Kombo Butter comes from the seeds of a tree called Pycnanthus angolensis in West Africa. It is a little known butter that has wonderful healing properties due to its high Myristoleic acid content and is used to treat pain in the muscles, joints, arthritis and gout.
I like to make a pain and inflammation butter with Kombo adding essential oils that would assist with joint and muscle pain. I apply this after a busy day in my massage office or after an injury, even a little ache and pain that comes up from what seems like nothing at all :) I recently made several batches of these up with some of our Muscle Blend oil combinations and have loved them.
Kombo butter is known to be:
I love the texture of Kombo butter as it is silky and absorbs easily into the skin. The texture isn’t hard and flaky like cocoa butter but rather wet and thick with the ability to be spooned into a container. Kombo Butter has a beautiful rich brown color that is grainy in texture until rubbed onto the skin. Adding this naturally pain reducing butter to our essential oils that help reduce pain and inflammation is creating a powerful butter to reduce our discomfort while nourishing and softening our skin.
Try this recipe to make your own Kombo Butter Muscle Blend:
Your essential oil choices could be any oil you love such as Lavender, Frankincense, Copaiba, Basil, Cypress, or Peppermint. Typically I use 30 drops per 2 ounce jar, if you want to make different versions in each jar add your essential oils to the jar you want and then pour in your butter mixture over the top and stir with your glass stir rod to mix them before capping. When you are done and they cool your butters will look similar to these warm cocoa like jars of butters.
Have you tried using Kombo Butter in your blends? I would love to hear your recipes and ideas too so be sure to share them with me!
Using essential oils during massage is pretty much mainstream these days. We've been doing that or have at least heard about that for decades. Essential oils can be the ultimate compliment to massage for many different conditions and situations. Using oils that are naturally relaxing and soothing can reduce the over stimulation of the mind and help calm those stress responses while using oils that reduce pain and inflammation might be perfect for someone with a chronic or recent injury. When was the last time you smelled an orange and it made you smile, or a certain smell that brought back a happy and heartfelt memory? Essential oils and the art of Aromatherapy have the power to bring you to total relaxation and ease your discomfort with even just a sniff.
We have been using essential oils in our practice for years and our line of oils was designed after years of that use because we have seen how powerful aromatherapy can be, how it can help you breathe deeper, support you during depression, grief and loss, or even just help your poor back spasm diminish or that rolled ankle become less painful. We offer classes monthly for various oil related topics, and always offer aromatherapy options during our massages so be sure to ask about adding them to your session next time you are in. If you love essential oils already and want tips and tricks be sure and follow us on social media, Facebook and Instagram.
Here is a few of our favorite blend recipes:
2 drops Cedarwood
2 drops Frankincense
1 drop Bergamot
add essential oils to 15 ml carrier oil in bottle and massage onto body to help relax and soothe before bed.
2 drops Frankincense
2 drops Eucalyptus globulus
add to diffuser or to 10ml roller bottle and fill with carrier oil. Apply to neck, temples as needed.
2 drops Sweet Orange
1 drop Frankincense
1 drop Peppermint
to 10 ml roller bottle, fill with carrier oil or add just essential oils to diffuser and enjoy
Be sure to check out our class list for upcoming events or ask us about using aromatherapy for your health goals next time you are in! What are your favorite essential oils to have used during your massage?
These stretches are so important. Do them EVERYDAY! The more we have become "sitters" at our jobs it has really added to the increase in low back pain. Many people we see have chronically tight hip flexors, the muscles that cross the front of the hip, and that adds tension across the low back. We treat low back pain almost daily and these stretches may not completely relieve that but may lower the frequency and intensity of those flare ups. Find this helpful?? Feel free to share and comment, we love to hear from you guys! STRETCH ON!!!!!!!!
Lavender! One of the most diverse and wonderful oils there are. Everything from burns to allergies! Here is a brief little cheat sheet for you. Please remember to use a good quality oil, many oils are mixed with chemicals you do NOT want in your body. Anything you place on the skin is absorbed with in seconds, this is why hormone patches or patches work, so research brands. We have used oils for years, about 8 or so, and host Essential oil intro classes a couple times a month if you ever want more info let us know we love sharing what we know and learning together. Do you use essential oils? What kind?
Massage therapy can play an important role in your health regimen. Here are five ways massage can improve health and wellness.
1. Lower stress. The long term effects of stress can take emotional and physical tolls. Massage therapy is proven to relieve stress and conditions associated with it, such as tension headaches.
2. Increase immune function. Medical research indicates that massage therapy can help boost immune system strength by increasing the activity level of the body’s natural "killer T cells,” which fight off viruses.
3. Boost mental health and wellness. Research suggests that symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression (all associated with mental health) may be directly affected with massage therapy.
4. Manage pain. Pain can negatively affect a person’s quality of life and impede recovery from illness or injury. Recent findings highlight the role of massage in pain management.
5. Improve physical fitness. Elite and recreational athletes both can benefit from regular massage therapy. Massage is proven to reduce muscle tension, improve exercise performance and prevent injuries.
Make the Most from Every Massage! Massage can be a powerful tool to help your body best perform its countless functions in its goal to maintain a healthy balance. Why not do everything you can to get the best possible results from every massage session?
This article is devoted to providing you with some hints to make the most from your bodywork sessions.The things currently influencing your life can affect the mood of your session. You can improve your results by preparing yourself before your massage time. If you can put the events of your life on pause for a little while and truly devote your session time to taking care of you, the benefits you experience can be greatly enhanced. Life really will wait a couple of hours for you — and you’ll be in much better shape to deal with your responsibilities when you are feeling your best!
Other things you can do, as time allows:
As massage therapists we are asked all the time about muscle spasms and pain. With regularity we hear over and over "I used heat on my back, oh I fell asleep on my heating pad" and on and on. I have a question for you. What is that heat doing? How is that helping you? Is that really the best thing to help your specific condition? Okay, that was more like 3 questions, but you get the idea.