Once you’ve made your plans and finished your holiday shopping, I sincerely hope you make plenty of time to spend enjoying the company of your closest friends and family members. Life can be very demanding, and we all need that time to relax and share with the truly important people in our lives.
You can simplify your holiday shopping with massage gift certificates for those special people—give a gift that really makes someone feel great!
Thank you for allowing me to contribute to your health and well-being; it’s a privilege to help.
Remember to make your health a priority during these busy days. The last thing you need is to push yourself too hard and end up ill. Getting a massage now can help you to stay relaxed and feeling your best when you’re needed most. Studies indicate that massage can boost your immune system, so give yourself a little break and get that massage!
May your holidays be joyous; I hope to see you soon!
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Make the Most of the Holiday Season! Here are some helpful holiday hints from author and sleep coach, Glenda Sparling:
• Normal Routine. Try to keep to your normal routine as much as possible. That means going to bed as close to your regular time and rising at around the same time each day. Of course, this will be challenging on party nights, but try to keep these to a minimum.
• Plan Ahead. If you've got company coming, try to alleviate some of your “last-minute stress” by purchasing groceries, gifts or even doing food preparation ahead of time. Get the gifts wrapped.
• Regular Exercise. Exercise is one of the precursors to achieving good sleep. Besides, it's just simply healthy for you. Try to maintain your regular routine. Hit the gym or at least get out for a walk. Your mind will be refreshed and your body thankful, and you will sleep better.
• Ask for Help. The holiday festivities don't need to be your total responsibility. Ask family members to assist in the preparations. If you don't ask, they may not know how stressed and burdened you feel. And, there is a very good chance they will be very receptive to pitching in to make this a joyous time for all. Enlist your family to clean and decorate the house, wrap the gifts and prepare the meals.
• Reduce Caffeine. Keep your caffeine intake to a bare minimum or not at all. Caffeine can have a very long half-life, particularly in those who sleep lightly to begin with. Adding caffeine to increased stress levels is a sure-fire way to disrupt your sleep even more.
• Watch your Alcohol Intake. Alcohol, even in small quantities, can induce a false sense of sleepiness. But falling into an alcohol-induced sleep state will be anything but satisfying. Your slumber will be restless and it is doubtful you will enter deep delta sleep, which is needed for that energized feeling the next day.
• Water—Drink Lots. Dehydration can be your worst enemy, particularly if you are having more than your usual amount of alcohol. Make sure your body is well hydrated with at least 8-10 8-oz. cups per day. Water makes up 85% of your blood, 80% of your muscles, and 75% of your brain. Make sure you don't dry out.
• Be kind to Yourself. Before your shoulders end up bunched up into your ears, seeming never to get unstuck, reward yourself and take a break. Plan a relaxing massage ... A massage is great for you guys too.
• Breathe Deeply. Diaphragmatic breathing is an excellent way to induce relaxation throughout your entire body. Test whether you are a chest or belly breather by putting one hand on your chest and one on your belly. Look down as you breathe (normally). Whichever hand rises first indicates your normal breathing pattern. Most people are 'chest' breathers by habit. Just for 5 minutes focus breathing letting your diaphragm rise first. Your breathing will be slow and deeper. Even 5 minutes of deep belly breathing will induce relaxation. Plus it simply relaxes you and feels good.
Americans Seek Massage for Pain Relief Each year in October, the American Massage Therapy Association releases results of its annual consumer survey. Among this year's results:
• In the last 12 months, 15 percent of Americans got a massage to reduce pain or manage pain, and seven percent got a massage to relieve muscle soreness or stiffness.
• Fifty-four percent of Americans who had a massage in the past five years say they have had a massage to relieve pain.
• Forty percent of Americans are getting massages to relieve their stress.
• This year, 86 percent of Americans agree that massage can be beneficial for health and wellness, including pain relief—a number that has not wavered since 2009.
• Sixty-two percent of Americans have or would recommend massage therapy to a relative or someone else they know.
Stress and Cancer Cells Massage therapy reduces stress in both mind and body, and has been shown to provide pain-and-stress relief to cancer patients. New research shows that patients who experience high stress prior to cancer therapy could be creating a biological environment that is friendly to cancer cells.
Physical or psychological stress experienced one to two days before a cancer treatment can activate a stress-sensitive protein that can, in turn, spark a series of events that allow cancer cells to survive such treatments as chemotherapy and radiation, researchers from Ohio State University said.
"The process that sets these activities in motion takes a couple of days," said Govindasamy Ilangovan, lead author of the study and associate professor of internal medicine at Ohio State. "It is not proven in a clinical setting, but our hypothesis leads us to strongly caution cancer patients about avoiding stress because that stress might trigger recurrence of cancer cell growth."
The study appears online in the journal Molecular Cancer Research.
A harvest of peace is produced from a seed of contentment.
— American Proverb
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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