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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.

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!

Heat or Ice: Which Method To Use

Many people aren’t sure whether to use heat or ice after an injury or feeling pain. This is very common as both help alleviate pain, but it’s important to know which method will benefit you the most.

What does heat do?

Applying heat opens up your blood vessels, which will increase blood flow, relax your muscles, and helps with pain.

Method?

Heat pack, microwave rice heating pad, electronic heating pad, hot stone massage, etc.

When to use it?

Heat is an excellent way to loosen up stuff muscles and joints. This method is good for headaches and other chronic conditions.

What does cold do?

Applying cold slows down the blood flow, which will decrease swelling, inflammation, and pain.

Method?

Ice pack, frozen gel pack, frozen veggies, etc.

When to use it?

Ice should be used right after an injury, or after an activity that irritates a chronic condition. This method is good for migraines, bumps, sprains, and strains.

Safety tips:
-never use hot or cold therapy for longer than 20 minutes
-never use heat if there is any swelling or bruising (when in doubt, use ice)
-never apply heat or ice directly to the skin, use a thin towel
-check skin every 5 minutes to ensure no burning (freezer or regular)
-when in doubt, use ice!

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?

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?

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

Arthritis Awareness Month

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May is Arthritis Awareness Month! Arthritis is a very painful condition in which one or more of a person’s joints are inflamed. Affecting more than 50 million Americans, arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the United States. The condition is used to describe more than 100 diseases which affect a person’s joints, the area where two bones meet.

Although there are no known cures, there are many types of treatment to help reduce pain, improve joint function, and prevent further damage. The types of treatment include exercise programs, such as muscle toning and aerobic activity. Along with this, physical therapy may be recommended. Heating or icing the area, support joints or splints, and massages are proven to help reduce inflammation and pain.

In honor of Arthritis Awareness Month, make sure you get plenty of sleep each night, at least 8 to 10 hours. You should also stay active, make sure you include plenty of fruits and vegetables in your diet, and participate in stress-reducing activities such as yoga or meditation. Massage is also a great way to relieve pain from arthritis. Visit our website at, http://www.massageenvy.com for more information.

Top 10 Lean Proteins

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This month is our National Nutritional Month! Start choosing lean proteins over foods high in fat to start down your path to wellness. Here are the Top 10 Lean Proteins to include in your diet.

  1. Quinoa – a heritage grain that has a fluffy texture
  2. Skyr – Icelandic-style yogurt is made from nonfat milk
  3. Egg Whites – the clear, white part of the egg
  4. Nut butters – peanut, almond, cashew, or another nut butter
  5. Oatmeal – breakfast meal that has an interesting texture
  6. Soy – vegan-friendly lean protein alternative
  7. Black beans
  8. White meat chicken
  9. Daily catch – fish
  10. Sunflower seeds

These proteins are sure to help build lean muscle mass and cut higher fat and calorie meats. Paired with a regular workout schedule and massage appointment your health will be in tip top shape. For more information, visit http://www.massageenvy.com.