Holistic Holiday Tip by Traci Hardin of Hardins Massage Clinic
How can you naturally reduce stress during the holidays?
This can be one of the busiest times of the year for most people. Already full schedules become further taxed with the demands of the season. Just when you most need your highest energy levels and your health, you get the challenge of more stressful days. Could there be a better time to get a well-deserved massage session?
At these times when you’re juggling so many activities, it’s easy to create a lot of the mental stress yourself just by dwelling on how much you still have to accomplish. One tip that may give you some needed mental relief is to put all those activities on your calendar so you can see exactly what you have to do (and when). You may find this helps you to unburden your mental load, especially if you can now concentrate on just getting through the next thing on your list.
While you’re working on your schedule, see where you can work in your next massage session. It can go such a long way to help you cope with everything else in your life!
Here are a few of the more important health benefits your regular massage sessions offer you:
Stress relief— Much more is happening within your body than you may realize when it comes to stress. All those worries and concerns result in hormonal changes that throw your body’s chemicals out of balance and can play havoc with your health. (You can see why eighty percent of illness is stress-related!) One of the main reasons you feel more relaxed after a massage is that stress-causing hormones consistently are reduced by massage.
Better sleep— In the National Sleep Foundation’s “Sleep in America” poll, it’s reported that as many as 47 million adults aren’t meeting their minimum sleep needs. Bodies need adequate rest to remain healthy and to function properly. Studies show that regular massage promotes better sleep patterns.
Overall improved body functions— Virtually every area of the body has been shown to be improved by regular massage. These many life-improving benefits can include:
• stimulating nerve function that produces changes throughout the body
• boosting the immune system • contributing to the detoxification process • reducing blood pressure • improving muscle function and joint mobility
Each massage can help you in so many ways! No matter how hectic your life is, maintaining your health is vital to your future. Please be sure to make time for your massage sessions, so you can feel your best every day and be there for those who need you!
This holiday season make sure you give yourself a gift of health, get your massage in and get plenty of rest and exercise. Massage Gift Certificates are a great way to tell someone you care. Have a happy and healthy Holiday Season from Traci Hardin’s Massage Clinic.