Total Health and Wellness
Improve your health and your life with natural health and wellness techniques and products. The focus of Advanced Body Therapies is to guide you to improving well-being through stress management, yoga, Pilates, aromatherapy, massage therapy, essential oils, botanical drinks, a more natural lifestyle and fitness to achieve health and balance in your life.
In a high-tech, high-stress world, many of us lose touch with maintaining balance in our bodies and in our lives. Begin by focusing on yourself and taking baby steps to move in the direction of better balance. Although mind-body therapies have an ancient history, they have not been generally accepted in Western culture or medicine. Westerners are just beginning to appreciate homeopathic and alternative medicines that have been practiced for centuries in other parts of the world.
Get in tune
The focus of body therapies is to get people to get the mind and body in tune with one another. Our thoughts, beliefs, mood, feelings and attitudes can have an effect on our bodies and how healthy they are. Body therapies are designed to help us get in touch with the mind-body connection so we can better manage our health. This is especially helpful for those with chronic health conditions, such as diabetes. Getting in tune with your body and how it's responding can help manage these conditions so symptoms are less severe.
Don't throw away Western medicine, however. The best of both worlds can be combined and result in happier, healthier state of being.
Aromatherapy is the practice of using botanical essential and volatile oils to improve psychological and physical well-being.
Essential oils are the pure essence of a plant. Although the term essential oils technically refers to the pure oil without additives, it is sometimes used as a blanket term to include CO2s and absolutes. In addition to essential oils, aromatherapy encourages the use of other complementary natural ingredients including cold pressed vegetable oils, jojoba (a liquid wax), hydrosols, herbs, milk powders, sea salts, sugars (an exfoliant), clays and muds. Synthetic product additives are frowned upon - essential oils are a natural product and should remain purely natural. Do not confuse perfume oils with essential oils. Perfume or fragrance oils contain synthetic products and do not provide the therapeutic benefit of essential oils.
Benefits of aromatherapy
Inhaling. Inhaling the aromas contained in essential oils offers psychological and physiologic benefits, triggering a reaction that stimulates the brain. An excellent example of physiologic benefits is using a diffusion of eucalyptus oil to clear nasal and sinus congestion. Burning candles scented with essential oils such as orange, rose and sandalwood (also typical scents used in commercial perfume fragrances) can stimulate the brain to produce pheremones and increase a sense of well-being and happiness.
Topical application. Essential oils are concentrated and should never be applied directly to the skin in their pure, undiluted form. For topical application, they are typically diluted in a carrier, such as almond oil or grapeseed oil. Topical applications are absorbed into the bloodstream for beneficial effect.
Other applications. Some essential oils are used for cleaning products and insect repellants. Citronella, used in candles, can effectively repel mosquitos; orange oil is used for cleaning and polishing.