In Ayurveda, therapeutic massage is one of the most enjoyable and healing treatments. The skin, after all, is the largest organ in the body, and it contains almost every neurotransmitter that can be found in the brain, including peptides that are closely related to antidepressants. Natural pain relievers are widely distributed in our skin, which may explain why massage is such a powerful mood enhancer.

In Ayurveda, therapeutic massage is one of the most enjoyable and healing treatments. The skin, after all, is the largest organ in the body, and it contains almost every neurotransmitter that can be found in the brain, including peptides that are closely related to antidepressants. Natural pain relievers are widely distributed in our skin, which may explain why massage is such a powerful mood enhancer.

Therapeutic massage not only makes us feel good, it offers many healing benefits, including:

Improved muscle tone
Reduced blood pressure
Enhanced circulation
Restful sleep
Rejuvenated skin

During an Ayurvedic massage treatment, the therapist uses herbalized oils customized for an individual’s unique mind-body constitution or dosha. The pressure of the massage strokes is also based on one’s dosha.

For Vata types, massages are relatively gentle, using warm, heavy oils such as sesame or almond. Those who are predominantly Pitta benefit from deeper massages with cooling oils such as coconut, sunflower, or olive. Kaphas do best with a stimulating, vigorous massage with light oils such as sunflower or safflower, or warmer oils such as mustard or almond.

Ayurveda prescribes oil massage as an essential part of our daily routine. While most of us are unlikely to get a professional massage treatment every day, we can benefit from the healing power of loving touch by giving ourselves a daily self-abhyanga massage.

Touch is fundamental to health and wellbeing

When stimulated through therapeutic touch or massage, the skin releases a pharmacy of healing chemicals that have health-promoting effects on the physiology. In addition to feeling good, regular massage and loving touch detoxifies the body’s tissues, increase circulation, calms the mind, and enhances immune function.

A daily self-massage (self-Abhy) with aromatherapy massage oils, known in Ayurveda as an Abhyanga,is one of the most important tools in Ayurveda to activate your inner pharmacy and slow the aging process. Depending upon your unique mind body type (dosha), your massage technique should be gentle or more vigorous.

Step by Step

Begin by running some hot water over the bottle to gently warm the oil.

Pour a tablespoon of warm oil onto your scalp and vigorously work in the oil.

Using your fingertips, vigorously massage your head and scalp with small circular strokes, as if you are shampooing.

Move to your face and ears, massaging more gently.

Using an open hand to create friction, massage both the front and back of the neck.

Vigorously massage your arms, using a circular motion at the shoulders and elbows, and back-and-forth motions on the upper arms and forearms.

When massaging your chest and stomach, use a gentle circular motion and a straight up-and-down motion over the breastbone.

After applying a bit of oil to both hands, gently reach around to the back and spine and massage them as well as you can without straining.

Vigorously massage your legs as you did your arms, using circular motions at the ankles and knees, back-and-forth motions on the long parts.

After massaging your legs, spend extra time on your feet. Using the open part of your hand, massage vigorously back and forth over the soles of the feet.

Wash with warm, not hot water using Adara Hair & Body Wash.

Keeping a thin, almost imperceptible film of oil on the body is considered very beneficial for toning the skin and warming the muscles throughout the day.

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Red fruits and vegetables are extremely healthy for your skin!

  • Red fruits and vegetables receive their coloring from phytochemicals carotenoids, and flavanoids, which are both antioxidants.
  • Lycopene is a bright red carotene and carotenoid pigment found in much of the red group.
  • Studies show it is a powerful antioxidant that gives skin a boost of anti-aging properties.

About Chemical Peels:

A chemical peel is a process in which a chemical agent is applied to the skin. It causes purposeful injury to the top layers of the skin. Specifically, it causes skin exfoliation. These top layers of dead cells then slough off to reveal a new skin layer and a more youthful appearance. Peels differ in how deep they penetrate the skin layers. The deeper the penetration, the more extensive the rejuvenation and recovery time. Peels can be superficial, medium, or deep in terms of depth of penetration.There are several different types of chemical peels.

Alpha Hydroxy Acid Peel:

An alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) peel is a superficial-depth peel. It is the mildest type of peel formulation. The advantage of the mild nature of the AHA peel is that while the effect is mild, there is no extended downtime. People can return to work after the peel, although the application of make-up is discouraged for at least three hours after the peel. AHA peels help to treat fine, superficial skin wrinkles and sun damage. It can be used on people of all skin colors and it can be used on areas other than the face, such as the neck, chest, arms and hands. The most common type of AHA peel is the glycolic acid peel.

Beta Hydroxy Acid Peel:

A beta hydroxy acid (BHA) peel is a superficial-depth peel. It can penetrate deeper than the alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) peel. However, it is still considered a less aggressive peel and therefore does not require as much downtime as the more aggressive peels. Like the AHA peel, a person an return to work immediately. Make-up application, however, should not occur until at least three hours after the peel. A BHA peel is used for pigmentation issues, acne scarring, sun-damaged skin, and reduces the appearance of age-related fine lines and wrinkles. The peel is safe for people of color as well. The most common type of BHA peel is the salicylic acid peel.

Jessner’s Peel:

Jessner’s peel is a superficial-depth peel. It is appropriate for people requiring a deeper peel. Because it is a combination of salicylic acid, lactic acid (an AHA), and resorcinol, it reaches deeper into the skin than an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) peel or beta hydroxy acid (BHA) peel alone. A Jessner’s peel can be used to lighten areas of hyperpigmentation (unsightly darkening), treat acne and acne scars, and improve the appearance of photo-damaged and sun-damaged skin. You may need some days off work if you will feel uncomfortable with peeling skin on your face. If applied by an experienced professional, a Jessner’s peel can be appropriate for people of color. Care must be taken in people of color when using a Jessner’s peel, specifically people of African, Hispanic, or Mediterranean descent, as hypopigmentation (lightening) of the skin may result.

Trichloroacetic Acid (TCA) Peel:

The trichloroacetic acid (TCA) peel is the most popular peel to achieve a medium-depth peel. It can come in a low concentration or a high concentration. The higher the concentration, the stronger the peel. It is often used in combination with a Jessner’s peel to penetrate even more deeply. It penetrates deeper than an AHA, BHA, or Jessner’s peel and as a result, produces stronger results. TCA peels can be used on people of all skin colors. However, people with darker-toned skin may have to have treatment with a more mild peel to prepare the skin for the deeper peel or have application of a gentler form of the TCA peel. Why? A TCA peel can cause unacceptable lightening of the skin. A line of demarcation may form at the furthest extent of the peel treatment.

Phenol Peel:

Phenol is the standard agent for the deepest type of chemical peel, and thus the strongest type of peel offered. Unlike the AHA, BHA, Jessner’s, and TCA peels, a phenol peel is reserved for the face only. It is used to treat very deep wrinkles, age spots, and pigmentation problems. The phenol peel is quite painful, and requires some type of sedation for application. Additionally, there is substantial downtime associated with a phenol peel. Recovery may be a week or longer. Since there is a risk of skin hyperpigmentation and/or hypopigmentation, it is not recommended for people who have darker skin tones. Specifically, in these skin tones, because the phenol peel is only used on the face, there is a possibility of a mismatch between the skin tone of the face and the skin tone of the body.

Many women in perimenopause and menopause feel depressed and irritable. Some researchers believe that the decrease in estrogen triggers changes in your brain, causing depression. Others think that other symptoms you’re having, such as sleep problems, hot flashes, night sweats, and fatigue cause these feelings. Or, it could be a combination of hormone changes and symptoms. But these symptoms also can have causes that are unrelated to menopause. If you are having these symptoms, and you think they are interfering with your quality of life, it is important to discuss them with your HCP. Talk openly with your HCP about the other things going on in your life that might be adding to your feelings. Other things that could cause depression and/or anxiety include:
  • having depression during your lifetime before menopause
  • feeling negative about menopause and getting older
  • increased stress
  • having severe menopause symptoms
  • smoking
  • not being physically active
  • not being happy in your relationship or not being in a relationship
  • not having a job
  • not having enough money
  • low self-esteem (how you feel about yourself)
  • not having the social support you need regretful that you can’t have children anymore

If you need treatment for these symptoms, you and your HCP can work together to find a treatment that is best for you.


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