If you are one of 40 million Americans who suffer from indoor/outdoor allergies, you are already aware that the season is among us. It’s time to break out the Benadryl, tissues and eye drops but who knew that making an appointment for a massage was among allergy relief treatments?
According to the American Massage Therapy Association, massage therapists can help relieve some allergy symptoms by reducing stress, increasing circulation, releasing muscle tension and reprogramming the body’s panic reaction, which can exacerbate symptoms.
While there are few studies researching massage therapy and allergy relief, we do know that massage helps to relieve stress and stress definitely impacts your allergies. Also, just lying in the face down position can provide immediate relief from sinus congestion related to allergies. This position also allows your therapist to work on the upper back and shoulders, where many sinus trigger points are located.
You also may want to add aromatherapy to your massage session. Essential oils such as eucalyptus, pine, menthol, peppermint and lemon placed on points such as temples, neck and ears can open up your sinus cavities and create excellent movement within.
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.
- Start your day off by exercising. The more calories you burn now, the more you can enjoy later.
- Eat small, healthy meals throughout the day to prepare for a big dinner.
- Don’t arrive at a party hungry. This may lead to poor eating decisions. Eat a piece of fruit or yogurt before heading out.
- When at dinner, first fill half your plate with fruits and veggies. Then add the holiday treats; just be mindful of portion control.
- Pass on sugary soft drinks and instead satisfy your sweet tooth with one piece of dessert.
- Hydrate with water. Often when we think we’re hungry, we’re actually just thirsty.
- Be mindful of alcohol. Beer, wine and alcohol are high in calories and will definitely stimulate your appetite.
- Leave the leftovers. It’s okay to indulge here and there, but don’t take the holiday grub home to your fridge.
- Remember, it takes about 20 minutes to start feeling full. Eat slowly and enjoy every bite to help curb overeating.
- Finally, have fun! Don’t stress about treating yourself during the holidays. Just enjoy your time with friends and family over good, delicious food.