Wellness

The Wonders of Epsom Salt Baths

We've been giving epsom salts out like hot cakes! If you've been in for a massage lately, you've probably left with two cups of epsom salts with directions from one of our RMT's to take a bath with them.

Here's why:

Magnesium is a primary component of Epsom salt. It is a mineral that the body needs and, unlike other minerals, it can be absorbed through the skin as you soak in the bath. Magnesium plays an important role in the absorption of vitamins in the body. It also helps regulate muscle and nerve function. All of these effects significantly influence muscle soreness, which also affects muscle stiffness.When the body is put at ease our nervous systems switch from "fight or flight" to a state of "rest and digest" where cellular recovery takes place.

According to Dr. Oz,  you're likely to have a deficiency if any of the following apply to you:

  • Prolonged periods of stress
  • High intake of fat or calcium in the diet
  • Certain allergic or inflammatory bowel diseases like celiac disease or Crohn’s disease
  • Kidney problems
  • Thyroid issues
  • Advanced age
  • Overconsumption of alcohol
  • Diabetes
  • Severe burns
  • Certain antibiotics, diuretics and reflux medications

Tom Malterre MS and Certified Nutritionist from Bastyr University, states in his newest book, The Elimination Diet, that a  twenty minute soak 2-3 days a week can relieve:

  • Anxiety
  • Muscle Tension
  • Fatigue
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia
  • Joint Pain
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  • Racing Thoughts

For centuries, Epsom salt baths have been used therapeutically and many who are dealing with magnesium deficiency notice an improvement in symptoms when they soak in the mineral-rich water.

The beauty of the Epsom salt bath is that even if you don't have a magnesium deficiency, the wonders of taking a few minutes to yourself to unwind is a boon to your overall health.

Happy soaking...

"There are few short-cuts to happiness... DANCE is one of them!"

Come join us for a West African Dance Workshop with Lynn Weaver (Artistic Director) of Moon Dance Arts located in Shawnigan Lake.Lynn has been dancing all her life and loves sharing her passion for dance. She is an educator, performer, director, and advocate of human potential.

Her training includes Decidedly Jazz Danceworks, University of Calgary, and studying with master dancers of Les Ballet Africains, Percussion de Guinea, and Ballet Saamato. She has studied extensively across a range of disciplines, specialising in Cultural Dance, specifically West African Dance and Drumming. Her recent choreography and performance work includes Tribe of One, Coco Jafro, and the Art House Collective. Lynn owns and operates MoonDance Dynamic Arts School, and is Chair of Matoto Multicultural Arts Society. She reaches broad audiences to share the Arts and cross-cultural understanding. She collaborates regularly with Power of Hope, Canada World Youth, Cowichan Intercultural Society, and other leadership groups on Vancouver Island and abroad. Lynn is co-founder of Inspire! Shawnigan: Arts, Culture, and Heritage Society.

February 1, 2015 , 2pm @ The Solace Centre $20 Please pre register email:  sheilacarrollrmt@gmail.com