As the cooler weather sets in, it brings with it seasonal scents and flavors. One of the scents of the Fall season is the warm, earthy smell of pumpkin mixed with cinnamon and/or brown sugar.
Enjoy this simple and easily made pumpkin scrub to keep your cooler weather skin from feeling dry and itchy.
Body Scrub Ingredients
This scrub is best used right away. Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Before applying the scrub to your skin, slip into a warm water bath and soak for 10-20 minutes. Then gently towel dry and rub the scrub into your skin. Once you have covered your skin with the scrub, gently shower it off and moisturize your skin as you normally would.
Life can keep us pretty busy. It can drive us hard, asking us to overextend, overachieve, and over-stress ourselves to the point of exhaustion. This can have lasting effects on your health. Here are a few ways to break the cycle.
It is easy get upset when things do not go our way. We spill our morning coffee, lock our keys in the car on the way to work or forget our lunch. This can all set a spiral of circumstances off and us into a tailspin of stress and negativity. We can choose to stay in a state of discontent and let that dictate our day, or we can choose to be be grateful for the good things in our lives.
Have you noticed that when something nice happens, we tend to smile for a moment and then move on? However, when something goes wrong, we might want to tell everyone and anyone that will listen just to receive the stress of it? In the moments that things are going wrong we need to focus on what we are grateful for because this can instantly change our perspective and attitude and even lower our stress.
Keeping the focus on gratitude offers your mind something to smile about, regardless of outside circumstances. Focusing on people, places, and even things that make you grateful, actually gives your mind a break.
These days everyone has a busy schedule. Our schedules can be overflowing and then we can begin to feel that we do not have time for ourselves. Take a good hard look at your schedule and see what you can delete and what you can delegate. If you are going to have a healthy mind, you need to take care of it just as you would your body, and that means giving it some rest. One tip for quieting your mind is to put it on your schedule. Put it in big red pen on your calendar, text yourself a reminder, and place it on your list of things to do this week. Schedule in a day and some time to just relax, let go and rest your mind.
Stay in the Moment
Being in the moment has become a cliché; however, if you take the time to focus on what it means, you can start to practice quieting your mind. Focus on what you are doing at the exact moment you are doing it. If you are washing a dish, focus on the water, the soap bubbles and the dish in your hand. When you take time to do this, you will be in the present moment and not two days from now, thinking about when something big is scheduled.
Quieting your mind can feel difficult when your impulse is to get your to do list done but just give it a try and see how much calmer you feel while accomplishing all that you need to get done.
What to expect
I will arrive at your hotel room or home about 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment to meet you and to set up (if we are working in your hospital room I will arrive on the agreed upon time for your appointment). I will ask you to fill out a brief intake form (unless we are working together in the hospital) and encourage you to turn off your cell phone and/or TV if need be. I will also suggest that you hug any family members, whether four legged or two legged, and let them know that you will see them once your massage is done. By inviting them to leave the room until after your session we are ensuring that you can truly have a relaxing and undistracted massage session. We will talk about why you have booked your massage and what your goals are for the session. Are you having pain? Do you need to relax? And I will ask you what pressure level you are expecting during your session with me. Please know that I use a gentle but firm pressure. I do not believe that massage sessions should cause pain. In my experience, muscles relax with proper massage techniques and not because of the level of pain that you are experiencing.
Once we are done talking about what you would like from your massage treatment, I will walk you through what my massage approach will be for your session. When we are done talking I will leave the room so that you can get undressed, on the massage table, and comfortable under the massage table's sheet & blanket.
Most massage techniques are traditionally performed with the client fully unclothed; however, what you wear it is entirely up to you. Simply put: your bottom undergarment can be left on or taken off. You will be properly draped throughout the massage and it my job to ensure that you remain covered during the entire massage session so that you can relax.
I typically start my massage treatments with my clients facing down so that I can work on the back, neck, shoulders and lower body. I use a light, unscented jojoba oil and/or a hypoallergenic cream to allow your muscles to be massaged without causing excessive friction to the skin (I can also use scented oils upon request for an additional charge).
During the massage
If you are able, relax your body and sink into the table. If your arms, legs, head, etc. need to be moved please let me do the work so that you can just relax! This takes practice but helps your body let go and have a deeper experience of relaxation.
It’s also important for you to tell me if any massage techniques that I use cause you pain. As I mentioned earlier pain is not okay. If you experience any level of discomfort or ‘good ache’ when we are working on a problem area please let me know so that I can make any adjustments that you may need. It's important to listen to your body and let me know what it is experiencing. When we work as a team in this way it helps your body feel heard and ensures that you get an effective and relaxing massage experience. I’ll check in with you as we go, but please speak up if you become too warm or too cool, if for any reason you are not comfortable on the table, or need another pillow, or even if you just hate the music or it's volume!
After the massage
You should expect to feel mellow and relaxed after your massage. If we addressed pain issues, you may immediately feel a reduction in pain, or it may take a day or two before you feel that relief. If you have any questions before your massage please do not hesitate to call or text me at (781) 424-7401. This is also the best way to reach me to book a massage. I look forward to working with you.
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