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KALABASH NEWSLETTER

 IN THIS ISSUE:                                     OCTOBER 2019

 

- Benefits of Regular Massage

- Foot Massage - Benefits & Techniques

- Benefits of Burning Incense

BENEFITS OF REGULAR MASSAGE

BENEFITS OF A REGULAR MASSAGE

If you've ever had a massage, you know it is pleasant and relaxing. You may not have realized it can also have physical and emotional benefits if done regularly. There are several types of massage, from deep-tissue Massage to gentle Swedish Massage treatments. They can benefit your body and mind if you have them done on an ongoing basis.

 

  1. PHYSICAL BENEFITS

  1. Relaxes the body;

  2. Loosens tight muscles;

  3. Stimulates the release of endorphins;

  4. Improves posture;

  5. Increases your range of motion.

 

  1. MENTAL BENEFITS

    1. Promotes good quality sleep;

    2. Improves productivity;

    3. Induces mental relaxation;

    4. Improves concentration;

    5. Reduces mental stress.

 

  1. EMOTIONAL BENEFITS

    1. Reduces anxiety;

    2. Enhances self-image;

    3. Provides a feeling of well-being;

    4. Nurtures and stimulates emotional growth;

    5. Reduces stress.

FOOT MASSAGE - BENEFITS & TECHNIQUES

Massaging Your Own Feet Before Bed Improves Your Health By:

  1. Improve the health of your skin

  2. It will improve your sleep

  3. Useful for poor circulation

  4. Improves nerve stimulation

  5. Relieves pain

  6. Eliminates waste products from the body

  7. Improves the immune system

  8. Relieves the effects of stress

  9. Reduces tension

  10. Promotes relaxation

 

Below are 12-foot massage techniques that a person can use on themselves or another person:

 

1. WARM-UP TWISTS

Warmup twists are one way to start a foot massage. To use this technique:

  • place the palms on either side of the foot;

  • gently pull the right side of the foot forward while pushing the left side back;

  • push the left side of the foot back while pulling the right side forward;

  • repeat this twisting motion, working the hands from the ankle to the toes.

The gentle twisting motion helps warm up the foot in preparation for further massage.

 

2. ARCH RUBS

People can use arch rubs to massage the underside of the foot. To use this technique:

  • hold the top of the foot in one hand

  • with the fingers of the other hand, rub the length of the arch

  • do this repeatedly, from the heel to the ball of the foot

 

3. TOE BENDS

Toe bends may encourage flexibility in the foot. To use this foot massage technique:

  • hold the heel with one hand

  • bend all the toes on one foot back and forth at the same time with the other hand

  • repeat this movement, gently increasing pressure and flexing the toes to their full range of motion

 

 4. FOOT SPREAD

Food spreading may help the foot expand to its natural width. To use this foot massage technique:

  • hold each side of the foot

  • pull each side of the foot outward

  • repeat this motion, allowing the foot to spread

 

5. HEEL SQUEEZE

Heel squeezes may help relieve tension at the back of the foot. To use this technique:

  • hold the top of the foot in one hand

  • hold the back of the heel in the other

  • repeatedly squeeze and release the back of the heel

 

6. KNUCKLE OR FIST WORK

Knuckle or fist work is a way to massage the bottom of the foot. To use this technique:

  • hold the back of the foot with one hand

  • hold a knuckle or full fist on the other hand against the bottom of the foot

  • use the knuckle or fist to knead the bottom of the foot, using moderate pressure

  • repeat this motion, working down the ball of the foot to the heel

 

7. THUMB WORK

Thumb work is another foot massage technique that a person can practice on the bottom of the foot. To use this technique:

  • hold the foot with one hand on either side

  • place the fingers on the top of the foot

  • place the thumbs under each foot, on the toe pads

  • use the thumbs to stroke down each toe, using moderate pressure

  • move to the ball of the foot, repeating the downward stroke motion with the thumbs

  • repeat this motion in the arch of the feet and the heel

  • continue for as long as it is enjoyable

 

8. PRESSURE POINTS

Pressing points on the instep is another relaxing foot massage technique. To use this technique:

  • use one hand to support the top of the foot

  • use the thumb of the other hand to press and release the top of the instep

  • gradually move down the instep, repeating this pressing motion

  • continue pressing and releasing, down to the back of the heel

 

9. ACHILLES MASSAGE

Achilles massage may help relieve pressure on the Achilles tendon. To use this foot massage technique:

  • grasp the Achilles tendon with the other hand, between the thumb and index finger

  • use a stroking motion down toward the heel

  • repeat this several times

 

10. TOP AND SIDE CIRCLES

Top and side circling is a simple foot massage technique. To use it:

  • using both hands, support the foot from below

  • extend the fingers and use them to make circles around the ankle on either side

  • using a continuous circular movement, move the fingers around the side of the foot

  • keep circling the fingers, continuing up to the toes

  • pay attention to the space between each tendon

 

11. TOE MASSAGE

Toe massage may help relieve tension and cramps in the toes. To use this foot massage technique:

  • hold the base of the foot with one hand

  • with the fingers of the other hand, tug, twist, and pull each toe gently

  • move from the outer to the inner toes

  • repeat several times

  • massage between each toe

 

12. FINISHING STROKES

People can use finishing strokes at the end of a foot massage. To use this technique:

  • place the palms on either side of the foot

  • gently pull the right side of the foot forward while pushing the left side back

  • then push the left side of the foot back while pushing the right side forward

  • repeat this twisting motion, working the hands from the ankle to the toes

  • lighten the pressure each time, gradually lifting the hands from the foot completely

 

“No-one Regards What is Before His Feed; We All Gaze at the Stars”         

Quintus Ennius

THE BENEFITS OF BURNING INCENSE

Incense penetrates lungs and triggers the nerves and senses of brains. Each particular scent has its own power & characteristics and hence they find usage in different conditions.  The only thing is to figure out which one fits and benefits you the most.

Below are some of the benefits derived from different incense burning:

Lavender: This essence has the highest capacity of relaxing one’s mind.

Lily:  This essence has the power to slow down the heart rate and calms the nerves.

Patchouli:  Its fragrance is helpful in strengthening the nerves.  It is also a close substitute to the Indian cedar sticks.

Rose:  The fragrance of rose sticks promotes spiritual healing and ailments. That is why it is very effective if lit during meditation.  Even while simply lying down it is good to inhale the essence of these sticks.

Basil:  Its fragrance gives relief in headaches, migraines, and increases concentration.

Indian Cedar:  The essence is effective as anti-depressant.

Jasmine:  This fragrance helps in balancing the hormones in both men and women.  This scent is also considered as an aphrodisiac just like chocolate, which is effective during sexual sessions.

HOW TO USE INCENSE STICKS

  1. Using an incense holder to hold the stick in a safe position;

  2. Light the incense stick and put it in the incent holder, until the stick is on fire

  3. Put the incense in a room and let it burn and relax to relax your mind and bring about internal and external well-being.

 

 BENEFITS OF BURNING INCENSE INCLUDE:

  1. Reducing stress & anxiety;

  2. Promoting calmness and tranquility;

  3. Purifying air;

  4. Increasing Focus;

  5. Treating insomnia;

  6. Fighting depression;

  7. Stimulating creativity;

  8. Relieving Headaches;

  9. Preventing Infections;

 

“No Ashes are Lighter Than That of Incense, & Few Things Burn Out Sooner.” 

Walter Savage Landor

QUOTATION

"A Regular Massage is Not a Luxury, It’s a Necessity!”