Are you feeling a little down – or even really down – lately? Have you found yourself loading up on carbohydrates and staying in bed later? Maybe you have a sense of blah you just cannot seem to shake. It sounds as though you may be suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). According to Mental Health America*, SAD affects four out of five Americans every year, particularly women ages 20 to 30 years. SAD saps your energy, leaving you feeling lethargic.
Surgery, while often a necessity, can be a traumatic event, causing pain and discomfort to the body. Research indicates many patients descend into chronic post-
Are you a woman who gets massages? If so, what is your reason for calling and making that appointment? We all have different reasons as women for seeking massage therapy. Perhaps it is to relax. Maybe it is because you are a mom and you need some mommy time. Maybe you are an active woman and you get massage to aide in your recovery from the gym. Perhaps you are having a difficult monthly cycle and massage helps ease your discomfort.
Over the years many studies have shown a massage has amazing benefits to our overall wellness, such as reduced stress, improved range of motion and reduced pain. However, we rarely have a chance to discuss the benefits of giving a massage. Becoming a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) is an incredible journey, and often, an incredible career. Learning to become a massage therapist can benefit all age groups and walks of life; such as recent high-
It can be extremely difficult to find and make time for ourselves. Life gets in the way and sometimes other people become more of a priority to us than ourselves. Many people do find and make time for exercise, however. Each of us has our own motivation to stay healthy in our movement and we have our own reasons and desires to make exercise part of our lifestyle.
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Are you a woman who gets massages? If so, what is your reason for calling and making that appointment? We all have different reasons as women for seeking massage therapy. Perhaps it is to relax. Maybe it is because you are a mom and you need some mommy time. Maybe you are an active woman and you get massage to aide in your recovery from the gym. Perhaps you are having a difficult monthly cycle and massage helps ease your discomfort. Or maybe you have other reasons! While massage is beneficial for both men and women, Women’s Health magazine shines some light on specific benefits of massage for a woman’s body.
Benefits of Massage for Women
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Although the above-
Sixtyandme.com informs us massage is not one-
There are also different modalities that can help increase flexibility and reduce stiffness. Thai massage is a modality that incorporates different stretches with each part of the body, as well as incorporating relaxing tissue manipulation. This can help improve musculoskeletal mobility and joint lubrication if arthritis is an issue you are working with.
What About the Outer Layer of My Body?
As we age, our skin naturally loses elasticity. With the addition of massage into your self-
Can I Make My Skin Beautiful at Home?
The answer is yes! According to HelloGlow, adding aromatherapy to your oils or lotions can be the framework for happy synergy. HelloGlow provides a recipe for making massage oils at home to aide in the aforementioned benefits of massage for your most protective layer, your skin.
The Web site suggests measuring out the carrier oil in a separate container, such as a measuring cup. Then slowly add in the appropriate essential oils. Pour the massage oil into a dark bottle and shake well to combine. They also recommend labeling your special creation so you can easily grab the right one. Don’t forget to shake well before each use. Pour about 1 teaspoon into your hands and gently massage it into your skin where it is needed the most. This recipe can be doubled or tripled for a larger batch.
A Healthy Woman is a Happy Woman!
Whether you will be seeking massage from a licensed massage therapist or massaging yourself with your homemade massage oil, your body will be grateful in many ways!
Brittany Fathergill has been a licensed massage therapist (LMT) since 2006. She is part of the administrative team of Lexington Healing Arts Academy. She has completed an associates degree in science and is close to completing her bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and Exercise Science. Brittany is also a certified Health and Wellness Coach.