Recover From Holiday Stress Today!

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Do you want to recover from holiday stress? Start the new year right by feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.  Massage Envy offers a wide variety of massages that fulfill your relaxation need.

Here are all of the types of massages we offer:

Trigger Point Therapy

Swedish Massage

Deep Tissue Massage

Sports Massage

Reflexology

Cranial Sacral Therapy

Prenatal Massage

Geriatric Massage

Recover from holiday stress by scheduling your massage session today!

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Tips to Stay Healthy This Holiday Season

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Fall and winter are a time where you may have to admit, laziness can occur. The cold weather, Thanksgiving, holiday dinners and vacation can keep you from eating healthy and exercising everyday. Don’t worry: these tips will help you set your limit and keep you from going overboard.

Set your goal and limit:

If your goal to stay healthy is too general or vague, you will less likely to 100% reach your goal. Establish specific guidelines including a weekly meal and exercise plan. For example, you can allow yourself to eat one or two desserts a week and walk thirty minutes a day. Regularity and uniformity is key to helping you reach your goal.

Fall foods:

Eating fruits and vegetables based on each season are helpful because it is more affordable, more nutritious, and it tastes better. Pumpkins, apples, and Brussels sprouts are all in season!

Enhance your immune system:

It is typical that this season is known for people getting sick, especially children who are in school. To help you from getting sick this fall, eat simple and nutritious foods. Limit sugary foods and boost your vitamin intake!

Hydrate:

Even if it’s not hot like in the summer, it is still important keep yourself hydrated to keep your body running well and staying healthy.

At home fitness:

Just because it is cold outside, doesn’t mean you have to stop working out. You can create a small workout station in your home. You can do similar exercises that will keep you just as fit as you would if you were working outside.

 

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How To Reduce Stress In Your Life

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You’re probably thinking, that is absolutely impossible, but you would do anything to eliminate stress from your life. Stress is by far the number one factor that people deal with almost everyday. Whether it is work, school or other obligations, it widely affects our lives in the worst ways.

If you conquer stress, you are set for life. Feeling stress-free will automatically improve your mind, health, and body. Here are some tips to eliminate stress from your life:

Identify the stressors 

Take a few minutes to think about all the things that are making you stressed out. Make a list if you want. See which things you can eliminate that are making you stressed out, and things that you absolutely cannot eliminate. For the things that cannot be eliminated, strategize ways to make them less stressful. That is the first step into living a reduced stress life.

Stop unnecessary duties

Everyone has obligations in their life like work, school, running errands, etc, but are you taking on other commitments that are adding unnecessary stress to your life? Take steps to delete those activities that stress you out the most. This will already lift a weight off of your shoulder.

Procrastination 

All of us have procrastinated in our life at least once…or twice. Procrastination is one of the largest factors that cause us stress. You have a big project to do and you end up spending hours and hours trying to finish it the day before it is due. Allowing things to keep piling up does cause us a lot of stress. Find different ways to organize your responsibilities and create a top priority pile. Learning to be more organized and keeping your inbox clear will save you a lot of time to work on other things for yourself.

Being late

Being late to a very important meeting or to a class is something that stresses us out frequently. If you forget to set your alarm the night before, the feeling of having to rush to get everything ready and run out of the door is not fun at all. Learn ways to be early to places. Time yourself on how long it takes you to get ready and out the door, then set your alarm accordingly. Once you get in the habit of being early, you will more stress-free than ever before.

Get a massage! 

Did you know, massages are equivalent to getting 7-8 hours of sleep? When you don’t get enough sleep, stress piles on making your muscles extremely tense. After that one hour massage session, you will feel better already. Getting massages now and then will take the feeling of stress away and will help you feel a lot more relaxed in a short amount of time. Cope with your stress by scheduling a massage with us today! Find your location here.

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Healing Hands for Arthritis- Massage Envy

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It’s that time of the year again; Massage Envy and The Arthritis Foundation are partnering up to help lead the fight for arthritis. Some of us may understand the devastating affects of living with arthritis and the pain one can encounter almost every day. For those who don’t know what arthritis is, it is the inflammation of one or more joints, causing pain and stiffness that can worsen by age. More than 50 million Americans live with arthritis and are trying to find ways to cope with their anxiety and pain to live the best life possible.

Although there is no cure yet, the key approach to care focuses on diet, exercise, natural and medical therapies. One of the greatest therapies that help people cope with arthritis are massages. Massages help them control their symptoms and feel a sense of relief.

Join us on September 28 for our 6th annual Healing Hands for Arthritis event of the year! When you schedule a 60 minute massage at your local clinic, $10 dollars is donated to the Arthritis Foundation to help find a cure for America’s leading cause of disability. This is a one day event so don’t miss out on making a difference in the arthritis community.

Learn more about our one day event on September 28 and about arthritis here.

Simple Ways to Relax Backed Up By Scientists

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We try so many different ways to relax and cope with stress. Some of the techniques we try might not work, but here are some methods that will work proven by scientists:

Get a massage

Well that was simple. Getting a massage is a great way to relax and destress. A study testing the effects of back massages proved that people who received them had less stiffness and a decreased level of cortisol, the hormone that is connected with stress.

Meditate

An analysis that looked at different studies of relaxation trainings with people who had anxiety disorders and the effects of meditation were more positive than any other trainings that were done. Other studies also proved that meditation is a great technique for reducing anxiety and depression.

Exercise on the regular

In order to have a relaxed mind, you need to have a relaxed body. According to Harvard Medical school, “The relaxed body will, in turn, send signals of calm and control that help reduce mental tension.” You can choose any activity or workout you want that will keep your body and muscles moving. Exercising regularly will reduce endorphins and stress hormones.

A Warm Bath

According to the National Institute of Health, taking a warm bath increases blood flow which reduces the stiffness and pain in your muscle. The feeling of your body in warm water will ultimately ease your mind.

Time to Live a Healthier Life in the Summer!

It’s finally summer! It’s now time to relax, go on vacation, and try new things. With a little extra time, there are simple and fun things you can do to be healthier and give yourself a natural boost of energy. Here are some to get you started:

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If you are looking to improve your diet, berries are the answer. At least once a day, have a cup of anything with the word berries in it. Strawberries, blackberries, or blueberries. These are rich in antioxidants and fiber and will help prevent tissue damage as well as reduce the risk of age related illnesses or diseases. If you have a history of high cholesterol, berries can help lower your cholesterol and even prevent types of cancers!

2. Time to get dirty!

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Everyone has a time in their life, or several times where you feel STRESSED. If you are under a lot of of stress, these are a few simple and fun things you can do to relieve the anxiety and tension: Plant a garden, could be small or big, create a flower box or plant a few pots. The grounding feeling of putting your hands in soil makes you feel good and gives you relief from stress.

3. Floss=Boss

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Start flossing everyday, even if it’s so easy to forget. It reduces oral bacteria, and improves your overall health. If you do this, your already healthier than more than 80% of the United States!

4.Go Outside and release some energy!

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Going to the gym can be annoying, so pick an outdoor activity like a hike or rollerblading so you enjoy yourself while exercising. Playing football with your family outside or dancing with your friends is a great way to work out without even noticing, plus its perfect bonding time with friends and family!

5. Its time to get away

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How does going away for vacation even improve health? Well, going away for a few days to relax and detach from reality lowers heart rate, blood pressure, and stress hormones. Its time to book your vacation now!

If a vacation isn’t within your reach right now, you can always schedule a daycation with Massage Envy which is another way to feel healthier and reduce stress levels. Its an alternative and natural source of medication!

 

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4 Easy Ways to Improve Your Concentration

Do you find yourself at work scrolling through your Facebook news feed every 5 minutes when you are supposed to be focusing on that project that is due at the end of the day? Focusing is surprisingly one of the hardest things a human can do on a day to day basis. But don’t worry, these four tricks will help you get your work done in a timely manner without fiddling around.

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1. Take a Breather.

Two short breaks an hour should do the trick. Creating a periodic division where you take a breather twice an hour will make it easier to get what you need done for a longer period of time. How? Your brain adapts and gets habituated to what the stimulus is. This results you to stop and remind yourself of your goal to stay concentrated.

2. Turn off or put away your phone.

This seems like the hardest thing, but it is actually the factor that causes you to make mistakes on a task you have on the computer. A study from Florida State University showed that the group who constantly received text notifications and calls got more mistakes than the group who put their phone away.

3. Do not multi-task.

Are you eating dinner, watching Netflix, and finishing up a task from work? Instead of doing all these three things, stick to focusing on just one or two. A study revealed that your brain can’t handle 3 or more large tasks at once. The medial prefrontal cortex, a part of your brain is able to divide work in half, which leaves no room for a third.

4. Practice breathing techniques.

When you are on your break either at home or at work, take deep breaths and focus on your inhales and exhales. This technique can improve your performance by letting your mind focus on what is currently going on in the present instead of letting it wander.

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10 Reasons to Hydrate

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1. Increases Energy & Relieves Fatigue – Since your brain is mostly water, drinking it helps you think, focus and concentrate better, and be more alert. As an added bonus, your energy levels are also boosted!

2. Promotes Weight Loss – Removes by-products of fat, reduces eating intake (by filling up your tummy if consumed prior to meals), reduces hunger (hello natural appetite suppressant!), raises your metabolism, and has zero calories!

3. Flushes Out Toxins – Gets rid of waste through sweat and urination, which reduces the risk of kidney stones and UTI’s (urinary tract infections).

4. Improves Skin Complexion – Moisturizes your skin, keeps it fresh, soft, glowing, and smooth. Gets rid of wrinkles. It’s the best anti-aging treatment around!

5. Maintains Regularity – Aids in digestion, as water is essential to digest your food, and prevents constipation.

6. Boosts Immune System – A water guzzler is less likely to get sick. And who wouldn’t rather feel healthy the majority of the time? Drinking plenty of water helps fight against flu, cancer, and other ailments like heart attacks.

7. Natural Headache Remedy – Helps relieve and prevent headaches (migraines & back pains too!), which are commonly caused by dehydration.

8. Prevents Cramps & Sprains – Proper hydration helps keep joints lubricated and muscles more elastic so joint pain is less likely.

9. Puts You in a Good Mood – When the body is functioning at its best, you will feel great and be happy!

10. Save Money! – Water is FREE! Even if you choose bottled/filtered water, it’s STILL cheaper than that high sugar and fat-filled latte!

4 Ways to Unwind Before Bedtime

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How often to you think to yourself during the day about how tired you are, and you can’t quite wait until you can finally go home and go to sleep? Of course, by the time you get home and ready for bed you realize your mind is not ready to go sleep, leaving you wide awake for countless hours. Here are a few tips to unwind and relax your mind to get a better sleep.

  1. Turn off the screens
    The key to unwinding your mind before bed is to turn off your screens. Whether it is the television, cellphone, tablet etc.- these bright lights makes it hard for the body to switch to sleep mode.
  2. Write down stress or worries
    If you lay in bed and think about what needs to be done the next day make a list before going to bed to help clear your mind when it is actually bedtime.
  3. Stretching Before Laying Down
    Especially after a long and busy day your body can become sore and tense leaving it hard to get a restful night sleep. By spending a few minutes before bed stretching and breathing it will relax your mind and body as you prepare to go to sleep.
  4. Take a warm bath or shower
    This by far not only unwinds your mind but also relaxes your whole body before bed. By leaving the warm water to the cold temperature this helps your body and mind prepare to sleep mode.

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Are You In A Funk?

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Do you ever feel like time is just dragging? You may be feeling more sluggish or tired, and not worrying so much about your body and health. Sometimes life can get you down, but it is our own duties to keep our spirits high. Here are a few tips to keep you going during the rough times:

#1 GET A MASSAGE

It’s really quite simple. We promise you won’t regret your decision. A massage could be the kickstart to a new week and a new mind set.

#2 TAKE A WALK

If you have an office job, you may know this dilemma very well. The sun is almost rising on your way to work and the sun sets just as you are getting out. Fresh air is so important when we are feeling down. It could really change your entire day around by just spending 15 minutes outside.

#3 SPOIL YOURSELF

I’m sure most of us can say that we don’t spoil ourselves as much as we should. Life is short, buy those shoes you’ve been staring at for far too long.

Rough times will pass! So make sure that you keep a positive outlook and you take care of yourself every day of the year.

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Pre- and Post-Workout Snacks

Don’t let all your hard work at the gym go to waste. You need all the energy to give it your all during your workout to see the best results. Here are 8 snacks you should be eating before and after the gym:

Pre-Workout Snacks

  1. Banana and Peanut Butter
  2. Coconut Water
  3. Breakfast Smoothie
  4. Oatmeal

Post-Workout Snacks

  1. Quinoa
  2. Turkey Sandwich
  3. Chocolate Milk
  4. Chai Seeds

Get the most out our your exercise routine, and make sure that every week you take some time to cater to yourself and take care of your body.

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National Staying Healthy Month

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In honor of National Staying Healthy Month, let us tell you about total body care:

Life in general takes a toll on our bodies every single day. PTA meetings, soccer games, dentist appointments, work, school and everything in between, we are constantly on the move. Its on us to stop and hit the pause button. Taking a pause on the daily grind is an essential part of life.

Massage Envy can help. Let us help you take care of your body. Getting a massage or facial shouldn’t be a luxury. A regular massage can give your body the room it needs to stay healthy and nourished for a better life. A regular facial isn’t just maintenance for your skin. It will leave you with results that can be everlasting to your face.

The next time you need a break from this thing called life, let us be your partner in managing your body.

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Healthy Winter Diet Ideas

Winter is here. Even though that doesn’t mean much to us Floridian’s, we can still follow everyone else’s winter diet plans! Our foods are so much limited in the winter, but here are 4 foods that you should be eating more of over the next few months:

Pomegranates are loaded with antioxidants! Remember, only the juice and seeds inside are edible. When refrigerated in a plastic bag, pomegranates keep for up to 2 months. It is proven to fight high cholesterol and lowers blood pressure. It also increases the speed at which heart blockages melt away.

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Kale thrives in the winter months. It is particularly rich in vitamins A, C, and K. When they are steamed, their benefits of lowering cholesterol are much higher than if you ate them raw. Kale is also believed to fight cancer with a substance called sulforaphane and indole-3-carbinol. The body is normally missing the minerals your body needs, but Kale is a plant-based source of calcium and magnesium that will replenish the body.

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Oranges are the juiciest in the wintertime. Not only do they give you the best source of vitamin C, they can help you fight off any cold or allergy you may have from the “colder” weather. It is a great snack for any time of day. It is important to drink orange juice in the morning so your body can hydrate and get the vitamin C to function for the start of your day.

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Potatoes are a great source of vitamin C and B6. They are also a good source of foliate, which is especially great for women of childbearing age. Did you know potatoes have more potassium than a banana does? Believe it! Potassium is a mineral that is part of every body cell. It helps regulate fluids and mineral balance for the body. It also helps lower blood pressure.

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5 Tips to Stay Happy and Healthy Through The Holiday Season

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Drink Lots of Water

The holidays are a time to celebrate, and because of that people tend to drink more alcohol. In order to stay healthy it’s important to make sure you’re drinking tons of water to stay hydrated! Get in the habit of filling up a bottle of water in the morning and making sure you finish it by the end of the day.

Wash Your Hands

The single biggest threat to your health is the germs on your hands! Whether your traveling or just doing some last minute shopping, make sure to keep some hand sanitizer with you at all times! No one wants to be sick on the holidays.

Choose Healthy Snacks

Eat what you are looking forward to the most, but make sure it’s in moderation! Don’t over indulge yourself in all the dessert. It’s important you are getting enough of the vitamins you need. You’re going to need all the extra energy!

 Stay Active

We have the tendency of putting fitness on hold around the holidays. If you are unable to make it to the gym, take 20 minutes out of your day and go for a walk or a job around the neighborhood. Do this 2 or 3 times a week and you won’t gain that access weight you are over-thinking about!

 Controlling Stress

Treating yourself to a massage or a hot bath could be the thing you need to stay relaxed. We seem to get so caught up in the holidays that we forget the important things like taking care of YOU. If you are feeling overwhelmed, take some time for yourself and enjoy alone time. You’ll thank yourself later.

Thank you for allowing us to take care of you! Stay tuned for our next blog post and make sure that every week, you are able to enjoy some ME time.

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What’s Your Because Moment?

Whatever your reason may be, you know that you can always come to Massage Envy to enjoy some ‘ME’ time! We will help you manage the side effects of this beautiful thing we call living and help you feel your best every day.

Our therapists are here to alleviate every ache, pain or stress-no matter how small-because we agree on one thing: The good life should actually feel that way. There are  infinite reasons in our daily routines to take care of ourselves. At Massage Envy, we believe that we are part of your well-being journey. It’s time to take care of you!

So join us!  Share with us your #BecauseMoment across our social media pages and tell us why you’re part of the Massage Envy family.

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The New Massage Envy Is Here!

At Massage Envy, our brand is evolving  to reflect our mission in a better way. As always, the new Massage Envy is all about you! Everything you love about your local Massage Envy clinic in Central Florida will still be there, but you will start to see changes in how we look.

We believe that taking care of your body shouldn’t be a luxury. Proper massage and skincare routines provide us with many benefits for our daily life and help us relieve the negative effects of some of those daily activities that take a toll on our body. We believe you have the right to live each day to your maximum potential, and taking care of yourself is a vital part of that!

Our therapists and estheticians at Massage Envy Central Florida clinics are committed to total body care and will continue to elevate our industry’s bar to ensure an unmatched experience every time you visit us. Thank you for allowing us to help you feel your best!

You’re invited to join the movement to think about massage and skincare differently and share with us your #BecauseMoment across our social media platforms!

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5 Reasons to Eat Healthy

At Massage Envy Central Florida, our purpose is to help you live the best life you can. Whether you need help relaxing and revitalizing your body with a massage, or want to take care of your skin with one of our Murad Facials, we are here to join you in the path to better health.

Today, we are going to explore how proper nutrition is going to help you achieve your health goals and feel great. Here are five reasons eating right should be part of your daily life:

It protects your bones 

When you eat healthy food and get the recommended amount of calcium, vitamin D, and folic acid, you will build a strong skeleton. This will also help you prevent osteoporosis and fractures int he long term.

It makes you happier 

Recent studies found have that eating more fruits and vegetables can lead to feeling calmer, happier and more energetic.

It strengthens your immune system

Research has found that if you are getting your recommended daily dose of fruits and vegetables, you will boost your immune system and save at least five sick days.

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It results in clearer skin 

Scientists explain that you may be able to eat your way to a clearer complexion if you avoid over-eating certain foods such as sugary foods, dairy, and processed grains.

It soothes sore muscles 

What you eat greatly affects how quickly and how well your body will recover after a workout. For example, protein is vital in helping your muscles recover so if your body is not receiving the appropriate amount of protein it needs, it won’t recover well.

Healing Hands for Arthritis 2015

The 5th annual Healing Hands for Arthritis event and fundraiser was held on September 16, 2015, and we are proud to share that it was a great success across all of our Massage Envy Spa Central Florida clinics. This event helped us raise funds for the Arthritis Foundation. Thank you for participating and donating to this great cause. Here are some highlights of the great work that was done across our clinics:

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HHFA event at our Waterford Lakes clinic!

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Thanks so much for all you do for Sadie and the other kids with arthritis!!

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HHFA event at our Massage Envy Spa Oviedo clinic!

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HHFA event at our Massage Envy Spa Altamonte Springs clinic!

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Our Gainesville team was very excited for HHFA!

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Here is Kenzie participating on our HHFA event at our Massage Envy Spa Clermont clinic!

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HHFA event at our Massage Envy Spa Lake Mary clinic!

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HHFA event at our Massage Envy Spa Viera clinic!

4 Ways to Enjoy Some ‘ME Time’ Even If You Are Busy

Being an adult can be a wonderful thing, but it can also be very overwhelming because of the increased amount of responsibilities that you acquire over time. Your to-do list always gets longer as you progress through different stages in life and time is a precious commodity that you can’t afford to waste. If you have been struggling to make time to enjoy yourself or to do some activities to improve your overall wellbeing, take a look at the following 4 tips that can help you accomplish that:

Be Specific

Ask yourself these questions: What specifically do I want to do for myself? What does relaxing, resting, recharging or exercising mean to me? If you are very broad and schedule ‘free time’ for yourself, you are probably going to have a hard time deciding exactly what do to when that time comes, which can lead to wasted time, or you are going to end up yielding that space to on-the-go activities that come up. For example, if you are specific, you know what type of exercise you want to do, instead of just vaguely stating you want to workout. If you want to relax, be specific! Are you going to meditate, get a massage, go for a walk or take a nap? Be specific about what you want to accomplish, start with one or two activities a week and work your way up to integrate more.

Schedule It

Now that you know what you want, you can go ahead and put it in your calendar. This is where you make time for it and find time for yourself. This is as simple as scheduling a doctor’s appointment. You know at what time it is and where to be; by scheduling it you make sure you don’t miss it. So think of your ‘me time’ as the activities that help lift your spirit and keep you healthy. Schedule them just as you would schedule anything important. After all, you are very important!

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Make It Non-Negotiable

Since these activities will probably help you be in a better mood, feel better, be healthier, be stronger, or be more relaxed, they should be regarded as non-negotiable and as part of your life habits. Don’t replace them once you have scheduled them unless an emergency needs your attention. Since you have them in your calendar and you understand that taking care of yourself is very important, block those times out. Those 30 minutes or that hour that you took for yourself will help you perform better throughout the rest of the day.

Get Accountability

If you really want to include new activities on your routine, getting some support along the way will make a huge difference. If your goal is to workout and be more active, getting accountability can be as simple as joining an exercise group and sharing your goals with the instructor so they can help keep you on track. You can also rely on your best friend or partner and ask them to keep you accountable, motivated, and to be supportive. Sharing with someone else what you want to accomplish and asking them to join your efforts will provide you with extra motivation!

Taking time for yourself is important; if you are not well, you can’t serve others well. Making time for yourself doesn’t mean you are neglecting other priorities in your life, it just means that you are also one of your priorities—perhaps the most important one since without your health and well being, none of the other priorities can be met.

We hope you are able to enjoy more ‘ME time’ from now on!

5 Foods to Boost Your Mood Naturally

Studies have shown that the food we eat has chemical effects on our body depending on its properties. For example, you might notice that constantly consuming certain artificial foods gets you moody, tired, or anxious. Feeling like this prevents you from performing at optimal levels and enjoying your days. Let’s restore our bodies to their natural feel-good chemistry levels by learning the types of food that we can incorporate to our diet that will help us smile and build better brain health.

Mussels

Consuming mussels will provide your body with much-needed vitamin B12. This will help preserve your brain cells, keeping your mind sharp even as you grow older. The nutrients found in mussels will also help balance your mood and keep your thyroid healthy.

Swiss Chard

This food will provide magnesium to your body, which is essential for the proper conduction of the biochemical reactions in your brain and boosting your energy levels.

Blue Potatoes

Blue potatoes are rich in anthocyanins, which are very powerful antioxidants that will help you improve your short-term memory and reduce inflammation. If you are having a hard time finding blue potatoes on the supermarket you frequently shop at, stop by your local farmer’s market where you might be able to find them more easily.

Dark Chocolate

Dark Chocolate can help you feel more vibrant and energized because it improves blood flow to the brain. It will also help with concentration and mood. Make sure you stick with the darkest (highest percentage of cocoa) organic chocolate variety that you can, since milk chocolate tends to be high in sugar.

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Grass-Fed Lamb 

If your protein has been grass-feed, it will provide your body with conjugated linoleic acid and iron, which will help you moderate stress hormones, protect your brain cells and reduce inflammation-promoting belly fat.

(Source: www.rodalesorganiclife.com/food/brain-food )

National Stress Awareness Month

April is National Stress Awareness Month! Most of us experience stress on a daily basis, but it’s important to understand the affect stress has on our body. The daily stress we experience cause our bodies attack us. Our limbic brain takes over and shuts down all body systems which don’t help us fight or flee danger. This causes our body to always be on high alert. Our adrenaline levels don’t decrease. Our digestive, reproductive, and immune systems aren’t turned back on. This ends in a host of autoimmune, reproductive, and digestive issues.

Here are some great ways to reduce stress levels:

Stress Fighting Foods- Healthy, whole foods are great for fighting stress. Reaching for sugar or caffeine at the first sign of stress can actually decrease our body’s ability to combat stress. Leafy greens, avocados, and blueberries are out favorite stress fighting foods.

Take a Break- Go for a walk, read a book, or take a bath. It’s important to make some time to unwind and get your mind off all the constantly stress.

Get a Massage- Massage is one of the best ways to reduce stress. They can immediately lift your mood and help with anxiety, irritability, anger, and more.

What is your favorite way to reduce stress?

5 Daily Yoga Poses

Yoga is a great way to relax and also keep in shape. It can also be hard to find time for yoga during a hectic week. However, these 5 yoga poses are so quick and easy you can do them in just a few minutes right after you wake up, or even just before bed.

1. Cow Stretch: this is good for stretching your lower lumbar muscles.cow

2. Cat Stretch: similar to the cow stretch, be sure to embrace your inner feline.

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3. Warrior: breathe deeply while doing this pose, you should feel it in your entire body.warrior

 

4. Downward Facing Dog: this one is so easy even your kids can do it.

dog5. Child’s Pose: this is the perfect finishing pose, you can center yourself and get prepared for anything coming your way.

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Seasonal Produce Picks

Ever wonder why you can’t find your favorite produce in stock? Or why sometimes your favorite kind of fruit looks more fresh than others? There’s a possibility it’s because it’s in or out of season. While many times popular fruits and vegetables are available year round, they’re most flavorful when they’re in season. Follow this easy guide below to find out when your favorite fruits and vegetables are in season:

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How To Store Fruit

Fridge, pantry? 1 week or 2? Do you know the proper way to store your groceries? Where to store fruits and how long they stay good for can be tricky to remember. And nobody likes throwing away rotten food! Use this guide below to help:

Apple: store in your refrigerator drawer, unwrapped, for up to 3 weeks

Citrus: store on your refrigerator shelf, unwrapped (wrap if halved), for up to 2 weeks (2-3 days if halved)

Berries: store in your refrigerator drawer, uncovered in a vented container, for 3-5 days

Peach/Plum: store on your counter top to ripen (refrigerator shelf once ripe), unwrapped, for 5 days once ripe

Melon: store on your counter top, unwrapped, 5 days once ripe

Tomatoes: store on your counter top, unwrapped in a vented container, for 5 days

Grapes: store in your refrigerator drawer, in a vented container (or bag), for 1-2 weeks

9 Tips for Clean Eating

Eating right is sometimes easier said than done, but with these 9 clean eating tips, staying on track has never been easier.

1. Eat more! 6 small meals a day, every 2.5-3 hours

2. Eat breakfast within an hour after you wake up

3. Avoid consuming white sugar, alcohol, soda, and artificial sweeteners

4. Eat a mixture of lean protein and complex carbs

5. Eat healthy fats

6. Drink 2-3 liters of water every day

7. Depend on fruits and vegetables for all your essential vitamins and minerals

8. Pay attention to portion sizes!

9. Eat foods that haven’t been sprayed with toxins and chemicals

Healthy Thanksgiving Swaps

The holidays always seem to be the times when it’s easiest to get off track on eating healthy. This year, that doesn’t have to be the case! With these quick and easy Thanksgiving dinner swaps, you can stay on track and have a healthy, yummy Thanksgiving dinner.

1. Swap your fried turkey for a grilled turkey- not only is this healthier, but it will also free-up some much needed oven space.

2. Swap mashed potatoes for mashed cauliflower- get the light and fluffy texture of heavily buttered mashed potatoes for way less calories.

3. Bake your stuffing in muffin tins- this will help you control portion sizes and makes for a presentation your family and guests will be impressed with.

4. Swap sweet potatoes with marshmallows for sweet potatoes with goat cheese and chives- this simple swap will cut out tons of processed tasteless calories.

5. Swap the canned cranberry for real cranberry sauce- not only is the real thing more delicious, it’s also way healthier too.

What changes are you making this year to have a healthier Thanksgiving dinner?

Green Juice Recipe

Mix and match your ingredients, and get a new juice every time! Grab your juicer and ingredients, and let’s go.

Base Options: (pick one or both)

1. Celery
2. Cucumber

Green Leafs: (pick at least one)

1. Romaine
2. Kale
3. Spinach
4. Collards
5. Cabbage
6. Dandelion
7. Arugula

Fruit: (pick at least one)

1. Green apple
2. Green pear
3. Lemon
4. Lime
5. Grapefruit
6. Kiwi

Other optional goodies:

1. Chia seeds
2. Broccoli stems
3. Sprouts
4. Ginger root
5. Cayenne pepper
6. Wheatgrass shot
7. E3 Live

Happy Juicing!

Are You Getting Enough Sleep?

It’s no secret that with juggling all the different aspects of life- work, kids, school, family & friends, etc- sleep isn’t always a priority. But a lack of sleep is a huge problem. It can affect your productivity and mood, success at your workplace and at school, and your relationships. Here are 7 ways to tell if you’re not getting enough sleep:

1. You’re constantly hungry, especially for junk foods. Sleep affects your body’s production of grehlin, which determines your hunger and satiety. Not enough sleep can lead too the production of too much of the hormone, which makes you crave those fatty foods.

2. You’re always misplacing important things, like your wallet and keys. A major symptom of sleep deprivation is forgetfulness. Getting the right amount of sleep can help you remember the next time you put them down.

3. You depend too much on caffeine. If you need 2 or 3 cups of coffee just to function in the morning, you may be dependent on caffeine.

4. Your emotions are all out of whack. If you’re crying or irritable for no reason (and if you’re a female have determined it’s not PMS), your emotional batteries may need some charging.

5. You always wake up groggy. This can be an indicator of not only too little sleep, but too much sleep too.

6. You start to fall half-alseep at any chance you get. For example, you start to nod off while sitting in a car or on the couch, but you can’t seem to sleep at night. Even though it may be hard, hold off on napping so you can actually get sleep at night.

7. You can’t seem to fight off being sick. A lack of sleep makes it very hard to fight off an illness, and it actually makes you even more sick.

 

Healing Hands for Arthritis

We’re very excited to host the fourth annual Healing Hands for Arthritis event on September 17th, 2014. $10 from every one-hour massage and facial session on September 17th will be donated to the Arthritis Foundation. Since 2011, Massage Envy has donated more than $2 million to the cause.

“We are thrilled to once again take part in such a significant cause,” Adam Toporek, Regional Developer for Massage Envy in Central Florida. “The entire Massage Envy Spa team is dedicated to raising awareness for arthritis and the millions of Americans affected by it.”

Call us today at 888-675-3689, or book your appointment online http://www.massageenvy.com/regions/FL/Orlando.aspx

We hope to see you there!

Top 5 Skin Care Myths

A lot of time and energy is spent into achieving smooth, clear skin. Lots of times it’s easy to try and take skincare into our own hands, and sometimes what we don’t know CAN hurt us. Let’s clear up some of the most common skincare myths we’ve been taught:

1. Roughly scrubbing your face will clear acne
Washing your face cleans surface oils, dirt, and dead skin cells. Washing your face too often can cause dryness and irritation. Aim for washing your face no more than 2x a day, and make sure to pat your face dry with a soft, clean towel.

2. Junk food causes acne
No significant links have been found between acne and junk food. However, wiping greasy foods on your face can lead to inflamed pores and acne.

3. Popping pimples is the quickest way to get rid of a blemish
By popping a pimple, you’re actually pushing bacteria, dead skin cells, and oil further into the skin and surrounding pores. This can cause your acne to spread and even scar.

4. Steaming your skin opens pores
A pore is simply a small hole in the skin which sweat escapes from. There are no muscles attached to them, and believe it or not they can’t open or close. Steaming can help cleanse and moisturize, but it will not change a pores size.

5. Shaving makes hair grow back thicker and darker
There has bee no links found between shaving and hair thickness or color. Hair can feel coarser and thicker after shaving because the blade gives it a blunt edge.

How do you keep your skin looking flawless?

20 Ways To Relax

Now that the kids are headed back to school, it’s time to focus on you again. What better way to start the school year than by improving your health? There couldn’t be a better time to relax and enjoy yourself. No matter if you have 5 or 50 minutes, it’s important take the time to reduce your stress.

Here are a few quick ways to get some ME time:

1. Take a bath

2. Call a friend

3. Go to a yoga class

4. Listen to music

5. Take a walk

6. Visit an art gallery

7. Read a book

8. Get a massage

9. Write in a journal

10. Take a nap

11. Go to a park

12. Ride a bike

13. Meditate

14. Sip green tea

15. Stretch

16. Dance

17. Buy flowers

18. Light your favorite scented candle

19. Go to the gym

20. Cook your favorite meal

How do you like to relax?

Morning Yoga Routine

Rise and shine! Starting your morning off on the right foot can put you on track for a happy and productive day. A great way to do that is to implement a yoga routine into your morning schedule. Early morning yoga is great for regulating your sleep rhythm and balancing your hormones. Check out this morning yoga sequence:

What do you include in your morning routine?

Last Minute 4th of July Ideas

What better way to relax and enjoy the 4th of July with all your favorite foods- patriotic style! If you haven’t finalized your weekend menu yet, we’ve got you covered. Check out these yummy (and healthy!) holiday food ideas:


A star shaped cookie cutter is a great way to spruce up this tasty treat! Try adding some red, white, and blue flags for a more festive look.

For a quick and easy breakfast treat, try this American flag toast. All you need is some strawberry jam, a few blueberries, and a banana.

Sweeten things up with some patriotic skewers. Stack a few strawberries, blueberries, marshmallows, and angel food cake for the perfect red, white, and blue mix.

Don’t forget about drinks! Add some strawberries, blueberries, and star fruit to your water for a fresh taste and a pop of color

Or make your own strawberry and blueberry infused ice!

BONUS: Up-cycle old mason jars for a great silverware holder

For more holiday ideas, visit our Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/massageenvycf/. Enjoy!

5 Unique Hurricane Tips

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Hurricanes have a special place in our heart in Florida. The effects range from a few days off of work and school (in the Florida heat with no electricity… or air conditioning) to complete devastation of a town. When you are younger its a thrill, but when you have a home, children, and yourself to worry about, it becomes much more real. Remember to keep yourself updated to protect yourself and your family.

Here are 5 unique hurricane tips to use this summer!

1. Storing ice from your ice maker in clean bags in a spare freezer throughout the season is a great way to ensure you will be able to keep things cool once the power goes out.

2. Using your camping gear is a great resource for traveling and use in your home if you don’t have electricity.

3. Have a family member or friend from out of the area for each person to call in-case local phone lines are jammed. They will be able to keep a tally on who is okay and where they are to relay the information back to you.

4. Make arrangements for pets and livestock. Pets may not be allowed into emergency shelters for health and space reasons. Contact your local humane society for information on animal shelters.

5. Make dog tags for each member of your family with emergency contact information. Keep them in your hurricane prep areas until evacuation is suggested.

 

 

Why You Need a Mini Zen Garden (DIY)

Our Inspiration

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We all see those boxed zen rock garden kits on corner isles of our local books and gift stores, and we’ll admit they seem like more work than they are worth.

We changed our minds! After seeing these energetic photos, we are excited to share our favorite parts of a Zen Garden & how we plan to make our own!

 Why they are great:

100% Customizable: Size, color, accessories, you name it. Designing your own Zen or Rock Garden can be fun and will get your creative juices flowing! If you want to do a larger project, we recommend using a professional (if you decide to transform a section of your yard or home). We think the best sizes for a DIY-er is table top sized or smaller (something you won’t be walking through). Colored sand is something to look into as well as rocks, or plants. Cacti are generally easy to take care of and you can find them at any local store. Use diverse rocks and accessories to make it your own!

Easier than meditation: meditation is an important life style characteristic that can help you focus, and reduces stress. We get it, not everyone likes the idea of meditation or justify the time spent-that’s OK! Use your Rock Garden to help you think outside of the box and take a step back at work. Use it to re-focus your energy at home. Look at it when you get confused about big decision! Taking the time to rake through the sand and design patterns and waves is can take you to a happy place before you know it.

Conversation Starter: let your garden be a focal point in your home, talk to co-workers about it. Show off your creative and new, zen, mantra to your friends. People love to play around with zen gardens, especially if they have never seen a unique one. It can add character and an ounce of luxury to your home decor.

The best part: they are budget friendly. Designing your garden can cost as little or as much as you want to invest. Visiting your local craft stores, looking through your own drawers of hidden treasures or thrifting can give your garden the vibe that you want to create.

TIPS: 

  • Start off small and gradually put your garden into bigger spaces. Add accessories over time and as your moods when using the garden change, their flexibility is an asset.
  • Consider your gardens surroundings. It is probably the best idea to keep it out of reach of small children and away from rooms with strong fans, your sand or rocks my disappear and end up in your vacuum!
  • Use exotic and energizing colors, or go for a monochromatic look, based on what you want to inspire in yourself while using your garden.

Pinterest ideas we love:

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5 Essential Oils and Their Amazing Health Benefits

Essential Oils are a natural, chemical-free alternative to treating many every day issues including stress, acne, and nausea. The oils come straight from plants and have recently become popular with aromatherapy. Here are a few of our favorites:

1. Peppermint- Used to soothe stomach aches and sore muscles, as well as help with PMS and headaches. Put a drop of peppermint oil into a pot of boiling water and breathe in the steam (careful not to get too close!).

2. Lavender- Calms the nervous system, and helps improve sleep and joint pain. Lavender is also known to help with acne, respiratory problems, and urinary disorders.

3. Sesame- A natural moisturizer, great for hair and skin treatments. It’s also believed to help lower stress levels and high blood pressure.

4. Lemon Balm- Aids in anxiety and depression, as well as insomnia and headaches.

5. Clove- A natural antiseptic, used to help treat minor bug bites, cuts, and scrapes.

What are your favorite essential oils?

Free Food and Family Bonding! (Let’s get growing!)

We’ve heard it, we’ve longed for it, we don’t have time for it. The benefits of growing your own produce; are they real? You bet they are! Starting the process of having your own garden can seem daunting. The soil, weather,  time and energy, and not to mention all the critters that seem to eat your fresh goodies before you get the chance, are all valid reason why we would just rather go to whole foods or our local grocery store.

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So were diving deeper past the “organic is better for you, support your local farmers, and getting away from pesticides” benefits (all very important), and looking at the true happiness gardening can bring you and your family.

Yes, its hard work. Yes, there may be some whining when its hot and everyone would rather be playing and relaxing than potting soil and pulling weeds, but the benefits you reap from gardening with your family will surpass these minor struggles. Bonding with your loved ones over the labor ends with an accomplished day, a nice dinner, and relaxing time that is truly enjoyed (instead of weekend boredom). The feeling will only grow.

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As you watch your plant(s) develop, it will be an exciting journey with your family. When you finally get to pick the fruits of your labor, you enjoy the rewarding experience with them. You have accomplished memories and taken pictures that will last in your young one’s hearts forever, and with you. Not to mention you get to eat what you grow! What you create from the earth will taste so much better and it’s free!

Plan a weekend of gardening with your family this year. You can start off with herbs and small vegetables like peppers in potted soil, or start a whole garden in your own back yard!

What will you do with your loved ones this spring?

American Heart Month

 

Each year, 1 in every 4 deaths is caused by heart disease. What most people don’t know, is that heart disease can often be prevented by living a healthy lifestyle. In honor of February being American Heart Month, we’re offering tips for better heart health.

Attaining a healthy lifestyle all starts with one small step. Get healthy in the kitchen and spice up your dinner plate by using natural herbs and cutting out salt. Start your journey toward an active lifestyle by going for a 30 minute walk or bike ride each day. Most importantly, monitor your blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

Each step you take, no matter how small, will bring you closer and closer to a healthier heart, so don’t get overwhelmed. Ask friends and family to join you on your journey to help you stay encouraged and focused.

National Hottie Month! (Teas and Their Benefits)

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You heard us. January is National hot tea month!

For ages, teas have been used and looked at as a staple for healthy beverages and pure delight. From bottled green tea energizing our yoga enthusiasts, Arizona Teas becoming all the rage, and who could forget good-old sweet iced tea from south of the Mason-Dixon.

In honor of hot tea month, we did a little digging and found the basic myths and highlights about teas. Hopefully, this can keep reminding us that just because it says “tea”, doesn’t mean it’s the healthiest option on the menu.

First the basics:

“Tea is a name given to a lot of brews, but purists consider only green tea, black tea, white tea, oolong tea, and pu-erh tea the real thing. They are all derived from the Camellia sinensis plant, a shrub native to China and India, and contain unique antioxidants called flavonoids. The most potent of these, known as ECGC, may help against free radicals that can contribute to cancer, heart disease, and clogged arteries.

All these teas also have caffeine and theanine, which affect the brain and seem to heighten mental alertness.” (We found that gem of a description from WebMD)

Three steps on how to keep your tea simple and healthy:

What kind of tea did you choose? If you stop by your local café and order a Passion, Refresh or Vanilla Rooibos, you’re ordering an herbal tea. They are going to taste great because of they’re a fusion of plants, fruits, and flowers, but are not derived from the Camellia plant. This means that the antioxidants unique to tea are usually missing. Ask your barista what kind of tea your usual is. Ask them which tea would be most related if it is herbal or another fusion.

What are you adding to your tea? Sweet tea has a pretty strong hold on the southern states of the U.S. Filled with sugar (the more the better) iced sweet tea, can boost your daily calorie intake by up to 300 calories! (Per serving). Talk about drinking your calories. Other teas to look out for are stationed at your convenience store, bottled or canned. Remember to take a look at the label to see what the “tea” you’re buying is really made of. Watch out for preservatives, added sugars, and artificial sweeteners. Obviously, drinking that would be counterproductive if you’re drinking tea to get a jump start on your health consciousness.

**Do you add sweetener to the tea yourself? Try using natural enhancers like Agave or Honey! Any Tea-Bar should be equipped with a supply, and it gives your tea a holistic essence. Way better than dissolving a few packs of sugar, if you ask us.

What do you want your tea to do for you? Many have sought after green tea as a metabolism booster or black tea for a caffeine kick. Read this blog we found, 6 , to learn more about your favorites and to find new teas that could benefit your goals.

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So, tell us! What are your favorite teas? Have you made a switch from coffee to tea; what has your experience been? Leave your ideas in our comments section!

The start of the New Year is the perfect time to get back on track with eating healthy. For most of us it is easy to lose sight of your resolutions, but with these helpful tips you’ll be sure to stay healthy:1. Control your portion size

Downsizing your dishes is a great way to cut out extra calories. Try using a smaller plate or bowl; this will help make your portions seem larger than they are.

2. Stay active

It’s always important to stay active. Go for a walk. Ride a bike. The opportunities are endless. Aim for around 30 minutes every day.

3. Cut out the processed foods

Processed foods may seem low in calories, but they can be filled with tons of hidden ingredients that are bad for you. Stick to the fresh fruits and vegetables.

4. Take care of your skin

The sun does lots of damage to your skin over time. Regular facials can help reverse the effects of sun damage. It’s also important to wear sunscreen every day, even when it is cloudy.

5. Think positive

Always think positive and expect good things from yourself! Just by changing the way of thinking, you’ll be looking in be mirror at a much healthier you.

Here’s to a healthy, happy new you!

Staying Healthy and Happy in the Holiday Season

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Thanksgiving, were looking at you!

During the holidays we tend to let it be a cheat month in regards to our healthier eating habbits. With family and friends stopping by, chilly weather, and the fact that were wearing pants and jackets, who cares about gaining a pound or two?

Did you know that this time of year is when people become the most depressed? The best way to battle this is keeping your happy and healthy through the holidays here of four tips how.

Tips to staying healthy during the holiday season:

  1. Eat breakfast – yes, even if you are waking up early to do a massive amount of cooking or baking. Eating just a bowl of oatmeal or and omelet can help kick start your metabolism, resulting in feeling great and keeping your busy days productive, as well.
  2. Just eat it! – While we bake and prepare large meals, we can all admit we take a bite of everything. Everything! From pastries, to tasting a slice of turkey, having one piece of candy from the holiday displays, and even the veggie tray we slaved over, we try it! Because one taste won’t hurt, right? Wrong! All of those calories add up. Because you’re not eating to fill yourself, you won’t even notice. Instead of snacking all day, just eat lunch! Make an entire snack, or have your pastry. You’ll be more productive if you give your body the energy it needs and won’t snack your entire daily calorie intake away.
  3. Skip the green bean casserole – yes, it’s delicious, and yes every family has their own famous recipe. But were calling out the casserole. It is not the same thing as eating a serving of veggies. It is not! If it’s something you can’t get over leaving out of your meal, plan to have more cooked vegetables. Salads are great, but they still don’t have the same nutrients our body needs to keep working healthily. Carrots, broccoli, and spinach are all vegetables we forget about when planning our meals. Instead of making them separately, you could always buy a bag of mixed frozen vegetables at your grocery store and make them right before you sit down. Plus, it adds some vibrant color to your plates!
  4. Plan an activity – After thanksgiving we tend to be in the mindset that it’s time to settle down while some nap,  play cards or catch up over coffee and left-overs. Instead, take a group walk around your neighborhood.  If the people in your family are active, plan a flag football game, or a homemade obstacle course. Being outside and active will help your body digest all of those delicious foods and can keep you from feeling run-down after clean up. Not to mention, being in a group activity is a better way to reconnect with family members and for children to be in touch with relatives they may not see often. Planning an activity will be more memorable for years to come.

What are some ways you keep your holiday season healthier?

3 Ways We’re Staying Fit in Fall

Admit it. We all love Fall! Pumpkin Spice Lattes, cool breezes, the sun not beaming down on our every move—it’s great! School is starting and our weekends are being filled with fantasy football points, pumpkin carving contests, and so many things to bake!

What happened to our summer beach bodies? Somewhere in the madness of daylight savings, the temperature dropping and our schedules getting busy, we start to prioritize other things before our health and self-esteem. Here are a few ways to enjoy the Fall fun, while keeping your body happy; before the ginger bread cookies come out, anyway.

Staying Fit in Fall:

  1. Actively watch your favorite shows – all of the premieres are starting to pop up, how can we miss them to go to the gym? We don’t have to! There are tons of websites (ahem, pinterest) that gives examples and quick workouts you can do at home. During all those commercial breaks do some jumping jacks and sit ups instead of scrolling through instagram, or delegating chores.
  2. Get outside – the temperature is finally able to bear in Central Florida. Beaches are starting to clear and the love bugs are starting to leave! Take the time to visit the beach and take a walk with your family, or by yourself. Take in the freshness of Fall and find a new hiking trail. Try out canoeing or paddle boarding! The options are endless.
  3. Sports – if you have children, chances are they’re seasons are all beginning. Instead of bringing a book or your laptop, try walking around the perimeter of field or sport complex. Walk up and down some bleachers, anything! You might think people are looking at you crazy, but what they’re really thinking is “wow, they must be really dedicated. I wish I could be as healthy as them.” If you don’t have children, join a club or league yourself. There are tons of adult teams you can join, or even start your own; it’s fun, gets you outside and exercising, and is great to just socialize and get out of the house!

These points convinced us, were not letting our beach bods get off the hook. We want to still be fit and healthy in all seasons!

Join us!

Celebrities with Arthritis. Massages for a cause!

For the past two years massage envy has been participating in an event to raise awareness and funds to fight arthritis. Nationwide they have raised over $1 million for the Arthritis Foundation! (How awesome is that!)

What they do, is donate $10 from EVERY one-hour massage. This year they are taking reservations for the cause on September 18th. In central Florida you can participate at all 13 of our locations! These include: Altamonte Springs, Clermont, Downtown/SODO, Dr. Phillips, Gainesville, Hunter’s Creek, Lake Mary/Sanford, Oviedo, Port Orange, Viera, Waterford Lakes, Winter Garden, and Winter Park.

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Did you know Lucille ball dealt with Rheumatoid Arthritis from the age of 17? Did you know that rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder? (You’re immune system accidentally attacks your own body). Other autoimmune disorders include diseases like Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Lupus, Graves Disease, and Diabetes Type 1. 

The point is, arthritis isn’t just the 50-60 somethings you see on commercials that can’t sew and put their hobby planes together anymore.It  is an incredibly painful disease that can even lead to joint deformation and bone corrosion.

Help Massage Envy take this stance for victims of arthritis and book a massage! Not only will you feel great from a day at a spa, you can rest assured that you’re relaxing for a cause.

For more info, visit http://www.massageenvy.com/healing-hands-for-arthritis. See you there!

5 Reasons Massage Gift-Cards are Great for Father’s Day

Father’s Day is right around the corner! (Sunday, June 16) Sure, father’s day gifts usually consist of a new tie, a gift set of tools, or golfing gear, but why not switch it up this year and treat your husband or dad to a massage gift card?

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Spas don’t have the reputation of being masculine, but the benefits of massage therapy should change that.  Even Phil, from Duck Dynasty changed his mind about them while in Hawaii! MensHealth.com posted an article of the benefits of massage relating to men.

Massage therapy has been proven to: decrease neck and lower back pain, enhance athletic performance, managing high blood pressure, and boost moods. Plus, it will really let him relax on his day!

Follow this link to read the entire Mens Health article: http://www.menshealth.com/mhlists/massage-benefits/high-blood-pressure.php#slidetop

Girls Trip to the Spa

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Relax this Memorial Day Weekend with a girls trip to the spa! What better way to spend your memorial day weekend than with a nice relaxing massage with your best girls? Over time your body can produce an unhealthy build up of hormones. This can lead to sleeplessness, headaches, and in some cases digestive problems.Regular massage can decrease cortisol in the body, which allows it to enter a relaxing rest-and-recovery mode, which lasts long after the massage is over! Along with this, massage therapy essentially triggers a host of brain chemistry responses which result in long lasting feelings of lowered stress and improved moods. So give yourself the break you deserve this weekend and treat yourself to a massage. If you’re having an especially hard week, consider pampering yourself to the extreme with a massage, facial, and a foot scrub! For more information, visitwww.massageenvy.com