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How To Reduce Stress In Your Life

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You’re probably thinking, that is absolutely impossible, but you would do anything to eliminate stress from your life. Stress is by far the number one factor that people deal with almost everyday. Whether it is work, school or other obligations, it widely affects our lives in the worst ways.

If you conquer stress, you are set for life. Feeling stress-free will automatically improve your mind, health, and body. Here are some tips to eliminate stress from your life:

Identify the stressors 

Take a few minutes to think about all the things that are making you stressed out. Make a list if you want. See which things you can eliminate that are making you stressed out, and things that you absolutely cannot eliminate. For the things that cannot be eliminated, strategize ways to make them less stressful. That is the first step into living a reduced stress life.

Stop unnecessary duties

Everyone has obligations in their life like work, school, running errands, etc, but are you taking on other commitments that are adding unnecessary stress to your life? Take steps to delete those activities that stress you out the most. This will already lift a weight off of your shoulder.

Procrastination 

All of us have procrastinated in our life at least once…or twice. Procrastination is one of the largest factors that cause us stress. You have a big project to do and you end up spending hours and hours trying to finish it the day before it is due. Allowing things to keep piling up does cause us a lot of stress. Find different ways to organize your responsibilities and create a top priority pile. Learning to be more organized and keeping your inbox clear will save you a lot of time to work on other things for yourself.

Being late

Being late to a very important meeting or to a class is something that stresses us out frequently. If you forget to set your alarm the night before, the feeling of having to rush to get everything ready and run out of the door is not fun at all. Learn ways to be early to places. Time yourself on how long it takes you to get ready and out the door, then set your alarm accordingly. Once you get in the habit of being early, you will more stress-free than ever before.

Get a massage! 

Did you know, massages are equivalent to getting 7-8 hours of sleep? When you don’t get enough sleep, stress piles on making your muscles extremely tense. After that one hour massage session, you will feel better already. Getting massages now and then will take the feeling of stress away and will help you feel a lot more relaxed in a short amount of time. Cope with your stress by scheduling a massage with us today! Find your location here.

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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.

5 Reasons Massage Gift-Cards are Great for Father’s Day

Father’s Day is right around the corner! (Sunday, June 16) Sure, father’s day gifts usually consist of a new tie, a gift set of tools, or golfing gear, but why not switch it up this year and treat your husband or dad to a massage gift card?

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Spas don’t have the reputation of being masculine, but the benefits of massage therapy should change that.  Even Phil, from Duck Dynasty changed his mind about them while in Hawaii! MensHealth.com posted an article of the benefits of massage relating to men.

Massage therapy has been proven to: decrease neck and lower back pain, enhance athletic performance, managing high blood pressure, and boost moods. Plus, it will really let him relax on his day!

Follow this link to read the entire Mens Health article: http://www.menshealth.com/mhlists/massage-benefits/high-blood-pressure.php#slidetop

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.

June is National Migraine Awareness Month

According to the National Headache Foundation an estimated 28 million Americans suffer from migraines. Migraines are painful headaches often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light. Women tend to be more prone to migraines than men; many suffering four or more attacks a month, lasting from four hours to three days.

The exact causes of migraines are unknown, however there can be certain things that trigger the headache such as dehydration, bright lights, weather changes, genetics, etc. They can be treated with various drugs and preventatives. But also, natural remedies such as the cranial sacral massage can reduce frequency and severity of migraines.

A massage can help to manage migraines because it reduces stress and relieves tension- a common cause of migraines. Research at The Touch Institute of the University of Miami School of Medicine found that massage therapy decreased the occurrence of headaches, sleep disturbances and distress symptoms while increasing serotonin levels in adults with migraine headaches.

To acknowledge National Migraine Awareness Month, schedule a massage to help with your migraine symptoms and give you peace of mind. You can also, check out Chronic Migraine Awareness on Facebook for more information and tips. http://www.facebook.com/ChronicMigrainAwareness?ref=ts

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.

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.


Keeping Active this Fall- it’s easy!

From our Massage Envy Touch of Wellness Blog, we bring you our top 10 tricks and tips for keeping active even as summer passes by and we become preoccupied with the upcoming holidays and stress of everyday tasks.
Do your best to follow a personalized fitness plan daily and you’ll see results!
1.     Find what you love. Whether it’s clearing your thoughts during a long run or dancing the night away in a Zumba class.
2.     Make fitness a priority. Like paying bills and doing laundry, working out should be considered an important priority. Not something you do every once and a while.
3.     Run (or walk) an errand. Leave the car behind. Try running your errands on foot, or bike instead.
4.     Grab a friend or family member and catch up on a long walk instead of via e-mail or phone.
5.     Don’t forget, doing chores around the house burns lots of calories. Great way to kill two birds with one stone!
6.     Have an hour lunch break? Take advantage and squeeze 30 minutes of walking in. It will feel good to stretch your legs mid-day.
7.     Track your progress. It’s important to note major milestones, like your first 3-mile run or the half-day hike you conquered.
8.     Be proud of your accomplishments and share them with family and friends. That extra motivation will keep you going.
9.     Switch it up. Don’t let fitness get boring. Find a variety of activities that get you moving and feeling good.
10. Baby steps. It takes time to work up to your fitness goals. Stay positive and stick to your healthy living routine.