Monthly Archives: August 2013

Sleepy? Here ya go……

Many of us have trouble sleeping, but getting enough sleep is crucial for every day functioning.  Lack of sleep can affect mood, memory, ability to learn, reduction of stress, and many other areas of life.  Here are some pointers to help you get more sleep!

Watch your caffeine intake before bedtime. Caffeine can stay in your system for up to 8 hours!

Set a regular bedtime.  This isn’t just for kids; your body likes a regular sleep-wake cycle.

Create a tranquil sleep environment.  Any color in your bedroom is OK as long as it is a soft and soothing hue.  Keep TV and the Laptop OUT OF THE BEDROOM!

Exercise daily, outdoors if possible.  This reduces stress and anxiety which are prime factors in sleepless nights or abbreviated sleep.

Don’t eat so late!  The body requires at least 3 hours to process a meal completely before bedtime.

Have a relaxing bedtime ritual.  Don’t do anything too rigorous before bedtime that will wind you up.  A relaxing ritual signals the body that its time to slow down. Read, write or pet the dog.  Don’t surf the internet.

Good luck and don’t forget to count them sheep!

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Ahhhhh….my aching head…..

Migraine comes from the Greek word hemicranias which means half-head. Migraine headaches can be triggered from such common things as; stress, caffeine addiction, hormonal changes, food allergies and environmental irritants.  Some sufferers report the pain on one side or the other, and some report it in the center of the forehead.  Wherever you suffer the pain there are some things that can be done to reduce or relieve the intense pain of a Migraine headache.

During a migraine the pain associated with it is caused by over dilated blood vessels in the head, or vasodilation.  Excessive muscular tension has also been found to be a cause of migraine headaches.  Acupuncture and Massage have been found to help with the circulatory and muscular tension associated with migraine headaches.

Clients respond to varying degrees of pressure for massage during a migraine episode, so trial and error is always a good approach.  Especially effective it light to moderate pressure massage applied slowly and evenly to the many small muscles of the neck just below the back of the skull; the suboccipitals.  Try these natural remedies and see if this approach works for you!

After 14 weeks GO FOR IT!

MASSAGE in general is delicious, but imagine how good it feels to women that are pregnant, especially in the second and third trimesters!  The human body goes through many changes during this time and as the changes are happening the body is compensating …..Make Way for Baby!!!!

Swedish massage’s very slow, relaxing strokes are recommended for working with pregnant women.  The prenatal massage may reduce muscle tension, improves lymphatic and blood circulation, decrease swelling, decrease stress hormones, reduce sciatic nerve pain and general joint discomfort.  All of this is confirmed by the American Pregnancy Association and also by the many smiling pregnant women that have been treated to massage at etant!

If you are past your first trimester please consider booking a soothing prenatal massage at etant soon.  We have several qualified therapists that will take excellent care of you and your soon to be “new addition”!  As always we encourage expecting moms to check with their  health care provider before trying prenatal massage.

Sunset is getting earlier………

The first astronomers thought they could keep time by following how long it took the sun to go from one high noon to the next.  However, they soon realized the sun is not a good time keeper because the length of time it takes to do this changes with the seasons. The Earth is tilted as it moves around the sun.  It rotates around the sun every 365.25 days and spins on its axis once every 24 hours.  The Earths axis, a line extending from the Earths north and south poles is tilted 23.5 degrees.  As the Earth reaches a particular point in its orbit about the sun, the northern hemisphere tilts towards the sun while the southern hemisphere tilts away from it.  The imaginary line that divides the Earth into the northern and southern hemispheres is the equator.  Massachusetts is in the northern hemisphere.  The season when we are tilted toward the Sun is our summer.  During our summer, the daylight lasts more than 12 hours because the sun is at it’s northernmost position from the equator.  During winter, daylight lasts less than 12 hours for the north because the sun is at its southernmost position from the equator.  The farther north from the equator you are, the shorter the daylight hours.