SELF CARE TO BOOST YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

current events self care Dec 17, 2020

It would be nice if we could do that one magic thing to ensure we don't get sick.  The immune system is, as it's name suggests, a whole system which makes it hard to definitively conclude that we can do things do improve it.  While we can't completely avoid coming down with a sickness, studies show living a healthy lifestyle goes a long way in keeping the balance and harmony of our immune system.  Let's look at some immune system boosting options for this holiday season.      

Exercise to boost immune system

Physical activity is always beneficial to the body.  It's part of remaining a healthy human being.  Our bodies are made to move and that alone is reason to use them.  When looking at exercise as an immune system booster, getting the positive effects from it may not require as much as you think.  Exercising with a moderate level of exertion 3 times a week can give your immune system the boost it needs to fight off infections...

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PRIORITIZE YOUR TIME TO STAY HEALTHY THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

current events self care Dec 09, 2020

The holidays are a wonderful time of the year.  With the fun and excitement comes more to do, more places to be and more asked of our time.  Since we only have so much time in the day it's important to prioritize to avoid becoming run-down or getting sick.  Here are ways to prioritize through the holidays to feel healthy and happy.

Identify core values

Identifying what matters to you the most is a helpful start in identifying your core values.  These may be beliefs or values which guide the way you live your life.  What's most important to you?  Family, work, exercise, religion, health?

Which qualities do you admire?  Honesty, reliability, loyalty, integrity, candor, intelligence?  

When do you feel like yourself?  Make a list of your values.  Narrow them down to 3-5 values which are the most important for you.  These will be the values you prioritize your life by.  As you continue through the holidays, revisit your...

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HOW TO MAKE YOUR MASSAGE ROOM THE HEALTHIEST PLACE TO WORK DURING COVID-19 AND COLD AND FLU SEASON

current events self care Dec 02, 2020

Before the pandemic, cold and flu season was a time many massage therapists took extra precautions around the office to stay healthy.  Today it's imperative massage therapists put strict sanitizing practices in place to keep clients and themselves healthy and safe.  Let's cover some ways to make your massage room the healthiest environment possible during COVID-19 and cold and flu season.  

Before the session

Take a look at your waiting area and massage room with new eyes.  Every piece of furniture, décor, and tools should have a purpose and be able to be sanitized frequently.  Remove any piece that collects dust or is hard to clean.  This may mean removing decorations which make the room feel more inviting but now is the time to get rid of them and only have bare essentials. 

Put signs reminding people to sanitize their hands around the massage room and waiting area.  Place hand sanitizer nearby. 

Due to COVID-19 some new...

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HOW TO FOAM ROLL SAFELY FOR MAXIMUM BENEFITS

self care Nov 30, 2020

The foam roller is a handy tool to have at home for self massage.  The more often you roll, the more awake your body feels and the more tension is relieved.  Bringing fresh blood flow to the muscles gives the same feeling of having a massage but allows your own mini sessions whenever you want.  Grab your roller or order one on amazon and let's get rolling.  

How to foam roll

When rolling or working on tight/sore muscles you will experience discomfort or pain. Think of it like the pain you get while stretching. It should be mild to moderately uncomfortable, but not unbearable, and when you are done it should feel better. Similar to while receiving a massage the pain scale 1-10 is used while foam rolling. With 1 being very little to no pain or discomfort and 10 being the worst pain you’ve ever experienced, you want to work within the 4-7 zone while foam rolling. Spend time on the areas that are sore. These are the areas that need work. Err on the side of...

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WHY FOAM ROLLING IS AS GOOD AS A MASSAGE (ALMOST)

self care Nov 25, 2020

During the COVID-19 pandemic massage therapy may or may not be available  depending where you live.  When services like massage are shut down we can think of alternatives and do the next best thing from our homes.  Foam rollers are easy to come by and many people already have one stuck in a closet somewhere.  Now is the time to find that foam roller and put it to use. 

Why foam roll

Foam rolling is a form of self-myofascial release, or self-massage, that rids the muscles of adhesions and makes connective tissue more pliable.  By foam rolling any given muscle, blood flow increases to that area which allows better mobility.  Muscles that have been worked, say from hiking, may feel some soreness the next day so foam rolling helps with recovery of those taxed muscles and may have them ready to use again sooner than if the muscle wasn't rolled. 

Fascia is a thin layer of connective tissue covering every muscle. Adhesions may be present and can...

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ASSIGN CLIENTS HOMEWORK TO GROW YOUR MASSAGE BUSINESS

goals Nov 18, 2020

Why give homework

Give homework to keep people coming back.  Here's the thing.  After a client found you and made an appointment now it's your job to keep them booking time and time again.  Giving them a great massage is only part of what will keep them coming back.  By assigning homework you create a partnership with the client.  You are no longer having to "fix" them during an hour session every two weeks but now some accountability has shifted to them.  They are responsible for holding up their end of the partnership until it's time for their next appointment.  By assigning homework it shows you care what they are doing outside of the treatment room.  It shows that you are invested in their success and clients appreciate that!  You can even share your goals with them and that has them looking forward to the upcoming months with you.  Giving homework is an easy way to keep clients rebooking and get referrals for your massage...

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5 THINGS YOU NEVER KNEW ABOUT HONEY

healthy eating Nov 06, 2020

Honey is as interesting as the insect that makes it.  The process of raising bees and harvesting honey from the comb would fascinate any self sustaining enthusiast.  While honey may become forgotten in your pantry, here are some honey facts which will have you reconsidering this caramel colored gem. 

1.  Versatility 

Honey has a variety of uses. 

Cooking and baking

It provides balance to dishes – complementing and enhancing a variety of recipes. Honey pairs nicely with citrus, berries and yogurt, as well as with fermented or pickled products, because it decreases sourness in certain foods. Honey also balances bitter flavors, making it a clear favorite for coffee and tea. Additionally, honey modifies salty perception and works well with cured products, like ham and bacon.

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HONEY ROASTED CARROT RECIPE

recipes Nov 04, 2020

RECIPE

Honey Roasted Carrots 

Ready in 20 minutes

Things you need:

  • carrots 1-2 lbs
  • cookie sheet (baking pan)
  • foil
  • olive oil
  • honey
  • salt, pepper

Directions:

1.  Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Line baking pan with foil and spray with non-stick spray.

2.  Trim, peel and cut carrots on a diagonal into 1/2" thick pieces.

3.  Toss carrots with olive oil to lightly cover and spread on baking pan.  Season generously with salt and pepper.

4.  Bake until tender and golden brown on edges, about 20-25 minutes.

5.  Remove from oven and drizzle with honey.

6.  Serve while hot. ENJOY!

Get the vitamins from this veggie without the cooked carrot taste.  These come out of the oven tasting more like candy than a vegetable. 

Until next time,

Be fit, be strong, use honey in a new way

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5 WAYS TO ADD BALANCE TO YOUR LIFE

self care Oct 28, 2020

We need balance in order to live a happy and healthy life.  Think of everything that takes your time and makes up your life.  Whether it’s work life, home life, eating healthy vs. eating what makes you happy or doing for others without neglecting yourself, it can be a struggle to find balance.  Life runs more smoothly and happily when there’s balance.  Achieving balance isn’t the easiest thing, but there are five ways to introduce more balance into your life and get things going in the right direction. 

1) Prioritize

Prioritizing and scheduling can be a great practice to start introducing more of a sense of balance to your life. We all have busy lives and long to-do lists.  The only way we’ll ever get everything done and find balance in our lives is by prioritizing what needs to be done, when to do it and scheduling our days. 

The tricky part is deciding what is important.  In some cases, your work may take priority...

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TEN FITNESS TIPS FOR BEGINNERS WHICH WILL IMPROVE YOU AS A MASSAGE THERAPIST

If you’re thinking of starting a new fitness regime, which all massage therapists should have, use these 10 tips for beginners to make sure that you reach your goals. 

 Keep It Simple

 Those people you see in the gym running for an hour or lifting heavy weights began somewhere just like you.  Remember it’s a lifestyle and change doesn’t come overnight.  The cool thing is your body can learn to do anything you train it for.  Want to build upper body strength so your neck doesn't hurt while doing massage?  Take it step by step and you will get stronger and those little aches will go away.  In order to avoid injury, make sure you familiarize yourself with the basics first.  This is a good time to hire a personal trainer to teach you how to use the machines, show you proper form and write you an appropriate workout plan tailored to your current fitness level.  Start off with some shorter sessions and then expand your...

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