Stress is a natural human response to a feeling of having your survival threatened – whether physically or emotionally.
As we accumulate stress, muscles contract, and every system of the body goes into ‘fight or flight’ mode.
Fortunately, there are many things we can do to counteract tension, to get back to feeling relaxed.
Home Remedies For Stress
The goal is to slow the breathing, and release the muscles, by using the following oils:
10 drops Ylang Ylang Essential Oil
10 drops Neroli Essential Oil
10 drops Frankincense Essential Oil
Blend the above drops into:
4 oz Cucumber Carrier Oil or 4 oz Shea Body Butter.
If you use Cucumber Oil as your carrier, shake before use. Apply to entire body.
If you use Shea Body Butter as your carrier, stir thoroughly, for several minutes, using a knife. Apply to entire body.
Natural Remedies For Stress
Here are the top remedies for removing tension:
Time away from everyone.
Working out at the Gym.
Being in Nature.
Receiving a Massage.
How Do You Get Rid of Stress?
It is important to use natural remedies for stress relief, because the use of drugs or alcohol, will not relieve stress in the long term. Drugs, such as sedatives, may make you feel slightly better, while they are in your system, but as soon as they wear off, you will be back to your original state of stress, only you will feel worse. This is because drugs deplete the body of its natural balance of hormones and chemical messengers.
Everyone is unique, and so it is a process of discovery in finding what it is that truly makes you feel as if layers of tension, have fallen away. It could be meditation, playing music, gardening, or cooking.
Only you will know.
Best Spa treatments for Stress
1 Treehouse Massage
Treehouse Massage is offered amidst tropical trees, after a steam or a bath in a private garden.
Some Treehouse Massages are given in actual treehouses, built up to 18 meters off the ground.
Often, a river will run beneath the treehouse.
Faux Treehouse Massage will be an indoor setting with a real outdoor feel. The treehouse will be built amongst tall faux trees, and the ‘river’ beneath it, will be man-made water-features, and modern amenities.
The idea of being massaged in a treehouse, is inspired by the Hawaiian traditions of healing, where massive tropical trees lend themselves well to supporting a treehouse, and waterfalls abound.
Coconut oil is traditionally used, being one of the most abundant resources of Hawaii, but other tropical oils are also offered, such as palm oil infused with frangipani.
2 Volcanic Mud Wraps
Volcanic mud has been used for centuries by those native to volcanic islands.
In Europe, mud wraps are known as Fangotherapy, because fango. in Italian, means mud. Fangotherapy is offered at top healing resorts, for people with auto-immune disorders such as fibromyalgia. Mud wraps are also used in these Italian Spas, for psoriasis, severe acne, and chronic muscle pain.
Because it is high in natural sulfur, the volcanic ash heals chronic skin dermatitis. It is interesting to note that the FDA has approved sulfur as an acne treatment.
Volcanic mud is usually a blend of volcanic ash and mineral water. Sometimes peat is added to the paste.
On a beauty note, because volcanic mud is high in silica, which absorbs into the skin rapidly, it creates a youthful skin, and is recommended to be used often, in order to reduce wrinkles and fine lines of the face, neck, and hands.
However, if money is no object, a full body wrap for 20 minutes, followed by a thorough rinse with purified water, will produce a skin like a baby’s, as volcanic ash is also a natural exfoliator.
3 Natural Settings Increase Stress Release
Modern man and woman is the epitome of ‘being out of touch with Nature’. Between our digital devices, and office environment, many of us have forgotten the de-stressing power of simple things, such as the sound of a waterfall, and the richness of the oxygenated air, as it fills our lungs.
As we are often so disconnected from nature, we need the massage packages to be offered in an environment of nature, as this helps to coax us back to listening, breathing, and paying attention to the small bliss of certain moments.
4 What if I Have a Sensitive Skin?
Usually, clients prefer to allow the spa experts to dictate which products to use. Occasionally clients will bring their own range, if they have extremely sensitive skin.
Mixology bars provide raw ingredients, which allow the clients to then choose custom made combos, for example, mixing argan oil with green tea extract, and geranium petals, for a unique massage blend designed by you.
5 What is the Biggest Natural Spa Trend Right Now?
Spa trends of 2016, ironically, have aligned themselves with a myriad of ‘zen’ apps which have pervaded the market. These kinds of apps help you to sleep deeper, monitor your blood pressure, or let you know when you are so stressed that you almost stop breathing.
One could call this trend the ‘being in the moment’ trend. As such, spas are focusing on yoga / zen packages. An example of this could be, creating a layering effect of peeling off different layers of stress via:
- a morning yoga session on the beach (which connects the body to its energy flows)
- followed by a hot stone massage (which takes you deeper, into the chakras)
- finished off with a blend of reflexology and shiatsu (which are, at this point, guaranteed to provide some kind of out-of-body experience, or at the very least, a floating sensation.)
The package could include a choice of your preferred diet. Instead of the traditional lettuce leaves and oatmeal cleansing diet, clients are being offered a full range of Paleo diet, or at the other end of the spectrum, a gourmet raw foods diet.
Spa trends now, are aware of the fact, that what you eat, is an integral part of how you will end up feeling, at the end of your retreat.