Easing Fears and Managing Stress During Coronavirus

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is a highly contagious respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. Symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. (CDC)Current statistics show the virus is 20 times more contagious the flu and six as deadly. With no current vaccine or medication, it’s an unnerving time in our country.

As the disease becomes more prevalent, so do fears and anxiety. Practicing mindful techniques to ease those fears can help us all cope with stress of the unknown. Here are a few tips to consider:

  • Trust the Experts: Have confidence that our public health officials are doing everything they can and have our best interests in mind.
  • STAY HOME! Please follow the state and national orders of social distancing or self-quarantining. If you have any symptoms at all, avoid all contact with people. Have a healthy person run errands for you if needed. And if you are healthy, help those in need!
  • Practice Self Care: The best thing we can do is take care of our bodies and support natural ways to fight the disease. Current closures and work-from-home orders offer a great opportunity to slow down, get more sleep, and spend more quality time with loved ones. And hey, just because our office is closed doesn’t mean you have to miss your massage! Practice massage on a loved one. It’s a great way to bond and stay connected.
  • Avoid the Media: This is a tricky one. We all want to stay informed; however, watching the news can cause more anxiety for some. Especially during this time, there seems to be hundreds of new and conflicting headlines every day. It’s ok to unplug for a while.
  • Educate Yourself: Maybe a little contradicting to the above tip but it is still important to understand the severity of the virus and know what we as citizens and residents of our communities need to do to help stop the spread. The Ohio Department of Health offers great resources, including a comprehensive checklist for various situations to help you feel more prepared during this time.

Stay positive but also stay smart! Help others when you can and be kind to one another. We’re all in this together.

*Nature’s Touch Massage & Wellness Center is currently closed due to orders from Gov. Mike DeWine and the Ohio Department of Health. Please follow us on Facebook and Instagram for updates and tips on staying healthy and happy. 

What to Expect During Your First Massage

Whether it’s your first massage or just first time at Nature’s Touch, there should be certain expectation as you head into your
appointment. Your massage should be relaxing, enjoyable, and comfortable. However, we understand it can be a little awkward for some. To ease your mind and make the experience as seamless as possible, here’s everything you need to know before you head into your appointment:

Before Your Appointment

Prior to your appointment, you should discuss your personal goals for the session and talk to your therapist about any health concerns or physical injuries you may have. An objective for the session should be established so your therapist knows exactly how to serve you. Maybe you’re looking for a deep tissue massage, lymphatic drainage, have pain in your neck that needs worked through, or just looking for a purely relaxing session, make it yours! We will ask you to disclose some of your health history so we know if there are any causes for concerns or special areas of the body we should pay extra attention to or avoid.

Massage therapy has a detoxifying effect on the body. Movement and kneading of the muscles flushes out stagnant toxins while pushing fresh oxygen into those areas. It’s critical your body has the tools it needs to allow this detoxification to take place and to keep those muscle supple and pliable. In the days before your massage, drink plenty of water to hydrate your body. You may want to consider avoiding eating heavy meals before your appointment as well to avoid indigestion or discomfort.

Lastly… just relax! Feel free to use the restroom when you arrive. Come a few extra minutes in order to take your time and get comfortable.

During the Massage

Our rooms are cozy, dark, and warm. As you enter Nature’s Touch, you’re greeted by soft music and different essential oil blends to stimulate your senses and take you to an oasis of relaxation.

Once in the room, you may disrobe down to what you are comfortable with. A sheet will be draped over you at all times. Only the shoulders, upper back and arms, low back and legs are ever exposed. If you feel uncomfortable at any point, speak up! Open communication with your therapist is encouraged. What’s comfortable for someone else may not be comfortable for you.

When You’re All Done

When your massage has come to an end, your therapist will leave you to rest for several moments. For any yogis out there, you may be familiar with the end of the practice ritual called “savasana.” It’s a pose used to calm the nervous system after a practice. The same idea applies to massage. Your muscles and lymphatic system have just been manipulated and stimulated. To truly feel the benefits of your treatment, a few moments of stillness can help your mind reconnect to the present and allow your body to ease out of the hard (yet relaxing!) work it just did.

After you’ve dressed and left your treatment room, your therapist will talk to you about your experience. Depending on your condition, a treatment plan may be recommended to continue your healing and at this time you may schedule your next appointment. In the hours and even a day or two following your massage, you will feel it’s wonderful affects. Your body will feel lose, relaxed, and depending on what type of treatment you had, even a little sore. During this time, continue to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.

And that’s it! If you’re ready to add massage therapy to your health and wellness protocol, click here or call 330-721-9357 to schedule your first appointment.

Coping With Holiday Stress at Nature's Touch

The Three Easiest Ways to Cope with Holiday Stress

The holidays are upon us! While some may count this season as one of the most magical, others may consider the holidays the most stressful. And rightfully so. It’s one of the busiest times of year and often a time when we are thinking about others more so than we think about ourselves.

Holiday stress can play a heavy toll on the body and have a negative impact on your health and wellbeing. We’ve come up with some simple ways to avoid stress and help keep you happy and healthy this season.

  1. Drink!
    Wait, we know what you’re thinking. Not that kind of drink unfortunately. What we’re talking about is drinking WATER. Dehydration is often only thought about during summer months when the sun is hot, activity levels have increased, or when we’re slathering on the deodorant. But hydration should be considered a year-round effort. Even though temperatures are much cooler, your body still needs enough water to function.Colder months bring drier air and less daylight. The result in the change of climate requires the body to work harder and can cause us to feel sluggish and run-down, evening lead to muscle fatigue! The body uses water to regulate its core temperature and without it, would not be able to adjust in a healthy way. Less exposure to sunlight can cause vitamin D levels to plummet and bring the immune system down, leaving us more susceptible to illness. When you drink plenty of water, you can actually help your body fight through these side effects, keeping your blood and tissues well-nourished while your body is working extra hard.

    Perspiration tends to turn to water vapor very quickly, and extra layers of clothing—combined with drier air—can cause our bodies to dehydrate without us even really noticing its happening. Most of us aren’t moving or as active as we are in the summer so we may not even feel thirsty. It’s a scary combination and we often times don’t realize our bodies are in need until we get sick.

    A few simple ways to combat dehydration are to make sure you’re drinking at least half your body weight in water each day. Avoid sugary drinks, limit caffeine and alcohol, and sip on as much tea and warm water with lemon as you can. Your body will thank you.

  2. Take A Trip
    ….to the spa! We talk a lot about self-care and the importance of taking time to do something for yourself, but let’s be honest, it’s hard! Between shopping, cooking, decorating and running around, who has the time?Here’s a little trick: how much time do you spend mindlessly scrolling through social media or watching TV? Or anything that isn’t adding productivity or value to you day? Add those minutes or hours up and you may be surprised how much time is wasted. That time could be better spent doing something positive for your health. Just one 60-minute massage on a regular basis can leave you feeling relaxed, less stressed, and in less pain. Regular massage is even known to boost the immune system, perfect during winter months!
  3. Stick with Your Routine
    Get organized! The more you can plan ahead, the easier it will be to manage unexpected or additional duties. Deviating too much from your normal routine or adding too many commitments can send your stress levels skyrocketing out of control. Go easy on the holiday sweets and follow a balanced diet. Exercise regularly to help maintain your energy level during a busier schedule. Allowing yourself to say ‘no’ and consciously not feeling obligated to commit to too much can also help with holiday stress.

The holidays are supposed to be a joyful and peaceful season. Make the most of it! Taking care of yourself is the best gift you can give to loved ones around you.

Give yourself or a loved one the gift of health. Click here to purchase a gift card to Nature’s Touch Massage & Wellness Center. Click here or call 330-721-9357 to make an appointment. 

5 Unexpected Reasons to Get a Massage During Back to School Time

As the carefree summer months come to a close, the jam-packed season of “back to school time” will begin to gear-up soon. Why not take one more relaxing trip to a quiet oasis as you mentally prepared for the next season to unfold? Check out these five unexpected reasons why now may be the perfect time to schedule your next massage:

  1. Promotes Routine

    Studies show that daily routines can reduce stress levels. Routines can aid in mental health, assist in coping with change, and help to form healthy habits. Especially during a busy time, scheduling in regular self-care can help to keep you anchored and centered.

  2. Boosts the Immune System

    Cortisol is the body’s main stress hormone, responsible for controlling mood, motivation, and fear. Stress disrupts the body’s ability to properly regulate this vital hormone and the side effects can be detrimental to the body. Among other things, high levels of cortisol can weaken the immune system. And during a time when children will be bringing home new germs from school, preventing illness is more important than ever. Regular massage helps boost the immune system by reducing cortisol levels and promoting a sense of relaxation.

  3. Fights Headaches

    There are many factors that contribute to migraines or headaches, but massage can help aid in their prevention. The physical burden of stress overtime can cause intense muscle tension, trigger points, and inflammation that inhibits blood flow, resulting in chronic pain. Ouch! Working on muscles and tissue in the neck and upper body can reduce pain and decrease damaging inflammation.

  4. Rejuvenates Skin

    While massage won’t completely turn back the hands of time, it can help rejuvenate skin after months exposure to the summer sun. Massage encourages cell growth and can boost collagen production while also preventing further deterioration of the tissue.

  5. Improves Digestion and Reduces Bloating

    Massage therapy stimulates the lymphatic system of the body, resulting in a faster removal of stagnant or deoxygenated blood or toxins from tissue. The increase in circulation allows the muscles that make up your digestive system to work more efficiently and get things moving—if you know what I mean. If anyone has experienced digestive issues, you know trouble in this area can leave you feeling sick, sluggish, and just generally unwell. During the busy school months when energy is a requirement, massage therapy can help support these bodily functions.

Ready to book your next getaway? Click here to schedule your massage or call us at (330) 721-9357 and start relaxing today.

Massage Therapy and Emotional Release

Have you ever gone into your massage therapy appointment, feeling completely normal beforehand, but find yourself in tears halfway through? Experiencing tears or laughter during your treatment is nothing to feel embarrassed about. This burst of emotion is your body’s way of releasing of those feelings in a very normal and healthy way.

What Is Emotional Release?

The physical benefits of massage therapy are widely known. Regular massage therapy can help reduce swelling and inflammation in the body, decrease chronic pain, manage high blood pressure, and so much more. But there are also many emotional benefits to receiving regular massage therapy as well.

As we age or experience an injury within our muscle or joints, the body stores that physical stress deep inside. If those injuries aren’t addressed right away, over time they will get worse and could result in a larger, much more painful issue. The same goes for our emotional health. When we experience trauma, our body holds on that those emotions, tucking them away deep in our tissues.

As your massage therapist works on your muscles and penetrates deep into your soft tissue, oxygen and nutrients rush through your cells, pushing out toxins and detoxifying those areas.  This can unlock emotional energy stuck in the tissue triggering you to feel an intense rush of emotions. Embracing this release and allowing your body to let go of this energy will help your body find it’s way back to the healthy, balanced state it desires to be in. Allowing your mind to relax and free it’s self of the burden of negative feelings will give you a sense of rejuvenation and calming relaxation.

What Do I Do If It Happens to Me?

Emotional release is a completely normal response! Your mind could be triggered to remember a specific memory or it could be just an overwhelming release of stress. Either way, your massage therapist will be trained in helping you through this emotional expression and will support you during this time. It is healthy to detox your mind of this stress and release it from your body. If you are too uncomfortable to move forward with the remainder of your session, communicate that to your therapist. Together, you can discuss steps on how you should move forward.

 

Click here or call (330) 721-9357 to schedule your next massage. 

Why You Should Consider Lymphatic Drainage Massage

One of the benefits of massage therapy we often talk about is how regular massage helps to detoxify the body. But how does it do this exactly?

Movement equals life. And massage therapy encourages movement of blood, fluid, and oxygen throughout the body. One of the major ways we do this is by focusing on the lymphatic system.

What Is The Lymphatic System?  

The lymphatic system has three major functions: maintaining the balance of fluid in the body, aiding in the digestive system, and supporting our immune system.

According to MedicalNewsToday.com, the lymphatic or lymph system involves an extensive network of vessels that passes through our tissues to allow for the movement of a fluid called lymph. Every day, around two liters of fluid from our cardiovascular system enters into our tissue. The lymph system collects this fluid, sending it to our lymph nodes where it’s filtered. Here it becomes activated to fight off infection and defend our body.

What Is Lymphatic Drainage Massage?

Lymphatic drainage massage is a form of massage that encourages fluid to flow freely throughout the lymph nodes or drain built up fluid in these areas. It involves gentle, non-invasive movements on various areas of the body, practiced in a rhythmic motion. The continuous, light-pressure motion forces stagnant fluid to release, restoring proper function in your tissues.

Certain essential oils can be used to support the lymph nodes during your treatment. Frankincense is known for boosting overall wellness but when applied topically, it can increase the production of cytokines which can stimulate immune cells to fight off pathogens. Peppermint may also be used to reduce inflammation. If you have swollen nodes, peppermint can be applied topically to soothe this discomfort. Diffusing citrus based oils are also great for boosting the immune system, purifying the air, and promoting your body’s ability to heal. *Remember, do your research and educate yourself on oils if using at home to avoid injury.

Who Is A Candidate For Lymphatic Drainage Massage?

Fluid retention can happen for many reasons. It is very common after surgery or injury, but illness, lack of physical activity, or stress can cause your body to become stagnant as well. Anyone who has a job where they sit or stand long hours during the day or other physically inactive individuals are great candidates.

As part of the immune system, this type of therapy is a wonderful way to avoid sickness. While there can benefits year-round, practicing regular lymph drainage massage during the winter months can help maintain your health while warding off illness.

The hands of time can sometimes be our worst enemy as skin begins to thin and wrinkle. Lymph drainage can actually help slow the aging process and boost collagen production. Especially when practiced on the face, lymph drainage can reduce puffiness and help promote more supple skin overtime. Read more about our exclusive anti-aging facial massage here.

Wondering if lymphatic drainage massage therapy is right for you? Our team of experienced massage therapists are here to answer your questions. As always, it’s best to consult your doctor before receiving a massage if you have a serious medical condition.

Experience the amazing benefits of lymphatic drainage massage! Click here or call 330-721-9357 to schedule your appointment.

Why Moms Should Take A Field Trip Too

By now, your back-to-school schedule is in full swing. You’re probably already used to the standard head-spinning schedule of sports practices, extra-curriculars, and playdates. But while planning for your kids next school activity, why not schedule one of your own?

Here at Nature’s Touch, we’re encouraging all moms (and dads too!) to take an hour break from the busy school season and take a “field trip” to our office. While a regular massage is always divine, we also have many other treatments that require about the same amount of time and provide a deeper level of  relaxation.

Check out these treatments to pamper yourself:

Bamboo Infusion Massage

Bamboo Infusion Massage is a unique method of deep tissue massage. Using heated bamboo to roll and knead tissue, this treatment creates an extreme sensation of relaxation. The smooth edges of the bamboo sticks allow for more penetrating maneuvers to work through all angles of your aches and pains. Many clients report that the benefits of this type of treatment last even longer than regular deep tissue massage. How wonderful does that sound!

Hot Stone Massage

This treatment is performed with the application of smooth basalt lava stones that have been heated to just the right temperature needed to melt your tension away. Stones are placed in areas that generally hold tension such as the back, and then oiled stones are used in flowing strokes to relax the body. This type of treatment is warm and cozy and great for warming up as the seasons begin to change.

Steam Tent Therapy

As the weather starts to cool down, you may be finding yourself more prone to catching colds and getting sick. And as a busy parent, there is no time for that. The perfect way to give your immune system a boost and warm up from the chilly weather is with a session in our steam tent. The steam tent is like a relaxing sauna that helps the body to sweat out toxins. As it heats the body, it acts as an artificial fever that kills off unwanted invaders and puts your body into healing-mode. Many people who incorporate regular steam tent sessions into their life notice significant improvement in congestion, headaches and difficulty sleeping.

Rain Bath Ceremony

This hundreds-of-years-old sacred ceremony bathes you in warm stones, cool stones and essential oils. This ancient healing treatment is a very gentle method of alleviating stress and anxiety, helping to restore balance to the body’s chemistry. Warm stones relax and calm. Essential oils are dripped onto the body to ground, re-balance and soothe. Cool stones revitalize the body, mind and spirit to reawaken to a new self.

Facial Toning Massage

Face Toning Massage is a stimulating, vigorous, luxurious, safe and effective method of treating the problem of sluggish, aging and environmentally damaged skin. This method will retrain your facial muscles by firming and lifting them, thereby tightening and toning the skin, especially around the eyes and mouth to create a youth flow. Facial massage is also relaxing, which promotes stress reduction. Clients experience enhanced muscle tone and noticeable improvements to their skin, face and neck with the very first treatment. You’ll absolutely love how your skin and muscles look after a series. Many clients look like they lost five to 10 years off their faces, and are ecstatic.

What are you waiting for? Schedule your “field trip” to Nature’s Touch today! 

5 Reasons To Get A Massage This Summer

Aside from feeling great, there are many benefits to massage therapy that can improve your overall health and well-being. During the summer months, we find that people generally feel better and in turn, forgo their regular appointments. But what people tend to forget is that maintaining your health is a year-round effort. To prove it, here are five reasons why you should get a massage this summer:

  1. Reduced Swelling – We are all too familiar with disappearing ankles and sausage fingers during the hot summer months. This swelling occurs when excess fluid and metabolic waste build up in the body. In the heat, blood vessels expand allowing fluid to rush to the surrounding tissue. The gentle pressure and deep strokes from massage encourages oxygen and nutrients back in our cells to restore the tissue to its natural state.
  1. Instant Energy Boost – Flushing out the lymphatic system not only reduces swelling, it detoxifies the body and flushes out that run-down, sluggish feeling. Scheduling a massage ahead of a busy summer weekend can keep you feeling energized to power through your favorite activities.
  1. Relief from Sunburns – Topical oils or creams can provide temporary yet immediate relief when skin is feeling warm and tender. Aloe vera has been used as a natural burn remedy for thousands of years and provides a cooling sensation when used during a massage. Other mild oils such as jojoba oil can also provide relief.
  1. Reduced Blood Pressure – When muscles become stagnant from lack of exercise or movement, naturally occurring toxins have no where to go. They begin to build up and your tissues start to become inflamed. If blood can’t reach the tissue, your already hard-working heart is forced to pump harder in an effort to get those vital nutrients and oxygen where needed. In combination with heightened cortisol levels from stress, blood pressure can become dangerously high. Massage therapy releases contracted muscles which helps increase circulation, allowing blood to flow more freely throughout the circulatory system. Monitoring your blood pressure is important during the summer months but something to be aware of all year round as well.
  1. Helps Reduce Cellulite & Wrinkles – While massage won’t completely turn back the hands of time, it can help diminish the appearance of cellulite and wrinkles. Massage encourages cell growth and can boost collagen production and can also prevent further deterioration of the tissue.

So before you skip your summer massage massage, consider these five benefits so you can have your best summer yet. Click here or call 330-721-9357 to schedule an appointment.

Cupping: Alternative Medicine for Pain and Chronic Conditions

Cupping TherapyMassage therapy and body work can help a number of physical conditions. However, old injuries or repetitive, strenuous movements can hinder the body’s ability to heal through normal massage practices. Cupping, or sometimes referred to as manual vacuum therapy, is a natural, holistic, and effective technique that takes pressure off the injured site and promotes healing in the body.

What Is Cupping?

When a muscle is injured, the body’s natural response mechanism is to create inflammation to protect the area. For example, if you were to cut your finger, the inflammatory process can help block infection or bacteria from entering your skin while the area heals. On the flip side, chronic inflammation can be damaging to your health. Inflammation around an injured muscle can produce free radicals or toxins overtime and create an acidic pH in the body.

Cupping can change this acidic state and release the toxins in an injured area. The process can almost be thought of as the opposite of a massage. Rather than applying pressure to work through the injury, cupping creates a suction to take the pressure off the area to allow the stagnant blood to release and oxygen to move through.

How Does It Work?

Cupping uses small glass cups that are placed on the skin to create a suction. The cups are typically in place for several minutes depending on the level of severity of your symptoms. Another form of cupping using a small flexible, silicone cup that can be moved around the area by the therapist to create a massage-like effect. Both forms force blood to move from the area, pushing toxins out, and flushing oxygen and nutrients in to stimulate healing.

Is Cupping Right For Me?

Cupping is a safe therapy that can be incorporated into your regular massage routine. At Nature’s Touch, we have four certified cupping therapists highly skilled in practicing this technique.

Conditions cupping can treat:

  • Chronic pain
  • Joint pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Arthritis
  • Skin conditions
  • High blood pressure
  • Cellulite
  • And more…

Click here to schedule your appointment or call us at 330-721-9357 to see if cupping is right for you.

Massage Therapy for Sunburns

A common misconception I often hear during the summer months is that if you have a sunburn, you should cancel your routine massage appointment. However, massage therapy can be a beneficial component to your body’s healing process and even speed up your skin’s ability to repair itself.

So before you cancel your appointment, consider these benefits.

  • Increased Circulation– massage therapy improves circulation by pushing blood through congested areas of the body while releasing toxins. This opens up pathways so vital nutrients and oxygen can make their way to the injured site
  • Immediate Relief– topical oils or creams can provide temporary yet immediate relief when skin is feeling warm and tender. Aloe vera has been used as a natural burn remedy for thousands of years. Other mild oils such as jojoba oil can also provide relief. Keeping sunburned skin moisturized helps the burned area stay hydrated and supple and will minimize damage
  • Natural Healing– regular massage therapy promotes overall health and wellness. A healthy body is able to heal faster and more efficiently than someone who isn’t taking care of themselves

When To Avoid A Massage 

There are different levels of severity to sunburns. If your sunburn is painful to the touch, inflamed, or otherwise irritated, your skin may need some time before it is worked on. However, talk to your massage therapist about your symptoms before canceling your appointment. There are other treatment options available if you are unable to get your normal massage. Having non-affected areas of the body worked on can help relieve some of the stress your body is going through. Treatments such as Reflexology increases circulation and can stimulate the nervous system to promote a faster healing time.

Reiki is another option that can accelerate healing through the laying of hands on different areas of the body. This ancient form of natural healing restores imbalances of energy due to physical or emotional blockages and promotes an overall position feeling of well-being.

So before you postpone your appointment, consider how massage therapy can help restore your damaged skin. Give our office a call at 330-721-9357 or schedule your next appointment here.