Overwhelmed by the holidays? You’re not alone. Many people feel stressed out during this hectic time of year with extra activities, lists, and so on.
Research shows that massage therapy can help reduce stress and improve your overall health this holiday season and all year-round. Now in days, massage is no longer considered a luxury, but rather an effective treatment for many medical conditions or discomfort you may be experiencing.
By taking 60 minutes have one of our massage therapists work on you, you could actually help prevent further injury dysfunction.
So how do you know whether you're stressed?
- Stress can come in different forms whether it be emotional, physical, or emotional. You may be experiencing stress if you..
- Have difficulty relaxing and quieting your mind
- Are feeling overwhelmed
- Have low energy
- Experience aches, pains, and tense muscles
- Go through frequent colds and infections…
Acupuncture has also been found to reduce stress not only throughout the holiday season but year round and here's how...
acupuncture can cause the nervous system to produce painkilling chemicals, jump-starting the body’s natural ability to heal itself, or stimulate the part of the brain that controls emotions. Don't miss out on such an advantageous opportunity and book your appointment today!
Another way to stimulate acupuncture points to reduce stress is through ear seeds! Their continuous mild pressure is amplified by stimulating the seed with a few seconds of fingertip massage every few hours but don't worry! They don't hurt. Ear seeds allow us to space out your treatments more without losing the momentum of the treatments. (Swaroski and Gold Plated ear seeds also available)
At home remedies..
Now, if for a variety of reasons you or someone you know is unable to contact a professional to alleviate your or their tension, there are always ways to do so at home that can be just as effective!
1. Maintain your healthy eating and exercise habits
2. Make a gift-shopping budget and stick to it
3. Set realistic expectations for yourself 4. Know when to walk away from a high stress situation 5. Take deep breaths
However, despite your best efforts you may feel the stress of it all is just too overwhelming. In this case reach out to us for your first consultation today!
Suffering from neck pain? Maybe even lower back pain? We so often get caught up trying to excel at work, as friends, and as family members that we forget to take time out to care for ourselves.
Massage therapy helps not only to relieve muscle tension and other soft tissue pain, but also has an impact on the patient by virtue of human touch. If you currently suffer any discomfort within your muscles consider incorporating massage therapy into your pain management program by choosing any of our selected types of massage such as..
Deep Tissue Massage
Give yourself some time to relax
When pressures are being thrown our way, relaxation is a really effective tool for looking after our health, both physical and mental. Relaxation may actually boost your immune system, silence any pain or discomfort, and allow you to sleep better at night! It can be hard to find the time to fit such an experience in our busy lives but the benefits of massage therapy really go above and beyond. In addition, to better your experience, we are able to add any essential oils, herbs, etc. upon request.
Additional benefits of massage therapy
• Physical relaxation
• Improved circulation, which nourishes cells and improves waste elimination
• Relief for tight muscles and other aches and pains
• Release of nerve compression
• Greater flexibility and range of motion
• Enhanced energy and vitality
• May help heal scar tissue as well as tendon, ligament, and muscle tears
With the holidays around the corner, cold season on the way, and the weather getting a little cooler, it's the perfect time to gather some essential oils to keep you and your family healthy. Essential oils are known for their therapeutic benefits and have been used since Biblical times for their antibacterial and antiviral properties.
One of my favorite essential oils to use is a blend created by the company Young Living. This oil, called “Thieves,” is a blend of five different essential oils: clove, lemon, cinnamon, eucalyptus and rosemary. This combination of oils is specifically designed to boost immunity and support the body's natural defenses.
The “Thieves” blend has been used for thousands of years, since the Black Plague of Europe in the Middle Ages. The blend was discovered when a small band of thieves was captured in France. These thieves robbed the people who died of bubonic plague. Although this plague was highly contagious, not one member of this band of thieves ever contracted the disease despite having so much contact with it. The reason? They rubbed a specific combination of plant oils over their bodies, which protected them from the plague. Since that time, this blend of clove, lemon, cinnamon, eucalyptus, and rosemary oils has been known as “Thieves."
In my practice at Benessere Miami, I add aromatherapy and essential oils into many of my treatments. At the request of several patients, I decided to put together a short list of my favorite oils for the winter season. Here they are:
Known for its toothache-remedying powers, clove oil is anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and antibacterial. In my practice with Traditional Chinese Medicine, I also use food-grade clove oil for digestive and respiratory support.
The health benefits of cinnamon can be attributed to its antibacterial, antifungal, antimicrobial, astringent, and anti-clotting properties. Cinnamon is one of the most popular herbs for flavoring and widely used in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Although cinnamon oil has numerous health benefits, it can cause skin irritation. This oil should only be used topically and with caution.
Eucalyptus has antiseptic and antibacterial properties, and it is often found in cough drops and ointments because of its decongestant properties. Eucalyptus essential oil stimulates the immune system and combats inflammation in the lungs, helping break down mucus. I love using eucalyptus to make a steam inhalation remedy, great for healing sinus infections, colds, and congestion.
Lemon has a strong, purifying citrus scent that is both revitalizing and uplifting. Lemon essential oil has antiseptic and astringent properties that help remove mental fatigue, exhaustion, dizziness, anxiety, nervousness, and nervous tension.
An energizing oil, rosemary is beneficial for restoring mental alertness when experiencing fatigue. This essential oil has antimicrobial and antiseptic properties, perfect for use in skin care products.
If you are looking to begin your collection of essential oils, I suggest starting with lavendar. It is the best all-purpose essential oil. Lavender is the most commonly used essential oil in massage and wellness treatments because of its antidepressant and bactericidal properties. Lavendar’s calming scent makes it an excellent tonic for nerves and anxiety issues. It is also helpful in treating migraines, headaches, depression, nervous tension, and emotional stress.
Easy Ways to Use Essential Oils
Diffusing antibacterial and antiviral essential oils in the air several times per week will help keep your environment healthy and aromatic. My favorite diffusers use cool mist, so I suggest the Do Terra Aroma Lite or the Ultrasonic Young Living Diffuser. To diffuse oils, add six to eight drops of essential oil to one cup of water and let the diffuser run for 30 minutes.
2. ROOM AND BODY SPRAYS
I enjoy making room and body mists because they are easy to make and fun to create. At Benessere Miami, I always have three or four different mists on hand with varying aromas. To create a room or body mist, add ten drops of your essential oil of choice to a two-ounce spray bottle filled with water. Shake well before each use, as the oil and water will separate.
3. AROMATHERAPY YOGA
I love using essential oils to enhance my yoga practice. Put a small drop on your pulse points as aromatherapy during your session. It encourages deep breathing and deepens relaxation during shavasana.
May your winter season be happy and healthy!
For more information about the Thieves blend or to purchase essential oils, please visit YoungLiving.com. For more information about Benessere Miami, please visit BenessereMiami.com. Our spa menu features several aromatherapy treatments that enhance both health and relaxation.