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Creating a Relaxing Massage Environment

Friday, October 18th, 2013

Creating a Relaxing Environment
Prepare your massage room with these relaxing elements to create a comfortable and soothing environment for your clients.

Aromatherapy
Proper use of aromatherapy can positively impact your client’s mind and emotion. Choose subtle scents and essential oils that don’t overpower.

Massage Music
Music is an integral part of the client experience as it soothes the soul and sets a mood.

Massage Table Sheets
Aside from your hands, your table linens are the items which come into direct contact the most with your client. Soft, clean sheets that are in good shape and odor free are a must for a quality massage experience.

Massage Candles
Candles add warmth, soft lighting and an ambiance that is conducive to rest, relaxation and stress reduction.

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Invigorate a Massage Session with Aromatherapy

Monday, June 17th, 2013

One of the most exciting aspects of massage therapy is that there are endless possibilities that can make a session more unique and powerful.  Many seasoned massage therapists like to add their own twists to their therapeutic massage sessions, making them more memorable and effective.  Presenting each client with some options helps to make things more interesting for both the client and the person performing the massage.

Therapeutic massage is designed to cater to the mind and the body simultaneously.  This multifaceted healing art is already stimulating a person’s entire being, so why not take that concept a step further?  By using other alternative healing options that are based on other senses, it is possible to add a new dimension to a massage therapy session.

Aromatherapy is a perfect choice because it is a natural healing tool that can be used effectively in conjunction with massage therapy.  By using concentrated aromatic plant compounds and essential oils, it is possible to provide clients with an enjoyable and soothing healing experience.

Before performing aromatherapy, it is important to get familiar with it.  Like any holistic healing method, there are nuances and subtleties that should be acknowledged.  For example, some essential oil blends are made specifically for helping a person with sinus problems.  Others may bring about certain emotions or feelings.  Being able to present the client with a list of options based on their individual preferences is ideal.

Aromatherapy has gained much traction in the past few years as research has proven that there is a synergy between the mind, body, and the essential oils that promotes true wellness.  Some oils can have a direct pharmacological effect, and can stimulate the immune system, destroy fungi and bacteria, and activate thermal receptors in the brain. (1)

In addition to being a wonderful healing tool, aromatherapy is – quite simply – very pleasant.  Some scents can bring feelings of pleasant nostalgia, providing warm feelings of well-being and safety.  Others can invigorate the imagination and whisk away a person’s mind to daydreams of far-off lands and magical adventures, as they enjoy being physically stimulated by the therapeutic massage.  Aromatherapy truly offers an exciting twist that makes a massage session different than the average rubdown.

Of course, there are some people who may be more sensitive to certain scents, and some people may even find them unpleasant.  It is wise to have a client smell the oils first, so as not to have them interrupt a session.  Although reviews of aromatherapy massage sessions are generally favorable, there are some who may feel overwhelmed or find certain scents not to their liking.  Like anything else, reactions to aromatherapy differ according to individuals’ tastes.

Most massage therapists like to start out with a basic aromatherapy kit, which will usually include a variety of essential oils, a diffuser, and perhaps some candles, carrier oils, or other accessories.  Aromatherapy is truly a wonderful addition to a massage therapist’s practice because both parties involved can enjoy the healing benefits, as well as the simple pleasures, of a natural therapeutic scent.

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(1) – http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/10884.php

 

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.

The History of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy

Friday, July 30th, 2010

Extraction of essential oil has been used for the purpose of making perfumes and for the benefit that herbal aromas have on an individual’s mood.

Herbs themselves have been used throughout time to heal, or used symbolically and ritualistically. In fact, many modern medicines originated from herbs. For example, the use of willow bark dates back to 400 B.C. when it was used for fever or inflammatory conditions. The useful ingredient in willow bark is salicin, which was extracted and used to create Bayer aspirin in 1900. The biblical account of wise men baring frankincense and myrrh at the birth of Jesus Christ signifies the importance given to herbs during that time period. It is important, however, to distinguish between the medicinal properties of herbs and the therapeutic qualities of their essential oils.

The Purpose of Extraction of Essential Oil

The effect of an herb is the result of all it’s pharmacological components, which interact with one another. The distillation of an essential oil is the extraction of the volatile oil from the herb, separating that oil from other important components of the plant and altering it’s medicinal qualities. At the same time, this extraction also concentrates the oil making it less safe to ingest and more potent than the herb in it’s natural state.

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