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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?

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Aroma Therapy: Rest, Relax and Rejuvenate with Essential Oils

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AromaTherapy could greatly add to the benefits you receive during your massage sessions. The fragrant oils naturally extracted from herbs flowers, and fruits can increase circulation, promote relaxation and decrease pain and agitation.

At Massage Envy, you can choose from any of our four essential oil blends to enhance your massage experience.

Our blends range from Anxiety Release, which eases nervousness and apprehension to Mint and Rosemary which aims to enliven the body and mind. If you need to focus on release from any discomfort caused by pain aches and pains and to keep it simple it’s aptly named Aches and Pains. If it’s restful sleep you need, Lavender Garden will help calm your mind and get your drifting off to la-la land in no time.

For more information on any of the blends in our AromaTherapy collection visit http://www.massageenvy.com/types-of-massage/choices/aromatherapy.aspx or stop in to talk to one of our professional massage therapists about the benefits of AromaTherapy!

This Valentines Day Give the Gift of Relaxation

Massage Envy Gift Cards: The Perfect Gift for Your Valentine

This February 14th help your Valentine de-stress and give them the gift of relaxation with Massage Envy! With SO many benefits, a massage with Massage Envy is the perfect gift for anyone you love and giving the gift of relaxation has never been easier!

With a gift card from Massage Envy, your sweetheart can choose from any of our massage types and add upgrades like AromaTherapy and Deep Muscle Therapy. Our AromaTherapy essential oils are a great way for your Valentine to boost the benefits of their time with the massage therapist. For a Valentine who experiences pain from injuries and chronic conditions, our Deep Muscle treatment combines full-body massage with warming and cooling thermal products to provide deep muscle pain relief.

If you are also in need of a little relaxation, a couples massage is a great way to spend quality time together. You can stop by any of our 13 Central Florida locations to pick up gift cards and memberships for your sweetie.

To make it even easier to give the perfect valentine, Massage Envy now has the option to deliver gift cards electronically. It’s free to order your gift card online and have it delivered to your Valentines email the next day! Visit https://www.massageenvy.com/gift-cards.aspx

Massage Therapy for Chronic Pain

Suffering from chronic pain? Most people don’t know this, but regular massages can help reduce your chronic pain! Many people are looking for natural solutions for their pain that work. From deep tissue massages, to Trigger Point Therapy, a massage is a natural way to relieve your pain.

Studies have shown that massages can trigger an endorphin release that raises your threshold for pain. Specific types massages can also help boost your mood and relaxation by releasing oxytocin and serotonin.

For people suffering with chronic conditions such as arthritis or migraines, regular massages can help manage this pain. Massage therapy can also help with anxiety and relaxation, which can help to restore normal sleep patterns.

For more information, or to find a Massage Envy near you, visit: http://www.massageenvy.com

Meditation: A Simple Way to Manage Stress

Most people are or have been plagued by stress in their lives. Anything from work to family issues can cause stress on a person. If stress has you feeling anxious, tense and worried then you should consider trying meditation. This is a simple and fast way to help you feel more relaxed, even spending a few minutes a day in meditation can restore your calmness.

 

Anyone can practice meditation. It requires no special equipment and you can do it virtually anywhere you feel comfortable.

 

Meditation has been practiced for thousands of years. It was originally meant to help deepen understanding of the sacred and mystical forces of life. Nowadays, meditation is typically just used for relaxation and stress reduction. It is considered a mind-body complementary medicine, producing a deep state of relaxation and a tranquil mind. Meditation will allow you to clear away the information overload that’s built up in your mind everyday contributing to your stress. You can practice everyday by focusing on steady breathing or central thoughts.

Research suggests that there are some physical health benefits as well. Meditation may help such conditions as high blood pressure, depression, anxiety disorders, asthma and even allergies! Meditation is not a replacement for traditional medical treatment, but may be a useful addition to your other treatments.

 

There are many types of meditation and relaxation techniques to choose from. Here are a few detailed ways to meditate:

 

Guided meditation. Sometimes called guided imagery or visualization, with this method of meditation you form mental images of places or situations you find relaxing. You try to use as many senses as possible, such as smells, sights, sounds and textures. You may be led through this process by a guide or teacher.

Mindfulness meditation. This type of meditation is based on being mindful, or having an increased awareness and acceptance of living in the present moment. You broaden your conscious awareness. You focus on what you experience during meditation, such as the flow of your breath. You can observe your thoughts and emotions but let them pass without judgment.

Transcendental meditation. You use a mantra, such as a word, sound or phrase repeatedly silently, to narrow your conscious awareness and eliminate all thoughts from your mind. You focus exclusively on your mantra to achieve a state of perfect stillness and consciousness.

Yoga. You perform a series of postures and controlled breathing exercises to promote a more flexible body and a calm mind. As you move through poses that require balance and concentration, you’re encouraged to focus less on your busy day and more on the moment.

Try out any of these techniques that you feel works best for you and what you enjoy doing. You can adapt your meditation to meet your needs at the moment. Remember there is no right or wrong way to enjoy all of the wonderful mind and body health benefits of meditation!

Cranial Sacral Massage Therapy used for treatment of migraines

Are you one of approximately 28 million Americans suffering from migraine headaches? If you are, you should know about Cranial Sacral massage therapy. This is a gentle, noninvasive form of massage therapy that will help to release compression in the bones of the head, spinal column and sacrum, thus alleviating stress and pain causing your migraines. It also promotes relaxation and proper immune system function, enhancing healing throughout your body.

 

Migraines remain one of the most prevalent and puzzling conditions in the medical world today. According to the National Headache Foundation, approximately 28 million Americas suffer from migraine headaches. Cranial Sacral massage therapy is giving these migraine sufferers hope. The goal of this innovative therapy is to restore the natural position of the bones and decrease stress to provide relief from migraine headaches. Through light touch and gentle manipulation of areas on the head, one of our trained experts can detect where the natural flow of the craniosacral system is restricted and facilitate a release where flow can be restored.

 

This is a great alternative for people seeking non-pharmacological intervention for the treatment of migraine headaches. Unlike certain medications, Cranial Sacral massage therapy comes without side effects. Also, overuse of medication is a risk factor for the development of chronic daily migraines. So, for those looking for other options in headache relief, this form of massage therapy is a powerful alternative.

 

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.

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.

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.