Touch of Wellness

Three Clear Skin Foods You Should be Eating in 2013

When you feel healthy on the inside your skin reflects it on the outside! It can also be said that what you put into your body can affect how you look on the outside, so it’s very important to feed your body well! All the acne medicine in the world may not solve blemish problems unless you’re working on your diet as well.

We often focus on what we shouldn’t be eating to prevent blemishes… but it’s what we’re not eating that could be the key to clear skin. If you’re lacking essentials like zinc, carotenoids, and fiber you could be depriving your body of what it needs to keep your skin clear!

Try these foods high in zinc: pumpkin seeds, almonds, chickpeas, oysters, beef and baked beans. Zinc reduces inflammation, shrinking bumps while it slows sebum production. This combo reduces oily shine and prevents clogged pores. While vitamins and supplements are a good option to get in your daily zinc requirements, nothing beats nutrition from its natural source. Toss back a handful of almonds or pumpkin seeds daily to see gradual improvements in your skin.

Carotenoids which turn into vitamin A in your body, attack blemishes in three ways; they reduce inflammation, encourage cell turnover and strengthen your skins immunities to bacteria. Munch on mangos, cantaloupe, carrots, spinach and sweet potatoes to soak up the benefits of carotenoids and see improvements. The key is to stick with fresh varieties of these foods to boost the benefits they give your skin.

Finally, add fiber! Switch out white for wheat, and cut processed, unhealthy carbs. Refined carbohydrates trigger he body to respond by producing more insulin which, in turn triggers hormone changes in your body which increase oil production and cell multiplication. This combo, in short can lead to clogged pores and unsightly blemishes. By consuming fewer processed grains and more unrefined carbs your body takes more time to digest and absorb the calories keeping blood sugar steady preventing a whole slew of skin problems. Stick to brown rice and whole grain bread products; it also doesn’t hurt to add a fiber supplement to your daily routine.

To jump start your routine to clear skin, consider a Murad facial with us, and with these simple changes in your diet you could glow for 2013! For more information, visit http://www.massageenvy.com.

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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.

Keep healthy during flu season by fighting germs

We all know that washing our hands with soap and warm water is the most critical thing to do. Here are some additional tips to help keep you and your family healthy, especially during flu season.

• Disinfect all electronics, including your keyboard, mouse, phone, remote control and any video game controllers.

• Don’t forget doorknobs, faucets, and light switches. These also should be disinfected to prevent the spread of germs.

• Feather dusters tend to move dust around the room rather than capture it for good. Instead, try a microfiber or electrostatic cloth.

• Slide your furniture around if it’s not heavy or ask a family member or colleague for help. You’ll be surprised by the amount of dirt and dust that hides under your couch or desk.

• Shared spaces, like the office kitchen, are germ magnets. Bring your own coffee mug and wash it daily. And throw out old sponges – a known hot spot for bacteria.

• If you suffer from allergies, you may want to try out a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air-filtered) vacuum cleaner. They have been shown to substantially remove allergens and contaminants from carpets and other surfaces.

It’s National Soup Month, so eat up!

January is National Soup Month and there is no better way to celebrate then indulging in a warm, hearty bowl of soup. Soup can be a meal or a snack. It can fill you up when you’re watching your waistline or help you defrost on a chilly day.


If that’s not enough to persuade you to cook up a pot of homemade comfort tonight, consider this: Soup also saves time and money. A large batch can feed your family for several days and costs only a few dollars. Here are some healthy ingredients you may want to throw into your next pot.

Beans – Rich in dietary fiber, which has been shown to have a number of benefits including decreased risk of coronary artery disease

Spinach – Provides folate, a water-soluble B vitamin that occurs naturally in food and needed to make normal red blood cells and prevent anemia

Sweet Potato – Packed with potassium to help maintain healthy blood pressure and strong bones

Kale – Filled with Vitamin A to keep eyes and skin healthy and help to protect against infections

Broccoli – A natural source of Vitamin C to help build your immune system and fight off cardiovascular disease

Don’t forget to add your favorite seasoning, broth and protein. Now, what are you waiting for? Prepare a pot tonight. Your soul will thank you.

Stay focused and keep your Resolutions on track

The new year is finally here and many of us have already begun contemplating a personal list of resolutions for the New Year. As expected, some of these goals will fall by the wayside after only a month or two. With the holidays behind us, now is the time to get focused, set realistic goals and finally let 2012 be the year of the Resolution Revolution!

Whether you are focusing on healthy living or organization, tying a personal meaning to your resolution will help make your goals more attainable. Do you want to kick your smoking habit because of all the health hazards? Have you knocked out foods with high cholesterol because of your family history of heart disease? Understanding the long-term benefits of your resolution will help keep you on track.

Seek motivation by telling family and friends of your progress and realize that results take time. If you find yourself struggling to reach your personal goals, reevaluate your resolutions without giving up completely.

The most important thing to remember is that you can achieve your New Year’s resolutions by staying focused and maintaining a positive attitude each and every day. From all of us at Massage Envy, we want to wish you a New Year filled with good health and wellness.

Holiday Gift Guide from Massage Envy’s TOW Blog

Are you making a list and checking it twice? There are only a few more weeks left to finish all your holiday shopping. Forget fighting the overcrowded mall this year and give the gift of wellness with a Massage Envy gift card. They can be used for a massage session or facial treatment and can be purchased in any denomination either online or at your local Massage Envy clinic.
Still looking for the perfect gift? Hopefully our Holiday Gift Guide will help!

On-the-go Mom – For the on-the-go mom, we recommend the Trigger Point Therapy massage. This treatment relieves a tight area within muscle tissue causing pain to other areas of the body. Help mom get to the bottom of her back or neck pain and she will be forever grateful.

Traveling Dad – If you have a dad that is constantly traveling, we suggest a Deep Tissue Massage to release muscle tension. This treatment focuses on the deepest layers of muscle tissue, tendons and fascia (the protective layer surrounding muscles, bones and joints). Send dad into pure bliss, because he deserves it.

Busy College Student – Final exams can be stressful, no doubt about that. After days spent studying in the library, help the college student in your life get his or her glow back with one of our four Murad® Healthy Skin facials.

Stressed-out Significant Other – Treat your significant other to ultimate relaxation with Hot Stone Envy. Each 90-minute Hot Stone session features the placement of smooth, water-heated stones at key points on the body to allow for deeper relaxation of the muscles. Say good-bye to stress, tension and anxiety with this healing experience.

Hard-working Friend – For friends, colleagues, neighbors or teachers who are always working so hard, show them how much you appreciate all they do with a customized massage or facial session. Make it extra special by adding AromaTherapy to naturally help enhance their well-being.

Surviving the upcoming Holiday Feasts

It’s just a matter of time before all of the holiday invites start coming your way– Christmas Eve, Christmas, Hanukkah, New Years, the excuses to eat continue! Prepare to sit down at a table filled with stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet corn, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, and cookies.  Thank god you’re wearing stretchy pants!

While the holidays are a time to celebrate and indulge, you want to be sure not to go overboard. Enjoy the holiday season without adding inches to your waistline with these basic healthy eating survival tips.

  1. Start your day off by exercising. The more calories you burn now, the more you can enjoy later.
  2. Eat small, healthy meals throughout the day to prepare for a big dinner.
  3. Don’t arrive at a party hungry. This may lead to poor eating decisions. Eat a piece of fruit or yogurt before heading out.
  4. When at dinner, first fill half your plate with fruits and veggies. Then add the holiday treats; just be mindful of portion control.
  5. Pass on sugary soft drinks and instead satisfy your sweet tooth with one piece of dessert.
  6. Hydrate with water. Often when we think we’re hungry, we’re actually just thirsty.
  7. Be mindful of alcohol. Beer, wine and alcohol are high in calories and will definitely stimulate your appetite.
  8. Leave the leftovers. It’s okay to indulge here and there, but don’t take the holiday grub home to your fridge.
  9. Remember, it takes about 20 minutes to start feeling full. Eat slowly and enjoy every bite to help curb overeating.
  10. Finally, have fun! Don’t stress about treating yourself during the holidays. Just enjoy your time with friends and family over good, delicious food.

Relieve Tired Eyes

Finally, you have a great night’s sleep and feel relaxed and rejuvenated. You start your morning routine, look in the mirror and notice that those annoying dark circles are still there. We know how frustrating this can be. But it’s important to remember that the skin around your eyes is very delicate. One night of restful sleep may not do the trick. So, we called upon the skincare experts at Murad® to learn more about dark circles and how to prevent them.

The skin around the eyes is fragile, and readily shows the signs of age, fatigue and stress. The tissue is thinner, water evaporation is rapid and the collagen and elastin fibers are less numerous. In addition, the eye area has few (if any) oil-producing glands, so it requires intense hydration that my not be appropriate for the rest of your face.

Although some dark circles are genetic, you can reduce their appearance by getting plenty of sleep and keeping your body hydrated by eating lots of raw fruits and vegetables on daily basis.

You can also relieve tired eyes with products that contain wild yam and soybean to increase firmness, caffeine and light refractors to minimize puffiness and chamomile extract to calm and soothe.

Most importantly, take time to relax! Sleep and relaxation are key to keeping your eyes looking refreshed and youthful. Try taking a hot bath before bed and make sure to shut off all distractions (television, Smartphone and computers) an hour before you turn in for the night.

At all Massage Envy Spa clinics, we offer four different Murad® Healthy Skin facials, as well as an array of Murad® skincare products. To determine what treatment is best for your skin, visit http://www.massageenvy.com/facials.