The massage wax which I use is 100% natural and is made by Songbird Naturals in Somerset. It contains a base of beeswax, almond oil, olive oil, vitamin E, to which a variety of essential oils and arnica extract are added.
I currently have six fragrances to offer you:
Lavender - lavender essential oil
Zest - lime and mandarin essential oil
Women's blend - frankincense, geranium, lavender and bergamot essential oil
Pacific Nights - ylang-ylang, jasmine, neroli, sandalwood essential oil
Orange Spice - orange, mandarin, grapefruit, cardamom, clove bud, nutmeg essential oil
Relaxation - vetiver, ylang-ylang, petitgrain essential oil
I choose to use these waxes because I think they smell and feel gorgeous, they contain natural ingredients with traditionally recognised helpful properties, they are less messy than oil, they have a little bit of grip for when I am doing deeper work and I am also able to buy refills of these waxes in cardboard packaging.
If you would prefer a non-fragranced wax or are pregnant I also have an unscented 100% natural liquiwax which contains olive oil, beeswax, arnica flower extract and natural vitamin E.
Vegan Natural Massage Wax
I am also trialling a small selection of 100% natural vegan waxes from Songbird Naturals so do let me know if you would prefer them. They contain a base of olive oil, rice bran, hydrogenated castor oil and sunflower seed oil.
I currently can offer you:
Zest - mandarin and lime essential oil
Lavender - lavender
Orange spice - orange, mandarin, grapefruit, cardomum, clove bud and nutmeg essential oils
Whilst scrolling through Instagram this morning I came across this video of a man moving his scapulas (shoulder blades), His comment under the video is true it does feel 'awesome' to really move our scapulas. Most of us only move them a fraction of their full movement range each day and overtime, with limited movement, the fascia and muscles fibres surrounding the scapula can become stiff and stuck.
What is the Scapula?
The scapula is a relatively flat bone which joins to the humerus, the bone in our upper arm and it connects to the clavicle, the shoulder blade. These three bones create the shoulder. We have two scapulae, one for each shoulder. These images taken from Essential Anatomy 5 show how the scapula and humerus rest together at the ball and socket shoulder joint, the glenohumeral joint. The clavicle rests just above this joint. The medial edge of the scapula, which is the edge closest to the spine, moves freely. This movement creates the shoulders movement.
Which muscles move the scapula?
Amazingly, there are eighteen muscles which join to the scapula and which are responsible for its imovement which creates the movement of your shoulder and upper arm.
The images below show the layering of the muscles, and how they attach to the bones, scapula (shown in green), the humerus and the clavicle.
Posterior view of the shoulder