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Recover From Holiday Stress Today!

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Do you want to recover from holiday stress? Start the new year right by feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.  Massage Envy offers a wide variety of massages that fulfill your relaxation need.

Here are all of the types of massages we offer:

Trigger Point Therapy

Swedish Massage

Deep Tissue Massage

Sports Massage

Reflexology

Cranial Sacral Therapy

Prenatal Massage

Geriatric Massage

Recover from holiday stress by scheduling your massage session today!

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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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5 Tips to Stay Happy and Healthy Through The Holiday Season

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Drink Lots of Water

The holidays are a time to celebrate, and because of that people tend to drink more alcohol. In order to stay healthy it’s important to make sure you’re drinking tons of water to stay hydrated! Get in the habit of filling up a bottle of water in the morning and making sure you finish it by the end of the day.

Wash Your Hands

The single biggest threat to your health is the germs on your hands! Whether your traveling or just doing some last minute shopping, make sure to keep some hand sanitizer with you at all times! No one wants to be sick on the holidays.

Choose Healthy Snacks

Eat what you are looking forward to the most, but make sure it’s in moderation! Don’t over indulge yourself in all the dessert. It’s important you are getting enough of the vitamins you need. You’re going to need all the extra energy!

 Stay Active

We have the tendency of putting fitness on hold around the holidays. If you are unable to make it to the gym, take 20 minutes out of your day and go for a walk or a job around the neighborhood. Do this 2 or 3 times a week and you won’t gain that access weight you are over-thinking about!

 Controlling Stress

Treating yourself to a massage or a hot bath could be the thing you need to stay relaxed. We seem to get so caught up in the holidays that we forget the important things like taking care of YOU. If you are feeling overwhelmed, take some time for yourself and enjoy alone time. You’ll thank yourself later.

Thank you for allowing us to take care of you! Stay tuned for our next blog post and make sure that every week, you are able to enjoy some ME time.

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4 Ways to Enjoy Some ‘ME Time’ Even If You Are Busy

Being an adult can be a wonderful thing, but it can also be very overwhelming because of the increased amount of responsibilities that you acquire over time. Your to-do list always gets longer as you progress through different stages in life and time is a precious commodity that you can’t afford to waste. If you have been struggling to make time to enjoy yourself or to do some activities to improve your overall wellbeing, take a look at the following 4 tips that can help you accomplish that:

Be Specific

Ask yourself these questions: What specifically do I want to do for myself? What does relaxing, resting, recharging or exercising mean to me? If you are very broad and schedule ‘free time’ for yourself, you are probably going to have a hard time deciding exactly what do to when that time comes, which can lead to wasted time, or you are going to end up yielding that space to on-the-go activities that come up. For example, if you are specific, you know what type of exercise you want to do, instead of just vaguely stating you want to workout. If you want to relax, be specific! Are you going to meditate, get a massage, go for a walk or take a nap? Be specific about what you want to accomplish, start with one or two activities a week and work your way up to integrate more.

Schedule It

Now that you know what you want, you can go ahead and put it in your calendar. This is where you make time for it and find time for yourself. This is as simple as scheduling a doctor’s appointment. You know at what time it is and where to be; by scheduling it you make sure you don’t miss it. So think of your ‘me time’ as the activities that help lift your spirit and keep you healthy. Schedule them just as you would schedule anything important. After all, you are very important!

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Make It Non-Negotiable

Since these activities will probably help you be in a better mood, feel better, be healthier, be stronger, or be more relaxed, they should be regarded as non-negotiable and as part of your life habits. Don’t replace them once you have scheduled them unless an emergency needs your attention. Since you have them in your calendar and you understand that taking care of yourself is very important, block those times out. Those 30 minutes or that hour that you took for yourself will help you perform better throughout the rest of the day.

Get Accountability

If you really want to include new activities on your routine, getting some support along the way will make a huge difference. If your goal is to workout and be more active, getting accountability can be as simple as joining an exercise group and sharing your goals with the instructor so they can help keep you on track. You can also rely on your best friend or partner and ask them to keep you accountable, motivated, and to be supportive. Sharing with someone else what you want to accomplish and asking them to join your efforts will provide you with extra motivation!

Taking time for yourself is important; if you are not well, you can’t serve others well. Making time for yourself doesn’t mean you are neglecting other priorities in your life, it just means that you are also one of your priorities—perhaps the most important one since without your health and well being, none of the other priorities can be met.

We hope you are able to enjoy more ‘ME time’ from now on!

Healing Hands for Arthritis

We’re very excited to host the fourth annual Healing Hands for Arthritis event on September 17th, 2014. $10 from every one-hour massage and facial session on September 17th will be donated to the Arthritis Foundation. Since 2011, Massage Envy has donated more than $2 million to the cause.

“We are thrilled to once again take part in such a significant cause,” Adam Toporek, Regional Developer for Massage Envy in Central Florida. “The entire Massage Envy Spa team is dedicated to raising awareness for arthritis and the millions of Americans affected by it.”

Call us today at 888-675-3689, or book your appointment online http://www.massageenvy.com/regions/FL/Orlando.aspx

We hope to see you there!

Morning Yoga Routine

Rise and shine! Starting your morning off on the right foot can put you on track for a happy and productive day. A great way to do that is to implement a yoga routine into your morning schedule. Early morning yoga is great for regulating your sleep rhythm and balancing your hormones. Check out this morning yoga sequence:

What do you include in your morning routine?

5 Unique Hurricane Tips

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Hurricanes have a special place in our heart in Florida. The effects range from a few days off of work and school (in the Florida heat with no electricity… or air conditioning) to complete devastation of a town. When you are younger its a thrill, but when you have a home, children, and yourself to worry about, it becomes much more real. Remember to keep yourself updated to protect yourself and your family.

Here are 5 unique hurricane tips to use this summer!

1. Storing ice from your ice maker in clean bags in a spare freezer throughout the season is a great way to ensure you will be able to keep things cool once the power goes out.

2. Using your camping gear is a great resource for traveling and use in your home if you don’t have electricity.

3. Have a family member or friend from out of the area for each person to call in-case local phone lines are jammed. They will be able to keep a tally on who is okay and where they are to relay the information back to you.

4. Make arrangements for pets and livestock. Pets may not be allowed into emergency shelters for health and space reasons. Contact your local humane society for information on animal shelters.

5. Make dog tags for each member of your family with emergency contact information. Keep them in your hurricane prep areas until evacuation is suggested.

 

 

Why You Need a Mini Zen Garden (DIY)

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We all see those boxed zen rock garden kits on corner isles of our local books and gift stores, and we’ll admit they seem like more work than they are worth.

We changed our minds! After seeing these energetic photos, we are excited to share our favorite parts of a Zen Garden & how we plan to make our own!

 Why they are great:

100% Customizable: Size, color, accessories, you name it. Designing your own Zen or Rock Garden can be fun and will get your creative juices flowing! If you want to do a larger project, we recommend using a professional (if you decide to transform a section of your yard or home). We think the best sizes for a DIY-er is table top sized or smaller (something you won’t be walking through). Colored sand is something to look into as well as rocks, or plants. Cacti are generally easy to take care of and you can find them at any local store. Use diverse rocks and accessories to make it your own!

Easier than meditation: meditation is an important life style characteristic that can help you focus, and reduces stress. We get it, not everyone likes the idea of meditation or justify the time spent-that’s OK! Use your Rock Garden to help you think outside of the box and take a step back at work. Use it to re-focus your energy at home. Look at it when you get confused about big decision! Taking the time to rake through the sand and design patterns and waves is can take you to a happy place before you know it.

Conversation Starter: let your garden be a focal point in your home, talk to co-workers about it. Show off your creative and new, zen, mantra to your friends. People love to play around with zen gardens, especially if they have never seen a unique one. It can add character and an ounce of luxury to your home decor.

The best part: they are budget friendly. Designing your garden can cost as little or as much as you want to invest. Visiting your local craft stores, looking through your own drawers of hidden treasures or thrifting can give your garden the vibe that you want to create.

TIPS: 

  • Start off small and gradually put your garden into bigger spaces. Add accessories over time and as your moods when using the garden change, their flexibility is an asset.
  • Consider your gardens surroundings. It is probably the best idea to keep it out of reach of small children and away from rooms with strong fans, your sand or rocks my disappear and end up in your vacuum!
  • Use exotic and energizing colors, or go for a monochromatic look, based on what you want to inspire in yourself while using your garden.

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5 Essential Oils and Their Amazing Health Benefits

Essential Oils are a natural, chemical-free alternative to treating many every day issues including stress, acne, and nausea. The oils come straight from plants and have recently become popular with aromatherapy. Here are a few of our favorites:

1. Peppermint- Used to soothe stomach aches and sore muscles, as well as help with PMS and headaches. Put a drop of peppermint oil into a pot of boiling water and breathe in the steam (careful not to get too close!).

2. Lavender- Calms the nervous system, and helps improve sleep and joint pain. Lavender is also known to help with acne, respiratory problems, and urinary disorders.

3. Sesame- A natural moisturizer, great for hair and skin treatments. It’s also believed to help lower stress levels and high blood pressure.

4. Lemon Balm- Aids in anxiety and depression, as well as insomnia and headaches.

5. Clove- A natural antiseptic, used to help treat minor bug bites, cuts, and scrapes.

What are your favorite essential oils?