Geothermal therapy, or massage with hot stones and cold
stones, has become a very popular treatment over the last couple of years.
Although often regarded as a luxury spa treatment a stone massage has many
health benefits, from easing tight, weak muscles to improving the circulation and
aiding aching joints. Many people will have experienced a hot stone massage but
flinch when I mention the cold stones. The application of cold stones is short
and can help with overheating during the massage, it can alleviate the sluggish
feeling often experienced after a hot stone massage.
Your body is
an amazing feat of engineering. It is bone, muscle, organs, nerves and cells
all working in harmony together controlled by the brain. But what happens when
you have a niggling pain in your back or headaches regularly? You ignore it and
hope it goes away-BUT what happens if your car has a strange rattle or develops
a leak? You lavish lots of time and money on it by taking it to the garage to
be fixed- after all you cannot manage without your car!
Your body is
a finely tuned machine and any pains or funny rashes are warning signs of
imbalances in that fine tuning.
In these days of austerity, we are all trying to cut back
where we can to help make ends meet. But very often the first things we make
cuts on are the things we consider ‘frivolous’ and self-indulgent, things that
make us feel good about ourselves and help us to relax. The truth is that this
should be the complete the opposite, in difficult and stressful times we should
be taking more time out to relax and de-stress our bodies. This enables us to
be far better equipped to cope with life’s problems.
I am often asked about using essential oils safely at home. My first response is always check the oils you are considering using- most modern essential oils should have an expiry date so check this. Essential oils are a natural product and do not contain preservatives so anything out of date should not be used on the skin as there is a risk of skin irritation.
Once you have established that the oils are in date check where you store them. Essential oils should be kept in their original dark coloured bottles.