In a perfect world we would all be carefree, enjoy life around us, and be all-around happy people. Unfortunately, we are busy and can let our hectic, on-the-go lives consume us. When we become so absorbed with juggling all of our priorities – work, family, friends, school – it can become a bit too much and we begin to stress ourselves out and carry all of that weight on our shoulders.
While there are known “good stressors” that we can feel while doing things like planning a wedding or running a marathon- it’s the negative stressors that we feel that can cause sleepless nights, upset stomachs, or angry outbursts. Lucky for us we have massage therapists who knead and stretch us into relaxation.
Did you know that in addition to your massage therapist loosening your sore muscles, they are also helping to lower your stress levels? A massage can help increase the circulation of your blood flow and lower your heart rate. Why would you ever want to take an anti-anxiety medicine again when you can get a massage instead? Setting aside time for regular massage sessions on a weekly, bi-weekly, or even monthly basis is a step in the right direction towards maintaining lower stress levels. And if you aren’t able to afford massage on a regular basis, make sure to set aside some regular time to do other stress reducing activities such as yoga, meditation, or even setting aside some white space in your schedule to read a book. All of these activities should not be looked at as luxuries- when honored on a regular basis and treated as a priority, they will actually help you to become more grounded, efficient, and productive in all other aspects of your life.
Instead of looking at your next massage as a “spa day” or a way to “treat yourself”, look at it as taking a step into a new and healthier you – your body will thank you.
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.
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.
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.
We are also offering Clinical-Grade Peels which will help to battle damage done over the years. Rather than using harsh chemical peels, we use all-natural, plant-based peels from CosMedix to help safely and effectively reveal new and healthy skin with minimal recovery time.
As you unwrap that final Milky-Way from your leftover indulgences at Halloween, let’s not forget that butterball turkey, piles of mashed potatoes, pies, pies and more pies will be coming within the next couple of weeks. Before we know it tis the season shopping is here & the lists are ginormous; 3AM black friday shopping, coupons, sales, savings, THAT SWEATER IS NOT IN STYLE, put up the tree, deck the halls, holiday grab bags, holiday cards, holiday caroling, volunteering, baking, cooking and OH! you’ve forgotten the cranberry sauce!… Through all of this stress you’ve stress drank every gifted bottle of wine straight through to that glorious hang-over of the New Year!
breathe it in and count to Zen.