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Let me help you relax and decompress during the stressful yet fun holiday season.
Breeeaattthhheeee innnnn...annnnd exhaaaale. The purpose of meditation is to make our mind calm and peaceful. If our mind is peaceful, we will be free from worries and mental discomfort, and so we will experience true happiness; but if our mind is not peaceful, we will find it very difficult to be happy, even if we are living in the very best conditions. If we train in meditation, our mind will gradually become more and more peaceful, and we will experience a purer and purer form of happiness. Eventually, we will be able to stay happy all the time, even in the most difficult circumstances.
Yes, that dreaded word. No one can find the time, and even if you can it is tough to stay on the bandwagon! The physical benefits of exercise – improving physical condition and fighting disease – have long been established, and physicians always encourage staying physically active. Exercise is also considered vital for maintaining mental fitness, and it can reduce stress. Personally I have noticed a HUGE difference in mood when I keep exercise in my daily routine. Studies show that it is very effective at reducing fatigue, improving alertness and concentration, and at enhancing overall cognitive function. This can be especially helpful when stress has depleted your energy or ability to concentrate. Scientists have found that regular participation in aerobic exercise has been shown to decrease overall levels of tension, elevate and stabilize mood, improve sleep, and improve self-esteem. Even five minutes of aerobic exercise can stimulate anti-anxiety effects.
Let's face it...the more stressed you are, the more cortisol your body produces. Cortisol is a “fight or flight” hormone made in the adrenal glands that raises heart rate and blood pressure, and leads to the deposit of excess calories in the midsection. Scientific evidence shows that infrared sauna therapy helps the body maintain healthy levels of cortisol. While cortisol levels stay the same or rise slightly during a sauna therapy session, they drop immediately afterward. In fact, our Sunlighten saunas have been clinically shown to reduce both systolic and diastolic blood pressure with regular use. So step into one of our saunas and let us help you melt that stress away!
4. Do something that makes YOU happy
Sure enough...you can take your own stress away by doing something that you love. Whether it is taking a walk, listening to your favorite songs over and over, journaling, singing your favorite song as loud as you can and dancing around like no one is watching, praying, or something that I like to do is color with my children. Yep, coloring really does clear the mind and has a meditative feeling once you lose yourself with staying inside those lines. The meditative coloring state can soon vanish when your toddler decides to pour their juice all over your page. But hey, you got a few minutes of bliss in, right?
5. Massage Therapy
Last but NOT least...what would be better to pamper yourself after enduring hours of conversation and thousands of family photos than to get an hour of uninterrupted tranquility and body relaxation? Massage is proven to lower your heart rate and blood pressure, relax your muscles, and increase the production of endorphins, your body's natural "feel good" chemical. Our MedSpa offers four skill-certified massage therapists who are more than willing to help you find your “peace”.
“Massage is a luxury you can’t afford to miss.” ~Anonymous
I hope your holidays are blessed with an abundance of love, laughter and good health!
I am SO excited to start this new adventure of massage blogging! My name is Kimmie Wright and I started my massage journey back in 2007 after working for a law firm for 2 years…which felt like a million years. I guess you can say that was my first real office job, which introduced me to the real stress of day-to-day office employees.
After being in such a tense environment I realized my calling…to be a massage therapist…to HELP these people achieve stress relief and ultimate relaxation. I’ve always had a “people pleaser” personality; making someone feel good about themselves always gave me the best feeling inside, and I got the opportunity to start on this path that led to a greater meaning in my life…a feeling of giving someone the ability to know how GREAT they can feel.
“Take care of your body…it’s the only place you have to live.” - Jim Rohn
I’d like to spend time over the course of the next few months explaining the MANY benefits of massage therapy. From my experience over the past 9 years of being a Licensed Massage Therapist, I know there are more than just physical benefits with massage therapy. There are also spiritual and emotional benefits. I’ve addressed everything from sports injuries to bereavement.
The biggest misconception of massage therapy is that most people just stop at the word massage and don’t seek it as a therapy. Granted it is typically a luxury service for most people, but one of my FAVORITE things is when a client comes in for ‘relaxation’ and then leaves feeling like a new person…tension is gone…they can move better than they have for months/years…headache gone…their mind is at ease…they’ve finally had that emotional release that’s been pent up…I could go on and on. Those clients are the ones that end up pre-booking before they leave because they didn’t realize how much they needed it (not just wanted it) until after our massage session was over.
I look forward to sharing any and all information in the world of massage therapy, from techniques used to getting the word out on how massage can help YOU! Don’t think you need it? We would like to prove otherwise. :)
“You can choose to subsidize your illness or invest in your wellness.” – Anonymous