Essential oils have become more and more popular over the years for their amazing benefits to
the body; but what are essential oils? An essential oil is a natural oil obtained by distillation and
having the fragrance of the source it was derived from. In other words, they are oils extracted
from plants with unique aromatic mixes that give the oil its essence. Each essence has a different
positive effect on the body, making each singular oil beneficial in its own way.


Now that we know what exactly an essential oil is, how do they work? Essential oils are typically
used in aromatherapy, the inhaling of essential oils, or topically. When applied topically, the
body absorbs the plant oils. Inhaling and absorbing the oils can reduce inflammation, boost
immunity, aid in digestion, and stimulate “areas of your limbic system, which is a part of your
brain that plays a role in emotions, behaviors…and long-term memory.” 1 There are many
essential oils, but here are a few you should know.


Cypress
This essential oil is commonly used as an antiseptic, aiding in healing wounds and infections.
Because of its antispasmodic properties (relieving muscle spasms), cypress oil is often used to
treat cramps and muscle pulls. It is also a diuretic, making quick use of flushing out any toxins
the body is holding.


Marjoram
This woodsy oil attacks many types of pain and works to reduce pain, inflammation, headaches,
fevers, and colds. Similar to cypress oil, it can work as an antiseptic, but it amazingly is also
antiviral. Marjoram is also antibacterial and aggressively kills bacteria, so keep a bottle in the
medicine cabinet!


Frankincense
Not only does Frankincense produce a strong and spicy smell, but it works as an anti-
inflammatory, which can decrease muscle and joint swelling. Frankincense contains boswellic
acids, obtained from the Boswellia tree, which “may be as effective as non-steroidal anti-
inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) — with fewer negative side effects.” 2 Traditional medicine has
also used Frankincense for centuries with help treating asthma.


Lemongrass
This light scent packs a punch with properties of analgesics, or pain relievers. Lemongrass works
as anti-inflammatory, but also inhibits “bad” bacteria growth in and on the body. This oil can
boost your mood, giving you confidence, hope, and mental strength. It also has properties of an
astringent, which drastically stops blood flow by constricting blood vessels. Keep lemongrass
around for any scrapes!

Peppermint
This essential oil is a favorite of those with conditions causing nausea. Peppermint oil acts fast to
relieve nausea and vomiting. It also helps reduce IBS symptoms, calming down bloating, gas,
cramping, and stomach pain. It can also aid in cognitive performance. Has anyone ever told you
they focus better when chewing gum? Thanks to peppermint, it increases arousal and attention,
helping you focus on your task.

1 Rajmohan, J., Mohandas, E. “The Limbic System.” Retrieved from:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2917081/
2 Basch, E. and co. “Boswellia: an evidence based systematic review.” Retrieved from:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15829470

Written and sourced by Amber Mercer, 2020

If you’ve ever experienced a migraine you know how debilitating they can be, causing severe throbbing pain or a pulsing sensation, usually on one side of the head. It’s often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to light and sound. Migraine attacks can last for hours to days, and the pain can be so severe that it interferes with your daily activities.

You might feel as though you’ve tried everything you can to relieve the pain you feel during your migraine episodes, but have you ever incorporated massages in between migraines to help alleviate some of the discomfort that comes with migraines?

At Heal. in Altamonte Springs, we use different natural and holistic modalities to treat all types of pain and stress. The most common treatment for migraines at Heal. would be through massage therapy.

So what exactly does massage do for headaches/migraines? How would you be able to benefit from receiving massage? To give you a better idea, listed below are a few benefits you can expect to gain from massage therapy:

  • Reduced headache intensity
  • Reduced pain
  • Decreased medication usage (over time)
  • Less tension
  • Reduced duration and frequency of headaches
  • Better sleep

Not only is a massage a great stress-relieving, pain-alleviating treatment, people find tremendous relief from headache problems even after one session. In fact, with focus on the muscles and points of the body connected to headaches, migraine sufferers who receive regular massage experience fewer migraines and sleep better during the week of their massages.

There are specific techniques that your massage therapist will incorporate into your session if the goal is to, over-time, reduce the pain/duration frequency of migraines.

Here’s a little bit of how a massage might help you when there’s no where to turn when the migraines hit:

  • Massage may work by blocking pain signals
  • Massage helps circulation; increasing blood flow in some areas can help relieve pain
  • Massage relieves muscle spasms and tension
  • Massage releases serotonin, a happy chemical response in the body which can relieve migraine discomfort
  • Massage may also help decrease your overall levels of stress, aka cortisol, while increasing the feel good hormone, endorphins

Regularly scheduled massages might be what saves you from the isolating, painful and at times suffocating migraine periods that also play a big part in your overall mental and physical well-being.

If you are ready to feel lighter, calmer and reduce the impact headaches/migraines have on you, please do not hesitate to reach out to us!

All of our massage therapists and acupuncturist can help you to find the relief you need.

The best medicine is love.

If this sounds like you, feel free to give us a call at 407-300-5364 or email us at info@heal407.com with any questions you may have or to book your massage.

You are made to feel whole, healthy and well. We’re here for you!

Stress exists. If you are a living, breathing human on this planet, you will experience stress. There is no way around it. Yet, stress can show up in different ways. It can show up in healthy ways (new job, first date, travel) or not-so-healthy ways (traffic, deadlines, losses). Regardless, stress is not the easiest to navigate, largely due to the body’s natural reactions designed to keep us safe no matter the nature of the stimulus. Have you ever noticed how after you encounter a stressful circumstance, i.e. barely dodging a car accident or nearly dropping something made of value and breakable, that your bodies innate response is to take a deep breath once the potential threat has passed? Or as soon as you do something “big and significant” like giving a presentation or having a hard conversation, that once it’s over, you literally breathe a sigh of relief? Same goes for when you meet someone who is uplifting and enjoyable to be around; you might describe that person and their energy as a “breath of fresh air!” Breath not only gives life through delivering essential oxygen to the body’s cells for fuel and removing carbon dioxide, it also helps to restore the body and mind to a state of balance when stressful experiences “take our breath away!”

Fear, danger and excitement are are all digested in the same way on a physiological level. The sympathetic nervous system comse to our aid with responses that prepare us for action. Stress responses are gifts, even if they don’t necessarily feel that way while in the midst of experiencing them. Adrenaline tells the heart to speed up so that enough blood and oxygen can be pumped to the tissues, especially muscle tissue that is required to effectively move you to action. Heart rate and breathing also kick up a few notches to help supply oxygen to the brain so you have better capacity for navigating the immediate threat, whether it’s real or perceived. All these are good, right?

Well, to an extent. If the stimuli are constant and never balanced with restoration and rejuvenation, it will be a detriment to overall health down the line. Think about it, it takes a lot of energy to maintain persistent action! As we live in a world that is constantly moving and going and racing at such a fast pace, your brain and body are aware and working so hard to keep you safe and alive through all the twists, turns and detours that present themselves.

So how does this translate into your health and wellbeing? Headaches, agitation, anxiety, insomnia, neck and shoulder tension and poor digestion are all signals that your health is being affected negatively by stress.

The great news is, you have two powerful tools readily available to you during times of stress.

Breath & Massage.

When you’re stressed, your breath becomes shallow, meaning that instead of inhaling deeply (feeling your ribs and belly expand), your inhales are limited to the upper chest and neck area; the purpose being for efficiency. Your brain is always seeking out ways to accomplish tasks as efficiently as possible that breathing during stress is no exception. Overtime, your fast paced and shallow breathing can lead to overused and overstressed neck and upper chest muscles… as well as headaches, neck and shoulder tension.

Receiving massage and other bodywork such as acupuncture, Reiki, cupping and more – are of course beneficial in simply receiving, but the mots profound healing occurs when the client can consciously breathe during the session.

Breathwork during these sessions can help to cultivate deep breathing, helping to soften those previously mentioned overworked neck and shoulder muscles (as well as the rest of the body), and help to also trigger the parasympathetic nervous system (where your body can rest and digest). Think of the muscles being able to better respond to touch as if butter under a heat lamp – literally melting! This aids in better sleep, better digestion, less tension and more peace of mind after a massage using deep breath as a healing tool.

Try This Exercise! 

The positive benefits you receive from a massage can be prolonged with very simple, daily breathing practice between sessions.  

1. Get comfortable, either sitting in a chair with your feet in solid connection with the floor, or lie down on your back with your arms at your sides, palms facing up. Feel free to use a small rolled towel under the curve of your neck, as well as a pillow under your knees to create the most comfort possible. Close your eyes. 

2. Start by not changing anything about your breathing. The first step to changing anything is to notice it as it currently is. What do you notice? When you inhale, where does the breath stop before turning around to be exhaled? In the chest? The rib cage? The abdomen? This could also be a good time to notice any slight shaking, sweating, elevated heart rate, clenching in the jaw, etc. Be in tune with your nervous system responses as they are in the present moment.

3. Place both of your hands over the upper chest and clavicles. Feel the rise and fall of this area as you inhale and exhale. Do this for 3–5 rounds of breath. 

4. Next, place your hands on each side of your rib cage, palms resting on the ribs and fingertips pointing toward each other (toward the midline of your body). Notice the expansion and contraction of your rib cage, front to back and side to side. How much movement is there? Breathe normally, simply observing without judgment, for another 3–5 breaths. 

5. Place your hands over your abdomen. Notice it ebb and flow as well. Or, notice if it isn’t moving much at all. This is common, so again, no judgement. Repeat for 3–5 rounds of breath. 

6. Now, begin to choose your breath. Each time you inhale, envision drawing the breath deep into your belly, so your belly expands up into your hands. As you exhale, gently use your abdominal muscles to lightly squeeze the air back up and out of your nose. Practice this for 3–5 rounds of breath. 

7. Return your palms again to each side of your rib cage. As you inhale, expand the breath into your entire rib cage area. The ribs can expand front to back and side to side. Fill the vast space of your rib cage with life-giving air. Exhale, and use your rib cage (along with your abdominals) to gently press the air back out of your nose. Repeat for 3–5 breaths. 

8. Finally, return your hands to the upper chest and clavicle area. As you continue directing your breath down into the fullness of your rib cage and belly, notice if anything has changed in the upper chest and neck. Does this area move less? More freely? With less tension? Observe for a final 3–5 rounds. 

9. To bring the practice to completion, simply return your arms to your sides, palms face up, and notice your overall being. Likely you might feel as though you have released thoughts about your day, what you have to do this week, what you didn’t get done yesterday, etc. You might experience feelings of calm, relaxation or even sleepy. Or on the opposite side of the spectrum, you may feel energized and rejuvenated, ready to get up and continue on with the day!

Either way, through these simple breathing techniques, you can literally shift your state of being by using your breath to slow the heart rate, release muscle tension and calm hyperactivity.

Such a simple but powerful practice of breath.

By combining the breath with being present during your sessions, you will induce a state of health and well-being, needed to help restore your vital physiological functions.

Ready to relax?

At your next booking for massage, acupuncture, cupping or Reiki at Heal. in Altamonte Springs, let us know that you would like to incorporate breath work into your session.

All it takes to bring your body back into balance and wellbeing is the breath. Not only will you help to reduce the symptoms of chronic stress, it’s a beautiful and free “add-on” to include in your next massage or other body work session at Heal.

When you choose to consciously breathe positive, fresh air into the body, you then become a breath of positive, fresh air to everyone around you. That’s the beauty of the breath.

Let us know if you have any questions regarding breath work.

Note that all of the yoga classes offered at Heal. also incorporate some form of breath work (pranayama) into each class to help increase the overall relaxation response and so that you too can use the breath in daily life to ease your mind, calm your body and open your heart.

We’re here for you!

407-300-5364

The common denominator throughout all of Heal. is stress relief. No matter what you are here for, chances are that you are looking to relax, manage pain or reduce tension and stress levels. Whether you’re popping in for a salt booth session for respiratory relief, Light & Sound Therapy for your brain massage, massage to help reduce pain or yoga to help open up all tense or tight areas of the body – you’ll notice a huge difference in your physical, mental and emotional state of being. 

If you live in Central Florida, you know that driving to and from point A to point B can at times be so stressful, causing your body to lock up and brace whenever traffic hits your commute or when someone cuts you off. Little known fact is that stress stays in the body long after you’ve experienced what brought you stress, meaning that you’re literally carrying way more, unnecessary stress than you should be!

When was the last time you took even just an HOUR for yourself? My intention behind creating Heal. and “baby” Heal. in Winter Park is for self-care to be accessible, time wise and financially.

The benefits of combining self-care at Heal. are endless, but the most important benefit is you’ll be shifted into “parasympathetic” nervous system with no trouble after your bundle of sessions.

What exactly IS the “parasympathetic” state? It’s also known as the REST and DIGEST mode, which is the environment your body (physical, energetic & mental) can heal in. It’s always about creating the environment for your body to heal that is such a key component in your journey.

All of the services at Heal. (aside from hour yoga class or hour long massage) are 15 minutes or less, meaning that on top of the benefits and healing you receive from each individual service, grouped together you’ll be left floating on your way home.

Make most of your time at Heal., whether in Altamonte Springs or Winter Park, through our Self-Care Service Sampler Pack found here. By clicking here you’ll learn about each individual service and then you will be able to choose from 3 that your are called to the most!

All services must be done in the same day for you to truly feel the shifts we mentioned briefly above.

  • Manage your stress levels better
  • Reduce overall tension and pain in the body
  • Increase your sense of wellbeing
  • Experience more joy in life
  • Feel gratitude for all that you have in life
  • Learn about natural ways to take care of yourself
  • Create the habit of putting YOU first
  • Feel your best when fully relaxed and present


Any questions you have, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Our phone line (407-300-5364) and email (info@heal407.com) are ALWAYS open for you.

“Self-care is the act of loving kindness to yourself.”

It can be easy to get carried away with the inevitable and at times unavoidable stress that comes with the Holiday’s. I’m sure that you can think of just about a million things left to do on your Holiday to do list, but have you put YOU on that list?

Does stress somehow manage to sneak it’s way in to your holiday excitement? If so, you’re not alone! Even in times where you’re having fun, adding extra activities and commitments to an already full plate can really be stressful. Just remember, in the midst of all the holiday hustle and bustle it’s important to take care of yourself!

It’s never fun to try to shop with family, bake cookies with your little ones or sing holiday carols when you’re feeling run down, sick or tired. The joyful Holiday spirit comes a little bit easier when you have your emotional and energetic tank full. It feels good to give from a full cup!

The best part of self-care through the Holiday Season? It’s accessible, easy and inexpensive. Gradually doing simple things throughout your days can significantly boost your overall wellbeing. At Heal. in Altamonte Springs and Winter Park, we are here for you every step of the merry way of this Holiday Season. Here are some self-care tips to help boost personal well-being this season.

1) Breathe. Allow yourself to take deep, cleansing breaths as many times as you need throughout the day, they help you to relax the body, mind and spirit!

2) Know your priorities. Remember what’s most important to you to help overcome feelings of overwhelm. Give yourself permission to finish the most important things first to create a sense of peace – then any extra time can go towards satisfying the rest of your Holiday demands.

3) Give from a full cup. Like we mentioned earlier, you can’t give your best when you’re feeling your worst. Make a point to do something nourishing for yourself. It can be as simple as a warm cup of tea every night before bed or a relaxation massage at Heal.

4) Take a “YOU” day. We made this one easy for you all. *wink* Join us for a Relaxation STAY-Cation here in Altamonte Springs on Saturday December 7th. This “YOU” day is exactly what you deserve. Click here to learn more.

5) Practice Presence. No matter what you’re working on throughout the day, especially if the kids are home or you’re stuck in traffic on the way back from holiday shopping – allow yourself to pause, notice and bring awareness to all of the experiences happening within you and outside of you. The color on the trees, the smell in the air, the temperature of the sun, etc.

6) Listen to Your Body. So many people ignore or override their body’s signals. Really listen to the cues your body gives you during the added stress of the Holiday season. You know YOU best. Hungry? Eat! Sleepy? Sleep! Cranky? Do yoga! See? Simple!

7) LAUGH! Laughter is such healing medicine. Now a days during the holiday season, there are plenty of funny Holiday/or not holiday themed movies to choose from! Call up your funniest friend and just allow yourself to be silly and let loose, even for a little while! Sing, dance, rejoice!

8) Allow yourself to receive healing. Self-care means paying attention to more than how much you eat or exercise. It also requires paying attention to thoughts and feelings. Optimal health means functioning at your best in all areas of life – physically, mentally, emotionally!

9) Give with Gratitude. Just saying “thank you” to yourself or to the world around you can instantly shift you from a state of STRESS into a state of PEACE. The best way to counteract any lower feelings is to give. Give with Gratitude and kindness. Here are some ways for you to GIVE the gift of relaxation this year.

If your holiday season becomes overwhelming, stressful, fast paced or just hectic in general – know that you, too, have a choice in setting clear boundaries, spending time with yourself through acts of self-care and honoring YOU. Practice self-compassion, gratitude and an open heart and all will be well.

Wishing you a happy Holiday season from all of us here at Heal.

As the most common mental illness, about 18% of American adults suffer from some form of anxiety. The question then arises, can massages help ease anxiety symptoms?

Massages help the body to relax which in turn can help let go of anxious and fearful thoughts. They help to relieve muscle pain and tension, improving circulation while increasing flexibility. Areas of the body that were once closed off, shut down, stiff and stagnant can now begin to experience adequate blood flow traveling to those areas with the help of massage.

More oxygen getting into these areas and the brain, the more relief you will find from anxiety symptoms.

The uncomfortable physical symptoms that are experienced during anxiety such as shortness of breath, accelerated heart rate, excessive sweating and chest pain are all relieved during massage. Massage therapy can have an opposing effect on the body by eliciting the relaxation response, reducing tension, lowering heart rate and generally making a person feel calmer.

Mental Benefits of Massage

  • Less anxious thoughts
  • Tamed fight-or-flight response
  • Lower tension and more feelings of calm

A research team at Emory University studied the effects of Swedish Massage on 47 patients with generalized anxiety. The participants received two Swedish massages per week for six weeks. Using the Hamilton Anxiety Rating Scale, a common framework for measuring anxiety severity, they were able to report a significant reduction in symptoms present for as many as six weeks after treatment. Researchers recommended massage therapy as a complementary and alternative therapy for generalized anxiety patients.

Many people with anxiety symptoms can also reduce the severity of their symptoms by engaging in activities that help increase focus on the present moment.

Mindfulness!

The practice of Mindfulness may be one of the reasons why massage therapy and bodywork is so effective at increasing a person’s overall mental health. Studies on the practice of mindfulness have noted it’s positive application for a wide range of conditions, from fibromyalgia to anxiety and even depression.

While we’re on the topic of massage therapy and mindfulness, Eckhart Tolle, an internally recognized expert on mindfulness, recommends paying attention to all five senses. During a massage session, the five senses are easily able to be tuned into.

The feeling of the massage sheets on your skin, the feeling of the oil and the power of touch, any lingering fragrance in the air such as essential oils and other aromatherapy, the temperature of the air or temperature of the table warmer below your body, the sounds that you hear in the massage ranging from the gentle music playing in the background to the sounds happening inside and outside of the room, the color of the walls or colors that you might see behind your eyelids.

Because sense perceptions happen in the moment, those with anxiety symptoms can “reset” their mental and emotional habits by deeply feeling their immediate experiences. This practice leaves little room for the mind to wander to past regrets and future troubles.

If you are needing a complete reset, mentally and physically, we are so here for you!

Therapeutic massage, deep relaxation massage and energy healing are all services that we have for you here when life happens. All of the massage therapists and energy healers at Heal. in Altamonte Springs will take such great care of you. Leave your worries at the door and allow us to take care of you!

We’re here for you, just a phone call or email away.

407-300-5364 or info@heal407.com

Happy Relaxing. <3

You’re tired.


It’s a Sunday night and feeling vaguely cranky to find yourself working on what’s supposed to be a day of rest. But it needs to get done, so you push through.


You can’t seem to figure out why ideas that once flowed so effortlessly to you suddenly have dried up.


We know taking breaks is a scientifically proven method for regaining our focus, sharpness and motivation. But taking a walk or a reading break in the middle of a workday? Are we able to allow ourselves to do so without judgment and with compassion?


Aside from taking daily breaks, when was the last time that you allowed yourself a day of… NOTHING?


Doing nothing from time to time, or choosing a day out of the week to rest, play, create or just sit on the couch is absolutely necessary to your mental health.


There’s no way that we can continuously push and strive and grow and DO without experiencing some type of burnout – whether physical or emotional.

Taking mental health breaks/days are necessary to help improve and maintain your mental state!

It’s a loving act to yourself when you allow time to recharge your physical and emotional batteries to avoid having a decrease in your state of being while keeping you performing at your best and most productive self.


While taking full days off may not always be feasible, a way to improve and maintain your mental health is to simply disconnect from the world and spend time with yourself.


1 hour a day.

That’s a great place to start.


Yoga, meditation, massage, journaling, salt therapy, light and sound therapy, binge-watching your favorite TV series, cooking with your family, etc.. are all wonderful and fulfilling ways to disconnect from time to time.


You allow the focus to move from thinking about all the stressors in life to now feeling how you feel in this present moment – whether you are alone or with friends or loved ones.


It’s time you nourish yourself. Bring yourself back to becoming WHOLE.

No more feeling overworked, overwhelmed or overstressed. Time to take the power back into your own hands.


After all, you cannot be your best self and beacon of light when you aren’t putting yourself first!


That’s why Heal. is here for you.


To help you become familiar with the goodness that follows when you allow yourself a break.


Join us at Heal. in Altamonte Springs for an opportunity to rest, recharge, refuel.


Chances are, there is something here for everyone (yes, including you).


Come check us out off of 436 and Ronald Reagan to discover a new world of YOU.


A YOU that can better handle stress.


A YOU that has more patience.


A YOU that responds instead of reacting.


A YOU that is WHOLE.


We are here for you!

Chances are, you or someone you know has experienced carpal tunnel before.
At times, people don’t always know what brought on their carpal tunnel syndrome, but it can happen due to a few different things:

If you have carpal tunnel syndrome and don’t get it treated, its symptoms can last a long time, get worse, and can even go away and return. When it’s diagnosed early, it’s easier to treat.
At Heal. in Altamonte Springs, we can help treat your Carpal Tunnel Syndrome with Massage and MPS Therapy (which is also considered to be needle-less acupuncture!)
Carpal tunnel syndrome is sharp, painful and persistent but massages can definitely help! During massage, your massage therapist will begin to promote gentle blood flow flowing properly and gently to the parts of your hand, wrist and areas of sharp pain with a variety of hand massage techniques to alleviate the pain.
Although carpal tunnel affects your hands and wrists, it’s common to also be experiencing alignment issues and soreness around the shoulders, neck and back. With every massage you experience at Heal. in Altamonte Springs, your massage therapist will generally treat those areas of the body as well.
Massage focused on treating carpal tunnel will reduce the inflammation and remove the metabolic residues that are irritating the muscles and tendons in the carpal tunnel!
Another way in which we are able to treat Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is through MPS Therapy. This form of holistic therapy is also known as Needle-Less acupuncture because it runs off of the same microcurrents and meridians as traditional acupuncture.
MPS Therapy treats carpal tunnel at its source by increasing blood circulation to the hand and wrist area including the median nerve. This is how MPS Therapy is able to reduce the swelling and inflammation that causes the pain, numbness, tingling, and other symptoms of carpal tunnel. MPS Therapy also addresses any headaches, neck pain, shoulder stiffness and sleeping problems that may accompany this condition.
If carpal tunnel has got you down and you wish to find relief from this consistent and frustrating pain, do not hesitate to give us a call at 407-300-5364 or email us at info@heal407.com to schedule!
You are meant to live a life free from pain, we are here to help.
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Let’s face it. Massage is SO healing. Each type of massage provides it’s own benefits, but if you’re unsure of the right massage, the massage can sometimes counteract itself.
Sometimes, most of the confusion happens simply because you might not understand the different types of massages that exist.

So, when choosing your massage, there are a few things to consider… you might ask yourself, “what is my intention in getting a massage today?”

Perhaps you are in dire need of relaxation after a long days work, or maybe you had a tough week with working out or doing physical labor that you need help in removing knots and tension in your back and shoulders… Or, you might be looking for an more energetic experiencing in your massage.

The great thing is, at Heal. we have exactly the right massage therapists that YOU need, for your specific needs on any given day.

A massage should never be painful. You should be able to feel the muscles releasing tension throughout your deep tissue massages, but you should never find yourself clenching, squeezing, gripping or tightening other areas of the body! That doesn’t sound relaxing at all!

There are many options in choosing massage and sure, it can be a lot to take in, so just allow yourself to remember to think about your personal preference as well as your bodies concerns!

The following massage types can be scheduled at Heal.:
Relaxation Massage:Our Relaxation Massage is aimed to help you ease tension, physically and mentally. The use of therapeutic grade essential oils will help you fall into a deeper state of bliss while the therapist performs a massage with light to medium pressure leaving you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. This massage does not focus on problem areas and does not use deep pressure.
Therapeutic Massage:If you are loo

king for relief from pain, this is the massage for you. Through manipulation of the body’s soft tissue this Deep Tissue style massage stimulates circulation and promotes relaxation for tight muscle groups. Because it takes time to thoroughly warm the muscles, this massage is not full body and is only targeted to specific areas.

Himalayan Salt Stone Massage:The purpose of Himalayan Salt Stone Massage is to assist in bringing balance to the autonomic nervous system by strengthening the parasympathetic nervous system! The stones are smooth and glide easily over your body during the massage to aid in toxin release, improved sleep and well-being.

Sports Massage:.Focuses on the needs of the athlete. Releases muscle tension and restores balance.

Medical Massage:The intent of medical massage is to improve prescribed medical conditions or pathologies by utilizing a variety of modalities. Cupping, Stretching, MPS and Theragun may be used at any time during the session (included in price).

Massages with Maria:During your session with Maria, you will be taken upon a unique healing journey. Her technique combines a variety of modalities, and over a decade of experience to create a blissful blend of tranquility. All sessions are coupled with energy balancing, gentle rocking, light stretching, and flowing strokes to work deeply into the muscle and tissue creating a gentle, profound release. Her technique helps to calm the Central Nervous System and release physical and mental tension.

If you’re still unsure about which massage you might need, give us a call at 407-300-5364 or come in to Heal. in Altamonte Springs to learn more about each type of massage and service that we offer.
The common denominator among each massage will always be…. stress relief. This is something you can always count on!

Did you know that low back pain is one of the top reasons people seek medical attention in the U.S.? It is a tough to treat. Studies have shown that very few medical therapies ranging from medications to injections to surgeries can reliably relieve it… where as some can even aggravate the problem even worse.

Lower back pain can be described in two ways: a dull constant ache or severe and sudden sharp pain that can leave the individual incapacitated, unable to stand or sit. The lower back is the region where most individuals feel the most pain. There are several causes of lower back pain which include:

  • Sprains and strains
  • Herniated or ruptured disks
  • Inter-vertebral disc degeneration
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Traumatic injury to the back
  • And more

Lower back pain is the leading cause of job disability in the world. About one in ten people have it, and for many who develop back pain, the condition becomes chronic.

According to the American Massage Therapy Association, research shows that massage therapy provides several important low back pain relieving benefits, including:

  • Improved blood circulation; massage allows energy to begin to flow freely throughout the body, in return aiding in blood circulation and getting nutrient-rich blood to any stagnant areas located in the lower back.
  • Relaxed low back muscles for an improved range of motion.
  • Increased endorphin levels. The increase of endorphin levels is actually one of the greatest benefits of massage therapy. Endorphins are the chemicals the body produces that make you feel good, which is very effective in managing chronic pain.

At Heal., we have highly trained and intuitive massage therapists that can help you to reduce low back pain. Our therapists all specialize in different forms of massage such as Swedish, deep tissue, therapeutic and even Thai massage and cranial-sacral.

Not sure which massage would suit you best? Give us a call and we can help you find the right fit!

Another powerful low back pain relieving remedy is… *drumroll please* CBD!

Kat’s Natural’s CBD cream and sublingual oils have been proven to help with chronic joint pain! At Heal. we are also able to infuse CBD cream into your massage for an anti-inflammatory response, ultimate relaxation and overall deeper healing.

CBD works directly with your own internal endocannabinoid system! This endocannabinoid system is responsible for your mood, appetite, memory, sleep function, pain, motor function and more. When your endocannabinoid system is out of balance, the rest of your body can experience far reaching negative effects!

It’s no surprise that with a regular dosing of CBD, your body begins to tap into a state of balance which in return promotes stress relief, chronic pain begins to subside, better sleep, quicker healing and so much more.

At Heal. in Altamonte Springs, we carry a wide variety of different ways to incorporate CBD into your daily life. Not only do we carry sublingual CBD tinctures that are easily taken underneath the tongue for optimum healing, we also carry CBD creams and even chocolates for you to begin to implement into your self-care routine.

Our bodies are made to receive the healing benefits that are derived from CBD, and that fussy low back pain can be relieved using CBD!

Give us a call to learn more about CBD and it’s wide assortment of pain relieving benefits today! 407-300-5364

Lastly, while we are on the topic of CBD oil, there are also a wide array of essential oils that can promote relief in the pain experienced in the low back (and really anywhere in the body!)

Essential oils are highly concentrated and potent substances and so they are advised to be used in small amounts and only after diluting them properly.

Analgesic properties make them excellent pain relievers. Essential oils such as peppermint and wintergreen provide cooling pain relief while ginger, thyme and black pepper give warming relief.


Essential oils are also powerful anti-inflammatory agents. Inflammation is a root cause of pain so reducing inflammation is a key treatment for relieving chronic pain.

Other essential oils carry stimulant properties that help increase blood circulation to the painful area, which enables nutrient-rich blood to flow to the area and nourish it. Like previously mentioned earlier, certain essential oils paired with massage can most certainly provide nourishment to any areas in the body suffering of chronic pain.

Essential oils also carry relieving properties! Stress can lead to body aches and pains including lower back pain. Inhaling essential oils and applying them topically have been proven to have therapeutic stress relieving properties.

These 6 essential oils all provide some type of soothing relief, numbing, warming or cooling that when combined in certain methods can provide relief during bouts of chronic back pain:

  1. Ginger
  2. Black Pepper
  3. Vetiver
  4. Sweet Marjoram
  5. Peppermint
  6. Thyme

Ask us at your next massage to incorporate any of these essential oils into your massage, especially if the goal is to relieve low back pain!

If you are interested in learning more about different ways to pair these pain relieving essential oils, send us an email over at info@heal407.com and we will send you a special recipe! This essential oil recipe can be used with self massage as well.

Until next time,

All the heals.