The Skin – Brain Connection

I have known for a while that stress negatively affects the skin. It can exacerbate acne or eczema and cause rosacea flares in many people. I focus on relieving tension and stress in my facial treatments because it can allow the skin to release more toxins and aid in breaking up gristled collagen in the skin. It’s also important for aiding in lymph movement and reducing muscle aches / headaches.

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However, this article takes this concept one step further. There is strong evidence that suggests many inflammatory skin conditions are connected to emotional or stress related issues in the mind. Getting to the root of these emotional stagnations can do a lot to help with acne breakouts, scarring and inflammatory skin disorders of all kinds. The key to holistic skincare is combining internal nutrition, emotional wellness, stress reduction and topical stimulation and nourishment!

Physical Wellness is Connected to Emotional Welless

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Our minds govern our physical bodies. We become what we thing, focus on and suppress. I love how this simple chart shows just some of the many ways our emotions are manifested physically in our bodies. This is one of the main reasons I do so much massage and practice mindfulness in my treatments.

Enjoy! Now, go meditate and get a massage!!

It’s ALL About the Lymph, baby!

This doctor’s video lecture does such a great job of simply explaining how the lymphatic system works and what it’s importance is for wellness. The healthier the lymphatic system is, the healthier your skin will be and the more radiant you will feel. I add a little manual lymph drainage into almost every single facial for my clients because I truly believe this is vital for skin health and total wellness. I look forward to more intensive MLD training this fall as well, so that I can provide even more benefit for my clients!

Vita Flex Points for Aromatherapy

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“Vita Flex Technique means “vitality through the reflexes.” With Vita Flex, the oils are applied on the contact points of the body. Very similar in theory to reflexology, the essential oils are absorbed into the skin at these reflex / vitaflex points and taken to corresponding areas in the body. The oils stimulate an electrical charge that follows the pathways of the nervous system to where there is a break in the electrical circuit which will be directly related to an energy block caused by toxins, damaged tissues, or loss of oxygen. The reflex system of controls encompasses the entire body and mind, releasing all kinds of tension, congestion and imbalances. This technique was believed to have originated in Tibet many thousands of years ago, long before acupuncture was ever discovered. With Vita Flex, the weakened or injured areas are corrected on the electrical reflex points, thus preventing further injury and resulting in less stress, which allows for quicker and more efficient healing.

From Dr. Gary Young of Young Living Essential Oils: “When using the Vita Flex Technique with essential oils, it is best to start on the bottom of the feet. The foot charts that I have created may seem a little different from the standard reflexology charts. I found that while testing the electrical currents with the frequency monitor that the contact points were a little different than those shown on standard foot charts. The Vita Flex charts are based on electrical frequency tracing, which is more accurate.

When in doubt, cover the entire sole of your feet with the oil or oil blend and put on socks to ensure the oils are absorbed into the skin and not on your floors. This is a wonderful practice to incorporate at the end of each day, depending on your needs at the time. I love applying soothing and calming oils to my feet after my evening shower. I’ve gotten into the habit of doing this for my toddler after her bath as well, and found that her sleep patterns are much healthier when I do.

Examples:

For Rest and Calming: Valor or Cedarwood and Lavender on the bottom of the toes (especially big toe)

For Aiding a healthy Immune System: Lemon and Thieves along the bottom interior side of the feet (for the spine area)

For Aiding a Healthy Digestive System: Peppermint, Ginger or Digize from the middle to the heel of feet.

Healthy Lymph, Healthy Skin!

Your lymphatic system is responsible for removing toxins from the body. However, slowed digestion and excessive stress or toxic build up can put a strain on your liver and that can create stagnant lymph. I find that many of my clients experience stagnant lymph, especially in the glands around the neck. This can lead to lowered immunity, puffy eyes, and other skin issues like breakouts.

Lymphatic drainage massage is highly recommended in each facial treatment for those experiencing stagnant lymph. In between facials, however, there are several ways to keep your lymphatic system healthy!

Dry brushing: I talk about this all the time! Dry brushing daily before each shower or bath is the simplest way to keep the lymphatic system in good shape. It also aids in diminishing cellulite – if you needed an extra reason to do it!

Essential Oils: this is one of my very favorite ways to enhance my home beauty and health routines. Essential oils are natural, gentle yet potent ingredients. Tiny enough to travel through the pores and into the bloodstream, when you apply them to the surface of the skin. My healthy lymph blend includes Orange, Grapefruit, Cypress and Frankincense. Added to a roller bottle with fractionated coconut oil, this blend can be applied directly over any grouping of lymph nodes (like underarms and on sides of neck under earlobes.) You can also add these to body oil or lotion after bathing to aid in healthy skin! *The only essential oils I recommend using are Young Living essential oils because they are superior in quality and purity.

Regular aerobic exercise: this is important for many reasons, one of them being healthy lymph drainage. It encourages movement of the lymph to help with detoxification and reduce stagnation. Jumping, swimming, running, brisk walking, and skating are just a few ways to get things moving!

Plenty of water: Lymph is fluid, so in order to maintain healthy function, you need to stay well hydrated. Lots of water throughout the day ensures healthy lymphatic fluid. Aim for 2-3 liters each day, drinking half the amount before lunch.

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