- Relaxation and stress relief
- Mood enhancement, balance and well being
- Boosting the immune, respiratory and circulatory systems
- Relief of minor discomforts
Aromatherapy is a great, natural compliment or alternative to other health treatment options such as certain prescribed medications. However, aromatherapy doesn’t “cure” major illnesses but it is effective at alleviating many of the discomforts associated with them. Essential oilsare the heart of aromatherapy. They have been used to:
- Heal wounds
- Improve skin tone
- Regulate hormones
- Relieve menstrual cramps
- Decrease congestion
- Relieve tension headaches
- Relax muscles
- Improve sleep
- Kill fungal & bacterial infections
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A new Kaiser Permanente study found that those trying to lose 10 pounds or more were actually more likely to reach that goal if they had lower stress levels and slept on average 6-8 hours a night.
A number of other studies have shown many massage therapy benefits including: increased relaxation, reduced pain and stress, and improved sleep patterns.
According to Charles Elder, an investigator with the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research in Portland, Oregon, “This study suggests that when people are trying to lose weight, they should try to get the right amount of sleep and reduce their stress.”
So how can a routine massage help? Massage therapy helps decrease the production of the stress hormone cortisol. It can also lower heart rate and blood pressure. Massages help to get rid of muscle tension, ease depression and boost the immune system.
Besides all the ways massage can help ease the physical symptoms of stress, it can also give you some quiet time to relax. Massages are given in relaxing environments and can easily help you to forgot your stresses, and in turn lead to weight loss.
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Hot Stone Therapy melts away tension, eases muscle stiffness, and increases circulation and metabolism. 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. Our professional massage therapists then incorporate a customized massage, with the use of hot stones, to create a healing and relaxing experience.
Hot Stone Therapy is ideal for:
- Muscular aches
- Back pain
- Stress and anxiety
- Poor circulation
- Rheumatic and arthritic conditions
Hot Stone Therapy is gaining popularity for its ability to provide deeper muscle and tissue relaxation, which in turn releases more toxins and improves circulation. The benefits of Hot Stone Therapy have even been used in the treatment of insomnia and depression.
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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
As if your day weren’t full enough, here it comes — the unwelcome intrusion of a headache. It might be the vise grip of a tension headache, the pressure and ache of sinus pain, or the throbbing pain and nausea of a migraine. But you want it gone.
Before you simply pop a pill, “Take a step back and ask, ‘Why am I getting this headache?’ ” says Tara C. Sharma, M.D., board member of the American Association of Integrative Medicine.
Create friendly Head Space
Headaches can be a wake-up call from your body, inviting you to pay more attention to taking care of yourself. “Making yourself a priority isn’t selfish,” Dr. Sharma says. “It’s an investment in your well-being.”
Arrange the rhythms of your day to make room for regular meals and adequate rest since hunger and tiredness trigger headaches. And keep your mind and body on speaking terms through enjoyable exercise and relaxing rituals. Practice yoga, take an evening bath or, like Dr. Sharma, get a weekly massage.
Even a single massage may boost your body’s immune response, suggests a 2010 study in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. Fewer colds can mean fewer sinus infections and headaches.
Ease the Ache
When a headache does come calling, how do you chase it away? Since overuse of medication can trigger rebound headaches, consider these tips:
- Try a little do-it-yourself acupressure. Press your thumb into the web between your opposite thumb and index finger. Hold for 30 to 40 seconds to relieve headache pain. Repeat on the other side.
- Steam away sinus pain and pressure. Put a few drops of eucalyptus and tea tree oil in a bowl of boiling water and breathe in the steam to relieve congestion.
- Breathe. Slow, deep breaths short-circuit the fight-or-flight stress response and activate the calming effects of the parasympathetic nervous system, Dr. Sharma explains.
“The jungle out there is not going to change,” Dr. Sharma says. “It’s how you respond to stress that makes a difference.”
– By Teresa Caldwell Board
Whether you’re just starting to exercise or you’ve been at it for years, you may be sore after hitting the gym. Massage can relieve muscle soreness and inflammation that can occur as the result of exercising.
Massage is also beneficial in improving flexibility and range of motion, which can actually help you perform better and make your body less prone to injury at the gym. Looser muscles, joints and tendons are less likely to snap under pressure. Massage helps stimulate the production of the body’s natural joint lubricants, making stretching and movement in general easier.
A recent study from the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine divided people into two groups, one was given the most popular type of massage, a Swedish massage, whereas the other was given a light touch massage. Researchers took blood samples at intervals before and after both massages, the results were significant.
Never has there been a study to prove health benefits of massage apart from stress relief and relaxation but this study revealed the several physiological benefits of massage. Participant’s blood composition experienced an increase in lymphocytes by those who received the Swedish massage for 45 minutes. Lymphocytes are white cells in the body that help fight disease. In addition, the massage also lowered their cortisol levels (the hormone released in response to stress) and arginine vasopressin levels (a hormone linked with aggressive behavior).
So in addition to treating back pain, sleep disorders and lowering stress levels, keep in mind the benefits of a massage on your health. With another reason to pamper yourself, why not indulge!
Sit Forward and Relax. Your favorite Massage Envy clinic will come to you on your busiest days and help you relax during your few minute to spare. Massage Envy will even come to the office. Massage therapy in the workplace has showed an increase in productivity and less incidence of illness. Not only is it beneficial to your employees, it will also keep you competitive against employee recruitment. Ask about Massage Envy’s corporate Wellness Program. You can also generate buzz and give everyone something to talk about at the next event you host by arranging for your guests to receive a Massage Envy Chair Massage.