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Spring into Wellness: Clean Up Your Self-Care Routine

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Spring into Wellness: Clean Up Your Self-Care Routine

The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and the chill in the air is finally beginning to fade. There’s no better time to update your holistic wellness routine than when spring is taking center stage!

Watching the trees bloom and enjoying the smell of fresh April rain can give you the push that you need to get back into prioritizing self-care. If you resolved to start taking better care of yourself back in January but lost sight of your goals, no worries – we’ve all been there. Now is the time to recenter, refocus, and remember why you wanted to commit to self-care.

Whether you’re looking to revamp your existing self-care routine or you’re starting from scratch, there are many ways that you can give your overall wellness a boost, including:

  • Setting aside a few minutes each day to practice mindfulness or meditate
  • Beginning a practice of getting regular massage therapy sessions
  • Signing up for a block of yoga classes
  • Trying one new veggie-packed recipe each week
  • Adding a new-to-you fruit or veggie to your cart each time you go grocery shopping
  • Scheduling time to have dinner with family and friends
  • Working to get into a good sleep hygiene routine that allows you to get the rest you need
  • Booking sessions with a personal trainer to help you discover a workout routine that’s right for your body
  • Scheduling an appointment with a counselor or therapist to discuss stress management strategies

Let’s take a look at why it’s so important that you prioritize taking care of yourself, and how the Elements Massage® brand can help you get the self-care that you need to reduce stress, boost your wellness, and more.

Self-Care Doesn’t Just Feel Good – It’s Vital to Your Health

Implementing a solid holistic wellness routine can help you avoid the negative effects that stress can have on your physical and mental health. Stress is unavoidable in life, and that’s not a bad thing. Occasional, short-lived stress can build confidence and provide your mind and body with the support necessary to thrive. Known as eustress, positive stress may be associated with giving a presentation, going on a first date, or trying a new sport for the first time.

Chronic stress, however, can have negative effects on the body and mind. If you’re living in a state of constant, low-level stress, it can be tough for your body to return to baseline.

Signs of chronic stress may include:

  • Aches and pains that can’t be attributed to another cause
  • Changes in sleeping patterns
  • Changes in social behavior
  • Fatigue or a feeling of low energy
  • Increase substance use
  • Withdrawal from friends and family
  • Trouble focusing or thinking clearly

When your body is in a state of chronic stress, your adrenal glands produce cortisol. This hormone helps your body focus solely on processes that support the flight or fight response, while slowing down other bodily processes. Cortisol also increases the amount of sugar in your bloodstream, and can contribute to the development and retention of dangerous visceral fat – the type of fat that sits in the abdomen and can surround the heart and other vital organs.

While cortisol is perfect for true survival situations, it’s not a great way to move through day to day life. Many people who experience chronic stress develop ongoing health conditions, including hypertension, diabetes, arthritis, heart disease, metabolic syndrome, addiction, anxiety disorders, and mood disorders.

If you’ve been under stress for a long period of time, it’s important to take a step back and implement some stress management behaviors that let your brain know that fight or flight mode is not necessary in daily life.

If you try implementing stress management strategies but find that you still feel just as stressed as before, it’s a good idea to talk with your healthcare provider about other factors that may be at play. Your doctor may recommend that you meet with a licensed psychiatrist to discuss whether medication may be a good fit for your stress management needs.

Massage and Stress: Why It Works

Therapeutic massage can promote both physical and mental well-being, and can be a great fit into your stress management plan. Many people report feeling a lessened sense of stress after a massage, even if they went into the massage solely focused on the physical benefits.

The stress relief that you may feel after a massage isn’t all in your head. Research shows that massage lowers your body’s cortisol levels, allowing you to take a step back from the constant flight or fight response associated with chronic stress.

Massage has also been shown to release serotonin. Often referred to as the “happy chemical,” serotonin works to fight symptoms of depression, lower anxiety levels, and provide relief from feelings of sadness. When you get a massage, you know that you’re in a safe place where you can relax and focus on the mind-body connection.

In addition to supporting a healthy stress management routine, massage helps your health in other ways, including:

  • Faster healing from illness due to a strengthened immune response
  • Less pain and soreness
  • Improved circulation
  • Decreased muscle pain and stiffness
  • Decreased inflammation
  • Faster recovery after physical activity
  • Improved flexibility

Relief is Always Around the Corner with an Elements Massage Membership

When you add regular massage therapy to your wellness routine, you’ll be able to rest assured knowing that your next cortisol-lowering, stress-fighting session is just around the corner. When you get regular massages, you’re also less likely to deal with chronic pain that can affect both your physical and mental health.

When you schedule regular massages, you may also find that you’re more inclined to participate in regular exercise, which can also help to lower stress levels. Healthy holistic habits can build on one another, and many clients find that when they prioritize stress relief, it’s easier to stick to the other habits that help them feel their best.

The brand offers a month-to-month Wellness Membership Program that allows you to get the stress relief that you need with no hassle.

Benefits of the Wellness Membership Program include:

  • Personalized massages in a style that makes sense for your needs (try deep tissue, trigger point, or Swedish depending on your session goals)
  • No obligation or long-term commitment required
  • Packed schedule? No worries – your monthly massage will roll over to the next month, or you can share your membership with another person
  • Traveling? With more than 250 locations, you’ll be able to enjoy an Elements Massage massage session anywhere

When you need additional stress relief, the brand has got you. The month-to-month membership program allows you to enjoy unlimited massages at membership rates. As a member, you’ll also be able to purchase gift cards at a discounted rate, allowing you to share the benefits of massage with friends and family.

Contact Your Local Elements Massage Studio Today!

At Elements Massage studios, experienced Massage Therapists are here to help you refresh your wellness routine in a way that helps you feel your best. They take their time getting to know each client, providing you with a personalized experience each time you come into the studio. Whether you’re looking for a single session or you’re interested in learning more about the Wellness Membership Program, drop your local studio a line! Reach out today to learn more. Hope to see you soon!

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