Spruce Up Your Massage Menu: 5 Easy, Eco-Friendly Treatments

There is growing interest in the way we take care of ourselves. From knowing more about the types of foods we eat to changing habits for a greener planet, there is a universal shift toward being a healthier person in mind, body and spirit.

As professionals committed to treating the whole person, with therapies that benefit the body and mind, it’s important to be able to embrace this shift by offering clients a guilt-free decadence that complements their holistic lifestyle. Embracing this shift does not have to be difficult. Here are five eco-fabulous, easy treatments to get you inspired.

 

1. Cherry Cobbler Body Treatment

Sour cherries contain pigments called anthocyanins, antioxidants that give cherries their dark red color. Tart cherries are among the top fruits, as far as antioxidant levels. Tart cherry juice and dried tart cherries are even higher in antioxidants than blueberries and more powerful than vitamin E. Anthocyanins have powerful anti-inflammatory properties, and according to the American Chemical Society, eating 20 tart cherries, or drinking the equivalent in juice concentrate, a day could provide the same pain relief as aspirin or ibuprofen.

A Cherry Cobbler Body Treatment is an antioxidant-boosting, revitalizing and skin-tightening treatment. The delicious aroma will begin this indulgent treatment, which ends with a therapeutic massage using a blend of sour-cherry moisturizer and oil to assist with pain relief.

 

2. Fire and Ice Anti-Cellulite Treatment

This detoxifying treatment provides a stimulating effect using green cherry peppers and cinnamon oil. The cherry peppers contain an active component called capsaicin, which has an anti-inflammatory effect and helps reduce pain and inflammation caused by arthritis, as well as muscle and joint pain.

When cherry peppers are combined with cinnamon oil, in a carrier oil, and used during massage, the lymphatic system is stimulated by the increase in blood circulation, providing a detoxifying effect.

This treatment is ideal for the elimination of wastes and impurities, and directly assists with the reduction of cellulite and the prevention of stretch marks.

 

3. Firming Rose Petal Body Treatment

Known for its analgesic properties, a treatment using rose petals will assist in the relief of pain. Relying on organic rose petals, an aromatic body-wrap gel will firm the skin, while organic rose oil works with the rose petals to deeply hydrate, vitalize and mineralize thirsty skin. Your client will lavish in the gel’s long-lasting toning, tightening and sweet rose-aroma benefits.

 

4. Salt Glow Body Treatment

In this salt glow treatment, use a 100-percent concentration of Dead Sea mineral salts to provide the ultimate softening and remineralizing effects. This treatment is designed to exfoliate dead skin cells, while the invigorating scrub provides increased circulation to aid in lymph detoxification. The treatment is finished with a body lotion blended with nutrient-rich body oils.

Implement this treatment before a relaxing massage with the lotion-and-oil blend. Recommend this treatment once a week for optimum results.

 

5. Quince Apple Body Treatment

Quince apples contain powerful antioxidants that provide anti-inflammatory benefits and reduce edema in arms and legs while boosting hydration in the skin. This is the perfect treatment for clients who stand on their feet for long periods or suffer from swelling because of increased water retention.

Implement this treatment for clients suffering from the above issues when needed. Instruct clients to wear supportive clothing while standing on their feet for long periods of time to prevent swelling. Also, recommend an organic body-care lotion at home that will provide soothing and cooling effects in between treatments.

About the Author

Szilvia Hickman is co-owner and senior vice president of Szep Elet, the exclusive distributor of ilike organic skin care. For more information on the fruit-and-herb pulp-based certified organic ilike products made in Hungary for more than 50 years, visit szepelet.com. Hickman is also a member of the Green Spa Network Personal Care Product Committee (greenspanetwork.org). Some of the content included in the above article was developed in cooperation with the Green Spa Network.