Archive for October, 2009

Shiva Cares about the Environment

We use only organically grown botanicals.
We make every effort to produce our products with ingredients that are derived from renewable resources
Shiva doesn’t test on animals
We use one layer packaging to minimize harm on the environment
We encourage recycling by giving a credit of .50 cents for every bottle returned.
We support all environmental causes including the clean air act, clean water act, rare species act, protection of the rain forest and educational programs that teach our youth about their responsibilities toward the environment .
We support all programs that encourage the reduction of energy consumption.
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9 Things Your Massage Therapist Should Know to Give a Good Massage – and Why only 2 are Important

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There are many things that a Massage Therapist must learn to pass the various state licensing exams, but only 2 are absolutely necessary to do a good massage. In fact they are so important that if your Massage Therapist does not poses them, no matter how many years they have practiced, no matter how many classes they have taken, no matter what school they graduated from nor if they had the highest grades in their class, If they do not posses the knowledge that I will tell you shortly, then you should run, not walk as fast as you can, from them.

Do not give them a chance for you will surely be disappointed in what you have just spent your hard earned money for.

Before I tell you what those 2 things are, let me tell you why the others are not as important.

Is Knowledge of Anatomy Important?

You might have thought that anatomy would be important. After all, they are working on your body. They should know where the muscles are, what they do and how their technique can help you. However, the study of anatomy has only been required for Massage Therapist for only the past 40 of our 3,000 year old history. It may help us do our job better but it isn’t absolutely necessary to give a good massage.

How About Physiology?

You probably think that Physiology is important also. This is the study of the body’s systems and how they work. Although it helps us to be a better health care professional, it is totally unnecessary for the practice of massage.

Is My Therapist Ethical?

Ethics are pretty important, and although this will help you to ensure that your therapist acts in the highest regards to your well being, it has nothing to do with giving a good massage. A definition of ethics cam also be variable. For one person, a Therapist who advertises a certain way is unethical, to another it’s just good business practice.

How my Muscles Work

How about Kinesiology? The study of the function of muscles seems mighty important. How would a Therapist know how to work on a muscle group if they didn’t now how they work? The fact is, kinesiology is an even more recent study that Massage Therapists take. If it was all that necessary then we would have been studying it for the past 3,000 years also. But we haven’t.

Is That Contraindicated?

Contraindications are pretty important, right? After all, you wouldn’t want your Therapist doing something that might harm you. If you had a blood clot in your leg, you may not want a Massage Therapist to work it loose and send it to your heart, do you? Or how about causing a miscarriage if you are pregnant during your fist trimester?

Fact is, neither of these conditions can be caused by massage. In fact, the American Pregnancy Association and the Birthing Doulas both recommend massage during all trimesters as it helps to ease the discomfort caused by tight muscles.

Not only that but, there has never been any evidence that massage can cause serious harm. You can get temporary bruising if the therapist is not careful enough, but the proper application of massage can not cause you to seek medical treatment. If you must seek treatment from the effects of massage…well then, it wasn’t a massage, it was an assault. Over all, massage is considered so safe that the premiums for liability insurance for therapists have actually gone down, instead of up like other Health Professions. Our rate of injury is so low that it’s expressed in millionths, that’s right, 0.000025 %

All Those Germs

That’s the study of Pathology. Germs or bacteria and viruses can be dangerous. And there certainly are many of them to consider. But to engage in the study of them is totally unnecessary and is overkill. As long as your Therapist is practicing good hygiene, there is no more likelihood that you will contract anything worth worrying about.

Ahh, Technique – That has to be The One!

This must be the one, right? After all, what’s a massage if the Therapist doesn’t know the proper strokes and right kind of pressure applied to the correct location? Yes, this is important, but the present system of massage instruction does a very poor job of teaching us. In fact, we usually learn more after we graduate than we did in school, from other Massage Therapists and our clients.

The 2 Most Important Things Your Massage Therapist Needs to know

The 2 things that are absolutely necessary a Massage Therapist needs to know to give a good massage are good hands and a good heart. The good hands come from intent, not necessarily from technique. Some training helps to do that, but it’s that unspoken desire to help coupled with love, love of the person, self and of the work that makes a Massage Therapist great.

So no matter how much training one has, how many certificates on the wall they have, or how many years they have in the business, if they don’t have a loving intent in their hands and heart, then run as fast as you can away from them.

To find someone like that, you need to get a personal referral from someone who has received a massage from them. Barring that, it’s best to contact them through a company that has done its due diligence and has conducted a thorough interview including an interview massage so they can determine if they in fact do possess those abilities.

About The Author
Rich Haslam has been a Licensed Massage Therapist for 15 years. He started providing chair massage at the San Antonio Wholefoods Market in 1995, after graduating from Massage School and has been with them ever since.

He has since moved to Florida and now operates in the Aventura, Coral Gables, Pinecrest, Plantation, Naples and Wellington Wholefoods Market.

Call him now at 954-234-5144 to make an appointment with one of his highly trained Massage Therapists or visit to make an appointment to have a Therapist come to your home.

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Welcome to the 4th dimension of style

Welcome to the 4th dimension of style. Using the latest non-aerosol technology, SHIVA TexturizeIt light hold mousse adds unprecedented depth, texture and natural shine without weighing hair down. SHIVA TexturizeIt is recommended for all hair types.

Houston, Texas Home of Shiva Laboratory

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Originally formulated for clientele in the Houston area, SHIVA products contain only the finest ingredients to keep hair healthy and strong. For over 20 years, SHIVA Laboratories has been manufacturing these high quality and popular hair care products in Houston, Texas, and has seen sales grow each year. Our loyal customers continue to purchase SHIVA because our laboratory produces only professional-level products that perform well and smell great. Why is their performance so superior?
SHIVA products don’t contain the waxes or fillers commonly found in hair care products that weigh the hair down and cause irritating scalp build-up. Plus, SHIVA styling and finishing products combat frizz, which is a problem for most any client living in the Gulf Coast climate, and most products contain sunscreen to protect against the harmful effects of the sun.

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Does Your Shampoo Fade Your Haircolor ?

Let’s face it ladies, we spend a ton of money on hair color. From the first time we wash our freshly colored hair, color starts to run down the drain… and with it our money
One way to avoid wasting good color is using a quality color care shampoo like Shiva Color Care Shampoo
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Diversion Hurts Your Salon Business and Stylist Livelihoods

Dear Stylists,
There is a battle that is happening in the salon industry that has been going on for quite some time. It’s called diversion, deception and mass product distribution.

Are the products that you use on your clients sold in salons ONLY? or are they sold in Ulta,Beauty Secret, Beauty Trade, Beauty First Walgreen’s, Wal-Mart and other similar outlets at steep discounts?

Did you know that using products that are mass marketed is hurtful to your salon business and your livelihood?

We must call a spade a spade when salon products show up in other outlets other than a professional beauty salons or spas it must be boycotted by the salon industry.

It is incumbent on us to inform and educate salon professionals that if you are serious about retailing, if you want to help your bottom line, you must stop selling mass marketing products.

You should sell salon professional products that are only available in salons and nowhere else.

Frank Tavakoli
Shiva 21-Century Laboratory
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Salon Exclusive? The Truth About Hair Salon Product Diversion