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Beet your Stress

That’s not a typo!  Eating beets is one easy way to reduce your stress.  This time of year they are readily available at the farmer’s market.  There are many ways that beets helps reduce the toxins in your body.

Beet juice helps stimulate your liver and keeps your bile ducts functioning properly.    Beet betalains provide strong antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and further detoxification support for your body.  Beets are also high in fiber, potassium, magnesium, niacin, calcium, iron, and biotin.  These nutrients nourish your nervous system, digestive system, and keep your muscles functioning properly.  You can eat all of the beet plant.  I use the leaves as additional salad greens.  You can also cook them many ways.  They’re as versatile as spinach.

Stress management is a highly effective way to prevent disease and discomfort.  So eat your beets to beet your stress!


Massage Helps Chronic Back Pain

A study published in  the “Annals of Internal Medicine,” patients who receive six or more months of massage therapy to treat chronic back pain may benefit greatly.  Dr. Daniel C. Cherkin, of Seattle’s Group Health Research Institute, conducted the study along with several colleagues  to prove that massage, coupled with relaxation techniques, could reduce the occurrence of lower chronic back pain.

The study shows that after just ten weeks of receiving massage therapy, the people receiving massage showed “substantial improvement” over those that did not. The study continued for 52 weeks with consistent findings.


Stop Worrying

If you catch yourself worrying, stop.   I mean it literally.  Stop what you’re doing, sit down if you can, and take a moment to reflect.  It won’t take long, I promise.  Ask yourself:
What am I worried about?
Is that my total worry or is it hiding something deeper?
Can I do anything to change the situation?
If the answer is no, then take a deep breath and let go knowing that you’ve done all you can.
If there is something you can do, ask yourself if you’re ok with extending the effort knowing that it may not change the situation at all.
Take a deep breath and decide if you’re going to do anything.
Either way, make peace with your decision and let it go.
The stress relief is worth the interruption tenfold.
“Worrying does not take away tomorrow’s troubles, it takes away today’s peace.”

If you catch yourself worrying, stop.   I mean it literally.  Stop what you’re doing, sit down if you can, and take a moment to reflect.  It won’t take long, I promise.  Ask yourself:
What am I worried about?Is that my total worry or is it hiding something deeper?Can I do anything to change the situation?If the answer is no, then take a deep breath and let go knowing that you’ve done all you can.If there is something you can do, ask yourself if you’re ok with extending the effort knowing that it may not change the situation at all.Take a deep breath and decide if you’re going to do anything.Either way, make peace with your decision and let it go.The stress relief is worth the interruption tenfold.
“Worrying does not take away tomorrow’s troubles, it takes away today’s peace.”


You’re Never Too old to Exercise

“All Americans can benefit by embracing exercise regardless of their age, even if it’s just walking 15 minutes a day to start,” says Dr. Richard Kratche, medical director for the Cleveland Clinic Twinsburg Family Health and Surgery Center.

“The truth is, it’s never too late to start exercising,” he said. “Everybody can start where they’re at and gradually work up. The benefits are huge.” Two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese, resulting in “all kinds of diseases and maladies,” he said.

“You don’t really need a doctor’s note to walk around a store,” he said. “People can start walking. Literally, if they can only walk five minutes, the goal is to walk five minutes, but do it every day, and then after a week or two up it to 10 minutes.”

Though some types of arthritis are crippling, the most common form is osteoarthritis which actually benefits from moderate activity to improve range of motion, he said. Running tends to be harder on joints than walking, he said. Swimming is another activity many older patients also can enjoy.

Kratche also recommends people consider exercising with others. “The advantage to walking or exercising with others is the time flies,” Kratche said. “We have these wonderful conversations as you walk.”

Athletes of all ages should pay attention to the weather, he said. “When it gets really hot and humid, hydration becomes even more important.” Stretching also is recommended for all ages before exercising but “probably as we get older, loosening up and taking time to warm up prior to activities is a good idea,” he said.

“Exercise is a wonderful stress reducer, and all of us have stress in our life. Being able to burn some of that off on a walking path or a pool is a great benefit. It’s just good medicine.”


How Can Muscle Pain Be Prevented?

Therapeutic massage does more than just relax you and reduce stress from your body. It’s also surprisingly effective at relieving pain. Muscle tightness can be a cause of chronic pain. Therapeutic massages relieves pain in several ways. It increases circulation which nourishes and cleanses the tissues, softens tight muscles, and loosens scar tissue that may be limiting your movement.

Prevention is important to keeping you active, healthy, and comfortable. Your body needs regular tune-ups, just like a car, to keep it performing efficiently and smoothly. Getting a massage at least once a month lets you release unwanted stress from your muscles and helps you feel your best.


Beat the Heat With Peppermint

Peppermint essential oil is highly effective at cooling off both people and animals. Rub it on your feet, neck, wrists, ankles, back, wherever you like. The leaves whether fresh or dry make a wonderfully refreshing tea. Steep in hot water for several minutes, add ice and drink frequently.

Watch for the signs of overheating, such as fatigue and dizziness. Drink water right away and find a cooler location. Also, eating smaller, more frequent meals in higher heat reduces your body’s efforts at digestion which raises your internal temperature.

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Better Self-Care is as Easy as Geico

Now that my schedule fills up faster, I’d like to show you how to take care of yourself better between massages. You’ve probably heard me mention the basics about self-care such as finding stress relief, getting a good night’s sleep, stretching, and drinking lots of water. I don’t just offer this advice, I live it. I experience similar issues to you and practice what I preach. I also forget to do the right thing on occasion and am reminded with pain or fatigue. This is why I continually send out reminders so that hopefully you won’t have to experience discomfort.

Over last two years I’ve added essential oils to my daily routine. I put peppermint on my sore muscles, I diffuse the Peace & Calming blend to help me get a better night’s sleep, I carry the Valor blend in my purse to keep me calm when a stressful situation pops up, and I drink the Ningxia Red essential-oil drink to restore my energy. With the help of essential oils, I have added an extra massage or two to my weekly schedule and am also adding new activities that I didn’t have energy for previously. It’s really helped me turn back the clock in how I feel. I would love to be able to share this with you. If you’re interested, let’s schedule a 15-minute meeting at your convenience.


Massage Helps Animals too!

I just donated some sheets and towels that were past their prime for the massage room.  The SPCA and other animal shelters are always looking for old bedding, towels, and sometimes pillows to house stray animals.  Don’t worry about appearance either since clean, but less-than-pretty items can be used during surgeries.  They will also gladly accept donations of money, food, and pet care items and toys, too!


Massage Cupping Helps Old Injuries

Massage cupping can be used for a variety of treatments including releasing tight muscles, improving circulation and lymphatic flow, and softening tissues, however it’s also very effective on old scars and injuries.

When soft tissue is injured, your body reacts by forming scar tissue to anchor the injured tissue in place. Scar tissue will attach to whatever is nearby. Sometimes, this causes the new tissue to have a shorter range of movement than it had before. Scar tissue can also take up more space and restrict blood flow. If a nerve runs through the damaged area, the nerve can be pinched or pulled by the adhesion, causing it to send pain signals. When this happens, all you’re aware of is that you’re in pain, have limited movement, or just aren’t able to function as well as you did before.

Massage cupping is very helpful in this instance, no matter how long you’ve been dealing with the discomfort. Adhesions require treatment because your body has no way reduce scar tissue naturally. The cupping lifts adhesions gently away from areas where they don’t belong and restores blood flow to restricted area. What you will notice is a soothing treatment that relieves your pain and restores mobility just like traditional massage, however, it can improve range of motion even better than traditional massage. I can include a little massage cupping on specific areas or use it for most of your massage time.  It’s all up to what you would like.


Heat Eases Sore Muscles

I’m back from a successful college search for my daughter, but unfortunately I have a fully booked schedule this week. There are lots of appointments available next week, so please visit www.massagebylesley.com to schedule a massage.   Having slept on many different hotel mattresses and driving countless hours, my neck, back, and shoulders were a little sore. Since I wasn’t able to take time to get a massage to relieve my muscle pain, I relied on an old standby: heat, specifically Thermacare brand wraps. They come in a variety of shapes for knees, necks, backs, or square patches and they all adhere with a sticky side applied to your skin. It was a double blessing walking campuses in wind and snow, keeping my muscles relaxed and adding extra warmth during the cold weather. If you’re achy this week, try using heat while you’re booking a massage for next week.