It has been said that breaking a smoking addiction is harder than breaking a heroin addiction. The craving for nicotine when a smoker is going through withdrawal is related to many systematic body changes that occur when nicotine is being inhaled. Most smokers will tell you that they gain pleasure from smoking a cigarette. Nicotine in the body triggers the release of chemicals. These chemicals cause a calming effect on the central nervous system. At the same time they increase blood pressure, increase heart rate, raise body temperature and stimulate the release of adrenaline and hormones. Dopamine, a chemical neurotransmitter in the brain that is responsible for moods and feelings of pleasure, increases whilst smoking. These systematic body changes make it very difficult for a smoker to break the habit. This article discusses the symptoms of withdrawal from nicotine and many lesser known natural remedies that are effective in helping break the nicotine habit.
Apart from smoking for pleasure, smokers often use the habit to relieve nervousness, calm them down in stressful moments and to help get them through awkward situations. Smoking a cigarette gives them a sense of tranquility. Withdrawing from nicotine creates many symptoms that make it very difficult to quit the habit. These symptoms include frustration, irritability, agitation, anger, anxiety, lack of concentration, headaches, mood swings and excessive appetite. Often a smoker trying to quit the habit experiences these symptoms and looses the battle due to the overwhelming intensity of these symptoms. Treatment for quitting for good involves alleviating the symptoms of withdrawal without side effects.
The use of aromatherapy and essential oils can be beneficial in the process of quitting smoking. Research has verified aromatherapy as part of a smoking cessation program. A study at the University of Pittsburgh found that exposure to essential oil lessened the urge to smoke by reducing the cravings. Aromatherapy can be done by a professional aromatherapist or it can be done at home. Come to Thai Odyssey for a Thai Aromatherapy massage. It could help you quit and quit for good.
Headache, a common malady, has many causes. Migraines and other types of headaches cause significant productive loss to employers. They are also one of the most common complaints seen in the doctor’s office.
Neurologists believe migraines are an inherited hypersensitivity in the brain to certain sights, sounds, smells and other cues. A chiropractor may find one disc slipping on another, and may suggest an adjustment to ward off the headache. The allergist relates the onset of headache to the digestion of a troublesome food or scent. The orthopedist may think a degenerative disc in your neck is what is causing your headache. The ophthalmologist thinks your eyes need attention. The ear-nose-throat doctor is convinced it is sinusitis. The diagnosis of headaches, and the pain that occurs alongside it, can be treated in various ways. Did you know that massage therapy and aromatherapy are among the treatment for headaches?
Massage is helpful in addressing migraine headaches. If you can receive massage therapy quickly enough, you can avoid hours, perhaps days, of discomfort. Massage can relieve the muscular tension caused by stress or the pain itself. A head, neck and shoulder massage using stretching, strumming, resist-release, kneading and circular friction at the attachment points works well. Relieve pain by releasing the body’s natural pain relievers known as endorphins. Hot or cold packs can be applied to the base of the skull to calm the vacillation between dilation and constriction of blood vessels. Cold numbs and constricts, while heat opens vessels and soothes the muscles and nerves. Tension headaches respond best to heat.
Using aromatherapy with essential oils in a hot or cold pack can be used as a preventive measure during a headache. There are many ways to make a hot and cold compress. If you’re at home, one way is to use a sock. A sock with rice in it may be heated in the microwave with water in a cup to add humidity; then, a few drops of the essential oil mix can be dropped on the rice. The rice sock can also be put in the freezer, and the essential oils dropped on before use. Here are the essential oils you can mix together to make a blend that will harmonize and regulate the liver and decrease anxiety, therefore calming the mind.
- Chamomile Roman (Anthemis nobilis): Cooling, regulates the liver to decrease nausea, anger, clears heat, calms the mind. Use 5 drops.
- Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia): Cooling, promotes smooth flow of liver qi, decreases headaches and calms the mind. Use 3 drops.
- Lemon (Citrus limonum): Cooling but drying, clears liver and stomach fire. Use 3 drops.
- Peppermint (Mentha piperita): Cooling, refreshing, improves concentration and is a stomach aid. Use 5 drops.
- Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis): Warming, improves circulation and prevents dizziness. Use 1 drop.
Whenever you feel tired or experiencing a stressful situation, seek remedy before it’s too late. Enjoy the health benefits of massage therapy and aromatherapy at our Centers. We have not just hands, we have healing hands.
Fruity and refreshing, limes have been a kitchen staple for centuries. It is believed that limes were first introduced to the Americas by 16th century Portuguese navigators. The lime soon became a favorite fruit, both for its therapeutic value and taste. Traditionally, lime has been used as a remedy for indigestion, heartburn, and nausea.
Lime oil is extracted by cold compression of fresh peels of lime or by steam distillation of its dried peels. The health benefits of lime essential oil is in its use as a antiseptic, antiviral, antibacterial, disinfectant, astringent, febrifuge or fever reducing agent, as well as its aperitif or appetite stimulant, haemostatic or in helping to stop bleeding, restorative and as a tonic. It is helpful in reducing fevers associated with colds, flu and sore throats, and it can help to ease coughs associated with bronchitis, sinusitis and other infections. Lime essential oil is also useful in helping with asthma. Lime affects the immune system by helping ease infections associated with the respiratory tract and is helpful in relieving pain in the muscles and joints. It is also useful as part of a beauty regimen, as its astringic properties help clear oily skin and acne.
Lime oil can stimulate and refresh a tired mind and helps with depression. Used as vaporizer or burner, the vapors help with depression and give a lift to those with a tired mind as well as having an effect on anxiety and apathy. Lime oil can be added to the bath or blended with massage oil for tired muscles, and added to lotion or cream to be used for treating oily skin and associated problems. Lime essential oil blends well with other essential oils such as Ylang ylang, neroli, lavender and sage. You can reap the benefits of this kitchen staple in the comforts of your own home.
Sports massage therapy is geared toward athletes of every kind, from world-class professionals to weekend joggers. It helps athletes prepare their bodies for optimal performance, recover after a big event, or function well during training. Athletes have also discovered that specially designed sports massage promotes flexibility, reduces fatigue and improves endurance. It emphasizes prevention and healing of injuries to the muscles and tendons.
One of the key benefits of sports massage therapy is its ability to target muscle-tendon junctions. A 2010 study in the journal of Strength and Conditioning Research found that even a 30-second massage improved hip-flexor range of motion. Another study conducted by Margaret Jones, Ph.D. of the American College of Sports Medicine, demonstrated a notable trend toward decreased muscle soreness in the athletes who received massage either before or after exercise.
The particulars of the sports massage technique are specific to the athlete’s sport of choice. Each type of sport has different demands on the players. Each sport uses muscle groups in a different way. Sports massage is designed to address those specific concerns and may differ according to the sport the athlete plays. Sports massage can be aimed to help heal strained muscles and allow healthy ones to reach peak performance and maintain it while minimizing the risk of injury.
Sports massage stimulates circulation of blood and lymph fluids. Some sports massage movements use trigger point therapy to break down adhesions (knots in the muscles) and increase range of motion. There are four types of sports massages:
- Pre-event sports massage is a short, stimulating one that is done 15-45 minutes before the event. It is directed toward the parts of the body that will be involved in the exertion.
- Post-event sports massage is given within an hour or two after the event, to normalize the body’s tissues.
- Restorative sports massage is given during training to allow the athlete to train harder and with less injury.
- Rehabilitative sports massage aims at alleviating pain due to injury and returning the body to health
For anyone participating in regular physical activity, sports massage therapy every week or two may be a great addition to your normal regimen. See your performance improve over the next few months.