“We become what we behold. We shape our tools, and thereafter our tools shape us.” Marshall McLuhan
Massage ~Face Massage: a technique used in beauty treatments during a massage session. It's used to boost much needed circulation to the dermal of the face & neck, giving you a clean and healthy complexion.
~Massage Oils: a range from grape seed to safflower oil with added benefits for the largest organ of the body, your skin. For example safflower oil, like most oils, help to keep the skin hydrated and naturally supplying Vitamin E & Omega fatty acids to the area, boosting the immune system.
~Massage Cupping or cupping: similar to fire cupping in acupuncture practices. These are commonly made of silicone for suction to the skin & moved onto tension areas on the body. Once the area is found, the cups are left for not over 2 minutes to pull the blood to the surface of the skin & to renew blood flow to the area. This is great for reducing cellulite and for glowing skin, why it's now commonly known as a beauty treatment. FYI may leave red or purple circular marks on the skin for a couple of days.
~Essential oils: often used in Aromatherapy Treatments, are all natural concentrated plant essence, used for its aroma and medicinal benefits. All essential oils have anti-inflammatory properties. Lavender is one of the most popular kind. It's benefit is for calming anxieties, mental stress, and among many more benefits used as an antibacterial agent for the skin. The practitioner will mix 10 to 15 drops of an singular essential oil or a blend with oil or lotion. This will be applied to the clients treatment plan during the session producing aroma and health benefits.
~Gua Sha: a tool first used in Asian culture to remove cold inducing diseases. Now known as an alternative care in Asian Medical Science. The bone or stone scraping tool can easily move the blood flow down the back & in between the ribs. Cleaning out old "chi" or blood flow so the body can replace it with new blood full of hemoglobin and nutrients.
~Fatiguing: a technique used in massage to force a muscle to relax by pressing directly on the area of tight muscle to decrease blood flow relaxing it to bring blood flow quickly in the area. This is used mostly on chronic repetitive injury muscles or areas of held stress.
~Deep Tissue: used to manipulate the underlying tissue by relaxing the superficial muscle then working on the deeper muscle underneath. This is beneficial to use in car accident injuries, ligament damage, internal scar tissue or for people with chronically bad posture.
~Swedish Massage: soft touch technique used for people with sensitive skin or with myofascial pain. Moving blood for the dermis and fascia helps the skin to dispel any toxins and cleans the pores to increase skin health.
~Shiatsu: a Japanese technique used for a quicker response for the mind to body reconnection. It helps to decrease stuck emotions and slow reactions caused by shock to the individual. Shiatsu work with the tissue and muscles surrounding the nervous system so the mind can learn to cope with stress & endure to move on in their lives.
~Sports Massage: a technique I have used for sports injuries of all kinds. Whether that be in the pro sports world or as a hobby to get in shape, sports massage helps to dispel lactic acid released from the muscle for better performance on the field or in the gym.
~Medical Massage: various massage techniques to fit your health needs for acute and chronic pains ranging from skin issues to desk work. As injury turns into scar tissue and toxic build up, working on the sight of damage helps to restore cellular tissue and blood flow. Resting, hydrating, & with the help of your preferred doctor are often recommended with treatment.
~Lymphatic Massage: a massage technique to carry colds and excess fluids to the lymph nodes to help cleanse them out of the body. A lot of times these massages are useful with the help of your doctor (natural & modern) to bring more heath to those glands in order for them to function properly on their own.
~Prenatal Massage: a customized massage fit for pregnancy needs. Side lying massages are suited for the mother's growing child. Targeting areas of tension like hips, low back, and legs are a common concern. The massage practitioner can also work the entire length of the back, shoulders, arms, & neck. Only certain acupressure points are contraindicated for pregnancy.
Feng Shui ~The Compass: used to be aware of the 8 directions to find restful sleeping positions, health and energy facing direction, where to place certain plants and other world elements for core health.
~World elements: to satisfy the home & ourselves with natural energy. It is helpful to be connected to the world & to promote character in our lives. All of those natural healthy elements are beneficial for our nervous system health, awareness, spiritual connection, & knowledge of health for the body. The world elements can be placed anywhere in it's environment.
~Fortunes: are representations of intentional goals of what you want and who you want to be. They are also the real deal in health, wealth, fame etc. etc. keeping these goals anywhere you can see them on a daily basis is a daily reminder of reaching for that reality.
~Vastu Mandala: the first form of science known of universal flow from the Vedic period in India. It's often not used since it has specific charted element placements for the home. This is a useful and powerful chart that works with the elements & the directions complimenting another to create better energy.
~Bagua Map: a spiritual map to help you to achieve what you want. It combines the compass directions, healing world elements, & fortunes together. A way to identify what's missing in your life and the elements that signify support. Allowing the elements & fortunes to thrive in it's space to uplifting you to create success.
Want more info on the benefits of nature? Here are some links for outdoors & indoors. Enjoy!
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