Cure Summer Aches and Pains with Therapeutic Massage

cure-summer-aches-elements-massage-wellness-newsIt is only natural that we are more active in the summer than in the winter months. The sun is shining, the weather is enjoyable and we are simply more prone to getting out of the house. It is as if our bodies come out of hibernation. It does not mean that you have to run a marathon — if you do, great — but if not, summer activity can mean just simply walking more, golfing or playing softball. However, is your body ready for your summer activity? If not, you most likely will have some aches and pains after your fun. Regular massage therapy will help prepare and heal your body from aches and pains.  

It’s in Your Blood  One of the main reasons for soreness after any activity is due to blood flow. When your muscles are overworked, your blood becomes restricted from the area. A massage will loosen your muscle tissue allowing your blood to flow freely to the stressed area. This helps heal your muscles and the tension your muscles hold, helping to eliminate soreness.  

Get Rid of Acid Build Up  Also when you are exercising more, you may experience muscle cramps, soreness or even muscle weakness. If so, lactic acid may have built up in your muscles. Therapeutic massage after your activity will help to relieve the acid and provide some much needed pain relief.  

Relax Your Mind  Often when you experience pain, your mind is stressed as well trying to cope with the pain your body is enduring. By treating your aches and pains with therapeutic massage, you’ll help relieve stress in your mind. Massage releases endorphins that naturally relieve pain, and without pain, your mind will be at ease. 

There are numerous benefits to therapeutic massage, for both mind and body. Getting a regular massage will help increase the amount of nutrients in your muscles and relieve your pain faster. It’s summer, who wants to be in pain? Contact your local Elements Massage™ studio to start your regular custom massage sessions. Find your studio online at

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PSA: These are the 7 period symptoms you should be concerned about

PSA: These are the 7 period symptoms you should be concerned about PSA: These are the 7 period symptoms you should be concerned about

Dealing with typical period symptoms, such as moodiness, cramps, and headaches, is bad enough. But if you feel like death is coming for you every single time Aunt Flow stops by, that may be cause for concern. So how can you tell if your period symptoms are normal or something you should talk to your doctor about?

Everyone experiences their period differently, so it’s important to differentiate between period symptoms that are “normal” and ones that are not.

As Dr. Nita Landry, OB/GYN and co-host of CBS’s The Doctors (who goes by “Dr. Nita”), tells HelloGiggles, typical period symptoms include things like breast swelling and tenderness, tension, bloating, mild acne breakouts, and mild leg, back, or stomach cramps. While none of these symptoms could be classified as fun, they’re pretty manageable.

But, says Dr. Nita, “If your period symptoms are severe or if they’re disrupting your daily life, that could be a sign of something more serious.”

“For example, severe cramps and pain – sometimes bad enough to cause diarrhea, nausea, or vomiting–could be cause for concern. You should also tell a doctor about heavy bleeding, irregular bleeding, abnormal vaginal discharge and odor, or pain during intercourse.”

If any unusual period symptoms are left untreated, you could potentially be dealing with a much bigger health problem. So here some period symptoms you should be concerned about, according to doctors.

1. Extremely painful periods

“Women should be concerned about pain that causes them to miss work or school each month,” Dr. Latasha Murphy, an OB/GYN at Mercy Medical Center, tells HelloGiggles.

Mild cramps are normal. But if your pain requires you to take narcotic medication or causes nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea, you shouldn’t brush it off. As Murphy says, that sort of severe pain may be a sign of endometriosis or adenomyosis, where cells in the inner-most layer of the uterus grow into the muscle of the uterus.

Painful abdominal cramps can also be a sign of pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). It’s a serious infection of the uterus, ovaries, and/or fallopian tubes that is caused by an untreated sexually transmitted infection, such as chlamydia or gonorrhea. According to Dr. Nita, PID causes stomach cramps that get worse around your period.

2. Heavy bleeding 

How much is too much? “If you are soaking through two or more super-absorbency pads or tampons in an hour, that is too heavy,” Dr. Cindy M.P. Duke, medical director at the Nevada Fertility Institute, tells HelloGiggles.

Unusually heavy bleeding may indicate bigger health issues, such as endometriosis, adenomyosis, hyperplasia (overgrowth of the uterine lining), or endometrial polyps.

3. An increase or darkening of body hair 

Polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS, is a common hormonal disorder that’s associated with high male hormone levels.

“People with PCOS may experience infrequent or prolonged menstrual periods or symptoms of high male hormone levels (i.e. excess body hair or severe acne),” Dr. Nita says.

The condition is also a leading cause of infertility among women of child-bearing age.

4. Prolonged menstrual periods 

Menstruation lasts about two to seven days, on average. Any longer than that can be cause for concern. As Dr. Nita says, prolonged periods may be a sign of uterine fibroids, which are noncancerous growths of the uterus that can affect up to 80% of women at some point in their lives. They can cause heavy and prolonged menstrual periods, as well as intense cramping.

5. Severe blood clotting 

If you’re over 25 and are having severe clotting with your periods, you may need to be checked for benign growths in the uterus called fibroids, says Dr. Marra Francis, chief medical officer at EverlyWell and board-certified OB/GYN.

She adds, “If a woman is over 40 and is having irregular bleeding, especially bleeding between cycles, and her hormones are balanced, then she may be having benign or cancerous changes in the lining of her uterus and should get a further work-up to determine the cause.”

6. Abnormal discharge 

Vaginal discharge varies in amount, odor, and color depending on where you are in your menstrual cycle. But according to Dr. Duke, if you notice that your discharge is unusual in the way it smells or looks, you might want to check in with your doctor.

“Sexually transmitted infections can cause pain or formation of abscesses, which can cause fevers or foul-smelling periods and/or vaginal discharge,” she says.

7. No bleeding at all 

To get the obvious out of the way, if it’s been over 35 days since your last period, take a pregnancy test first. “If the pregnancy test is negative, contact your healthcare provider,” Dr. Duke says.

Besides pregnancy, there are other things that may cause you to have no period at all. According to Dr. Duke, not having a period can indicate thyroid disease, kidney or liver problems, or even prolactinoma, which is a type of brain tumor.

Your period can get pretty bad, and sometimes it can feel like fighting through the pain or ignoring any unusual symptoms is just easier than making an appointment with your doctor. But don’t automatically assume nothing’s wrong.

“If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, do not write them off as just a ‘bad period,’” Dr. Nita says. “Call your doctor and have an honest conversation about all your symptoms. Tell them what is going on so they can take the next steps to diagnose you.”

Chances are, you’ll be thankful you did.

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Weather & Joint Pain: Tips for Colder Weather

If your joints hurt when the weather changes, you’re not alone. It’s not uncommon to feel increased pain in your joints when it gets colder or when the barometric levels change. 

Scientists don’t yet understand why a correlation between weather change and joint pain exists. People commonly point to the increase in joint pain to changes in the weather. Some doctors think this is because their patients have to slow down on rainy or colder days, and have more time to notice the pain. While some research on the connection between barometric pressure and joint pain continues, we still don’t know why this phenomenon occurs. What we all are thinking, there has to be some correlation, even if it is as simple as our bodies slowing down due to the cold.

The Weather and Joint Pain

Barometric pressure is the pressure of the air around us. While barometric pressure seems to affect our joints, additional factors also occur. Bad weather, increased humidity, rain or snow, and temperature changes also happen when the barometric pressure changes. One theory is that those pressure changes may cause tendons and muscles to expand and contract to lead to pain in joints affected by arthritis. Also, with lower temperatures, the fluid inside our joints can slightly thicken feeling stiffer in our movements.

Studies sometimes showed that people felt more pain in their joints when the barometric pressure was dropping. Alternately, other individuals felt increased joint discomfort when the barometric pressure got higher.

If you live in an area that experiences extremes in weather, you might move less when it’s very hot or very cold outside. This weather and joint pain occur at the same time because you move around less, and your muscles get tighter.

Prevent Joint Pain

Some arthritis patients go so far as to move to warmer climates to prevent joint pain due to cold weather. But not everyone can or wants to move. We get it, we love SF too! And, warm weather doesn’t always cure joint pain. So, how can you prevent joint pain? One way to greatly reduce or prevent this pain remains to see a chiropractor. 

Chiropractic Alignments and Massage Therapy

Chiropractic alignments and massage therapy work in tandem when it comes to relieving pain and stress in your body. Have a soothing, relaxing massage therapy session by one of our massage therapists to work stress and discomfort from your muscles and assist you in feeling better. After a massage, your body also becomes ready to easily move during an adjustment.

Joints throughout the body can become misaligned. This misalignment causes muscles and nerve endings to become irritated and inflamed. Add that to an existing diagnosis of arthritis, and you have a painful situation on your hands. Our skilled chiropractors can diagnose your misalignments and use gentle chiropractic methods, to realign your spine and set you on a path of balanced wellness.

If you have any questions about our services or preventing pain give us a call at (415) 639-9166. Or, schedule with us at any of our convenient San Francisco chiropractic clinics

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Tapping Into Negative Mental Chatter to Yourself

Negative self-talk is a common, counterproductive habit that can send you on a downward spiral physically, mentally and emotionally. Self-talk is often critical in nature and may be associated with negative events in your life, which may range from major events, like losing an important account at work, or everyday habits, like eating poorly or not exercising.

As you might suspect, correlations exist between self-critical self-talk and self-esteem,1 such that the more negative thoughts you have about yourself, the more your self-esteem suffers. In the video above, Julie Schiffman demonstrates a simple technique to gain control of negative mental chatter related to weight management or body image.

Schiffman is a practitioner of the Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), which is a form of psychological acupressure that involves tapping with the fingertips on specific meridians in order to clear negative emotions and thought patterns.

You can use EFT to help silence your inner critic and give yourself a figurative bear hug instead. The fact is, many of us engage in negative self-talk and are overly critical of ourselves, but you deserve better.

Self-Forgiveness Is Key to a Positive Mind

If you have trouble stopping negative self-talk, self-forgiveness may be the missing prerequisite. This is an area where EFT can prove to be invaluable as well, and one that’s associated with positive emotions, high self-esteem, low neuroticism and low levels of anxiety and depression.2

What exactly does it mean to forgive yourself, whether it be from a mistake you made, a time you behaved badly or an instance when you offended or harmed someone else? Researchers explained in PLOS One:3

“Self-forgiveness has been defined as a positive attitudinal shift in the feelings, actions, and beliefs about the self, following a self-perceived transgression or wrongdoing committed by the self.

Thus, forgiving the self can be considered as an adaptive mechanism of humans that helps them to restore a positive sense of the self and safeguards their overall well-being against the toxic effects of guilt, shame and regret.

A transgression from normative rules or offences toward other people with unwanted consequences may in fact elicit psychological distress that needs to be reduced. Self-forgiveness may help to achieve such a restoration by limiting self-punishment, self-condamnation, and, instead, increasing benevolence towards the self.”

Importantly, self-forgiveness is also associated with self-acceptance, an important part of psychological health that involves accepting all of your attributes, both positive and negative. “Self-acceptance enables an individual to appropriately evaluate his/her efficient and inefficient features and accept any negative aspects as parts of their personality,” researchers wrote in the journal PLOS One.4

Self-acceptance includes three main attitudes, including love for your body — even if you’re not completely satisfied with your weight, fitness level or any other physical attribute. It also involves the ability to protect yourself from other’s negative judgments, such that you don’t let it phase you if other people judge you.

Self-acceptance also involves recognizing and appreciating your own capabilities and believing in yourself. People who have high levels of self-acceptance tend to also have higher levels of self-esteem and interpersonal satisfaction. They’re also less likely to suffer from depression, anxiety, eating disorders and obesity.5

Regulatory Modes Affect Self-Forgiveness

Goal-directed behaviors, such as stopping negative mental chatter, may exist in two dimensions known as assessment and locomotion. During the assessment function, you select the best course of action to pursue the goal. During locomotion, you move on or act on the goal to effect change and reach the desired goal.

The problem with those wrapped up in assessment function is that they may focus on past experiences and consequences of past actions that keep them from moving forward. Locomotors, on the other hand, may stay more future-focused or centered on present possibilities. According to researchers in PLOS One:6

“Empirical evidence shows that assessment positively correlates with fear of invalidity, discomfort with ambiguity, neuroticism, low self-esteem, and negative mood. Locomotion, on the other hand, positively correlates with psychological vitality, self-esteem, optimism, and being decisive, and it negatively correlates with social anxiety and depression.

The above regulatory concerns can have secondary consequences: assessment may leave people confined in the current state, evaluating the past and comparing it with the present, potentially creating repercussions for self-forgiveness; whereas locomotion may help to overcome the past mistakes and effectively move forward, potentially more easily leading to self-forgiveness.”

Indeed, in a study looking into this association, researchers found that those with a strong locomotion orientation were more inclined toward self-forgiveness due to their desire for change and future focus, while those with strong assessment orientation were more focused on evaluating the past and therefore more likely to refrain from self-forgiveness.7

If you know you fall into the assessment tendency, you may use EFT to tap on your tendency to focus on the past and instead be present and look toward the future.

Self-Forgiveness Boosts Physical and Mental Health

A meta-analysis published in the Journal of Counseling Psychology revealed that self-forgiveness can help to boost physical health and psychological well-being.8 It’s more strongly associated with mental health outcomes, particularly for depression and positive relationship outcomes.

Such associations make sense, as positive thoughts and attitudes are able to prompt changes in your body that strengthen your immune system, boost positive emotions, decrease pain and chronic disease, and provide stress relief.

One study found, for instance, that happiness, optimism, life satisfaction and other positive psychological attributes are associated with a lower risk of heart disease.9 It’s even been scientifically shown that positivity can alter your genes.

A team of researchers at UCLA showed that people with a deep sense of happiness and well-being had lower levels of inflammatory gene expression and stronger antiviral and antibody responses.10 While it’s previously been suggested that self-forgiveness could have negative outcomes by enabling bad behaviors to continue, the meta-analysis found this wasn’t the case.

The Importance of Self-Compassion

Self-forgiveness goes hand in hand with learning to be kind and loving to yourself, i.e., having self-compassion. Kristin Neff, Ph.D., an associate professor with the University of Texas at Austin’s department of educational psychology, defined self-compassion as having three primary components, as follows:11

Self-kindness versus self-judgment — When you’re in a self-compassionate frame of mind, you soothe and comfort yourself in times of need; you do not regard yourself in a harsh, critical or judgmental way, or take a “stiff upper lip” approach when you’re suffering. Common humanity versus isolation — This allows you to understand that being human is to be imperfect and failing and making mistakes are common to humanity. This gives you a broader perspective when evaluating your own shortcomings. Mindfulness versus overidentification — Being mindful means being present in the current moment and accepting it at face value, not giving too much weight to negative thoughts or experiences (but not ignoring them either).

Self-compassion can act as a buffer to your emotional health and recovery during stressful times like divorce. People who had higher levels of self-compassion at the beginning of one study were less negatively affected emotionally by the divorce on a daily basis.12

Even among college students, taking a short two-week self-compassion course led to gains in healthy impulse control and self-growth and decreases in self-judgment, habitual negative self-directed thinking, anxiety and depression.13

In the video below, Schiffman demonstrates how to use EFT to help you love and accept yourself — something most of us can benefit from and that can also naturally help to limit your negative mental chatter.

Get Rid of the ‘Shoulds’

Negative views about your body or weight, or the tendency to criticize yourself for not making healthier eating choices or exercising is common. How many times a day do you think, “I should have gone to the gym,” or “I should have stuck to my diet”?

Schiffman recommends that you take “should” out of your vocabulary altogether, because whenever you say, “I should do this or that,” you’re setting yourself up for a great deal of disappointment, guilt and shame.

By saying “should,” you’re giving false power to an imaginary authority figure that’s essentially standing over you and demanding that you must do something. This is hardly a motivating mindset and the rebellious side of you is likely to push back and say, “I don’t want to.” Then, when you choose not to, you feel guilty and like you’ve failed.

“So,” Schiffman says in the featured video, “either do it or don’t do it. But stop ‘shoulding,’ as it puts you on your own personal guilt trip. Try replacing it with ‘could’ or ‘will’ … ‘I could exercise’ … at least it makes us feel like we have our power back.”

At the same time, if you’re feeling disappointed with how you look or your weight, tapping with EFT can help you change your thought process by calming your mind and the negative mental chatter.

As Schiffman says, people have, on average, 70,000 thoughts in a day, 40,000 of which are repetitive. This means you could be telling yourself over and over again that you’re not good enough or not worthy. “No wonder you’re feeling stuck,” Schiffman says. With EFT, you can shut down the negative voice and free your mind for more positive thoughts.

A Quick Guide to EFT

If you’re facing a serious mental health issue, I recommend you recruit the help of a professional EFT practitioner. However, you can use the following resource to learn the mechanics of EFT, as well to help you gain an appreciation for its wide-ranging application, including to free your mind from negative mental chatter.

EFT: Basic Steps to Your Emotional Freedom

There are two basic areas to learn in order to use EFT: the tapping locations and technique, and the positive affirmations. Tapping is done with your fingertips, solidly but not so hard that it hurts. Ideally, remove any glasses or watch (which could interfere electromagnetically with the process) prior to tapping, and tap each point five to seven times. The tapping points are below; it’s easiest to start at the top and work your way down.

1. Top of the Head (TH) — With fingers back-to-back down the center of the skull.

2. Eyebrow (EB) — Just above and to one side of the nose, at the beginning of the eyebrow.

3. Side of the Eye (SE) — On the bone bordering the outside corner of the eye.

4. Under the Eye (UE) — On the bone under an eye about 1 inch below your pupil.

5. Under the Nose (UN) — On the small area between the bottom of your nose and the top of your upper lip.

6. Chin (Ch) — Midway between the point of your chin and the bottom of your lower lip. Even though it is not directly on the point of the chin, we call it the chin point because it is descriptive enough for people to understand easily.

7. Collar Bone (CB) — The junction where the sternum (breastbone), collarbone and the first rib meet. This is a very important point and in acupuncture is referred to as K (kidney) 27. To locate it, first place your forefinger on the U-shaped notch at the top of the breastbone (about where a man would knot his tie).

From the bottom of the U, move your forefinger down toward the navel 1 inch and then go to the left (or right) 1 inch. This point is referred to as Collar Bone even though it is not on the collarbone (or clavicle) per se.

8. Under the Arm (UA) — On the side of the body, at a point even with the nipple (for men) or in the middle of the bra strap (for women). It is about 4 inches below the armpit.

9. Wrists (WR) — The last point is the inside of both wrists.

While tapping, you’ll want to hold the problem or negative emotions in your mind while saying (ideally out loud) your positive affirmations, which can take on any number of forms.

A basic phrase to use would be, “Even though I have this [you fill in the blank], I deeply and completely love and accept myself.” Sometimes one round of tapping is enough to clear up an issue while others repeated rounds are necessary. The great thing about EFT is that it costs nothing and you can use it as often as necessary to support your emotional health.

You can also perform EFT on children (or teach them how to do it themselves) during stressful situations or to help stop negative self-talk and gain positive attributes like a positive mindset, self-forgiveness and self-compassion.

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How to Treat Your Sinusitis Without Medications [Podcast 83]

Sinus infections with pain and pressure are all-too-common this time of the year. Please join Kathy and me as we reveal:

Why your sinus infection may not be an infection al all What many doctors (even ENTs) may miss when treating sinusitis How to treat your sinus symptoms without using antibiotics How sinus pain may be linked to anxiety Alternative ways of treating your sinus condition.

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Heal Your Headache by Dr. David Buchholz 

Sinus And Migraine Study

Sleep Interrupted: A physician reveals the #1 reason why so many of us are sick and tired 

Reflux and chronic sinusitis 

OSA and reflux

CPAP reduces reflux

Pepsin in middle ear

Pepsin and H. pylori in maxillary sinus

Pepsin and lungs

Macrolide antibiotics and anti-inflammatory properties

Biaxin and chronic sinusitis in Japanese study

DISE in AHI < 5 study

Anxiety podcast

Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers by Dr. Robert Sapolsky 

Unstuff your stuffy nose free report 

Acupuncture studies

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How To Help Someone Dealing With Anxiety

There’s nothing new about anxiety.

Yet despite its relative commonality in the Australian population there’s still so much we don’t know about how to really help someone dealing with the condition.

You probably know someone who suffers with anxiety, and if you don’t it’s likely that you will at some point in your life. Current statistics suggest that one in four Australians will suffer with anxiety within a 12 month period.

That’s a lot of people, and despite what you might think anxiety is, actually more common in people over 25 than it is in people under 25.

So what can you do when you’re confronted with a family member or friend suffering with anxiety in order to get them some kind of relief? We have a few tips.

1. Forget What You Think You Know 

An anxiety disorder is not the same as day-to-day anxiety. Pretty much everyone feels anxious every now and again, about a meeting with your boss or getting results back from a test. An anxiety disorder is totally different, and to really help someone you have to forget all the preconceptions you have about anxiety. This is not a made up condition, it’s real and it’s a daily challenge.

You might not know, for example, that anxiety changes the brain chemistry in a way that actually creates negative thinking. This in turn makes it more difficult to think positively, and control anxiety. Along with this, anxiety can produce a whole bucketful of physical symptoms, which in turn cause more anxiety.

2. Don’t Talk About A Cure

There’s nothing about having an anxiety disorder that involves a sudden change in behaviour or a cure. Anxiety is treatable, but it’s a long-term condition and it’s often very difficult to find a treatment plan that works. So it helps the person suffering with the anxiety if you don’t bring up a ‘cure’ that you might have heard about, and you don’t simplify the process of moving through and managing anxiety.

For example, just going on medication doesn’t ‘solve’ anxiety, neither does just going to counselling or just making a single breakthrough. It takes time, and there’s nothing you can do about it.

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3. Encourage Them To Talk Openly

You want the person in your life to know that you’re there for them, so make it clear. Anxiety can mess with logic and the emotional thought process, so it might not always be clear to the anxiety sufferer that you’re here to help. At every moment, but without being too pushy, let them know that you’re happy to catch up when they’re available and willing, in person or even over the phone. They should know that you’re there to listen when they need you, about anxiety and other issues.



4. Be Careful In Bringing It Up

When you’re with someone who suffers from anxiety, it’s not always a good idea to bring it into the conversation. For some anxiety conditions, like panic attacks, having someone carelessly bring it up can stress the person enough to start one. Plus, this is a serious condition so it shouldn’t be discussed in an offhand way. If someone with anxiety wants to talk to you about their condition, they’ll bring it up. If they don’t, maybe they just want to talk about other things.



5. Stay Away From Frustration and Anger

During the process of dealing with someone as they work through their anxiety, it’s easy to feel angry and frustrated. Anxiety can be a disorder that keeps people in their heads, focused on themselves and their own recovery. So you may feel like, despite all your efforts, you’re not being recognised or even reciprocated. It’s important to practice forgiveness in these instances, and understand that the challenges of anxiety can permeate through your entire life. You do matter to that person, but maybe they don’t know how to show you.



6. Try And Get Them Out Of Their Heads

While it’s all well and good to talk about anxiety with an anxiety sufferer you are no expert. So one of the most valuable things you can do to assist an anxiety sufferer is to get them out of their heads a little and back into the world. Think about a safe, enjoyable activity you can do with them to create a positive mood. This might be a picnic at the park, a trip to the mall or a dinner date. The outdoors is a particularly good option, as some studies suggest that being in a natural setting can improve the mood markedly.

7. Celebrate Their Improvements 

As the person in your life suffering with anxiety moves forward and improves, it’s so important for those around them to celebrate their wins. Sometimes these will be small things, and sometimes they’ll be really big steps in a positive way, but in either case it’s great if you can congratulate that person, let them know how proud you are and make them feel really good. Anxiety can make you reduce your own worth, so sometimes having others to help prop you up is a lifesaver.



These are just a few tips that you can do to help someone dealing with anxiety. It’s not an exhaustive list by any means, and we love to hear about the nice things that people have done for the loved ones in their lives dealing with the condition.

How do you help someone deal with anxiety?

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7 Massage Oils to Tone and Firm Body

The easiest way to rejuvenate, refresh and release stress from your mind and body is to get a body massage done. A good body massage will help relieve tension from the muscles, calm and soothe both body and mind, along with tightening and firming up the skin. It also helps tone, firm, moisturize, gets rid of cellulite. You could use either a single oil or a mix of various oils for the body massage process, there’s no hard and fast rule when it comes to massage oils.

Massage Oils to Tone and Firm Body

Why Body Massage is Important? A good massage oil helps soothe and calm muscle pain. It also helps restore energy and flexibility in the body along with tightening and firming up the skin. Body massages also help relieve tension and relax tight muscles.

How Often Should You get a Massage? If you are in a stressful job, it’s a good idea to get massage done once a week. Otherwise, getting massage done once a month is just about okay.

Here’s the list of 7 Best Body Massage Oils:

1. Sesame oil: Sesame oil has amazing benefits for skin with its high vitamin E content. It helps to maintain good skin health and detoxifies skin. Sesame oil is widely used in ayurvedic massages for its numerous benefits, it relieves muscular tension and pain and adds glow too, apart from increasing blood circulation. Additionally, it can also be used for oil pulling and for massaging scalp to promote hair growth.

2. Sweet almond oil: Sweet almond oil which is extracted from prunus dulcus and it deeply cleanses skin, relieves eczema and psoriasis condition. It also relieves muscle aches, pains, and fatigue. It also firms and tones skin, improving all signs of ageing.

3. Jojoba oil – It’s an oil that’s suitable for all skin types because of its non-comedogenic properties. It mimics the composition of body’s natural oil, so moisturizes and hydrates skin amply. It does not clog or block pores. Regular massage with jojoba oil minimizes the appearance of fine lines, fades scars and stretch marks too. Additionally, it firms and tones skin.

4. Mustard oil: Mustard oil is widely used in Indian cooking as well as for massaging the skin because. It has anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties along with high vitamin E content which keeps skin healthy and glowing. It also forms a barrier and protects skin from ultraviolet rays. A good massage with mustard oil relieves pain from the joints from diseases such as rheumatism and arthritis.

5. Olive oil: To not include olive oil in the list of body massage oils would be a huge blunder. Olive oil immensely hydrates skin and makes it soft and supple. It also helps to fade scars and blemishes. It is an excellent moisturizer for all skin types, particularly dry skin. Massaging olive oil on elbows and knees would soften up the rough texture. Olive oil tones and firms skin.

6. Coconut oil: Coconut oil is a versatile oil because it can be used in cooking, for cosmetic purposes, as hair oil and also as pre-bath massages and post-bath moisturizer. Coconut oil can help relieves stress and fatigue from the muscles. Also, glowing and supple skin is guaranteed with massage from hot coconut oil.

7. Avocado oil: Avocado oil has high vitamin E content which also has chlorophyl content, and is rich in nutrients. Avocado oil intensely hydrates skin without making it greasy. It stimulates collagen production in the skin and improves skin’s elasticity.

So, these were the 7 best massage oils which you can use individually or mixing two or more oils together.

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Best Spiky Massage Balls

Spiky massage balls release tension as they get deep into the fascia and soothe achy muscles.

Easy to UsePro-Tec Spiky Massage BallPro-Tec Spiky Massage Ball

Best for Beginners. The Pro-Tec Spiky massage Ball comes in one size that is great for all over use. It’s simple and easy to use.

What We Liked:

This spiky massage ball from Pro-Tec is great for someone who has never used a massage ball before. It’s simple and can be used to help reduce most aches and pains throughout the body. Get it here.

Best All AroundPhysix Gear Massage BallsPhysix Gear Massage Balls

With two styles, you can specify your massage. These spiky massage balls come in four colors and two styles for you to get exactly what you need.

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Variety is the spice of life and that seems to be a message Physix Gear heard loud and clear. They offer two styles of massage balls- one spiky, the other round. The spiky ball is more for post-workout relief while the other style is for deep tissue massage. These are also made with environmentally-friendly rubber. Get it now.

 Lightest WeightMaster of Muscle Massage BallMaster of Muscle Massage Ball

Very lightweight massage ball. It comes in one style that is very lightweight and easy to travel with.

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This spiky massage ball by Master of Muscle is simple, easy to use, and very lightweight. It only weighs two ounces, which makes it perfect to throw in your gym bag or purse. Buy it here. 

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Tonsil stone remover : 3 Powerful Home Remedies

Tonsil stone remover

When you have a sore throat it may not be because you are having sinus problems or fighting Allergy. The same is true with bad breath. The cause of bad breath is not always due to something you have eaten.

What is a tonsil stone

Each of these symptoms can be caused by a known but aggravating problem: the tonsils Stones. Also known as tonziloliths, these stones form when debris get trapped in small Pockets on both sides of the throat.

Over time, this debris becomes difficult and becomes calcified. People who have chronic infections or inflammation of the tonsils are more likely to have tonsils Stones.

In rare cases, it becomes very large and painful, but in most cases it never arrives. More on tonsil stone at

If you are unsure whether you are having tonsil stone , you can use symptom checker at

Tonsil stone prevention

This stage can be removed with natural treatments. And before we look at some of these solutions, keep in mind that prevention is always the best medicine.

Therefore, to ensure that the tonsils stay clear of debris make sure that you have it Diet rich in probiotics.

This will provide your body with the good bacteria and defenses needed to fight Harmful bacteria, which allows these deposits to form.

Good hygiene, including gargle and drinking plenty of water, helps to maintain the throat area Correctly wipe, free from particles that get to render and ultimately form the tonsils Stones.

It is always recommended to brush your teeth two to three times a day that kills as well Harmful bacteria.

With these measures, if you are unsuccessful in preventing tonsil stones, start to notice sharp pain in your ear, or if you have difficulty swallowing unusually accompanied bad breath, try some of these natural remedies to remove these small white stones in your throat.

How to get a tonsil stone out

1. Utensils

Try to use small tools that you may have at home. Start with a soft toothbrush. Pushed bristles on the tonsils stones and tried to flush them out. Be careful not to scratch the throat. If this is a concern, use a damp cotton swab instead.

You may also have a medication dropper or an aspirator bulb useful. By depressing the bulb on any item and placing it on the tonsil stones, suction Created by these elements can easily push out the smallest stones.

2. Gargle using a warm salt water solution to gargle. With, it helps you get relief from the aching symptoms associated with tonsil stones. It is also a good antiseptic and tends to dry excess mucus in the throat. Gargle with apple cider vinegar juice works very much the same way.

While you do not want to gargle with lemon juice, due to the high acidity and vitamin C content, drink it regularly fight sintered debris stuck in the throat.

3. Eat some foods and having a proper diet helps keep stones From appearing, but when you’ve already got an almond stone, some foods help bacteria were killed in stones as well as a strong preventative measure.

Because they are all antibacterial in nature, chewing on cold garlic, eating onions and jetting Probiotics through yogurt can help treat tonsils stones.

Remember to consult a medical doctor if the symptoms get worse, or if any of these are Physiotherapy solved the problem.

Leg Cramp Solution

Leg Cramp Solution

Why does Your Legs Cramp At Night

Leg cramps in sleep are unexpected. It is a fast muscle spasms or contractions, felts in the thighs, feet, and calves. They usually occur after the person falls asleep, or just before opening the eyes in the morning. Yet, the pain they cause can be pretty intense and might last for up to a few minutes.

When it goes away, the muscles remain tensed and tight and are sensitive to touch and sudden movements. Yet, leg cramps and restless leg syndrome are not the same.

People experience greater pain when they move their legs during the cramping, while in the case of the restless leg syndrome, makes people feel relaxed when they move the legs.

How to give yourself a cramp

The reason for leg cramps is still unknown, but some scientists argue that certain health conditions and activities might cause this painful experience.

Some possible cramp in leg causes include:



Magnesium deficiency

Potassium deficiency

Kidney diseases


Calcium deficiency

Physical activity Muscle overload

Poor blood circulation

Thyroid issues

Prolonged exposure to low temperatures

The use of some specific pharmaceutical drugs.

How To Get Rid Of A Cramp in Your Leg

The following natural methods will help you treat muscle cramps:

Physical activity

To relax the muscles and prevent muscle cramps, you should avoid long periods of standing, and start walking for a while every day.


Start stretching the muscle that is cramping, and gently rub the place.

Increased Water

Intake Make sure you drink plenty of water during the day to prevent dehydration, which is one of the main leg cramp causes.

Massage or Acupuncture

Acupuncture effectively relaxes muscles and thus directly targets the root of the problem. Moreover, you will benefit a lot from regular massages.


You should optimize the levels of magnesium in the body, as this essential nutrient will help you prevent muscle spasms. Therefore, consume more seeds and nuts, or rub the legs with magnesium oil. Magnesium supports over 600 healthy functions in the human body.

How to make magnesium oil

You should boil half a cup of distilled water and add half a cup of magnesium chloride flakes. Then, remove the oil from heat, leave it to cool, and pour it into a spray bottle. Spray 5-10 times on both legs at bedtime. Your skin actually absorbs the magnesium better than your gut.

If you are in hurry and spare of trying to make it yourself, you can try one of  the best magnesium oil in the market.   Ease Magnesium .

It’s a 100% pure product that contains only 2 ingredients:

  • An ultra absorbable form of magnesium
  • Purified water.

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Epsom Salt bath

Epsom salt has been found to be of great help in the case of muscle cramps, and the baths with it will soothe the muscles and provide lots of magnesium. Yet, these remedies will help you avoid muscle cramps, but when you do experience them, you need to follow these tips: Try to move the leg if possible, in order to boost the blood circulation.

Rub the muscle for some time to relax it. Sit on the floor, extend the legs and flex the feet at the ankles. Then, drag the feet with the hands to stretch the muscles.

Ensure a good air flow in bed, so use good-quality blankets, sheets, and clothing. If you like our video then do subscribe to our channel.