Well, well, well, January. It looks like you’ve been officially dubbed our month to blog about alllll the feels, haven’t you? (Am I talking to a month? I am). But honestly. What better time? We’re still just post holidays, it’s still snowing out (I mean it’s literally snowing out right. now.), and, we have still technically just begun a new year, to boot. It’s as good a time as any, for a little introspection and some good self-check-ins…and self-care!
Earlier this month we introduced you to the concept of body memory, discussing the mind-body connection and the sometimes unexpected emotional release that massage can bring about. Fascinating stuff, and if you’ve not yet read that post, check it out.
But let’s take a step back from the discussion of specific instances of emotional release and get into a more overarching topic, of the feelings that this time of year can stir up. It’s a well-recognized fact that for many of us, winter in general can bring about emotions, and not all of them so enjoyable. Cabin fever is real, and so is S.A.D. – Seasonal Affective Disorder. Perhaps you have experienced the symptoms of these diagnoses. Or, for some of you, perhaps it’s less serious than that, but you nonetheless feel a pervading sense of anxiety or stress or gloom, during these long stretches of mostly cold and mostly gray days.
For those of you who might be interested in an easy, quick, and uplifting mood booster, here are our essential oil suggestions for you, this month:
Geranium oil: This essential oil has been in use for a range of ailments dating all the way back to the ancient Egyptians. One of its more known applications is as a mood lifter and depression fighter. It’s drawn from the entire geranium plant – stems, leaves, and blossoms – and its slightly sweet scent is found to be calming and pleasant.
Grapefruit oil: Like most citrus oils, grapefruit essential oil is wonderful for encouraging those good vibes! It’s extracted from the fruit’s peel. Its fresh and zinging scent promotes feelings of vitality and will uplift your spirits.
Here are a few ideas on how to utilize these oils separately, and together:
- Place one drop of Geranium oil in the palm of one hand, and then rub your hands together. Once you have rubbed the oil in, cup your hands over your nose and mouth and breathe in deeply and slowly. Repeat a few times and you will likely find it to have a calming and grounding effect on your emotions.
- Try rubbing a few drops of Grapefruit oil first on your hand and then, on the back of your neck, to stimulate circulation and bring an enhanced sense of alertness.
- Try both of these techniques together! Or, try a drop of each in a bath or in your diffuser. The combined scent is lovely and packs a mood boosting, one-two punch.
And finally, if winter is getting you down, please don’t hesitate to discuss it with your therapist at the beginning of your next Urban Massage. We may be able to employ these oils during your session, helping you to leave our space a little happier than when you walked in our doors!