Essential Oils have powerful effect on well-being. These effects are specific and unique to each oil that nature has provided. My skills and knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and pathology allowed me to understand these healing properties and how our bodies naturally respond to them. I can use Essential Oils to promote a superior stage of being.
I am able to create special formulations for one’s personal care product from different Essential Oils, Carrier Oils, or Plant Butter to add other natural ingredients.
Aromatherapy is the art of healing with “Essential” oils – distilled essences that have been extracted from plants. These can be used in massage and inhalation techniques, added to hygiene products (such as soaps, skin creams, bath gels, and shampoos), and used to create room fragrances. They can also be used in compresses, diffusions, antiseptics, and tonic waters; as well as healing ointments, antibacterial sprays, and more.
Cupping Therapy is the combination of massage movements and negative pressure with the use of suction devices on the skin. Just as in the art of massage, the art of cupping draws fresh blood and lymph into the tissue of accelerate the healing response.
Based on Traditional Chinese Medicine, modern Cupping Therapy uses suction cups to address inflammation, pain, stiffness, swelling, and the decreased ranged on motion caused by stagnation – the accumulation of cellular waste deep within the muscle tissue or joint as a result of injury, trauma, or overuse.
The vacuum created by the suction cup liquifies the toxic waste and brings it to the surface of the body, where small blood capillaries and the Lymph System carry it away. With the reduction of congestion and inflammation the affected area becomes more receptive to fluids, oxygenated blood flow, and other nutrients.
Hot Stone Massage
Hot Stone Massage us a type of therapy that involves the use of smooth, heated stones. The Massage Therapist places the hot stones on specific points on a patient’s body and gives massage with hot stones. The Localized heat and weight of the stones warm and relax muscles, allowing the Massage Therapist to apply deeper pressure to those areas without causing discomfort.
Benefits of Hot Stone Massage:
- Releases of toxins and improvement of skin appearance
- Helps reduce and manage stress and anxiety
- Improved blood circulation and flow of energy
- Promotion of better sleep
- Helps in increasing joint flexibility
Touch is a sense that is one of the first to develop in humans and probably all forms of life. It is said that touch can convey more than a thousand words, and children are known to thrive with the right amount of physical contact. Massage is a form of touch therapy that has been prevalent for centuries all over the world. Ancient Indian, East Asian, and African cultures first introduced the practice of daily infant massage, practiced soon after babies are born, to promote weight gain, co-ordination, bonding, and to increase the infants’ ability to thrive. Massage conveys to the child a sense of security and trust that is very essential for the newcomer into the world.
Massage Therapy for Infants
Whether your baby is a newborn or several months old, massage can bring immediate and lasting results:
- Help with deeper and more sound sleep
- Promote relaxation and help babies self-regulate and calm
- Enhance neurological development
- Relieve the discomfort of gas, teething, colic and congestion
- Stimulate all of the physiological systems
Massage Therapy for Children
Massage can be helpful for children who experience a wide range of symptoms – from musculoskeletal pain caused by sports injuries, to helping with neurological conditions or anxiety.
Massage can help:
- Decrease levels of cortisol (The Stress Hormone) and blood glucose levels. The reduction in stress in children boosts the immune system and its ability to resist diseases
- Reduce musculoskeletal pain and improve healing
- Increase body awareness and neurological development
- Stimulate motor development
- Stimulate cognitive development – increased alertness and well as speed and accuracy
Massage as a therapy seems to work for children. Whether they are infants, pre-schoolers, or teens. Furthermore, making massage a routine in the child’s life can help them to grow into balanced and healthy adults (Boomerang Health – Power by SickKids).
Studies indicate that massage therapy performed during pregnancy can reduce anxiety, decrease symptoms of depression, relieve muscle aches and joint pain, and improve labor outcomes and newborn health.
Massage therapy can significantly alter hormone levels, associated with stress (Norepinephrine and Cortisol) and relaxation (Dopamine and Serotonin), in the body when introduced to a woman’s parental care. It allows for better mood regulation and improved cardiovascular health. The changes in hormonal level may lead to fewer complications during birth, and fewer instances of newborn complications (such as low birth weigh).
Edema, or swelling of the joints is common during pregnancy, and is often caused by reduced circulation and increased pressure on major blood vessels by the heavy uterus. Massage helps stimulate soft tissue to reduce collection of fluids in swollen joints, and improve the removal of tissue waste. Likewise, Sciatic Nerve Pain – experienced by many women during pregnancy, can be treated with massage therapy as the application of proper techniques can reduce the swelling, tension, and inflammation of nerves in the lower back, upper and lower legs.
Sports massage is great for athletes and those that train/exercise regularly because it restores the body. During exercise, toxins and lactic acid accumulate in the muscles, so a sports massage helps to remove these. A sports massage will help to relieve muscle tension, remove metabolic products, and lastly, restore the cardiovascular system, bringing the heart rate back to normal. A sports massage helps to achieve a positive physical and psychological state, brining the body into equilibrium once again. A sports massage is also important for athletes and those that train/exercise as it helps to prevent injuries or treat injuries.
Massage therapy is more effective after exercise, when the muscles are already warm and ready. When the muscles are already warmed-up, then less time is spent preparing the muscles for the massage itself. This is a definite benefit for those that exercise regularly!
he type of training/exercise that a person engages in does not matter because if the massage technique is applied correctly, the body is still grateful. Massage therapy is a great complement to physical exercise as it will help you bring your body to a normal, balanced state.