What is Shea Butter?
Shea butter is a skin superfood that comes from the seeds of the fruit of the Shea (Karite) tree and that is naturally rich in vitamins A, E and F. It offers UV protection (it is SPF ~6) and provides the skin with essential fatty acids and the nutrients necessary for collagen production. Shea butter has been used in Africa and other countries for years to improve skin and hair.
Shea Butter Benefits
- Moisturizing: The concentration of natural vitamins and fatty acids in Shea butter makes it incredibly nourishing and moisturizing for skin. It is often used to remedy dry skin and to help protect the skin’s natural oils.
- Reduces Inflammation: A 2010 study found that due to its cinnamic acid and other natural properties, shea butter was anti-inflammatory. (source) One compound in particular, lupeol cinnamate, was found to reduce skin inflammation and even potentially help avoid skin mutations. This also makes it beneficial for some people with acne.
- Skin Smoothing: Shea butter aids in the skin’s natural collagen production and contains oleic, stearic, palmitic and linolenic acids that protect and nourish the skin to prevent drying. With long term use, many people report skin softening and strengthening as well as wrinkle reduction.
Optional Tools used during Therapeutic Deep Tissue Massage
I use the Myofascial Releaser to help break up superficial myofascial adhesions and greatly increase blood flow to the target area to help the body heal itself much faster. Use of the tool is rarely uncomfortable but can cause bruising, which stimulates healing to the area. It magnifies the abnormalities (scars, restrictions and adhesions) in the fascia and make it easier to locate the area to treat. This allows for a more efficient treatment. The goal is to trigger an inflammatory healing response, which stimulates the production of new collagen and proper, more functional, less painful healing.
Cupping is an ancient Chinese method of massage for comfort. A partial vacuum is created in cups placed on the skin either by means of heat or suction. This draws up the underlying tissues. Cupping is an excellent compliment deep tissue massage and can speed the the processing of breaking up deep muscle adhesions. Cupping, the technique, is very useful and very safe and can be easily learned and incorporated into your family health practices.
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