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Raindrop Aromatherapy
Skin Care & Facials

Hand and Foot Warm Paraffin Wax Therapy
Salt Scrubs
Far Infrared Sauna

Raindrop Aromatherapy

Raindrop therapy

Raindrop Aromatherapy uses nine powerful therapeutic grade Young Living Essential Oils. The oils are dispensed in droplets from a height of about six inches above the back. They are then massaged along the spine and back muscles. They are also applied to the feet.

The Raindrop Technique originated in the 1980s from the research of Dr. Gary Young working with a Lakota medicine man named Wallace Black Elk. It integrates Vitaflex and massage, utilizing the power of essential oils in bringing the body into structural and electrical alignment.

This technique was developed as a result of research indicating that many forms of spinal misalignments are caused by muscle spasms due to bacteria and viruses originating in the spine and the tissues along the spine. During the years that it has been practiced, the Raindrop Technique has resolved numerous cases of scoliosis and kyphosis and eliminated the need for back surgery for thousands of people.

The essential oils are used in sequence. They are immune enhancing, support the body's natural defenses, as well as the circulatory, respiratory, endocrine, digestive, nervous, and other body systems. The oils are high in antioxidants and are also mood elevating and antiseptic, creating an unfavorable environment for viruses and bacteria that can hibernate in the body.

The principal single oils used include:

Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)
Oregano (Origanum compactum)
Wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens)
Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens)
Peppermint (Mentha piperita)
Basil (Ocimum basilicum)
Marjoram (Origanum majorana)

The whole process takes about an hour and may continue to work in the body for up to one week following a Raindrop Session, with possible realignment and bodily adjustment taking place during this time.

Skin Care and Facials

The skin is our largest organ, performing several functions, including protecting us from invasion by foreign substances and serving as the transfer point for the release of toxins from our bodies. Facials are deep skin treatments that cleanse, rehydrate and rejuvenate the skin.

It is important to use only natural, gentle ingredients on the skin. Application to the skin of fresh, essential oils, plant waters (also called "hydrosols") and cold pressed unscented oils helps maintain a youthful, glowing complexion.

Essential oils and hydrosols are the fragrant liquids that are distilled from different plant parts, such as flower petals, herbs leaves and tree barks, These are fundamental components of any solid, natural skin care regime. Cold pressed unscented oils are extracted from various fruits, nuts and seeds, and include olive oil, sweet almond oil, avocado oil and jojoba oil. Used in tandem, these ingredients work together to soothe and nourish the skin, encouraging a healthful, radiant complexion.

Facials involve a cleansing procedure, a massage and steam, and the application of a face mask. What they help to do is remove the dead, dull outer layer of cells that make up the skin's surface or epidermis along with pollutants. The massage, which is an important part of a facial, helps blood circulation, which in turn aids lymphatic drainage (the removal of toxins and waste from the body). A facial massage also relaxes the facial muscles and is very important to delay the onset of wrinkles.

Hand and Foot Warm Paraffin Wax Therapy

A paraffin wax spa takes advantage of paraffin's heat-retaining capacity in a simple process called heat transfer. As it melts, the paraffin becomes a liquid and is able to retain more heat. Then, when a hand, foot, or other area is dipped into the heated bath, the phase of the paraffin that surrounds the dipped area quickly changes into a solid, while transferring the heat into the affected limb.

The heat from the paraffin opens pores, increases circulation, leaving the skin softened and more radiant. Paraffin therapy is one of the most effective methods of applying deep heat to relieve pain and stiffness. The warm paraffin also moisturizes for healthier looking, softer skin.

Paraffin baths are used for many purposes:

* to soothe chronic arthritis joint pain
* to relax stiff muscles
* in therapeutic massage
* prior to therapeutic exercise
* during physical and occupational therapy
* to increase range of motion
* to relieve dryness from repeated hand-washing
* for tired, overworked hands
* for very dry skin
* for salon manicures and pedicures
* to warm cold hands, especially in winter

Salt Scrubs

A salt scrub is a formulation of salt and other ingredients which are used to exfoliate dead skin from the body. The fresh skin is then nourished with herbal ingredients.

Regular exfoliation promotes healthy, glowing skin by removing layers of detritus and dead material all at once. A number of body products are designed for exfoliation, including sugar scrubs and scrubs with ingredients like ground nutshells and loofah. Most salt scrubs should not be used on people with sensitive skin, since salt can be abrasive and harsh; you may want to test a small patch of salt scrub on your skin before doing your whole body. Users can control the level of exfoliation by altering the grain of the salt used. It is possible to find very fine salt scrubs which use carefully ground salts, along with much more coarse scrubs with large grains which will deeply penetrate, removing more dead skin.

Most salt scrubs use sea salt or Dead Sea salts, rather than rock salt mined from under the Earth. Various salts have differing amounts of trace minerals which can help to nourish the skin while it is scrubbed. Dead Sea salts in particular are prized for their cosmetic and skin soothing value. The salts are combined with other aromatic or health promoting ingredients such as lavender, rosemary, orange peels, figs, lemons, lemongrass, herb blends, spices, and seaweed.

Once the salt and herb blend is created, a salt scrub can be applied as-is or mixed with a small amount of oil to create a paste which is rubbed onto the skin. The trick with a salt scrub is only applying a small amount of salt at a time, ensuring the the skin is thoroughly scraped. A thick handful of salt can be less effective, because the grains of salt transfer their energy to each other, rather to the skin. The oil and herbal ingredients in the salt scrub help to polish the skin while it is being exfoliated.

Spas sometimes refer to salt scrubs as salt glows or polishes because they often leave the skin with a hint of a shimmer. A salt glow can also be an invigorating experience for spa clients, especially when invigorating herbal ingredients like lemons are used. After a salt scrub has been applied, a crust of salt and herbs is left on the body, and most people prefer to quickly shower to remove this layer of detritus. After showering, a moisturizing body butter, oil, or cream can be applied to nourish the skin after the brisk effects of the scrub, and in a spa a salt scrub may be followed by a body wrap or a massage, if a client requests these services.

Far Infrared Sauna

Far infrared (FIR) sauna therapy is one of the safest and most powerful ways to eliminate toxic metals, toxic chemicals and chronic infections.

The health benefits of infrared therapy include the following:

* Skin rejuvenation. The skin is the largest organ of the body and a major eliminative channel. In most people, it is inactive, congested and toxic. Sun exposure, use of synthetic clothing, bathing in chlorinated water and exposure to hundreds of chemicals damage the skin. Excessive sympathetic nervous system activity and emotions such as fear, anger and guilt cause blood to be withdrawn from the skin, contributing to its inactivity.

* Enhanced sweating. Sweating in a sauna is a by-product of applying heat to the body. The sweating process gently and safely helps eliminate heavy metals and toxic chemicals. Medical studies demonstrate that most toxins can be eliminated through the skin, relieving the burden on the kidneys and liver. Sweating increases dramatically in most people after several months of daily sauna use. Sweating during exercise is not nearly as effective for detoxification because exercise activates the sympathetic nervous system which inhibits toxin elimination.

* Exercise benefits. Saunas provide many of the benefits of exercise with much less expenditure of energy. These include enhanced circulation and oxidation of the tissues. Repeated sauna use can lower elevated blood pressure and improve the elasticity of the arteries. Saunas are most helpful for cardiovascular rehabilitation, arthritis, allergies, skin conditions and chemical sensitivity.

* Decongesting the internal organs. Heating the body powerfully shunts blood toward the skin to dissipate heat. This decongests the internal organs and greatly stimulates circulation. Sinuses, joints and many other tissues benefit greatly.

* Hyperthermia for infections. Raising body temperature powerfully assists the body to kill bacteria, fungi, parasites and viruses. Many people have a low body temperature and, for this reason, cannot get rid of chronic infections. Common sites of infections are the sinuses, ears, eyes, bladder, throat and intestines.

* Tumors, radiation poisoning and mutated cells. Hyperthermia also helps kill other types of abnormal cells. Tumors, for example, tolerate heat poorly. Raising body temperature hastens their death. Though not a conventional method, hyperthermia is a well-researched therapy for cancer. Heat also disables or kills cells mutated by radiation or damaged by other toxins.

* Inhibiting the sympathetic nervous system. This is tremendous benefit not offered by many therapies of any kind. It enables the body to relax, heal and regenerate itself much faster, causing recovery from many types of ailments.

* Near infrared benefits. These are many. They are discussed in some detail in another article on this website entitled The Benefits of Near Infrared Energy.

* Other benefits. Many other benefits are offered by all saunas, and by infrared and the near infrared sauna in particular. These are described in much more detail in the book, Sauna Therapy, and in other articles on this website.

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