A rose by any other name… What’s up with rose essential oils.

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Sure they smell amazing but are they worth the price?

Rose Otto or Rose Absolute what is the difference and do you care?

Whether you are a hippy like me, or really into things that smell pretty you may have some questions about Rose “essential” oils.

Essentially you will find three products out there-if you look hard enough. You will find Rose absolute, or Rose Otto- and more commonly you will find these in a carrier oil.

This is what you want to know.

Rose Otto Essential Oil

It takes 10,000 roses to produce just 5ml of pure Rose Otto, which is why if you do find it it is super expensive. Way more common is to find it in at 3-10% rose oil, in a base oil like Jojoba. In Calgary the Apothecary in Inglewood carries it. Starting at 68$ for a 1 ml bottle.

Benefits for Skin Care and use in Facials

Rose Otto is one of those ingredients used in skin care that is beneficial for every skin type as it is –

  • Therapeutic
  • Cleansing
  • Detoxifying
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Acne-preventing, due to its antiseptic qualities
  • Balancing- so great for combination skin
  • Anti-aging as it tightens the skin and adds skin tone
  • Moisturizing
  • Rejuvenating, stimulating, and harmonizing
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Other benefits

Rose has been shown to be useful for a huge variety of physical complaints as well including stomach, bronchial issues, muscle sprains and menopause, and many more causing it to earn the name “queen of all essential oils”

For stress and anxiety its effectiveness is undisputed, helping tame a wide range of disorders and side effects. It helps induce sleep, decrease depression, lessen grief, anger and jealousy. Rose Otto helps the body detox and stay balanced while recovering from any type of drug use, whether prescription or otherwise.

We use it in our couples “Rose Ritual” which you can of course do for one person,( it is an amazing treatment) because it enhances feelings of romance, connection and can have a positive effect on attraction, which is just all round a good thing.

How it is made

The difference between Rose Otto and Rose absolute is how it is made and how it is used.

Rose Otto is a steam distilled product- and is a purer scent but also this process uses way, way more roses to reach the final product, but that product keeps in tac the many benefits of the rose. Rose absolute is created by submerging the rose petals in a solvent, and letting that solvent dissolve leaving behind the essence of the rose.

This still has the captivating scent of roses, but not as many of the benefits and is used mostly in perfume, soap and candle making.

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Book our new “rose ritual” you can call 403-815-8484 or email jill@yourhealthspan.com

Seniors Massage- 5 Frequently Asked Questions Answered

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Mom is Wheel Chair Bound Can she still get a massage?

Yes- most therapists who work with Elderly clients are accustomed to having clients with varying degrees of mobility, in addition through the study of the musculature system the therapist will be able to work with whatever level of range of motion that she has, as well as working with the client to strengthen some muscles with both homework and resistance movements, and also help with swelling in legs and feet that are a problem for anyone with restricted movements.

Does regular Massage effect mood? Can it make one less grumpy or less lonely?

First Massage like all other forms of touch and communication helps with loneliness, for the duration of the session the client is the recipient of focused nurturing touch, there are studies that support this, but who needs a study, it is common sense.

As we age, less and less of the touch that we get is to make us feel good, especially after separation from a spouse, which happens with illness as well as from death. The touch we do get is different too, often prodding or perfunctory, Massage is different, it is focused, usually in an hour session, and it is nurturing.

Second Massage therapy releases hormones in the body, that are the same ones that are released during exercise, falling in love and other great moments. These hormones improve mood, and the effect can last up to 3 days after the massage treatment.

Will Pain be diminished?

Of course! Depending on the type of pain, muscle pain will decrease as muscle tension is released, arthritis pain is improved as increased circulation also causes swelling to go down, the perception of pain is also improved, which links back to the hormones that we talked about, when you feel good pain is just less keenly felt.

Will it help with Sleep?

Usually, massage helps sleep in two ways, one it decreases pain and stiffness, making comfortable sleep more accessible. And second, back to hormones again ( they are real -and can be really good) Massage not only releases the good hormones, but it also decreases cortisol, which is a stress hormone, and we all know that stress and sleep are not good partners, so less stress more sleep. If it works for you, why wouldn’t it work for your mom?

Will Massage Therapy help with Memory Issues

Likely not, you may see some improvement in mood and anxiety associated with memory loss, which can be helpful, but most likely massage will not improve the actual memory.

Arthritis is painful, 3 ways massage can make you feel yourself again

Ruth is 86 and has Arthritis, otherwise she is healthy for her age, her mind is active, she has friends and lots of interests that keep her as busy as she wants to be, at least on her good days.

On her bad days the pain is not just overwhelming, it is stressful and makes her grumpy, and keeps her inside so she feels like a trapped rat.

Ruth feels some pressure too from her family, she knows that they worry about her and that comes out of love, but the idea of moving away from the home she loves, and the neighborhood she has lived in for 60 years is really distressing.

She has decided she is not moving as long as she can help it; and so when she talks to her kids, she doesn’t want to tell them about her daily struggles, that some days cooking is almost impossible because her hands have no strength in them at all.

Not being able to talk to her kids, especially her daughter about daily struggles makes her feel alone with her problem and lonely, and when she does talk about it she thinks all she ever does is complain, and she is impatient with herself for this.

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Her kids aren’t dumb and they know she is struggling, but she is so flipping touchy about it all, it is impossible to bring it up, and because it is hard to talk about it is hard to find solutions.

Her daughter in law, looking for something to give for Mother’s day stumbled on Health Span – mobile massage therapy that would come right to her home, and booked her an appointment.

Massage Therapy for Arthritis Pain and stiffness

The arthritis foundation recommends massage as studies have shown that hand massage not only decreases pain, but it also increases grip strength, and agility. And for arthritis in the knees it improves not just stiffness, range of motion and the ability to walk, but it both decreases pain, and because it improves range of motion and stiffness it also can help prevent falls.

Improves mood and anxiety

Perhaps the most important improvement that happened when Ruth decided to get weekly massage appointments, is her mood began to improve. Once a week she had someone come to her home, and listen to her vent about her pains and aches for a few minutes before she lay down on the table, and was the complete focus of nuturing, caring attention and touch. She told her daughter it was the best she felt all week.

Almost every study that has ever been done on Massage shows improvements in moods and a decreased level of all the yucky hormones that indicate stress and anxiety. And these benefits can last for several days, and are cumulative, so every week when Ruth gets her massage the benefits add up.

Is it a miracle- of course not, there are still bad days, and aging is aging. As time goes on symptoms will change and health will get worse, but Ruth knows that the studies are right, and Massage does make coping day to day easier, she is still grumpy but much less miserable, and feels way, way less lonely.

Crown Chakra- Where it all comes together.

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Are you experiencing?

  • Confusion
  • Difficulty Understanding
  • Insensitivity
  • Apathety and
  • Lack of empathy
  • Greediness
  • Addiction
  • Overthinking everything or
  • Overly attached to people or outcomes of events.

These are signs that your crown chakra could use a little tweaking, or even a lot. And even the most spiritual aware person has times where things are out of line.

We get pushed off balance by little things as well as big things, and lots of times we convince ourselves that our imbalance is no big deal or the cause of it so minor that we are just over reacting.

A couple of weeks ago I was treating a young man, he had booked a therapeutic massage for neck and shoulder pain, and while we were doing the intake he was talking about a near death experience he had recently while on a trip to Vegas, where he had been hospitalized and forced to stay alone, after his friends caught their scheduled flights home, while Dr.’s sorted him out.

He was fine and felt that he should be grateful: to be alive, to have had insurance, to have friends and family, but he just couldn’t shake the anxiety and apathy that he had felt since his return from the holiday. He felt almost guilty for feeling “off” as it could have been much worse, and so many people were way worse off then him.

We booked him in for Energy Balancing Massage- and every one of his energy centres was off, some a little, some a lot, but his 7th Chakra showed no movement whatsoever, it was completely blocked.

After two sessions all of his emotional symptoms were clear, and he began sending his family and friends in to see us.

A Balanced Crown Chakra is your connection to consciousness

To Balance your Crown with aromatherapy we use the essential oils of the Root chakra which are vetiver, Spike Knot, and bocchini patchouli are good choices. And for Crystals during meditation we use Crystal quartz, amethyst, sodalite and diamonds (if you have some laying around).

You can use the oils in a blend and apply it to the crown of your head, where your Crown Chakra is represented, or add them to a diffuser while you meditate. If using a diffuser be careful to turn it off after an hour so you are not overwhelmed, less is often enough with aromatherapy.

If you sit during mediation, you can also balance a crystal on your head, or place it on a pillow just above your head if you are laying down.

A Balanced Crown Chakra will give you better rest as your body will produce melatonin properly but it will also result in your feeling and being recognized as wise, and in control of your emotions and your destiny, feeling blissful, intuitive, and in sync with your higher purpose. Which is what I wish for you and everyone else.


Lacking inspiration, feeling anxious? Unblock your third eye chakra.

When you lack inspiration, have trouble concentrating, feel anxious and depressed, it could be that your third eye chakra is not balanced.

This can also have physical symptoms such as migraines, trouble with vision, paranoia, and even sciatica.

Of course your 3rd eye is also the centre of your intuition, and if you feel less intuitive then you used to, or are often making large mistakes in judgement it is also a sign that all is not as it should be, or even could be.

Chakra Balancing Massage-Healing Crystals and Aromatherapy

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One of the reasons why I love our energy balancing Massage is that it is so effective at not just balancing each individual energy centre, but also at improving how they all work together.

For our third eye we use the colours of violet and light purples/blue amethyst is the best, but also lapis Lazuli, sappier, and shungite can be used by placing them on your 3rd eye while you meditate or drift off to sleep.

During a balancing Massage your therapist will use a combination of Aromatherapy including some of the following, Patchouli, frankincense, clary sage, sandalwood, juniper and Vetiver, along with the crystals, lymphatic drainage, a pendulum and crystals to improve all of your energy functions, but to also help you choose what you might want to do for self care.

Your Third Eye Chakra

Finding a therapist that can help you balance all of your chakras, and especially your 3rd eye will give you more energy, inspiration, peace and success, as well as helping with eye troubles, migraines, sinuitis and more.

Are you Heard when You talk? Is your Throat Chakra to blame?

Chakra Balancing

When you have a block in your throat chakra you may notice that you are having trouble expressing your thoughts and feelings, you say things and no one listens, or you don’t say anything at all because you are afraid of the results. In general you will have trouble expressing emotions, and may have a deep fear of being exposed. Or find it hard to stay true to yourself and what you know is right and true.

Known as Soul’s Gate Chakra, it is the first of the spiritual chakra’s and controls communication between your heart and your head.

Or you might have trouble seeking out success for yourself, this can tie into feeling unworthy, or lacking confidence.

Physical signs include frozen shoulder, trouble swallowing, swollen lymph nodes, or problems with your thyroid and parathyroid.

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Healing Crystals for the Throat Chakra include:

Lapis Lazuli – pictured above is the stone of friendship and truth as well as boosting awareness and stimulating good judgement, problem solving and wisdom.

Blue Apatite- is a great stone to enhance your personal power and help you achieve your goals, it is also the stone of manifestion and helps with concentration and memory.

Aquamarine- is a stone of course, but also is calming and soothing. During communications it helps with negotiation and compromise. It also helps diminish quarrels among lovers.

Turquoise – Communication is enhanced when you where this stone and it is helpful with leadership and personal protection.

Wearing a necklace of any of these stones, or placing them on your pillow at night, or your throat during mediation will help balance and strengthen your ability to communicate as well as enhance your intuition centre’s and your feelings of personal power.

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Essential Oils

Aromatherapy is an essential tool for balancing the chakra’s as essential oils work with the vibrational energy of our body and our energy centre’s to enhance and empower our energy, or to tame it down if that is necessary (usually in the Solar Plexus).

Citrus fruits such as Bergamot, lime, lemon, grapefruit and oranges can all be used to open the Throat Chakra, helping you to speak your truth, be heard and stay true to your emotional guidance and intuition.

As always do not put essential oils right onto your skin without first putting them into a carrier oil or a lotion, and do not take them internally. Essential oils are like every other medicinal ingredient and must be treated with respect. It is much better to add a couple drops to an infuser for an hour or so every day, or to consult with a well educated Aromatherapist who can guide you through your choices.

There are a lot of companies out there that sell essential oils, but very few that have an educated staff and who source the ingredients in a thoughtful and conscious way.

Finding balance and health in the Throat Chakra is a key part of personal development, being able to vocalize your emotions, opinions, wisdom, needs and wants is a cornerstone of all other happiness.

Is an unbalanced Heart Chakra ruining your life? Fix it now!

Chakra Balancing
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How can you tell if your heart chakra is unbalanced?

As with all imbalances in your energy field there are both physical and mental signs that things are not right.

And as this energy field sits right over your heart, behind your sternum the physical signs have to do with the organs of the heart and the lungs.

You might notice high blood pressure, cold feet and hands as a result of poor circulation, cramps and sometimes immune related disorders.

Mentally you might have problems with attachment, either being overly attached, or detached, possessive, or clinging, or have an exaggerated sense of your own importance.

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Path to enlightenment-

A balanced heart chakra is important for healers as it allows us to be in tune with our clients, have empathy with them, and treat them and their problems, with becoming too attached to the concerns and the energies that our clients bring in with them.

It is also key to further enlightenment, as energy must be able to flow from here up to our intuition and crown energies.

The Healing Crystals

When meditating, or even just to keep in your pocket near your heart as you go through the day choose healing crystals that are green in colour, such is Green aventurine, Jade, Modivate, Green Peridot and emeralds.

Aromatherapy for the Heart Chakra

When looking for balance you will want to use essential oils derived from the leaves of plants, so things that remind you of green leafy plants, not flowers or stems. Good choices are peppermint, Mint, Holy Basil, and Tea Tree.

Are you an emotional mess? Balance your Sacral Chakra now, learn how.

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Your Sacral Chakra does more then just control the chaos of your emotions and material achievements, it is connected to your sense of taste, and all the fluids of your body, from lymph to saliva and urine.

It is also very deeply connected to sexual function and malfunction, procreation and childbirth.

You might know there is something amiss if you are always thirsty, your mouth is very dry, you have trouble peeing, strange periods, sexual disfunction, or are super moody.

This can also show up in lack of material success, such as trouble paying bills or keeping money in the bank.

Positioned just above the pubic region, this is where you would apply aromatherapy oils, or chakra balancing stones during meditation or treatment.

When we did our chakra balancing training, one of our team, whom I knew was undergoing treatments which could cause infertility and other issues had a completely blocked second energy centre, no one could have know that she was seeing a Dr. for that. As we went through training and in the time since we took our training she has very successfully used her chakra stones, oils and our Chakra balancing Massage to assist her medical team to keep her symptoms in check.

Healing Crystals for Sacral Chakra

As this energy centre is reflected in the vibrations of the colour orange you might correctly expect that orange crystals such as carnelian and orange quartz are the stones that you would use, and you would be correct.

By placing the crystal just above the pubic bone during meditation or massage you will be able to feel the vibration of the stone stimulate the energy of your body, and often this will also be reflected in a feeling of rest and calmness.

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Aromatherapy For Sacral Chakra

The second energy centre is reflected as you might expect in wood and stem essential oils, especially good for blends for treatment or meditation are cedar, ginger, turmeric, and juniper.

Applying blends with these essential oils (in a carrier oil) onto the skin just above the pubic area will stimulate the chakra and balance the energies.

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As your energy centres become balanced moving upward it becomes easier to also balance the energies next to them, making each treatment deeper and longer lasting.

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Solar Plexus Chakra, why do you care? (hint liver function and power)

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Balancing your Solar Plexus- How do you know if its not balanced, and why do you care?

Know Your Solar Plexus Chakra And How To Unravel Its Power
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Your chakra system controls the energy in your body, and how it flows, nourishes you, and maintains health.

Each energy centre has a different job, and different organs and body functions it supports, and your Manipura or Solar Chakra controls your power, your fertility, your consciousness and your overall balance. As well as your liver and pancreas.

Imbalance in the 3rd Chakra

Problems may show up as liver problems, acid reflex, diabetes, digestive problems, high cholesterol, and bowel disfunction, none of which is good. As well as mental stress, anxiety and uncontrolled anger. Eeeks, this seems like a lot from just one energy field, and it is.

If you are out of balance you may not see all of these flash up, but you will be increasingly suseptable to these problems, and the more out of whack you are the more your body will try and grab your attention with disfunction.

Chakra Balancing massage will help to determine if you have imbalance by using a pendulum to measure balance and energy levels. And then using aromatherapy, healing crystals, massage and lymphatic drainage to increase function and then measuring again to see if energy is flowing.

Getting a professional treatment is both relaxing and sometimes more impartial in diagnosing imbalance, and without telling your practitioner what is out of whack, they will be able to tell you what is not functioning and help restore balance.

Healing Crystals

The Solar Plexus Chakra corresponds with yellow stones such as Citrine, Tigers Eye, and Peridot are all excellent stones if you have an under active chakra, if you are over active you will want to use a green stone like Jade to cool it off.

Place the crystal on your chakra which is right below your ribs in the centre and meditate, you will feel the energy start to flow in 5 to 10 min.

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Citrine helps stimulate 3rd chakra.

Aromatherapy to Balance Solar Plexus Chakra!

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When choosing herbs for and aromatherapy for overactive Solar plexus choose green leafy sources. Spearmint, Basil, Peppermint,Cucumber and Celery all enhance the functioning of the solar plexus. If you are applying any essential oil directly to the skin, remember to dilute it in a carrier oil, such as grapeseed oil, so that it does not burn your skin.

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When choosing herbs, essential oils and aromatherapy for an under active Solar Plexus Chakra choose spices like Cardamom, black pepper and cinnamon.

10 things to know: Amazing Benefits of Seniors Massage Therapy!

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Seniors Massage Benefits- the 10 ways it helps the most.

We at Your Health Span have been working with older adults for nearly 25 years and we have seen countless ways that it improves the lives of not just our clients but also the families and friends that love and worry about the health and happiness of aging adults.

Massage for active seniors can help keep them flexible, and active improving stability and keeping the immune system functioning, as well as help with mood and anxiety.

Here are the 10 most important things to know about the benefits of Seniors Massage.

  1. Better Sleep is reported by older adults who receive weekly or biweekly massages with both the length of sleep and the quality or depth of sleep showing improvement, this results in overall health improvements as the body is able to repair itself and recover from illness during sleep.
  2. Recovery from stroke– by reducing tremors, aiding in sleep and much more.
  3. Improves balance  – Falling is a huge concern for older adults, both from a balance and a consequence perspective, as bones are more fragile, and injuries are more serious. Due to massage’s ability to keep body parts in the correct position it improves balance and reducing our chances of falling.
  4. Relieves arthritic pain – “Massage isn’t ever going to cure arthritis but by increasing blood flow to the joints it has proven benefits in pain relief for those suffering from arthritis.
  5. Reduces feelings of isolation – There is nothing like good nurturing touch to make a person feel connected.
  6. Improved immune function-One of the most well documented benefits of massage is its ability to boost our immune function, reducing healing times from illness and injuries.
  7. Improves muscle function– by loosening sore tight muscles and increasing range of motion muscles can work much more like they are meant to.
  8. Reduces pain- especially in sore tight muscles that are harder to stretch as we age.
  9. Relieves Swelling-by moving lymphatic fluid and improving overall mobility there is almost always a reduction of swelling particularly of ankles and feet.
  10. Reduces stress, anxiety and depression- Just like in younger adults Seniors massage has a positive effect on the hormones involved in stress anxiety and depression, and we notice that our clients are happier and more communicative after massage than they were before we started.