Monthly Archives: March 2013

Are you in a bad mood? Waiting anxiously for Spring to arrive?

Me too….but I am going to get a massage in the mean time……here’s why.

So how does massage affect moods? While massage is not a depression cure, it can help decrease depressed feelings. One of the best-known benefits of massage therapy is its ability to enhance feelings of well-being, and studies show promise in the area of depression. When you’re depressed, your brain produces less neurotransmitters, such as serotonin, endorphins and dopamine – the feel-good hormones. Although the root causes are not fully understood, a physiological marker of depression is a low level of the neurotransmitter, serotonin. Serotonin is responsible for the transmission of nerve messages and helps to sustain feelings of well-being. Massage releases both serotonin and endorphins. The serotonin acts as a calming mediator for the body while the endorphins act as a happy stimulator for the brain.

As well as increasing production of these feel-good hormones, massage also helps lower the stress hormone, cortisol. Also, therapeutic massage releases tension and promotes relaxation, which leads to an immediate and significant decrease in cortisol, sometimes by more than 40 percent.

 

If you’re feeling depressed consider getting a Swedish massage or some form of relaxation massage. The smooth fluid strokes of this type of massage really help calm the mind. For those who have not responded well to prescription antidepressants, there are alternative therapies that have been shown to provide positive results in treating mild to moderate degrees of depression. These therapies include acupuncture, animal-assisted therapy, aromatherapy, expressive therapy and touch or massage therapy.

Try a relaxing massage this week and see how good your mood is afterwards!

Ahhhhh…that facial was SO relaxing……..

4 Surprising Health Benefits of Facials:
Of COURSE facials are relaxing….but did you know?

Facials Can Increase Circulation

The warm steam that is applied to the face during a facial not only helps to open pores, but it can also open blood vessels and increase circulation. Increasing circulation to the face helps bring beneficial nutrients and oxygen to the skin which in turn encourages new cell growth. In addition to the steam, the light massage that is used to apply facial products can also increase circulation to the face and neck.

Facials May Help Reduce Blood Pressure Caused by Stress

According to the Mayo Clinic, stress can temporarily raise your blood pressure to unhealthy levels. The hormones that the body releases under stress can cause an increase in heart rate and a narrowing of the blood vessels. Reducing stress, anxiety, and tension can help to lower the risk of temporary spikes in blood pressure.

The calming atmosphere of the spa room, a soothing facial treatment, and just taking a few minutes to relax may help reduce the risk of short-term high blood pressure due to anxiety and stress. In addition to setting aside time for a facial treatment, lower your risk of high blood pressure by making healthy lifestyle choices, eating a balanced low-sodium diet, and exercising regularly.

Facials Can Increase Lymphatic Drainage

The lymphatic system is made up of a network of lymph nodes or glands located throughout the body, including many in the neck and chest. These glands are an integral part of the immune system and also work to drain excess fluid from parts of the body.

During a facial, as the esthetician rubs the products into the skin around the neck and chest, the lymphatic system is stimulated. By “awakening” these lymph nodes, the body increases drainage, and helps to reduce any fluid retention in the face and upper body; this helps one receiving a facial feel and look less “puffy.”

Facials Can Help Reduce Minor Congestion

The spa may be the last place you would think to go when you feel congested, however, the combination of steam and massage that accompanies many types of facials may help to reduce the pressure associated with both nasal and sinus congestion. The steam can help to open clogged nasal passages and massaging certain pressure points on the face can help to reduce sinus pressure and congestion.

Get a facial today and see the results for yourself!

Bernadette, Dina, Dawn-Michelle, Rian and Christina are the BEST!

What the heck does THAT mean…….?……?

Organic

Simply stated, organic produce and other ingredients are grown without the use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, genetically modified organisms, or ionizing radiation. Animals that produce meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products do not take antibiotics or growth hormones.

Gluten – Free

Gluten free means foods that do not have gluten. Commonly found in wheat, gluten is a type of protein. It is also found in barley and rye. Gluten is the ingredient that gives dough its elasticity. Some topical beauty treatments use gluten.

Gluten is used extensively as a food additive. Its property to thicken is beneficial in giving rigidity to highly fluid substances. Many types of confectionery products  use this protein as a flavoring agent.

All-natural or natural

The problem is, labels can be misleading. You’d need several pairs of hands to count the number of “100% Natural” claims you see in just one aisle of the supermarket. That’s because neither the US Food and Drug Administration nor the Federal Trade Commission have a strict definition for the term; the FDA says it “has not objected to the use of the term if the food does not contain added color, artificial flavors, or synthetic substances.” But so-called “natural” foods can still contain a wide range of processed sweeteners, lab-produced “natural” flavors and colors, additives and preservatives.

Free-Range, Cage-Free

it’s a term which denotes a method of farming husbandry where the animals can roam freely for food, rather than being confined in an enclosure.[1] On many farms, the outdoors ranging area is fenced, thereby technically making this an enclosure, however, free range systems usually offer the opportunity for extensive locomotion and sunlight prevented by indoor housing systems. Free range may apply to meat, eggs or dairy farming.

GMO-Free

If you’ve shopped in a natural foods store in recent months, you’ve no doubt seen products bearing the label “GMO-free” or “contains only non-GMO ingredients.” The acronym GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organisms, which refers to any food product that has been altered at the gene level. Genetically modified foods are also frequently described as “genetically engineered”, “genetically altered” or “genetically manipulated.”

At this point in time, the health risks of consuming genetically altered foods have not been clearly identified, since few studies have been conducted to evaluate impact of these foods on human health. However, many scientists have speculated that it is likely that these foods will trigger allergic reactions in some people, create new toxins that produce disease, and lead to antibiotic resistance and a subsequent resurgence of infectious disease. The impact on the environment may be even more devastating. Many farmers are concerned that it will be impossible to prevent genetically engineered crops from “polluting” organic farms, as the wind and bees will naturally carry pollen from the genetically engineered crops to nearby organic farms. In addition, farmers and environmentalists fear that foods that are genetically engineered to be resistant to herbicides, such as Roundup Ready soybeans, will result in heavier herbicide use, further polluting the groundwater, lakes and rivers. Heavy use of herbicides may also encourage the development of “superweeds” that are resistant to herbicides, which could threaten crops throughout the country. The results of a 1999 study conducted by researchers at Cornell University suggest that genetically engineered crops also endanger wildlife, specifically the Monarch butterfly. These researchers found that nearly half of the Monarch caterpillars that ate milkweed leaves dusted with pollen from genetically engineered corn died within four days. A study conducted one year later at Iowa State University found that plants that neighbor farms of genetically engineered corn are dusted with enough corn pollen to kill Monarch caterpillars.

GMO sounds like a bad thing….right?

 

Hope these definitions are helpful…….keep eating healthy!

 

 

 

 

That’s nuts……..coconuts

The power of coconut oil…who knew?  This Cooking Oil Is A Powerful Virus-Destroyer And Antibiotic.

You’ve no doubt noticed that for about the last 60 years the majority of health care officials and the media have been telling you saturated fats are bad for your health and lead to a host of negative consequences, like elevated cholesterol, obesity, heart disease and Alzheimer’s disease.

Meanwhile during this same 60 years the American levels of heart disease, obesity, elevated serum cholesterol and Alzheimer’s have skyrocketed compared to our ancestors, and even compared to modern-day primitive societies using saturated fat as a dietary staple.

Did you know that multiple studies on Pacific Island populations who get 30-60 percent of their total caloric intact from fully saturated coconut oil have all shown nearly non-existent rates of cardiovascular disease?

The fact is, all saturated fats are not created equal.

The Truth About Coconut Oil

It turns out, the naturally occurring saturated fat in coconut oil actually has some amazing health benefits that may surprise you, such as:

Promoting your heart health

• Promoting weight loss, when needed

• Supporting your immune system health

• Supporting a healthy metabolism

• Providing you with an immediate energy source

• Keeping your skin healthy and youthful looking

• Supporting the proper functioning of your thyroid gland

Coconut Oil On Your Skin

Besides the mounting medical and scientific evidence that coconut oil has powerful positive health benefits when eaten, it has also been used for decades by professional massage therapists to knead away tight stressed muscles.

Coconut oil is exceptionally helpful for pregnant women, nursing moms, the elderly, those concerned about digestive health, athletes (even weekend warriors), and those of you who just want to enhance your overall health.

Try it you’ll LOVE IT…especially in your smoothie…yummmmmmm.