Aromatherapy is the practice of using fragrant or aromatic extracts from a wide variety of plants, also called essential oils. When applied to the skin or inhaled, aromatherapy essential oils have been shown to improve a person’s psychological and physical wellbeing. It can be offered as a form of alternative medicine or complementary therapy.
Essential oils are made from flower, herb, and tree parts, like bark, roots, peels, and petals. The cells that give a plant its fragrant smell are its "essence." When an essence is extracted from a plant, it becomes an essential oil.
Essential oils are typically used through an essential oil diffuser or as a topical application. The oils evaporate into the air using an aromatherapy diffuser, spray, oil droplets, or are breathed in. Essential oils should never be applied directly to the skin, and should be diluted with a carrier oil like almond oil or olive oil before applying the concentration.
Aromatherapy is typically used through an aromatherapy inhaler or as a topical application. When inhaled, aromatherapy activates areas in your nose called smell receptors, which send messages through your nervous system to your brain. Aromatherapy oils can also be absorbed through the skin with the use of aromatherapy massage oils and bath and skin care products.
Aromatherapy involves a holistic approach. You shouldn't use aromatherapy products instead of your regular medical treatments. But for some conditions, research shows that aromatherapy can have many health benefits including: improving quality of sleep, help relaxation, soothe pain and inflammation, relieve anxiety, depression, and stress, speed up healing, increase energy levels, boost memory, reduce headaches, and strengthen the immune system.
Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese practice in which thin needles are inserted at strategic points on the body to treat physical, psychological and emotional issues.
Acupuncture is based on the belief that an energy called Qi circulates through meridians in our body, from our feet to the top of our head. Disruptions of this energy flow are believed to be responsible for disease, injury, illness, or pain. Acupuncture is used to correct imbalances of the flow of Qi and stimulate the body’s natural ability to heal. Acupuncture treatments involve placing a thin needle to varying depths at strategic points along the meridians throughout your body. During the treatment, the needles may be gently moved, twirled, warmed or electrically energized to enhance the healing effects. The needles are very thin, so people often do not feel them inserted at all. In most procedures, the needles remain in place for 10 to 20 minutes while you relax, and there is usually no discomfort when they are removed.
The World Health Organization supports acupuncture, and clinical studies have shown it to be a beneficial treatment for many conditions, including: negative side effects of chemotherapy and radiation, psychological and emotional disorders, chronic pain, digestive disorders, high blood pressure, addictions to nicotine, and seasonal allergies.
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Topical analgesics are utilized by spa professionals and massage therapists, who apply these over the counter pain relief gels, creams and lotions to clients as an adjunct to massage therapy. Over the counter topical analgesics are also popular retail items.
A topical analgesic is a cream, lotion, ointment or solution that is applied to the skin – by rubbing, spraying or rolling – to relieve underlying muscle or joint pain. Topical analgesic ingredients common to many products include menthol and camphor (both of which create a “cooling” sensation) and capsaicin (which creates a “warming” sensation). Essential oils such as peppermint, eucalyptus, clove and camphor – with their unique cooling or warming qualities – are also commonly found topical analgesic ingredients.
Topical analgesics are available in a variety of forms. A topical analgesic cream, gel or ointment is made to be rubbed into the skin, making these products excellent for massage-related use. Topical analgesic spray or roll-on products are popular among consumers because they require no rubbing in and therefore no handwashing after being applied.
Topical analgesics relieve pain by stimulating sensory receptors in the skin, which are activated by the “cool” and/or “warm” elements of the analgesic. It is believed that this stimulation blocks other receptors from sending pain signals to the brain (an effect known as the Gate Control Theory or Pain Gate Theory). In addition, although the analgesic never actually reaches the muscle tissue, studies have shown that the analgesic’s effect on the skin’s pain receptors can bring about a beneficial decrease in the static contraction of the muscle tissue below it, helping to address the source of the pain.
Topical analgesics have practical uses before, during and after massage therapy. They can reduce discomfort in a particularly painful area prior to massage. An analgesic can also be applied if a client experiences pain during the massage. After treatment, a client can be sent home with a retail supply of topical analgesic to reduce any minor pain or tenderness that may occur.
Waxing is a popular method of removing hair from the face and body. Eyebrow waxing allows an esthetician to shape the brows into a pleasing shape. Leg waxing replaces shaving the legs and produces longer-lasting results (weeks versus days). Bikini waxing – and the even more thorough Brazilian waxing – are particularly popular during swimsuit season, creating a smooth look and eliminating any worry about stray hairs.
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Hard Wax Method
To remove hair with wax, the esthetician warms the wax in a wax warmer until it reaches a spreadable consistency. Working in manageable patches, the esthetician then uses a smooth wooden spatula (tongue depressor) to spread the wax over the portion of the body where hair removal is desired, applying a fairly thick layer against the direction of hair growth. As the wax hardens, it adheres slightly to the skin, but completely to the hair, essentially “gripping” each follicle. Once the wax has hardened sufficiently, the esthetician quickly pulls the wax off the skin in a single quick motion, which pulls the attached hair from the skin, removing it all the way down to the root.
Strip Wax Method
This method is similar to the hard wax method, but with a few differences: Strip wax is applied thinly, and in the direction of hair growth. It goes on at a lower temperature than hard wax, it is stickier, and it does not require time to cool and harden (which is why strip waxing is also known as speed waxing). Strip wax is removed by placing a strip of thin cloth over the area and pulling it away in the opposite direction of the hair growth. Because strip wax adheres to the skin more than hard wax does, it has an exfoliating property and also reduces the chance of ingrown hairs afterwards. However, if an area has to be treated more than once, care should be taken to protect the skin with a barrier of oil or powder to prevent irritation.