What is Deep Tissue Massage and Why is it Helpful?

Deep tissue massage uses greater pressure on the muscles to focus on the tissue, tendons and fascia which will help relieve chronic muscle tension. Deep tissue massage is beneficial in lowering blood pressure and by boosting mood and relaxation by triggering the release of oxytocin and serotonin.



Why Add Massage to Your Health Routine?

Experts estimate that upwards of ninety percent of disease is stress-related. And perhaps nothing ages us faster, internally and externally, than high stress. Massage is an effective tool for managing this stress, which translates into:

Decreased anxiety
Enhanced sleep quality
Greater energy
Improved concentration
Increased circulation
Reduced fatigue



Witch Hazel Soothes Sunburns

If you get a sunburn, apply witch hazel to the burned area. Witch hazel is a solution made with an extract from the leaves, twig and bark of the Hamamelis plant, that has strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects that are soothing and cooling to sunburned skin.

Coconut Oil is Good For Your Skin After the Sun

Coconut oil contains lauric acid which helps keep skin moist. Although coconut oil is solid at room temperature, it will melt at body temperature and absorb easily into the skin. Although coconut oil has been used for tanning, it is also helpful after the sun to keep sun-damaged skin from peeling.

Oatmeal Powder and White Vinegar Make A Natural Sunburn Soothing Bath

If you have a sunburn, a soaking bath containing oatmeal powder and two or three tablespoons of white vinegar is soothing, relieves itching and helps the skin regain its normal moisture barrier. The vinegar helps remove inflammatory compounds released by sun-damaged skin and soothes sunburn pain. Aveeno makes oatmeal powder, or you can make your own by grinding uncooked oat cereal in a blender until it becomes a fine powder.

Squalane is a natural sunburn soother

Another natural sunburn soother is squalane, a stablized form of a naturally occurring substance derived from certain plants such as olives. Squalane guards against dehydration in sun-damaged skin. Squalane doesn’t clog pores, it soaks in quickly, it feels very light on the skin, and it has no color, odor or taste. Squalane can be purchased inexpensively in stores and online.

Fresh Aloe Gel is a Natural Sunburn Soother

Before you enjoy a long fun-in-the-sun holiday weekend, here’s a natural sunburn soother. Fresh aloe gel is soothing to sunburned skin. If you don’t already have an aloe plant, you can purchase one inexpensively from a garden center or nursery. Snip off one of the fronds, squeeze out the gel and apply to your skin. Fresh aloe is better than a store-bought product because the gel’s ability to soothe decreases rapidly after it has been extracted. If the soothing effect wears off, reapply.

Epsom Salts Relieve Muscle Cramps

Epsom salts are a long-known remedy for muscle cramps. Epsom salts contain magnesium sulfate which not only relaxes muscles but lessens inflammation and fights infection. People with diabetes who should watch the health of their feet due to the possibility of impaired circulation should consider soaking in Epsom salts regularly.