You must get your doctor’s approval before getting any type of massage after surgery. The therapy is used to treat specific musculoskeletal problems. The therapist will take time to assess the situation first by consulting records if they are seeing the client in a medical office where you’ve been seen before or having your fill out a detailed intake fore. The therapist will next assess your injury by moving you through ranges of motion (10 to 15min). The work the therapist does on you on the table will be quite specific to address your pain. Orthopedic massage doesn’t involve the frills and pampering that can be found in other types of massage therapy. It tends to be rather straight forward and direct in its approach and is no more than 15 to 20 minutes long or as a small part of a 1 to 11/2 hours massage. This makes it ideal for a clinical setting. The following conditions are just a few that respond well to this type of therapeutic massage. tendinitis, frozen shoulder, stiff neck, carpal tunnel syndrome, iliopsoas tendinitis, plantar faciitis.

Pregnancy Massage: also called prenatal massage, is a good way to relieve some of the aches and pains experienced during pregnancy. Pregnancy is hard on a woman’s body. The added weight and relaxing of the ligaments that occur during pregnancy is stressful on the joints, especially the pelvis. Carrying the baby causes the pelvis to tilt. This puts pressure on the lower back. There is also a lot of stress put on the neck, shoulders and upper back. Getting massaged during pregnancy can: decrease symptoms of depression, reduce anxiety relieve muscle aches, lessen joint pains, regulate hormones, reduce swelling, improve labor outcomes, and improve newborn health. Pregnancy massage can also relieve nerve pain. Sciatica and carpal tunnel syndrome sometimes occur during pregnancy. When you see a massage therapist make sure you see someone who is certified in prenatal massage. That means that the therapist will have taken special classes about massaging pregnant women. This is necessary because there are areas of the body that should be avoided during a prenatal massage. Pillows and cushions are used during the massage to make you comfortable on the massage table. The safest position for you to be worked on is lying on your side. If you have any of the following conditions you shouldn’t receive prenatal massage: high risk pregnancy, pregnancy induced high blood pressure, severe swelling, severe and sudden headaches, and preeclampsia Deep tissue massage is not appropriate to use on pregnant women. Massage should usually be avoided during the first trimester of pregnancy without a doctor’s ok. Pregnancy massage should be no more than 1 to 11/2 hours.

Reiki: a gentle form of energy work that was developed in Japan by Mikao Usui in 1922. Usui fasted and meditated on a mountain top for three weeks. During that time he discovered a way to heal by channeling energy from the universe. The word reiki is actually the combination of two Japanese words. Rei means higher power and ki means life energy. Practitioners of reiki believe that low life force energy causes sickness. The practitioner works to balance your levels of energy. This can be done without depleting the practitioner’s own energy. Instead of sending their own energy into a client, the practitioner is channeling energy from the universe. Reiki can be used to treat all kinds of physical and emotional problems. It’s safe and easy to learn.. During a reiki session, you lie on a mat or massage table fully clothed. The practitioner lays his hands on various areas of your body to balance your energy. Some schools of reiki teach that there are specific areas the practitioner must lay hands on and others teach that the practitioner will intuitively know where to place his hands. Because this is a form of energy work, much like therapeutic touch, the practitioner doesn’t even have to touch you to work on you. The therapist can just hold his hands above your body. Sometimes distance sessions are given. During a distance session you are asked to make a comfortable relaxing environment in your home and the therapist will send you energy from another location at an appointed time. Some people say that they can feel the movement of the energy during a session. Others say that they feel very comfortable and at ease during a session. Everyone is different. The only way to know how you’ll feel is to try it and see. There are 3 levels of training in Reiki, Level 1 is for working on the physical body, level 2 is for mental and emotional levels and distant healing and level 3 is the master/teacher. This type of work can be 30 minutes to 1 hour long.

Reflexology: also known as zone therapy, has a long history. Foot therapy has been practiced by the Chinese since 4,000 BC. Barefoot massage was practiced by ancient Egyptians. Most people think of the feet when they think of this therapy, but it can also be done on the hands and ears. Reflexologist believe that all areas of the body have corresponding regions on the hands, feet and ears. By treating these areas, they treat the dysfunction in the corresponding region of the body. The treatment lasted 45 to 50 minutes and was relaxing and enjoyable. You stay completely clothed during a session. You only need to remove your shoes and socks, so make sure your feet are clean before getting this therapy. A Foot Reflexology session should be no longer than 1 hour, if hands are added it can be 11/2 hours.

Relaxation Massage: a wonderful stress relief massage that calms nerves and increases endorphins. This massage is a form of Swedish massage therapy that is practiced in many spas. This type of massage isn’t deep like a deep tissue or neuromuscular therapy. The aim isn’t to treat dysfunction in your body or muscle pain. The aim is to soothe the nerves and calm the mind. The therapist massages your entire body without focusing on one specific spot. Based on Swedish massage techniques, the therapist uses long, gliding strokes. The pressure is light to moderate. There is no deep pressure used in relaxation massage. The aim of this type of massage is to activate the parasympathetic nervous system, which slows the heart rate. If you want a deep massage, you should opt for a therapeutic massage. The therapist uses plenty of massage oil to provide a lot of glide. Essential oils can be used to promote relaxation. Essential oils help calm the mind and engage the sense of smell in the relaxation process. We all experience stress in our busy lives. Getting a soothing massage can help melt that stress away and leave you feeling great. This type of massage can be 30 minutes to 2 hours long.

Sports Therapy: ideal when you have a specific injury you’d like to address. It’s based on a combination of massage strokes, shiatsu, and trigger point therapy. It is intended to help reduce the stress intense workouts put on the muscles it is also used to treat injuries once they occur. Sports massage was originally intended to help athletes perform at their best at events. Athletes push their muscles to the max and need to do extra care to avoid and recover from injury. There are several aspects that address all the needs that athletes have.
Pre-event Massage: This massage is usually a short vigorous massage lasting about 20 minutes. The muscles that will be used in the sporting event are usually the only ones massaged.
Inter-competition massage: This massage is given during training periods. It helps prevent injury during training, allowing the athlete to train harder in each session. Post-event Massage: This massage is given right after the event. It’s used to help regulate and normalize the tissue after exertion.
Recovery Massage: This massage is given up to 24hrs after a workout or competition with the intent of reducing soreness, restore blood flow increase ROM etc.
Maintenance Massage: administered in the off season or when an not training heavily. The intent is to address any chronic injuries, stress patterns, flexibility, and neurological pathways.
Injury Management: for treating acute and chronic stages of injury. To decrease swelling, reduce spasms, restore flexibility etc.
Sports Therapy has many and varied benefits depending on what type of Sports therapy is used. Some lower heart rate and blood pressure, others increases it, some increases circulation of blood and lymph others lower it. It improves flexibility and reduces muscle pain and tension. Whether you work on a construction site or in an office, if you have muscle soreness sports massage therapy can help you. This type of massage can be 30 minutes to 11/2 hours long. This important thing is to know which type to use when, so proper training is very important.

Massage Times: 30 min massage: this time is best to focus just on one or two problem spots
60 min (1hour): this is your general massage, were a little of everything is worked on.
90min (11/2hrs): this is the best overall time; you can get a general full body massage and have time to work on a problem.
120min (2 hours): this would be the time for a deep relaxing massage. This type is a little to long for a “therapeutic” massage as the body can easily be overworked. The first or last 30 to 45 min can be deeper focus therapeutic work.

ReNew Pomegranate Lip Balm

The newest addition to my ReNew line of skincare iReNew Lip Balms my ReNew Pomegranate Organic Lip Balm.  Made with 100% organic ingredients this healing and protective balm is a year around must. Here in a list of the ingredients I use and way:

Pomegranate Seed oil is a therapeutic ingredient in lots of high end / high priced skin care. I use a CO2 extract of organic Pomegranate Seeds. The CO2 extracting presses gives use a light oil with all the healing properties of the whole seed.  Extremely high in antioxidants and lipids (good fatty acids) including the rare “pucinic acid. Pomegranate seed is known to nourish and moisturize the skin, helps to improve elasticity and preventing aging. It is also known to help with sun and ultraviolet damage.

Organic Avocado Oil: Contains: vitamins A. B1, B2, Pantothenic acid, Vit. D, E, protein, lecithin, fatty acids Very penetrating and a superb emollient. Nourishing for dry and dehydrated skin, eczema, solar keratosis, improves elasticity. Avocado oils moisturizing and skin softening properties make it a valuable addition to anti-wrinkle, anti-aging and mature skin blends.

Organic pure Shea Butter: Traditionally processed Shea Butter retains all of the botanical riches such as Vitamin A compounds, allantoin (found in aloe and comfrey), and circuminoids (anti-cancer compounds found in cumin) and catechins (anti-oxidant flavenoids found in green tea.) Shea Butter has been tested and proven effective at diminishing various signs of aging, skin regeneration in cases of sunburns and scars, wrinkle reduction, and both helping to prevent and reversing sun damage.

Organic Cocoa Butter: Rich and creamy and redolent of the chocolate that is its source, all natural Cocoa Butter is the ultimate skin conditioner.

Organic Coconut Oil: Traditionally Coconut oil has been used in Polynesia as both a hair and skin moisturizer and conditioning treatment. Coconut oil has long been used in skin care for its antimicrobial properties and as a moisturizer.

Sea Buckthorn Berry and Calendula CO2 Extracts:  known for millennia for their skin healing benefits.

Local Beeswax: this is what helps to keep the balm solid. It also helps put up a barrier between your skin and the elements.

Baobab Oil: Rich in vitamins A, E, and F and sterols, baobab oil absorbs quickly and is a wonderful oil to use in dry skin treatments and products designed to moisturize.

That’s it, that’s all the ingredients. And unlike the $30 Pomegranate balms out there that are over 50% fillers / waxes every ingredient has a purpose and every one is a “active” ingredient.  1/2oz tube $4.99.

Are massage chains a good deal for you

You have probably seen their ads, heard about them, or been to one.  Massage franchise chains showed up a few years ago and they have been expanding since.  Are they a good deal for you?  Let’s consider some things you will want to think about before you make a decision.

Money

The introductory price looks like a great deal but remember it is just that – a onetime price.  The regular price you will pay will be higher.(1)  The company gets the bulk of your payment so therapist working on you is really relying on a tip from you, so your cost just went up.(2)  Like many other massage therapists in business I don’t expect tips – I would rather see you use that money to come back more often.

When you schedule an hour appointment you get a 50 minute massage.  A little quick math reveals that ten minutes is 1/6th of an hour, which is about 16%.  If you add 16% to the massage price and a tip to your cost, have you saved any money than going to a local massage therapist?  Unless you are very late and we have to stop, your 60 minute massage appointment with me will get you 60 minutes of hands on work. (3)

To get the discounted price, you will have to be in a contract with them.(4)  You will be automatically billed and unused appointments may not roll over (check your local franchise for details).  You may be paying somebody to not massage you.  Some franchises have quotas to reach so you may be encouraged to spend.  Your massage visit should be relaxing and relieve pressure, not add to it. (5)

The therapists

Chains can have high turnover rates.  You may not get the same therapist from visit to visit.  Typically working with the same person provides more effective massage results.  They get to know your preferences and based on your feedback about what has worked or not worked before, make adjustments during your appointment.  If you find a therapist that who does great work for you, it may be difficult to find them if they leave the chain.  The chain obviously doesn’t want customers to leave and won’t go out of their way to direct you to them. (6)

Therapists may be booked for several consecutive appointments.  Massage therapists are human and we get tired, hungry, thirsty, and in need of a break.  It’s a physical business that takes a good amount of effort.  If your appointment is the fourth one in a row, you may not get the results you want. (7)

Therapists have very limited time between appointments.  They don’t have much time to get to know you and your needs.  You may receive a basic massage which may feel nice – but if you have an area that needs special attention it may not be addressed as you wish. (8)

The biggest benefit offered by the chains is convenience.  You can often get in quickly on the same day, which may not happen with a local small business.  Working with a massage chain may be a good deal for you, but it is not for everybody.  It may actually be more expensive and you may not get the benefits you can get from a local therapist who will take the time to get to know you and help you manage your pain and stress.

 

Ok, this is a good blog post, was from another therapist off of a FaceBook page.  But the blog is a little vague on some details and I think I want to fill them in. Let’s start at the top!

1)      The introductory price is most times $10 to $15 less then what their membership price is.

2)      The average starting pay for a therapist at one of the franchises is from $12 to $15. Most times topping out at $20 in 3 or 4 years. add to this that they do not get paid by the hour like most employees, but only when they do a massage, so in a 8 hour working day they might only get paid for 4 or 5 hours of that day. So the tips they get can make up about 30% of their take home pay!

3)      In my area the membership price is $59 a month. The average hour massage with an independent is about $60.  Seems about the same right. Look closer, at the franchise you do not get a 60 min massage, you get a 50 min one.  There massage always cut off 10 min from your massage. So now do the math. With the independent you pay about $1.00 a min for a hour massage and that’s a full 60 min. With the franchise you pay about $1.18 a min that comes out to about $71.00 for a full 60 min massage.  Add $4.00 to that and you could be getting a 90 min massage from the independent therapist.  So now how is that deal from the franchise looking?

4)      The discounted membership price in my area is $37 for the hour (this is for massages after the one that comes when you pay your membership) so that looks like a good price, but let’s look, it’s a 50 min massage so that’s $0.74 a min, not bad. Add the 10 min you would get from a independent and its $45.00, so you do save some there.

5)      Most of the franchises let the unused massages roll over, but when your membership is up you lose them.

6)      At all the franchises I have seen you can ask for the therapist you want to see. But yes, turnover is high.

7)      At the franchises therapist are booked back to back with massages, most times 4 hours in a row. Now the independent therapist will do 4 hours of massage in a 6 hours so they have time to rest ad recover. Your franchise therapist will not have that time ad by the 3ed, 4th or even 6th massage they are not even near 100%.

8)      Most times a therapist will take some time to get to know you some, what you are looking for and what is going on. Then they will to a assessment so they know what needs to be worked on and how to help you the most.  This is where the franchise fall very very short.  The therapist at the franchises has on average less than 2 min with you before they need to start your massage. This is how it worked, the privies clients massage stops at 12:55, your massage starts at 1:00. The privies client gets out of the room at 12:59, then they therapist has to  see them out, change out the room, get your paper work, get you into the room and talk to you and start your massage by 1:05. This gives your therapist no time to find out what is really going on. So they massage blind, working whatever they can to see what might help.  Add to this your therapist could be seeing 30+ people a week and with the very limited notes they can take about you  it is like they are relearning about you each time you see them.

So Are massage chains a good deal for you? Well now you have more of the facts, it’s up to you to decide.