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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. 

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 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! 

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.