NIGERIA: BEAUTY, WELLNESS, SPA CULTURE AND JAJAWAKA

Walk up to a Nigerian and tell him or her “guy/babe why you no dey go Spa now?” and the eye contact you will receive ehn (will just tell you to park well and dey your lane). The average Nigerian doesn’t see the need for things like a spa session, facials, massage etc. Mention all these things to him or her and all the person is hearing is EXPENSIVE, TOO COSTLY. As this ideology has been created that anything spa, massage is a “big man thing”- only people with too much money can get to pamper themselves.

We only believe in things that we perceive as tangible, as we prefer spending money on things that we can see. Tell people, “let’s go to Elegushi beach” and the response would be “Ah! Oya, turn up”, but tell them “let’s go for a massage”, they will start giving you stories that touch (“times are hard”, “you know say I no get time for all these things now”). There is a huge cultural detachment from things that are meant to improve our health. We would rather wait until the last minute, when things start getting bad with our health, then we start running back and forth looking for deliverance.

Interestingly, we are all guilty of taking the little things for granted, eating right, getting enough rest, exercise, getting a good massage (not telling your children or siblings to walk on your back) and the likes. Yet, we always complain of different joint pains and we just go about like the body will auto correct itself. The body requires ‘Tender Loving Care’ (yes I said it, your body needs TLC), otherwise it would not function at 100%. The conditions we go through at work, school, and at home is enough to put a lot of stress on the body (body no be wood).
Truth is, we must find a way to take care or our bodies. We must eat healthy, exercise, cut out unhealthy lifestyle habits like smoking and essentially, you must go for a massage session at least once every month. Do you know that a good massage allows your body to release endorphins (a chemical that helps against depression, and is a natural pain and stress reliever)? Taking away that incessant headache? Do you know that a good massage also helps relax the muscle and tissues? Giving your body better blood circulation and relieving you of constant body ache? Things like this which improve the quality of ones life should NEVER be considered as expensive. At the very least, it should bee seen as affordable.

Because at Jajawaka, we know that it would be almost impossible to convince the average Nigerian about wellness and beauty via word of mouth, we decided to create a market place. An online marketplace where you can find all the wellness and beauty services of your choice, located within your environment, giving you the ability to compare deals amongst service providers and best of all, book a deal for an amazingly low price.

Do not wait till your body cannot handle it anymore, do not wait until there is no medical solution and do not wait until it is time for a miracle, start taking care of your body today.

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Soap for your Eyebrows

The bolder, stronger and fuller eyebrows are back and trending. They have been trending a while but the big news is that right now is that an old Hollywood trick has been reawakened. Soap!

Apparently Instagram beauty bloggers have discovered that our innocent toilet soap is no longer for the simple task of washing but can be used to increase the eyebrow volume and makes them look feathery. For beauty enthusiasts, this is some awesome news!

This trick was shared by Anastasia Soare a U.S beauty expert, through a video that has so far been trending.

So this is how the magic happens;

First use a cotton bud to run along the side of the soap

Then brush your eyebrows using the soap in the direction you want the hairs to go

Finally use your usual eye pencil or gel to add colour. And there you have it! Your brows are standing on full fleek.

Here’s the video you can watch and learn.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Simple Back Pain killers ;No Pills

Back pains are one of the most common health challenges experienced by humans. From the dramatic Lagos hustle and bustle to idleness from leave or vacation
(shout out to the ‘preggers’), one at some point or at many points in most cases have experienced back pains (you can’t escape it).
Back pain is caused by a number of very common factors; including living habits, work patterns and psychological conditions associated with emotional stress generally. These factors, make adjoining nerves from spine to the legs very  uncomfortable.
Thankfully, many of us have been managing in the very worst magical ways on earth over the years, because we gotta work! (I don’t judge you, I’m guilty too).
So today, here are some really good tips one can follow on a regular basis to take that pain away. They include:
Stretching:
Stretching forward slowly and gently sideways and back, coupled with regular excercises help to work your muscles and ease the pain. This can be done everyday.
Cold and Hot Packs:
Using ice cold or hot  packs few hours after the pain sets in works. Do it for 20 minutes a session, several sessions per day.This also helps in relieving pains. Cold packs are used to block the nerves’ ability to transfer pain signals, while heat loosens tight muscles and increases oxygen circulation. The cold should be administered before the hot (apparently).
Other things are sitting properly and upright and laying on your back while sleeping (we know right?). Sitting properly can be just a problem for those of us who work long hours on our seats and sleeping on our backs like not sleeping at all. So we often times sleep on our sides or stomachs (my personal favourite). It is so wrong! (That’s all). So on to the next please…
Massages (the absolute best!)
“One who does not want a massage for back a ache suffers from chronic paranoia” (Anonymous).
Gently massaging a sore or tense muscle, is one of the most potent ways to loosen up and relieve pain. Although, you know not everyone can afford a personal masseuse when the pain kicks in. So you might want to go to the spa to get that miraculous touch you need for a fee, or less if you use jajawaka.com (that’s right). A professional massage with the ointments and what not at least once every week or twice a month (this is Lagos…) is such a fulfilment.
Finally and more importantly you need to drink a lot of water. Good drinking water does not kill. I don’t believe people exist with just four glasses of water on a good Lagos day.
Fitness is everything… Jajawaka.com #GoJajawaka
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Massage: Get in touch with its many benefits

Massage can be a powerful tool to help you take charge of your health and well-being. See if it’s right for you.

Massage is no longer available only through luxury spas and upscale health clubs. Today, massage therapy is offered in businesses, clinics, hospitals and even airports. If you’ve never tried massage, learn about its possible health benefits and what to expect during a massage therapy session.

What is massage?

Massage is a general term for pressing, rubbing and manipulating your skin, muscles, tendons and ligaments. Massage may range from light stroking to deep pressure. There are many different types of massage, including these common types:

Swedish massage. This is a gentle form of massage that uses long strokes, kneading, deep circular movements, vibration and tapping to help relax and energize you.
Deep massage. This massage technique uses slower, more-forceful strokes to target the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue, commonly to help with muscle damage from injuries.
Sports massage. This is similar to Swedish massage, but it’s geared toward people involved in sport activities to help prevent or treat injuries.
Trigger point massage. This massage focuses on areas of tight muscle fibers that can form in your muscles after injuries or overuse.
Benefits of massage

Massage is generally considered part of complementary and alternative medicine. It’s increasingly being offered along with standard treatment for a wide range of medical conditions and situations.

Studies of the benefits of massage demonstrate that it is an effective treatment for reducing stress, pain and muscle tension.

While more research is needed to confirm the benefits of massage, some studies have found massage may also be helpful for:

Anxiety
Digestive disorders
Fibromyalgia
Headaches
Insomnia related to stress
Myofascial pain syndrome
Soft tissue strains or injuries
Sports injuries
Temporomandibular joint pain

Beyond the benefits for specific conditions or diseases, some people enjoy massage because it often produces feelings of caring, comfort and connection.

Despite its benefits, massage isn’t meant as a replacement for regular medical care. Let your doctor know you’re trying massage and be sure to follow any standard treatment plans you have.

Risks of massage

Most people can benefit from massage. However, massage may not be appropriate if you have:

Bleeding disorders or take blood-thinning medication
Burns or healing wounds
Deep vein thrombosis
Fractures
Severe osteoporosis
Severe thrombocytopenia
Discuss the pros and cons of massage with your doctor, especially if you are pregnant or you have cancer or unexplained pain.

Some forms of massage can leave you feeling a bit sore the next day. But massage shouldn’t ordinarily be painful or uncomfortable. If any part of your massage doesn’t feel right or is painful, speak up right away. Most serious problems come from too much pressure during massage.

Source: Mayo Clinic Staff

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