Soul Vibration Interview!

I was so excited to get an e-mail from the Vermont State Homes website asking if they could interview me for their website. They wanted to feature a local massage therapist in order to help locals and new residents in Vermont find wellness professionals. I really enjoyed the questions they asked me, especially pertaining to how Reiki benefits massage therapy. Check out the entire article here

In other news, I gave my first introductory class on Thai Yoga Massage and it was a lot of fun! Stay tuned for another class coming up in April!

 

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What is Thai Yoga Massage?
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Thai yoga massage is a dynamic blend of yoga like stretches, meridian focused point pressure and Ayurvedic practices. Created 2,500 years ago in Thailand, it's development was influenced by Indian, Chinese and indigenous practices. It relieves muscular tension, improves circulation, boosts the immune system and balances the body energetically. It is performed on a mat on the floor with the receiver fully clothed in comfortable, stretchy clothing. 

Before I went to massage school I had never heard of Thai Yoga massage and now it's one of my favorite bodywork modalities. I like to call it lazy person's yoga because the person receiving basically gets to lay down and have someone else do all the work of stretching their muscles. It not only feels amazing, but gives the body a chance to deeply relax while also getting all the benefits of yoga and massage.

I'm really excited to announce that I'm teaching a Thai Yoga Massage class this month! Attendees will be learning how to give a front of body session. Bringing a friend, partner or other loved one is encouraged but not necessary. You can find out more about it here. Register early as space is very limited!

The Danger of Beauty

Who doesn't love pampering themselves? During these cold winter months I'm especially prone to slowing down, taking more baths and treating my body with extra care. The other night, I was getting ready to jump in a nice, hot bath while a winter storm raged outside bringing negative digits to my town, when I happened to glance at the package of epsom salts I was using. It had a strong smell so I decided to check what might be in it and sure enough it said Fragrance. I was appalled and here is why. 

The FDA does nearly nothing to regulate our body care products which are full of chemicals that other nations, many in the European Union, have banned because they are known to be toxic. Fragrance, for example, could mean anything. Normally, it is a cocktail of chemicals that are shown to cause reproductive issues, dermatitis, skin irritation and allergies. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has an amazing database with links to scientific reports, concerns and levels of toxicity to the human body of these and many other chemicals. 

According to this Huffington Post article, these are the top 10 ingredients to ban from your beauty care routine:

1. Parabens

2. Synthetic Colors

3. Fragrance

4. Phthlalates

5. Triclosan

6. Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS)/ Sodium laureth sulfate (SLES)

7. Formaldehyde

8. Toluene

9. Propylene Glycol

10. Sunscreen Chemicals ( benzophenone, PABA, avobenzone, homosalate and ethoxycinnmate) 

A majority of beauty products carry these harmful chemicals and so many more that I can't possibly list them in this short blog post but you can find an extensive list at www.ewg.org. Some companies that I do know to be safe (or safer at the very least) are Beauty Counter, Dr. Bronner's, Weleda, Lily Lolo and Era Perez to name a few. See a more comprehensive list at Sarah Wilson's blog here

All this research, spurred by my epsom salt ordeal, led me to decide to start making a bath product line including oils, vinegars, salts and teas for making soaks in the tub more therapeutic as well as non-toxic! Baths have the wonderful ability to enhance the benefits of massage. Check in to the website in the next month for all the exciting goodies and tune in to my Instagram (@soulvibrationwellness) for contests giving away bath salts, oils and teas!

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Soul Vibration now offers bath products that are gentle, non-toxic herbal delights to enhance your massage experience. Bath teas, salts, oils and herbal vinegars help extend the benefits of massage and offer a lovely alternative to toxic beauty products.