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Raindrop Inspired Massage, Awaken the Senses

Whether the weather be cold, whether the weather be hot, we'll weather the weather, whatever the weather, whether we like it or not.... I think I'll stick to my day job. 

The changing of seasons can bring spring showers or a winter downpour, but the beauty of either is the sweet and soothing sound of those raindrops. They awaken, inspire, and lull the senses. And, like our beautiful and invigorating friend, the rain, Raindrop Inspired Massage enlivens, invigorates, and soothes the mind and body.

Raindrop Inspired Massage is our own unique and tailored spin on Raindrop Therapy. It's called ''Raindrop" because the therapist drops essential oil directly onto your skin through a delicate and deliciously crafted recipe of specific essential oils. All delivered individually and rhythmically massaged into the body, the oils are coupled with hot towels and hot packs to draw the beneficial properties of the oils into the skin and muscles.

Raindrop Inspired Massage essential oils and their benefits are:

Valor Essential Oil- balances the energies of the mind, body, and spirit. 

Thyme-energizes the mind, and clarity in direction of energy flow, and clarity of the mind.

Basil-soothes tired and overworked muscles.

Oregano- cleansing and soothing

Cypress: beneficial for troubled skin, spiritually grounding, aids in feeling emotionally secure.

Wintergreen- soothes head tension and muscles after exercising. 

Marjoram-relaxes tense and fatigued muscles, nervous system support.

Peppermint- promotes clarity, stimulates the brain, soothes and aids digestion.

Aroma Siez- an essential oil blend, soothes tired muscles, helps reduce stress and discomfort, Especially lovely for head, neck, and tired feet. 

During the treatment, essential oils, hot towels, and hot packs are applied to the feet, back, legs, and neck. Layer upon layer of aromatic oils melt into the skin to relax the mind, release toxins, and reduce inflammation, thus creating a full-bodied bouquet of aromas.

It's said that the anti-inflammatory and healing benefits of the oils can aid in spinal alignment and support physical and emotional balance. Everyone I have given this treatment to has said they feel incredibly relaxed and over the moon with how heavenly they smell. Speaking for myself, the intoxicating and stimulating qualities of the oils leaves me feeling awakened, invigorated, and nurtured through the rest of the day. I often wake the next day with the sweet aromas still greeting me with the sun.

May You Be Well,

Lily

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How to Do Hydrotherapy at Home

We are exposed to more toxins than our liver and kidneys can handle on a regular basis. Did you know that out of 84,000 chemicals on the market today, many of which are in objects that people come into contact with on a daily basis, only 1% have been studied for safety (Source). Although replacing your cleaning supplies and body care products with less toxic substitutes, choosing organic local produce, taking immune boosting supplements are all important changes that will ease the burden, it is not enough. Actively detoxing the body is absolutely vital for our health and well being.

Hydrotherapy has a long-standing history in most culture throughout the world

Hydrotherapy has a long-standing history in most culture throughout the world

Before you decide to commit to a seven day juice cleanse or ingesting a detoxing powder concoction sold at the grocery store I encourage you to try something much more simple and less stressful for your body - a gentle method of detoxifying your body,  called hydrotherapy. The good news is that you don't have to leave your home to enjoy the wonderful benefits of a simple hydrotherapy treatment. You can achieve it in your own shower! 

Method

Jump in the shower, turn the hot water on for five minutes, then take a deep breath and turn the knob all the way to cold or as cold as you can handle it. Screaming is allowed especially since it helps alleviate the shock to your system. ;) Do this method several times. Spray eucalyptus essential oil in the air during  your hot/cold shower. It is refreshing and it will encourage you to take deeper breaths, all part of the detoxifying process.  

Benefits

The hot water relaxes and sedates the body immediately. If you continue to stand in a hot shower for more than five minutes you will experience drowsiness, mental tiredness and muscular weakness. Cold water invigorates muscle contraction. The lymphatic system also known as the immune system relies on muscle contraction to move lymph fluid through the vessels.  A short hot/cold shower stimulates the lymphatic system and causes the white blood cells to migrate from the blood vessels into the tissues, cleaning up toxins, including bacteria and viruses, and eliminating waste. At the end of your shower you will feel refreshed, energized and ready to face the world with less toxins hiding throughout your muscle tissues.

The Pearl Day Spa also offers other gentle detoxifying treatments that stimulate the lymphatic system such as dry-brushing, steam treatments with your choice of essential oils, and herbal detoxifying wraps.  Remember--your body is a sanctuary. Don't let it be overrun by the pollution we are exposed to on a daily basis. 

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5 Simple Self Care Rituals

We live in a society that entices us with material and financial gifts for working long hours and making no time for ourselves. And I don’t mean the yearly two weeks vacation to Hawaii, or even the occasional weekend to the coast. I am referring to our daily packed schedules that allows no time to recharge our batteries before waking up in morning and doing it again.

I am firm believer in working hard. My family taught me to have strong work ethics and discipline almost to a fault. My type A personality has kept me up for many years planning meals, events, family trips while my husband peacefully snored beside me. After some failed and some successful experiments I discovered five self care rituals that support me, allow me unwind and feel more grounded and present in my body at the end of the work day.

The Pearl Day Spa carries a selection of premium genuine crystal Himalayan Salt lamps and self-care products

The Pearl Day Spa carries a selection of premium genuine crystal Himalayan Salt lamps and self-care products

Wear Comfy Slippers

Author Sonja Choquette in her book True Balance explains that to stabilize and harmonize your psychic and emotional energy, massage and care for your feet.  Last Christmas my husband purchased me a beautiful pair of wool green slippers. I clapped my hands excitedly and then I thought to myself how little use I would have of them. I have had slippers before and never wore them except occasionally. To my surprise I chose to wear them daily after my long work day. Before, I walked in my socks or wore my work shoes in the house. Now as soon as I took my work shoes off and slipped my tired feet in the comfy wool slippers my cortisol levels dropped by a hundred. The slippers quickly became a sign to my body that it was time to unwind and leave my professional life behind.

Heat up a Warm Rice Pack

I know some people use a hot rice pack for injuries, sore muscles,or cramps. We use it here at the Pearl Day Spa during massage. I began to incorporate it into my daily self care routine during the cold winter nights. I place the rice pack on my belly while I am reading, talking to friends, or watching a movie.  It will warm up your core, slow down your heartbeat, increase digestion and help deepen your breathing.

Own a Salt Lamp

There are many benefits of salt lamps - soothes allergies, boost blood flow, improves circadian rhythms, etc. I wish I could tell you that the reason I initially bought one is because I knew about all these wonderful health claims. Instead we purchased one because I thought it would look great in our living room. It has a soft, comforting, orange glow. Every night as soon as the sun sets we turn the salt lamp on and I sit next to it. The light helps me produce melatonin earlier in the evening so by bed time I can barely keep my eyes open.

Diffuse Essential Oils

If you haven’t had your home enveloped in cedar wood, lemongrass, or lavender essential oils, you ought to try it. My husband says our house smells like a spa when he comes home from work. These oils and many others have important health benefits and we will discuss them in depth in a future post. What appeals to me most is the earthy smell and the calming ambiance it creates along with my salt lamp. I can’t help but feel more grounded and less stressed about my day. It also encourages me to take deeper longer breaths, instead of rapid shallow ones.

Drink Tea from Your Special Mug

This is your special self care mug. Choose one that brings you joy. I have a mug a dear friend made for me. When my brain sees this mug it begins to start firing dopamine. It means I am ready to relax. Choose loose leaf chamomile, peppermint or passion flower and get ready for some down time.

There are many other self care rituals such as hot baths, massages, meditating, but these are some basics that help me stay present and sleep better at night. I no longer have a racing brain and I have interesting, soothing dreams. What are some of your self care rituals? Please share in the comments. One can never have enough self care rituals!

In health,

Diana

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Posted on March 17, 2017 and filed under Healthy Living, Mental Wellness, Self-care.