ATWBeauty: Inca Bath

Hey everyone tonights new episode takes place in Cusco, Peru as I discover the magic of sacred bathing. Since ancient times religions and cultures have believed offerings are sacred to manifest your hearts desires and that water carries energy. The Incas constructed their temples along the paths of sacred rivers, and use water as a power of purifing and giving new birth. 

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Before bathing we learned about offerings and how they symbolize what we want to create in our lives.  Each offering is choosen with clear intention and represents  different meanings from  prosperity, wealth, good luck and, fertility.

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Millions of travelers head to the lands of Machu Picchu every year but the true beauty lies in the beauty rituals found in places like the Inca Spa that  offers native water ceremonies for cleaning and purifying the body

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Surrounded by coloured candles which signified the unity of love we were cleansed by the hands of our therapist honoring our goddess spirit.

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 Inca baths are sacred as many consider water a purification tool for the soul.

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Linda my travel buddy decided to take part in this beauty ritual. She was blessed with rose water filled with flowers and herbs onto her third eye.

Here you can see multicolored confetti (representing joy and the rainbow) as well as Flowers and plants that are used for their healing properties.

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Legend has it that virgin girls would bathe in similar waters for purification as a coming-of-age before a wedding night or for ceremonial Inca beginnings. The young woman would be prepared with certain offerings to bring fortune, fertility, protection and other elements.

Sacred Bathing marks a rite of passage in many cultures but also works to lift the spirit and protect the body.You can create your own special baths at home using your favorite flowers and personal offerings.

Here is a link to our Inca Bath Beauty Adventure in Peru. Make sure to leave a comment and subscribe.

Foot Reflexology

The ancient Chinese practice of reflexology, is a manual therapy focusing on the feet, and hands.

For 3,000 years. Chinese practitioners have used reflexology to re-balance Qi (the life force flowing through energy channels) to treat a number of conditions.

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Reflexology is based on the Chinese principle that certain areas on the soles of your feet or hands – known as reflex zones – containing millions of nerve endings, correspond to other parts of the body.

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By applying pressure to certain points in the hands and feet it stimulates organs, nerve endings and energy pathways to promote health.

The Chinese believe that reflexology stimulates the body into healing itself by improving circulation, reducing stress, pain and restoring a natural balance.

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I tried foot reflexology in my new Around The World Beauty Adventure in Chinatown . As ticklish as Iam I did not burst into laughter instead I was incredibly relaxed. The therapist added pressure to certain points and focused on my level of comfort. You never think about the feet and how much they need a little loving too.  He started by cleaning them with a warm/wet towel and then applied aloe vera lotion. He started at my ankles and worked his way to my toes. Using both hands he created circular motions and would stop at certain pressure points adding a little bit more of a push on his fingers.

Reflexology helps with

  • Sport Injuries
  • Headaches
  • Arthritis
  • Insomnia
  • Stress
  • Hormonal Imbalance

If you havent already make sure to watch ATWBeauty Adventure in Chinatown.

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Tiger Balm

During my Around The World Beauty Chinatown video I talked about Tiger Balm.

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Photo by Stephanie Flor Thailand

I got introduced to Tiger Balm in Thailand at the floating market. Tiger Balm is made from a number of different medicinal plants including; clove bud oil, camphor, cajuput oil, and menthol . Its a beauty must in most of Asia.

It helps treat

  • headaches
  • muscular paints
  • mosquito bites
  • cough
  • stomach pains
  • nasal congestion

This balm was first created in Burma by a Chinese Herbalist in the 1870’s. In the past it actually contained a tiger bone hint hint hint . Tiger bone was a famous chinese ingredient dating back 1,500 years. Its sold in over 100 countries and in the 1930’s the Aw family released it in Honk Kong and Singapore. 

I use it when I feel body ache mostly and is similar to spanish fix it all Vicks Vapor. I love the packaging its super authentic and gives you that traditional chinese touch with an interesting ingredient.

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