Monday, 15 August 2011 09:02

De-Stress | Ahhh...Treatments for Relaxation

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August 15, 2011

It's already August and my stress level is through the roof. Car problems, the boss that constantly micromanages me, the new rip in my favorite pair of jeans . . . what’s a Made Woman to do? I think we all deserve some pampering, so I’ve racked my brain for some great relaxation treatments that will not only relieve stress, but may make you even more beautiful in the process.

Smells like heaven…

Aromatherapy massages use essential oils derived from plants to affect your mood and alleviate pain. Massage therapists choose oils based on your body’s needs (stress relief, alleviation of sore muscles), and encourage you to breathe in sweet scents like peppermint that open your airways and clear your sinuses. I received an amazing aromatherapy massage from Illusions Spa in Manhattan Beach recently, and I left with glowing skin and a relaxed state of mind. I highly recommend them for all your pampering needs!

Get Dirty to Detox...

Who knew it was still socially acceptable to play with mud past the age of 5?? Mud baths, such as the red clay pool at Glenn Ivy Hot Springs Spa, contain minerals and vitamins that purify your skin by absorbing impurities, releasing waste, and tightening the skin. Besides, what could be more relaxing than wading around in clay all day? We definitely had it right when we were kids!

Headache, be gone!

This has absolutely no measurable effect on your beauty but it is one of the most relaxing things I've tried in the past few months. I first saw the Head Massager on the Wendy Williams show. Kelly Ripa brought it on and was so enthusiastic about it (not that I’ve ever seen Kelly Ripa unenthused) that I had to try it. These massagers, such as The Happy Company’s Head Trip Therapeutic Massager found on, stimulate acupressure points on your head that bring you to a point of pure relaxation. Seriously! Try it out if you don’t believe me, but I promise it won’t disappoint.

Take a deep breath, relax, and pamper yourself. Remember, stress causes wrinkles, and wrinkles aren’t becoming on anyone…

Last modified on Wednesday, 17 August 2011 21:21


Beth Livesay resides in Laguna Hills, California. She works as a Senior Editor for Nails Magazine. Her work as an editor has been acknowledged by The Los Angeles Times and The Storque (the official blog of Etsy).  In addition to Beth’s work as an editor, she has contributed to several web and print publications including Romantic Homes, Altered Couture, Where Women Create, and Brides You can learn more about her through her blog, Couture Over Coffee.

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