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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.

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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.

Next free massage drawing held at the end of May!

Every month, we’re going to select one of our Facebook fans to win a free customized introductory massage! So don’t for get to tell your friends… our next drawing will be held at the end of May!

Massage therapy tied to weight loss?

New research has shown that enjoying a massage every once in a while may help you on your path to diet and weight loss. Too good to be true? Believe it or not, this is true–and we’ll explain how.

First of all, massages release endorphins in your body. Endorphins are the “feel good” chemicals you get from certain foods and activities. Well, these chemicals have an indirect effect on your body’s metabolism– by making you feel good, it can often block the hunger signals from your brain, therefore helping you with your weight loss goals. Less stress lessens the body’s ability to store fat. Massage can also increase circulation and blood flow therefore helping you burn fat faster with a higher metabolic rate.

So there you go– another excuse to schedule that massage you’ve been dying to get!

Massage Therapy Benefits Include Lower Blood Pressure

High blood pressure has more misconceptions than nearly any other disease. According to the American Heart Association, some of the most common are:

Misconception: High blood pressure has many symptoms
Truth: High blood pressure has NO symptoms. That’s why it’s often called the silent killer.

Misconception: High blood pressure is a man’s problem.
Truth: High blood pressure can be anyone’s problem. In fact, women need to be aware of certain things that may put them at greater risk than men.

Misconception: You don’t need to have your high blood pressure checked until you reach middle age.
Truth: Children as young as 6 can have high blood pressure. It’s a good idea to start having your blood pressure checked at an early age.

One of the most effective ways to stave off high blood pressure is massage therapy. A number of long term studies have shown that a consistent massage program can decrease diastolic and systolic blood pressure; decrease salivary and urinary cortisol stress-hormone levels; and lower sources for depression, anxiety and hostility.
As is the intent with all massage programs, the ultimate goal lies in a pain free and relaxing lifestyle. Controlling blood pressure is just one of the added benefits of massage therapy.

Meditation On The Go

Is your mind a streaming dialogue? Does the mental chatter leave you exhausted and anxious? Maybe you need meditation to restore calm and balance.

Several research studies point to the benefits of meditation for physical and emotional well-being, including a 2007 Chinese study that suggested meditation reduces cortisol, a stress hormone, and improves mood. Meditation also has been recognized for helping some people cope with medical illnesses, such as cancer, heart disease and multiple sclerosis, plus insomnia and depression.

Meditation strengthens your capacity to be aware of the present, says Klia Bassing, director of Visit Yourself at Work, which teaches meditation in the workplace. Bassing helps clients gain clarity by focusing on the breath. “When you pay attention on a deep, internal level, you bring awareness to the very center of things,” she says. “It allows you to know you have a choice about how to relate to something, and whether you’ll give it energy.”

Too busy to sit still? Here are some on-the-spot tips to practice mindfulness during the daily grind:

At the office. Before checking e-mails and voice messages in the morning, sit at your desk, close your eyes for a few minutes and “let yourself arrive,” advises Bassing. A daily meditation such as this helps break the cycle of constantly “leaning into the future” with thoughts like “Will I make my deadline?” or “What does my co-worker think of me?”

At the supermarket. When you get stuck in a slow checkout line and think, “Why does this always happen to me?,” breathe and notice the anxiety and self-judgment. “You’ll notice that the situation is happening, but not happening to you,” she says.

Washing dishes. Connect to the sensory elements of the water, soap and dishes to help reframe what might be a dull chore into a pleasant ritual, according to Bassing. “It also keeps the mind from drifting to other negative thoughts that occur while doing something boring.”

– By Sally J. Clasen

 

Some Q & A

Massage Envy experts answer your questions

Q: How does receiving massage help reduce stress?

A: We all know that certain types of constant stress in our lives are not healthy. But did you know that recent evidence indicates the physical changes associated with stress may contribute to the leading causes of death – heart disease and cancer. In addition, stress can create and/or exacerbate many physical and emotional conditions such as chronic fatigue, digestive upset, headaches, back pain, high blood pressure and risk of stroke.

A recent study conducted by Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles recruited 53 healthy adults and assigned them to receive deep tissue, Swedish and light touch massage. Blood samples were taken immediately before the massage and up to an hour afterward. The researchers found that a single session of massage caused biological changes.

Volunteers showed significant decreases in levels of the stress hormone cortisol. They also had increases in white blood cells that are part of the immune system. Volunteers experienced greater increases in a hormone associated with contentment and bigger decreases in adrenal hormone, which stimulates the adrenal glands to release cortisol. While cortisol is an important and helpful part of the body’s response to stress, higher and prolonged levels of cortisol in the bloodstream, such as those associated with chronic stress, have been shown to have negative effects. What this study shows is that receiving massage actually activates the body on an internal level to respond and correct the physiological imbalance caused by our stressful lives.

– C.G. Funk, Licensed Massage Therapist and Vice President of Industry
Relations and Product Development for Massage Envy

ME Magazine: Ease your Headache

As if your day weren’t full enough, here it comes — the unwelcome intrusion of a headache. It might be the vise grip of a tension headache, the pressure and ache of sinus pain, or the throbbing pain and nausea of a migraine. But you want it gone.

Before you simply pop a pill, “Take a step back and ask, ‘Why am I getting this headache?’ ” says Tara C. Sharma, M.D., board member of the American Association of Integrative Medicine.

Create friendly Head Space

Headaches can be a wake-up call from your body, inviting you to pay more attention to taking care of yourself. “Making yourself a priority isn’t selfish,” Dr. Sharma says. “It’s an investment in your well-being.”

Arrange the rhythms of your day to make room for regular meals and adequate rest since hunger and tiredness trigger headaches. And keep your mind and body on speaking terms through enjoyable exercise and relaxing rituals. Practice yoga, take an evening bath or, like Dr. Sharma, get a weekly massage.

Even a single massage may boost your body’s immune response, suggests a 2010 study in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. Fewer colds can mean fewer sinus infections and headaches.

Ease the Ache

When a headache does come calling, how do you chase it away? Since overuse of medication can trigger rebound headaches, consider these tips:

  1. Try a little do-it-yourself acupressure. Press your thumb into the web between your opposite thumb and index finger. Hold for 30 to 40 seconds to relieve headache pain. Repeat on the other side.
  2. Steam away sinus pain and pressure. Put a few drops of eucalyptus and tea tree oil in a bowl of boiling water and breathe in the steam to relieve congestion.
  3. Breathe. Slow, deep breaths short-circuit the fight-or-flight stress response and activate the calming effects of the parasympathetic nervous system, Dr. Sharma explains.

“The jungle out there is not going to change,” Dr. Sharma says. “It’s how you respond to stress that makes a difference.”

– By Teresa Caldwell Board

Prenatal Massages

Why Massage During Pregnancy?

Massage during pregnancy offers undeniable physical benefits. At Massage Envy, our professional massage therapists will work to stimulate your lymphatic system, increasing immunity and the removal of excess toxins, while also stabilizing hormonal levels and balancing the glandular system. Hormonal changes can cause depression and anxiety during pregnancy, which is why many expecting mothers can find relief at Massage Envy.

What Are The Benefits Of Prenatal Massage?

Massage therapy is a wonderful, complimentary choice for prenatal care and a healthy way to reduce stress and promote general well-being. Massage Envy’s professional therapists work to relieve the normal discomforts experienced during pregnancy, such as backaches, stiff neck, leg cramps, headaches, joint pain, and edema. In addition, by relaxing nervous tension, you can experience a better night’s sleep. Below are examples of how massage can help you throughout your pregnancy:

First Trimester

  • Relieve headaches
  • Help alleviate morning sickness
  • Reduce fatigue

Second Trimester

  • Alleviate backaches
  • Relieve leg cramps

Third Trimester

  • Reduce swelling/edema
  • Relieve pain from varicosities
  • Enhance sleep
  • Prepare pelvic muscles for birth process

How Will I Receive My Massage?

When receiving a prenatal massage at Massage Envy, you will be gently positioned on your side to keep you comfortable while your therapist massages your back. Once finished with your back, you may then be placed in a semi-reclining position while your professional therapist massages the front of your body. During the first trimester, it is also acceptable for clients to lie on their backs with a slight elevation under one hip. This positioning alleviates the extra strain on the lower back and pelvic areas when the massage is being administered.

Throughout each session, our therapists will use a special body support cushion to ensure comfort and proper positioning. Depending on where you are in your pregnancy, your therapist may utilize reflexology, Swedish massage, or certain methods that address your specific requests and needs.

Are There Times When Massage During Pregnancy Should Be Avoided?

It is very important you obtain approval from your obstetrician before receiving any form of massage during pregnancy. Women with normal, low-risk pregnancies can benefit greatly from massage by a Massage Envy professional massage therapist. However, women in high-risk pregnancies should consult with their doctor or midwife before beginning one of our massage therapy programs. If at any time during the massage you experience discomfort, tell your therapist immediately.

Information courtesy of Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals’ consumer education services.

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