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National Relaxation Day

Today is National Relaxation Day! Be sure to clear your busy schedule for at least one hour today and just relax! Having to schedule a time to relax is a sure sign your life is hectic, so you deserve an hour of relaxation more than anything right now.

There are lots of ways you can relax. First, be sure to turn off and put away all electronics. This means no cell phone or TV.

Next, it’s time to relax! Consider going for a leisurely walk with friends. Taking a break from your busy lifestyle to take a quick walk with friends is a great way to clear your mind and relax. Another option would be to take try yoga. You can find free, animated posts as Hathayogalesson.com, or take a class at your local gym.

If you don’t have time for a walk or yoga, simple breathing exercises will do the trick also! Visit getcopdinfo.com for some ideas. You can also try lounging by the pool after a quick workout. Remember not to skip the gym today, as working out helps you to relax and reduce stress.

Lastly, you can schedule a massage at your local spa. For locations and to schedule an appointment visit http://www.massageenvy.com/regions/FL/Orlando.aspx

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Strengthen Your Immune System with Massage Therapy

With the seasons changing, you might feel your immune system starting to work overtime. Studies have shown that a simple massage can do more for your body than just a little relaxation! Massage therapy is a great way to boost your body’s immune system naturally. It’s very common to have a weaker immune system during stressful times when your body is run out. Massage therapy boosts your body’s immune system by increasing the activity of white blood cells. These white blood cells target and protect your body from infections. Along with this, massage therapy also boosts your body’s antibody production and reduces the production of the cytokines which cause pain and swelling.

Massage therapy is also known to increase your immune system’s cytotoxic capacity, which is the activity level of the body’s natural killer cells, a type of white blood cell. Also, it can improve the body’s overall function of the immune system by decreasing the number of T-cells.

Beat this year’s cold and flu season and start getting regular massages. By boosting your immune system you’ll protect yourself from all of the germs that spread throughout the year.  For more information on how massage therapy can boost your immune system, please visit: http://www.massageenvy.com/benefits-of-massage-therapy/strengthens-the-immune-system.aspx

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.

Get the most of your next session by adding a scent

Roses. Fresh-cut grass. Your mother’s perfume. Mint. An orange being peeled.

These are smells many of us can imagine. Whether good or bad in our minds, smells can take us back to an event in time and provoke emotion. They can wake us up – or relax us. And that’s what’s at work behind aromatherapy.

“Fragrance is processed in an area of the brain that also processes memory and emotion,” says Mindy Green, co-author of Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art and owner of botanicals consulting company Green Scentsations.

“It’s a lock-and-key system,” adds Kathy Padecky, certified massage therapist and instructor at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. “You can smell a scent and immediately feel an emotion.”

Aromatherapy and Its History

It’s important to note that aromatherapy isn’t just about any smell, Green says. A number of perfumed products on the market, she says, have diluted the reputation of aromatherapy – and given consumers the wrong impression.

“True aromatherapy is only gained by essential oils derived from nature,” she says. “You might find a fragrance that smells nice and even evokes a memory, but you don’t get the same therapeutic effect from a synthetic.”

So, what are essential oils? They’re complex mixtures of chemical compounds found in aromatic plants, writes Anne Williams, author of Spa Bodywork: A Guide for Massage Therapists. Specialized structures that store essential oils are found in leaves, needles, twigs, bark, heartwood, flowers, fruits, stems, roots, flowering tops, zests and peels.

While plants have been used as medicine since early civilizations, modern aromatherapy owes its beginning to French chemist René-Maurice Gattefossé. Already familiar with chemicals because of his exposure to his family’s perfumery business, he began experimenting with oils to heal wounds, later coining the term aromatherapy.

The Benefits and Caveats

Essential oils have various uses. “For example, some essential oils are topical analgesics,” Williams writes. “When they are applied to soft tissue they decrease sensations of pain. Oils like lavender, Roman or German chamomile, and sweet marjoram sedate the body and decrease stress because they stimulate an area of the brain which causes the release of serotonin.”

During a massage, an oil like lavender can help you relax in order to maximize the effects of your massage. And at the end of a massage, a stimulating oil might be used to help you wake up.

But, Green warns, not all scents are for everyone.

“Everybody has different scent perceptions,” she says. So, if you favor a certain scent over another, go with your preference. Something you dislike may not relax you just because it relaxes someone else.

And, Padecky notes, pregnant women are advised not to use aromatherapy, particularly during the first trimester. In addition, people with allergies or asthma may find triggers in certain oils and should be cautious. Plus, some oils, such as citrus oils, can make skin particularly sensitive to the sun.

For most people, however, aromatherapy has tremendous therapeutic benefits especially when
combined with a massage therapy session. “The whole premise of taking a deep breath and slowing down is part of meditation,” Green says. “Then, you add that to inhaling something you find pleasant, and stress just melts away.”

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.

Add color to improve your mood!

Why are spas blue? Why do restaurants decorate with red? Why are legal pads yellow? (Blue is relaxing, red is stimulating, and yellow-while unnerving in large doses-helps us concentrate better.) For an instant mood booster, dress up your white walls or beige blouse with a splash of color.

Get cool. Blues, lavenders and greens calm your senses. Why do you think celebs sit in a “green room” before they go onstage?

Go warm. Reds, oranges and yellows excite and stimulate. Try displaying a bowl of

fresh lemons or tossing orange throw pillows onto your sofa. Feeling more daring? Paint your kitchen cabinets fire-engine red.

Wear your color. Whether you don a fuchsia scarf (fun!), a red dress (sexy!) or a black suit (in control!), the color you wear sends a message about who you are.