When you look at the big picture, it’s not surprising that so many of these goals are abandoned. After all, you’re asking yourself to give up things that you’ve done—often daily—for many years. We’re nothing if not creatures of habit, so it should come as no surprise that we fall back into comfortable patterns, despite the long-term cost to our health.
So this year when you set out to make those improvements to your life, consider breaking those big commitments into smaller, more accessible goals. Teaming up with a like-minded friend can help you both stay on track, as well.
Remember that those regular massages are a wonderful way to support your health goals!
Have a wonderful and rewarding year; see you soon!
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A New Year... A New, Healthier You Have you set your goals for the coming year? A bit of online research into New Year’s resolutions shows that most goals are geared to improving health, eliminating bad habits, losing weight, and reducing stress. Another popular goal is spending more quality time with family and friends.
Before you get caught up in your day-to-day routines and drift back into your familiar ways, realize that most of us believe the quality of our lives can best be improved by making healthier choices. Whenever possible, try to replace the things you’re eliminating with healthier alternatives. For instance, rather than completely eliminating desserts from your life, you can replace sugary treats with fresh fruit.
Ultimately, when you focus on ways to improve your health, you’re improving all the other aspects of your life. When you feel better and have more energy, the rest of your life becomes more enjoyable.
One of the best decisions you can make is to receive regular massage. Here’s a partial list of the many benefits massage can offer you:
• Reduces stress
• Aids digestion
• Improves circulation
• Relieves sore muscles
• Improves sleep
• Aids detoxification
• Increases range of motion
• Boosts immune system
• Helps your body stay in proper balance
An ever-growing number of studies shows that massage tends to improve body function overall, so it may well be your best choice to support your health regimen. The reduction in stress alone can make a positive difference in your health in the coming years.
If you have any questions concerning massage and your health, just ask at your next appointment. See you then!
Massage and Chronic Tension Headaches A new, but small study conducted by researchers in the United States and Spain help fill an evidence gap for massage as a manual therapy treatment for chronic tension headaches, a debilitating condition that does not always respond well to medication. Eleven adult patients were given either head-neck massage or a placebo to treat their persistent pain. Placebos were found to have no effect at all, while the massage sessions increased heart rate variability and significantly reduced head pain for up to 24 hours. The study was reported in Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics.
Source: Massage & Bodywork Magazine Nov/Dec 2010
Massage’s Many Benefits Nearly 9 percent of Americans get at least one massage every year, and they’re probably healthier for it: A new study suggests that massage not only relaxes the body, but also boosts the immune system and prompts beneficial hormonal changes. Researchers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles subjected volunteers to what was perhaps the most pleasant experiment ever devised: Half received 45 minutes of deep-tissue Swedish massage, while the rest received light-touch massage for the same period. Just a single massage session induced marked physiological changes. Blood and saliva samples from the Swedish group registered lower levels of cortisol, a hormone elevated by stress, and arginine vasopressin, a hormone that can elevate cortisol; they also showed a rise in lymphocytes, white blood cells that aid the immune response. The light-massage recipients showed a greater increa se in the “love hormone” oxytocin and a greater drop in a different hormone that prompts the release of cortisol. Despite the popularity of massage, psychiatrist and study author Mark Hyman Rapaport tells The New York Times, “there hasn’t been much physiological proof of the body’s heightened immune response following massage until now.”
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Sports Drinks Can Make You Fat Sports drinks like Gatorade may help world-class athletes, but for the masses of people who drink them, they’re really no better than sugary sodas, says a new study. Although sports drinks contain electrolytes and carbohydrates that can help hydrate a depleted athlete, they also pack nearly as much sugar and calories as soda, which has been linked to obesity and health problems. Yet the aggressive marketing of sports drinks has convinced consumers that they’re beneficial for everyone. In a survey of the eating habits of some 15,000 middle- and high school students, public health researchers at the University of Texas found that students who drank a lot of sports beverages otherwise acted as if they wanted to avoid weight gain—exercising, and eating a diet containing ample fruits, vegetables, and milk. “People who want to pursue a healthy lifestyle are somehow being misled to believe that these drinks are somehow good for them,” study author Nalini Ranjit tells CNN.com. Few people, he says, exercise enough to benefit from the drinks’ restorative effects, so they’re really just drinking a lot of sugar. (Drink water instead!)
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