By: Jennifer Wilson of Modern Ensemble
Tis the season for last minute shopping! If you’re looking for the perfect gift for the spa lover in your life, consider filling their stocking with items to help them relax and revitalize. Relaxation is an important part of health & wellness, and giving the gift of tranquility offers the ultimate holiday cheer while healing the mind, body, and spirit. From the luxurious escape of a spa day to at-home relaxation tips, check out the options below to help your loved ones unwind over the holidays and feel renewed for 2018.
If pleasing aromas are the key to your relaxation ritual, it’s likely aromatherapy is already on your radar. If not, exploring the benefits of aromatherapy is a must! Essential oils are often at the core of aromatic treatments, and have been credited for their healing benefits for centuries. Whether diffusing oils at home or visiting Burke Williams for a massage with an aromatherapy enhancement, relaxation, health and wellness are in the air with aromatherapy.
The virtues of essential oils have been recorded for centuries, and aid in everything from relaxation to healing. The ancient practice dates back to biblical times, when oils were extracted from the roots, stalks, leaves and flowers of plants to cope with a variety of health issues. In the last decade essential oils have made a comeback, and are receiving a great deal of attention as a natural alternatives to harsh chemical treatments. With the popularity of essential oils on the rise, it’s important to understand how to apply them, and how to determine if they are high quality.
Why would you put cucumbers on your eyelids, a hot towel over your face or stones on your spine? While some spa treatments seem counterintuitive (bathe in mud to get clean?), they’re rooted in time-tested wellness techniques that are proven to lower stress and make you feel great. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular treatments and the science and tradition behind them:
A bouquet of blue hydrangeas pulls the Sunday brunch table together. A vase of long-stem roses on a cluttered desk brings a touch of romance to your dreary corporate office. Flowers bring beauty wherever they bloom, and if you can learn to harness their appearance-boosting benefits, they might just share some of that beauty with you.
The average person can identify 10,000 different scents. Some of those fragrances, like designer colognes, make us weak in the knees. Other smells, like month-old leftovers, send us running for the door. In the world of aromatherapy, we choose our favorite scents not just for how they smell but also for what they can do for our bodies and minds. At Burke Williams, we use a wide variety of essential oils to create a total sensory spa experience. Read on to learn about three of our favorite scents . . .