Stress Tips for Students

Photo taken in the window of Urban Sanctuary’s couples massage room in Athens, Georgia. Stress levels amongst college students in the United States are at an all time high, according to surveys conducted in 2012 and 2013. Tons of caffeine, too little sleep, last minute studying and poor self-care habits are contributing factors. Here are a few healthy tips to …

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Neck and Shoulder Pain: A Great Cure

Urban Sanctuary serves steaming warm neck pillows to spa clients before services. Herbal Ease Neck Pillows–combine heat, steam, aromatherapy and healing Ayurvedic herbs to relieve neck pain and achy shoulders. The neck pillows are very versatile stress relievers and wonderfully effective.  Basmati Rice creates steam once the pillows are heated. The steam helps carry the vapors of the herbs into your …

The Healing Wonders of Arnica

Arnica Remedy Oil by Farmaesthetics is one of Urban Sanctuary’s best-selling home remedies.   Known as a rapid recovery aid for bruises, strains, injuries, aches and pains, Arnica has gained increased popularity with athletes and physically active people. Many use Arnica rubs after working out, dancing, walking, hiking and running. Its pain relieving and anti-inflammatory properties are fast acting.   …

12 Ways to Ease Holiday Season Stress

  The winter holidays bring up lots of feelings for people. The holidays have a way of amplifying certain tendencies within us both positive and negative. There’s ample room for being sentimental, celebrating, being generous, being grateful… There’s also plenty of opportunity for overdoing things; overworking, overspending, spreading oneself too thin, getting worked up and worried about appearances, family, the …

Rosemary Aromatherapy

        Rosemary is one of nature’s most powerful stimulants. It stimulates both the mind and the body. During Shakespeare’s time the smoke was used to remedy brain weakness. Shakespeare nicknamed Rosemary “the herb of remembrance”. Well deserved. Rosemary beautifully enhances confidence and perception. It is also known to improve memory, creativity, attention span and focus.  The scent of …

The Potent Healing & Beauty Benefits of Mud

Mud is pain relieving, restorative and purifying.      Mud is known around the world for its incredible pain relieving, restorative and purifying properties. Mud baths date back to the days of Cleopatra and probably before… In addition to having many of the wonderful detoxifying and anti-aging effects also present in seaweed, mud has incredible pain relieving properties. If you …

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The Incredible Healing & Beauty Benefits of Seaweed

Seaweed is detoxifying, nourishing and renewing.      Seaweed has been used as a health and beauty agent throughout the ages. Seaweed body wraps, baths and facials have been popular in spas for several decades. In addition to providing countless health and beauty benefits, seaweed puts people in touch with the infinite healing and rejuvenating energy of the ocean. It’s …

Benefits of Aromatherapy

      A wide range of benefits  can be achieved by using aromatherapy. Essential oils are profoundly healing and fortifying physically and emotionally. One inhalation can bring a remarkable change to your head space. The beauty benefits are plenty as well… Some essential oils will agree with your system beautifully and some just simply will not. This is completely …