We know massage will make us move better and feel happier, but not everyone can make time for regular appointments. Luckily massage is great preventive care and it can have some instantly-gratifying results. Check out these 3 things massage can help you with right now.
Tension headaches (often called stress headaches) are the most common type of headaches among adults.
Pain or pressure in your forehead or on the top or sides of your head? Could be a tension headache. It's especially likely if you've been hunching over a desk or some knitting, spent a ton of time in a car, or if you're still shivering and huddling to keep warm as spring slowly creeps in.
Massage can help get rid of that headache and regular massage may well keep it from coming back. (If you want to geek out about tension headaches and try a few self-massage techniques, check out this article.)
Low Back Pain
A major research study was published in 2011 showing that massage therapy was better than drugs and usual care for general lower back pain. Better than drugs. I just had to say that twice.
Just about everyone will experience low back pain at some point in their life. If it happens to you, don't suffer. Schedule a massage and get back into action.
Have you ever been so cranky you got on your own nerves? Yeah, me, too. It isn’t fun. When you feel yourself biting everyone’s head off when they ask you a question, it might be time for some self-care.
Massage and acupuncture are both great for stress relief. You get to shut off all the things that buzz and chime and aggravate you to the point of eye twitches. Music, silence, warmth, massage. All the cranky disappears.
This is dual purpose. You'll feel better and all the people around you will be happier that you're back to your sunny self.
Got a headache, low back pain, or a case of the grumpies? Come see us and and we’ll handle that fast.
Sometimes getting a full night’s sleep seems impossible to achieve. No matter the cause - stress, pain, your work schedule or another reason - if you are not receiving regular quality sleep it can interfere with your health. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says, “Insufficient sleep is associated with a number of chronic diseases and conditions - such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and depression - which threaten our nation’s health.”
Sleep Awareness Week (March 6-13) gives us an opportunity to leave insufficient sleep behind and get back to the quality sleep that is so vital to our health and wellness. Here are a few ways you can start getting on track to better sleep habits.
Say adios to technology - well before bedtime.
Smartphones are everywhere and it’s not uncommon to find them creeping into your bedroom. Turn them off. Better than that. Turn them off and keep them in another room. Nix the TV, tablet, laptop and whatever else has found its way into your resting space. Break the habit and allow yourself to relax on a deep level.
Establish a routine that is calming and relaxing.
Humans are habitual creatures. How you wrap up your day can greatly impact the quality of sleep you receive. Finish the day with warm bath or shower, a cup of tea, cool the temperature in your room, and shut out the lights. Establishing a routine can triggers a natural response that tells the body, “it’s time for bed.”
Massage. Massage. Massage.
There I said it. Massage is HUGE when it comes to improving your sleep. According to the Mayo Clinic, studies have found massage to be beneficial for insomnia-related stress, as well as:
Massage can not only increase relaxation and lower your fatigue, but it can reduce pain and improve your quality of sleep. Which can also help restore your sleep pattern. Our need for sleep has dramatically increased with the more technology available and the busier our schedules get. Massage is a great way to fulfill that need. In effort to celebrate Sleep Awareness Week, schedule a massage or acupuncture treatment and be on your way to a better night’s sleep.
Feeling a little short on pals? Good news! February 11 is National Make a Friend Day and we’re going to look at 4 simple ways you can make a new friend - no matter your age or if you have a busy schedule.
Try something new
Pick up a new hobby or sport. Right out of the gate, you’ll have a common interest with the other people there. This automatically breaks down one of the first speed bumps: what to talk about. If stepping out and trying something new is too risky for you, think about what you enjoyed doing as a child. Check out meetup.com and see if there's a group near you doing something fun! Start there and see where it leads.
Make it consistent
Friendships don’t appear out of thin air. They need to be cultivated over time. This is why most friendships occur around our school or workplace. If you’re looking for friends outside of those arenas, find something you enjoy doing and make a regular appearance.
Be willing to be vulnerable
When you discover a spark of connection with someone, dare to open up a little. Allowing ourselves to be seen can be vulnerable, but in these little uncomfortable moments is where we find our true friends. No one can dictate how long it takes to really get to know someone, so be courageous and open up when it feels right.
Be the Peppermint Patty
Did you know February 11th is also Peppermint Patty Day? When I think of peppermint covered in chocolate, I think of fun. Have you ever met someone who has a lighthearted energy about them? Or witnessed someone in their element? When you’re having fun, people will naturally gravitate toward you. Find and do what makes you happy and you’ll see friends have a way of showing up to join you.
Making friends can feel like a challenge, but notice there is a theme throughout this post. Participate in activities you enjoy doing. If you focus on being yourself and having fun, you’ll soon find others who want to be part of that happy energy too.
The New Year is something of a clean slate. We start a new calendar, make resolutions, pop champagne, and a few days later, jump into a January of slightly elongating days with a fresh hope that this year we can begin again, and do it all better.
But wherever you go, there you are. Flipping a page on the calendar isn't going to dramatically alter our day-to-day habits. For the average person change happens incrementally, just a little at a time, with baby steps.
Here are some ideas, just a few little changes you can make to improve your health, life, and happiness over the next year.
Use your tools
You've probably got a computer and a smart phone. And I bet you spend plenty of time using them. But are you using them well?
A great grocery list app can reduce the number of trips you make to the store, and the amount of cash you spend on groceries. Mint is a fantastic money app to keep track of your cash, create (and stick to) a budget, and plan for the future. TripIt can keep your travel plans organized and makes it easy to share that info with the people who need to know. Doodle can help you easily schedule group meetings (or just dinner with friends). If you're balancing a family with multiple schedules, use Cozi to get everyone to the right place at the right time.
Taking full advantage of the technology at hand can actually simplify your life.
You've heard this before, no doubt. But this year actually do that. Your time and energy are valuable commodities, spend them carefully. If you have trouble saying no, practice it. Really. It helps to be prepared with a reply that is kind, but still conveys a firm, "No." You can find some ideas here. My personal favorite is, "Thank you so much for thinking of me, but this project sounds wonderful, and there is no way I could do it justice with my schedule right now."
Schedule regular massage (you had to know that was coming)
Massage is known to reduce stress, alleviate pain, and enhance the quality of sleep. All good things. If you think you can't spare the time or funds for massage, consider this: what's it worth to give your family, friends, and coworkers a happier, more productive YOU? (A lot. It's worth a lot.)
Regular can mean weekly, monthly, or quarterly. Whatever works for you is just fine, but stick to it. After you get a massage, I'll always ask if you want to schedule your next appointment.
You can check out all the massage providers right here, and make a plan for your next appointment.