Explore the health and wellbeing issues concerning aromatherapy, art therapy and the Alexander technique.
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Host: Take the time to treat your sense to some therapeutic timeout. If the pressures of work and family have your nerves on edge soak up some healing attention at your local aroma therapists. Essential oils of plants such as lavender and lemongrass will stimulate the limbic or emotional center of your brain leaving you feeling calm, and re-scented. Aroma therapy originated in France in the 1920s. Clinical aroma therapists and some physicians in France prescribed the therapeutic grade oils for internal use. Certainly, most oils may be topically applied to the skin though considering it about 40% of what’s placed on your skin makes it into your blood stream pregnant women and those suffering blood pressure disorders should be aware of which oils to avoid. So find yourself a well-trained aroma therapist who has an eye for the purest oils and let the scents of nature wash away the residual pressures of the day. Use basil to sharpen your focus, black pepper to increase circulation or lemon oil to lift the spirits. The aroma therapeutic options are limitless, so go ahead pamper yourself. It’s essential. Art therapists can help you deal with a myriad of life strummers from divorce to depression, by combining traditional psycho therapy with hands on creative expression. You are the artist in this scenario choose your medium. Shall we draw, sculpt, paint or take a picture or two? The art therapist may ask you to complete a DDS or Diagnostic Drawing Series. This involves drawing people and trees and weather among other things. An art therapist can tell a lot about you from these set of drawings, where you’ve placed the objects on the page, which colors you’ve chosen and how you blended the colors reveals a lot about your personality and your current emotional state. Whether you have anger issues to deal with or physical cravings that need to be curbed or even if you wan tot break out of a destructive thought pattern cycle, art therapy can help you begin to understand yourself. Art therapy is for absolutely everyone from the very young to the very old and if you feel a bit intimidated going along by yourself, take along a friend or the whole family. Therapy has never been such fun. Dispense with the words, let your fingers do the talking. If you're suffering from poor posture, aches and pains or fatigue, Alexander technique could be just what you're looking for. It’s all about becoming aware of your habits. How do you walk, stand, sit or pick things up? Most people have developed bad habits during their lifetime that allow them to over recruit that is use too many muscles for a simple task. During an Alexander technique session you will learn to detect your way of moving. Do you push and pull against yourself while getting out of a chair? During a session you will practice these simple movements correctly using the most simple, flowing way available over and over again until you reprogram your brain. Whether you're trying to rehabilitate yourself after an accident, cope with the posture changes in pregnancy or break a lifetime’s worth of bad habits, Alexander technique will have you moving freely and with less energy expenditure. Enrolling in Alexander technique class, it’s all about economy of movement. Remember to use therapeutic great essential oils when you're treating yourself to aroma therapy at home. You don’t want harsh synthetics clogging up your lymphatic system.