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The start of the New Year is the perfect time to get back on track with eating healthy. For most of us it is easy to lose sight of your resolutions, but with these helpful tips you’ll be sure to stay healthy:1. Control your portion size

Downsizing your dishes is a great way to cut out extra calories. Try using a smaller plate or bowl; this will help make your portions seem larger than they are.

2. Stay active

It’s always important to stay active. Go for a walk. Ride a bike. The opportunities are endless. Aim for around 30 minutes every day.

3. Cut out the processed foods

Processed foods may seem low in calories, but they can be filled with tons of hidden ingredients that are bad for you. Stick to the fresh fruits and vegetables.

4. Take care of your skin

The sun does lots of damage to your skin over time. Regular facials can help reverse the effects of sun damage. It’s also important to wear sunscreen every day, even when it is cloudy.

5. Think positive

Always think positive and expect good things from yourself! Just by changing the way of thinking, you’ll be looking in be mirror at a much healthier you.

Here’s to a healthy, happy new you!

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Girls Trip to the Spa

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Relax this Memorial Day Weekend with a girls trip to the spa! What better way to spend your memorial day weekend than with a nice relaxing massage with your best girls? Over time your body can produce an unhealthy build up of hormones. This can lead to sleeplessness, headaches, and in some cases digestive problems.Regular massage can decrease cortisol in the body, which allows it to enter a relaxing rest-and-recovery mode, which lasts long after the massage is over! Along with this, massage therapy essentially triggers a host of brain chemistry responses which result in long lasting feelings of lowered stress and improved moods. So give yourself the break you deserve this weekend and treat yourself to a massage. If you’re having an especially hard week, consider pampering yourself to the extreme with a massage, facial, and a foot scrub! For more information, visitwww.massageenvy.com

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

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Mother’s Day is quickly approaching! With that in mind it’s time to start thinking of ways to show your mother, wife, or friend how much you care. What better way than with a spa gift card? Give your mom the gift of relaxation! With a gift card, your mother will be able choose from a facial, massage, or even both. She can get any kind of treatment to cater to her needs. Your mom will be able to choose between many different types of massages including Trigger Point Therapy, to help manage pain and stress from injuries, a Deep Tissue massage to release any tension, and many others! She can also get a facial to moisturize her skin, improve tone, and texture! For more information, visit http://www.massageenvy.com/regions/FL/Orlando.aspx

Florida Sun is Dangerous, How to Protect your Skin from Damage

Living in Florida, we get plenty of sun which means plenty of Vitamin D! Vitamin D is naturally produced when the sunlight reaches your skin and it’s essential to stay healthy. In order for your organs and cells to function properly your body requires around 600 IU daily. This is easily obtained through 15-25 minutes of sunlight exposure, but sun exposure should be monitored and sunscreen is a MUST! If you’ve been getting your sun time in, you’re helping your body prevent many diseases including diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, MS, osteoporosis and psoriasis!

With all these benefits it’s also important to consider the other outdoor factors that can affect your body, particularly your skin. Everyday environmental factors such as sunlight, smog, pollution and stress can leave you feeling listless despite having your daily dose of Vitamin D. All of these factors can also age your skin, which is why we developed our Environmental Shield®Vitamin C Facial. Our scientifically proven spa facial has been designed to reverse the signs of aging that result from these factors. Rich in antioxidants including Vitamin C, our facial spa treatment features patented Murad® infusion technology, which delivers pure Vitamin C directly to the skin to maximize wrinkle fighting, collagen production and free radical protection. Pigmentation will fade, fine lines and wrinkles will be smooth, and you will enjoy clearer skin.

Prevention is the best medicine, and even if your skin is not showing the signs of sun damage there is never a better time than now to start a preventative skincare regimen. Stop in today or visit http://www.massageenvy.com/facials.aspx to learn more about what you can to to protect your skin while living the the sunshine state!

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.

Protecting Your Skin From Summer Rays

With summer rolling to an end, it’s time to get in those last minute trips to the beach. For some, this involves soaking up as many rays as possible. With temperatures hotter than ever, it’s important to protect yourself from any type of skin damage. Sunburns aren’t the only way the sun can damage your skin. Prolonged sun exposure also causes brown spots, red scaly spots, dry wrinkly skin, and skin cancer. Most of us get lazy when it comes to protecting our skin, but it’s important to protect our skin under the scorching heat of the sun.

One of the easiest ways to do this is to cover up. If you’re at the beach or the pool, stay under a big umbrella. If you’re desperate to cool off in the water, consider wearing a big hat and a long-sleeved shirt. The sun’s rays are the most powerful between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., so it’s crucial to stay covered during these hours.

It’s also important to make sure you apply sunscreen. A thick coat of SPF 15 (at the very minimum) will reduce the harmful rays of the sun by 50 percent. If you’ll be going in the water, waterproof sunscreen works best! Be sure to apply 20 to 30 minutes before you go out in the sun, and reapply it every two hours. If you have fair skin, or are sweating or swimming, you should reapply more often. To be extra cautious, apply a layer of sunscreen before bed. This allows it to be thoroughly absorbed into the skin before going outside.

Another great idea for skin protection is to get a Vitamin C Facial. This scientifically proven spa facial was made specifically to reverse the harmful effects of the sun’s rays.  The included antioxidants also help to reduce effects from smog, pollution, and stress. The facial provides pure Vitamin C directly to the skin to maximize protection. You can also purchase a Radiant Skin Renewal Kit. This helps to fade sun spots and age spots.

For more information about the Vitamin C facial, and other facial options, please visit: http://www.massageenvy.com/facials.aspx

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.

Massage the Pain Away

One of the reasons many of us turn to massage therapy is to heal and help manage pain, including chronic pain such as arthritis and fibromyalgia. According to the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), the effectiveness of massage lies in a simple and direct strategy: working from the external, outer mechanisms of pain to the primary, root cause.

From backaches and shoulder pain to leg cramps and muscle spasms, massage can help. We turned to our own C.G. Funk, Licensed Massage Therapist and Vice President of Industry Relations and Product Development for Massage Envy, to give us the scoop.

Proper Posture

Many aches and pains are due to poor posture. With a consistent program of massage therapy, the painful points in muscles are loosened and relaxed, joints have greater freedom, and pressure points are relieved. This allows the body to position itself in a healthy and natural posture, therefore avoiding the movements and positions developed over time as a reaction to the pain.

Tense Muscles

Massage therapy flushes lactic acid from the muscles and improves the circulation of the lymph fluid that carries metabolic waste away from muscles and internal organs, resulting in lower blood pressure and improved body function.

Flexibility

By working on muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments, and joints, massage can stimulate the production and retention of our bodies’ natural lubricants between the connective tissue fibers, making stretching and movement easier, and keeping the body flexible.

Pain Management

Especially when nursing an injury back to full strength, increasing circulation and relaxing muscles helps the body pump more oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs. This allows the rehabilitating areas to become more flexible and heal at an accelerated rate.

Visit Massage Envy’s Touch of Wellness Blog or http://www.massageenvy.com/ to learn more.

ME Arthritis Charity Event: Healing Hands for Arthritis

One in five adults live with arthritis. Take a look at this video and help us at Massage Envy support the fight as we donate $10 from every one-hour massage and facial on October 12 — World Arthritis Day — to the Arthritis Foundation.

The Arthritis Foundation encourages people with arthritis to be active participants in managing their disease. The Foundation’s vision is simply, “A world free from arthritis pain.” Massage therapy is recognized as being effective in relieving painful symptoms of arthritis and fibromyalgia, improving circulation, increasing joint flexibility, lessening depression and anxiety, improving sleep, and providing an overall sense of well-being. Massage Envy and the Arthritis Foundation share a common understanding of a serious problem and the opportunities for common solutions.

To schedule an appointment and join in the fight against arthritis at a Massage Envy clinic nearest you, please visit MassageEnvy.com. For more information about arthritis or the Arthritis Foundation, please visit Arthritis.org.

Vibrant Skin from the Inside Out

Like the average American, do you tend to wake up around 6am every morning in order to run around prepping lunch boxes, speeding to work, gulping down coffee, bringing kids to practices, and walking the dog until 11pm rolls around and you plop into bed exhausted?

Life can be stressful and busy, but with the right balance of sleep, exercise, stress management and diet, you can learn a few simple steps that will rejuvenate your skin making you look and feel better!

According to Dr. Murad, your skin is connected to every one of your organs. By making your body healthy, you make your skin healthy. “Topical skincare addresses approximately 20 percent of the skin, the epidermis. The remaining 80 percent, the dermis, responds by feeding the skin from the inside,” says Dr. Murad. “Eating a diet rich in raw fruits, vegetables and healthy fats, such as those found in nuts and olive oil, will promote healthy, hydrated cells.”

At the same time, a regular exercise routine can benefit your waistline as well as your skin– “Exercise builds muscle and attracts water to our cells,” Dr. Murad says.

Also, sleep deprivation may cause skin to appear sallow and dry, so getting your ideal amount of sleep is extremely important. Remember that everybody requires a different amount of sleep (for adults, it’s usually between 7-9 hours).

Lastly, environmental factors play a huge part in the health of your skin. We’ve all been lectured about the importance of sunscreen… Dr. Murad suggests wearing an SPF 15 everyday.