Have you ever wondered why we need salt? Apart from the fact that it tastes good, it also helps the functioning of our cells. The problem is that there is table salt (an extract of sea salt) and THEN there is sea salt! Table salt is made up of two minerals, Sodium and Chloride – the two major components of salt. However it does not contain the 82 minerals that are found in Celtic or Himalayan salt. Our body needs all the minerals and trace elements to function well.
We lose about 2.5 litres of water a day and this needs to be replaced. However some people find that drinking that amount of water means they either get fluid retention or they are often in the loo. Water is absorbed and retained better when you put a crystal or two of Celtic or Himalayan salt on the tongue first, let it dissolve in your mouth, before you drink a glass of water.
What does this have to do with being a massage therapist? Many years ago I had a client visit me who was struggling to walk up hills and climb ladders. When I massaged their legs, I found lots of little tight knots, especially in their calf muscles. I asked if they include salt in their diet and found out that they only occasionally used table salt. So I suggested they start having Himalayan or Celtic salt daily (up to ½ teaspoon) and drink more water. After 2-3 slow, deep massages on their legs to release all the knots, and increasing their salt intake, they experienced considerable relief.
Take a look at the links below for more information about salt and water.
Note: If you are not sure about using salt – please check with a qualified naturopath.
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Beginner's Massage Course
My next Beginners Massage course will be held over the weekend 29/30th June.
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Intermediate Massage Course
If you have already attended my Beginner's Massage course and want to carry on with your training, then this course will take you up to the next level in massage skills and knowledge about the body. The course dates are 15/16th June. The cost for the weekend course is $350, and there is an EARLY BIRD price of $300 if it is paid 10 days in advance of the start day. You can also join us on the Chi Kung for Bodyworkers course held on the Friday night for FREE. If you want to attend this course, click here to enrol.
Please note: I only run the Intermediate Massage course a couple of times a year.
Chi Kung for Bodyworkers
If you want to learn how to use energy when you are working with a client, I am running an evening class on Friday the 14th June 6.30 - 8.30 p.m. I will teach you the ancient chi kung technique of Bone Breathing (which cleans and boosts your energy) and Bone Packing (which is used when working with clients). This class costs $100 but is free for anyone attending the Intermediate Massage class. There is also an opportunity to practice from 9-9.45 am on the 15/16 June. You will also receive a Bone Breathing recording to use when you are at home. To book in, click here and complete the form on my website
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. If you know if anyone else wanting to attend a wonderful relaxing weekend, learning massage, please pass this email on.
Take time out for yourself
This one day workshop on Saturday the 20th October focuses on pampering you!
The workshop covers:
* The gentle stretches to release physical tension
* The Inner Smile Meditation
* The Microcosmic Orbit
* The 6 Healing Sounds
* Restorative Chi kung.
There may be some women who cannot do a long day due to family commitments, so there are two options for the course:-
a) 9 am - 5 p.m. with a shared lunch $100 (you won't get to do the Restorative Chi Kung/Six Healing Sounds in the evening)
b) 9 am - 9 pm with shared lunch and dinner $150 which includes the Restorative Chi Kung and Six Healing Sounds.
If you book 1 week in advance you can take $25 off the price and if you bring an extra full paying person you can take a further $25 off the price.
Date: Saturday the 20th October 2018
Venue: Nelson (address to be advised)
Bring: Comfortable clothes and food for shared meals
Take a look at my courses coming up over the next few months....
Elayne Lane is an instructor of the Universal Healing Tao. She has been teaching and doing bodywork in excess of 14 years.