Hello, and welcome to this month’s article! Ready for Summer? Have you made plans to catch up on your rest and relaxation? According to bettersleep.org, insufficient sleep contributes to depression, skin aging, and weight gain. Studies have shown that massage is a great aid to better sleep. In between massages, here’s a helpful tip from sleepfoundation.org:
If you have trouble falling asleep, relaxation techniques can help you quiet your mind and calm your body. Try this simple exercise when you’re in bed.
Close your eyes and notice your breathing. Turn all your attention to your natural breathing pattern and feel the air enter and leave your nose or mouth. Visualize the flow of air as it passes through your mouth, airways, down into your belly, and back out again. Survey your body for any tension, and as you exhale, feel the tension leave that part of your body. Visualize your breath reaching your forehead, your neck, your shoulders, your arms... and then releasing the tension as you exhale. If your mind wanders to another worry or thought, let it go and gently redirect your attention back to your breath.
See you soon; your next massage session awaits!
5 Reasons Executives Should Schedule A Massage Today
by Raquel Baldelomar
Most people still view massages as a luxury item. They feel like they are spoiling themselves by booking a massage whether it’s a 30-minute massage, one-hour massage or a four-hour spa day. But some business leaders are starting to look at massage more as a necessity just like working out and eating healthy. Study after study keeps touting the benefits of massage. As a result, many executives are changing their mindset from thinking of massage as a nice treat to thinking of massage as an essential item in their routine that helps them perform at the top of their game. Here are five reasons why you should stop making excuses and book that massage today.
1. Massage can help spark creative ideas. The business world is fast-paced and stressful. Sometimes people need to stop their mind and relax in order to solve a problem and think of a better solution. “Massage frees thoughts,” explains Yodi Richeson, a massage therapist with iBody Sports Therapy in El Segundo, CA. “When you are so focused on something and stressed out, you have blinders on and don’t see the whole picture. You just see what is in front of you. Massage lets executives calm down to think clearer and get a better picture—it’s better than coffee.” Richeson, who has been a massage therapist for more than 25 years, is currently the sports therapist for the USA National Volleyball Team and also has a number of clients who are high-level executives in the business world. She has witnessed first hand the “aha moment,” her clients have after letting go and relaxing.
2. Massage can help reduce pain and even boost your immune system. According to the Mayo Clinic, massage has proven to be an effective treatment for reducing stress, pain and muscle tension. Some studies have also found that massage can help people suffering from anxiety, headaches, digestive disorders, sports injuries, joint pain, fibromyalgia and lower back pain. Considering how many executives sit at their desks for long hours, suffering from neck and back pain, a therapeutic massage may be just what they need to feel better, think clearer and be more productive. Not to mention a growing body of research now indicates that massage can help boost your immune system. If you want to avoid taking time off for being sick and stay healthy during cold and flu season, scheduling a weekly massage may help. Having a massage on a regular basis increases the activity level of the body’s white blood cells that fight viruses.
3. Massage can help increase your productivity. For the past 20 years, there have been studies linking massage to improved brainpower and productivity. That may explain why roughly 11% of companies offered workplace massages to employees in 2015 and 3% of companies planned to add corporate massage in the next 12 months, according to a survey by the Society for Human Resource Management. ...
4. Massage can help you sleep better. Studies have found that people who receive regular massages spend more time in deep sleep, which is the restorative stage of the sleep cycle. Want to avoid tossing and turning and not getting enough sleep the night before a big presentation or a day packed with back-to-back meetings? Try scheduling a massage on the way home from work the day before. It will help you relax, relieve work stress, reboot your mind and sleep better, so you are ready to tackle the next day feeling completely refreshed.
5. Massage can reduce stress symptoms. Massage helps alleviate stress, but it’s more than just the dim lights, calming music and healing touch helping the body to relax. Research suggests that frequent massage reduces cortisol, which is a major stress hormone, and high levels of cortisol have been linked to high blood pressure, suppressed immune system function and obesity. ...
Massage may be the missing piece of the puzzle for many business leaders. “When you get a massage, it is about you,” says Richeson. “You don’t have to talk to this person. It is not about anyone but you. People need that. We need to be nurtured.”
The benefits of calorie cutting— Even if you’re not seriously overweight, there’s a lot to be gained by cutting back on calories, including sounder sleep, a better sex life, and more overall happiness, new research suggests. Researchers asked a group of 218 people with generally healthy weights to either reduce their caloric intake or continue to eat as they normally would for a period of two years. During that time, the participants completed detailed questionnaires about their quality of life. Those who ate normally experienced virtually no weight change, but the people who curbed calories (by 12 percent, on average) not only lost an average of 17 pounds but also reported brighter moods, better sleep, friskier libidos, and an improved quality of life. Lead author Corby Martin tells CBSNews.com that calorie restriction produces a wide range of “positive biological and physiological changes,” including lower blood sugar and improved cholesterol and blood pressure.
— The WEEK May 19, 2016
There shall be eternal summer in the grateful heart.
— Celia Thaxter
Vacation is what you take when you can't take
what you've been taking any longer.
— The Lion
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