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Avocado Nutrition

July 23rd, 2016 by Alison Shaw

Avocado Nutrition

Is avocado good for your skin and if so, what makes it so amazing?

Avocado Nutrition

Avocado Nutrition

While using avocado directly on the face is a popular natural beauty treatment, many have found that just eating avocado regularly can do wonders for their complexion.

Avocados are rich in healthy fatty acids, vitamins and antioxidants that can improve your skin from the inside. There are also some wonderful avocado benefits for general health. Here are some of the top avocado nutrition benefits for your skin and health… even more reasons to eat one of nature’s healthiest foods!

  1. Antioxidant Carotenoids

Avocados are a great source of antioxidant carotenoids like alpha-carotene, beta carotene, beta-cryptoxanthin, zeaxanthin and lutein. These free-radical quenching compounds provide protection for your skin from environmental damage that leads to fine lines, wrinkles and other visible signs of aging. High amounts of carotenoids in your diet have been shown to improve skin’s density, thickness, tone and general appearance.

  1. Vitamin C

You may be surprised to know that avocado contains good amounts of vitamin C for healthy skin. As well as having strong antioxidant properties, vitamin C is needed for the creation of elastin and collagen, which bind your skin cells together and maintain their firmness and structure.

  1. Vitamin E

Vitamin E is another skin antioxidant. Vitamin E assists in preventing free radical damage from oxidizing fats in your skin cells that lead to aging skin. Research studies have also shown that vitamin E can reduce the effects of UVA and UVB radiation from excessive sun exposure on your skin. As with most things, natural is better – Vitamin E is much more beneficial for you and your skin when it’s obtained from natural sources like avocados.

  1. Moisturising effects

    Avocado tips

    Avocado tips

One of the main avocado benefits for skin comes from their high oleic acid content. This monounsaturated fatty acid maintains moisture in the epidermal layer of your skin, helping to make it soft and hydrated. An omega-9 fat, oleic acid is also involved in regenerating damaged skin cells and reducing facial redness and irritation. People who suffer from skin irritation and dryness regularly could certainly benefit from eating more avocado for skin health and moisturisation. Omega-9 fatty acids are one of the building blocks of a healthy complexion and avocados (and avocado oil), are a great source of this skin moisturising fat.

  1. Blood Pressure

Many people don’t get enough of the mineral potassium in their diet. This deficiency can lead to high blood pressure, which is in turn a significant risk factor for heart attack, stroke and kidney disease. Avocados are particularly rich in potassium, and a good food to eat to maintain normal blood pressure and lower the risk of kidney failure and heart disease. Aside from healthy blood pressure, the oleic acid and dietary fiber in avocados help normalize blood sugar levels, providing further benefits for heart health and lowering the risk of diabetes. The benefits of this area of avocado nutrition are amazing.

6.Benefits for Pregnant Women

Avocado during pregnancy

Avocado during pregnancy

Avocado is a particularly important food for women who are pregnant, and those trying to get pregnant, due to its high concentrations of folate, or folic acid. This B vitamin is needed to prevent birth defects like spina bifida and doctors advise women to get high amounts of folate both before and during pregnancy. Avocados contain around 45 mcg of folate per half a cup, which is more than any other fruit, making them a great food source for moms to be.

  1. Avocado for Constipation

Despite their creamy texture, avocados are actually a high fibre food. This fibre is great for improving digestion, encouraging regular bowel movements and to help prevent constipation. If you’ve been having problems with constipation or diarrhoea, then getting more fibre-rich foods like avocados can definitely help keep you regular.

  1. Benefits for Weight Loss

Many people would be surprised that a food so high in fat and calories would be recommended for weight loss. However, research has shown that avocado’s monounsaturated fatty acids are much more likely to be used as slow burning energy than stored as body fat. This steady energy and the feeling satiated fullness that you get from eating an avocado is one of the reasons they are so good at reducing hunger and appetite. It’s also why including more foods in your diet that are high in healthy fats and less with processed carbohydrates makes such a big difference when you want to lose weight.

  1. Cardiovascular health

Coronary heart disease is still one of the biggest killers in developed countries. Studies have shown that high consumption of pro-inflammatory processed vegetable oils are a significant risk factor in cardiovascular disease. Experts advise lowering polyunsaturated fat intake and increasing the amount of healthy monounsaturated fatty acids in your diet. Avocado is an excellent source of monounsaturated oleic acid. Research has shown this beneficial form of fat reduces dangerous LDL cholesterol in the blood at the same time as increasing the more beneficial HDL cholesterol. As well as lowering LDL cholesterol, studies have found eating avocado can also decrease high blood triglyceride levels, another common predictor of cardiovascular problems.

A diet high in avocado is good for your skin, particularly your face, in the way its fatty acids moisturize and soften your skin cells. Avocados can also help in aiding digestion, lowering the risk of heart disease and diabetes, as well as losing weight. If you need any more reason to add or increase the amount of avocado in your diet… they are delicious! Try them on their own, in a smoothie, in salads or anyway you like. Your body will thank you for it!

Day Spa Perth

June 23rd, 2016 by Alison Shaw

Day Spa Perth – Australia’s only capital city on the Indian Ocean is also the only capital city where you can enjoy a beach lifestyle, relax in

Day Spa Perth

Day Spa Perth

natural bushland, sample world-class local wines and watch an ocean sunset within just 30 minutes of the city.

As Australia’s sunniest state capital, it is extremely easy to lead an outdoor lifestyle: cruise down Swan River; stroll through historic Fremantle; swim in Rottnest Island’s bays; enjoy a sunset drink on the beach. With so much to do outdoors, it is important not to forget to pamper your body after a long day of walking, swimming and dining.

This beautiful city has plenty to offer in terms of pampering treatments. Here are our top day spa treatments in Perth.

Our top day spa Perth treatments

  1. Hot stone massage

Hot stone massage is a specialty massage where the therapist uses smooth, heated stones as an extension of their own hands, or by placing them on the body.

Enjoy the sensation of smooth, heated volcanic lava stones and hands as they glide over your body in a sequence of long, slow strokes. The heat from the stones penetrate deep within specific areas, relieving aches and muscle tension. This beautiful treatment is ideal for promoting detoxification, improving circulation as well as alleviating anxiety.

Hot stone massage can be enjoyed all year round; however it is a definite favourite during the cool winter months.

  1. Pregnancy and baby moon packages

    Perth massage

    Perth massage

Nurture yourself and celebrate this wonderful time of your life. It is crucial to allow yourself to relax during this period of extreme physical stress on your body.

A pregnancy massage, performed by a trained female therapist, comfortably and effectively reduces postural discomfort, and enhances the physiological and emotional well being of mums-to-be. Why not escape with your partner before the birth of your baby for a night or two of pampering and relaxation, with a babymoon massage indulgence for couples?

Enjoy a blissful full body massage, gentle full body exfoliation, utterly relaxing foot massage, rejuvenating face mask and beautiful Indian head massage. Perfect for couples to reconnect and enjoy some time out before bub arrives.

  1. Body wrap

This treatment begins with dry body brushing, followed by full body exfoliation. This is excellent for removing debris and dead skin cells from the body, and a warm steam towel provides a very relaxing sensation and increases blood circulation throughout the body. Your body is then wrapped with a masque rich in plant extracts, perfect for drawing out the impurities from the body and adding antioxidants to skin cells. The wrap also reshapes, softens and corrects for more toned looking skin. You will emerge feeling refreshed and utterly rejuvenated.

  1. Pedispa

It is often easy to neglect our feet – we spend all day walking around on them, keep them enclosed in shoes all the time, and promptly forget them when we sit down. It is important to treat our neglected and overworked feet to a bit of indulgence, and what better way to do so than a one hour pedispa indulgence? Deeply nourishing and hydrating, this aromatic foot ritual includes a foot soak, an exfoliating foot scrub, a foot massage and a deluxe pedicure. Surrender yourself to the decadence and bliss. Your feet will thank you for it.

  1. Sound treatment

    Perth Beauty

    Perth Beauty

Sound therapy has been used for centuries to create waves of energy that balance and calm the body, release anxiety and restore your natural equilibrium.  Ancient crystal singing bowls are one of the most powerful instruments for healing and meditation purposes. They create a range of sounds to restore the normal vibratory frequencies of the body, mind and soul, resulting in a calming, healing and balancing effect on all levels of your being. Sound therapy initiates healing processes through entraining brainwaves to synchronise with the perfect resonance of the bowls, inducing deep meditative and peaceful states and clarity of mind; it also impacts our nervous systems, engaging our relaxation reflex and inhibiting stress or pain responses.

  1. Indian head massage

Indian head massage, or Champissage (champi is the Hindi word for head massage), is a massage therapy that is based on the ancient healing system of Ayurveda. Indian head massage focuses on treating the patient using massage techniques on the face, head, neck, upper arms and shoulders.

It uses gentle massage strokes on these areas to stimulate the nerves, loosen up tight muscles, and relax superficial tissues. There are multiple benefits to receiving regular head massages, including: relieving muscle tension; improving circulation; relieving insomnia; promoting healthy hair growth; improving mental performance; stimulating the lymphatic system and alleviating stress and anxiety; and promoting a deep and lasting sense of peace and tranquility. Lie back for a healing rest as your back, shoulders, arms and head are taken on a journey to wellbeing.

  1. Scalp Mud Treatment

In this intensive rejuvenating head and hair treatment, a luxurious and moisture-rich scalp mud is massaged over your scalp and into your hair to release pressure and ease tension. The mask is left to deeply condition and nourish the scalp, and leave hair feeling silky and looking shiny. Why not combine this treatment with a full body massage and foot massage, to fully surrender to relaxation?

  1. Foot reflexology

Our feet go through a lot of stress every day. Standing, running, walking, jumping – our feet do it all, and they deserve regular pampering. In foot reflexology massage, placement of pressure is based on a system of zones and reflex areas that correspond to other parts of the body. This mixture of healing art and science is based on the premise that an energy channel encompassing twelve vital organs exists from our feet to the tops of our heads. Applying pressure unblocks this channel to restore proper health and organ function. Reflexology therefore assists the body to attain a state of balance and equilibrium.

It frees the mind from tension, stimulates circulation and awakens the body to self heal. Through the application of pressure to specific points on the soles of the feet that correspond to particular areas of the body, we awaken the body system. Stress, insomnia, digestive and hormonal imbalances can be alleviated by reflexology.

Perth is truly a city with plenty to offer: an outdoor lifestyle, beautiful sunsets, world-class wines, multiple dining opportunities, and even more accommodation options. With so many activities to choose from, do remember to take some time for yourself; relax, recharge and rejuvenate with one of the many spa treatments available, so that you can prepare yourself for the next day of exploration.

Salt Therapy

May 24th, 2016 by Alison Shaw

Salt Therapy – Have you ever been told to visit the seaside, as “the sea air will do you good”? Ever wondered whether this is true, and if

Salt Therapy

Salt Therapy

so, why sea air is so beneficial for health? The reason is that sea air is full of salt, which has incredible healing properties, one of which is its natural anti-inflammatory effect.

The anti-inflammatory effect of salt comes from its ability to draw fluid. Sea air is already moist and has less of an anti-inflammatory effect; this is where salt therapy comes into play. Salt therapy is a medically tried and tested natural therapy that has proven to help reduce congestion and inflammation of the airways and skin.

When you inhale dry salt aerosol in a salt room, the minute particles line your airways and draw out the fluid from the inflamed area. This fluid, now mixed with salt, continues to work on cleaning the airways, thereby clearing the congestion. It can be used as a treatment to complement other treatments, and is suitable for everyone, including children, pregnant women.

A Brief History Of Salt Therapy

While salt is now plentiful, until the Industrial Revolution it was difficult to come by. Salt was once so rare that it was used as currency. Sourcing salt was an expensive and dangerous operation, and salt mining was often done by slave or prison labour. In 1843, a physician working at a Polish salt mine recorded that there were very few incidents of lung and respiratory diseases in the miners. He also observed an improvement in the breathing of the salt miners.

Salt Therapy Benefits

Salt Therapy Benefits

Until 1987, underground caves and mines were the only available method of Salt Therapy.  In 1987 a new system of speleochambers, or salt rooms, was developed in Russia to replicate the environment of the salt mines. Today, millions of people visit hundreds of salt therapy facilities located throughout Europe.  Salt therapy is now gradually gaining momentum and popularity in Australia, and here we take a look at the beneficial properties of salt therapy.

Benefits of Salt Therapy

The healing nature of salt therapy stems from the healing properties of negative ions, formed as a result of the breakdown of sodium. Salt rooms are therefore full of these wonderfully beneficial negative ions as the salt is broken down. The many healing properties of negative ions include:

  1. Relieving symptoms of respiratory and sinus problems
  • Salt therapy is a natural therapy that helps relieve congestion, inflammation and allergies of the airways. When dry salt is breathed deeply into the lungs, it lines the walls of the airways and draws out any inflammation or fluid and loosens congestion for easy expulsion.
  • The minute salt particles also help to open up the airways and increase oxygen intake. Salt can also help cleanse the airways of smoke, dust, pollutants and other allergens to allow for easier and improved breathing.
  • Salt therapy also offers relief for sinus conditions such as sinusitis. When inhaled through the nose, salt coats the inner lining of the sinuses and helps relieve inflammation, congestion, pressure and allergies.
  • Furthermore, by relieving the symptoms of a respiratory or sinus condition, medication will be more effective at treating the condition, resulting in even greater relief.
  1. Aiding sleep

    History of Salt Therapy

Salt has a naturally relaxing effect on the body which helps stimulate sleep. Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, salt helps to open up the airways and nasal passages, allowing for an increased oxygen intake and helping the body to relax. By promoting abundant oxygen levels in the blood, negative ions help normalize brain function, resulting in relaxation, increased calm and better sleep.

  1. Improving skin conditions

Salt is a natural antihistamine, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory. Exposing the skin to dry salt helps to relieve irritated, dry, red, itchy and flaky skin caused by conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. Salt also helps to balance the PH levels of the skin and stimulate healthy cell rejuvenation and skin elasticity, all whilst improving the skin’s protective properties and good bacteria. After regular salt therapy, irritated skin will gradually be healed as the salt naturally cleanses the skin of bacterial infections and reduces swelling.

  1. Aiding sports recovery and improving sports performance

Salt therapy is a natural, medically proven and drug-free therapy, that aids sports recovery and helps improve sport performance. A salt therapy session after a strenuous workout session helps ease potential muscle and tendon strain so your body recovers to its peak fitness levels in as little time as possible. By cleansing the respiratory system from congestion and inflammation, athletes can inhale oxygen deeper into their lungs. This helps maximise airflow and increase oxygen delivery into the bloodstream. Salt therapy also improves sleep quality and has a relaxing effect on the nervous system, accelerating recovery.

  1. Relieving tension and easing depression

    Salt Therapy Treatments

    Salt Therapy Treatments

Negative ions calm and relax the nerves by normalising breathing rate, decreasing blood pressure and relieving tension and stress.  As you inhale dry salt,, your blood carries the negative ions to your brain and stimulates the release of a brain chemical called serotonin.  This is particularly helpful for those suffering from depression, low moods, seasonal affective disorder or winter depression due to lower levels of serotonin in the brain.  Clinical studies have shown that negative ion therapy is an effective treatment for depression and anxiety disorders and is a natural alternative to chemical antidepressants.

  1. Increasing metabolism and promoting better digestion

By stimulating the exchange of electronic substances in cell walls, negative ions help increase metabolism and ease tension in the stomach and intestines, thereby promoting the production of digestive enzymes, and enhancing digestion.

Ultimately, salt therapy can rejuvenate and revitalise all of the body’s systems and cells, promoting a stronger overall health and a sense of well-being. All you need to do is relax, and breathe.

Day Spa Hervey Bay

May 19th, 2016 by Alison Shaw

Day Spa Hervey Bay – Situated a scenic 3.5 hours’ drive north of Brisbane, Hervey Bay is one of Queensland’s best natural holiday

Day Spa Hervey Bay

Day Spa Hervey Bay

destinations offering the world’s closest humpback whale watching encounters, as well as easy access to the world’s largest sand island, Fraser Island. Hervey Bay’s safe sheltered waters make it an aquatic paradise perfect for year round swimming, diving, sailing, water sports and fishing.

Enjoy a bicycle ride along the picturesque foreshore, sample your way through the cosmopolitan cafes, and choose from a range of accommodation styles catering for all tastes and budgets. Being such a paradise destination, Hervey Bay also has a wide selection of spa treatments available to holidaymakers looking for relaxation and rejuvenation during their stay. Here we look at our top favourite spa treatments in this beautiful part of the Queensland.

Our favourite Day Spa Hervey Bay Treatments

  1. Coffee Scrub

This is definitely a treatment for the coffee aficionados out there. Imagine the delicious aroma of freshly roasted ground coffee, combined with a luscious body scrub treatment. Not only does this full-body exfoliation smell heavenly, your skin will emerge smooth as silk and fully rejuvenated. Why not incorporate the body scrub into a divine 2 hour coffee package, complete with an indulgent full body massage with warmed coffee oil, a relaxing foot reflexology massage, a nourishing coffee face mask, and a stress-busting Indian head massage?

  1. Body wrap

    Hervey Bay Day Spa

    Hervey Bay Day Spa

This treatment begins with dry body brushing with a wooden brush, followed by full body exfoliation. This is excellent for removing debris and dead skin cells from the body, and a warm steam towel provides a very relaxing sensation and increases blood circulation throughout the body. Your body is then wrapped with a clay masque containing seaweed and white tea antioxidants, perfect for drawing out the impurities from the body and adding antioxidants to skin cells.

The wrap is removed with a steamed towel and is followed by body hydrating cream, which helps to smooth and relieve skin dryness. You will emerge feeling refreshed and utterly rejuvenated.

  1. Far-infrared sauna

Infrared saunas, sometimes known as far-infrared saunas, are an effective tool for natural healing and prevention. Infrared light has the ability to penetrate human tissue, which in turn produces a host of anti-ageing health benefits, including: weight control through increasing metabolic rate; detoxification; skin purification and improving elasticity; pain relief; and lowering blood pressure. If you want to get yourself back into balance, an infrared sauna may be the ticket to achieving your wellness goals.

  1. Pre-wedding pamper packages

Pre wedding pampering is essential for everyone, not just the bride and groom, so you can all look and feel relaxed. One of our most popular packages in the Hervey Bay area is the Ripple Hens Party massage and beauty treatment. As the region has so much to offer in terms of gorgeous seaside settings for special occasions and easy access from Brisbane, Hervey Bay is a popular destination for weddings. If you’re staying for the weekend in a luxury holiday house on your wedding weekend, the last thing you’d want to do is to leave the comfort of the house to get to a clinic or spa. Of course you would prefer to savour every moment with your best friends, sipping champagne while enjoying massages and facials. Ripple can help you organise the entire pamper session, with massage and beauty treatments to suit everyone and every budget. Our mobile therapists can come to your accommodation and set everything up for you so that you can fully enjoy your time with family and friends, with all of the relaxation and none of the hassle.

Hervey Bay Massage

Hervey Bay Massage

  1. Reiki

Reiki is an ancient “hands on healing” that brings the body and mind into harmony. This Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation also promotes healing. It is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. Reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit, creating beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and wellbeing. Reiki is a simple and natural method of spiritual healing and self-improvement that everyone can use, and works in conjunction with other medical or therapeutic techniques to promote recovery.

  1. Reflexology

Discover the power of gentle touch.

Our feet go through a lot of stress every day. Standing, running, walking, jumping – our feet do it all. Practitioners of foot massage believe that overall health begins in your feet, and can offer multiple physical and psychological benefits. Foot massage can promote health and wellbeing, and is a valuable part of complementary and alternative medicine.

At Ripple, a foot reflexology massage is included in all our lush massage packages. A foot treatment begins with a peppermint and lime scented foot bath. Then, the feet are dried off and massaged in gentle but firm strokes, beginning from the tips of your toes to the heels. Using thumb pressure to deeply massage and manipulate each of the reflex points in the feet, our skilled reflexologists can stimulate the corresponding organs and glands, thereby correcting imbalances and relieving aches and pains.

  1. Hydrotherapy spa treatment

    Hervey Bay Beauty

    Hervey Bay Beauty

In this therapeutic total body wellness experience, the very latest in water therapy technology is used in a hydrotherapy spa to deliver total relaxation and rejuvenation. Whether you’re juggling work and family, recovering from a joint or muscle injury, or simply needing to unwind from the day’s stresses, spa hydrotherapy can help ease your tension.

The heat from the warm water improves circulation and speeds recovery in damaged tissue; the buoyancy achieved in the spa reduces effects of pressure on joints and spine; while the massage relieves muscle tension and alleviates stress.

Allow yourself to drift away as your hydrotherapist soothingly massages your scalp and neck while gentle mist and steam combine with essential oils to cleanse your pores, leaving your entire body feeling refreshed and recharged. A hydrotherapy session can be combined with other spa treatments such as full body exfoliation treatments, facials, or full body massage.

  1. Lymphatic drainage

The lymphatic system is our front line of defence in fighting bodily infections, detoxifying the body and transporting metabolic wastes, excess water, bacteria and toxins out of the body. A healthy lymphatic system is crucial in promoting overall wellness. Lymphatic drainage is a gentle treatment that relaxes the nervous system and aids the body’s immune system. It is highly recommended for those prone to and recovering from sore throats, colds, infections, chronic fatigue, excess fluids, low immunity, and the physically inactive.

Whether you’re here for a weekend getaway with your partner, going whale-watching with the kids, or preparing for a wedding, there is something in Hervey Bay for everyone. Lie back on the sand, inhale that salty sea air, indulge in a bit of pampering, and most importantly, relax!

Vitamin C

May 5th, 2016 by Alison Shaw

Vitamin C for skin – Overexposure to ultraviolet radiation and environmental pollutants can accelerate skin aging by degrading

Vitamin C

Vitamin C

collagen and triggering oxidative stress in the skin.

Not all is lost, however, as the anti-aging benefits of a time-honored remedy used by ancient civilizations to heal their skin can help overcome these undesirable effects. This magical ingredient is none other than vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, found in citrus fruits and some vegetables.

This Vitamin is an essential component in the body’s production of collagen, and a potent antioxidant that can help rejuvenate aged and photo-damaged skin.

A Brief History

Throughout history, this vitamin has been a staple of beauty routines, and women have always found ways to enjoy the anti-aging effects of it on their skin.

In Tibet during the Tang Dynasty, women who wanted to fight the outward signs of premature aging would rub sea buck-thorn on their face and hands. The berries of the sea buckhorn plant yield a deep-colored oil that is a major source of this vitamin.

Centuries ago, Native Americans made a vitamin C-rich paste out of rose petals to moisten and heal their skin. Rose hips, the berry-like fruits that are left behind after a rose dies, contain about 20 times more vitamin C than oranges. It is this high level of vitamin C that gives rose hips, sea buck-thorn, and other fruits their potent skin-rejuvenating powers.

Modern Uses

Modern medicine has come to realise why these herbal remedies were so trusted by ancient civilisations. Stroll through the skincare aisle in any supermarket or chemist, and you’ll soon notice there is no shortage of anti-ageing ingredients on the market.

Vitamin C is one of the standout ingredients that, whether included among a mix of ingredients, or available in a concentrated treatment, can treat multiple skin care concerns.

While oral supplementation with vitamin C is important for maintaining one’s overall health, it is not very effective at increasing skin

Vitamin C For Skin

concentrations of vitamin C because vitamin C is water-soluble, and a great deal of the vitamin C we ingest gets excreted rapidly. The most effective method for replenishing vitamin C in the skin is therefore to go straight to the source, and apply it directly to the skin.

Topical antioxidants produce much higher concentrations in the skin than nutritional supplements. Simply applying vitamin C daily for three days can achieve optimal levels in the skin.

Rejuvenating the skin by constantly replenishing vitamin C stores can therefore help maintain healthy, younger-looking skin, especially as we get older. Here we look at the main benefits of incorporating this powerhouse antioxidant into your daily skincare and beauty routine.

Benefits of Vitamin C for skin

  1. Collagen production

While this vitamin is an important nutrient for overall health, little reaches the skin when orally ingested. As levels drop in the skin decline with age, replenishing levels directly in the skin can help combat collagen degradation and oxidative stress. When applied topically, this vitamin promotes collagen formation and mitigates the effects of free radicals.

Collagen is a structural support protein that is essential for firm, youthful skin. Overall, the amount of collagen in the skin tends to decline with age, an ongoing process that is accelerated by a number of factors like sunlight, smoking, free radicals, and inflammation.

As the synthesis of new collagen slows down, topical vitamin C is one of the most effective ways to boost collagen synthesis and slow its degradation. Collagen works hand-in-hand with elastin to support the skin. Basically, it supplies the framework that provides form, firmness, and strength to the skin, while elastin is what gives skin its flexibility. Hello, firmer skin.

  1. Treating effects of ageing and sun damage

    Vitamin C for collagen production

    Vitamin C for collagen production

Research shows that topical vitamin C provides numerous beneficial effects on aged and photodamaged skin. For instance, one particular study showed that those who topically applied a formulation of ascorbic acid experienced a reduction in fine lines and wrinkles in aged skin after a relatively short time period of 12 weeks.

Another study using topical application of this vitamincream in photoaged patients also showed reduction of facial wrinkles and improvement in the appearance of photoaged skin compared with a control group. Vitamin C can also be used to treat age spots – the dark areas where UV-induced oxidation causes melanin to pool in the upper layers of the skin – and is effective in reducing the appearance of these brown spots.

  • 3. Reduce inflammation and irritation from acne

Besides its uses in photorejuvenation, vitamin C has also been shown to be of benefit in patients with acne, both helping to prevent and reduce acne lesions. The antioxidant properties of vitamin C can help your immune system eliminate or reduce inflammation by warding off free radicals. Topical application of vitamin C can also fade post-breakout red marks by improving skin’s natural healing response.

  1. Increase the effectiveness of your sunscreens and boosts your skin’s defense against UV exposure

Vitamin C limits the damage induced by ultraviolet (UV) light exposure. While vitamin C is not a sunscreen because it does not absorb light in the UVA or UVB spectrum, the antioxidant activity of vitamin C protects against UV-induced damage caused by free radicals.

  1. Improvements to general appearance

Not only is this vitamin a great natural moisturizer, it also enhances the protective barrier function of the skin. This means your skin can retain more water so it stays smoother and younger-looking for a much longer period of time. It improves firmness and elasticity, visibly tightening saggy areas, and diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

  1. Other benefits for the rest of the body

    Benefits Of Vitamin C

Besides its wonderful skin-nourishing effects, this vitamin has also been shown to have beneficial effects for the rest of the body, including: reducing the risk of getting some types of cancer; treating arthritis by reducing inflammation in joints; and reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease.

The Bottom Line

Vitamin C’s ability to stimulate collagen production does wonders for the skin. With decades of research around its benefits, vitamin C is a long-established skincare superstar that can help you achieve younger, healthier and more radiant skin.

However, it’s important to note that vitamin C forms are effective in lower concentrations, so don’t get taken in by products that claim that only higher concentrations are beneficial. Ultimately, vitamin C is a powerful ingredient in any skincare routine, and can easily be incorporated into your normal beauty program to improve the brightness, tone, and texture of your skin.

We recommend daily application, combined with a healthy and balanced diet as well as frequent hydration, for optimal results.

Call Ali today on 0438 567 906 email or book now on secure online server.

Day Spa Adelaide

May 5th, 2016 by Alison Shaw

Day Spa Adelaide – Nestled between the hills and the ocean, Adelaide is quickly becoming the lifestyle capital of Australia. Long

Day Spa Adelaide

Day Spa Adelaide

celebrated for its wine and food culture, this elegant city is undergoing a rapid transformation with a burgeoning small-bar scene, world-class festivals and amazing eco-adventures.

There is a multitude of activities for everyone here: soak up Adelaide’s colonial elegance in the spacious green parklands; sample local produce at the Adelaide Central Markets; stroll through the museums; swim with dolphins in Glenelg; relax on the beaches; explore the Barossa’s food and wine trails… and of course, unwind with one of the many spa treatments on offer. Here at Ripple we are loving the sophisticated, neat-casual vibe in Adelaide, and have gathered a selection of our favourite day spa treatments in this lovely city.

Ripple Massage and Day Spa is now open in Adelaide

Call Ali today on 0438 567 906 email or book now on secure online server.

Top treatments in Adelaide

1.Hot stone massage

Hot stone massage is a specialty massage where the therapist uses smooth, heated stones as an extension of their own hands, or by

Adelaide Day Spa

Adelaide Day Spa

placing them on the body. The heat can be both deeply relaxing and help warm up tight muscles so the therapist can work more deeply, more quickly. Hot stone massage therapy melts away tension, eases muscle stiffness, increases flexibility, increases circulation and metabolism, and provides relief from pain associated with fibromyalgia, arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome and other chronic conditions. This is one of our most popular, decadent and nurturing treatments, especially during cold Adelaide winters. Volcanic stones are used with aromatherapy oils to give you an amazing, pampering and healing massage experience.

  1. Anti-glycation Vitamin C facial

When there’s too much sugar in your system, sugar molecules attach themselves to proteins, forming new molecules called AGEs (Advanced Glycation End products). These molecules cause surrounding proteins such as collagen and elastin, which are responsible for keeping skin looking plump and youthful, to stiffen. This process is called glycation. In this anti-glycation treatment, pure Vitamin C combined with Ume Extract – a type of Japanese plum – works to inhibit the action of glycation. The Vitamin C works to firm, repair and illuminate your skin in this luxurious treatment, which results in an intense luminosity and firmness.

  1. Pedispa

Amidst the hustle and bustle of our hectic lives, it is often easy to neglect our feet – we spend all day walking around on them, keep them

Adelaide Massage

enclosed in shoes all the time, and promptly forget them when we sit down. It is only when we take time away from our busy schedules, that we remember that our feet need some love as well. A highly popular treatment, the hour-long Ripple pedispa indulgence is a wonderful way to treat your neglected and overworked feet to much-deserved pampering. Deeply nourishing and hydrating, this aromatic foot ritual includes a foot soak, an exfoliating foot scrub, a foot massage and a deluxe pedicure. Your feet will thank you for it.

  1. Microdermabrasion facial

The natural ageing process, combined with environmental factors like stress, smoking and sun exposure, all have a dramatic effect on our skin. Many of us wish for the skin of younger years and it is possible to restore it – simply with a complete facial treatment using the microdermabrasion process, to give skin back its healthy natural glow, clarify the skin, and reduce wrinkles. Using the latest technology, you can now treat yourself to a microdermabrasion treatment that is entirely crystal free, is non-invasive, and which also stimulates circulation and blood flow, thus encouraging collagen and elastin production. The process works by removing dead outer skin layers and unwanted skin cells. This is finished off with a hydrating mask and a relaxing head and neck massage. The result is smooth, fresh and super soft skin, and a wonderfully exfoliating and hydrating experience.

  1. Hydrotherapy spa treatment

Whether you’re juggling work and family, recovering from a joint or muscle injury, or simply needing to unwind from the day’s stresses, spa hydrotherapy provides both relaxation, healing effects and nourishing rejuvenation. The heat from  the warm water improves circulation and speeds recovery in damaged tissue; the buoyancy achieved in the spa reduces effects of pressure on joints and spine; while the massage relieves muscle tension and alleviates stress. In this therapeutic total body wellness experience, the very latest in water therapy technology is used in a hydrotherapy spa to deliver total relaxation and rejuvenation. Allow yourself to drift away as your hydrotherapist soothingly massages your scalp and neck while gentle mist and steam combine with essential oils to cleanse your pores, leaving your entire body feeling refreshed and recharged. A hydrotherapy session can be combined with other spa treatments such as full body exfoliation treatments, facials, or full body massage. Hydrotherapy can relax and ready muscles to receive massage and prepare the skin’s pores to better absorb ingredients that may be used during a facial or body treatment.

  1. Endermologie

    Couples Massage Adelaide Day Spa

    Couples Massage Adelaide Day Spa

Endermologie was originally developed in France in the 1980s as a treatment for scar adhesion. Endermologie was developed as an alternative method to surgery for freeing up scar tissue and releasing fascia tissue. Using state-of-the-art equipment, specialists stimulate the cells in your body in a painless, gentle and therapeutic process. Through a series of treatments you will notice a reduction in fluid retention, as well as improvements in circulation and firmness of the skin, in addition to visible smoothing out of cellulite. Apart from body shaping and eliminating cellulite, Endermologie is a powerful treatment with further reaching applications including: detoxification, increasing joint flexibility, and treating scar tissue, trauma & fibromyalgia.

  1. Couples Spa Retreat

Picture yourself on a well-deserved weekend getaway with your beloved. You’ve had a full and busy day, beginning with an early morning hot air balloon ride, followed by a scrumptious breakfast of local produce, and an afternoon spent sampling your way through the food and wine trails in the Barossa. Neither of you feel like venturing out again after such a wonderful day outdoors, and that’s just as well because you’re both soon relaxing under the expert hands of two massage therapists in the comfort of your hotel room. With Adelaide being such a popular relaxing getaway, the Ripple Ultimate Couples Spa Retreat is one of our top treatments here. For 4 hours, each of you will enjoy, at the same time, exquisite massages from Ripple’s range, a deeply relaxing foot soak and reflexology massage, face masks, body scrubs, a divine traditional Indian head massage, topped off with a beautifully gift wrapped gift box full of Ripple products for you to enjoy after your getaway. The perfect way to spend quality time with your loved one while enjoying some much needed relaxation.

  1. Green coffee body wrap

Wrap yourself in relaxation and emerge renewed, refreshed and rejuvenated, while indulging in a caffeine fix. Starting with a gentle exfoliation and body scrub, your therapist will then apply pure 100% micronized green coffee, naturally rich in chlorogenic acid. Following this you will be wrapped entirely, with your arms at your sides, and then given a soothing head massage while your body soaks up the wrap products under a heated blanket.  After the treatment, your body is allowed to cool down slowly, before a soothing lotion is applied. This toning wrap stimulates your body’s ability to break down fat, increase metabolism and eliminate water retention. Coffee smooths and enhances skin tone and texture, visibly reducing dimply areas. The ultimate result is hydrated and rejuvenated skin that feels firmer and younger – and who wouldn’t want that?

Being the food and wine capital of Australia, with a rapidly growing international art and music scene, it is no wonder that Adelaide was named Australia’s most livable city in 2011. Come and discover the city’s many offerings for yourself, and do remember to give your body the pampering it deserves while you’re here.

Call Ali today on 0438 567 906 email or book now on secure online server.

Day Spa Lismore

April 21st, 2016 by Alison Shaw

Day Spa Lismore – Tucked away in the north eastern pocket of New South Wales is Lismore, Nimbin & villages. This is an area

Day Spa Lismore

Day Spa Lismore

renowned for its extraordinary natural beauty, relaxed lifestyles and quirky charms. With its diverse range of accommodation options, along with an eclectic array of cosmopolitan dining alternatives and a wide selection of activities to suit everyone and anyone, it is no wonder that so many visitors flock to Lismore every year.

The area provides the perfect location to relax, rejuvenate and reconnect with nature, yourself and your loved ones. Amongst the myriad of alternative therapies, spa and beauty treatments available, here are our favourites.

Our Favourite Day Spa Lismore Treatments

  1. Organic green clay facial  – Skin is the largest organ on the human body, and it is often our facial skin that shows the first signs of stress, hormonal imbalances or tiredness. Facials are a fantastic way of rejuvenating and cleansing the skin and restoring hydration. The Ripple organic green clay and cucumber facial is highly popular as it uses an oil rich clay high in minerals, suitable for even the most sensitive skin, and gently cleanses congested and problematic skin. The mask also nourishes the skin with macadamia oil and shea butter, leaving you feeling utterly rejuvenated. The one hour facial includes an amazingly relaxing head and face massage to relieve any tension or stress, guaranteed to make you feel lighter and very refreshed
  2. Deep Tissue massage is a therapeutic style of massage, ideal for treating muscle tension or chronic pain. This is another popular treatment in Lismore as many prefer to combine a weekend of R & R with a session of therapeutic massage to ease any aches and pains. Your remedial massage therapist will diagnose where you need treatment and what may be causing your pain.They will perform some tests to see exactly which muscles are giving you trouble and will tailor a treatment plan to suit. The treatment itself may involve deep tissue work that might even be painful at times, but the results are definitely worth it. Conditions such as sciatica, carpal tunnel, stiff necks, headaches, sports injuries and many more can be eased with a remedial treatment.
  3. Kahuna Massage – In the Hawaiian tradition, a Kahuna is a healer. This Hawaiian-style massage is a deep and rhythmic
    Lismore Day Spa

    Lismore Day Spa

    massage which consists of long flowing, continuous strokes to energise and harmonise the body mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually. It is a sacred celebration of life that creates harmony on all levels of being and releases energy blockages to restore flow and balance. What better place than the beautiful and tranquil surrounds of Lismore, to connect with your inner self and be one with nature?

  4. Esoteric Massage is a form of energy healing that restores true movement to the body by creating the right flow of energy to the muscles and joints. Esoteric massage can help to release ill energy, which causes the body to move in a dysfunctional manner. Esoteric massage is unique and very unlike many other forms of massage, as there is no direct physical contact between the therapist and client. The therapist uses techniques to balance and remove blocks in the energy centres that are associated with physical areas in the body.  This massage is very deeply healing, aimed at providing functional support and restoring flow of movement to the body.
  5. Tui Na Massage is a branch of traditional Chinese medicine that is all about soft tissue treatment, skeletal alignment, and energy issuance. Tui Na is a complete system of medicine, giving it the ability to address both internal diseases and external injuries. Its popularity stems in part from the fact that  is the least invasive form of traditional Chinese medicine, where no herbs are prescribed and no needles are used. Tui Na can be effective in treating pain related conditions, circulatory disorders, gastrointestinal complaints, infertility issues, stress, anxiety or depression.
  6. Polarity energy healing – The Lismore and Nimbin area is renowned for its ‘alternative’ culture, and this is evident from the popularity of alternative therapies such as polarity energy balancing. This is a gentle and respectful form of deeply transformative hands on healing. This therapy restores the body’s natural intelligence and self healing ability, reactivates the full flow energy, and releases blockages on all levels, restoring full bodily function. This therapy also involves complete chakra balance and alignment, and is effective in bringing peace, acceptance and wholeness to lives filled with stress or anxiety.
  7. Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by “laying on hands” and is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one’s life force energy is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy. Reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit, creating beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and wellbeing. Reiki is a simple and natural method of spiritual healing and self-improvement that everyone can use, and works in conjunction with other medical or therapeutic techniques to promote recovery.
  8. Pedispa In our hectic lives and busy schedules, it is often easy to neglect our feet – we spend all day walking around on them, keep them enclosed in shoes all the time, and promptly forget them when we sit down. It is only when we take time away from the hustle and bustle of it all, that we remember that our feet need some love as well. It is no wonder that so many visitors to the area treat themselves to a one hour Ripple pedispa indulgence, just for those neglected and overworked feet. Deeply nourishing and hydrating, this aromatic foot ritual includes a foot soak, an exfoliating foot scrub, a foot massage and a deluxe pedicure. Your feet will thank you for it.

No visit to Lismore is complete without experiencing one of the many therapies and treatments on offer. Whether it’s getting in touch with nature, unwinding with a reiki massage, indulging in a bit of pampering for your feet and hands… You will find plenty of activities and offerings to keep you feeling zen.

Massage For Babies

April 20th, 2016 by Alison Shaw

Massage for babies – Touch is a powerful therapy, and massage has been practiced by civilisations for thousands for years, not only for

Massage For Babies

Massage For Babies

adults but for newborn babies as well. Western civilisation only recently discovered the art of infant massage, when it was used in the 1970s in South America on premature infants to promote skin-to-skin contact, so as to promote relaxation and weight gain.

Nowadays baby massage is growing in popularity, with many hospitals and therapists specialising in infant massage offering classes to new mums. The gentle art of baby massage is a simple way of bonding with a baby, and comes with a myriad of benefits to the physical and emotional well being of an infant.

What are the benefits of massage for babies?

  1. Relaxing baby, reducing fussiness and aiding sleep

When you give your baby a massage, you’re actually stimulating their central nervous system, which sets off a chain reaction: it makes the brain produce more serotonin, a feel-good chemical, and less cortisol, a hormone that is secreted in response to stress. As a result, your baby’s heart rate and breathing slow down, and the baby becomes more relaxed. This will help reduce crying and fussiness, and by inducing a more relaxed state, can help get your baby to sleep better.

  1. Physical benefits for babies

Studies have shown that massage stimulates healthy development of different body systems, such as aiding digestion, improving circulation, and even boosting the immune system. Regular massage can alleviate constipation and colic, thereby soothing the baby and reducing pain and fussiness. Massage also promotes weight gain, enhances development by encouraging movement and coordination.

  1. Emotional benefits

    Baby Massage

    Baby Massage

Affectionate touch and rhythmic movement are among the most powerful forms of communication between babies and their parents, so they’re great ways for you to bond with your baby. Massage allows you to get to know your baby better by learning to read and respond to the many different signals. The time spent during massage allows you to bond with your baby, and helps to develop a feeling of trust and security.

  1. Benefits for parents

The time you set aside for a massage can be your special time with your baby. As you massage your baby, it comes naturally to chat, hum or sing to bub, and you may find that this lifts your mood and helps you to feel more empowered as a parent. This can be especially helpful for mums with postnatal depression, or who are at risk of depression, as the interaction during a massage session can soothe the baby, reduce stressful crying episodes and aid in learning to respond better to bub’s needs, thereby increasing confidence as a new parent.

Baby massage can also be a great way for dads to bond with the baby. Some dads may miss out on a lot of the hands-on care for babies, especially if their baby is breastfed, or if they are at work most of the time. A regular massage routine with dad can help with baby and dad bonding, as well as help to relax dad if he is feeling stressed.

  1. Benefits for premature babies

Skin to skin contact is beneficial to all babies, but especially for premature infants. Massage takes skin-to-skin contact to a different level, and has proven to lead to multiple benefits such as improved weight gain by stimulating the vagus nerve which improves digestion and bowel movement; stabilising the heart rate; resulting in calmer responses to stress and pain; and more stable brain activity and development. Studies have shown that massaged premature babies tend to be well enough to go home sooner than babies who aren’t massaged.

How to do baby massage

How To Do Baby Massage

How To Do Baby Massage

With so many benefits, how do you start, and do you need to take bub to a specially trained therapist? Baby massage is as simple as gently and rhythmically stroking your baby’s body with your hands, and there is no need to call in a therapist.

All you need is 10 to 15 minutes. Pick a time when you’re relaxed and your baby is quiet but alert. If you try to massage a fussy baby, you may overstimulate him and make him even more unhappy. Try to pick a time when your baby is between feeds. Then he won’t be too hungry or too full. If your baby is quietly alert and interested in his environment, it means he’ll be ready to interact with you. A massage before bedtime will help your baby to wind down after the stimulation of the day and become calm, ready for sleep.

Before you begin, make sure the room is warm and quiet. As this is a special time for you and your baby, make sure there aren’t any distractions in the room. Take off any jewelry that could get in the way, and undress bub. Some people prefer not to fully undress their baby for a massage particularly if it is cool, and some babies prefer not to be fully undressed, however babies will still enjoy a massage of some of their body – perhaps just their feet, chest, arms and head.

Lay bub facing up on a soft towel or blanket, with a pillow under his head. Grab some oil – we recommend vegetable oils that are high in

Infant Massage Techniques

Infant Massage Techniques

linoleic acid, such as safflower oil, which are kinder to your baby’s skin than oils high in oleic acid, such as olive oil. Begin by holding his hands and gently rubbing his palms with your thumbs a few times. When he seems tuned in to you, use gentle strokes, starting with your baby’s legs and working your way up his tummy, chest, cheeks and forehead. Keep going for as long as your baby seems to be enjoying it.

As part of the massage routine, you can talk softly, hum or sing to your baby, which will make it more reassuring for bub as well as helping with the bonding process. Try to follow a routine pattern during the massage, as bub will find it comforting to know what’s coming next. There is no single right way to do a massage; reading your baby’s cues is the most important aspect of baby massage, as your baby will tell you when the massage needs to end and which strokes he likes or dislikes. No matter the length or pattern of massage, the key thing is that you both enjoy the process, which will allow you and your baby to reap the many benefits that infant massage offers.

How To Do Yoga

March 26th, 2016 by Alison Shaw

How to do yoga – Yoga has a long and rich history, with many patches of obscurity and uncertainty due to the secretive nature of its teachings. Early

How to do yoga

How to do yoga

writings on yoga were transcribed on palm leaves that were easily damaged or lost. However, what we do know that the development of yoga can be traced back to over 5000 years ago, although some researchers believe the practice of yoga may date back over 10,000 years.

Since its beginnings in Northern India, yoga has developed into a practice with millions of followers all over the world. For the beginner, yoga might seem a bit daunting at the start. Firstly, the vocabulary can be difficult – as pretty as Sanskrit is to look at, many of the words can make the unpractised eye glaze over (try reading the words pashchimottanasana and paravairagya quickly). Also, even common practices may require a bit of an explanation – for example, in the nasal wash or jalaneti: “You want me to rinse saline water from one nostril to another?” Then there are the poses, some of which look too challenging to be probable. And of course, there are questions like what to wear, what to bring, and how to prepare for class. Here at Ripple, we want to make it easy for you to begin your yoga journey, so here are our top tips that will nourish the joys of yoga for a long time.

Yoga Tips

How to do yoga

  1. What to wear

This may seem like a silly question, but it’s definitely one of the most popular. Yoga is best done in clothes you feel comfortable in. There are many different styles of yoga pants and tops, but you don’t have to buy anything special. Any comfortable exercise pants of shorts will do, and fitted (not baggy) tops work best. Basically, wear something that allows freedom of movement in the arms, shoulders and legs. Yoga is often done barefoot, so you don’t even have to worry about shoes.

Yoga Clothing

Yoga Clothing

  1. What to bring

If you’re headed to your very first class, don’t worry about buying a mat if you don’t have one. Most yoga studios have mats available for rent. When you decide to keep going to class, or once you feel ready to practice at home, investing in your own mat is a good idea.

Do bring a water bottle so that you can have a drink after class; this is especially important if you are doing hot yoga (bikram yoga). A hand towel is also a good thing to have. As for props, most studios provide blocks and straps, so it’s not necessary for you to have your own at first.

  1. Before a yoga session

It’s best not to eat a heavy meal right before a session. You don’t want to feel too bloated or full when moving through the various poses. A light snack an hour or two before class is fine.

Plan to arrive a few minutes before class so you can get pick a spot to set up and ask any questions you might have. If you’re new to yoga, it’s good to pick a spot in the middle or toward the back, where you can see the teacher and also glance around at others around you. Arriving early also gives you time to warm-up or prepare yourself mentally for the class.

  1. Pick a class that fits your goals

    Yoga class

    Yoga class

Do a bit of research and find a class with a description that aligns with your goals. For example, if you prefer something more athletic and want to sweat, try hot yoga, or look for words like “power flow” and “strong” in the class description. If you want to chill out, find a “restorative” or “gentle flow” class.

  1. Ease into it

Like learning to play the piano or preparing for a marathon, yoga takes time and dedication. You don’t have to start out super flexible in order to do yoga. Take it slowly and go easy on yourself; don’t judge yourself based on what someone is doing next to you. In fact, you’ll find that with regular practice comes increased flexibility, both physically, mentally and spiritually.

  1. Focus on your breath

It is important to understand the critical role that the breath plays in yoga. Instead of rushing into a pose or pushing yourself too hard, allow your breath to be your guide, and pace yourself so that you don’t find yourself short of breath. Breathing is also a powerful tool for managing stress, and you’ll find that even just five minutes of breath awareness can recharge your mind. It’s worth incorporating breathing awareness into your daily life, not just in the practice of yoga.

  1. Balance the postures with relaxation/meditation

    Yoga Balance

    Yoga Balance

Yoga is not just about asana practice or poses. Don’t neglect relaxation or meditation, as it will help you feel better, both physically and mentally. A balanced combination of asana practice and meditation will create inner strength and equilibrium.

  1. Respect your body

Defer to your own judgement about what you can and cannot do. Instead of forcing your body beyond its current abilities, focus your energy on poses or movements that make you feel great. There is no hurry to get into any specific pose, and acknowledge that not every pose will happen on every day. Listen to your body, and respect what it tells you about how to do yoga techniques.

  1. Ask questions and be open to advice

If you don’t understand something, be it about yoga etiquette, or physical poses, it’s always good to ask the teacher, or more practiced yoga students. And when a teacher offers you an adjustment in a pose, they are not picking on you, but rather giving you an opportunity to evolve your practice and experience the pose in a different way.

Finally, now that you’re armed with our top tips on how to do yoga, go out there and try it. Celebrate the fact that you have the courage to try something out of your comfort zone. Most importantly, enjoy yourself, and relax. You’ve got this.

Hunter Valley Massage

March 26th, 2016 by Alison Shaw

Situated a mere three-hour drive from Sydney, the Hunter Valley is where all things delicious and fine meet to create a divine experience.

Hunter Valley Massage

Hunter Valley Massage

Some of Australia’s finest wines are produced in the region, which has a very rich history of viticulture. Australia’s most visited wine region is renowned not only for its more than 150 wineries, however, but also for being the perfect getaway.

From fine wine and gourmet food, to beautiful accommodation with spectacular views, a Hunter Valley escape offers a wide range of activities to suit everyone, whether you’re an avid golfer, a lover of wine, or someone who simply believes in enjoying life.

Massage is a big part of the relaxation experience and our mobile Hunter Valley massage service brings the pampering to you.

Here are some of our favourite massage treatments you can find in various spas in the Hunter Valley.

Hunter Valley Massage Suggestions

  1. Moor Mud Wrap

    Green Clay Facial

    Green Clay Facial

Moor mud, also known as therapeutic peat moss, consists of the organic residue of herbs, flowers and grasses, and contains virtually no clay. Moor mud is very popular in skin care because is has an uncanny ability to heal, nourish and detoxify. It can cleanse skin of impurities, improves circulation and even aid in pain treatment.

In a moor mud wrap, warm peat is applied to a specific area or the whole body, then wrapped in a thermal blanket and left on for about 20 minutes. After rinsing and relaxing in a dry blanket, the skin feels noticeably moisturized and rejuvenated. Such a simple treatment that leaves you looking and feeling absolutely wonderful.

  1. Health Retreats

The Hunter Valley is the perfect backdrop in which to unwind and relax. Imagine our delight to discover that besides all the other activities available here, you can even take part in health retreats that can guide you in a fitness and wellness program.

A typical day in the program starts with a sunrise session of tai chi, followed by a gentle stretching class and a wide range of workshops, spa treatments and activities, all accompanied by healthy delicious meals throughout the day. A beautiful way to connect mind, body and spirit.

  1. Ultimate Hot Stone Indulgence

    Hunter Valley Massages

    Hunter Valley Massages

Autumn means longer, cooler evenings, an excuse to sit in front of an open fire, and the ideal time for a hot stone massage. In this form of massage therapy, warm, aromatic oils and hot volcanic stones are used to heal and energise. Ripple’s Hunter Valley Massage ultimate four hour indulgence package includes two massages (of your choice from our extensive selection) which will take you to a place of bliss like no other.

But wait, there’s more… You’ll also receive a foot reflexology massage to dissolve tension in your entire body; a warm foot soak and scrub to revitalize you; total head care, with two (yes, two) face masks – one a cleansing mud and green clay mask, then a second more replenishing collagen face mask to completely invigorate your face – as well a face massage and a traditional Indian head massage; a full body exfoliation; and, to top it all off, a beautifully wrapped box of Ripple goodies for you to enjoy at home.

  1. Infrared Sauna

As much as we love a good lie-down under the sun, there are now far safer ways of getting a healthy glow. Relaxing for just 30 minutes in an infrared sauna provides a deep penetrating heat that flushes out toxins in your body, increases circulation and metabolism, decreases blood pressure and rejuvenates the skin.

You’ll emerge with a pleasant feeling of relaxation, with your skin glowing from such a thorough cleanse.

  1. Hens’ Spa Parties

    Massages in the Hunter Valley

    Massages in the Hunter Valley

With such a luxurious selection of accommodation, the Hunter Valley leaves you spoilt for choice when hosting a hen’s party or girls’ weekend.

Ripple can help make your special occasion stress-free and smooth-running, as we can do all the planning for you. Whether you’re looking for mini treatments for thirty ladies, or longer pamper sessions for smaller groups, we will make you all feel relaxed, rejuvenated and utterly spoilt.

  1. Saltwater Spa

Most of us are familiar with chlorinated hot tubs. However, here at Ripple Hunter Valley massage we do enjoy a good saltwater spa treatment. Salt water has a natural softening effect on skin, and you don’t need to worry about your skin drying out after a long spa session. The combination of heat and salt water can also be a wonderful way to relieve tension and reduce swelling – the perfect relaxation after a full day spent strolling through vineyards and craft markets.

So those are our favourite massage and day spa treatments in the Hunter Valley. We know that it can be difficult to try to fit everything into your stay: what with the long list of must-visit wineries, multitudes of excellent restaurants to dine at, world-class gold courses to try out, art galleries to stroll through and historic sites to see, it can be easy to exhaust yourself by trying to pack too much into each day.

We trust our tips will help you to take some time to unwind and relax at the end of a long day, if only so that you can feel rejuvenated for the next day of excitement!