Picking Up Good Vibrations at The Spa!

You know it’s important to have a balanced diet, a balanced checkbook, but have you balanced your energy lately? Energy imbalances could be the charging force (or uncharged) behind some of your ailments.

First a quick science lesson, all matter vibrates through natural energy. OK, so now apply this to something that matters to you. The energy in our body stops doing its thing (vibrating) when it becomes injured or damage. This now-stagnant energy throws our body’s science out of whack, leading to pain, stress and a general sentiment of  feeling “not right.” So how do you re-energize this energy? Get the vibrations flowing.

Vibration Therapy is becoming more and more popular in spas as a way to obtain energy balance. Massage therapists use various vibration techniques to stimulate frozen energy of the body and settle down over-excited energy settle down, bringing balance. And a balanced body is a healthy body.

There are many items that have vibrational frequencies that can be used in vibration therapy including sound, aroma, light, touch, color, sacred geometry, crystals, and gems. These vibrations stimulate the senses and can promote overall health and wellness. Tibetan Singing Bowls and Reiki are two common practices.

Vibration therapy has been shown to increase bone density in people suffering from osteoporosis, to treat joint and back pain, reduce fatigue, stress, arthritis pain and increase agility. It has even been used on Olympic athletes to treat injuries and to improve muscle strength and performance.

Get all your chakras working together and keep the good vibrations rolling!

Check out vibration therapy at Mantra Massage and BodywoRx in Cincinnati. They’re offering a 60 Min Good Vibrations Package for only $50 during the Spring Spa Week Event! Not in Cincinnati? Browse your local Spa Week Directory for good vibrations near you. Also, here’s a list of spas offering Reiki for Spa Week.

And some Beach Boys/Marky Mark for good measure…


Spa Glossary: Unlocking the Mystery of Reiki

By Shelby Jones, ISPA

Some spa treatments are a bit harder to explain than others. For most people Reiki would fall into the “I don’t know what that is, so I’m going to avoid it” category. We’d like to take this opportunity to change your mind (we’ve always loved a challenge). [Read more...]

Your 7 Chakra Crash Course

You have a rainbow in your soul, and it’s kind of a big deal. If you call yourself a spa person but are not yet acquainted with your Chakras, we’ve created this 101 guide just for you. Why is this important? According to Chakra theory, your emotional, physical, spiritual and mental issues can ALL be nurtured by way of your 7 primary Chakras, your body’s energy centers. From intimacy issues to varicose veins, many spa treatments are designed to tap into these problems by balancing the energy in your Chakras, and there are many things YOU can do at home to address these issues as well. It’s quite fascinating! Ready? Read on… and feel the energy.

What are Chakras? There are seven major energy centers in your body called “chakras.” Chakra is a Sanskrit word meaning “wheel” – they are both spinning vortexes of energy. They are centers of force located within our etheric body, through which we receive, transmit, and process life energies. Each has a corresponding relationship to one of the various glands of the body’s endocrine system, as well as to one of the seven colors of the rainbow spectrum.

ROOT CHAKRA | In Sanskrit: Muladhara

Located at the base of the spine, the Root Chakra represents our foundation, survival, and the feeling of being grounded. It deals with tasks related to the material and physical world, and your own security. Emotional issues include insecurity with money and food. Imbalances associated with your Muladhara are anemia, fatigue, lower back pain, sciatica, depression, and frequent cold hands and feet. To stimulate your Root Chakra, try physical exercise and long, restful sleeps, gardening, pottery, and clay. Red gemstones, clothing, food, and red oils such as Sandalwood all stimulate this Chakra of inherent right to existence.

SPLEEN CHAKRA | In Sanskrit: Svadisthana

Located just below the navel on the lower abdomen, the Spleen Chakra is all about feelings. It’s connected to sensing abilities, intimacy, social-ability, openness to new experiences, and your sex organs. Physically, the Svadisthana governs reproduction, mentally it governs creativity, emotionally it governs joy, and spiritually it governs enthusiasm. Emotional issues include pleasure, sexuality and sense of abundance, and imbalances associated with the Spleen Chakra are eating disorders, drug and alcohol abuse, relationship problems, depression, lower back pain, asthma, allergies, urinary problems, yeast infections and impotency. It can be stimulated with hot aromatic baths, water aerobics, massage, tantra, embracing, and even tasting a variety of different foods.

SOLAR PLEXUS CHAKRA | In Sanskrit: Manipura

Located above the naval on the stomach, the Solar Plexus Chakra embodies personal power, self-confidence, and ego; the ability to have self-control and humor.  Physically, Manipura governs digestion, mentally it governs personal power, emotionally it governs expansiveness, and spiritually, all matters of growth. Key imbalances associated with this Chakra are issues of fear, anxiety, poor memory, and low self-confidence, and can also relate to digestive problems, ulcers and diabetes. Yellow colored food and grains like granola can help stimulate the Solar Plexus Chakra.

HEART CHAKRA | In Sanskrit: Anahata

Located in the center of your chest, the Heart Chakra is your ability to love. Forgiveness, compassion, the ability to have self-control and accept yourself for YOU are all part of the Heart Chakra. Emotional issues are love, joy. devotion, tenderness and peace; imbalances are heart and breathing disorder, chest pain, high blood pressure, passivity, immunity issues and muscular tension. To stimulate the Anahata, try nature walks, spending time with family or friends, and drinking green food and drinks, and green oils such as eucalyptus or pine essential oils.

THROAT CHAKRA | In Sanskrit: Visuddha

Located in the throat region, the Throat Chakra governs ability to communicate, your right to speak, truthful expression of your thoughts and beliefs, and the ability to trust and be loyal. Emotionally it governs independence, mentally it governs fluent thought, and spiritually, it governs a sense of security. Emotional issues concern communication, expressing yourself and telling the truth, while imbalances rand from thyroid problems, swollen glands, fevers, infections, mouth/tongue/neck/jaw problems, PMS, bloating, menopause and the flu. To stimulate the Visuddha, try singing in the shower, poetry, stamp or art collection, and engaging in meaningful conversations, blue gemstones and clothing, and blue oils such as chamomile.

THIRD EYE/BROW CHAKRA | In Sanskrit: Anja

Located on the forehead in the space in between your eyes, the Third Eye Chakra represents intuition, insights, your psychic abilities, and self-realization. It also has the power to release repressed negative thoughts. Emotional issues are intuition, imagination, wisdom, the ability to make decisions, and imbalances range from learning disabilities and coordination problems to sleep disorders. To stimulate your Anja, try stargazing, mediation, and indigo oils such as patchouli.

Crown Chakra | In Sanskrit: Sahasrara

 

Located at the top of the head, the Crown Chakra represents knowingness, aspiration, dedication to the divine consciousness and trusting the universe. Our connection to a higher power is located here as well. Some of the imbalances associated with the Sahasrara are headaches, senesitivity to light, mental illness, coordination problems, varicose veins and skin rashes. This high-altitude Chakra can be stimulated by focusing on dreams, writing down visions and inventions, and using oils such as lavender or jasmine.

Okay… GOT IT?? Maybe you need to study up a little more, but luckily we’re not going to quiz you on it. However, I do encourage you to try a spa treatment that taps into your 7 chakras, such as any Ayurvedic treatments (like today’s massage/foot treatment deal on TheRightDeal) and like the Chakra Balancing Massage at Canyon Ranch. Questions? Thoughts? Have you had a Chakra-balancing experience? Share below!

Photo and information sources: ChakraEnergy.com, MindBodyGreen, ReikiSource and good old Wiki

Reiki: The Universe at the Spa

It’s all about the universe.

If you’re like me and believe things like “everything happens for a reason,” you’ll probably be interested in learning more about Reiki and energy healing, some of the lesser-known gems of the wellness lifestyle. I’ve never experienced it myself, but I have two very good friends whose mothers are Reiki masters, so I’ve been curiously attuned to it.

Speaking of attuning, I had a brief conversation yesterday with my Reiki Master Angela, who I’m meeting today. She explained that in order to access the Reiki (Universal Life Force) energy, one must be trained in the Reiki attunement process, which involves a “ceremony of spirit.”

Angela practices her healing at Vada Spa in New York City’s West Village, where I’ll be having my Reiki session today. According to her personal website, IsisLight.com, she describes Reiki as a Japanese healing technique that utilizes deep relaxation to calm the mind, reduce stress, relax the mind and ease the spirit. The “divine life-force” energy is brought to you through light touch over your clothes.

Reiki works by “channeling the appropriate frequency into the body to bring the damaged area(s) back to a harmonious state of being.” Angela prefaced she’d be asking me questions about my goals, concerns, my emotional and physical fatigue, any life crises I’m going through or decisions I need to make.

CRASH COURSE: Learn about your body’s 7 chakras

But let me say no more for now; tune in (attune in?) here to watch the live-recorded Reiki treatment on Live Spa TV:

Vada Spa & Laser Center

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New York, NY 10014
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