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Sophiem Beauty and Massage 

Our Blog

An ongoing series of informative entries

Our Latest Blog Entry

20 September 2022

Himalayan Salt Stone Massage


The Himalayan salt stone massage is similar to a regular hot stone massage, but smooth Himalayan salt stones are used instead. The Himalayan salt stones tend to hold heat very well and provide additional benefits to the regular hot stone massage.

When Himalayan salt crystals are heated, they release negative ions into the surroundings, which bind to free radicals. Free radicals are unstable and highly reactive molecules or ions which cause chain reactions in the body, otherwise known as oxidation, which in turn leads to stress, cell-damage, disease, and accelerated aging. When the negative ions from heated Himalayan salt binds to free radicals, they are neutralized.

Himalayan salt crystals are anti microbial, anti fungal and anti bacterial. When the crystals contact the skin wet or dry a detoxification effect is achieved.

Himalayan salt stone massage an effective method to knead sore muscles and release tension, while improving circulation.

Himalayan salt crystals naturally contain up to 84 trace minerals.


Benefits a regular heated salt stone massage:

Deep sense of relaxation

Deep relief of chronic pain, especially in the neck, shoulder and back.

Exfoliated, glowing skin.

Soothed muscles and joints

Loosening of tight muscles

Improved sleep

Better blood circulation

Reduced signs of aging

Loosening of tight muscles

Deep relief of chronic pain, especially in the neck and back

Stronger immune system

Our Second Blog Entry

14 February 2022

AROMATHERAPY 

List of 10 popular essential oils and the health claims associated with them

• Peppermint: used to boost energy and aid digestion

• Lavender: used to relieve stress

• Sandalwood: used to calm nerves and help with focus

• Bergamot: used to reduce stress and improve skin conditions like eczema

• Rose: used to improve mood and reduce anxiety

• Chamomile: used to improve mood and relaxation

• Ylang-Ylang: used to treat headaches, nausea, and skin conditions

• Tea Tree: used to fight infections and boost immunity

• Jasmine: used to help with depression, childbirth, and libido

• Lemon: used to aid digestion, mood, headaches,

Our First Blog Entry

15 January 2022

Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy History and Background

Modern aromatherapy dates back to the 1930’s and the work of the French chemist René-Maurice Gattefossé, who experimented with essentials and realized their great healing potential. It is from these early beginnings, and from the pioneering work carried out in the last century, that aromatherapy developed into the widely recognised form of treatment that it s today.

Aromatic extracts from plants have been used therapeutically for thousands of years and their use can be traced back to all the major early civilisations. In the ancient world aromatic fumigations were used in daily rituals and religious ceremonies as an expression and reminder of sacredness. Fragrance was seen as a manifestation of divinity on Earth, connectivity between the Gods and human beings and between the emanation of matter and manifestation of spirit. Indian temples were built almost exclusively of sandalwood to ensure they had an aromatic atmosphere and the Chinese used aromatic herbs and burned aromatic woods to show respect to their gods. The origins of aromatic medicine in Europe and the Western world can be traced back more than six thousand years, to Egypt and the pharaohs.

The Egyptians used a method known as infusion to extract the oils from aromatic plants, and incense was probably one of the earliest ways of using aromatics. The Egyptians took personal hygiene seriously, and have the earliest recorded recipe for a body deodorant. They were also practised in massage using fragrant oils after bathing, and were renowned for their skincare and cosmetics.

The Egyptians, experts in embalming, used essential oils with strong antiseptic properties so that the body tissue would be well preserved for thousands of years. Egyptians made a famous perfume, kyphi, however, it was more than just a perfume because it was also an antiseptic, a balsamic and a tranquilliser.

The practices of the Egyptians influenced the whole of the Middle East and the Mediterranean. The Babylonians mixed mortar

and perfume for their temples, an art that was handed down to the Arabs, who built their mosques in the same way. King Solomon’s famous temple in Jerusalem was built of cedar wood and stone. Phoenician merchants exported rich unguents and aromatic wines around the

Mediterranean and the Arabian Peninsula, and brought back precious cinnamon, frankincense, ginger and myrrh from their travels to the Orient. Frankincense and myrrh being two of the offerings by the wise men to the newborn baby Jesus.

Aromatherapy as we know it today owes much to the pioneering work of the 19th and 20th century French and Italian scientists. Early research began in France when it was noticed that workers in the processing of flowers and herbs stayed free of respiratory diseases when Tuberculosis was prevalent. The first recorded laboratory test in 1887 highlighted the antibacterial effects of essential oils and it was these that were thought to be responsible for the good health of the workers.

Aromatherapy today

The benefits are much more widely recognised and aromatherapy is taken more seriously. As the medical profession has become more interested in alternative remedies, increasing evidence is emerging that aromatherapy works.

Research and studies throughout the world show the positive effects of aromatherapy. Much of this research is concerned with the antiseptic and antibiotic powers of essential oils and their disease-countering (allopathic) properties. When applied topically, some essential oils, including Tea Tree oil, have antibacterial and antiseptic properties, and there is a strong case for the use of essential oils in hospitals. As antiseptics they can help prevent the spread of airborne infection, a problem in many hospitals.

There are many studies that show how essential oils can work, not only physiologically where they work on the actual physical condition, but also psychologically where they work via the sense of smell. It has been shown that essential oils can positively affect mood and the sense of well being, creating either stimulating or relaxing effects. Research is also being done in the field of coronary care, care of the elderly, and sleep disorders. It is suggested that aromatherapy could help ease behavioural problems commonly associated with people suffering with dementia and help people with cancer to feel more positive. There is a strong connection between touch and massage and a sense of well-being, and this is one of the guiding principles of aromatherapy.

Aromatherapy holds a prominent role in complementary medicine and is based on holistic principles, treating the whole person rather than a set of symptoms. It is a very humane process based on touch, communication and dealing with people instead of reaching automatically for a prescription pad. The emphasis is on strengthening the body’s immune system and looking at the root cause of the problem and how it can be addressed.

The essential oils used in aromatherapy are chosen to improve physical and emotional well-being, and the oils are extracted from plants that possess distinctive therapeutic properties. Essential oils can be used alongside other treatments as part of an integrated approach to health problems.

Aromatherapy is also popular in beauty treatments, where essential oils are used in skin and bodycare products and massages to enhance the skin’s condition.

Aromatherapy is compatible with all other natural therapies, with the possible exception of homeopathy as it is

thought that some essential oils negate the healing powers of homeopathic remedies.

Aromatherapy is beneficial in many ways and while essential oils should not replace conventional medicine, they can play a prominent role in maintaining general health and mental well-being. People of any age can benefit from aromatherapy treatments, either to help them improve their health or simply to give them a general lift in mood.

Aromatherapy is also a benefit psychologically and an aid in preventative medicine, having the power to counteract the negative effects of stress and to boost the immune system. Life often puts great pressures on our minds

and bodies: long hours at computer screen, over processed foods, poor

air quality, poor posture, lack of sleep and pressures of time and money all take their toll. Therapies thought to be the most beneficial are those that include massage and relaxation techniques.

In fact, one of the reasons for the increase in popularity of aromatherapy today is that it is a relaxing, hands-on therapy that has wonderful benefits in terms of boosting well-being and the relief of tensions and worries that often accompany today’s stressful lifestyle. Aromatherapy can be used to alleviate the physical ills and discomforts brought on and exacerbated by everyday life.

Applying a blend of peppermint and eucalyptus oils with a sponge to the forehead and temples could aid in reducing the pain associated with headaches. Oils inhaled or massaged into the skin can help to maintain energy levels and focus throughout a long working day or to combat jetlag.

Oils have been shown to effective in aiding attention and memory.

• physical disorders

• asthma

• menstrual and menopausal problems

• aches and pains

• skin disorders

• infections such as cystitis and bronchitis.

• dementia

Aromatherapists tend not to treat the more serious ailments such as cancer, although aromatherapy can be a tremendous boon to patients in complementing medical treatment as long as the aromatherapist

works in conjunction with and the cooperation of a doctor.

The purpose of Aromatherapy is to enhance,

• restore and heal the body on all level

• mentally

• emotionally

• spiritually

Health can be defined as having all body systems in balance. Ill health happens when the body stops functioning in a balanced way.

Aromatherapy helps to strengthen the body systems and assists in the self-healing process bringing the body back into balance or harmony.

Aromatherapy is a holistic approach to healing that facilitates the equilibrium of physical, mental and spiritual health through essential oils. Aromatherapy essential oils seek to stimulate and enhance the body's own

healing process so that the body is capable of regulating, maintaining and healing itself.

Highly concentrated essential oils, known for their healing effects, work by stimulating the body systems and encouraging the body to heal itself. Rest and relaxation is vital to good health but a stressful life can make it difficult to get enough.

When stressed the sympathetic nervous system is activated and puts the body into fight or flight mode. Blood circulation is diverted from digestive and other regenerating systems in the body to the muscles for flight or fight. This is helpful if you are crossing the road and suddenly see a truck bearing down on you but ongoing stress means the body is chronically and constantly in a state of fight or flight and the other body systems don't have the opportunity to recuperate. The relaxed state induced by scent and massage activates the parasympathetic system, and so brings full rest and recuperation. This can in itself be enough for the body's own immune system and healing abilities to start.

An Aromatherapy treatment can be a perfect antidote to the stresses and strains of today.