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Here's to your health!
Life is precious. We get one glorious dance here on this beautiful and complicated planet, and we should make the most of it. To savor its full potential, we need to be healthy as long as possible. I firmly believe that nourishing your body, mind and spirit from the outside as well as on the inside is the optimal approach to our joyride on Earth.
Here are 5 ways to do just that:
1. Massage. Research has documented the benefits of regular massage for a wide variety of conditions, including stress, fibromyalgia, headaches, lower back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, immune system failures (HIV and cancer), depression, anxiety, asthma, diabetes, attentional difficulties, sleep disorders, low self-esteem, high blood pressure and many more. Plus IT FEELS GOOD. Get regular massage, feel good, reduce stress. Win, win, win.
2. Nutrition. Your body is made up of 100 TRILLION cells. Every second, each of those cells is coordinating billions of chemical reactions. If you don't offer those cells the various nutrients it needs, it can't function optimally. And processes can begin to break down. Make sure you provide your body everything it needs, and your quality of life will increase dramatically. (See the NUTRITION page for more information.)
3. Breathe. Well, you wouldn't be reading this if you weren't taking in oxygen, right? But now, right now, slowly take a deep breath. Hold it in for a few seconds, then slowly release it. Doesn't that feel better? In our busy lifestyles, we get all stressed out and worked up and tightly clenched and our bodies think: PANIC MODE. In panic mode, all sorts of craziness happens which, over time, can really pummel our emotional and physical systems. Do yourself a favor and inform your body that you are not about to be attacked by a grizzly bear. Take a deep breath, and think about something lovely.
4. Move. You heard me. Move it! Walk, dance, run, jump, shake, yoga, bike, ski, boogie, stretch, squat, bend, sashay, meander, or twirl every day. Check out this link to a very detailed info graphic called, "Sitting Is Killing You" from dailyinfographic.com. Amazing.
5. Hug. Did you know that a hug can lower your blood pressure? Reduce pain? Improve immune function? Reduce stress hormones? The Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami has conducted over 100 studies about the healing power of touch. Ten seconds of hugging can increase oxytocin (the happy hormone), and decrease cortisol (a stress chemical). What are you waiting for? Find a friend, and hug 'em.
Emily E. Escalante is a licensed massage therapist who specializes in therapeutic massage — a blend of swedish, deep tissue, neuromuscular, reiki and myofascial techniques — which provides a customized session for each client to best meet his or her individual needs. Clients experience a deeply relaxing state of being, while simultaneously releasing tension and discomfort.
Emily founded East End Eden Wellness Center in late 2011, located at 6101 Penn Avenue, Suite M01. Her massage therapy practice is based there, in addition to the private practices of other talented massage therapists and alternative health care practitioners. Visit www.eastendedenpgh.com to learn more about the wellness center. Book an appointment, and experience a healthier you!