Massage Strokes

Massage is much more effective if you learn and use some specific massage techniques. The strokes that follow are simple to apply and can be used anywhere on the body, from the back, neck and shoulders to the legs and feet. Quicker paced strokes are invigorating, while slower paced strokes are more relaxing. They will all work in self massage, but to truly appreciate the benefits of massage and aromatherapy I recommend a professional massage. For that I highly recommend www.footsage.com and their 5 Star Massage Therapy. The best aspect of this business is that they deliver the service to you in the comfort of your home, office or hotel.

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 One of my favorite massage strokes and an essential oil that I recommend:

Effleurage: This French word means “stroking”. With the entire palms of the hands, apply long, flowing movements along the body, for example applying pressure from the lower back up towards the shoulders, then easing the hands down again. Use this stroke at the start of the massage as it warms the skin, eases out the muscles and helps the mind and body to relax into the treatment.

Essential oil and Practical Healing Use

Melissa essential oil also known as lemon balm; research suggests that it may stop viruses from replicating, so that the immune system can overcome them more easily. This can be Our immune system alone must deal with fighting viruses such as the flu because antibiotics can’t help. Melissa is named after the “Greek” word for “bee”– the herb is a magnet for them. It has a distinct aroma like new mown grass with sweet citrusy notes and a hint of earth.

I like to put 2 drops of Melissa and 4 drops of Lavender essential oil in a hot bath for relaxation. I also use 2 drops of Melissa in a carrier oil for headaches and apply it to the forehead, temples and neck. For indigestion I use 4 drops of Melissa, 4 drops of Grapefruit and 2 drops of Peppermint essential with a carrier oil and message the abdominal area. And to relieve stress related high blood pressure, take a bath with 2 drops of Melissa and 4 drops of Neroli essential oil.

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