Your Five Daily Healthy Habits December 07 2013

Because of our modern, hectic schedules and family demands, it can be a challenge to make it in for regular massage therapy.  The busier we are, though, the more important massage is for the mind, body and spirit.  Our membership program is designed to make massage a wonderful habit - something you can commit to on a monthly basis - the benefits of which you will enjoy all month long.

There are a few things you can do to enhance and prolong the positive effects of your massage...

1/ Drink plenty of water before, after and on a daily basis.  The more hydrated your muscles are, the better your body can respond to bugs and germs, recover from fatigue and injury and stay toned and healthy.

2/ Get plenty of vitamins and nutrients through food sources as often as possible, particularly B vitamins and potassium.  B vitamins are particularly supportive to the adrenal system... the system that reacts to daily and sudden stressors.  Excellent sources include avocado, pomegranate, dates, watermelon, and some berries are especially high in B-complex vitamins. Leafy greens and vegetables such as amaranth, bok choy, Swiss chard, kale, Brussels sprouts, potatoes, squashes and parsnips also contain significant amounts. Most legumes have a lot of B vitamins; however, soy beans, black-eye peas and edamame contain the highest amounts of B9, also known as folate.  Potassium is vitally important in tissue repair and recovery.  Great sources include avocados, leafy greens, bananas, apricots, dates, strawberries, watermelon, cantaloupe, citrus fruits, beets, tomatoes, mushrooms, soy and soy foods, peas, beans, turkey, beef, salmon and cod. 

3.  Stretch!  Don't wait until your next massage to be stretched out.  If time allows, try to attend a stretching or yoga class, practice in your home with DVDs, or develop your own easy routine.   Even ten minutes of stretching per day will yield terrific results.  Most people will be best served by stretching the neck, shoulders, back, hamstrings and hips;  those areas are typically the most impacted by too much sitting, computing, and driving.

4. Practice relaxation techniques each day.  Again, even ten minutes a day is beneficial!  Do whatever you can and whatever works for you...  a warm bath, soothing aromatherapy, meditation, a walk in fresh air, or even several deep breaths with your eyes closed. 

5. Practice self-massage techniques or trade massage with a loved one.  Touch is good for you!  If you receive massage therapy on a regular basis you're already a believer in the healing power of touch...  But everyday touch is wonderful for your well being as well.  Caring touch can be shared with the one you love, hugging a friend, holding a child or petting an animal.  Touch is soothing, nurturing and relaxing for both the giver and the receiver. 

Practicing the healthy diet and lifestyle tips above will ensure your body, mind and spirit stay strong between your visits to your massage therapist.