Give you whole body a lift for the start of Summer!

With the change of seasons we can find our skin feeling dry, scaly and itchy and of course those yummy winter foods that we indulge in that may have left us feeling a little sluggish, bloated and low on energy.

As the biggest living organ our skin can be impacted by internal and external factors so it is essential that we continue to support it by helping with the decongestion and stimulating new cell reproduction.

So why not try our treatments – these include a technique of dry brushing the skin, this has many benefits such as:

  • Removing dead layers of skin and other outer impurities
  • Stimulates and increases blood circulation
  • Helps release fatty deposits under your skin’s surface
  • Boosts the Lymphatic system
  • Rejuvenates your cells
  • Strengthens your immune system
  • Increases muscle tone and improves skin texture

This is then followed by an hour massage to continue with stimulation of the circulatory and lymphatic system as well as:

  • Reducing muscle tension
  • Reduction of stress hormones
  • Increasing joint mobility and flexibility
  • Heightened mental alertness
  • Reducing anxiety and depression

With the many benefits encompassed in this treatment you will be left feeling relaxed and your skin silky smooth and rebalanced to continue to support your body in eliminating toxins and boosting your immune system.

The Bliss treatment also includes a 30 minute reflexology. So why not give your body and skin the boost it needs today, contact Tegan a call on 62 95 0400 to make an appointment.

Please note: There are some contra-indications in relation to this treatment, such as pregnancy, untreated heart, liver or kidney conditions.

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Eat your way to beautiful hair

If you open up my bathroom cupboard you will be sure to find a mini hair salon full of hair care products that I have impulsively brought, I can imagine a lot of ladies nodding along with me. Though no matter how much product you use, or how well it’s styled, if you’re deficient in certain nutrients, your hair won’t look its best. So forget buying every hair product under the sun. All you need is these four nutrients to help you on your way to beautiful hair.

 

1. Silica for strength

The mineral silica helps create strong connective tissue in ligaments, nails, skin and hair. Levels diminish with age, which explains why hair loses its bounce and resilience. Silica is found in abundance in soil, and good sources include whole grains such as oats (that’s why horses fed oats have shiny coats), millet, brown rice, lettuce, cucumber and dark leafy greens. Alfalfa sprouts and the herb horsetail also have high levels. You can take silica as a supplement in gel, liquid or tablet form.

 

2. Fatty acids for shine

Every hair follicle contains sebaceous glands that produce sebum, a waxy oil made from fatty acids that lubricates and protects the strand. Princesses of old were said to have brushed their locks with 100 strokes before bed, thereby distributing the sebum along the length of each hair. If your diet is deficient in essential fatty acids, this will result in dry and dull-looking hair. To boost its glossiness to that of a princess, eat foods that contain good fatty acids such as walnuts, ground flaxseed, coconut oil, olive oil, fish and avocados. 

 

3. Iron for thickness

If you notice your hair is thinning, you could be low in iron. Iron deficiency anaemia is the most common of all nutritional deficiencies. The most telling symptom is fatigue, but it can also result in hair loss. Add iron-rich foods to your diet, such as lentils, dark green leafy veg, prunes and red meat. A herbal iron supplement in liquid form will help to boost your levels without causing constipation. Before taking a supplement, have a blood test to find out if you’re deficient as too much iron can be as bad for you as too little.  

 

4. Lauric acid for volume

Lauric acid, the predominant fatty acid in coconut oil has an affinity for hair protein and, unlike other oils, it’s able to penetrate the hair shaft, increasing volume and adding lustre. For damanged and dry hair (and a dry scalp), massage a couple of tablespoons of coconut oil into your hair and scalp, leave overnight for best results, then wash out with shampoo. Also try adding coconut oil to curries and stir-fries.

What Kind of Yoga is For You?

Yoga is designed to connect your mind with your body and spirit through breathing techniques, meditation and health-promoting postures (asanas).

Not only does practicing yoga tone your body and refresh your mind, it also improves your immune system, helps lower your stress level, and provides so many more health benefits.

 

Types of Yoga

Today, aside from having an abundance of yoga studios, there are many different styles of yoga to consider. Even though they’re all based on the same poses, each style has a particular focus. For example, one style has a purpose to improve flexibility, while another style primarily strengthens your core. So let’s take a look at the different types of Yoga along with their benefits and who would suit each type.

Hatha Yoga- In Sanskrit (an ancient classical language of India) “Ha” means “sun” and “tha” means “moon”. This type of Yoga is relatively slow paced, gentle type of Yoga and is a good place to start if you are completely new to Yoga and don’t know any of the asanas (poses). Like all types of Yoga, Hatha Yoga aims to unite the mind, body and spirit.

  • Purpose: To introduce beginners to yoga with basic poses and relaxation techniques
  • Benefits: Relieves stress, provides physical exercise, and improves breathing
  • Good for: Beginners and people wanting to learn the basics of yoga

Ashtanga Yoga –In Sanskrit it means “eight limbs”. It’s a fast moving, intense style of Yoga practice and is based on a progressive set sequence of asanas, synchronized with the breath. Ashtanga Yoga can be quite physically demanding as you constantly move from one asana in the sequence to the next, so you’ll find that it will improve your stamina as well as your flexibility and strength.

  • Purpose: To help improve one’s spiritual self
  • Benefits: Relieves stress, improves coordination, and helps with weight loss
  • Good for: Fit people looking to maintain strength and stamina, and those who want to get in touch with their spiritual side

Iyengar Yoga – This type of Yoga concentrates on the correct alignment and form of the body. Unlike Ashtanga Yoga, there is an emphasis on holding each pose for a long period of time rather than moving constantly from one pose to the next. Iyengar Yoga uses props such as blocks and straps to help align the body into the different poses.

  • Purpose: To strengthen and bring the body into alignment
  • Benefits: Helps improve balance, speeds up recovery from an injury, and builds up body strength
  • Good for: Beginners who want to learn the correct alignments in each pose and those with injuries, balance issues, and chronic medical conditions like arthritis

Vinyasa Yoga – Much like Hatha, Vinyasa covers basic poses and breath-synchronized movement. This variety of Hatha yoga emphasizes on the Sun Salutation, a series of 12 poses where movement is matched to the breath.

  • Purpose: To link the breath with movement and to build lean muscle mass throughout the body
  • Benefits: Helps improve strength and flexibility, tones the abdominal muscles, and reduces the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes
  • Good for: Beginners and advanced yogis alike seeking to strengthen their bodies

Bikram Yoga – Also known as hot yoga, Bikram is practiced in a 38 degree room. It’s typically a series of 26 poses that allows for a loosening of tight muscles and sweating.

  • Purpose: To flush out toxins and to deeply stretch the muscles
  • Benefits: Speeds up recovery from an injury, enhances flexibility, and cleanses the body
  • Good for: Beginners and advanced yogis alike who want to push themselves and those with physical injuries 

These are only a few of the many styles of yoga. Try one or all of them to figure out which one suits your needs the best.