Monday, March 24, 2008

the art and ritual of hot stone therapy

Hot Stone Therapy - throughout history various cultures of the world have used hot and cold rocks for healing.

The European cultures used hot rocks to heat their saunas, and applied hot stones to tired and sore muscles to alleviate tension and muscle pain. Native Americans also used hot rocks in their traditional sweat lodge ceremony, large rocks were used to heat the sweat lodge while smaller hot rocks were passed around to place on specific areas of tension.

Various cultures also used cold rocks to slow bleeding after labour, women also held the stones during labour believing it would add to their strength and endurance.

The Chinese history dating back four thousand years to the Shang Dynasty also shows the use of hot stones to relieve stress, tension and pain. In Oriental Medicine hot stones are used in conjunction with the Meridian channels to promote a better flow of energy around the body.

In Ayurvedic medicine in India, the hot stones were used in conjunction with their knowledge of the Marma points.

The Japanese used hot stones in Anma, the oldest form of East Asian Massage. The Japanese hot stone therapy techniques create similar effects to moxibustion, in that heat penetrates and stimulates the tsubo, or acupoints.

The Hawaiians also used lava rocks in their Lomi-Lomi. Rough stones were used to exfoliate after a massage, while smooth lava rocks were either placed on the body in ti-leaves or used to massage. At times two stones were tapped together against the body to allow deep tissue vibrational healing. The lava stone was used as a symbol for healing and protection.

Hot rocks have also been used in Ancient Egypt, Africa and South America playing an important part in the healing rituals of these ancient cultures.

The healers and bodyworkers used tools to assist the healing process, including crystals, essences, flowers and stones. The hot stone therapy evolved as stones from river beds were warmed in the hot sun, in hot coals or hot water, they were then laid directly on the body, on a cloth on the body or used to massage with (depending on the temperature of the stone).

This tradition continues today as the knowledge of the ancient stones is rediscovered and used more and more. People are once again realising the benefits of this special and unique healing therapy.

'heat is healing' and when you have a hot stone therapy treatment the eminating heat from the stones is gently, yet continually penetrating into your muscle fibres and literally melting away layers of tension.

As tension is the root cause of illness, when tension is alleviated, the body quickly returns to it's natural state of wellbeing, promoting a sense of inner peace.
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Sunday, March 23, 2008

waxing rituals

History - The pursuit of a hair-free body may be as old as the cavemen. Archaeologists have evidence that men shaved their faces as far back as twenty thousand years ago, using sharpened rocks and shells to scrape off hair. The Sumerians removed hair with tweezers. Ancient Arabians used string. Egyptians, including Cleopatra, also did it -- some with bronze razors they took to their tombs, some with sugar and others with beeswax. The Greeks, who equated smooth with civilized, did it, too. Roman men shaved their faces until Emperor Hadrian -- although Julius Caesar is said to have had his facial hairs plucked. Roman ladies also plucked their eyebrows with tweezers. Another primitive method of hair removal, actually used by women as late as the 1940s, involved rubbing off the hair by rubbing skin with abrasive mitts or discs the consistency of fine sandpaper.

Please allow two weeks growth before appointment. Avoid suntanning for 12-hours before and after waxing. If needed, exfoliation products may be used once the hair has begun to grow back.

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rituals for the ears

The practice of ear candling dates back approximately 2,500 years to the ancient Egyptians, Chinese, Tibetan and American Indian cultures. Today, it is practiced by many cultures and is taught in German medical schools.

As the candle burns, smoke moves the debris out of the ear. Osmosis (diffusion through a semi-permeable membrane, e.g., skin) plays an important role as the smoke soothes the sinus and nasal cavities. Excess ear wax is moved through the ear canal into the cone.

It has benefits for people with sinus problems, allergies, ear aches, swimmers ears, chronic headaches, hearing difficulties, sore throat and promotes general well being.

Sessions are approximately one hour.

Ear candling is not recommended as a replacement for responsible medical care. If you have a serious ailment or suspect a serious ailment, please consult your physician before beginning ear candling.

Information regarding ear candling is not to be construed as a diagnosis or a medical prescription. The diagnosis of illness and prescriptions are to be made by a licensed physician. No claims are made for the cure of any disease. Remember, if in doubt, please ask.

Friday, March 21, 2008

aroma rituals

Essential oils are holistic, natural products that sever as perfume, beauty aid, and medicine all at the same time. Their task is to take care of the skin, regulate its functions, maintain its health, heal diseases and irritations, stimulate and support the body's own healing powers, and-as the most pleasant result-promote and protect your natural beauty.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

the essential beauty rituals

Modern life is tough on skin. When your emotions, stress levels and hormones are on a roller coaster, your skin will follow. Luckily, it is possible to balance the ups and downs, the highs and lows.

your skin care rituals should:

~Cleanse the skin - a good cleansing system has the power to actually improve the condition of the skin.

~Protect the skin from the elements.

~Deliver moisture to the surface of the skin and help prevent it from escaping.

Revitalize, condition and nourish the skin by providing it with all the nutrients it needs to keep it healthy, and stimulate cell renewal with active anti-aging ingredients to help it remain fresh-looking for longer.

Make a Healthy Choice

A robust, satisfying life doesn't happen by accident. It's the nurtured, crafted culmination of a series of sound and conscious decisions. From the work you do to the food you buy, from what you take on to what you turn down, your wellness is ultimately determined by the quality of each and every choice. No, they're not all going to be perfect, nor should they be. They just have to be ones you make mindfully. That's when magic happens: Life starts to become something you do, not something you merely leave to chance.

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Sunday, March 9, 2008

About Purepathics

pure: (1) : Sanskrit punAti he cleanses (2) : *peu-/*pu- "to purify, cleanse"
pathics: Latin -pathia, from Greek -patheia, : system of medicine

fusing rituals of many cultures to form an apothecary for body,mind & skin