Touch of Wellness

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.

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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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!

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Top 10 Lean Proteins

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This month is our National Nutritional Month! Start choosing lean proteins over foods high in fat to start down your path to wellness. Here are the Top 10 Lean Proteins to include in your diet.

  1. Quinoa – a heritage grain that has a fluffy texture
  2. Skyr – Icelandic-style yogurt is made from nonfat milk
  3. Egg Whites – the clear, white part of the egg
  4. Nut butters – peanut, almond, cashew, or another nut butter
  5. Oatmeal – breakfast meal that has an interesting texture
  6. Soy – vegan-friendly lean protein alternative
  7. Black beans
  8. White meat chicken
  9. Daily catch – fish
  10. Sunflower seeds

These proteins are sure to help build lean muscle mass and cut higher fat and calorie meats. Paired with a regular workout schedule and massage appointment your health will be in tip top shape. For more information, visit http://www.massageenvy.com.

Adding Tea to Your Diet: a Simple Way to Boost Your Health Today!

Did you know swapping you daily coffee for tea could be beneficial for your body!?And while there are many teas with tasty flavors including fruits and mint, these teas may not have any benefits other than their taste. Stick to green, black, oolong, or white teas. These tea types are chock full of antioxidants and phytochemicals.  Research shows that polyphenols and phytochemicals are what give tea its health benefits.

Here are a few ways that tea could improve your health:

• The antioxidants in teas have been shown to protect people from a range of cancers, including breast, colon, prostate and skin.
• Tea helps hydrate the body, despite the caffeine it contains.
• Consumption of hot tea regularly has been shown to cinch waist circumference and BMI, decrease your risk of heart attack and lower the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease.

Take tea’s health boosting powers to the next level! Brew up a cup of green tea.

• The catechins (another kind of antioxidant) in green tea extract can increase your body’s ability to burn fat, thereby increasing muscle endurance.
• Studies have shown green tea can help people with diabetes process sugar better.
• Evidence also shows that green tea can improve bone mineral density and strength.
• The polyphenols in green tea may help maintain the parts of the brain that regulate learning and memory, and as a result help prevent and treat degenerative neurological diseases.
• Green tea may even help protect you from ultraviolet rays.

Of course drinking tea isn’t the only thing you should be doing to improve your health, a healthy diet and moderate exercise are vital to good health! Try implementing a cup of tea a day to get some of the awesome benefits tea can give you! For more ways to stay healthy, check out our Pinterest at http://pinterest.com/massageenvycf/!

Take Your Toes to Massage Envy for a Sugar Fix

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If your job and the daily grind have your feet feeling worn out, Massage Envy has just what you need to fully relax and find relief. Take your toes to any of the 14 Central Florida Massage Envy locations to enjoy our new Sugar Foot Scrub!

The Sugar Foot Scrub is ideal for reducing daily stress and discomfort and relieves dry callused skin, revealing healthy happy feet! The Sugar Foot Scrub treatment can be added to any massage session for only $10 as part of Massage Envy Spa’s Enhanced Therapies menu. Formulated specifically for Massage Envy’s customers, the scrub combines sugar and essential oils like jojoba and olive oil to moisturize, comfort and cleanse feet leaving them clean, moisturized and soft!

Massage Envy’s specially designed formula contains extra fine sugar granules and less oil than a typical sugar foot scrub, allowing for easier absorption into the skin. The scrub cleans and exfoliates, removes dead skin cells, and soothes the surface of the skin while stimulating lymph flow and increasing circulation. Post scrub, a whipped Bon Vital Body Butter, which is blended with cocoa butter, Shea butter, beeswax and lavender oil, is also applied to add a hydrating protective layer to the freshly scrubbed skin.

Improve circulation and get happy feet at Massage Envy by making time for a Sugar Foot Scrub today! For more information on where to get a Sugar Foot Scrub in the Orlando area, head to http://www.massageenvy.com/regions/FL/Orlando.aspx

Aroma Therapy: Rest, Relax and Rejuvenate with Essential Oils

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AromaTherapy could greatly add to the benefits you receive during your massage sessions. The fragrant oils naturally extracted from herbs flowers, and fruits can increase circulation, promote relaxation and decrease pain and agitation.

At Massage Envy, you can choose from any of our four essential oil blends to enhance your massage experience.

Our blends range from Anxiety Release, which eases nervousness and apprehension to Mint and Rosemary which aims to enliven the body and mind. If you need to focus on release from any discomfort caused by pain aches and pains and to keep it simple it’s aptly named Aches and Pains. If it’s restful sleep you need, Lavender Garden will help calm your mind and get your drifting off to la-la land in no time.

For more information on any of the blends in our AromaTherapy collection visit http://www.massageenvy.com/types-of-massage/choices/aromatherapy.aspx or stop in to talk to one of our professional massage therapists about the benefits of AromaTherapy!

This Valentines Day Give the Gift of Relaxation

Massage Envy Gift Cards: The Perfect Gift for Your Valentine

This February 14th help your Valentine de-stress and give them the gift of relaxation with Massage Envy! With SO many benefits, a massage with Massage Envy is the perfect gift for anyone you love and giving the gift of relaxation has never been easier!

With a gift card from Massage Envy, your sweetheart can choose from any of our massage types and add upgrades like AromaTherapy and Deep Muscle Therapy. Our AromaTherapy essential oils are a great way for your Valentine to boost the benefits of their time with the massage therapist. For a Valentine who experiences pain from injuries and chronic conditions, our Deep Muscle treatment combines full-body massage with warming and cooling thermal products to provide deep muscle pain relief.

If you are also in need of a little relaxation, a couples massage is a great way to spend quality time together. You can stop by any of our 13 Central Florida locations to pick up gift cards and memberships for your sweetie.

To make it even easier to give the perfect valentine, Massage Envy now has the option to deliver gift cards electronically. It’s free to order your gift card online and have it delivered to your Valentines email the next day! Visit https://www.massageenvy.com/gift-cards.aspx