An hour long massage, a long candlelit bath or a few hours in a wellness spa can deliver a decadent sense of wellbeing. The scents of lavender or eucalyptus follow you out of the few hours of self care. Your muscles feel warm and relaxed and your skin glows. The truth for most of us is that the time, money or lack of energy get in the way of a regular investment in wellness.
The truth is that by adding just five minutes to your daily schedule, you can create a measurable difference in how well you feel on a daily basis. The first step is to purchase pure almond oil or sesame oil. A prefer almond oil. In Switzerland they send it home with new mothers to use on their newborn infants. They sell it for a few dollars fresh pressed in any drug store in Switzerland, but pure almond oil is available on Amazon from a number of different vendors worldwide too.
Step 1: Shower warm. At the end of your shower turn the water to icy cold. Place your right leg under the cold water and count to sixty. Switch legs. Next place your right arm under the cold water to the shoulder and count to sixty. Switch arms. Now, how brave are you? Jump in and let the water run over your face and then along your spine.
Step 2: Quickly rub yourself dry. Take a small bit of almond oil and gently massage your face. Next, take a handful of almond oil. Smooth over your arms and legs. Use smooth long strokes on your muscles and round rhythmic circling over your joints: wrists, elbows, shoulders, ankles, knees and hips. Smooth in a circular motion over your stomach and in smooth stokes over your back, chest and feet.
Step 3: Make sure you put on warm socks or tights.
Have five to ten more minutes today? Purchase your favorite natural oil scent, such as lavender or orange and add some to boiling water in your kitchen to scent the room like a spa. Enjoy a nice cup of hot green tea filled with antioxidants. I like strawberry green tea the best.
Repeat: everyday to experience enhanced wellbeing, a bit of bliss and a natural glow!
Interested into why these few minutes of wellness each day will possibly make such a difference?
The cold water rush provides a natural shock to your body causing oxygen intake to increase as well as your heart rate. Blood circulation is improved as the cold water hits your skin. This will leave you feeling invigorated after your shower and full of energy.
According to Medical Daily, daily cold showers can also improve your muscle recovery after workouts, improve your immune system, reduce stress, help depression and even lead to ease weight loss. I personally have found that the daily cold water plunge has increased my levels of will power and self control. It is important to dress warm after the cold water plunge so that you do not chill.
Almond oil is all natural, containing no pore clogging mineral oil. It is high in vitamin E and absorbs easily into the skin. The daily massaging of the natural oil into the skin improves blood circulation and supports the skins ability to serve as a healthy barrier to toxins and bacteria. According to VPK, Ayurveda massage has the following health benefits: calmer nerves, well lubricated joints, higher mental alertness, better skin, higher energy levels all day and improved sleep.
I am sure you have read about the health benefits of green tea. I think we all know about its antioxidants, but I was surprised to learn it improves brain function. Apparently the combination of the caffeine and L-theanine have synergistic effects that together improve your brain function. Want to learn more? Read 10 Proven Benefits of Green Tea.
Meanwhile, the smell of essential oils, or aromatherapy, can trigger physical and emotional effects that improve wellbeing, from lifting your mood to decreasing your stress levels. For a full list of the effect of various essential oils visit: Armotherapy.com