Young Living with Chamomile

Young Living actually has 2 types of chamomile: Roman and German. Both look similar–adorable little white flowers with a bright yellow center. Both have many similar benefits, such as increasing relaxation, calming the nerves and mind, and tasting yummy in teas. Both are anti-inflammatory. Both are a natural anesthetic. Both naturally grow in Utah. Both help with insomnia and skin conditions. Both from the Asteraceae Botanical Family. But there are some slight differences.
Roman Chamomile:
  • Naturally grows in France
  • Anti-spasmodic, anti-parasitic, and antibacterial
  • Relieves ADHD, anxiety, depression, and restlessness
  • Helps minimize irritability and stabilize mood
  • Helps combat nervousness
German Chamomile:
  • Naturally grows in Idaho, Egypt, and Hungary
  • Powerful antioxidant, anti-tumoral
  • Promotes digestion, liver, and gallbladder health
  • Inhibits lipid peroxidation
  • Used to help treat the liver, arteriosclerosis, nervous tension, arthritis and carpal tunnel
Whether you choose to use Roman Chamomile or German Chamomile, you will not be sorry. Both oils will aid you in bringing an inner zen and peace to your life.
Information was found in Essential Oils Pocket Reference 6th Edition byLife Science Publishers.
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Deep Tissue vs. Swedish Massage

You might have heard we specialize in Deep Tissue Massage; in fact, you might see us because we specialize in deep tissue. However, many people don’t understand the difference between Deep Tissue Massage and a Swedish Massage.

 

Swedish Massage focuses on relaxation. Using 5 different types of strokes, Swedish Massage doesn’t typically use a huge amount of pressure to achieve its goals. It’s only called Swedish Massage in English and Dutch speaking countries and in Hungary; everywhere else, it’s called “classic” massage. The majority of clients who seek a Swedish Massage also want deep pressure. While technically, that would classify the massage as a Deep Tissue Massage, we understand what the client means. We can integrate deeper pressure into a standard massage.

 

A Deep Tissue Massage focuses on manipulating the deeper tissues of the body, specifically the fascia and muscles. Deep Tissue Massage has been proven to be a viable option for many different ailments. Livestrong posted an article about the benefits, including:
  • Reduces Chronic Pain
  • Improves Blood Pressure
  • Breaks Up Scar Tissue
  • Rehabilitates Injured Muscles
  • Stress Relief
We specialize in Deep Tissue Massage Therapy at Under Pressure Therapeutics because, while we want to help people relax, our mission is to serve Fort Collins with quality massage therapy services, and we believe the best way to achieve this goal is through deep tissue massage. By giving Deep Tissue Massage, we offer our clients an opportunity to recover from surgeries with breaking up scar tissue, to decrease chronic pain by stretching fascia, and to help athletic training and exercise recovery.
Please note that Deep Tissue Massage does not exclusively mean pain! And you shouldn’t be writhing in pain, either. This is wherecommunicating with your Licensed Massage Therapist is key! When giving a beneficial, therapeutic Deep Tissue Massage, we want you at about a 6 or 7 on a pain scale out of 10. We want it to be a little high, but we want you to be able to breathe through it. If you’re not breathing, then you’re not getting benefits–you’re just paying us to torture you. A 6 or 7 is kind of a “hurts so good” kind of pain. If you can breathe through it, great! If you are tensing up the rest of your body to “deal” with the pain, not okay. As a tip: when it hurts, take a big, deep breath in, and see if your Massage Therapist does need to lighten up, or if you can breathe through it. If you immediately start wincing, that is NOT okay!
Deep Tissue Massage is the best option for setting the body on course of recovery for a full, pain-free life. If you noticed, we work within YOUR pain tolerance–a 6 or 7 for one person is another person’s 25, which is another person’s 4. Don’t feel “bad” for telling us it’s too much! Don’t apologize to us if you can’t handle that much pressure! That’s what YOUR body needs! And we work to give you what your body needs!

Multiple Sclerosis Awareness

March is a special month for me–one of my dearest and oldest friends was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis two years ago. March is Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month, and orange is the color.

 

Multiple Sclerosis, or MS, is a disease that doesn’t get a lot of attention or funding, yet it’s a horrible disease that has no cure. Even with the research they’ve done, they don’t know how someone gets it or why. There are just too many questions regarding the etiology of this disease.

 

Diagnosing MS can be an extremely long process. It’s not like the flu; when you get the flu, you get a fever, cough, sore throat, muscle / body aches, and fatigue. Each person with MS is affected by it differently. Flare-ups of MS vary from person to person. Some people can’t use their legs, others lose a sense or part of a sense (going blind in one eye for a time or permanently, going deaf in an ear, etc.), which makes it particularly difficult to diagnose. The entirety of the disease is unpredictable.
There are four types of MS: Relapsing-Remitting MS, Secondary-Progressive MS, Primary-Progressive MS, and Progressive-Relapsing MS. Each one difficult to diagnose and each with different treatments. Treatments? You thought I said there was no cure! There isn’t. The treatments only help the person deal with MS.
Multiple Sclerosis, simply put, is a disease where we don’t know why it happens, we don’t know who is likely to develop it, we don’t know how to cure it, and there is no set way it “looks”. It’s a process to rule out other possible diseases and to perform proper testing to even diagnose this disease. Then figuring out a treatment that will best suit that individual is also a process, figuring out what works best for them.
The National MS Society is an amazing resource on MS, and is the sole resource I’ve used to write this. Please, get involved! There are walksbike rides, and muck fest you can do to help those who suffer from this disease. Get involved with the National MS Society or donate to my friend’s specific page here.