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Intuitive Integrative Massage

I’ve been asked many times to describe my massages. I notice my answers range from ultimate relaxation and energy work to Special Needs to injury and chronic pain relief. And in all honesty, it really is all of them. So, I suppose “Intuitive Integrative Massage” would be the best choice if one would need a label.

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Swedish Massage: What is it?

swed·ish mas·sage
Noun:
A popular general-purpose system of massage, devised in Sweden.

When newcomers see Swedish Massage listed on a spa menu, most aren’t quite sure what it is. In short, it is “classic massage”. These are the strokes that are the foundation of massage.  It is what most refer to as a “relaxation massage” in which reducing stress is the main issue worked. It is also used to “warm” the tissue up before diving into the deeper layers.

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Aromatherapy Education: Sandalwood

This week’s essential oil profile is Sandalwood (Santalum Album). It is distilled from the bark of the trees in Australia, India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, New Caledonia, or Vanuatu. Sandalwood, if properly stored, can actually age beautifully over time. It’s used in many spiritual settings, as a base note in many perfumes and colognes,  and also as an aphrodisiac. ¹

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Aromatherapy Education: Valerian

Valerian (Valeriana wallachi) comes from the roots of a flowering plant originating in India. It is not favored for it’s aroma, but is an extremely powerful healer. It’s benefits include:

  • excellent sleep support
  • anti-spasmodic agent for muscles

Mixes well for a nice sleepy time blend with Roman Chamomile and Sweet Marjoram.