Thursday, June 28, 2018

Keeping A Positive Outlook On Life

Another day and we're getting ready to start seeing flowers on my little seedlings. Watching my
flowers growing each day reminds me of the brighter side of life. Look at them! It's only been a few weeks. You still have time to plant some seeds to make the environment a better place. Turn the TV off. Mean people suck, but plants and animals will always be true!

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

What The Heck Is A Jade Roller?

It’s a Jade – Roller, of course. It is a lovely item with a smooth piece of Jade on each end
Jade Roller
traditionally is used in beauty treatments in parts of Asia.

I’ve been practicing and teaching face lift massage this summer and hand positioning and depth of stroking is always something to pay attention to.  A therapists hands can get crampy and tired when trying to work in the small areas while keeping the rest of your hand out of the way. If not working in small areas
 with your fingers, how else, you ask.

This is where the Jade Roller comes in. This type of treatment is called “crystal-infused” skin care which in addition to smoothly pushing blood through tissue, is also known to use the restorative properties of various stones. Rose quartz is another stone used in face rolling.

This type of facial treatment has been used by Chinese women for eons but has just recently garnered attention in the USA as an “Innovation in skin care.”

In January of this year Town and Country Magazine shared a how-to diagram with upward and outward motions to move excess fluid from the face. Harper’s Bazaar recently reported a brightening of the skin as a result of the roller boosting circulation and blood flow to the face.

I love the results that I see in my own skin. I can sit in my easy chair in the evening and while watching my favorite show  I can roll my face while looking fresher by the minute. I give a huge thumbs up to this product! You can buy one on Amazon or Ebay.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Argan Oil ... Yes, Virginia, It's True

If you know me, you know that I’m always researching things that can make lives and the planet better off. Since I’ve been teaching Facelift Massage, I’ve not only studied the ingredients of products marketed as wrinkle removers, moisturizers, and sunscreens, but I’ve discussed the variety of products that people use, and the ingredients in these products. The one ingredient that was in most of the expensive formulas was argan oil.

The use of argan oil dates back for generations in the argan woodlands of Morocco where the locals press the nut of the argan tree to express the oil contained in the nut. Used in wound treatment and a dietary supplement, it’s popular use is to nourish the hair and skin. In 1998 the argan forest was declared a biosphere reserve by UNESCO.

This oil is high in Omega’s 6 & 9, both of which support acne prone skin. It also contains linoleic and oleic acids which aid in reducing inflammation and aid in moisturization and improve the skins permeability.

Many oils are considered the black sheep of face treatments because they clog pores, but argon oil does not clog pores and is absorbed easily by the skin rather than sitting on the surface. Because of this, it has become popular among acne sufferers. It is rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin E, and fatty acids making it a very nourishing supplement to both the skin and hair. The vitamin E boosts cell production which tones and nourishes tired looking skin.

There are many rumors and jokes on the internet about argan oil and goat poop, and yes, let me answer your question. In some cases, the nuts of the argan tree are in abundance at the top of the tree. There are goats in Morocco that climb the tree and eat these ever precious nuts. Yes, SOME of the valuable nuts pass through the system whole, and are then harvested for the oil. The oil is still inside of a whole nut before it is harvested this way. So, read more about it and decide for yourself.

I bought a 2 oz. bottle of argan oil at Natural Grocers for $9.99 and have been using it in nightly facial massage for about a week now. So far, my skin seems to like it, and it looks not-so-tired.

I’m working on a nice formula that we will be using in practice at the Therapeutic Facelift Massage class on Saturday. Will take a survey about it from the students, but so far, I give argan oil a thumbs up!

Monday, June 18, 2018

Trees Are The Lungs Of The Planet

Another Beautiful Day

There's no time in Colorado like the summer time. Lots of winter sport participants might disagree, but I like green, alive, nature! In the winter time, sometimes everything, including the ground is frozen solid! If you've never lived in the snow, think about it. When it snows all night, the garage door is a foot under. You've got to dig it out before backing your car out. There's no such thing as waking up and heading straight to work. No ... You've generally got to dig out first.  😓 It's no use whining about that today ... Flowers are growing fast! Check them out!

I can't wait to meet everybody at the TFM class next Saturday! Be prepared to chill to the max while having your Therapeutic Facelift Massage from a fellow student. This is some intense relaxation for everybody involved, including me! Checkout the website for fall classes being scheduled for Las Vegas.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Good Things Are Happening

I know, I know. It is so difficult not to spend the day being stressed and angry about some things that are happening in the world. 

As a relaxation expert, my suggestion is to spend a little time in nature. Each day when I look outside, I see that my flowers grow a little each time I look. This gives me a tiny thrill of positivity each day and I believe that it's helpful in keeping me joyous no matter what's happening in the world.

Not to worry. All things must pass. Just like the flowers that will pass with another season, troubled times, political seasons, issues, people, and problems grow and move forward with new and positive efforts. Soon, my empty little pot of dirt will be full of summer flowers!


Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Plant Something Today And Improve Your Environment

I love this time of year! Although I used to have giant vegetable gardens, I still find the same satisfaction watching a few flower seeds sprout each year.

This morning I noticed my flowers popping up and felt that excitement that they bring each spring. Everyone should plant at least one pot of flowers to make a difference.

The sunlight, water, and minerals from the soil feeds the plants with nutrients that release oxygen into the air improving the environment for all living things. The more plants that grow, the more carbon dioxide is made available to the environment and other oxygen radiating plants.

Plant something today, and feel good about it!

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