What is Aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy is an ancient form of wholistic healing that uses pure essential oils extracted from flowers, herbs, trees, seeds and fruit. Essential oils enter the body through skin absorption and inhalation. Once inhaled, aromatic signals are sent to the limbic system of the brain where they directly affect the mind and emotions. When applied to the skin, the chemical constituents in the essential oils are absorbed into the blood stream and are carried throughout the body where they have a healing effect. Aromatherapy is a holistic and natural way to treat conditions such as headache, stress, muscular aches and pains, eczema, PMS, fatigue, toxic buildup, sleep difficulties and digestive disorders.
During an aromatherapy treatment, a thorough evaluation is taken of the body, mind and emotions. With this detailed information, a custom essential oil blend is carefully created just for you and infused into a carrier oil for massage application. This aromatherapy blend is applied through relaxation massage, paying careful attention to all your wholistic needs.
The Benefits of Relaxation Massage
Apart from the obvious pleasure of receiving massage, the actual effect massage has on the body is quite dramatic. The benefits to your health are abundant and all contribute to a definite feeling of well being and rejuvenated health. Some of the physiological effects of massage include:
- Massage increases circulation of blood, assisting tissue rejuvenation.
- Massage stimulates lymph flow, increasing the elimination of wastes and toxic substances.
- Massage aids in dispersing edema following injury, lessening inflammation and alleviating pain.
- Massage stretches connective tissue, preventing adhesions and facilitating movement.
- Massage relaxes muscle spasm and soothes muscle tension.
- Massage has a sedative and stimulating affect on the body, depending on the type and length of the massage.
What is a Hot Stone Massage?
In this treatment, silky smooth basalt stones are heated to a comfortable temperature and are placed beneath and on top of the body. As the client relaxes on the massage table the soothing heat of the stones penetrate deeply to melt muscle tension and stress away. More stones along with oil are then used to massage the body from head to toe. This treatment is both luxurious and healing.
Infrared Sauna Sessions
Lower Temperatures than Traditional Sauna
Infrared saunas operate at safer, more comfortable temperatures than traditional saunas, only 110-120 degrees compared to 170- 220 degrees. Its radiant heat reaches deep, to be absorbed by your body as much as 1.5 inches below the skin’s surface, while producing 2 to 3 times more sweat than traditional saunas. Twenty percent of the sweat produced is toxins, compared to only 3 percent with traditional saunas.
Burns Calories and Controls Weight
As you relax in the gentle heat of the infrared sauna, your body is actually hard at work producing sweat, pumping blood and burning calories. According to a journal of the American Medical Association report, during a single sauna session you may burn as many calories as you would jogging for 30 minutes.
Increases Circulation and Strengthens Cardiovascular System
As your body sweats to cool itself, your heart works hard pumping blood to boost circulation, supplying the conditioning benefits of continuous exercise. Heart rate, cardiac input and metabolic rate increase, while diastolic blood pressure drops for improved overall cardiovascular fitness.
The deep heat of the infrared sauna enables peripheral blood vessels to dilate, bringing relief and healing to sore muscles and soft tissue injuries. Increased blood circulation carries off metabolic waste products and delivers oxygen-rich blood to oxygen-depleted muscles, so they recover faster. Muscles relax more readily when tissues are warm, for greater flexibility and range of motion.
Removes Toxins and Mineral Waste
Increased blood circulation stimulates the sweat glands, releasing built-up toxins and waste. Daily sweating can help detoxify your body as it rids itself of an accumulation of potentially carcinogenic heavy metals (lead, mercury, zinc, nickel, cadmium) as well as alcohol, nicotine, sodium, sulphuric acid and cholesterol.
Infrared saunas help clear cellulite, the gel like lumps of fat, water and toxins trapped in pockets beneath the skin. European beauty specialists routinely incorporate daily sauna sessions in programs to reduce cellulite.
The profuse sweating achieved after just a few minutes in the infrared sauna carries off deeply embedded impurities and dead skin cells, leaving the skin glowing and immaculately clean. Increased circulation draws your skin’s own natural nutrients to the surface. You will see improved tone, elasticity, texture and fresh colour.
Increased blood circulation has also been shown to relieve acne, eczema, psoriasis, burns, lesions, and cuts. In addition, open wounds heal more quickly, reducing scarring.
Eases Joint Pain and Stiffness
In Europe, radiant heat therapy is widely used to treat patients suffering from many forms of arthritis. In addition, it has been proven effective in the treatment of sprains, neuralgia, bursitis, muscle spasms, joint stiffness, and many other muscular-skeletal ailments. Much of the stiffness, aches and soreness that come with aging is reduced or eliminated.
Strengthens the Immune System
The deep heat from sauna use raises your body temperature, inducing an artificial fever. As it works to combat the “fever”, your body’s immune system is strengthened. Combined with the elimination of toxins and waste produced by the intense sweating, your overall health and resistance to disease is increased.
Reduces Stress and Fatigue
Perhaps the most immediate relief the infrared sauna offers is simple relaxation, as it melts away the stresses and tensions of everyday life. Just a few minutes in the gentle warmth of the infrared sauna gives you an overall massaging effect, soothing tight muscles and over stimulated nerves. You will feel rejuvenated and renewed, restored in both body and mind.