Meditation

Why Meditate?

Are you seeking calmness, peace of mind, joy, vibrant health, greater energy, positive relationships and fulfillment in life? Do you wish to be stress-free and worry-free?

You can enjoy all these benefits and much more, with meditation. Meditation offers innumerable benefits for your body, mind and spirit. The rest you gain in meditation is deeper than the deepest sleep. The deeper your rest, the more dynamic your activity is.

Meditation reduces stress. Meditation is mind without agitation, stress creates agitation and is something most of us deal with on some level. And it’s increasing, given the rising use of anti-anxiety medications. Meditation allows people to take charge of their own nervous system and emotions. “Studies have shown improved ability to permanently regulate emotions in the brain. It’s very empowering. Meditation has two important benefits, it prevents stress from getting into the system and releases accumulated stress that is in the system. Both of these happen simultaneously, leaving one refreshed and joyful.

Physical Benefita of Meditation: With meditation, the physiology undergoes a change and every cell in the body is filled with more prana (energy). This results in joy, peace, enthusiasm as the level of prana in the body increases.

On a physical level, meditation:

  • Lowers high blood pressure
  • Lowers the levels of blood lactate, reducing anxiety attacks
  • Decreases any tension-related pain, such as, tension headaches, ulcers, insomnia, muscle and joint problems
  • Increases serotonin production that improves mood and behavior
  • Improves the immune system
  • Increases the energy level, as you gain an inner source of energy

Mental Benefits of Meditation: Meditation brings the brainwave pattern into an Alpha state that promotes healing. The mind becomes fresh, delicate and beautiful. With regular practice of meditation:

  • Anxiety decreases
  • Emotional stability improves
  • Creativity increases
  • Happiness increases
  • Intuition develops
  • Gain clarity and peace of mind
  • Problems become smaller
  • Meditation sharpens the mind by gaining focus and expands through relaxation
  • A sharp mind without expansion causes tension, anger and frustration
  • An expanded consciousness without sharpness can lead to lack of action/progress
  • The balance of a sharp mind and an expanded consciousness brings perfection

Meditation makes you aware – that your inner attitude determines your happiness.

Emotional steadiness and harmony: it cleanses and nourishes you from within and calms you, whenever you feel overwhelmed, unstable, or emotionally shut down.

Meditation brings harmony in creation: when you meditate, you are in the space of vastness, calmness and joy and this is what you emit into the environment, bringing harmony to the Creation/planet.

Consciousness evolves: with the assimilation of meditation into daily life, your consciousness evolves and in time, is able to experience the higher and refined states of consciousness.

When your consciousness evolves and expands, the disturbances in your life become negligible. Anger and disappointments become fleeting emotions that occur momentarily and then vanish. You start living in ‘the moment’ and let go of ‘the past’.

Personal Transformation: meditation can bring about a true personal transformation. As you learn more about yourself, you’ll naturally want to discover more about the mystery of life, this universe, etc. Then the questions that arise in the mind are – What is the meaning of Life? What is its purpose? What is this world, what is love, what is knowledge…?

Once these questions arise, know that you are very fortunate. These questions need to be understood; you cannot find the answers in books. As you live through answering them you’ll witness that life transformation to a richer level.

Cosmic consciousness dawns in you: With the assimilation of meditation into daily life, the fifth state of consciousness*, called cosmic consciousness, dawns. Cosmic consciousness – is to perceive the whole cosmos as part of oneself.

When you perceive the world as a part of yourself, love flows strongly between the world and you. This love empowers you to bear the opposing forces and the disturbances in your life. Anger and disappointments become fleeting emotions that occur momentarily and then vanish. You start living in ‘the moment’ and let go of ‘the past’.

The confluence of knowledge, understanding and practice makes life complete. When you grow into higher states of consciousness, you become beautiful yet strong – a soft, delicate and beautiful blossom capable of accommodating different values in life without any conditions.

It increases happiness. Meditation puts you on the fast track to being happy.  Studies have shown that brain signaling increases in the left side of the prefrontal cortex, which is responsible for positive emotions, while activity decreases in the right side, responsible for negative emotions. The other benefits of meditation, including increased self-awareness and acceptance, also contribute to improved overall well-being.

The practice benefits cardiovascular and immune health.
Meditation induces relaxation, which increases the compound nitric oxide that causes blood vessels to open up and subsequently, blood pressure to drop.

It slows aging. Studies show that meditation changes brain physiology to slow aging. Cognition seems to be preserved in meditators, they also have more gray matter – literally, more brain cells.  A study showed that meditators have longer telomeres, the caps on chromosomes indicative of biological age (rather than chronological). That meditation lengthens life may be a bit of a stretch, but there is something about meditation that is associated with longer telomeres, and perhaps that reduces stress and its effects on the body.

Control Anxiety
Meditate, and you’ll stress less in the moment, and you may be able to also stop yourself from worrying about the future. If you can learn from mediation that thoughts are just thoughts, and physical sensations are just physical sensations, you can more easily shut down the anxiety-causing negative self-talk about those feelings.

Feel Less Pain
Researchers put healthy participants in an MRI to see how their brains light up when they experience pain, and how meditation could change their evaluation of that pain. After only four days, meditation during pain was found to reduce the participants’ rating of unpleasantness by 57 percent, and also decreased the intensity by 40 percent. How? Meditation-induced reductions in pain were associated with increased activity in the areas involved with cognitive processing and reframing the contextual evaluation of sensory events — meaning the pain you feel can be reframed in your brain as less terrible and more tolerable.

Embrace Life With Meditation

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pedicure

Benefits of Foot Care

Top 10 Benefits of getting a Pedicure

1.  Appearance! Having nice groomed, polished toes is always nice and can make you feel sexy and sleek when wearing a nice pair of opened toed heels or sandals.

2.  Dry skin! Your therapist is able to scrub and exfoliate your feet to help soften and scrape off dead dry skin especially around the heel and big toe area. However for more severe cases of  painful cracked heels your therapist may refer you to a Podiatrist who are qualified to use cutting implements to treat such foot disorders.

3. Skin or Nail Conditions! Your therapist should be able to recognize a skin or  nail condition, disorder or infection while washing your feet. Then would be able to refer you to a doctor or podiatrist so you can get the correct medical attention your feet or nails need.

4. Nail Health! Buffing your nails doesn’t just make them look nice and shiny but is also important to stimulate blood flow to the area. Blood carries nutrients which are vital for nail health and growth.  Although we clip our nails short, good nail growth can be a sign of good nail health.

5. Relaxation! Pedicures can include massage and getting your legs and feet massaged can be a great way to relax, release tension and de-stress.  And we all know how important it is for oneself to take some time out some times and regular de-stressing is vital for your health.

6. Lymphatic  and Blood Flow!  Another benefit from massage is stimulating blood and lymph flow. Your body has lymph nodes all over which are the tiny factories that help process and clean the toxins from your lymphatic fluid (lymph) into the blood which then gets taken back through the veins to the heart to get cleaned.  Lymph nodes are also known as glands which in our legs are situated behind our knees.  Also in our armpits and near our jaw and when these get overloaded with toxins they can swell and feel tender. Therefore leg massage can help our lymph to flow more easily up to our knees for better and more efficient drainage.  Drinking a glass of water after massage is also helpful as it helps to flush these toxins out of the body which then gets expelled through our urine.

7. Cuticles! Over grown dead cuticle can make your nails and feet look dry and untidy. Your therapist push back your cuticles and gently scrape off any dead cuticle off your nail plate which in turn leaves your nail plate tidy and clean ready for your nail lacquer to go on.

8.  Silky Smooth Feet! Most therapists will also use a good moisturizer on your feet and use a cuticle oil to condition your cuticles and toes leaving your feet feeling silky smooth.

9. Colors! Nail lacquers are fun and there are loads of colors to play with.  With colors to fit any season or any occasion, your therapist will also use a base coat to protect your nail plate from getting stained.  A top coat will also be used to help lock in your color and help the lacquer last longer.

10. Feel Good!  One of the most important benefits in my opinion is the feel good factor.  Its amazing how your feet when treated can make you feel SO good about yourself and give a real confidence boost,  along with feeling relaxed, clean and pampered of course.  I perform pedicures on clients every week and love seeing the confidence and smiles it brings to their faces! It makes working on feet worth it!!  And remember all of this doesn’t just stop at feet.  These 10 benefits are just as good for a relaxing (hand) manicure too.

To feel good with a pedicure and reconnect with your inner beauty, book an appointment at Hands and Soul Holistic Spa today.

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Reiki Hands

REIKI, Universal Life Force Energy

An ancient gift from above, radiates out from our hands, applied to each with love.  We are but the circuit to help the body mend. It’s not us who stand as healers, it’s the energy we send.  Our Reiki Hands stand ready for what service they may do.  When we are helping others, we feel a healing too.

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Hot Stone Massage

Hot Stone Massage

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Experience a hot stone massage to provide the extra relaxation you need for the massage to be beneficial in releasing stress, tension and easing sore muscles.  As the heat from the stones penetrates into your deeper body tissues, your blood vessels open, resulting in improved circulation, delivering more oxygen to the muscles, which can help ease aches and pains.

Heat from stones also has the benefit of geomagnetism from a Earth source; which has a balancing and healing effect on our systems.  When placed along meridian points, they can assist in removing energy blockages that lead to the development of disease.

To fully enjoy this Feel Good Treatment, contact us today at Hands and Soul Holistic Spa.

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Reiki Benefits

Why Reiki ?

Try Reiki to improve your life in all possible ways.  Create move love, abundance, better relationships, peace of mind, less stress and better health.  Have more clarity in your life and better sense of direction in following your instincts and being in alignment with your soul.

Everyday Essential Oils

Have you experienced essential oils in spa treatments or bath and body care products? These aromatherapeutic uses are only part of the remarkable essential oils story. Essential oils have been used for thousands of years for their health, cosmetic, and emotionally uplifting properties. Young Living has always been at the forefront of bringing this ancient tradition to modern users, introducing millions to a total mind/body wellness they may never have dreamed possible.

Primarily extracted through careful steam distillation, but also through cold pressing, the purest essential oils are far more powerful and effective than dry herbs, delivering quick and effective results. Any time you hold a bottle of our powerful essential oils, you are holding the pure essence of health-promoting botanicals that can be diffused, inhaled, applied topically, incorporated into massage, or taken internally.

Ensure you’ll always have the benefits of Young Living’s therapeutic-grade essential oils on hand with our 10-oil Everyday Oils collection.

The oils in this select collection will provide ongoing support for your home, health, and body. EnJoy the relaxing benefits of lavender and Peace & Calming, the cleansing power of Thieves and Purification, the comforting touch of Valor and PanAway, the uplifting properties of the newly added Joy™ essential oil blend, and much more.

Watch the following video for more information on the oils and how to use them.

For Aromatherapy in Moncton, contact Hands and Soul Holistic Spa for more information on these oils, to purchase them, get a treatment or to become a Young Living member

 

 

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Alternative Medecine

Try Reiki, Reflexology or Aromatherapy, there must be a good reason it’s been around for this long.   

 

 

 

What is Reiki?

Reiki (pronounced Ray Key) is a combination of two Japanese words rei and ki meaning universal life energy. Reiki is an ancient laying-on of hands healing technique that uses the life force energy to heal, balancing the subtle energies within our bodies. Reiki addresses physical, emotional, mental and spiritual imbalances. This healing art is an effective delivery system. The Reiki practitioner serves as a vessel that supplies healing energies where they are most needed. Reiki’s ki-energies flow out of the practitioner’s body through the palms of the hands while they are touching the recipient’s body.

During the Reiki healing session the practitioner will place his hands lightly on different parts of your body. Some Reiki practitioners will follow a predetermined sequence of hand placements, allowing their hands to rest on each body placement for 2 to 5 minutes before moving on to the next. Empathic practitioners will freely move their hands in no particular order to the areas where they “feel” Reiki is most needed. Some Reiki practitioners do not actually touch their clients. Instead, they will hover their lifted palms a few inches above the reclined body. Either way, Reiki energies flow where they are suppose to. Reiki is a smart energy that automatically flows where the imbalances are in your body regardless of where the practitioner’s hands are placed.

Because Reiki energies flow to where they are most needed there is a Reiki phenomenon called “phantom hands” that you may or may not experience. Phantom hands feel as if the Reiki practitioner’s hands are touching one part of your body when they are actually elsewhere. For example, you may be able to see that the healer’s hands are actually placed on your stomach, but you could swear that hands are touching your legs. Or, you may feel as if several pairs of hands are on your body at the same time as if several people are in the room with you.

To know more about Reiki or to book an appointment in Moncton, contact us at Hands and Soul Holistic Spa, 204-7586.

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Feel Good with Raindrop Technique

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Raindrop Technique® combines the art of aromatherapy with the techniques of Vita Flex ~ “vitality through the reflexes”  and feather stroke massage in the application of essential oils to various areas of the body. This collection provides a revolutionary means of bringing balance and harmony to the body – physically, mentally, and emotionally. The oils used in the technique are anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-viral. They aid the back and spine in detoxification. The oils also help with aligning the spine.

Raindrop Technique begins with a technique called Vitaflex that is performed on the feet. It is a  technique that creates slight pressure on the feet that jumpstarts the body’s systems. Oils are applied during the process. After both feet are Vitaflexed, the client rolls over and the Raindrop begins.

It involves dropping the oils directly onto the spine while holding the bottle 6 inches from the body.  That is where the name Raindrop comes from. After the oils are “raindropped” one at a time, they are feather stroked lightly on the spine. Other techniques are also used to help the oils work effectively on the spine and in the body. The effects of the massage can  last up to a week.  The oils that are used in Raindrop may be able to reduce spinal inflammations and kill viruses that hibernate along the spinal column.  It helps with emotional problems as well.

There are many benefits of the Raindrop Technique. Just a few are:

  • Reduce Stress and Anxiety – The oils help one to relax during the massage/technique. It also helps balance emotions and release negative emotions. Clients generally report a lighter feeling and less stressed.
  •  Reduces Inflammation in the Body – Inflammation is dangerous to the body and many things contribute to this. Several of the oils in the technique fight inflammation.
  •  Re-aligns the Spine in a Non-Invasive Manner – Toxins along the spine contribute to problems and can cause spinal diseases such as scoliosis. Many of the oils are anti-bacterial and anti-viral.
  • Relax Muscles – Muscles will benefit from the oils that help with sore muscles, along with the specific massage techniques used.
  • Fight Viruses and Bacteria along the Spine – Toxins stay dormant and hibernate along the spinal column until our immune system weakens and disease sets in. Think…shingles. It also improves immune system function and overall health.
  • Detox the Body  – The oils cleanse cellular receptor sites and boost the lymphatic system detox of the body.

The one giving a Raindrop also benefits from absorbing the oils through their hands, as well as inhaling them. It is a double process going on.

For any Young Living products or question, aromatherapy consultation or raindrop technique appointment in Moncton contact Hands and Soul Holistic Spa.

All About Reflexology and it’s Benefits

What Are the Benefits of Reflexology?

Reflexology is an alternative therapy used for bringing healing and balance to the body and the various systems of the body, including the digestive, lymphatic, endocrine, respiratory and immune systems. A practitioner of reflexology applies pressure to a reflex point on the foot, which sends a signal via the nervous system for the body to relax and heal. Reflexology has no  side effects and is used to strengthen the body as a whole.

Function

  • Reflexology works on the principle that by applying pressure to certain reflex areas on the hand or foot, balance can be restored to the body. The way this occurs is by sending messages through the 7,200 nerves that are formed in the reflex zones in the feet. Reflexology seeks to recondition the nerves to send signals to various parts of the body. It aims to persuade the body to correct and heal itself.

Process

  • A reflexology patient is made to get comfortable while various parts of the feet are pressed. The foot has a map of the body over it, each area relating to a different organ or body part. The reflexologist will touch and massage that areas for a certain amount of time to send signals to the body to relax that organ or body part. This improves the blood, lymphatic and nerve supply to that area, which facilitates healing and health in that part of the body.

Effects

  • Reflexology creates blood flow through the organs, and this blood supplies nutrition, glucose and oxygen to the body. This alleviates stress on the heart and supplies energy to the body. The lymphatic system cleanses the body, so this aspect helps to clear the body of toxic buildup, helping to keep the body healthy. Through this cleansing and influx of blood and nutrition, all systems of the body are improved.

Benefits

  • Reflexology supports all systems of the body and, therefore, improves the digestive, reproductive, respiratory, lymphatic, immune and endocrine systems. This helps the body to function at optimum levels and helps prevent illness. Reflexology supports the body’s own ability to correct and heal itself. It is a gentle, noninvasive form of healing that works to bring balance to the whole body so that imbalances and illness can be naturally resolved.

Treatment

  • Reflexology may be used to alleviate discomfort from any number of immediate ailments, including, headaches, premenstrual syndrome, menstrual cramps, indigestion, constipation, and chest and sinus congestion, among other things. When treatments are received on a regular basis, they will strengthen and reinforce the whole body, making it useful for treating low immunity, digestive problems, depression, respiratory problems and fatigue.

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For Reflexology Treatments in Moncton contact Hands and Soul Holistic Spa

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