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I’ve never tried reflexology – what can I expect?

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There’s nothing to be nervous about when you have your first reflexology session; it’s a gentle, safe therapy that’s designed to relax and rebalance your body. You don’t need to undress for a reflexology session – you will only need to remove your shoes and socks so that the therapist can get to work on the soles of your feet. It’s best not to eat a heavy meal before a treatment, and it’s not advised that you drink alcohol before your visit either. Other than that, just turn up as you are, in loose, comfortable clothes, and get ready to relax. Getting to know youAs this is your first session, before you get started your therapist will ask you some questions about your health, lifestyle and any health problems you might have had in the past. This is just so that they can build up an overall picture of your health. Like all holistic treatments, reflexology is designed to work on the whole body and not just one area, so it’s important that you tell the practitioner as much as you can. Yo…

How Often Should You Get a Massage?

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Every day! Well, maybe that’s not practical, even though it would be nice. This is one of the most common questions clients ask about massage therapy, and it really all depends on WHY you get massages. Do you get massages for health benefits? Or, to help you relax and handle the stress of everyday life? Most likely it’s a combination of the two, so let’s look at some of the most common reasons to get regular massages: Relaxation & Stress ReliefOne of the very best reasons to get a massage is for relaxation. Relaxation massage helps to support your body, including blood circulation and flexibility of joints. Regular massage can help prevent pain, muscle tension, and stress points from building up and causing problems. Why wait until you have a problem to get a massage? Massage is perfect for preventing issues with your tissues. Relaxation massage is usually recommended at least once per month, or as often as you want!
There may be times in your life where you experience higher leve…

Three Tips to Quiet Your Mind

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If you are not extremely busy in today’s society, you are the exception and not the rule. We are all in high gear; we overextend, overachieve, and overstress ourselves to the point of breaking. This can have lasting negative effects on our health! Here are a few ways to break the cycle:


Gratitude
It is so easy to be upset when things do not go our way. From the moment we spill our coffee, lock our keys in the car, and forget our lunch, a spiral of circumstances can set us off into a tailspin of negativity. We can choose to stay in a state of discontent and let that dictate our day, or we can be grateful for the other things in our lives even if they are not present in front of us right now. Did you ever notice that when something nice happens, we tend to smile for a moment and then move on? However, when something goes wrong, we feel the need to tell everyone and anyone that will listen. It is in those exact moments that we need to focus on what we are grateful for, and that is how we can…

The benefits of prenatal massage

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All of the changes your body goes through while you are pregnant can mean that as well as the obvious things like an ever-growing belly and some sleepless nights, you can also find you suffer from unexplained and unusual aches and pains.

The last trimester, in particular, is well known for being a little uncomfortable as baby grows and your body must accommodate the rapid growth rate. Massage, once you know that any aches you’re feeling are perfectly natural and nothing to worry about, can be a great way of easing the discomfort that growing another human being can cause!

If you’re working through any of the following conditions, you might benefit from a massage.

Backache A growing baby changes your posture, which can lead to lower backache and sometimes upper backache too. Massage helps to relax and loosen up tight muscles which reduce tension in your back and prevents a backache.
Heartburn As pregnancy progresses, you may find that your digestion slows down and you end up with compla…

Healthy Eating Tips

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Since we absolutely are what we eat, there is no way we can talk about self-care without talking about food! It is my belief that there isn’t one diet or plan that is right for everyone. We each have to figure out what our bodies need for ourselves, and that is what I want to focus on, figuring that out! I think every eating plan there agrees on at least this one thing: our bodies need vitamins, minerals, protein, and essential fats. How you choose to get them is up to you, but here are a few tips:
• Greens, the more greens the better! They have calcium, zinc, magnesium, and iron. (Tomorrow is Green Smoothie Day :)) • Eat regularly, skipping meals doesn’t help your metabolism. • Eat breakfast soon after getting up. • Eat all the colors of fruits and veggies, organic if possible or wash thoroughly. Nobody needs to eat pesticides. • Follow the 80/20 rule 80 percent really good stuff, then don’t stress out about the other 20 percent. More good stuff in, less bad stuff in! • Enjoy your fo…

Ten essential oils to help clear acne

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While severe acne should always be investigated by a medical professional,
there are steps you can take that don’t involve using harsh medicated products
on your skin. Try one or a combination of these essential oils and see if they
make a difference to your skin. All you need to do with most of these oils s apply
a couple of drops to your hands and massage the oil into the areas affected by acne.

• Lavender – apply neat to areas of concern twice a day. • Tea Tree -take a small piece of cotton wool, dip it in the tea tree oil and wipe the area.
You may need to dilute tea tree oil with carrier oil if you have sensitive skin.
Try 3 drops of tea tree oil to 1 teaspoon of carrier oil. • Bergamot oil – combine this gorgeous citrusy oil with coconut, jojoba or olive carrier oil to
make a great acne treatment oil. • Rosemary oil – try adding to an unscented moisturizer
base and use regularly. • Frankincense oil – has revitalizing and healing properties that work on all skin types and
can reall…

How Can Vegetables Improve Your Skin?

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Eating plenty of vegetables is an easy and inexpensive way to improve your skin’s appearance. Different vegetables can support and nourish your skin. Here are some of the benefits you can see from several types of vegetables.
Vegetables That Your Skin Will Love

1. Sweet Potatoes, Pumpkin, and Winter Squash. All three of these vegetables provide the same improvements in your skin. Just by eating these vegetables, you can help your complexion. Antioxidant beta-carotene is found in sweet potatoes, which is one of the main ingredients to help fight sun damage. Sweet potatoes, pumpkin, and winter squash also contain vitamin A and antioxidants. Vitamin A is needed to keep the skin healthy and regenerated. Antioxidants can slow the aging of cells.
2. Avocado. Avocado can help fight skin inflammation and contain a natural oil and healthy fats. One of the main avocado skin benefits comes from their high oleic acid content. This monounsaturated fatty acid maintains moisture in the epidermal layer …

5 Ways to Keep a Positive Mindset

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We all know that life can be so busy and so stressful! It’s easy to slip into complaining  and negative thinking, but it is rarely helpful to do so. Here are some easy ways to keep going in
a positive direction.Start your day on a positive note, take 15 minutes (or more)
and read something inspiring. This should come first before checking email, Facebook,
or the news.

Give thanks, think of or write down 3-10 things you are grateful for. For a challenge try
not to repeat any for a while. You can also use your gratitude journal for writing down
your oals and dreams.

Writing down your dreams is a great way to keep them in the top of your mind which
helps you to see new opportunities, and inspired to work toward your dreams.

Hang out with positive people. Everyone needs a little vent now and again, but some
people are chronic complainers. This can zap your energy and leave you feeling grumpy
yourself. You don’t have to ditchyour friends and family, but limiting your time can be a
healthy …

Aromatherapy

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You can use the following recipes from the book The Aromatherapy Bible by Gill Farrer Halls for effective and enjoyable massage. 

Relaxation and Calm • 20 ml almond oil 
• 3 drops essential oil german chamomile 
• 5 drops essential oil lavender 
• 4 drops essential oil bergamot 

Muscular pain and stiffness relief • 20 ml almond oil or any other blending oil
• 4 drops essential oil rosemary 
• 4 drops essential oil lavender 
• 4 drops essential oil marjoram 










Daily Quick Stretching!

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Having a good stretch once or twice a day feels good and can help prevent injuries (flexible muscles can do more), improve your posture (and as a result help with back pain), increase blood and nutrients to your muscles, and help you to feel less stressed.




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Here’s what I do:Spinal Stretch – lie on your back, bring your knee to your chest and then across your body. So your right knee will go over to the left side of your body. Hold this for at least 30 seconds. Then stretch the other side. Forward bend – Sit with your legs straight out in front of you stretch your arms up to the sky and then bend forward as far as you can. Spinal Twist- still sitting with your legs in front of you, bend one knee to your chest then twist your body and hug your bent leg. Other quick stretches (you can do these at your desk) Clasp your hands behind you and pull back to stretch your chest. Hold your arm in front of your body and stretch it into your chest Stretch your neck from side to side or do neck rolls I b…

Massage for back-pain relief

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A regular massage is often considered to be a treat, rather than a necessity. Most people believe that having a massage is good for aches and pains, or can help if they’ve overdone the exercise. Not everybody realizes that massage therapy is also a powerful painkiller that can even be used to help people with back problems to reduce the amount of medication they must take.Americans spend at least $50 billion each year on back pain and if you’re one of the 31 million Americans who suffers with back pain at some point in their life, you’ll know how miserable it can be. If you are dealing with chronic back pain – which is pain that’s lasted more than three months and less than six – it can impact on your daily life, and stop you doing things you want to do. You could be reliant on drugs to keep you mobile or help you sleep. The vicious pain cycleIf you can no longer exercise pain-free, you might end up in a vicious cycle of inactivity which makes your pain worse, which stops you being act…

Common Health Problems: What can Massage do for YOU?

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Massages are often sold as a purely indulgent treat that you get when you visit a spa or go on vacation, but there’s so much more to massage than just a feel good treat. Did you know that the symptoms of many health problems can be reduced and even eliminated with regular massage? Here are a few conditions that massage can work really well on; a few you probably know and some that may surprise you!

Stress  It’s no surprise that a regular dose of massage therapy is good for your stress levels, it works by helping to lower your blood pressure, improve your quality of sleep, and by reducing your stress levels, it’s also thought to help reduce the risk of heart disease. In 2008 the journal Psycho-oncology published a study which came to the conclusion “…a significant reduction in cortisol (the main stress hormone) could be safely achieved through massage, with associated improvement in psychological well-being.” 
Lower Back Pain  This is such a common problem, often caused by bad posture at…

Self-Care Tips for Getting Better Faster!

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We all get sick, and you will get better much faster by taking care of you and resting! A few tips:  Ask for help from your spouse and child if they are old enough.
Have some easy meals in the cabinet or freezer in case you’re not up to cooking (healthy canned soup, frozen veggies, and quick rice are great).
Eliminate what you can from your work load. Many things, such as housework can wait! As far as going to your job it’s much better to call in for a day or two then to try to do too much and end up being sick for longer.  You’ll be a lot more productive if you can just stay home and get well! If that’s not an option, just take care of your most important tasks and then go home. I also use aromatherapy oils in the diffuser by my bed. I feel like that really helps to support my immune system.
Epson salt baths are very good for sore muscles and achy muscles when you’re sick. Let you kids watch movies, or do whatever it takes to get your rest.
I find that when I do get sick it’s when I have let…

What Kind of Massage Should YOU Get? Types of Massage

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Sometimes it can be confusing – you know you’re stressed and everybody tells you that you need a good massage, but what type of massage should you get? There are so many options available, how do you know which one will suit you? That’s where your friendly massage therapist comes in – if you’re not sure, just call or drop in for a chat and we can help you find the perfect technique and style for your needs. If it’s your first massage, too, we can put you at ease and make sure you know exactly what to expect. In the meantime, here’s the lowdown on some of the different types of massage and what they can do for you.
Swedish Massage This is one of the most popular massages – it’s sometimes called the ‘relaxation massage’ which is a clue; it’s absolutely great for getting rid of stress and anxiety. It’s also a good one to try if you’re new to massage as it doesn’t work too deeply into your muscles and the techniques we use are all designed to relax and de-stress.
So what can you expect? Wel…
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10 Reasons Why You Should Book A Massage Today You know that massage is good for you, whether you’ve had one in the past and enjoyed the positive effects or you’re just curious about whether a massage therapist’s healing touch could help sort out your aches and pains. So, what’s stopping you? We have 10 reasons right here that will inspire you to visit your massage therapist today… Massage helps to treat some health conditions Massage therapy can help with several common health conditions, some that you might already know about and others that may come as a surprise to you. If you suffer with constant back, leg and neck pain; muscle tension and spasm, a good massage will send you on the route to feeing relief. Some musculoskeletal conditions like carpal tunnel syndrome can also be helped by massage, as can the symptoms of chronic conditions like multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, arthritis and some digestive disorders. Massage can help to improve circulation Massage therapy is great for …