De-stress with Massage

A massage is a very relaxing and quiet way to calm down stress, anxiety, and relax sore muscles. It is an easy way to escape the pressure, hustle and bustle, and fast pace style of our every day living. After 10 minutes of a relaxing massage can actually reduce any kind of inflammation, and can also help your body to recover. A study has shown that, in 2007, that a quarter of Americans have had at least one massage in the span of a year. The therapeutic styles of massage has been practiced for at least thousands of years. There are many who link massages to the New Age movement, but massage is used for many purposes. Such as, for romance, relaxation, mental health benefits, health wellness reasons, pain, stress, and sleep.

Massages can relieve the stress hormone, that your body produces, and can help to relieve depression in the body and help depression from flaring up. Statistics have shown that 8 out of 10 people suffer from serious back pain. A rub down of the muscles in your back can improve and ease the pain. Many people use a massage as a source of relief from back pain. Falling asleep while receiving a massage can help promote a healthy sleep system. We all know that the more sleep a person can get, helps the body restore itself and stay healthy. Therefore, our immune systems stays strong and able to fight off diseases and viruses. There have many reports, that during a woman’s menstrual cycle, if she receives a massage it can help to relieve cramping, bloating, and discomfort during this time of uncomfortable pain and muscle cramps. Just as a massage helps to relieve muscle and back pain, it has also been known to help headaches and chronic migraines. A study has shown, that the person receiving a massage during a migraine or headache, had felt a great deal of relief after. A 30 minute massage a day can help to prevent tension headaches, migraines, and stress headaches. There has been studies recorded to help those with cancer undergoing chemotherapy, to relieve the side effects of this strong medicine. It aides in helping to reduce the feeling of fatigue, anxiety, nausea, pain, and depression in cancer victims. They call massages the “beauty of bodywork.” Whenever you are making a massage appointment, always try to consider it a required piece of your health and wellness plan.

There are many reasons to get a massage, and the benefits are enjoyable as well. If a person would view each massage session as a means for their health and well being, then a majority of people would be making appointments more frequently. There are many who suffer from every day pain and a small 30 minute a day session could help to relieve some of that pain. The more people to realize these wonderful benefits of massages, the more people could enjoy a healthier and stronger life style. Therefore, being able to receive a more well rested sleep at night and a healthier body.

Four Benefits of Aromatherapy

Are you weary of using a more naturalistic approach to healing, such as aromatherapy? Perhaps you should reconsider. Aromatherapy, which involves using essential oils extracted from plants as a therapeutic treatment, has been noted to offer great health benefits. While the studies on this particular topic are limited, many believe that the results of clinical trials show the successful application of this relaxing and calming technique and believe in the power of aromatherapy.

1. It can help address the dark issue of depression. For those suffering from depression, anxiety and other challenging emotional issues, it has been found that aromatherapy can offer many people relief in their day to day struggles. The vibrant scents assist sufferers to lift their mood and they are often overcome with a relaxing feeling after receiving an essential oil treatment.

2. Essential oils can help alleviate stress. Patients often feel much more relaxed, calm and experience a great reduction in their stress levels, in comparison to those who do not partake in the use of aromatherapy. Lavender scents, in particular, appeared to have the most significant effect. Even cancer patients have begun toting a sense of comfort in the use of essential oils to manage their stress and anxiety. Next time you’re feeling overwhelmed, consider incorporating essential oils and a nice, hot bath into your routine.

3. Aromatherapy may improve blood pressure. Due to the high amount of relaxation experienced throughout the treatment process, those who are known to have high blood pressure may see their blood pressure reach closer to the healthy range. If you have hypertension, consider implementing this into your care routine to help manage your health more carefully in a relaxing manner.

4. It helps with the management of pain. Do you struggle with severe menstrual cramps? Do you have a chronic health condition that is painful? Aromatherapy can help to relieve pain for both of these situations. The best essential oil for pain management is considered to be Clary sage, which is an enjoyable natural scent.

Now that you know the benefits, you should also know the different ways you can incorporate aromatherapy into your life. First, you have the option of therapy through massage, where the essential oil soaks into your skin. The second option is through simply breathing the scents of essential oils. You can do this by dropping a few drops on a towel or heating water and adding a few drops, then breathing the scents. Alternatively, you could use an essential oil burner, which fills an entire room with the scent. Lastly, you can apply aromatherapy by enjoying a bath. Add a few drops into your next bath. The vapours from your bath infuse with the essential oils while the oils soak into your skin. All you need to do is lie back and take it all in!

Sage from the Cauldron

Sage from the Cauldron is Fox’s new feature answering your magical questions/dilemmas.

Please feel free to send your questions in and let’s stir the cauldron together!

One question I was recently asked:

“Goddess Fox, I am always, always trying to attract my soul mate, but nothing seems to work.  Can you help”?
A. Mirror Albuquerque, NM

Fox’s response:

“Dear A. Mirror, first of all let’s stop “trying”!  Let’s focus on setting an intention and then releasing it to the Goddess to  help you manifest.   I suggest you begin your attraction on the next new moon, which is a growing time.  Create sacred space for yourself, and perhaps even set up an altar with “2″ of everything and romantic articles, as well as two candles that represent the divine masculine and divine feminine.  Then, literally write down a list of a maximum of “10″ qualities that you would like to attract in your partner.  Light some incense and imagine your qualities and desires radiating out into the universe to attract your mate!  Then consciously release thoughts/feelings of “strive and trying” and anytime you have those old pangs, simply breathe and affirm to yourself “I am now attracting the partner of my dreams”.  Let’s see how the Goddess works in your life now!  And, remember, to attract the partner of your dreams, you need to be that same partner!  Take yourself on “dates” until your mate arrives and court yourself!  Blessed Be!

The Witch-in is now closed…