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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. 

Reflexology For The Mind, Body, & Spirit

From your head to your toes, your entire body is connected, working in-sync to help you live, breathe, and thrive. Every part of your body has a purpose, so it’s no wonder that when one area isn’t functioning properly, your health may start to decline.

Thankfully, there are simple and natural techniques to clear symptom causing blockages in the body and ensure all pathways are working at optimum levels so you can feel your best. One that we offer at Nature’s Touch Massage & Wellness Center is called Reflexology.

What is Reflexology?

Reflexology is a non-invasive treatment performed on the feet and hands. This holistic therapy uses thumb and finger pressure of varying degrees, focusing on areas of the feet that correspond with all body parts. The pressure applied during reflexology stimulates the movement of energy along the pathways.

Every part of the body can be mapped out on the hands and feet. Applying specific techniques of touch to these areas, your reflexologist can stimulate the complex neural pathways linking your body systems, supporting the body’s efforts to function. Stimulating those nerve endings can promote balance and well-being and help everything from sinus congestion, asthma, constipation, to pain and anxiety levels.

What Are The Benefits?

Reflexology will benefit clients both emotionally and physically by promoting natural healing of body, mind and spirit. It is practiced to release tension and stress. Stress is easily built up in the body when not properly managed, it can create energy blockages and lead to endless health concerns. Reflexology works to release this tension, allowing the body to return to a state of equilibrium.

In addition to relieving stress, opening up these blockages increases blood circulation, releasing toxins, and can lead to reduced inflammation. Many people claim to feel less pain after a session and feel an overwhelming sense of peace and calm.

Studies by the National Institute of Health have also found reflexology to cause a significant decrease in pain and anxiety in patients with metastatic cancer, and that it can be safely used by patients who are undergoing chemotherapy.

How Does It Work?

A typical session lasts about 60 minutes. Your reflexologist starts out by working on each hand for about five minutes at a time. Several minutes of Reiki is then practiced at the back of the head to induce a deeper sense of relaxation. The remainder of the time is spent working on the feet.

Your reflexologist will work a specific pattern on each foot hitting areas that lead to pathways reaching the entire body. They will feel or sense changes in the soft tissue of the feet or they will feel some crystalline-like congestion. These sensations indicate that the part of the body reflexively related to that area on the foot is not working in its prime capacity. However, it’s important to keep in mind that if congestion in a certain part is found, it does not mean that there is something really wrong.  It simply means that that part of the body, at this moment in time, is not functioning its best.  And by stimulating the reflex area it can be helped back onto a balanced path.

The reflex areas are mapped out on the foot as much as they are in the body. The toes represent the head, with the big toe having the reflex areas of the brain, pituitary gland, the teeth, jaw, and gums. The other toes contain the reflexes for the sinuses, eyes and ears.

The ball of the foot represents the chest area. Just as the heart is located more to the left side of the body, the heart reflex area is on the left foot.

The upper arch area represents everything above your intestines and below your lungs, such as the liver, kidneys, adrenal glands, pancreas and spleen. The lower arch contains the reflex areas for the large and small intestines.  Looking at the side of the foot, the inside edge of the arch contains the spinal reflex. Remarkably, just as the spine has four curves, so does the inside edge of the arch.

Is Reflexology Right For Me?

The effectiveness of reflexology is recognized worldwide by various national health institutions and the public at large as a distinct complimentary practice within the holistic health field. Because of its non-invasive nature, reflexology can benefit most people suffering from stress, tension, other health concerns, or simply just looking to relax!

Reflexology is an ancient technique that works to bring the whole person – mind, body, and spirit, back into balance.  Call today to schedule your Reflexology treatment!