Monthly Archives: March 2014

Benefits of Thai Herbal Compress

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The Thai Herbal Compress has been used for centuries as a detoxification treatment. It has countless benefits for the body and is frequently used to aid in muscle and soft tissue aches.

Soft balls are filled with a special blend of Thai herbs and are steamed before being pressed onto fatigued muscles. The heat induces muscle relaxation while the herbs relieve muscle and joint pain, help to increase circulation, and provide nourishment for the skin. The heat also increases blood oxygen flow, thus oxygenating vital organs and allowing them to be more efficient.

By blending the Thai Herbal Compress with massage, one can receive maximum benefits for the body. The heated muscles will become more open to manipulation while the herbs will provide a detoxifying boost to any form of massage. This special treatment can also have a therapeutic effect due to the scent of the special herbs. The herbs used in the Thai Herbal medicine ball typically include tamarind, kaffir leaves, lemongrass, ginger, and eucalyptus which will have an relaxing yet uplifting aromatherapy effect.

 

 

 

DIY ROOM SPRAY using essential oils

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Essential oils have been used for thousands of years and are great for a variety of things ranging from stress relief to digestion.   At Project Zen we like to use a proprietary blend of Orange oil, Lemongrass, and Eucalyptus to promote an uplifting and relaxing mood for massage.

Some of my other favorite essential oils are:

Bergamot: Uplifting, inspiring, confidence building

Clary Sage: Centering, euphoric, visualizing

Fennel: Nurturing, supportive, restorative

Grapefruit: Refreshing, cheering

Ylang Ylang: Sensual, euphoric

There are hundreds of DYI ways to incorporate oils into your daily life, from making your own perfume, scenting your own aromatherapy lotions, blending your own oils to burn- the list goes on, but my newest favorite use for essential oils is making my own room freshener / body mist. Store bought air fresheners often contain a long list of carcinogens, toxic corrosives, and even pesticides. Sure- they might smell good, but the payoff is not worth it. Why inhale toxic chemicals when you can make your own blend that will smell even better AND have healthy and therapeutic effects?

It’s incredibly easy as well.  The recipe I am sharing below is my personal favorite blend that took me less than 5 minutes to make. I call it my “Bliss Spray” because it combines the uplifting qualities of Bergamot with the euphoric qualities of Ylang Ylang.

BLISS SPRAY:

You will need distilled water, Ylang Ylang essential oil, Bergamot essential oil, spray bottle.

 STEP 1: Measure 4 oz of purified water (tap water is fine too) and pour into your spray bottle

 STEP 2: Add 7 drops of Ylang Ylang and 5 drops of Bergamot

 STEP 3: Shake and spray!!

It’s that easy. Have fun experimenting with your own blends of oils.  The possibilities are endless.

 

Staying on Track

9318863436_94aa7fd9d6_z(1)You’ve done so well achieving your new New Years Resolutions- you feel the change in your daily routine, energy has increased, stress levels are down and incorporating wellness into your new year has made you feel balanced.
 
Project Zen Massage and Bodywork is here to keep you on track throughout the year. Creating a sanctuary of relaxation to de-stress through massage or facial services. 
 
Stress can trigger so much dis-ease in the body, from tension tight muscles, upset stomach, headaches, sleeping problems and even high blood pressure. Massage is beneficial for increasing endorphins in the body releasing our “feel good” chemical, while lowering blood pressure, heart rate and sending those endorphins to relax the muscles in the body. 
 
Facials, though not a full body massage, can deliver anti-stress benefits as well, such as increased facial circulation which triggers relaxation. Your face will have a healthy new glow for all to see.
 
Engaging our bodies in balanced wellness practices is important for living a long and healthy life.