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Month: January 2018

Reiki Healing

Reiki Healing

What is Reiki? All you need to know about the Reiki method What is the definition of Reiki? It is a Japanese word meaning “the strength of the mind” (literally,”energy of the mind”). It is the union of meditation and relaxing touch on points of […]

History of the original Usui Reiki method

History of the original Usui Reiki method

History of the original Usui Reiki method History and Orientation of the life of Mikao Usui The founder of Reiki is the Japanese Mikao USUI, born in 1865. He was educated by his father in the progressive ways of Emperor MEIJI, then in power. A […]

Traditional Indian head massage for relaxation and also for health

Traditional Indian head massage for relaxation and also for health

Traditional Indian head massage for relaxation and also for health

The Indian head massage is a therapeutic massage technique that originates from a ritual practiced in India for over 4,000 years.

A head massage whose purpose is to release vital energy so that it circulates freely through a healthy body.

Indian head massage
The Indian head massage is an excellent massage technique for the hair, but also for a moment of relaxation.

First of all, Ayurvedic medicine – like traditional Chinese medicine – considers that blockages in vital energy are the cause of illnesses and health problems such as stress, insomnia, poor blood circulation, or poor general health.

The ritual of head massage is still relevant today

In order to dispel negative energies that are sources of disease, and to restore positive energies, Indians used to organize massages of the head in meetings and groups of all ages.

These head massage sessions began with the application of a variety of nut and seed oils – coconut, olive or sesame – to nourish the scalp before performing the massage.

Today, the Indians make an appointment in a specialized beauty salon or hairdresser to do their traditional head massages on a regular basis.

Head massage becomes mushrooming

The Indian head massage was introduced in Europe in the 1970s by Narendra Mehta, an osteopath and massage therapist native to Bombay.

Using many massage techniques handed down from generation to generation, Mehta developed a specific technique that included head, neck and shoulder massage.

This massage technique, intended to provide health and well-being, was named “champissage” by its creator. Champion meaning “head massage” in indian. This term is also the origin of the word “shampoo” in English and “shampoo” in French.

Head massage works on three chakras

The fieldage acts on the three main chakras – energy centres – of the body located on the skull, forehead and throat.

By working on these energy centers, head massage maintains balance and health of the hair, relieves stress and anxiety, provides better sleep, and increases body and mental energy.

Usually, during an Indian massage of the head or a mushroom, the person is sitting and the massage therapist just behind standing or sitting. A treatment session can take place in this way:

# Shoulder massage
Massage by light pressure on the trapezoid muscles at the base of the neck, with movements towards the outside of the shoulders. Massage repeated three times.

# Neck massage
The neck is massaged with circular movements from the collarbone to the birth of the hair. Massage also repeated three times.

# Shoulder massage
The shoulders are then massaged with a rolling movement that begins under the jaw and ends at the shoulders. This massage is repeated three times.

# Back neck massage
The back of the neck is squeezed gently with a rotating movement that starts from the collarbone and goes back to the hairline, avoiding vertebrae. Repeat massage five times.

# Head massage
With head massage, the skull is slowly and gently tilted forward and backward.

# Scalp massage
The entire scalp is massaged with gentle pressure four or five times before being rubbed energetically (but painlessly). The scalp massage lasts one minute.

# Hair massage
The hair is massaged at least three times with the fingers from the forehead backwards.

# Temple massage
The temples are massaged three times also with a circular movement and small pressure.

# Final head massage
To finish the head massage: the whole head is gently massaged from the forehead backwards for a good minute. The movements are getting lighter and lighter.

Well, that’s all for today. I hope you enjoyed this traditional massage technique and that it made you want to try an Indian head massage. You will thus be able to enjoy a rare moment of relaxation that links the useful to your well-being…

Reflexology

Reflexology

What is Reflexology? Reflexology aims to mobilize the body’s self-healing processes. It is practiced by applying sustained pressure with fingertips to reflex zones or points on the feet, hands and ears. These points correspond to organs or organic functions. Reflexology is not a massage technique, […]

How to have visible abs and a flat stomach

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Everything you need to know about argan oil!

Everything you need to know about argan oil!

Everything you need to know about argan oil!

If you are a fan of aromatherapy and this blog, you already know and appreciate our practical fact sheets on essential oils. They can be downloaded free of charge from our blog, and can also be found free of charge in some Pranarôm outlets.

New for this new school year, a practical fact sheet has been created for argan vegetable oil.

What could be more judicious, as summer is behind us and winter approaches: argan will pamper, repair and protect our skin and hair!

To discover this handy new fact sheet, go to the store or read this article to download the fact sheet! It’s free!

Download the HV_Argan_Fact Sheet (click here!) It contains recipes!

Order “Les Huile Végétales Malin” from your pharmacist or organic store!
Order “Les Huile Végétales Malin” from your pharmacist or organic store!

This practical fact sheet was inspired by J. Kaibeck’s new and successful book “Les Huile Végétales, c’ est malin” published by Leduc. This comprehensive and recipe-rich book is also available from your Pranarôm dealer!

On the occasion of this article, we take this opportunity to make you (re)discover some more technical information on the precious oil that is virgin and organic argan, resulting from the first cold pressing of the almonds of the nuts of Argania Spinosa, in Morocco…

ARGAN IN DETAIL:

The organoleptic profile and the composition of virgin and organic argan oil deserve a detour:

It is a pale yellow oil, which penetrates well. Its smell is discreet if of good quality. In most cases, it is reminiscent of roasted walnuts, or in some cases the earth or goat if the oil is more doubtful at the level of its manufacture.

Average composition of virgin and organic argan oil:
A small half of monounsaturated fatty acids (omega 9).
One third of polyunsaturated fatty acids (omega 6).
Just under a fifth of saturated fatty acids.
Traces of Vitamin E.
Pranarôm’s virgin and organic argan oil, the best choice!
Pranarôm’s virgin and organic argan oil, the best choice!

It is this composition that makes argan oil particularly moisturizing, protective and repairing at the same time. An anti-ageing treasure trove, it is also very interesting in the context of a balanced Mediterranean diet. And gastronomes appreciate its taste, combined with vegetables, mashed potatoes, poultry or goat’s cheese.

Most common uses of argan oil:

Argan is used in a variety of preparations, pure or mixed with other oils, flavoured with essential oils or not. It is particularly appreciated for anti-aging cosmetic treatments, wellness massages, crevasses and chapped skin care, eczema, psoriasis… and of course in small doses on the plate for a gastronomic experience!

Different qualities of argan oil:

For the record, it is good to know that only virgin and organic argan oil should be used in your therapeutic care. Although it is claimed to be Natural or Organic, argan oil exists in different qualities. It is undoubtedly due to the fashion and media hype it has generated in recent years.

Nowadays rare, almost exclusively found in Morocco on the production sites, this oil is manufactured artisanally and traditionally. Sun-dried fruits are carefully shelled from their pulp. The roasted and ground almonds are reduced into paste and then pressed in water by hand to extract the argan oil.
This artisanal oil can be superb but is not bacteriologically controlled and is not biochemically analyzed to ensure its quality. Very fragile to the preservation, salt or pepper is sometimes added to it. This type of argan oil is intended for food consumption, it is darker in colour, due to the roasting of almonds.

The argan oil known as “goats”

It is rather rare because today criticized for its poor quality, argan oil from nuts rejected by goats has a very bad smell, bad taste and deteriorates rapidly. Acidity and peroxide index have been shown to be very high in this oil. In fact, the fruits are consumed by the cattle and after digestion of the pericarp, the excreted stones are recovered. An oil of inferior quality is produced in the same way as farm oil.

The “industrial” argan oil

It may happen that you find on the market a cosmetic or food grade “argan oil” that does not meet the quality criteria described below for virgin and organic oil.
In some cases, an oil is sold for pure when it is not. It may have been mixed with another oil or other components before bottling, or the plant may not have been respected before extraction (by heating it too hot or adding solvents). In these cases, the oil does not bear the designation “virgin”. Avoid such products.

Organic and virgin argan oil, an extreme quality
Argan oil is also ideal for a good massage.
Argan oil is also ideal for a good massage.

An argan oil certified organic by a recognized organization (logo AB or Ecocert or Certisys…) is an oil that has not undergone an extraction method damaging to the plant. Excessive heating and the addition of solvents is forbidden by organic certifying bodies.
Ideally, fruit is collected directly from the trees. Fruit shelling and stone crushing are carried out mechanically or by women’s cooperatives. The argan oil is extracted by cold mechanical pressure.

This oil from unroasted almond kernels is mechanically pressed cold and immediately filtered by cotton or bio-paper filters to preserve its natural and organic appearance. It thus retains the totality of its specific composition in active molecules which predestines it for dietary, nutritional and cosmetic uses.

This argan oil, intended for laboratories of cosmetology, pharmacy and parapharmacy has little or no smell of roasted walnuts. It is controlled by chemical and bacteriological analyses.

Pranarôm international uses exclusively this quality of virgin Argan oil.
One finds in particular a beautiful quality of argan in the anti-ageing serum of Pranarôm: Pranalixir RAFFERMIR, which combines argan with evening primrose and essential oils lifting.

When purchasing, make sure that only one component is present in the product entitled “argan oil”. This must be the Latin name of the plant (Argania Spinosa), and possibly the word “tocopherol” which designates natural vitamin E to better preserve the product.

Yoga, meditation and aromatherapy

Yoga, meditation and aromatherapy

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A stress-free comeback with my essential oils

A stress-free comeback with my essential oils

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SMILE! IT’ S THE BEST BEAUTY THERAPY.

SMILE! IT’ S THE BEST BEAUTY THERAPY.

Many people say that offering a smile does not cost anything. Only it needs a movement of 12 muscles to smile, and will activate the rest of the muscles that are in our body. Laughing not only changes the expression of the face, but also causes the brain to release endorphins and serotonins from the blood stream, giving the body a rapid sensation of energy and general well-being.

As we reach adulthood, we become more mature. However, we are beginning to lose the spontaneity of laughter. In such a way, laughter is a good resource to improve the quality of life, so the importance of taking back the great benefits that this offers to integral health.

Numerous studies have shown that humour and laughter are excellent allies of the body to release negative energies, fight against stress, promote psychological balance, increase endorphin levels and certain components of the immune system. In the same way, it is good to know that twenty seconds of laughter is equivalent to three minutes of physical exercise.

In addition, that laughter lowers high blood pressure because it increases blood circulation, releases lipoproteins which are a few molecules made up of proteins and fats contained in the blood, promoting levels of cholesterol reduction. It also increases the concentration of collagen, a protein contained in the skin, which is responsible for its elasticity and firmness, by delaying premature aging.

When you smile, the neurotransmitters called endorphins are activated by the movements of the facial muscles, these are interpreted by the brain, which releases chemicals, causing a feeling of happiness and well-being, automatically reducing stress levels. That is, while the more the brain is stimulated to release these chemicals, the more relaxed and happy we will feel.

Also, these substances also act as natural analgesics of the human body, favouring people who suffer from chronic pain, converts to an effective treatment. In the same way, when laughing extends the lungs, which improves blood oxygenation and skin health as well. It stretches and relaxes the muscles of the body and stimulates the internal balance of our organism.

A recent study states that “people who don’t smile live an average of 75 years, while those who smile fully live an average of 79 to 80 years”.

In addition to providing many benefits to beauty and health, smile can also be used as a social tool. A smiling and relaxed person is capable of generating confidence and is able to handle stressful situations. When we smile we seem more friendly and create a harmonious atmosphere between people, which helps to have a positive effect on everyone’s well-being.

Laughter is contagious conduct, maintain a happy and positive expression, because its smile not only makes you happy, but also makes others happy. What’s waiting to smile?

The blog, a new therapy

The blog, a new therapy

They are millions of people to tell each other every day on the web… Exercise of public intimacy, the blog can also be a tool for self-knowledge and personal development. Less futile than it seems, the blog often changes the life of its author. A […]