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Massage Therapy Benefits plus Healthy Tips for Summer!

by linda on May 28th, 2014

Today’s Affirmation –

“Not all of us can do great things.  But, we can do small things with great love.”    ~Mother Theresa

Benefits of Massage Therapy plus some Tips for enjoying a Healthy Summer!

Massage Therapy for Skin rejuvenation:  The skin is the largest organ of the body.

It is essential to nourish it, to reduce effects of sun exposure or dehydration.  Massage helps to reduce tension in the skin and adjoining tissues, increasing its circulation and improving its nutrition. Massage can help to re-moisturize, and soften dry skin.  Massage increases seburn (natural oils produced by skin), for better skin suppleness and tone.  Massage helps the skin foster resistance to infection and increases nutrition to the cells in the skin as it encourages cell regeneration.

 Heat, sun and wind can have a drying effect on hair, as well.

Massage Therapy stimulates hair follicles at the scalp base to the hair tips, and assists with restoring natural oils to hair.  A professional, therapeutic head massage can also stimulate cells beneath the scalp, rehydrate tissues and release tension to enhance well-being overall .

 A simple, natural tip for conditioning hair:

Coconut Honey Deep Conditioner Recipe
Ingredients:
4 tbs Coconut oil
2 tbs Natural honey

Directions:  Place coconut oil and honey in a small plastic bag. Place the bag in a hot cup of water for 1 minute to warm.  Apply to hair, wrap hair in a towel for 20 minutes. Wash then dry hair.

Stay Hydrated:  Summer heat can cause dehydration.   Water (sipping, frequently) is the best option when temperatures soar.  (I enjoy adding slices of lemons or strawberries for variety and natural flavor)

Get enough Sleep:  Pre-occupation of anxiety and Loss of regular sleep puts stress on the system and ages the body.

Massage Therapy Promotes Relaxation:   All of us have an autonomic nervous system comprised of two parts: the parasympathetic and sympathetic.  The parasympathetic balances the sympathetic. When you have a massage, the parasympathetic is activated and thus allows your body to relax.  When you are stressed, the sympathetic is activated and you will feel the urge to fight or flight.

So if stress and tension are the reasons why you are not sleeping very well, it is good to know that one of the benefits of Massage Therapy is improved sleep patterns.  Some people even fall asleep while having a professional massage.

Other Tips for Relaxation

1. Sleep tip:  turn off the computer and dial out or down on disturbing or agitating TV viewing at night.   (Turn off cell phone, stop tweeting and texting.  Put some boundaries on communication activities)

2. Avoid caffeine, alcohol or drinking a lot of fluids and spicy foods too close to bedtime. These may cause interrupted sleep.

3. Avoid “over-exercising” too close to bedtime. 

4. When possible, an evening walk (stroll, after sundown) is relaxing and helps to release daily tensions.

5. Breathe: easily, deeply and completely. Turn off internal dialogue and just focus on breathing for 10 minutes before sleep.

6. Lavender scent has natural relaxation properties.  Keep a sachet near the bedside.  Or, dab small amount of oil on pulse points.

7. A “light snack” before bedtime may assist with sleep.      

If a snack is needed or desirable near bedtime, stick to light food choices; some options include:

 – Whole-meal crackers spread with a little peanut butter.

 – A small sandwich filled with turkey, avocado or cottage cheese is great! (these contain tryptophan, which may assist healthy sleep.)  Banana is easy to digest.  

It is best to avoid foods that are difficult to digest, such as – meats and high fat content cheeses or rich foods like heavy sauces, pastries and cakes.  High content of sugar or acidic may produce heartburn, which will keep you awake.  Always sit up for 15 -20 minutes after eating before going to bed; allowing food a chance to travel down the intestines, before lying down.

During hot summer months, it is better to avoid heated snack/ food options.  

When it is hot and humid outside, we need to cool off.  Some foods choices that might help you feel look better in the heat: 

– The most cooling foods are fruits because of their water content.  – It is best to eat season fruits and veggies when they are in season, such as –    melons, apples, grapes, pears, cherries, apricots, berries, plums, peaches, mangos, papaya,  and all citrus fruits.  They are both cooling and laxative which can help our body not only to cool off but also detox/cleanse.   

– All leafy vegetables have a cooling effect on the body, so try to eat more  green salads,  

– Also incorporate more asparagus, cabbage, cucumbers, radishes, broccoli, cauliflower, celery, and zucchini into your summer meals because all of them are considered to be cooling vegetables.

 During particularly HOT summer periods, the digestive system may slow because regular activity is reduced due to outdoor weather conditions

 Massage Therapy Aids Digestion –

  • Promotes circulation of colon – relieves constipation
  • Stimulates digestion.  

Additional Tips –  If digestion is sluggish; walking (pre-sun up or after sundown), stretching,  and increase of non-caffeinated fluids and water,  and/or fiber intake might help.Try a favorite veggie or fruit drink smoothie:  Here is one tasty and very healthy option

Simple Spinach Smoothie

Blender required. Yield – (1)  8oz smoothie
Ingredients:  approx. 1/3 bag of baby spinach
approx. 1/3 c. of apple sauce
about 8 sm. pear chunks; (canned is ok)
approx 1/4 c. water (more can be added for thinner consistency)

Directions:  toss all ingredients into blender; liquefy–
pour in glass, add 2 reg size cubes.
Yummylicious and nutritious!

To maintain and optimize your overall well-being…

Best Tips –  Schedule regular Massage Therapy sessions  and, Enjoy life!

 Contact:  Linda Hatch-Lester

Tri-Massage Plus; Grand Rapids, MI

616-475-8388

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2 Comments
  1. George Doyle permalink

    Very helpful tips for the summer. And in particular, your advise on getting a good night’s sleep. Some of them I knew but it was good to be reminded. I do need to work on my water intake…especially in this heat. Sipping throughout the day is good advise. Still trying to wrap my mind around the spinach smoothie tho. Thanks so much for your posting Linda!

    • linda permalink

      thanks george! really appreciate the specific feedback! the smoothie is really good! think of trying it and get back to me on result! be well!

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