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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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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!

Massage Envy To Host Healing Hands for Arthritis Event

Massage Envy is gearing up to host the annual Healing Hands for Arthritis event on Wednesday, September 19. All Massage Envy locations nationwide, including 12 central Florida locations, will partner up with the Arthritis Foundation for the event to help raise awareness and funds for the organization.

“There’s no easier way to give back than to treat yourself, a friend or family member to a relaxing and rejuvenating massage or facial,” said Adam Toporek, Regional Developer for Massage Envy in Central Florida. “We welcome the Central Florida community to join us on September 19 to help fight arthritis, a disease that affects 50 million Americans and is America’s leading cause of disability.”

All day from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on September 19, Massage Envy will donate $10 from every one-hour massage and facial session to the Arthritis Foundation. In addition, Murad—Massage Envy’s exclusive skincare partner—will donate 10 percent of all sales of products sold at Massage Envy on the day.

Those who wish to participate are encouraged to make an appointment by calling the nearest Massage Envy location or visiting the website at http://www.massageenvy.com to schedule an appointment.

The Arthritis Foundation is the largest national nonprofit organization supporting more than 100 types of arthritis and related conditions. Since its founding in 1948, the foundation has funded more than $450 million in research grants making it the largest private, nonprofit contributor to arthritis research in the world.

Get the most of your next session by adding a scent

Roses. Fresh-cut grass. Your mother’s perfume. Mint. An orange being peeled.

These are smells many of us can imagine. Whether good or bad in our minds, smells can take us back to an event in time and provoke emotion. They can wake us up – or relax us. And that’s what’s at work behind aromatherapy.

“Fragrance is processed in an area of the brain that also processes memory and emotion,” says Mindy Green, co-author of Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art and owner of botanicals consulting company Green Scentsations.

“It’s a lock-and-key system,” adds Kathy Padecky, certified massage therapist and instructor at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. “You can smell a scent and immediately feel an emotion.”

Aromatherapy and Its History

It’s important to note that aromatherapy isn’t just about any smell, Green says. A number of perfumed products on the market, she says, have diluted the reputation of aromatherapy – and given consumers the wrong impression.

“True aromatherapy is only gained by essential oils derived from nature,” she says. “You might find a fragrance that smells nice and even evokes a memory, but you don’t get the same therapeutic effect from a synthetic.”

So, what are essential oils? They’re complex mixtures of chemical compounds found in aromatic plants, writes Anne Williams, author of Spa Bodywork: A Guide for Massage Therapists. Specialized structures that store essential oils are found in leaves, needles, twigs, bark, heartwood, flowers, fruits, stems, roots, flowering tops, zests and peels.

While plants have been used as medicine since early civilizations, modern aromatherapy owes its beginning to French chemist René-Maurice Gattefossé. Already familiar with chemicals because of his exposure to his family’s perfumery business, he began experimenting with oils to heal wounds, later coining the term aromatherapy.

The Benefits and Caveats

Essential oils have various uses. “For example, some essential oils are topical analgesics,” Williams writes. “When they are applied to soft tissue they decrease sensations of pain. Oils like lavender, Roman or German chamomile, and sweet marjoram sedate the body and decrease stress because they stimulate an area of the brain which causes the release of serotonin.”

During a massage, an oil like lavender can help you relax in order to maximize the effects of your massage. And at the end of a massage, a stimulating oil might be used to help you wake up.

But, Green warns, not all scents are for everyone.

“Everybody has different scent perceptions,” she says. So, if you favor a certain scent over another, go with your preference. Something you dislike may not relax you just because it relaxes someone else.

And, Padecky notes, pregnant women are advised not to use aromatherapy, particularly during the first trimester. In addition, people with allergies or asthma may find triggers in certain oils and should be cautious. Plus, some oils, such as citrus oils, can make skin particularly sensitive to the sun.

For most people, however, aromatherapy has tremendous therapeutic benefits especially when
combined with a massage therapy session. “The whole premise of taking a deep breath and slowing down is part of meditation,” Green says. “Then, you add that to inhaling something you find pleasant, and stress just melts away.”

Add color to improve your mood!

Why are spas blue? Why do restaurants decorate with red? Why are legal pads yellow? (Blue is relaxing, red is stimulating, and yellow-while unnerving in large doses-helps us concentrate better.) For an instant mood booster, dress up your white walls or beige blouse with a splash of color.

Get cool. Blues, lavenders and greens calm your senses. Why do you think celebs sit in a “green room” before they go onstage?

Go warm. Reds, oranges and yellows excite and stimulate. Try displaying a bowl of

fresh lemons or tossing orange throw pillows onto your sofa. Feeling more daring? Paint your kitchen cabinets fire-engine red.

Wear your color. Whether you don a fuchsia scarf (fun!), a red dress (sexy!) or a black suit (in control!), the color you wear sends a message about who you are.


For people with chronic pain, massage therapy can bring real relief

WE’VE ALL EXPERIENCED PAIN at one time or another. But unless you live with chronic pain, it’s tough to understand how severely it can infringe on your quality of life.

Massage therapy is one of the many treatments available for chronic pain. Diana L. Thompson, a licensed massage practitioner and president of the Massage Therapy Foundation, has seen firsthand how massage therapy can help people with chronic pain.

She participated in a study of various treatments for lower-back pain, including massage therapy. “With massage therapy, we were able to see positive results after as few as eight massage sessions,” Thompson says. “And the relief continued for up to a year after the participants stopped receiving the massages.”

Another benefit of massage therapy, Thompson points out, is the education massage therapists can provide during a series of sessions. “We can help people retrain their thinking so they can establish a better relationship with their own body,” she explains. “Then they can make decisions about how to take care of themselves, such as knowing when it’s time for a massage, or to use an ice pack, or to do some stretching exercises or just take a break.”

Lower-back pain and neck pain are among the most common types of chronic pain, but massage therapy can be beneficial for many other issues (see “Helping Hands”). If you suffer from chronic pain, be sure to tell your massage therapist about your condition. Share as much information as you can about how the pain is affecting your life, including specific activities you’re having trouble with or avoiding because of pain.

“Really think about the results of massage in terms of your ability to participate more in your own life,” Thompson says. “We might not be able to get rid of the pain completely, but we can help you be much more functional and comfortable in your daily life.”

—By Amy Lynn Smith

 

Meditation On The Go

Is your mind a streaming dialogue? Does the mental chatter leave you exhausted and anxious? Maybe you need meditation to restore calm and balance.

Several research studies point to the benefits of meditation for physical and emotional well-being, including a 2007 Chinese study that suggested meditation reduces cortisol, a stress hormone, and improves mood. Meditation also has been recognized for helping some people cope with medical illnesses, such as cancer, heart disease and multiple sclerosis, plus insomnia and depression.

Meditation strengthens your capacity to be aware of the present, says Klia Bassing, director of Visit Yourself at Work, which teaches meditation in the workplace. Bassing helps clients gain clarity by focusing on the breath. “When you pay attention on a deep, internal level, you bring awareness to the very center of things,” she says. “It allows you to know you have a choice about how to relate to something, and whether you’ll give it energy.”

Too busy to sit still? Here are some on-the-spot tips to practice mindfulness during the daily grind:

At the office. Before checking e-mails and voice messages in the morning, sit at your desk, close your eyes for a few minutes and “let yourself arrive,” advises Bassing. A daily meditation such as this helps break the cycle of constantly “leaning into the future” with thoughts like “Will I make my deadline?” or “What does my co-worker think of me?”

At the supermarket. When you get stuck in a slow checkout line and think, “Why does this always happen to me?,” breathe and notice the anxiety and self-judgment. “You’ll notice that the situation is happening, but not happening to you,” she says.

Washing dishes. Connect to the sensory elements of the water, soap and dishes to help reframe what might be a dull chore into a pleasant ritual, according to Bassing. “It also keeps the mind from drifting to other negative thoughts that occur while doing something boring.”

– By Sally J. Clasen