Help Your Body Release Sadness

sadness and grief, release sadness, release grief, massage makes you happyThe toll the body takes when sadness occurs can throw off your whole system.  Sadness does not just leave your body after a traumatic event, but instead can store inside your body.  Sadness occurs for so many different reasons – Death, break-ups, job loss, financial strain and many other life challenges that occur.  The problem about sadness is it is stored within our bodies even after we have moved on from the cause.  The fact is, addressing issues within your body and in your tissues can help you move on more quickly through grieving and find yourself back in the life you knew with stability and happiness.

Heartache is real?

The term heartache is something that many of us have felt or heard of from a loved one.  The term relates to a feeling of pain insides our bodies.  This feeling can actually be real and is usually associated with the grief of a long-standing physical imbalance from a traumatic event.  This feeling of grief, thought as usually a mental and emotional feeling, does not just leave the body, it stays and resonates making our body actually feel this heartache.

curing sadness, help grieving, massage releasing griefSo how do we release this sadness and grief?

The first step is recognizing that this is actually what is happening to your body.  Knowing that this grief is affecting your internal pain can help you to fight and alleviate this feeling.  Treating this grief with a combination of therapies will unlock and remove the grief from your body in a physical sense as well as emotionally and mentally.

Conventional therapies can work for the mental and emotional state of your grieving process; but it does not always release the physical imbalances that come with a traumatic loss and/or great sorrow.

This grief can sometimes pass through our body quickly when the loss is somewhat expected due to your age, for example.  Your body and mind will accept the loss, go through the states of grieving and your body and mind will release the sadness.

In today’s society, the expectation of grief and experience with loss and sorrow are not dealt with in a successful manner.  From childhood into adulthood, experiences in traumatic events can leave scars that are permanent, physical or imbalances within the body; this is unresolved grief.  This grief lives in muscles, fascia, and tissues the body.  Using massage to release this grief can actually cause memories to resurface that were thought to be forgotten or repressed.

Western medicine is finally coming to understand that there is a correlation between memories, intuition and emotions that can cause physical ailments.  Though most people do not know how these mental ailments are recorded into the body, they are starting to recognize that they are real.   So in the end, when grief happens to an individual, it is imprinted into our body and does not leave unless degriefing happens through touch and communication.

massage helps to combat grieving, stop grieving, help with sadnessMassage can play a key factor in this process – Degriefing with Bodywork

When we have individuals come into The Skin & Body Spa looking for bodywork after a traumatic experience, we find they respond very well.  We use a variety of massage techniques including Deep Tissue, Swedish, Reiki and Reflexology.  These treatments work to open your energy fields and chakras to create an effective treatment to release these negative feelings.

Massage is best known and primarily used to induce relaxation in our clients.  The stress reduction qualities are amazingly beneficial for the maintenance of well-being.  Degriefing bodywork’s goal is to unclog the blockages that have developed in our bodies due to events and to turn the body back to a happier state.  This is one of the reasons to be open and honest with your body therapist and tell them everything you have been experiencing.  In doing this, they can develop and integrate a plan for your body and bring these intentions into your healing.

Emotion is part of the body’s self-preservation and it is very necessary for the body to hold emotions.  In some circumstances, carrying the pain and sadness through massage and bodywork can help you to move on and live your life to the fullest and in a happy state.  We would love to help you through this grief and sadness.  Call us today 603.888.7900 and make an appointment.  Please let your therapist know about any emotional healing to add as intentions for your bodywork.  You can also email us with any questions.  In the end, just know that what you are feeling is part of the process of grieving and with a combination of therapy, you can be healed and feel happy again.

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Top 9 Reasons You Suffer from Oily Skin

Oily Skin reasonsOily Skin has been a battle for women and men for many years.   As those who suffer from oily skin know, the excess oil on your face can feel thick and greasy.  This can increase the size of your pores and make acne more intense, making you feel more self- conscious.  Understanding what causes oily skin is the first steps to making your skin look amazing and balanced.

The top reasons your skin becomes oily:

1)   Your Genes– a great indicator of genetic oily skin is looking at your family.   This usually indicates you and your family have larger sebaceous glands which produce more oil.  Genetically, oily skin will make you more likely to have clogged pores and more blemishes and breakouts.

2)   Sun Tanning – tanning is so bad for reducing oil.  It dries out your skin as a temporary reaction and it actually triggers an injury response that will cause your sebaceous glands to create more oil to protect your skin’s surface.

3)   Your Medication – hormonal birth control and hormonal replacement medication will also increase your oil production.  Also, medications having a side effect of causing dehydration can also create excess oil production.

4)   Women having hormonal changes – including pregnancy, peri & pre-menopause can cause your sebaceous gland to overproduce to the max.

5)   Washing too many times per day – it’s true, we all use products to cleanse, moisturize, scrub and exfoliate.  But when we  cleanse too much or apply too much pressure when scrubbing and exfoliating, it will cause our skin to get more oily.

6)   Use of unnecessary skin care tools – For example, scrubbing with a rotating cleansing brush (NOT the Clarisonic.  The Clarisonic Brush oscillates making it a safe tool for your skin), strips and buff puffs can irritate the skin and also dry it out.

7)   Change of the seasons – as you might have already realized, in the spring and summer humidity increases, which can cause oil production in your skin to increase.  Also, in the winter months when the air becomes dry, your skin will get dehydrated.  Your skin produces more oil to overcompensate!

8)   Stress – A huge culprit for the overproduction of oil due to increase of more androgen hormones.

9)   Using the wrong skincare products. – for example, if you are using an oily skin cleanser but actually have combination skin, it can over strip your skin of the oil you need and as a result, your skin will overproduce oil.

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  • Puractive or Purace Cleanser
  • Deep Cleansing Solution
  • Puractive Treating Mist
  • Puractive Cream
  • Puracne Gel
  • Derm Renewal Gel
  • Acne Complex

We offer complimentary Skin Consultations.  Make one today or call 603.888.7900 so we can help you with your oily skin!

Stress Solutions: The Ins and Outs of Stress

It’s that time of year. Summer is ending and our stress-levels are rising. But why does our body start broadcasting our stress to the world? And how can we avoid being “stressed to kill?” Refinery29 explains why our stress is problematic both inside and outside. “Our body protects us from a stressful situation by starting the stress response and releasing hormones to prepare our body for emergency action,” says David E. Bank, MD, a dermatologist and director of the Center for Dermatology, Cosmetic, and Laser Surgery in Mount Kisco, New York.

Sweaty palms, a crazy fast heartbeat, and your mind reeling is your body’s natural way to help you not only cope with whatever comes your way, but totally rock and make it out alive and well, on the other side. The problem is that it’s not acute, one-time stress that you’ve got to worry about as much as never-ending worrying. It’s when your body finds itself constantly facing stress that you end up facing issues with not only your health but also your appearance.

“When you face a stressor, all functions that are deemed unnecessary to fight off the emergency are put on hold,” explains Bank. “Then, when you face prolonged stress, your body never gets the opportunity to return to homeostasis — so you could have breakouts, high blood pressure, weight gain, and wrinkles all the time.”

Read on for some great stress tips

Beat the Heat (& Hot-Temper)

Oh Summer, what a hot mess! Good thing we are learning how to beat the heat before the weather wears down our moods. A Woman’s Health shares some reasons why we are more hot-tempered in the summer and how we can tame our reactions to the heat.

AWH says that if you live somewhere with prolonged periods of high temperatures, the heat might not bother you as much because you’ve probably acclimated to it. However, if you’re faced with the occasional heat wave, you might find yourself feeling irritable and short-tempered in the face of the hot temperatures. There are several things you can do to cope with the heat:

  • Minimize your outdoor time. If you must be outside, avoid the midday heat.
  • Stay hydrated. Drink some water, dolls!
  • Use caution with medications. Some medications, such as blood pressure medications, are diuretics. You may need to drink extra water to stay hydrated.
  • Use caution with exercise. Skip your outdoor workout and head to the gym.
  • Seek air conditioning. Aah, that’s better!
  • Take it easy. The heat can zap your energy, so adjust accordingly. Take your cues from cultures that live near the equator and adopt the habit of the afternoon siesta.
  • Avoid making any big decisions or lifestyle changes during a heat wave, especially if the changes are emotionally charged. You may not be thinking clearly and might regret your decision later.
  • Focus on what you can control. Remember that this too shall pass. Focus on the positive as much as possible. If the heat has forced you indoors, perhaps it’s an excellent time to catch up on a project you’ve been procrastinating.
  • Relax: There are a variety of mind-body techniques that you can use to relax and shift your mood, including guided imagery, meditation, deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, and music.

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