Monthly Archives: December 2012

Benefits of Massage

Massage is generally considered part of complementary and alternative medicine. It’s increasingly being offered along with standard treatment for a wide range of medical conditions and situations.

While more research is continually being conducted to confirm the benefits of massage, some studies have found massage helpful for:

  • Stress relief
  • Managing anxiety and depression
  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Blood pressure control
  • Decreasing insomnia
  • Sports-related injuries
  • Boosting immunity
  • Cancer treatment

Beyond the benefits for specific conditions or diseases, some people enjoy massage because it often involves caring, comfort, a sense of empowerment and creating more awareness of the physical body.

Massage has so many benefits, but isn’t meant as a replacement for regular medical care. Let your doctor know you’re trying massage and be sure to follow any standard treatment plans you have.

Massage is a great gift for yourself and your loved ones, and makes for an incredible holiday gift as well.

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How Green are you?

In your diet I mean……do you eat enough of the green stuff?  If you are like most of us you could ALWAYS add more greens to your diet.  Here are some tips on how to do just that.

Mix them in.  Ever try to add Kale or Spinach to your fruit smoothie?  It’s delicious and you get all the benefits and none of the work.  You won’t taste the greens typically, and an added benefit is that you get to eat the WHOLE thing!  Yup…that’s right…stems and all.  Try it with whole carrots and beets also to add some sweetness to your drink. (DON”T forget to add the leafy greens too)

Make salads standard fare with your lunch AND dinner.  Mix up the variety of the items you use in your salad to prevent boredom.  In a busy week you can always shop the salad bar at your local market to save some time.

Add and subtract.  You can add chopped broccoli to your pasta to enhance or replace some of the meat.  Be creative when adding veggies to your recipes.  Try blending sweet potato or carrot puree into your french toast batter…no one will know and it is SO delicious!

Enhance desserts.  You can add pumpkin or butternut squash to your chocolate mousse and no one will notice….its just rich and delicious.

Most importantly have fun, eat healthy and enjoy nature’s bounties….Yummmmm.

 

 

How about trying something new……

We all like to try new things, right?   Well how about a refreshing Dill Face wash?  Dill and it’s feathery fun fragrance has beneficial properties that protect against free radicals and bacteria.  For a truly moisturizing cleanser, combine it with naturally exfoliating milk and calming aloe vera.

For a green routine the milk and dill in this everyday wash rids the skin of dead cells…great for all skin types.

1.  Cut fresh aloe lengthwise down the middle and scoop out about 1 tsp of the clear gel.

2.  In a small bowl combine aloe with 1/2 cup milk and 1 tsp fresh chopped dill.  Stir until smooth.

3.  Massage the mixture on damp skin for approximately 1 full minute and rinse with warm, then cool water.  Pat dry and enjoy your day!