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Therapeutic Benefits of Massage

By Coco Pile.

Massage is so much more than a luxury or spa treatment. It has countless therapeutic benefits to remove physical obstacles that impede your ability to live your life. I’ve had clients that had daily headaches, which were impacting their performance at work. Or clients with so much knee pain that they stopped hiking, biking, and skiing. All of which were caused just from muscle imbalances. We released the built up tension and then they were able to go back to their lives, doing what they want, with improved performance!

Correcting Imbalances through Massage

By Coco Pile

We often forget that majority of our body is composed of muscles. When those tissues get out of balance through over use or stagnation we can have a full body impact. A lot of people don’t realize that tension in the ankles can cause headaches. Massage is so much more than a time to relax. It’s an opportunity to bring awareness to our bodies and correct any imbalances we have created while living our lives.

Relieving Tension Through Massage

By Coco Pile

One hour of massage is not going to reverse days/ weeks/ months/ years of tension that you have stock piled in your tissues. The longer you have lived with an issue the more sessions it’s going to take to recalibrate and train your body into a new state. A one hour massage can reset a lot within your tissues, but its a team effort. The therapist shows were the tension is and sets up the opportunity to release, but the receiver must be present to let go of the tension. Overall, the receiver’s nervous system has to be the one to tell the muscles to relax.

How Massage Relaxes Your Nervous System

By Coco Pile

Our automatic (autonomic) nervous system is divided into two systems or programs. One gears up the body to take action for the challenges we face in life, and the other gears down the body to restore, build, and heal. In our hectic society, we most often times practice using mostly our active (sympathetic) nervous system, and allow our healing (parasympathetic) nervous system get weak. Most people only think of the parasympathetic nervous system as our state for rest and digesting, or reproduction. Which is true, these functions do increase during this state, but most people aren’t aware that in this state we collect resources to restock our reservoirs and build new cells/tissue to heal from damage in our active state. This imbalance of using one nervous system more than the other is a strong cause for the rising cases of anxiety, insomnia, digestive issues, infertility, and so much more. One way to counteract this imbalance is to receive massage regularly. Massage induces the relaxing, rebuilding, healing nervous system to help improve this very important state for balanced vitality and quality of life.

Don’t Ignore Body Pain

By Coco Pile

Just because that pain in your body went away after a few weeks, doesn’t mean that the tension or imbalance of the muscles has gone away. It means that your nervous system stopped trying to tell you there was an issue because you were ignoring it. It’s just like how you loose perception of a ring on your figure, or cloths on your back. If your body is telling you there is an issue, listen to it!! When you practice ignoring the signs your body is giving you, bigger problems start to compound in your body and you’ll “wake up” to a serious condition.

Respiratory Spring Cleaning – Elder flower benefits

By Coco Pile

Around this time of year, a lot of people endure allergy symptoms or colds. With a good portion of the population either stuffed up with congestion or managing runny noses, it’s a great time to clear out the respiratory organs.

Elder flower is a beautiful ally for this job. Just like her brother elder berry, the flower is also great for cleansing. Doing an herbal steam tent or drinking tea with elder flower will aid in mucous expulsion, decrease inflammation of the mucosal lining, reduce mucous production, and dry up secretions.

The Ancient Medicine Chest – A look into Elderberry

By Monique Meadows

As the sun spends more time beaming down, kissing your skin, and beckoning the plants to blossom, the will to explore and get outside is more ignited than ever.

The summer is a common time for most of us to affirmatively set aside time in our lives for some holiday…space to unwind, see new sights, and soak up new energy. Typically, holiday involves time traveling in airports and airplanes and we all know the two are a perfect breeding grounds for the common cold and the flu. There is nothing like the flu to ruin a sought after holiday. With that said, perhaps the only thing worse than the flu is the summer flu. Fortunately, scientists in Australia have conducted a study that has reaffirmed ancient wisdom of a medicinal herb know as Elderberry or Sambus nigra.

The ancient knowledge of Elderberry runs so deep that the “father of medicine”, Hippocrates, adoringly referred to the herb as the “medicine chest” of all herbs because of its endless benefits and the usability of all aspects of the plant. Elderberry is the ultimate immune booster and has more flavonoids than blueberries and the ever-mystic goji berries…hello antioxidants! The list of benefits goes on but let the focus remain on the immune-modulating properties.

The Australian study of 2016 in the journal, Nutrients, examined the power of Elderberry supplementation and its ability to reduce cold/flu duration and symptoms. The study was executed as a double-blind placebo trial on 312 economy passengers travelling overseas from Australia. The passengers took Elderberry extract in capsule form or placebo form for 10 days before their travel and for 5 days after their arrival. After careful analysis and review, the study confirmed that elderberry has a small chance at completely preventing a cold but certainly lessens that duration of a cold by 2 days on average and significantly reduces symptom severity.

While the specific effect that Elderberry has on physical health needs to be further investigated (although most scientists agree it is the antioxidants) it is clear that there are beautiful benefits to integrating the herb into your daily ritual or before your next upcoming holiday! You can relish in the benefits of Elderberry in various forms whether it be tea, tinctures, capsules, lozenges, and/or syrups.

Read the full study here: http://www.mdpi.com/2072-6643/8/4/182/htm

 

Avoid Puffy Eyes

Top six things to do in the morning to avoid puffy eyes!

By Sarah Farrell

 

1) Get 6-8 hours of sleep

2) Drink plenty of filtered water – including when you first get up

3) Add lemon or rose to your water

4) Place chilled cucumbers on your eyes for 10 minutes

5) Place sliced strawberries on your eyes

6) Give yourself a daily face massage to help with Lymphatic drainage