The Colour Spectrum

colourIn viewing a rainbow, one is exposed to the wonders of the colour spectrum revealed to the eye as red, orange, yellow, green,  blue, indigo and violet. 


May one then ask where white and black feature? White is in fact a reflection of all colours,  black on the other hand being the absorption of all colours. Whether having biblical connotations or not, a rainbow is a sight to behold and many other varying velocities of light contain all the splendours of the universe.


Colour becomes apparent due to different frequencies of light from an untold number of objects.


For example, an apple is not coloured red, the frequency of light reflected off the apple reaches the optic nerve in the brain which transmits the ray, the eye then observes red.


In a previous article, colour and it’s affects were discussed, red being vibrant and stimulating, yellow a nerve tonic as is sunlight, green the colour of nature calming, blue suggesting spaciousness, chilly and for some depressing and violet cold and magnetic.


There is no doubt that colour plays a role in our emotions and industry utilizes this to enhance and lure consumers to their products and services.


But what is the origin of these emotions? Well these commence as an inner feeling and how one reacts is up to the individual. We react to many stimuli and the outcome generally depends on the practicality or maturity of an individual.


However, back to the colour spectrum !  Beyond the visible red of the spectrum ` the long, invisible infra-red rays exist, characteristically having properties of deep penetration and for this reason have to be used with caution. The suggested time span is 5 minutes per treatment  otherwise there is a potential for deep tissue being burned.  Infra-red treatment is commonly used to relieve pain. Beauticians utilize these rays for the penetration of creams and oils when clients suffer from dry skin and scalp.


At the end of the spectrum radiating short rays, the invisible ultra-violet rays occur, having 3 classifications as follows :


UVA rays are the longest, can pass through glass and in relation to skin, penetrate the lower dermal layer causing premature aging.


UVB rays are dangerous in that these affect the lower epidermis can be the cause of skin cancer and thickening of skin.


UVC rays affect mainly the outer epidermal layer, commonly used to treat psoriasis, eczema and acne.


With great awareness of the dangers of sunbathing, ultra violet radiation in a spa or salon will promote a suntan. However clients should enquire of the type of UV rays being emitted with minimal skin damage.


Certain contra-indications exist being exposed to ultra violet rays such as :


Clients with very fair, sensitive skins, those complexions having freckles and/or moles, a history of skin cancer and the intake of certain drugs with photo-sensitivity.


Lastly should clients not have the time or inclination to undergo sun bed radiation, Matsimela has a beautifying topical bronzing crème in store and available online.


Go on and try it !



All about Oxygen

Covering HeadIt is perhaps relevant to begin this week’s article by mentioning that the American President, Donald Trump has just withdrawn from the Paris treaty on climate change, the signatories being those in countries who are fighting for less pollution and cleaner air, being a major consideration.


3.5 billion years ago there was no oxygen in the air, yet the first life began to evolve on our planet. Our species later became much smarter due to a rush of blood to the head, this liquid tissue containing oxygen. Should this be halted, one would pass out in seconds.


The air that we breathe in changes from day to day ` even hour to hour, especially in highly urbanized and industrial areas. According to research, the deadliest pollutants are mobile sources like trains, planes and automobiles with factories not far behind.


Ozone is worth a mention being a type of oxygen, a deep layer of which encircles the earth and shields the planet from harmful ultra violet rays.


Much discussion has been around of late regarding holes in the planet’s ozone layer.


Readers have no doubt heard of ions in the air which are relative to the stability of oxygen, being of a positive or negative nature.


These are all around us and even impact on our health and the way we feel.


Positive ions, strangely are detrimental and can affect the lungs and respiratory tract. When these are excessive we may lack energy, feel tense, irritable and out of sorts. They are dominant when using hair dryers,  illumination from fluorescent lights, radiation from televisions and other electrical gadgets.


On the other hand, negative ions have a more wholesome affect. These have the ability to attract dust, moulds and certain allergens thereby acting as purifiers. For the best inhalation, one may ask where are these dominant?  Well near to the ocean, waterfalls and mountainous areas where negative ions exist.  One can also experience negative ions on the palate after a thunderstorm !


A home device called an Ionizer uses electricity to clear toxins by releasing negatively charged particles that attach to airborne impurities.


However, there are apparently negative effects of which to be aware.


Ever wondered in which part of South Africa one would hope to find the purest air?


Well, take a deep breath because the most polluted air which comes as quite a shock is found in Hartebeespoort, probably due to proximity to large cities like Pretoria and Johannesburg! Think about this when next planning a “healthy” day out of doors !!


One cannot choose the air one breathes, but a regular visit to a wellness centre or spa can induce relaxation, better breathing and elimination of toxins within the body.


Or why don’t you choose a selection of your favourite Matsimela products through one of our stores or online and experience your own home spa !


Father's Day

Fathers DayThere are various theories as to the origins of Father’s Day, but the most poignant refers to the year 1910 in the USA when a woman was greatly concerned regarding the loss of about 360 men due to an explosion in a coal mine. She argued that the children who had lost their dads should honour them with a day of remembrance. We understand that this could have been the birth of Father’s day.


In terms of different eras, there are “old” dads and “new” dads ' so let us get an overall picture of dads during the 1950’s.
In these times Moms were very much stay-at-home parents, wholly responsible for keeping the home fires burning, as it were.


A common sight would have been dad heading for his job all professionally decked out in suit and hat!
When at home, he was a proud home-maker and spent much time with his offspring over weekends which enriched his life.


Fast forward to the 1970’s with enormous change both culturally and politically! This was the birth of the “hippy culture” the “flower children”, dominated by peace, love and anti-war symbolism.


Dads now wore colourful clothing, had hair down to the shoulders and insulated themselves from the realities of the world, with a perception that poor in materialism but rich in spirit was advantageous to a better world. The children’s upbringing was however of a rather permissive style!


But that is all in the past for we are now well and truly in the 21st century, some say a turning point in fatherhood. Seldom nowadays do we encounter the image of the distant dad, whose value to his children lay in the size of his pay package.


Despite the pressures of today’s living, many dads have managed to balance technology with pleasure having greater involvement with their children’s activities, neither do gifts of a technological nature need to dominate.


Dads still love toiletries like aftershave & manly fragranced soaps. Matsimela has an amazing Father’s day offering available.


Some overlooked aspects of remaining healthy

Some Overlooked Aspects of Remaining HealthyHuman beings in first world countries have become almost over -zealous about cleanliness and determination to rid our home of so called “enemies”.


Many a shelf is lined with an array of aerosols having convincing labels and guaranteed results to eradicate bugs, germs, viruses and fungi - not to mention air fresheners that cloud the atmosphere with masses of particles that we inhale daily. 


Medically speaking, many of us certainly overdo the ingestion of antibiotics and masses of pills of all shapes and colours convinced that these will ensure better health.


Few can deny that we are the “darlings” of the alternate medicine industry putting millions of Rands annually into corporate bank accounts.


In our homes we wipe, vacuum, wash and polish, buy hypo-allergenic products and ensure that hand sanitizers are never lacking, not to mention the fear of a myriad of diseases lurking like strangers about to attack, because we have a multitude of symptoms listed on the internet, a doctor’s nightmare !


In reality, much of the above is probably not bad practice and better than neglect arising, but there are other important health issues such as having our bodies scanned,  X-rayed and examined for more serious problems often undetected until too late, such as mentioned below :


Pap smear

It is generally advised that this procedure be undertaken once women are sexually active and / or over the age of 21 years. Early detection of prematurely active cancer cells in the cervix at the mouth of the womb, can lead to treatment to ensure a more healthy environment.


Cellular changes too can be observed for the human papilloma virus which causes warts .



This entails an X-ray of breast tissue to establish any foreign activity such as a growth manifesting as a lump in the breast or underarm area.


This procedure is essential if there is a history of cancer in a family and is not uncomfortable as is generally thought.


Statistics reveal that a greater number of women die from breast cancer than any other type.



Should one discover that faeces are black in colour, this may indicate that blood is present or that abnormal cells are evident in the bowel and be indicative of  colon cancer. Polyps on the other hand may be found by the surgeon usually just benign growths.  A short hospital stay is required.


Finally, in terms of topical body care, that old adage comes to mind that  “beauty is only skin deep”, however there is no reason not to constantly take of this important outer organ that envelopes our bodies.


Myths regarding Body Hydration

Myths Regarding Body HydrationLectures, conversations and advice regarding the intake of water stimulate much speculation, so this week’s article will attempt to “bust” some myths.


It now seems to be the norm to carry a bottle of water as if a permanent extension of one’s arm! But is this liquid that one drinks more hype than fact?
In the first place, without expanding on the intricate physiology of the bodies water needs, water is essential to maintain body temperature and the volume of one’s blood.


Although “water fanatics” in all good faith attempt to flood the body with water, this is absorbed relatively slowly and is mostly extra–cellular [whereas intra-cellular represents 40% of the bodies water] and it is not generally known that water moves in and out of all cells via chemical reactions.


Readers are no doubt familiar with the term electrolytes, the intake of which are essential especially after a bout of diahorraea and / or vomiting.

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