Are you ready for the busy holiday season? There’s always so much to do, and you hate to miss out on any of the excitement. Just be sure to listen to your body when it tries to tell you not to push yourself too hard.
Remember, you can simplify your gift shopping and put some smiles on your loved ones’ faces with massage gift certificates. Who doesn’t love a good massage?
Often, the best part of this time of year is catching up with all those special friends and family members we don’t get to spend enough time with during the year. I hope you have plenty of opportunity to visit with those people who mean the most to you.
Thank you for allowing me to help you improve your health with bodywork. It means a lot to me to provide massage services to you and hopefully make your life less stressful and more pleasant. I hope I can continue to be a part of your “health team” in the coming months and years.
Have a wonderful season; I look forward to seeing you soon!
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Take a Holiday from Stress with a Massage!
A big challenge you face during the holiday season is how to balance accomplishing everything you’d like to do and avoiding wearing yourself to a frazzle in the process. Where do you draw the line?
Here are a few thoughts:
Be selective. The more you take on during the holiday season, the more likely you’ll over-stress your system. Ask yourself how important each function or “obligation” on your schedule really is.
Review all the events, parties, etc. on your calendar for the season and designate each one “must attend,” “optional,” etc. Sure, you might want to do it all, but consider just how much you can handle. If you do take on too much, you have to face the consequences.
Plan ahead. Many of the season’s overindulgences can take place because you haven’t decided ahead of time on certain guidelines to follow. Rather than leaving things to chance, before you hit the holiday party circuit, set some limits on how many holiday goodies you’ll consume.
Make time for a massage (or two).
An hour invested in a relaxing massage can help to recharge your body and spirit, as well as make a major difference in keeping you de-stressed and healthy. Spend your massage time meditating about relaxing things like watching waves at the beach, and watching waterwheels and wind wheels slowly spin. With so much going on, the last thing you need is to fall ill in the middle of all the festivities!
So, take good care of yourself during the hectic holiday season and call to schedule your next massage appointment. See you soon!
Negative News Raises Women's Stress Levels
New research from the University of Montreal indicates negative news articles in the media increase women's sensitivity to stressful situations, but do not have a similar effect on men.
Sixty people participated in this study. A group of men and a group of women read neutral news stories, about subjects such as the opening of a new park or the premiere of a new film, while the another two gender-segregated groups read negative stories about events such as murders and accidents.
Participants' cortisol was tested before and after they read the news articles, and they took standardized tasks involving memory and intellect that enabled researchers to evaluate and compare how people react to stressful situations.
"Although the news stories alone did not increase stress levels, they did make the women more reactive, affecting their physiological responses to later stressful situations," lead author Marin explained. The researchers discovered this when they saw that the level of cortisol in the women who have read the negative news was higher after the stress part of the experiment compared to the women who have read the neutral news.
Massage Therapy Improves Dementia Patients' Sleep
As the U.S. population ages, the number of people suffering from conditions and diseases related to old age—Alzheimer's disease and dementia among them—is growing as well. In new research, massage therapy increased the amount of sleep received by dementia patients.
A pilot study tested the effects of a three-minute, slow-stroke back massage (SSBM) on total minutes of nighttime sleep on persons with dementia with sleep disturbances aged 65 years or older in a nursing home, according to an abstract published on www.pubmed.gov.
For this randomized controlled trial, participants were randomized to an intervention group who received the three-minute SSBM or a usual care control condition group who received usual bedtime care, the abstract noted.
Forty-eight hours of actigraphy data was recorded and analyzed on sleep variables at baseline and post-intervention.
Descriptive statistics showed a 36-minute increase on minutes of nighttime sleep in the SSBM intervention group (46.1 minutes) compared with the control group (10.32 minutes), according to the abstract.
"The Effects of Slow-Stroke Back Massage on Minutes of Nighttime Sleep in Persons With Dementia and Sleep Disturbances in the Nursing Home: A Pilot Study" was published in the Journal of Holistic Nursing.
Peace is when time doesn't matter as it passes by.
— Maria Schell
One cannot find peace in work or in pleasure, or in a convent, but only in one's soul.
— W. Somerset Maugham
The content of this letter is not intended to replace professional medical advice. If you’re ill, please consult a physician.
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