Healing the mind and body is a continuous process that requires you to be conscientious about your thoughts, feelings and emotions. To help you start the New Year feeling strong both mentally and physically, Elements Massage is sharing some healing techniques for promoting overall health and well-being that are easy to incorporate into your regular routine.
Let the Bubbles Take You Away
Built up tension and stress over time can quickly weigh you down and ultimately make you feel completely overwhelmed. To help minimize the effects of stressors in your life, it’s important to find techniques to release tension and unwind on a regular basis. One relaxing way to heal the mind and body is by taking regular bubble baths. Soaking in Epsom salt baths will not only help to heal stiff, sore muscles, but it also can warm your heart and release tension too.
Treat Your Sweet Tooth
This time of year many people hold a common mind set of stopping a habit and taking away favorite things like foods, drinks and hobbies. So, it may feel a little counterintuitive to think about treating yourself to something like chocolate to promote overall health and wellness. However, many studies have revealed that eating dark chocolate with high levels of cacao can positively affect your mind and body. The healthy chemicals found in dark chocolate – flavonoids and theobromine – have been linked to helping reduce stress, promote heart health, reduce blood pressure and even help with weight loss. The catch, though, is only eating small amounts of dark chocolate and making sure that cacao makes up at least 70 percent of the chocolate you choose.
Stretch Regularly to Relax Your Muscles, Mind
Whether you live an active lifestyle or not, your muscles can easily become sore and tight before you know it. To keep your body feeling good and loose, it can be helpful to stretch on a daily basis. Early in the morning after you rise for the day can be a great time for some light stretching to prepare your mind and body for the day ahead of you. Or, nighttime stretching can be a great before bed routine to soothe and relax your body in preparation for a good night’s rest. If you aren’t sure where to start with a regular stretching routine, ask your massage therapist during your next session to give you a set of stretches that can address your specific tight muscle areas.
Elements Massage is dedicated to helping you heal your mind and body not only during a massage therapy session, but throughout the daily routine of your life as well. Every client who receives a massage at Elements is given a bag of Epsom salts and a dark chocolate treat to take home so the healing benefits of your session can continue long after your massage. To keep your mind and body feeling strong during the New Year, visit www.elementsmassage.com to find the Elements studio closest to you.