Spring Cleaning – On The Inside

Cleanses are especially recommended in Ayurveda as a means of staying balanced and vibrant during seasonal shifts. Ayurveda promotes cleansing as an effective way of removing ama (toxic buildup), reestablishing the strength of the digestive fire, and balancing any imbalanced doshas. As with other Ayurvedic modalities, Ayurvedic cleansing works from the premise that the body, mind, and spirit are inseparable parts of the being, and each contributes to your health and well-being. So a good cleanse addresses each of these aspects.

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7 Reasons Massage Makes The Best Valentine’s Gift!

namti-massage-sedona-spa-specials7 Reasons Why Massage Makes The Best Valentine’s Day Gift

Treat yourself and your sweetheart to a modern gift that communicates love, nurturance and health like no other: massage therapy.

1. Stress relief

Massage calms the nervous system and assists the release of feel-good chemicals and hormones. A Valentine’s Day session might include energy work such as reiki or polarity therapy, which will add a level of deep relaxation to your time on the table.

2. Mood boost

Massage has been shown to aid the release of oxytocin, a feel-good hormone (also called the love hormone) in the body, which leads to feelings of social bonding. It also increases production of serotonin and dopamine. This could be why couples massage is a popular offering on Valentine’s Day. Imagine you and your loved one lying side-by-side on adjacent massage tables, each of you receiving therapeutic touch with lightly scented oils, while soft music plays in the background. Whether dinner follows or not, you will both be in a more grounded and open state of being following your session.

3. Pain alleviation

Massage makes a body feel better by increasing circulation, improving flexibility and releasing those knots and crinkles that can seem rooted in muscles. Massage has been shown to reduce low- and upper-back pain, neck pain and headache, and to be effective for chronic conditions such as fibromyalgia and arthritis. When combined with aromatherapy, the pain-relieving effects of massage can be even more profound and long-lasting.

4. Self-connection

Singletons need not deprive themselves on Valentine’s Day. Booking a massage session lets you state with confidence, “I love myself.” Massage therapy allows the client to become fully present and blissed-out while receiving care and nurturance from the massage therapist. A massage session offers a deep respite from everyday stress, and sends the body the message, “I am taking care of you.”

5. Relaxation

Massage therapy is a gift to the emotional heart, as it has been shown to reduce anxiety and increase feelings of well-being. According to an article published by the American Psychological Association, the relaxation response is “a physical state of deep rest that changes a person’s physical and emotional responses to stress”—and massage therapy is one practice that effects this response.

6. Pamper time

Massage is therapeutic, but it can also be a comforting indulgence that sweeps the client away to his or her joyful place. One such Valentine’s session might include essential oils of rose, jasmine and sandalwood blended together and applied to the client’s face with light stroking and gentle tapping. Facelift massage is a trend powered by clients who desire its youthful effects without the pain or toxins of surgery or Botox. Think champagne-rose body scrub, foot soak, chocolate-scented massage lotion and heated eye pillow for an unforgettable Valentine’s Day indulgence.

7. Heart health

Massage has been found to reduce heart rate and to have a lasting, positive effect on both systolic and diastolic blood pressure. Massage has also been shown to benefit cardiac surgery patients by reducing anxiety, pain and muscular tension, while it boosts relaxation. Expand your idea of the traditional Valentine’s Day heart from red greeting-card cartoon to the life-sustaining muscle that beats inside yourself and your loved ones, by booking or gifting an appointment for massage. Chocolates are lovely, and a romantic card is nice—but nothing says, “I truly care for you and your health” like the gift of massage therapy. Go to Google and search for “Valentine’s Massage,” and be prepared for great gratitude from the one to whom you give the gift of healing touch.

From Massage Magazine

Give The Gift Of Health

Give The Gift Of Health

sedona-spa-hot-stone-massage-therapyThis holiday season give the gift of health with a 5-pack or 10-pack of massages! Among the very many benefits, massage lowers stress, improves the immune system functions, reduces pain and muscle tension and improves sleep. NAMTI Spa offers 60, 90 or 120 minute Massages and wonderful combo’s of Massage & Facials and Massage & Foot Relief!

Be Thankful For Fall Fruit Facials!

Be Thankful for Antioxidants: Benefits of Antioxidants in Fall Fruit Facials

This time of year brings many seasonal ingredients chock-full of antioxidants that are great for our skin. Thankfully there are three seasonal fruits that can help your skin get through the winter months; pumpkin, pomegranate, and cranberry.

So, why are antioxidants so important? Every day, our skin is under assault – from UV rays, pollution, or cigarette smoke, for example. That damage causes free radicals, which are oxygen molecules that have lost an electron. As a result, those unpaired molecules try to steal electrons from other molecules, including vital skin components. The result is visible skin damage, in the form of lines, wrinkles, and redness. Luckily, antioxidants can supply those missing electrons, calm attacking molecules, and prevent damage.

In a nutshell, antioxidants are among the most important preventive ingredients in the skin care arsenal. They can effectively prevent (and minimize) redness and inflammation, and are essential for slowing the signs of skin aging so look for them in your Fall Facial.

Pumpkin

Pumpkin offers plenty of benefits when applied topically to the skin, and a number of cosmetics and beauty product companies are making skincare products that contain pumpkin enzymes as a leading ingredient. The enzymes found in pumpkins dissolve dead skin cells, which makes it a great chemical exfoliant. Plus pumpkin is full of beta carotene and is a good source of anti-aging vitamin A.

Pumpkin is also a rich source of nutrients and antioxidants that can help your skin achieve a healthy glow throughout the winter season! From facial treatments and moisturizers, to invigorating body treatments and wraps, pumpkin and pumpkin extracts can be used in a variety of indulgent treatments at the spa!
Pumpkin Spa Treatments

Some spa treatments make use of pumpkin masques, body wraps, and even extracts combined with a pumpkin and spice oil. These are just a few ways to try pumpkin in a new way, and it’s a simple treat that you can enjoy on a regular basis. Pumpkin facials make use of a pumpkin enzyme mask that can soothe and protect your skin; the essential nutrients can reach deep within your pores and absorb quickly. Combined with a moisturizer and basic toner, this is a great treat for your skin and body—without the extra calories!

Body wraps and massages that use pumpkin ingredients are another way to indulge during the season, or any time of year. Pumpkin nourishes tired or dry skin instantly, giving you a healthy glow anytime your skin needs a boost! Colder weather can make your skin especially dehydrated, and the brisk fall and winter breeze certainly doesn’t help. You’ll also find pumpkin treatments in many anti-aging therapies, but you can still enjoy it as a basic skin soother and moisturizer. Pumpkin peels can also help with breakouts and acne problems. The nutrients can help soothe and reduce inflammation naturally, helping skin recover from acne-related damage.

Pomegranate

Pomegranate contains a big-deal antioxidant called punicic acid, so it helps the skin defend itself from free radicals, which cause premature aging. The oil supports and maintains immune, reproductive, circulatory, digestive, metabolic, and skin health. It has the ability to soothe, protect, and moisturize dry, cracked, and irritated skin, as well as to improve skin elasticity and promote cellular rejuvenation.

Pomegranate seed oil is the only known plant-based source of Omega 5 essential fatty acid. While fish oil (an Omega 3) has been widely touted over the last few years – and is even commonly prescribed now as the essential fatty acid that protects the body from a myriad of diseases like cardiovascular disease and diabetes – it should really only be taken orally due to the fact that it is a large molecule that is not readily absorbed by the skin. Omega 5, on the other hand, is highly compatible with the dermis due to its small molecular size, meaning it is absorbed almost instantaneously and even becomes a delivery system for nutrients to cells.

Cranberry

Cranberries may be a perennial source of debate at Thanksgiving dinner – love ’em or hate ’em, fresh or canned – but in the dermatological community, the verdict is clear: Cranberries are a wonderful source of antioxidants, so don’t hold back when they come around the table this year.

Cranberries are actually a type of acidic berries that are rich in vitamin C and believed to contain excellent infection fighting properties. A source of pythochemicals known as condensed tannins; these berries are powerful antioxidant and natural antiseptic with anti-inflammatory effect.

From Your Passport To Beauty

Making Summer A Cool & Blissful Pitta Season

Making Summer A Cool & Blissful Pitta Season

Sedona Retreats at NAMTI Spa - Transform Your Mind:Body:Life!Light. Fire. Heat. Intensity. It’s summertime! Do you worship long days of bright sunlight? Do you welcome a renewed feeling of lightness and expansive consciousness? Maybe you just can’t get enough of the hot summer temperatures. Or, do you dread the heat and go out of your way to avoid the summer sun? Perhaps a dark, air-conditioned movie theater is more your speed on a hot, summer day.

Summer, like each of the seasons, arrives with its own distinct personality. Depending on your constitution, summer may increase your internal sense of harmony, or it may aggravate one of your innate tendencies. For example, a hot-natured individual who prefers a cool climate may love the winter, but will feel hotter than most – to the point of discomfort – as the heat of summer intensifies. On the other hand, someone with chronically cold hands and feet, who never seems to be able to stay warm in the winter months, will experience exactly the opposite: long, cold winters will be a challenge and s/he will relish the heat of summer. But the seasons need not be an intrinsic source of fluctuating dread and euphoria.

One of the fundamental principles of Ayurveda is that our habits, routines, and dietary choices should ebb and flow with the seasons. We can support an improved state of balance throughout the year by making a conscious effort to live in harmony with the cycles of nature and by regularly adjusting our lifestyle and habits to accommodate the arrival of each new season. While this idea may at first seem daunting, many people find that the recommended seasonal adjustments come quite naturally and that a few simple changes can dramatically increase health and vitality. In Ayurveda, it is said that like increases like and that opposites balance; this helps to explain why summertime stirs something different in each of us.

If you know your constitution, you can actually take even more personalized steps to harmonize your internal landscape with the changing nature of the seasons. We offer Ayurvedic Consultations at NAMTI Spa so you may balance your dosha during the heat of summer and throughout all seasons of the year!

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Acupuncture keeps your immune system strong!

We are not out of the woods for cold and flu season yet! Keep your immune system strong with a winter acupuncture tune up.

Chinese Medicine is a full medical system that has been in use for nearly 5000 years. It is the most widely practiced traditional medical system around the world. Acupuncture is the most commonly used modality in the Chinese medical system.

Qi, often defined as life force or life energy, has many functions in the body. One of those functions is to protect your body against pathogens. During the winter, your Qi moves into the deeper more yin aspects of your body, and leaves more susceptible to getting sick. Any additional imbalance with the Qi can cause you to get sick. Acupuncture helps keep your body and your Qi strong.

Already feeling sick? Getting a treatment can minimize your symptoms, and help you to heal faster.
Every person is different, and every person has a different imbalance that causes him or her to get sick. Not every cold and flu treatment is the same. When you come in for your personalized treatment, you will gat an individual diagnosis along with lifestyle and dietary advise that is catered specifically for you, and designed to maximize your health.

In a healthy, balanced individual, one acupuncture treatment every 3 months is often enough to prevent illness. More often than not, and depending on your complaint, acupuncture works best when a series of treatments can be given. We are creatures of habit, and our bodies tend to create bad habits too. After your first treatment, a treatment plan that balances effectiveness with budget can be created for you.
I look forward to meeting you this winter!

~Timoni Slusher LAc