Cellulite comes in different grades—zero, one, two or three—and two variations: soft or hard, which your therapist can diagnose. Let’s look at the different types of cellulite and how it got there! Continue reading
Ask anyone if they know what St John’s Wort is for, and most people will know it is linked to relieving depression. There are far more benefits of St John’s Wort that needs to be mentioned, and it’s also now being studied further for is capability in fighting off cancer. Continue reading
Skin colour can affect the ageing process
Darker skinned people typically have less wrinkles than lighter skinned people. People who have darker skin have more pigment in their skin. This doesn’t mean that they won’t age. Eventually, we all age. It may just take them a little longer to do so. Of course poor lifestyle choices, such as smoking, drugs, unhealthy diet, lack of exercise and too much sun exposure can change things for anyone’s skin.
Does Darker Skin Wrinkle Less Than Lighter Skin?
As you get older, you either photo-age or you chronologically age. Photo-ageing is when you age prematurely. Chronological ageing refers to the natural ageing process. Photo-ageing is dependent on the choices you make, how well you take care of your body and genetics. Your skin colour is dependent on the amount of pigment your body produces.
When our skin becomes damaged from UV ray exposure, our body kicks in its natural defense, which is to produce more melanin. Melanin is what actually makes your skin darken. This is a protective mechanism to try to prevent further damage. And yes, every time you’re in the sun and you get a “sun tan”, this is actually a sign that your skin has become damaged and your body is trying to fight it. The darker the skin you have, the larger the pockets of melanosomes in your skin cells. These contain a sticky pigment called melanin.
People with very pale skin (fair skinned) produce very little to no melanin. Asian skins produce a yellowish type of pigment due to the large amounts of beta-carotene in their skins, which is also why they age so well as it is an anti-oxidants we need to obtain either through foods such as carrots or supplementation. There are two main types of melanin. Pheomelanin is found mainly in Caucasian-type skins, especially red-heads and African American skins produce a dark, thick melanin called eumelanin.
Not only do the size of the pockets in the skin cells differ, but so does the density of melanin within them. The melanin is packed very tightly in black skin; so much so that it absorbs and scatters more light, providing more protection from the ultraviolet rays of the sun.
Protect your skin, no matter how dark or light your complexion. Using a broad-spectrum UVA and UVB sunscreen that is water-resistant daily and feeding your skin internally and topically is the way to go to age gracefully.
Treat yourself to our most famous Skin Get a Life Genie oil-lotion, packed with anti-ageing ingredients such as anti-oxidants, deep skin hydrators and organic lauric acid from the main carrier oil, Coconut Oil. Add the wrinkle-fighting benefits of the Bellabaci Facial Cups, our hand-squeezed vacuum suction massage cups and no wrinkle will stand a chance!
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Sometimes you are not feeling your best, and this can be nudged away as stress and maybe a taxed immune system. When it persists, you need to take a moment and assess exactly how you are feeling. Symptoms such as tiredness, sudden weight gain and that fuzzy head feeling and/or memory loss can be ascribed to an unhealthy thyroid function. This can influence from your emotions to even the appearance of cellulite. Eating foods for a healthy thyroid function can put the skip back in your step and have you feeling like your great self, naturally. Continue reading
Take a moment and check in with yourself. How is your body feeling right in this moment? If you’re generally healthy, check in for subtle symptoms. Is your neck feeling tense? Does your lower back ache? Do you have a headache? Are you exhausted — again? Or perhaps you’re battling a more serious health diagnosis and you’re experiencing symptoms from your health condition. Continue reading
Ask any therapist about connective tissue, and you will immediately hear about collagen and elastin, or the formation of wrinkles or sagging skin when these tissues are no longer resilient. Much more can be said about Connective Tissue, and there are many types which serve very important functions throughout the body.
When you think about the word, Connective Tissue, you will understand that it implies a function which is “to connect”. That being said, some types of connective tissue are fluid-like, such as blood and lymph. Their function stays the same, for instance, in the case of blood, it has an extra-cellular matrix known as plasma and the red and white blood cells as well as platelets are “suspended” in this plasma by its connectivity.
The Body’s Main Types of Connective Tissues are:
• Loose Connective tissue – found in vertebra and holds organs in place and attaches epithelial cells to their underlying tissues.
• Collagenous Tissue – commonly known as collagen, elastin and reticular fibers and this type is responsible for tonicity.
• Dense Connective Tissue – found mainly in joints and ligaments and these collagen fibers is responsible for joining muscles to bones.
• Specialized Connective tissue – such as bone, blood, lymph and adipose tissue.
Whichever type of Connective Tissue is being discussed, the fact stands that certain processes needs to take place in order for it to serve its function properly, for the long term. For these processes to occur, such as the influx of oxygen and nutrients, removal of toxins etc, there needs to be a constant flow of blood and lymph, to and from these tissues.
It is just as important for structures such as bones, as new platelets need to be formed for it to be healthy and strong. Exercise is recommended for the most part, but not all patients or clients are able to commit to a regular exercise routine and some are not interested in a strenuous program.
Connective tissue normally degenerates through ageing and poor diet and/or lifestyle. The results can lead to many different and undesired conditions such as a decreased range of motion in a joint, pain, stiffness, hernias and also the visible signs of ageing for instance elastosis (loss of elasticity) and the formation of lines and wrinkles. Blood, and by that we mean fresh, well-oxygenated and nutrient-rich blood can really be seen as the elixir of life, and we must do our utmost to enhance its flow.
This is where Massage Therapists can play a vital role in a client’s quality of life, by providing that which is not possible for them to attain through exercise or proper self-care. Regular massage, whether it is superficial lymphatic drainage or deep tissue massage, is a sure-fire way to stimulate cell regeneration, improve blood circulation and to provide the workout the body needs to be agile and able to perform the daily tasks we expect of our bodies.
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Cupping Therapy for Spider Veins is the most natural treatment that you can give your body. No need to hide your legs anymore and no more expensive laser treatments. Spider Veins can occur between the ages of 30 to 50 years of age, may be due to injury, pregnancy or prolonged sitting or standing. The negative pressure of the cup forces fresh blood and oxygen through the vein, thereby removing old, deoxygenated blood while you lightly glide the cup over in either zigzag or circular motions. Remember to always work towards the heart, draining from your ankles to your knees, knees to groin etc.
Now is the right time to take control of your problem areas. With the winter months, you can hide your spider veins and cellulite with long track pants. But wouldn’t it be fabulous to go straight into summer, and be able to show off those smooth, dimple and spider vein-free legs to the world once again.
Cupping Therapy for Toxin Retention works in a similar way to acupuncture on the subtle energy channels in the body to treat stagnant energy and encouraging the flow of qi (chi).
Increased blood flow into the cupping area allows that part of the body to heal more quickly by bringing toxins to the surface, which can then be released through the pores or removed by the lymphatics. By causing tissues to release toxins, cupping clears energy blockages and activates the lymphatic system. Several cups are usually placed on the body simultaneously and then left for up to 15 minutes. This fixed-position cupping can also be combined with “sliding” cupping in which the cups are moved to other points along different energy channels or meridians during a treatment session. The movement is facilitated by oil on the skin.
Cupping therapy for toxin and fluid retention can be done with your Bellabaci Body cups, by using the gliding movements to help open up pores and stimulate the lymphatic system.
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Its wintertime and the livin’ ain’t easy—for our hair, skin, and nails, that is. Whipping winds, dry air, and chilly temperatures can really do a number on soft skin and hair. Cold air outside and central heat indoors can strip moisture from strands and pores, making hair rough and skin itchy and dry. Continue reading
What you know about your skin
Knowing the most important facts about your skin can help you to take care of it well for the long term. Skin is the organ that comes into contact with the rest of the world. It holds body fluids in, preventing dehydration (dee-hahy-DREY-shun), and keeps harmful microbes (MYE-krobs) out—without it, we would get infections. Your skin is full of nerve endings that help you feel things like heat, cold, and pain. If you couldn’t feel these things, you could get badly hurt and not even know it! Continue reading
When that unpleasant chill hits the air, it’s time to get tips on how to keep your skin hydrated during winter time. Dryness can be uncomfortable, and it’s important to defend yourself against the elements in order to maintain smoothness and suppleness all season long. Keeping skin beautiful and hydrated in colder weather calls for both internal and external care. Continue reading
There are many steps we can take to help keep our skin in optimum condition. We can control our lifestyle, diets and skincare regimes, but unfortunately there is nothing to stop the inevitable few wrinkles from creeping in over the years. Understanding why does skin wrinkle with age can help you be proactive in preventing them from forming. Continue reading
Part of being a therapist is to walk alongside your client, through all her life changes and trials. Pregnancy is one of the nicer ones we get to experience with our clients. It is our job to listen, share in the joy of a new life, and also to pick up the pieces when your client realizes just how much her body has suffered from the pregnancy. Continue reading