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Self Lymphatic Massage

Your lymphatic system promotes the production of precious white blood cells, which are the little power houses of your immune system, while also acting as a network of channels for white blood cells to travel though and monitor your body for any infections.   Lymphatic massage is a useful technique that helps to reduce swelling and inflammation, improve circulation, alleviate joint pain, improve your digestion, help with migraine symptoms, and strengthen your immune system.   When you are unable to visit a massage therapist for a lymphatic massage, there are simple techniques you may conduct at home using light touch and a bath sponge, loofah, or brush.   Begin with your arms, one at a time. In the area closest to your armpit, gently brush up, towards your armpit, which is where your lymph nodes live. Repeat this gentle brushing movement for several minutes while you gradually move downward toward your hand, making sure that you are always brushing up, towards your torso. Make sure you brush both the front and back of your arms.   Continue with your legs, one at a time. Start brushing close to your groin area, moving up towards your groin and the lymph nodes...

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By Alyssa Karpa /

Spiced Chai for Two

Do you enjoy a warm cup of chai tea? We find chai helps us to relax and brightens our mornings. Additionally, chai tea can help improve your digestion, alleviate nausea and pains, boost cell health, improve your immune system, and more!    Did you know that most chai tea mixes available in stores include several additives, including sweeteners? This is just one of the reasons why we prefer to make our own! Our chai recipe is easy and we have included some proposed health benefits beneath each ingredient.    Ingredients   2 star anise Contains thymol and anethole which help with flu and cough, supports digestion, alleviates nausea 5 cloves Contains antioxidants, improves liver function, improves bone health 1 3” cinnamon stick Contains antioxidants, lowers bad cholesterol and blood pressure, regulates blood sugar 8 cardamom pods Contains vitamin C, clears sinuses, supports digestion, may prevent cavities 1 medium coin of ginger (1/2” thick, size of a quarter) Improves circulation, helps digestion, alleviates nausea, reduces inflammation 8 peppercorns (you can reduce this, but please do not skip it!) Helps pancreas make digestive enzymes, contains antioxidants, reduced inflammation 10 leaves fresh mint Helps with symptoms of IBS, improves brain function, relieves indigestion...

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DIY Fall Spa Treatments

THESE FALL FAVORITES USE PUMPKIN AND SPICE TO REFRESH YOUR FACE. BY SHARON W. HOUSE AND THE SUNWELLNESS TEAM Days are shorter, the weather is crisp and fall is officially upon us. Nothing says autumn like the scent of pumpkin pie and cinnamon spice. No longer confined to the kitchen, estheticians are discovering pumpkin as a rich source of antioxidants and enzymes that helps promote smother, younger-looking skin.   SunWater Spa in Manitou Springs, Colorado is offering a special fall combination: a 60-minute Pumpkin Mask Facial + Peppermint Foot Massage, October through December 2019 for $85. Pumpkin can help increase the rate of cell renewal, and peppermint can aid in alleviating headaches, increasing energy and improving sleep.   According to spa director Gabriela Silva, “Pumpkin contains a variety of nutrients that are beneficial to our skin. In addition to enzymes and alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) that increase cell renewal and brighten skin, pumpkin is rich in vitamins A and C, which help smooth and soften skin while boosting collagen production to decrease fine lines. Pumpkin also contains zinc, which can ameliorate acne symptoms.”   If you don’t have time to visit SunWater Spa, here are some DIY facial and hair...

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By Alyssa Karpa /

Cati Perret

Cati Perret, a Colorado native, is one of our massage therapists. She integrates her lifelong journey of learning bodywork into each session. Cati is excited to work with you and your body in order to help you feel more alive and healthy!   1. How long have you been a bodywork practitioner and what was the path that led you into it? Technically, I have been a massage therapist for the past seven years, but I honestly feel my entire life has been about bodywork. Gymnastics was my base and the start of the path that led me to bodywork, but my soul led me to massage therapy.   2. What is your favorite part of giving massage? Everyone looks forward to a massage, whether they want it, need it, or it just surprised them. A massage is always welcomed. I love helping people feel like they can live and feel again. I also enjoy helping people understand how important our bodies are in allowing us to live life to the fullest, especially when we provide our bodies with nourishment. It is fun to watch people become intrigued by their own bodies.Many justify the aches and discomfort they ignore about...

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