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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. 

How Massage Therapy Supports Post-Operative Rehabilitation

The recovery process after surgery is equally important as the procedure itself and healing time is a critical challenge to ensure its
success. Because surgery is essentially unnatural, your body may respond either positively, accepting and easily moving on, or negatively, leading you down a bumpy and difficult road. But either way, patients are usually left in exceptional amounts of pain once sedatives or pain medications have worn off. Luckily, there are natural methods to reduce the burden of surgery and support your body’s innate ability to heal during the post-operative rehabilitation process. The best and most effective method is massage therapy.

Many studies have been done to show the amazing benefits of massage after surgery. In a recent study conducted by the Samueli Institute, massage therapy was proven to reduce negative effects and significantly help patients and reduce recovery time. Let’s explore why…

Most people are still in inconsiderable amounts of pain once they begin rehab. While it may be tempting to continue to take prescription pain medications, popping pills won’t offer a solution to the pain. It will rather mask the pain until the medication wears off and its time to take more. Massage offers a natural and longer lasting solution.

Massaging and kneading different muscles and areas of the body helps to increase circulation, allowing fresh blood and oxygen to flow to the injured areas. This process sends vital nutrients to those areas that may have been blocked to help restore and strengthen healthy muscles and tissue while reducing inflammation – ultimately resulting in less pain.

Increasing circulation can also lessen the chances scar tissue will form around the injury site. One of the most beneficial applications of recovery from surgical procedures is cupping therapy. Physicians are amazed at the speed and total recovery that their patients exhibit when cupping is used to complement their surgical work. Patients with extreme burns and deep abdominal scars, such as C-sections, can benefit from this therapy. Cupping can loosen and soften rigid tissue, no matter how old the scar is.

Surgery-related pain can not only cause immediate discomfort, but it can also lead to problems in other areas of patients’ lives. It can lead to disrupted sleep, negatively affect mood, and interfere with living a normal life. All these factors can lead to stress and anxiety, further delaying the healing process and putting additional burdens on the body.

If we are in a state of stress, we hold these emotions inside, often resulting in tightness in our muscles. Massage therapy releases this tension from the body creating a sense of calm and reducing anxiety. It is also just a wonderful way to relax and meditate. Having any type of procedure – big or small – can take a huge toll on your mind and your spirit. Taking time to reflect on your body and its abilities to heal will support a move peaceful and enjoyable recovery process.

If you have recently had surgery or have one scheduled in the near future, reach out to your favorite massage therapist and see how they can help you.

A Steamy Secret to Better Health

For centuries, steam has been used by healers of all kinds for its health and beauty benefits. From sweat lodges to saunas, the power of steam is undeniably effective. Whether you are seeking relief from nagging symptoms like muscle soreness or inflammation or simply just looking for a new method of relaxation, steam tent therapy is the solution you have been looking for.

What is Steam Tent Therapy?

Steam tent therapy is like a relaxing sauna. While laying comfortably on a massage table, a tent-like dome is secured around you and sealed with Velcro. To avoid overheating or dizziness, your head remains outside the tent and a cool wrap is draped around your neck to promote an enjoyable experience. With a flip of a switch, warm steam fills the tent and within just a few minutes, you are engulfed in an even distribution of pleasant heat.

Sessions are completely private in the comfort of one of our massage rooms and usually last anywhere from 10-30 minutes.

When Should You Steam?

Steam tent therapy is a perfect follow-up to a massage because it helps the body sweat out toxins released during the session. We recommend combining regular steaming session in tandem with your routine massages in order to get the full benefits of these two therapies.

Health Benefits of Steam Tent Therapy

Boosted Immunity

The heat from a steam tent raises the body’s core temperature putting the body in an induced fever-like state. The elevated temperature signals the body to create white blood cells, producing antibodies that spring into action and fight off any unwanted invaders.

As you lay in the steam tent and begin to sweat, the increase in white blood cells will help support the body’s natural detoxification systems, expelling hidden toxins through the skin. The fewer toxins the body has to process, the healthier your immune system will be!

Reduced Inflammation & Muscle Soreness

Steam therapy is a fantastic form of treatment for those suffering from inflammation and pain. While it’s not a cure for these conditions, it has been proven to reduce symptoms and help alleviate discomfort.

As heat penetrates your muscles and joints, your capillaries dilate, increasing oxygen saturation within the tissues. Muscles become more pliable and relaxed helping to increase mobility, reduce stiffness, and minimize inflammation. Plus, it makes your muscles just feel good!

Detoxification

With over 82,000 known chemicals in the environment, we are exposed to more toxins than our bodies are designed to handle. And when those toxins start to build up, disease and dysfunction start to set in. Since our skin is the largest organ in the body, it makes sense that sweating is a fantastic means of detoxification.

As we stated before, steam tent therapy helps support the immune system in combination with massage therapy sessions. Although we do recommend these two therapies work in tandem, sessions can also be offered as a standalone method to detox. Treatments offer a comfortable and relaxing way to open up your pores and encourage your sweat glands to excrete waste, promoting an overall sense of health and well-being.

In Conclusion: Everyone Should Steam!

Aside from these fabulous benefits, many people who steam regularly report they notice significant improvement in congestion, headaches, and improved sleep, just to name a few. The benefits are truly unbeatable! Anyone can benefit from the healing powers of this ancient method.

Looking for a relaxing, natural treatment to melt your symptoms away? Click here or call 330-721-9357 and start steaming today.