Known as the ‘change of life’, this is the time when menstruation ceases. It is frequently characterized by emotional and physical symptoms of ill-health such as headaches, hot flushes, depression, rapid mood swings, irritability and the tendency to put on weight.
Due to its regulating and balancing effect, lavender is particularly valuable in helping the body to adjust at this difficult time.
Use lavender oil in baths, vaporizers and for massage, according to specific symptoms. See also Anxiety, Depression, Headaches, Mood Swings/Hysteria, Stress
The terms balneotherapy or balneology, from the Latin word meaning bathing or washing, refer to any of the treatments oriented toward using water to heal or promote wellness.
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The term hydrotherapy is also used to denote treatments designed around the healing properties of water.
Most beauty spas include the drinking of water as part of water-related regimens, in addition to baths, showers, wet compresses, and every other imaginable application in which water is the central treatment factor. However, the notion of a beauty spa now includes a much broader array of services, in addition to the traditional focus on water-related treatments. Spa services have come to include nutritional programs and weight-loss treatments, exercise regimes, massage, beauty measures, and many other types of treatment for the face and body, as well as internal makeup.
Although specific menus of services may differ from one beauty spa to another, they all share the goal of promoting healing, relaxation, and an overall feeling of wellness. Very often, they are designed to provide rest and pampering, a complete break from the wear and tear of regular life. They employ professional staff and create an environment in order to make that approach a comprehensive experience for guests.
Because the focus is on personal care of the body, beauty spas used to be thought of as places that were primarily patronized by women who traditionally had the leisure time to leave their daily activities behind for a beauty spa visit. That is no longer true, and men are just as interested in the therapeutic effects of beauty spas, as well as the ability to leave their daily concerns behind in order to care for themselves physically, mentally, and emotionally.