By Sarah McCallum, Massage Therapist at NLMSC
As we embark upon our final astrological sign in the zodiac it seems fitting to explain how we have come full circle. Pisces, ruled by Neptune, is a water sign that governs the liver, lymphatic system and feet. As we began this series with Aries and the head we end this series with Pisces and the feet. Each sign progresses in many ways but the most obvious is its flow forward through the human body. Pisces are imaginative, intuitive and highly sensitive individuals whom often times complain about aches and pains especially during the cooler months. As we approach the Autumnal equinox and dropping temperatures I myself sure feel chilled to the bone. While this shift is quite welcome it can be very shocking to those with more delicate constitutions. Warming Clove essential oil can help increase warmth within the body during the fall and winter months. It is said that a Pisces in particular should never sit around in a wet bathing suit and this is due to their vulnerability surrounding the lymphatic system as well as the feet. Cold hands and feet most often times result in a cold or flu. Be wise as we head into the changing seasons and carry a warming essential oil like Clove or Cinnamon when embarking on hikes or walks outdoors. Be careful when applying Clove essential oil topically as it can cause a burning sensation in most so make sure to always dilute in coconut oil. A foot massage with Clove not only helps to warm the toes, it also decreases the production of fungus that leads to athletes foot. This same treatment may also help reduce soreness of the feet and body. Surely you are in the mood for some immune boosting self-care during the transition from bright and cheery summer to cool and cloudy fall. Please allow us to treat your tired feet to an aromatherapy foot soak followed by a blissful reflexology session. Your body and mind will float happily home!
By Sarah McCallum, Massage Therapist at NLMSC
As we delve into the last of the air signs let us focus on the difference between the Aquarian versus the other air signs. While Gemini likes to make connections among friends and discuss smaller social situations and Libra prefers to act out the mental activity hidden beneath their diplomatic exterior, the Aquarian prefers to make their original and inventive ideas come to life for the benefit of society at large. The true desire of any Aquarius is to bring truth to light. Here is the reason why this sign is often mistaken for a water element; being known as the water bearer confuses most. The idea of bringing water is parallel to the idea of bringing truth. The unveiling of large-scale ideas and off the cuff plans can lead to a lot of gossip. The Aquarian hardly ever looks inward; rather their focus is always on the outside world. The ruling planet of Aquarius is Uranus and this planet can make for a lot of uniquely creative and even brazen works of consciousness. These people are usually on the move navigating bumpy and possibly dangerous terrain. The ankles and shins of an Aquarius person need extra love and care. The circulatory system is also a weak spot for this on the go air sign. Therefore, these types would be wise to turn to Grapefruit essential oil when looking to boost circulation and avoid varicose veins. A regular application of Grapefruit essential oil and coconut oil mixed together and applied to the thighs and calves can help immensely in curbing the formation of varicose veins and bruises. Be sure to keep your legs covered after topical application because this particular essential oil is photo-toxic and may cause skin sensitivity when exposed to sunlight. Grapefruit improves focus and uplifts mood making it a wonderful addition to your morning routine. I even enjoy a drop or two in my morning smoothie when I am feeling a little under the weather. Kids love this flavor and aroma as well because it is juicy and fresh. If you are dealing with sore legs after a long day on the lake water skiing, please come by the spa for a fantastic reflexology treatment featuring this beautiful citrus scent. Our spa offers a wide range of treatments varying from deep tissue to shiatsu to esthetics so bring a friend or two! Be well!
One of the first things I learned in the healing arts field is the idea of yin/yang or feminine/masculine. This idea that there are varying levels of passive versus aggressive tendencies within each and every one of us made so much sense once I began working on different bodies. Some people requested deeper pressure while others liked a lighter touch; some would talk the entire massage while others quickly escaped to a place of quiet. Two opposing astrological signs of the zodiac represent the mother and the father and these are known as Cancer and Capricorn. As I previously stated in an earlier blog post, Cancer and the Moon are full of maternal, intuitive and introspective vibrations. Capricorn on the other hand is known as the father and Saturn has the vibration of hard work, endurance, and logical thought processes. Capricorn men and women are fabulous go-getters who almost always achieve their goals after a lengthy and admirable trek to the top. A Capricorn is always climbing and this causes a lot of stress on the joints, in particular the knees. Myrrh essential oil can give the goat a beautiful sense of relief due to its anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. This essential oil is one of the best restorative oils and it is sure to help heal a variety of issues that typically result from stress and overwork. On an emotional level, Myrrh can encourage the acceptance of the self and others. It is thought of as a softening essential oil that helps to clear up congestion of the mind, skin, joints etc. Myrrh essential oil has long been associated with motherly love and therefore it is a perfect fit for balancing out the fatherly Capricorn. Be sure to come into the spa for a full body massage that will deliver a healthful boost to worn out joints and skin. We are here to serve and enjoy doing so, please stop by for some self care soon, your body is deserving of the love.
By: Kristen and Bethany