Archive for September, 2010

Top 5 Massage Products a Massage Therapist Can’t Live Without

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Working as a massage therapist requires me to use a variety of products including oils, lotions and linens.  Because I offer a service that is all about pampering the human body and mind, I am constantly looking for finer, more desirable massage products to delight the senses of my clients.  Although I love finding new brands and blends that really impress me,  it is important to me that they are also affordable.  I wanted to share some of my favorite massage products because I’ve found that I don’t have to spend a fortune to get first-class goods for my business. In no particular order:

Edens Garden Essential Oils

These oils are my new favorite item.  I use a lot of Aromatherapy in my practice and I go through a lot of oils.  I was shopping around online looking for good deals because oils are ridiculously expensive and I wanted to buy some in bulk.  I stumbled upon EDENS GARDEN Beginners Best of the Best Set and I was amazed by the price.  Only $40 for 14/10 ml assorted essential oils.  My first concern was that the oils were very low quality because they were so inexpensive.  I ordered them anyways because I had to try them for that price!

When I received the oils, I was beyond impressed with the quality and selection.  These oils are 100% pure and therefore very powerful; more potent and pure than any I have tried previously.  I have even compared the Lavender oil to that of the very expensive (and supposedly the best) DO TERRA Lavender oil, and Edens Garden was by far the best.  And the bottles even give instruction on what that particular oil mixes well with and what ailments they help alleviate.  I love all of the oils but highly recommend Cinnamon Clove, Sweet Orange,  Lemon Eucalyptus, Lavender and Lime for exceptional relaxation.

Scentsy Fragrances

Because I run my massage therapy business out of my home, I always want my house to smell great for my clients.  Scentsy candles are stronger than any candles I’ve ever tried and also more convenient because they have no wick.  Scentsy provides candle warmers that heat up the wax and there is absolutely no mess.  Also, the scents are very strong and will permeate the room within minutes.

You can buy small candle warmers that plug into an outlet or the bigger ones that you can place on a table, stand or counter that are also very decorative.  Once you purchase a few candle warmers all you need is the wax.  You can buy small bars for just $5 and they have an awesome selection.  These scents also come in room sprays.  Try these, they are some of my faves: Coconut Parfait, Black Raspberry Vanilla, White Tea & Cactus, French Lavender, and Sugar Cookie.

LaBelle Facial Kit

LaBelle has amazing products including cleansers, scrubs, moisturizers, eye creams and serums.  I absolutely love their mini cleansing kit.  I often like to do a brief 5-10 minute facial at the end of my sessions to fully help my clients relax.  This kit is perfect to end a session with because the fragrances are subtle and fresh.

The kit contains 3 items, a Cleansing Gel that includes cucumber and chamomile extract, followed by a Moisture Brightening Mask with Thyme that helps reverse sun damage.  And my favorite part of the kit is the Moisturizing Serum + C.  This Serum has a soft citrus smell that every client loves and sends them out the door glowing.

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Biotone Lotions

I have used BIOTONE as long as I have been a licensed massage therapist.  They have lotions to use specifically for deep tissue, sensitive-skin lotions, and my favorite – creme lotions.  I only use the Dual Purpose Creme lotion in my massages because it has the perfect texture.  It glides well but is also very good to use with deeper strokes.

It has a very rich texture and all my clients love it!  And I love that you can get a 68 oz bottle of it for just under $40.  It lasts forever.  These lotions are also enhanced with the good stuff like Arnica, Ivy, Grapeseed Extract – just to name a few.  Most therapists that I know and work with use BIOTONE because its simply the best.

The SpaLena Collection by Comphy

I have a few sets of SpaLena sheet sets and I love how soft they are.  They are extremely silky and my clients almost always comment on their softness.  They come in a few simple and beautiful shades.  You can buy them in Chocolate, Cream, White and Green Tea.

The Green Tea set is my favorite.  2 twin sheets and a massage face cover are usually about $33 but are featured at Costco so make sure to check there first.  When I have some extra money, I like to buy SpaLena linens and I hope to phase out all of my other  linens eventually.  This brand is a little bit pricey but it is absolutely worth it.

You’ll experience all of these products and a great massage when you book your next massage with me in Salt Lake City, Utah.  Call (801) 349-3934 to schedule your massage today.

Craniosacral Therapy: Unlocking your Body’s Ability to Heal Itself

Friday, September 3rd, 2010

Craniosacral Therapy (often mispelled cranialsacral or cranial sacral) is a fairly new type of therapy that is used to correct misalignments and inconsistencies in the Craniosacral system.  This physiological system pumps fluid through your spine, around the outside of your brain and encloses the spinal cord, brain, spinal column,  nerves and Cerebrospinal Fluid or CSF.  CSF is a clear watery fluid that is circulating in our Central Nervous Systems at all times.  In addition, CSF surrounds, feeds and cleans our brain and spinal cord. Below is a visual explanation of the Craniosacral system.

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Craniosacral System

The pumping action that is generated in the Craniosacral system creates a pulse.  This “pulse” was discovered by Dr. William Sutherland in 1899 and is now termed Cranial Rhythm.  Craniosacral Therapy revolves around the practitioner’s ability to find this Cranial Rhythm.  Although this rhythm is theoretical, I have physically felt it in many of my sessions.  Once the rhythm is found, the therapist must concentrate to find any discrepancies in its movement.

“This therapy utilizes very gentle massage/manipulation of the brain, spinal cord, bones of the skull, sacrum and interconnected membranes.”

The Craniosacral Rhythm is the cycle of production and reabsorption of Cerebrospinal Fluid.  When fluid is being produced, this is called Craniosacral Flexion.  When the reabsorption occurs, it is referred to as Craniosacral Extension.  Flexion resembles inhalation, and Extension, exhalation.   This rhythm can be palpated or felt anywhere on the body – from the bottom of your feet to the top of your head.

This rhythm has certain characteristics, of course depending on how blocked and disarranged it is.

Symmetry – side to side movement.  Flexion/Extension

Quality – a power scale ranging from 1-10. 1 being very weak and 10 being very strong.  This movement can be rough, smooth, ratchety, thin etc..

Amplitude – width of travel. Bigger is better!

Rate – there will be 6-12 cycles per minute, just as we take 12-18 breaths per minute.

What you can Expect in a Session

So now that you know how it works, let me explain what a Craniosacral session consists of and just how this therapy is used to unlock your body’s ability to heal itself.  This therapy utilizes very gentle touch/manipulation of the brain, spinal cord, bones of the skull, sacrum and interconnected membranes.  There are several “listening station” that the practitioner can use initially to palpate the Cranial Rhythm.  Once the rhythm is felt and evaluated, the therapist can pinpoint exactly where the work needs to be done based on where the rhythm can not be found in the body.  That is where the work needs to be done, because that is where there is a blockage in the Craniosacral system.

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The therapist will move on to place their hands and hold several points of the body from the pelvis to the top of the head.  These sessions can last from 30 minutes to 2 hours in my experience and it all depends on how misaligned your body is.  Once the session is over, your Craniosacral system becomes unblocked and your body can potentially heal itself!  I won’t put a list of ailments that can be treated by Craniosacral Therapy because it can theoretically help with any problem you may be having from emotional/mental disorders to physical pain like neck/upper back pain.  I have especially had success with auto-immune disease like Fibromyalgia, chronic migraines, depression, insomnia and memory problems.

Once the session is finished, many of my clients explain a feeling of extreme relaxation and peace.  Although most clients will stay awake for their session, many report that they felt as if they were dreaming.  This therapy can unlock intense mental pain as well so do not be surprised if you are overwhelmed with emotions during or after a session.  This is an excellent therapy to try if you feel that other therapies have failed you or that you’re not getting the results you want from something else.  This could be just what your body needs to heal.  Call today to make an appointment and if you schedule before October 10, I am offering 20 minutes of FREE Craniosacral work.  Don’t miss out on this amazing bodywork experience.