Now a days, everyone is always busy and making time for ourselves feels like extra work rather than joy. Self care it is crucial for our well-being. Therefore, when we do not take care of ourselves, its when we either get sick or develop cramps or pains.
In a western society, going to the doctor and getting a prescription, it is always the first step. When in medical concerning is the right path, seen a physician it is a most. However, after either having the certainty or diagnosis or a muscle spasm or inflammation. Natural medicine should be part of your routine.
I have recently found out I have plantar fasciitis and that physical therapy is part of the healing process. Since I work with natural products, using my palo santo balm was a no brainer. While it does help with some of the inflammation, it felt like I needed an extra step for a long term relief. After consult with a holistic physical therapist, using the gua sha massage seem like the right thing to so.
What is Palo Santo?
Palo Santo (Bursera Graveolens) is a mystical tree that grows on the coast of South America and is related to Frankincense, Myrrh and Copal. In Spanish, the name literally means “Holy Wood”. It is part of the citrus family and has sweet notes of pine, mint and lemon. Lately, has made a come back for it's mood up lifter and anti inflammatory techniques.
What is Gua Sha?
Gua Sha is use to treat muscle pain and can break down scar tissue. This has being use on athlethes and olimpians. This scrapping techniques it is becoming popular as a natural way to treat this type of problems like plantar fasciitis, tendonitis, TMJ, Tarsal Tunnel and more.
Here is a quick demonstration how to use this technique.