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Trends In Spa Treatments At Blue Door Spa

In this fast-paced world of 40+ hours-per-work week, ongoing family responsibilities and a myriad of other commitments, the need for therapeutic massage and other spa treatments are higher in demand than ever before. Because of this, it’s not rare for new trends to emerge in order to offer supply for the demand to de-stress.

What started as a traditional massage has since grown into herbal body wraps, acupuncture and now BodyWalking. With so many choices, getting a spa treatment can be a daunting process — especially for those who are new to the relaxation and rejuvenation game.

However, below is a guide to the latest trends in spa treatments – all of which are available at The Hermosa Inn’s Blue Door Spa:

Reflexology

Originally introduced in the U.S. in 1913, but a practice originally used by the Egyptians in 2450 B.C., reflexology provides a true systemic relaxation for the entire body via the feet alone. A session begins with an herbal foot bath, as the therapist manipulates pressure points in the feet that correspond to specific organs and other parts of the body. This treatment, complete with the application of a cooling foot balm, has grown in popularity in recent years and continues to be one of the most popular treatments at the Blue Door Spa.

BodyWalking

Part reflexology, part traditional massage, this groundbreaking massage is done barefoot by the massage therapist and combines a push-pull technique to create a pumping movement via natural gravity that can help create a structural change in the soft tissue. Exclusively offered at the Blue Door Spa, this advanced therapy begins with 45 minutes of site-specific compressions via the feet and finishes with a therapeutic hands-on massage.

As a form of auricular therapy (a needle-less stimulation of the external ear), this massage of the entire body system, from the ears and hands to the spine and feet, has also been known to help with a variety of issues, including addiction, grief and asthma.

Canine Therapy

Blue Door SpaYes, you read that correctly. Pets have become a member of the family, and with that, the Blue Door Spa even offers a treatment for them. This 60-minute massage for both the owner and their pampered pooch, uses traditional Swedish-style movements customized to each of their specific needs.

For those who want to give their pet the royal treatment, The Hermosa Inn even offers a Pet Package, which includes a one-night stay, a welcome amenity for you and your canine companion, breakfast in bed for both the dog and dog owner, an in-room, 60-minute massage for the guest and a 60-minute Canine Therapy massage for your pet, and a “Doggie Tuck Me in at Night” — a dog walk and a movie (e.g. “Lassie” or “101 Dalmations”).

No matter the trend, there is truly a massage treatment for everyone. The benefits of which go beyond a relaxed back and can lead to easier breathing, lower blood pressure, the reduction of scar tissue development and anxiety, as well as the strengthening of the immune system and improvement of blood and lymph circulation.

In addition to the physical benefits to the body, the sound, color and light therapy a guest can receive from simply relaxing in a tranquil space such as Hermosa Inn, or having a massage poolside, can only lead to further tranquility and peace of mind.

For further information on The Hermosa Inn’s Blue Door Spa and the full list of services available, call (602) 955.8614 or visit HermosaInn.com, Facebook, Twitter or The Hermosa Inn blog.

 

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Reflexology

Relieving Stress With Reflexology

Reflexology is a study of the feet and hands and how specific points on each relate to specific parts of the body. Through reflexology, the nerve endings in the feet are stimulated, which can help to relieve stress, improve blood supply, unblock nerve impulses and help to achieve a balance of the flow of energy throughout the body.

There are many ways to relieve stress in the body through the soles of the feet. Pressing on all the parts of the foot — called “walking the zones” — can stimulate the nerves of the feet that run all the way up through the body. This stimulation can improve circulation, bringing more oxygen to parts of the body and encouraging relaxation.

The same points that are found on the feet can be found in the hands as well. This is helpful if someone has a foot injury, the same points you would normally work on the feet can be worked on the hands instead.

reflexology solar plexus pointOne of my favorite points to hold on the feet is the solar plexus. In the body, this is the bundle of nerves that is found behind the stomach and in front of the diaphragm and extends throughout the abdominal cavity and is one of the main attack points of family-related stress. On the foot, the solar plexus can be located just below the ball of the foot in the middle where you can feel a slight indentation. On the hands, it is on the palm just under the joint of the middle finger.

At the end of a reflexology session, I hold this point on each foot until my thumbs feel an even steady pulse. Sometimes it can take a while before this pulse comes together. When it does, it indicates that the energy flowing throughout the body is balanced. For many of my clients, this hold is very relaxing.

Some other benefits of massaging and holding this point include assisting with regular breathing, relieving nervous disorders, insomnia, allergies, asthma, skin irritations, and maybe the best benefit of all is that it has been known to help young children fall asleep.

Visit Nurtured Living to find out more about reflexology, raphaology, sole speak coaching and other services offered.

reflexology reduce stress solar plexus point

Relieve Stress Through Reflexology

Reflexology is a study of the feet and how specific points on the feet relate to specific parts of the body. Through reflexology, the nerve endings in the feet are stimulated, which can help to relieve stress, improve blood supply, unblock nerve impulses and help to achieve a balance of the flow of energy throughout the body.

There are many ways to relieve stress in the body through the soles of the feet. Pressing on all the parts of the foot — called “walking the zones” — can stimulate the nerves of the feet that run all the way up through the body. This stimulation can improve circulation, bringing more oxygen to parts of the body and encouraging relaxation.

One of my favorite points to hold on the feet is the solar plexus. In the body, this is the bundle of nerves that is found behind the stomach and in front of the diaphragm and extends throughout the abdominal cavity. On the foot, it is located just below the ball of the foot in the middle where you can feel a slight indentation. The solar plexus is one of the main attack points of family-related stress.

At the end of a reflexology session, I hold this point on each foot until my thumbs feel an even steady pulse. Sometimes it can take a while before this pulse comes together. When it does, it indicates that the energy flowing throughout the body is balanced. For many of my clients, this hold is very relaxing.

Some other benefits of massaging and holding this point include assisting with regular breathing, relieving nervous disorders, insomnia, allergies, asthma, skin irritations, and maybe the best benefit of all is that it has been known to help young children fall asleep.

Visit Nurtured Living to find out more about reflexology, raphaology and other services offered.

Raphaology

Basic Raphaology: Healing Starts With The Sun

When I heard about raphaology and what it was about, it immediately made sense to me. The principles are basic — give the body what it needs to heal, and it will heal. However, the American diet is so far off track. If we can get back to the basics, get back to the foods that have not been altered by man through genetic engineering and foods that have been grown in mineral rich soil, I believe we will be able to get back to a state of health that will allow us to enjoy our lives again.

Basic raphaology starts with the sun; it provides the energy that plants need to grow. Some plants absorb a specific color frequency from the sun. For example, avocados absorb a gold light. Also, each one of our hormone-producing glands absorb a frequency from the sun; our pituitary also absorbs gold light.

Each hormone-producing gland governs a set of organs; for example, the pituitary gland governs the gallbladder, the large and small brains, the spleen, the teeth and sinuses and the tonsils. In order for this set of organs to function effectively, the pituitary needs gold light so it can produce the hormones it needs to support these organs. If you are gold light deficient, you might start experiencing problems with these organs. You might also experience a lot of worry, stress or guilt. When you start eating the food that supports the pituitary gland — in this case lemon — this could help bring you out of these negative emotions and give your pituitary what it needs to support the organs it governs.

If damage has been done to the glands and organs of the body, specific herbs are used to repair it. If you want to boost the function of glands and organs, eat foods that provide a specific light frequency from the sun. It’s a pretty simple system.

To begin the healing process, you can take tinctures, drink herbal teas made straight from bulk herbs, and eat the foods for which your body is asking. Knowing what your body wants is done through testing the feet. This is similar to reflexology, yet it takes it a step further by determining what the body is asking for through muscle testing. If you test strong, your body wants the food; if you test weak, your body doesn’t want the food. This is how we determine where your body wants to begin the healing process.

You can find out more about raphaology at nurturedliving.com. There is a peak food list, conversion chart and light organ chart that contains more related information under the Raphaology Resources link.

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Disclaimer:
The information provided in this article has not been evaluated by the FDA and is not intended to replace professional care. Specific and implied results are not guaranteed. In addition, I am not a licensed therapist, counselor or doctor, and any information on this site has come from my own experience and/or education and is meant only for educational purposes and is not intended to be used as medical advice. Your self care for your well-being is ultimately your responsibility.