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Lotus Touch Massage Oils

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

1. Are Lotus touch essential oils 100% certified organic?

No, not all Lotus Touch Oils are Certified Organic.  We have a limited range of certified organic oils.   If you search for item 246 0175 on our website you will see the entire range.

2. What testing do the oils undergo? Is every batch tested before bottled and sold?
What specific organizations are they tested under? (AFNOR, EC, ISO)

Our oils are tested olfactorily and visually first and then sent off for Gas Chromatography testing. We have a specialist consultant essential oil chemist responsible for interpreting the results (the most difficult part of the process). All our oils are GC tested by the producers, so we are effectively doing a double check. We are very consistent with the producers that we use and have worked with them for a long time. We like to GC test every batch but many of our suppliers have only one stock for the year and we draw from it, so we are judicious in adding the extra cost in repeating the analysis of the same oil. Our specifications surpass all those of AFNOR, EU and ISO.

3. Are any of the Lotus touch essential oils diluted with chemical and/or synthetic additives?

No, none of the Lotus Touch oils are diluted with chemicals or additives. However, some of the oils, like Neroli, Jasmine, Sandalwood, Rose, etc. are diluted with 100% pure jojoba carrier oil to make them more affordable and easier to use.

Choosing the Right Massage Lotion

Monday, August 16th, 2010

A massage is a wonderful way to relax, relieve tension, and get some relief from sore aches and pains. An important part of a massage session is the use of lotions, cream, and oils. These types of products are an important element of an enjoyable massage. There are many types of products that are designed for individual taste and situation. To understand which one is best for you, it is important to understand how they work.

Skin Type

Skin type can affect what kind of product that is used. Common skin types include normal, dry, sensitive, and oily. Natural and organic skincare products are made to work well on the skin. They are especially useful for people with sensitive skin. Mineral oil has a drying affect so people with dry skin should avoid products containing mineral oil.

Massage Oils

If you use massage oil, it is important to consider your own needs. Many oils stain so you may opt for a non-staining product. You should consider the consistency of the oil. There are a variety of oil textures and scents. If you have skin conditions such as acne, Jojoba oil, almond oil, and grapeseed oil are good choices because they are light. They are also good for people with acne. There are special products for feet conditions. Tea tree oil is good for fungus. Sesame oil is often used in Ayurvedic massages so they are usually thick and heavy. Olive oil is also thick and has a strong smell. Avocado oil is a great moisturizer.

If you are sensitive to scents, you should use a non-scented product. If you enjoy aromas, there are a number of oils containing pleasant scents. Oils are available as a single scent or blended together. Olive oil’s scent is too strong to mix with essential oils.

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Top Ten Career Tips from an Esthetician

Sunday, August 15th, 2010

Are you starting a career as an esthetician or considering one? To help you develop your career, here is valuable advice from a professional esthetician who has created her own successful skin therapy business.

Fauzia Morgan is a licensed esthetician in Seattle, Washington. She graduated from the Euro Institute of Skin Care in 2005 and offers facials, resurfacing peels and body treatments through her own business, Sacred Skin Therapy.

“I still can’t really get over how lucky I am to do what I love for a living,” says Fauzia. “I give facials the way I would want to receive one. I love how good people feel after a facial with me.”

Fauzia offers the following advice for new estheticians and those considering a career in skin care.

1. Do what you love.

Fauzia Morgan, Owner
of Sacred Skin TherapyWhen it comes to choosing a school or creating a focus for your practice, Fauzia’s advice is consistent – be yourself and do what you love.

Her own approach to esthetics is holistic and rooted in her own experience. After struggling with chronic, severe acne from ages 13 to 26, Fauzia learned to heal her body from the inside out through acupuncture and dietary changes. Then, while working at an integrative pharmacy, she realized that she was able to help other people with their skin by recommending natural skin care products and making referrals to naturopaths, nutritionists, acupuncturists and herbalists. She decided to translate this talent into a career as an esthetician.

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Full Body Massage Therapy Tips & Techniques

Saturday, August 14th, 2010

Massage has been used as a curing therapy for many thousands of years. Records dating back to 2700 B.C. show that in China massage was used to treat many illnesses or to prevent any. Even Hippocrates, the famous Greek physician writing in 400 B.C., recommended that physicians should treat war or sports injuries with rubbing and massage.

The ancient cultures of Japan, Rome, Egypt and Arabia all considered massage to be calming, soothing and relaxing, and also very important as a therapeutic therapy. Now, in the 21st century, there are many different kinds of massage therapies available, each of which offers specific benefits to the mind and body. Full Body Massage is one of them.

These forms of specific massage can be used to treat a wide range of conditions, plus they can be used to simply unwind and relax.

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10 Most Popular Types Of Massage Therapy

Friday, August 13th, 2010

1. Swedish Massage Therapy

This is the most common type of massage therapy in the United States. It is also known as Swedish massage or simply massage therapy.  Massage therapists use long smooth strokes, kneading, and circular movements on superficial layers of muscle using massage lotion or oil.

Swedish massage therapy can be very gentle and relaxing. If you’ve never had massage before, this is a good one to try first. To learn more, read the full article on Swedish massage.

2. Aromatherapy Massage

Aromatherapy massage is massage therapy with the addition of one or more scented plant oils called essential oils to address specific needs.  The massage therapist can select oils that are relaxing, energizing, stress-reducing, balancing, etc. One of the most common essential oils used in aromatherapy massage is lavender.

Aromatherapy massage is particularly suited to stress-related conditions or conditions with an emotional component. To learn more, read the full article on aromatherapy massage.

3. Hot Stone Massage

Heated, smooth stones are placed on certain points on the body to warm and loosen tight muscles and balance energy centers in the body.  The massage therapist may also hold stones and apply gentle pressure with them. The warmth is comforting. Hot stone massage is good for people who have muscle tension but prefer lighter massage. To learn more, read the full article on hot stone massage.

4. Deep Tissue Massage

Deep tissue massage targets the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue. The massage therapist uses slower strokes or friction techniques across the grain of the muscle.

Deep tissue massage is used for chronically tight or painful muscles, repetitive strain, postural problems, or recovery from injury. People often feel sore for one to two days after deep tissue massage. To learn more, read the full article on deep tissue massage.

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The Hidden Costs of Purchasing Massage Tables

Sunday, August 1st, 2010

There is an inclination among massage therapists, both experienced and inexperienced, to purchase inexpensive equipment. The reflex to save money on the spot is natural, but can cost you dearly in the end.

Too often, with cheap massage tables, you get what you pay for. To avoid the hidden costs of tables, here are some issues to think about to ensure that you get the right table to maximize your practice. After all, aside from one’s hands and training, the table is the single most important tool upon which the practitioner’s whole livelihood hangs.

Table Use

When purchasing a table, the first question to ask is, “What purpose will the table serve?” Will the table be used only for massages? If so, what type? Or will the table be used to offer other services, as well? If so, you’ll want to consider a table with features that support each modality and functionality, such as padding, height adjustability, even a backrest. A less expensive table that is not as accommodating can cause you to incur greater costs, since an unequipped table cannot perform all the functions you will need. The wrong table will create a poor experience for your client and put undue strain on your key business investment – your body. If your table cannot accommodate your usage needs, you will have to purchase a second table, which will add an additional unplanned expense to your practice.

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