Forget ‘Blue Monday’ get relaxed with a Swedish massage!

Blue Monday……..Have a Swedish Massage to dust away those January blues!

Massage has been a popular treatment for the health of the body and mind for centuries. There are quite a lot of different types of massage however Swedish (the standard type of massage) remains to be the most popular and most widely used out of them all. Swedish massage helps to relax and rejuvenate the body and mind as well as nourishing the skin from the oils used.

Swedish massage was created in 1812 at the University of Stockholm by a Swedish physiologist named Pehr Henrik Ling. Pehr’s influence came from a Chinese friend who was a master of Chinese Tui Na massage. Pehr wanted to create a style of treatment that promoted health by increasing circualtion which would then stimulate the body’s healing abilities. A Dutch practitioner Johan Goerg Mezgar later reduced Ling’s techniques to make the style of Swedish massage we see today. We still use the French names for the strokes that he invented all that time ago.

Swedish massage is by far the most popular massage in Western countries. It can be performed on as many areas of the body as the client wishes, the back is usually the most common area although a lot of people will indulge in a full body massage to really relax. A lovely oil or cream is always used to provide a nice smooth stroke without any friction and essential oils can be used to provide a specific mood.

There are five main techniques used in Swedish massage and each has its own benefits.

Effleurage strokes are long, slow movements used to warm up the muscles. I always use these strokes to start and finish the massage, they are extremely relaxing and instantly put the client at ease.
Petrissage is deeper than the effleurage strokes and is a kneading motion. Rolling and squeezing techniques are used to remove toxins from muscles and aids circulation from deep within the muscle tissues.
Frictions are the deepest of the techniques and are used on a concentrated area to break up any knots found. I love to use this around the shoulders and shoulder blades by using my thumbs to really get in deep.
Tapotement is a method used to relax muscles that are in spasm. There are lots of different tapotement motions including the most commonly used cupping and hacking. I don’t always use this technique as it isn’t as relaxing as some of the others but it is a good one to know.
Vibration is just as it sounds! Shaking movements with the hands can be used to loosen adhered joints and muscles. Again I only use this method if needs be as it isn’t the mist relaxing!

Swedish massage can be very beneficial for the mind as well as body as the soft flowing movements promote relaxation. And we all know this is a must, especially in January! A relaxed mind can help you with stress, fatigue, anxiety and depression, all things that can build up in the busy Christmas period! As well as being relaxing Swedish massage has a lot of physical benefits too, these include relieving muscular stiffness and pain, which can cause some real discomfort and sleepless nights; Improving circulation, which can assist in removing toxins and healing injuries and boosting your immune system!

At Eden Beauty I offer 4 different Swedish massages which range from 30 minutes (£22) to a ultra relaxing 75 minutes (£45). This means that there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be a little selfish, after all its for the good of your health, and you cant put a price on that!  😉

Are you drinking enough water?

Water is absolutely essential to the life, growth and maintenance of our bodies. Most of us become dehydrated throughout the day without even realising it. This can be caused by a number of factors but most obviously by not drinking enough pure water. Caffeine and alcohol consumption is also a big factor along with central heating or air conditioning.

Our bodies are made up of 70% water so it’s hardly surprising that dehydration can be the cause of some health complaints such as migraines, asthma and constipation. The major muscles in our body also do not function properly without sufficient water, without regularly topping up our water intake this can lead to stiff hips and lower back pain.

The recommended intake is around 2.5 litres a day of pure water. You should however drink more if you have consumed caffeine, if its a hot day or if exercise has been involved. The best way to tell that you are drinking enough is by the colour of your urine. The lighter it is the more hydrated you are. Start off by having a glass of water as soon as you wake up as your body loses water while you are sleeping. Keep topping up your intake through the day but try not to drink so much with a meal as it interferes with digestion. It is also better ingested at room temperature than ice cold as ice cold water can affect your metabolism. I always keep a bottle with my while I am working at the beauty salon so I am constantly sipping away at it, it becomes easier to drink those extra litres than you think!

So try and make drinking more water a new year’s resolution, you’ll be surprised how much better you will feel, how much more your skin will glow and how much more energy you will have!

Keep your skin glowing in winter and protect your skin against winter cold and stress

Winter is a hard time on the skin!  Central heating, cold weather and endless alcohol intake over christmas can really take its toll on your skin leaving it feeling dull, dehydrated and in desperate need of TLC.

There are a few vital steps to take when taking care of your skin, follow these simple steps and your skin will have that healthy glow back in no time at all!

Cleansing and moisturising properly is an absolute must! Going to bed without fully removing your make up first will leave you regretting it in the morning when you wake up with irritated and blotchy skin. Even if you have had a few cheeky drinks on a night out always try to remove your make up before crawling into bed. Moisturising morning and evening is also massively important to keep your skin hydrated and protected. Make sure your daily moisturiser contains an SPF because even in those winter months sun damage can occur and cause ageing.

Exfoliation is great for cell renewal and leaves the skin looking fresh and subtle. Using a nice facial polish or peel 2-3 times a week is ideal for a natural glow and helps your moisturiser to penetrate deeper into the skin. We recommend Vitage’s Micro Skin Polish as it has a perfect consistency and isn’t too harsh on sensitive skins.

Drinking plenty of water and eating well is a must for healthy skin. If our bodies are happy on the inside it shows on the outside. Try to drink 2.5 litres of water a day and if you know you are going to be drinking alcohol that evening then up your water intake throughout the day. Eating a balanced diet of plenty of fruit, vegetables, lean meat and fish (organic if possible) keeps everything ticking over as well as it should and gives us much needed energy. Avocados, nuts, seeds and oily fish helps our skin lubricate from the inside out so is great during the winter months for that extra hydration. Supplements can also be taken to ensure enough vitamins and minerals are getting ingested in these busy months.

A couple of times a week I love to use a face mask before I go to bed and leave it on all the way until the morning. It gives your skin that extra nourishment and you will wake up glowing as well as your skin feeling super smooth. I use Vitage’s Age Defence Hydrating Mask, it has a lovely creamy feel and soaks into the skin really well.

A lack of sleep really shows on your face so a regular 8 hours is essential for rejuvenation and repair. Try get a few early nights in a week and let yourself wake up naturally on the weekends. Be aware that over sleeping can be just as damaging though so try not get into a lazy routine.

Finally try treat yourself to a professional facial once every four to six weeks. A regular facial is a lovely booster for your skin and keeps it in great condition as well as very relaxing for your body and mind. All of our facials at Eden Beauty are great for tired and dull skin and range from a mini facial at £20 to our luxury microdermabrasion facial £45. All facials are 100% tailored to each clients skin type and a full consultation is included. They all increase circulation, moisture levels and prevent premature ageing.

Following these  guidelines will not only ensure that you look great on the outside but feel refreshed on the inside! Winter doesn’t need to feel like a depressing time so embrace it and get out there!