Getting A Massage Has Both Mental & Physical Benefits

Many people are aware that getting a massage can help alleviate back pain and relieve stress, but that’s not all massage is good for. Research has shown that even a 15-minute massage every few weeks can improve a person’s overall well-being. If massage feels good, helps you relax, and has both mind and body benefits, why not take advantage? Here are a few more things to consider:

Alleviates Aches and Pains

Massage can act as a natural form of ibuprofen. It can help to decrease soreness and inflammation caused by overusing your muscles. Massage has also been known to help with stiffness, headaches, migraines, and other chronic pain that is difficult to manage.

Boosts Your Immune System

Kneading out your knots and aches can help to boost your immune system by increasing your circulation and activating white blood cells. White blood cells work within your body to fight off sickness and infection, so utilizing massage to elevate their productivity and efficiency can help keep you healthy.

Improves Sleep

Massage has been known to increase the flow of serotonin – a chemical in the brain that helps you sleep. If you struggle to get a good night’s rest, consider getting a massage on a regular basis to help you sleep better at night.

Relieves Anxiety and Stress

Massage is beneficial to the mind just as much as it is to the body. The mood and touch of massage helps to relax the muscles and eliminate any tension felt in the body. Regular massage works to relieve the stress and anxiety a person may feel in their daily routine.

Increases Flexibility

Massage increases your circulation and relaxes your muscles, helping to keep you limber. If you’ve been working to become more flexible, getting a massage every so often may help you reach your goal.

If you’re interested in reaping the mental and physical benefits of massage, schedule an appointment at lillieAnn’s today!

Courtesy of Shape

LillieAnn's blog / posted on Oct 17, 2017

Skin Care Tips For Fall

 The changing seasons can also cause changes in your skin. As the cool weather approaches, it’s important to adjust your skin care routine to a regime that will continue to heal and protect your skin. To take care of your skin while we make the transition from a hot summer climate to a cool, windy Fall, check out these helpful skin care tips!

Stay Active

Healthy skin starts from within. When outside temperatures start to get cold, it’s tempting to want to curl up on your couch and read a book or watch a movie. But maintaining a healthy lifestyle by staying active and eating healthy will improve your skin too! 

Cover Up

When you do decide to bear the cold, be sure to cover up to protect your skin. Wearing a hat, scarf, gloves, etc. will limit exposure to harsh weather conditions that negatively impact the health of your skin.

Adjust Your Skin Care Routine

Just like you change your wardrobe each season, it is essential to adjust your skin care routine the same way. In cold weather months, you want to use nourishing products for your skin and body because the harsh, dry air also dries out your skin. Try using a rich moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated.

Exfoliate

When entering a new season, your skin should start fresh. Treat yourself to an exfoliation treatment to rid your skin of any leftover summer residue. Getting a facial at the start of each season is a great way to transition your skin as well. Aestheticians at lillieAnn’s cannot only exfoliate those summer skin cells and clear the pores clogged by sweat and sunscreen, but can also examine your skin and give you advice on what it needs most for the new season – a new moisturizer, more frequent exfoliation, a gentler cleanser, etc. 

Hydrate

To avoid dry skin, hydration is essential. Not only should you use hydrating products, but drinking plenty of water will keep your skin healthy and hydrated as well.

Don’t Forget To Cleanse

Basic skin care practices are the best way to keep your skin healthy and glowing. Wash your face daily with a pH-balanced cleanser that is delicate on your skin. Because cold weather tends to dry out the skin, be sure to choose products that are gentle on your skin to avoid drying it out even more.

Courtesy of She Knows

LillieAnn's blog / posted on Sep 25, 2017

What Is A Thai Yoga Massage?

When most people think about getting a massage, they picture themselves lying face down and half covered by blanket as a masseuse uses their hands to knead tight back muscles. A Thai yoga massage, however, is a completely difference experience and just as beneficial. While performed a bit differently, Thai yoga massages use yoga poses to work the body in various ways and stretch the muscles.

Thai Yoga Massage

This type of massage is usually performed on the floor as a massage therapist guides and manipulates your body into different yoga poses. Your body is stretched in various ways as the therapist uses their hands, elbows, thumbs, knees, legs, and feet to knead your muscles. Mild or firm touch techniques are often applied for muscle compression, joint mobilization, and acupressure to create a customized healing experience. You remain fully clothed for Thai yoga massages.

What Are The Benefits Of Thai Yoga Massage?

There are many benefits of Thai yoga massage, some of them including stress reduction, improved circulation, increased energy, increased flexibility, and improved range of motion. In addition, Thai massage is very calming and helps to center the mind and body. This type of massage is also a common way for some people to deal with chronic pain (often in their back). It helps to relax the muscles and relieve ongoing stiffness.

Thai Yoga Massage At lillieAnn’s

Massage Therapy has become an essential part of general health care for many people living in today’s stressful world. lillieAnn’s therapists perform complete massage by utilizing a variety of techniques and take pride in making you look and feel great, replenishing you, both physically and mentally. Our customized massage therapy relaxes muscles while easing and soothing your aches and pains. It restores the balance of your body & makes you feel better. To schedule a Thai yoga massage or one of our other services, give us a call at 312-243-1940 or book online today!

Courtesy of Livestrong

LillieAnn's blog / posted on Aug 16, 2017

Seven Ingredients, 20+ DIY Beauty Recipes

It is extremely important to take care of your skin, as most times it is one of the first things people notice about you. But many of the cosmetics and lotions that are sold in stores contain chemicals that harm rather than help your skin. Luckily, there are some natural ingredients you can purchase to create your own homemade beauty products. They may be a bit more expensive initially, but they will last much longer than store-bought cosmetics and will save you money in the long run.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil might just be the most used natural beauty ingredient and will never go to waste because it can also be used in cooking. Coconut oil can work as a lotion on its own as well. Ordering in bulk will save you money, but smaller quantities will last you pretty long too.

Shea Butter

Shea butter is another popular ingredient used in many DIY beauty and cosmetic recipes. It has a nutty and earthy smell and is great for your skin. It has been known to improve eczema, prevent stretch marks, heal wounds, and can be used as a daily sunscreen and anti-aging treatment. 

Cocoa Butter

This chocolate-scented ingredient can be used interchangeably with shea butter and is great for a natural lotion or face cream.

Liquid Carrier Oil

For homemade beauty recipes that need to be thinner consistency than coconut oil and shea/cocoa butter, a liquid carrier oil can be a great alternative. Olive oil, almond oil, and apricot kernel oil can all be used as a carrier oil and differ in scents so you can choose whichever you like best.

Beeswax

Beeswax can be used as a thickening agent for lotions, lip balm, foot cream, baby care products, and more. A little goes a long way in most recipes so buying a pound will often last you months.

 Essential Oils

Essential oils aren’t totally necessary but they sure do smell good! Many of these ingredients have neutral scents so you can use essential oils to enhance or improve a smell. Mint, lavender, and lemon are very common in DIY beauty products.

Arrowroot Powder

Just like coconut oil, arrowroot powder is often used in cooking so it never hurts to have some lying around the house. This powder can be used as a thickening agent in homemade deodorant, dry shampoo, baby powder, and diaper cream, and makeup.

Courtesy of Wellness Mama

LillieAnn's blog / posted on Jul 12, 2017