With the year quickly ending and 2016 around the corner it is time to take the year in review and start thinking about future goals. One goal that is always almost at the top of the list is a healthier diet and a more toned Physique. Here are a few New Years’ tips to help you reach your goals!
Grab a partner! Getting a partner to help keep you motivated and accountable can be one of the best tools to keep you on track. Even if your partner is at different fitness level or has a different goal set, they can help make exercising more enjoyable and thus making you more likely to keep up your routine. Also a little food for thought: Strong & long-standing interpersonal relationships (friendship) have a significant effect on the longevity and life of an individual; friendship = long-life & health!
Get away from screens! No really, Step Away! Besides making the body sedentary while being bad for the eye & posture, screens (smart phones, tablets and television) can prevent you from organic conversation, developing friendships and can easily become the crutch of procrastination.
Take a walk! Got 15 minutes? Take a brisk walk around the block (and grab the kids too), even 15 minutes can increase serotonin levels, vitamin D levels and increase circulation.
Keep snacks in your car or at your desk. More often than not, overeating is from not keeping consistent blood sugar level throughout the day. A bag of nuts and dried fruits is a great snack food to keep at your desk, (walnuts and cranberries are great as brain food). Tip: Low sugar and high protein keeps away hunger pains and prevent blood sugar spikes.
Relax! It is important to purposely take some time to relax, focus on self and breathe. Massage is always a great way to naturally increase serotonin levels while increasing circulation.
-Reduce symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis & Osteoarthritis by reducing pain and increasing mobility.
-Diabetic Soars / Skin Issues
Teas (as a topical aid, not recommended to eat):
Fresh Leaves (bruised and applied directly):
Comfrey is a powerful cellular re-generator and should not be used excessively. When taken internally it can be harmful to the liver (although that being said you have to eat huge amounts to reach toxic levels over a long period of time).
Those with liver issues or rapid cellular growth should consult with an herbalist.
All of these symptoms can be a sign of tight a scalene, sternocleidomastoid, suboccipital and levator scapulae. When all of some of these muscles are tight they can give you symptoms similar to allergies or asthma. Before reaching for cough medicine try getting a massage to lessen neck tension.
If you can’t get in for a massage try a few simple stretches
according to Harvard health publications the brain-gut connection affects stress levels and even the perception of pain:
“Research suggests that some people with functional GI disorders perceive pain more acutely than other people do because their brains do not properly regulate pain signals from the GI tract. Stress can make the existing pain seem even worse.”
A simple 5-10 minute abdominal treatment added to your massage can create lasting effects. Ask you therapist add-on abdominal massage to your next treatment for optimal health!
In recent years massage has been recognized as a viable option to address and prevent injures!
Receiving regular treatments like at your office for a chair massage can be a fun way to become more healthy.
One of the largest advantages to a chair massage is the ability of the practitioner to access the top of the shoulders, neck and arms. In an office setting accessing the upper body can do wonders for the body and mind.
Massage in general helps to lower stress hormones and increases focus. Regular massage in the upper body helps reduce inflammation in the shoulder joins, arms and fingers. If you experience numbness or swelling in the arms even a quick chair massage can reduce symptoms.
For more chronic issues like carpel tunnel, chronic neck pain, TMJ or long-term damage can be relieved if not all together removed with regular massage treatments. Recovery from injury varies on the person and practitioner so make sure your practitioner is a well-versed member of the massage community.
Talk to your HR department to discuss how to receive chair massage in your office or come visit Exquisite Massage and the Marriott Marquis in San Diego for a treatment under the beautiful San Diego Sun! More events online on Facebook!
Not always he easiest subject to talk about but never-the-less an important issue for many of us ladies.
Rather than popping some Midol there are many holistic remedies than can offer very immediate and lasting results.
Eat your way to relief!
There are many natural ways to relieve the symptoms of cramps, many of which has to do with opening the veins. A few ways to address this is to increase circulation; consuming foods that naturally increase your circulation can easily be added to your diet a few favorites include:
-Ginger or chamomile tea (with local raw honey- a natural anti-inflammatory)
-Red Beets (a natural iron rich vaso-dilator)
-Spinach (great source of calcium which improves muscle function & Iron)
-Fish or Flax seed (helps put essential fatty acids in the system)
Relief through Massage
One of the more lasting and immediate ways to increase circulation is to receive massage in the effected areas, massage in the lower back and abdomen can break up tissue, open veins and offer immediate relief. This technique can be uncomfortable the first time you receive it but the long term benefits far outweigh the short term uneasyness. Increase effectiveness of this treatment by using lavender or chamomile essential oils.
As an added bonus you can use Juniper or Grapefruit essential oil to reduce fluid retention.
Take a Hike
As well as helping overall wellness, exercise is a easy and accessible way to curb those cramps. Take a brisk walk around the block for relief. Keep in mind you don’t have to go crazy to get results, remember the goal is to increase circulation and a small amount of activity can accomplish this!
Part of a healthy regiment is finding natural ways to relieve everyday pain! Treat the source, not just the symptoms!
Exquisite massage is scheduled to provide poolside chair massage at the Marriott Marquis & Marina and Poolside Cabana massage at the Andaz rooftop for ultimate summer relaxation! Come and say hi and enjoy a uniquely San Diego relaxation experience!