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Himalayan Salt Stone Massage

Traditional Hot Stone Massage provides several benefits, including relief of muscle tension and pain, stress and anxiety reduction, increased circulation, and better sleep. The average skin temperature is 92 degrees. Stones are usually warmed to 105-110 degrees.

In general, Himalayan Salt has several benefits: air purification, reduction of electromagnetic radiation, reduction of unhealthy positive ions, easing of allergies and asthma and improvement in mood and sleep.

The combination of a hot stone massage with Himalayan salt stones adds even more benefit. You can see the effects of the salt after one session. Your skin, body and mind will thank you!

The benefits of a Himalayan Salt Stone Massage:

  • Negative ions are produced when heated, creating a sense of peace and deeper sense of relaxation.
  • The heat of the salt melts restrictive fascia to go deeper into the muscles and loosens the joints.
  • The moist heat of the stones assist with soothing inflamed muscles and joints.
  • Leaves the skin feeling refreshed and glowing.
  • The salt stones moisturize and plump up the superficial layers of the skin.
  • May detoxify and alkalize the body.
  • May aid in reduction of insomnia, blood pressure and stress.

On a spiritual level:

  • Can ground and balance meridian levels, chakras and electromagnetic field.
  • Clear your Qi and energy.

The stones provide 84 essential mineral and trace compounds. Stones may be used hot or cold. Unlike river stones, Himalayan stones are antibacterial.

Give yourself a wonderful treatment by scheduling a Himalayan salt stone massage session today!

Brittany Baumgartner, LMT

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Thai Massage

What is Thai Massage?

Thai Massage is an ancient form of massage that dates back 2,500 years ago by Buddhist Monks in Thailand. Also known as “Thai Yoga Massage”. Passive stretching and gentle pressure is used along the body’s energy lines to increase flexibility, relieve muscle and joint tension, and balance the body’s energy systems. Thai massage typically works with compression/rhythmic pressing movements directed into muscle tissues by either the hand, feet, forearm, or fingers. There are movements/stretches where the Massage Therapist will be on the massage table with you.

What Should I Wear?

Thai Massage is done fully clothed. It is recommended that you wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing that can stretch and breathe. Some examples are yoga pants, sweat pants, t-shirt, tank top, and sports bra.

What results should I expect?

Thai Massage uses movements similar to yoga. Sometimes it has been referred to as “The Lazy Man’s Yoga”. Tension and stress will be released during your session. You should feel more mobility, less pain, and a feeling of well being. Some people even use Thai Massage as a stretch Pre Workout!

If you have questions, or would like to make an appointment call us.

 

By Brittany Baumgartner LMT

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Cupping Therapy

Cupping is an ancient medical treatment; its Chinese roots date back to 300 or 400 A.D. Egyptian and Middle Eastern cultures also have ancient records of the practice.

Cupping is still regularly used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) in Chinese hospitals and elsewhere. Suction cups of varying sizes are attached to the body, and the suction draws blood to the surface of the skin. Hence, the bruise-like marks.

The treatment is said to improve blood circulation, thereby speeding up healing, reducing pain and easing muscle soreness. Cupping helps “jumpstart” the body’s natural healing process.

You may remember watching the Olympics, seeing marks that looked like hickeys on swimmers Michael Phelps and Cody Miller. Phelps and Miller both swear by the treatment. At a press conference, Phelps said he gets cupping done before most meets, and Miller told USA Today that cupping has been a “secret … that keeps me healthy. It’s been better than any money I’ve spent on anything else.”

What Should I Expect?
Cupping is not painful, most say it’s a very relaxing experience. You may feel suction, similar to the feel of a vacuum placed on the skin. Most cups are placed in certain areas, depending on what you need work on. Some are placed where you are having areas of tension. Others will be placed in areas to work on whatever ailment you suffer from. Some cups may be used as a way of massage, gliding with oil applied to the skin. Depending on what the treatment calls for, cups are typically left in the area from 5-20 minutes.

Will I Be Bruised or Have Hickey-Like Marks?
The color and pattern of the marks depend on the level of stagnation in the area, and range from a light pink to dark purple, sometimes small bumps may appear, as well as a slight clear liquid. These usually last 3 days to a week – sometimes longer if the person is very sick or sedentary. If there is no stagnation present, there will be only a pink marking which disappears in a few minutes to a couple of hours.

If the person receiving treatment sweats a lot on a daily basis – no marks may ever occur. People who live/work/play in toxic environments (or were exposed to a heavy dose of toxic material) may consistently mark. Sites where there is old trauma or injury may require multiple treatments to remove all stagnation. You will find in follow-up treatments, marks will be progressively lighter, as pathogens are systemically removed from the body.

Suction pulls toxins, pathogenic factors, blood poison, dead lymph and cellular debris from deep within the tissues to the surface. These debilitating agents are then more easily expelled from the body. The deposits dissipate from a few hours up to several weeks, depending on the amount of stagnation and the patient’s post treatment activities.

Cupping is Good For:

• Blood disorders such as anemia and hemophilia
• Rheumatic diseases such as arthritis and fibromyalgia
• Fertility and gynecological disorders
• Skin problems such as eczema, cellulite, and acne
• High blood pressure
• Migraines
• Anxiety and depression
• Bronchial congestion caused by allergies and asthma
• Varicose veins
• Muscle injuries or tension
• Cellulite and weight management
• Detoxification

If you have any questions or would like to set up an appointment, call Leaves of Life at (614) 888-HERB (4372)

I look forward to meeting you and helping you on your journey to wellness.

Brittany Baumgartner, LMT