Essential oils are not only the fragrances of natural plants and flowers but they are more termed as pharmacological components potent enough to treat the alignments of specific type for example they are used as analgesic, anti-inflammatory, sedative, anti-bacterial, astringent. The concept of perfume and aromatherapy dates back to ages, where Egyptian people employed the fragrances and perfumes to there religious ceremony as they believed that they could communicate with gods by creating smokes and fragrance, which also helped in attaining higher levels in meditation, they used glass and gold bottles to store the perfumes. There is a huge number for flora and fauna in this world, which are used by humans since his evolution as in food, fragrance and healing. In the primitive ages human used many form of herbs, like Neem, sandalwood, menthol to cure the alignments as there was no other alternative, after ages now man have discovered the technologies and latest equipments of medical world to cure the alignments.
There is nothing more calming and rejuvenating than a good massage at the end of a hard day's work. Why not take it one step further and give a loved one an aromatherapy massage. In this article I will explain how easy it is to implement just a fraction of the benefits of aromatherapy - both you and your partner will benefit. Aromatherapy massage can lower the heart rate, blood pressure and of course, relax the muscles. In addition, aromatherapy massage also improves the following: Nourishes the skin when the oil is massage in. Can soften fatty deposits Relieves headaches which are caused by tension Helps reduce stress-related symptoms Promotes a feel-good factor Helps to remove toxins by stimulating the lymphatic system. Best of all, your partner or loved one will feel really pampered. Never given a massage before? Don't worry you'll find all the info you need to give a great massage in this 2 part article series. Aromatherapy massage can be implemented at any time, but the best time is at the end of a stressful day.
Spas: The whole story.. A spa is a great form of body relaxation and recovery. After a streneous workout, or even a mild one, taking the time out of your day to enjoy a visit to a spa is a good decision Due to this fact, many exercise and fitness centers now feature a spa center as these companies realize the advantages of relaxing in a spa after exercise is completed. The Benefits Of A Spa After A Workout The benefits of resting in a spa after you finish your workout are incredible to say the least. The most obvious benefit is that the Spa water will cleanse the body of dirt, sweat, and other undesired materials after exercise. Since the body will eventually need to be cleaned after a workout, it is best to enjoy the additional benefits of a spa to increase the experience of optimal fitness. Another healthy benefit of using a spa is that the water will provide beneficiary for the skin. For those people who are exposed to the elements on a daily basis, a spa can do wonders for less than perfect skin.
Okay now it's massage time, you have your aromatherapy oils and you are ready to create a perfect state of bliss. Get a fresh clean towel or two and ask your partner or loved one to lie down on a bed in a semi-lit room. The ambiance is just as important as the massage. Think about the setting before you start. You might want to light some unscented candles around the room. Low volume music is great as well, just make sure it is calming - it doesn't have to be nature sound recordings (although these are good) it could be some relaxing jazz or world music. Close out any distracting noises by shutting doors and windows if appropriate. This will make it easier for you to relax too. This is an important point. The best massages always occur when the one giving the massage enters a relaxed state. If you do it well, you should be synchronized with your loved one. In a way you are leading them into the relaxation- your energy is transferring calming bliss into their body through your hands.
Developed in the 1930s by a Danish massage therapist, Dr Emil Vodder, manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) is a gentle, but amazingly powerful, technique that consists of slow, delicate, repetitive movements. Dr Vodder and his wife discovered that gently palpating and moving the skin could stimulate the lymphatic system and improve congested conditions. This led them to develop a system to treat the whole body. Consult a qualified medical practitioner if there is a serious or persistent condition, such as swelling that occurs in heart failure, cancer, or thrombosis. Why MLD? Healthy connective tissue nourishes every body cell, but when it is congested, cell nutrition and the flow of waste products to the bloodstream slows down. When the lymphatic system is stimulated by MLD, this stagnation is reversed, the body functions more healthily, and the immune system is strengthened. MLD is an extremely versatile treatment. It can help reduce swelling and bruising, minimize scarring, speed up healing, relieve sinus congestion, reduce water retention and cellulite, help ease arthritic pain, and is useful as a first-aid treatment for minor burns, bumps, and scratches.
I will only go through the stages of back massage here, although you can adapt the moves to use on any part of the body. Although a back massage can be performed through clothes, some of the steps are easier if you work directly on the flesh. Make sure your partner is wearing something loose that can be lifted up easily. Place one hand on the sacrum. Stroke your other hand in a swift, smooth action up the right side of the back and around the shoulder. Glide back, then stroke up the left side of the back and shoulder in the same way. Hold the top of the arm with one of your hands and place the knuckles of the ring and little finger of your other hand on top of the arm. Roll your wrist obliquely away from you, then roll it back onto the knuckles. Work all over the upper arm and shoulder, then repeat on the other side. Place your thumbs and fingertips around the muscles that run down either side of the spine in the small of the back. Then, keeping your hands still, slowly rock the body.
In china, massage is one of the therapies, along with acupuncture and herbal medicine, that has been around for centuries and is still an essential part of Chinese medical care today. Different systems coexist, including tuina ("pushing and grasping") and anmo ("pressing and rubbing"), and there are numerous regional styles. In the warm south, massage technique is usually gentle and slow, while in the colder north it is strong and vigorous. Traditionally massage is performed through clothes, so there is no need for oil. Qi energy In traditional Chinese medicine, the energy that flows along the meridians is known as qi (also known as chi) and the aim of treatment is to create an unobstructed flow of qi in the body. There are 12 regular meridians, each one influencing a major organ and its associated functions. Another two meridians trace the midline of the front of the body, Ren (Conception vessel) and the back of the body, Du (Governing vessel). In a healthy person, qi is balanced between the opposite but complementary qualities, yin and yang.
Although I was taught this technique in India, it is commonly used in many Eastern countries. In Japan, China, Singapore, and Turkey in addition to India, barbers and hairdressers will automatically offer a reviving scalp massage. The 10-minute massage outlined here is quite energetic and best done on dry hair. Walk around your partner as you do it. Do not perform a vigorous head massage on wet hair, as too much manipulation can stretch and break individual hairs. The 10-minute head massage To bring awareness to the area, rest your hands lightly on either side of the head with your fingers pointing upward. After about a minute, slowly press your hands toward each other and lift slightly, then repeat. Support the head with your left hand and use the palm of your right to apply circular pressures all over the scalp. Press into the scalp so that the skin, and not the hair, is moved. This movement feels good around the temples. Repeat with your left hand, then use the palms of both your hands together.
It will come as no surprise that kneading as a massage technique is just like kneading dough. Imagine that you are baking bread and your hands are wrist-deep in a soft and yielding mixture of flour and water; you must squeeze, lift, and roll with all your might to get the dough full of air and just the right consistency for the perfect loaf of bread. As a massage technique, kneading is one of the most pleasurable to receive and for maximum benefit it should never be approached tentatively: you should use your whole body to make the movement. Kneading is especially useful on the shoulders and fleshy areas such as the hips and thighs. used today. The first steps The success of kneading relies on an even rhythm, which can vary in depth and speed. Fast kneading can be used for a stimulating effect and slow kneading for a more soporific result. Kneading stretches and relaxes tense muscles making them more pliable; it improves the circulation bringing blood and nutrients to the area; and it helps the absorption and elimination of waste products.
The twister Wringing is a deeper movement and is great for loosening and stimulating tense muscles. The action is basic kneading with a twist - sort of like wringing out a towel. Pull up the flesh with one hand, then twist it into your other hand, pressing deeply into it with your thumbs. Imagine you have a wet towel between your fingers as you twist the flesh from one hand to the other. Doing it one handed One-handed kneading is a useful stroke for areas of the body where there is not enough room for two hands to work effectively, such as the tops of the shoulders, the arms, and the calves. Support the area you are working on with one hand and squeeze and release the flesh with the other hand. If you are working on an arm or calf, you can use alternate hands on either side to squeeze and release. Fingers only Fingertip kneading is a very small and precise movement that is ideal for areas without much flesh, such as the neck and face. Lift and squeeze the flesh with the thumb and fingers of one hand, then glide it toward the other hand.