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Aromatherapy Massage – Its Importance and Health Benefits

Aromatherapy is the science that uses the healing powers of essential oils. Aromatic essential oils are distilled from organic plant sources. These plants produce many natural phyto chemicals. Thus, essential oils have diverse therapeutic effects on the mind, body and spirit.

Massage and Aromatherapy go hand in hand. In ancient Egypt, aromatic baths were a daily ritual. This was followed by a massage using aromatic oils made from cinnamon, rose, cedar wood, lilies, myrrh and so on. The last Egyptian queen Cleopatra was famous for exotic massages, aromatic baths and perfumes. She lavishly used perfumes to seduce both Julius Caesar and Mark Anthony. In those days, aromatherapy massage was meant for relaxation, pleasant bodily scents, skin conditioning and overall healing. They did not have a clear distinction between perfumery and healing. We now know that an aromatic essential oil massage heals through the sense of touch and smell.

Importance of Aromatherapy Massage

The true significance of an aromatherapy massage is to completely harmonize the mind and the body. Pure and natural essential oils both heal and beautify the body, emotions, and the psyche for a truly powerful and unique sensory experience. An aromatherapy massage is effective due to the ability of the essential oil to penetrate the skin layers and tissues. This permits the oil to enter into the blood quickly and spread the therapeutic benefit throughout the body. The quality of the essential oil will directly affect the extent to which the positive health effects the oil can be derived.

Aromatherapy massage has been accepted today to play a role in relaxation, rehabilitation, and preventive health care in western medicine as well. These massages are offered as part of the health package in spas, beauty clinics resorts and wellness centers.

Essential oils need to be selected and used with care and caution before delivering an aromatherapy massage. Essential oils can either sedate or stimulate the recipient. Most oils are antibacterial and many anti-spasmodic. There are many aromatherapy products available in the market today which contain synthetic substances. These do not give any therapeutic health benefits and can in fact cause adverse reactions.

Health Benefits for Specific Ailments with Aromatherapy Massage

  • PMS (premenstrual syndrome)
  • Menopausal symptoms
  • Digestive problems,
  • Stress
  • Hypertension,
  • Insomnia,
  • Muscle and joint stiffness
  • Lethargy and low energy levels

These are some health conditions that respond very well to massage with essential oils.

Beauty and the Crease – Top 5 Most Bizarre Medical Spa Treatments

For some of us, looking good amounts to copious doses of hair gel, a quick acne wash and showering at least twice a week. But then again, there are cultures where the hand is still an acceptable substitute for toilet paper. That being said, it shouldn’t be surprising that there are cultures on the opposite end of the spectrum – peoples and places that will go to mind-boggling lengths to eliminate one more wrinkle, get skin just a little bit smoother and hopefully change our innermost souls in the process. Or at least that’s the hope – because why else would someone pay $200 to smear bird poop on their face?

Below is a list of some of the most certifiably crazy medical spa treatments available.

1. The Geisha Facial

The name might sound innocent enough and it might even evoke the sensual image of a traditional Chinese geisha – until you discover that the geisha facial refers instead to a unique medical spa treatment that involves dabbing powder made from dehydrated bird droppings onto your face.

Used for centuries by Asian actors and actual geishas, the treatment has recently made its trip overseas and into some of the most high-profile spas in America – ranging from the famous Shizuka Spa in New York City to the more seasonable Diamond Hawaii Resort & Spa in Maui. Paying anywhere from $150 to $250 dollars for a single treatment, spa-goers from all over have been flocking to experience the skin-softening, enriching and smoothing power of the Geisha facial, with the treatment even making an awkward appearance on ABC’s morning talk show The View.

So next time you’re sitting under an awning and happen to find yourself the target of some renegade bird, simply remind yourself that those droppings that just landed on your new fedora might actually be worth more than the hat itself – that’s the miracle of capitalism.

2. Snake Massage

NBC’s hit reality show Fear Factor may not have been the first idea to capitalize off of sticking people into a vat full of snakes – apparently some spas have been making money off of this concept for decades. The only difference is that with snake therapies, it’s the people paying the spa instead of the other way around. Hailing all the way from Israel, one of the world’s most famous snake spas is not so discreetly named Ada Barak’s Carnivorous Plant Farm, where guests eagerly line up to be massaged by these typically dangerous and disgusting reptiles – which the owner describes as being “therapeutic.”

The massage typically costs around $80 and is said to “cure aching muscles and joints” and provide a “relaxing massage.” But as far as I can tell, the only thing keeping the snakes from being terrifying limb-less monstrosities is the price of the treatment, in which case my patented fart-sauna therapy costs $100 bucks, baby.

3. Butt Facials

Normally one wouldn’t associate a butt with a facial – that is until the wonderful world of beauty spas came along and combined the two. Yes, thanks to ever-more creative ways to market beauty, there are now an increasingly popular set of beauty spa treatments that apply the same techniques used on one’s face to improve the shape, skin and general posterity of one’s royal cheeks. And while some of these therapies focus more on cleaning and detoxifying, other forms of the treatment aim to reduce cellulite and reshape the buttocks for a more perfect pair of buns, such as is offered by the Smooth Synergy spa in New York City which designates special therapists for work on the derriere portion of the body. And though the treatment can be expensive – running from $60 to $300 for a 90 minute session – advocates of the treatment swear to its legitimacy.

“People used to always harass me because of my large rear-end,” Stacy Santiaggo from San Francisco said. “But after receiving my first butt-facial, I was signed to a modeling gig for Vogue magazine.”

While Stacy’s story might sound impressive, it is also made up. In fact, I couldn’t find any evidence anywhere that 90 minutes with a good set of hands can undo the years of snacking and sitting around that ultimately shape our butts.

4. Leech Therapy

While leeches have been used for centuries to combat a variety of ailments from fever to flatulence, it’s only recently that the slimy, wriggling blood-suckers have been making appearances in medical spas, and at up to several hundreds of dollars per session. Just to give you an idea of what this treatment entails, the beauty website lists the following as Procedure Highlights:

  • Highly trained medical leeches (how the hell do you train leeches?)
  • Shaving of the entire body before applying the leeches (I thought this was more commonly done for cancer patients)
  • Patient being immersed in turpentine (Turpentine? Really?)
  • Patient experiences a stinging sensation (you know, this is starting to not sound so fun)
  • It causes bleeding in the patient (okay, this is definitely not fun)
  • Oh! But it also makes the person look younger!

So if you’re like me, you’ll look over that list and take solace in the fact that only crazy people would subject themselves to such a disturbing “treatment.” Well, think again because apparently this nightmarish version of bloodletting has made its way to Hollywood and is being touted by the likes of Demi Moore.

“I feel like I’ve always been someone looking for the cutting edge of things that optimize your health and healing” said Demi Moore. “I was in Austria doing a cleanse and part of the treatment was leech therapy.”

Okay, I wish I were making this up – but unfortunately for the world, I’m not.

5. Swimming with the Fishes

It shouldn’t surprise you that a Japanese-originated medical spa treatment showed up on this list. Instead, you should be surprised that this entire list isn’t comprised of weird Japanese practices. But even so, the practice of using hundreds of tiny fish as a form of skin treatment seems to stand out above the rest of the crazy things Japanese do. This “unique” medical spa treatment has patrons “relaxing” in a tub full of fish to “clean and rejuvenate” the skin. Okay, so maybe the last line shouldn’t be in quotations, but it’s hard to believe that hundreds of nibbling goldfish (okay – they’re not technically goldfish) could be any more productive than rubbing a luffa sponge over your legs for a few minutes.

But according to experts on the topic, the fish eat away at dead skin and leave you feeling fresh and dandy without the uncomfortable disfigurement that comes from fish like wild piranha.

So in conclusion, if you’re ever feeling down about our current economic crises, perhaps you can take comfort in knowing that there’s still enough money out there somewhere for some to justify paying hundreds of dollars for ridiculous treatments involving bird poop, leeches and snake baths.

Marbella Spa and Health Resort

Costa del Sol is a booming health- tourism center. The region has two gorgeous resorts from the last century which were the forerunner to the eclectic range of Marbella spa and wellness centers. The presence of the hot springs resulted in health tourism boom today. The place has both traditional centers and the most modern and comfortable setting.

An excellent combination of both health and tourism made the place an alluring formula. The rest and the physical well-being of the powerful spas and the exotic beaches makes it possible to deal with anxiety, fatigue and other problems caused by the busy city life.

The spa here is no longer a place for only the elderly people; it is frequented by people of different ages. They offer wonderful combination of health treatments and leisure, fun and recreation. In most cases, Marbella Accommodation comes equipped with spa facilities, so you can get the highly specialized services within reach.

The place is an iconic beach resort with sun kissed shores in Spain. Once popular as the vacation of spot for the classes, is now popular among masses as well. It is the jewel of the small stretch of the Spanish coastline. The exotic location of the city is makes it perfect to explore the Coastline. The Tolox spa, one of the oldest spas opened in 1869. It is located between the Sierra de las Nieves to the west and the municipalities of Istan and Monda in the south. This town is about 48 km from Marbella.

The other Spa is Buchinger Clinic, which has about two dozen health treatments along with other cosmetic services. The Byblos Andaluz Hotel (Mijas-Costa) and Melia Costa del Sol (Torremolinos), are places, which are also centers of hydrotherapy and Thalassotherapy. The hotel Incosol, provides several treatments with a wide range of services that can improve your physical condition. The Marbella Health Clinic, situated around Benahavis, has similar services.

Other than the traditional and natural methods that are followed in the Spas, convenience like sauna, Jacuzzi, heated pools, gym and massages are offered in the Marbella Accommodation. In case if you are thinking about a health holiday, it is advisable that you put up at one of this accommodation directly. Consider a day-trip when you contemplate to visit the two last-century spas Tolox and Carratraca.

This location has beautiful road and transport system that lead you to almost everywhere. The old country feel, picturesque hills and valleys along with the exotic beaches, it is a perfect place for a wellness holiday. To receive wellness treatment along with pleasure you can opt for short trips and combine with short walk along the village among the cradle of nature and the reviving hot springs.

Car hire facility is also available from the Malaga airport. The car hire gives you the freedom to explore the hidden corners of the city. Marbella accommodation and car hire makes your stay at extremely easy and comfortable.

Soul Purpose – Real Love – The Keys to Happiness, Good Relationship and Health

Arguably, love is the most important, sort after, misplaced and trouble making experience of our lives. As if the soul of human beings is directed at love as a pre programmed target, and all else is simply distraction.

To love your work, your past, your future. Love might just be the soul purpose of life. Love is not holistic. To love something, anything it seems, might be enough. To love self or a Guru, might satiate the hunger. To love a dog or cat, friend or business, to love a sport or environment – maybe the love, real love of something is enough for the soul to feel purpose and therefore rest in the journey.

For me, the love of anything other than a person has rarely lasted. I love what I do, but deep down, there’s a part of me wanting to achieve something as a result of what I do, therefore it is not real love. I love going to Nepal and climbing up those magnificent Himalayan slopes, but, I feel that this is an addition to my life, therefore it’s not real love.

I have friends I love, deeply, they are wonderful. But their lives are not entwined with mine, therefore there is not the depth of provocation that causes me to feel vulnerable, as it seems my soul requires in order to feel satisfied, this love, I think, is not the Real love.

To further challenge my virtue in following the path of Real Love, soul purpose, I found the need to understand a sense of a God in my life. As a spiritual human being, I acknowledge the presence of a creator, the cause of creation. I struggle to put a name or face to this origin of everything. The whole universe comes from a beginning one can never know. From that first thought, like in our own lives, everything began. Who thought it? This is my idea of a creator.

That thought is real love. The original thought. And so, for me, God is love. Love was the first thought, and all that follows it, the creation and destruction of stars and moons and heavens and earths, came from, and exists in, that first thought. Then, maybe my soul purpose is to tune to that first thought? Because it was the first thought, then it exists in everything, everywhere. Maybe this, is the definition of the souls purpose, to see what already is.
When I fall in love with a person, I fall because it is new. It is like a new territory, unexplored universes, and I wish to find the love that is hidden in it. But we are distracted. Children, jobs, houses, health, money, careers, friends, family and more. We are distracted from love because these things are treated as separate from it.

People try to parent their children. Achieve in their jobs, own their houses, improve their health, increase their money, succeed in their careers, help their friends, and collude with their family. Such ambitions it seems are normal, but for me, such drivers, lack the love my soul aspires to.

Love is the synthesis of all emotion

To love a child is beyond prescription, but to avoid an emotion with that child is to avoid love. Parents who are afraid to be strong, or soft, of challenge or support. Cannot love, can only placate a child, manipulate and control by non confrontation.

To love a job is to explore challenge, to face the reward and hardship with equal enthusiasm. This seems, for many people, to be the one area of life they are unafraid of, primarily because they are free to be aggressive in this one area of life, tough on themselves to live out their hypnotized expectation of life.

To love a home is a substitute for an understanding and trust of anything bigger than self. The ego thrives in a home that is loved. Self obsession reaches its pinnacle if the home one lives in is a proud and designed environment. Here an individual feels they, and their universe are one. Deluded in an avoidance of their real fear.

Money is essential, the love of money is vital. Obsession and possession with holding, building and creating wealth is the fastest and strongest path to the avoidance of love. For the broken heart, the fearful mind, the belittled spirit, an obsession with collection and protection of money is the antidote to lovelessness.

Small is good. A healthy humility is a rich asset in this grand universe. We are nothing, and it is wise to know it. But is a healthy mind, small is wonderful, because small means we are a part of something huge, and that hugeness is the magnificence of that first thought, the whole of creation, the magnificence of a love beyond. But for most people their smallness is not humility, it is shame and irrelevance. Then they cling to careers that kill them, families that need them. This cave is a shelter from the vulnerability a belittled spirit feels. When a person looses their place in a loving universe, they create a substitute, and this substitute is attachment in which pride, need and safety are at the core. This is not love.

Like a child in a kindergarten, we play with toys. We play innocently thinking that our games are real and like a child in kindergarten, we eventually become bored with the games, we need bigger toys, faster swings, more challenging puzzles. We automatically grow out of our shoes, and we automatically grow out of our obsessions. Soul seeks love and cannot remain inside a body that substitutes.

Take human hardship. Take the purpose of soul. Understand the keys of Soul love – real love and our innate desire for it. Like a tree searches for the sun, we too have a life giving quest. That quest is not satiated in anything earthly, it is only guided to grow through them.

Love is not another possession. One finds it for someone, something and one grows and adapts and becomes used to it. The profound becomes the mundane. Therefore in the purpose of the soul, a relationship holds no key other than an initial witnessing of a new possibility and the removal of a distraction. The quest – the quest of the soul, will not be satiated within a job, a career, a family, a relationship, a bank account or anything we can build or own.

True happiness, true love comes from the journey, the ongoing quest to witness the beauty of creation. To see beauty in family, money, relationship, career, home is to deconstruct it and in doing so, reveal that first thought of creation within it. That deconstruction is not a moral or ethical one, those are human laws. The deconstruction and the purpose of the soul is to witness the universal laws in all, everything, and therefore evolve, through real life, to real love. Everyday, every hour, another step on the path to the purpose of the soul. It simply wants to go home, from whence it came, home to the thought that created it, through love.

To the body – mind there is pain and pleasure, and mine and yours, life and death. But to the soul, no such boundaries exist. It only knows its purpose, though life after life, body after body, all it knows, is that it is away, uncomfortable – it wants to go home, to its creator, home to love.

Now, you may understand a little more, why relationships feel so good at first, but might not feel so good at last. When your soul feels love, that falling in love it feels home. But this is not home. This is an earthly reminder of where home really is. And before it reaches that home a million billion such reminders will be required. They, like moments of sunlight nourish, guide and direct its growth, going home, from whence it came. To that first thought, to love.

Live with Spirit

Chris Walker