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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.

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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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.

National Massage Therapy Awareness Week

The American Massage Therapy Association is gearing up for the 16th annual National Massage Therapy Awareness Week! The Association hosts this week every year to spread awareness of the importance of massage therapy and all of the fantastic benefits that come along with it!

This year’s official dates are October 21st-27th. Clear your calendars and book your appointments today!

Visit http://www.massageenvy.com/regions/FL/Orlando.aspx to learn more about the Massage Envy experience.

 

Meditation: A Simple Way to Manage Stress

Most people are or have been plagued by stress in their lives. Anything from work to family issues can cause stress on a person. If stress has you feeling anxious, tense and worried then you should consider trying meditation. This is a simple and fast way to help you feel more relaxed, even spending a few minutes a day in meditation can restore your calmness.

 

Anyone can practice meditation. It requires no special equipment and you can do it virtually anywhere you feel comfortable.

 

Meditation has been practiced for thousands of years. It was originally meant to help deepen understanding of the sacred and mystical forces of life. Nowadays, meditation is typically just used for relaxation and stress reduction. It is considered a mind-body complementary medicine, producing a deep state of relaxation and a tranquil mind. Meditation will allow you to clear away the information overload that’s built up in your mind everyday contributing to your stress. You can practice everyday by focusing on steady breathing or central thoughts.

Research suggests that there are some physical health benefits as well. Meditation may help such conditions as high blood pressure, depression, anxiety disorders, asthma and even allergies! Meditation is not a replacement for traditional medical treatment, but may be a useful addition to your other treatments.

 

There are many types of meditation and relaxation techniques to choose from. Here are a few detailed ways to meditate:

 

Guided meditation. Sometimes called guided imagery or visualization, with this method of meditation you form mental images of places or situations you find relaxing. You try to use as many senses as possible, such as smells, sights, sounds and textures. You may be led through this process by a guide or teacher.

Mindfulness meditation. This type of meditation is based on being mindful, or having an increased awareness and acceptance of living in the present moment. You broaden your conscious awareness. You focus on what you experience during meditation, such as the flow of your breath. You can observe your thoughts and emotions but let them pass without judgment.

Transcendental meditation. You use a mantra, such as a word, sound or phrase repeatedly silently, to narrow your conscious awareness and eliminate all thoughts from your mind. You focus exclusively on your mantra to achieve a state of perfect stillness and consciousness.

Yoga. You perform a series of postures and controlled breathing exercises to promote a more flexible body and a calm mind. As you move through poses that require balance and concentration, you’re encouraged to focus less on your busy day and more on the moment.

Try out any of these techniques that you feel works best for you and what you enjoy doing. You can adapt your meditation to meet your needs at the moment. Remember there is no right or wrong way to enjoy all of the wonderful mind and body health benefits of meditation!

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.