With so much talk of exciting presents, new gadgets and sale specials, it can be easy to forget that the best gifts don't always come in a package and sometimes aren't even from other people.
Looking for a pick-me-up for your heart? I think we could all use one now and then. Here are some delicious ways to simultaneously lift your heart and mood.
1. You haven’t had one for months (or even years)
Massage works best when it is received on a regular basis. As a massage therapist, I/we recommend having at least one a month for maintenance and more often if you have a particular concern.
2. You are athletic
Racing, biking, hiking, kayaking, water skiing, and anything else you can squeeze into life... When you challenge your body physically, they need rest and rejuvenation as well. Massage keeps you active, injury free and moving beyond your current physical limitations.
3. You have a pain in the neck (and no I don't mean a family member or pet) or elsewhere
Pain is your body’s way of communicating to you that something is wrong. The busier we get, the more we tend to ignore our body’s signals. When they are ignored, they get worse. If you have trouble sleeping, walking, sitting or performing any daily function due to pain or discomfort, this is NOT normal! Massage therapy will help.
4. You have headaches
When the muscles around your shoulders, back, and head get tight, tension headaches begin. Regular massage relieves these muscles and headaches and also helps promote healthy posture. Massage therapy has been known to help with migraine headaches as well.
5. You don't have full range of motion
Maybe you can’t turn your head as far as you once could or lift your arm all the way up. Maybe you haven’t been able to touch your toes for a while. Massage can help restrictions become memories.
6. You don't get enough sleep:
It is amazing how many of my massage clients answer that they sleep ‘poorly’ on their massage intake forms. Sleep is incredibly important! We recover and heal when we sleep. Massage therapy helps promote healthy sleep habits through by promoting relaxation.
7. You are stressed out
Let’s face it, most of us have a little more stress in our lives than what is probably healthy. One of the best ways to decrease levels of stress hormones and increase levels of endorphins is to get a massage. Massage therapy starts working immediately to help you relax.
So, are you ready to relax?
Contact me to schedule your massage today!
phone: (724) 967-1726
A few years ago, I probably wouldn't have dreamed of saying this... but today kale is one of my favorite foods. The more I eat it, the more my body craves it. It's as if it didn't know what it was missing before! It's not surprising though; Kale is the superfood of superfoods. It is a powerhouse of nutrition, yet sadly it and its dark leafy green family are one of the #1 foods missing from the modern american diet.
Forget the dehydrating morning coffee; instead get the glow and the tone with a green smoothie! Drinking a quart of green smoothie everyday is a quick and efficient way to detox, slim down, energize and reduce pesky cravings. In fact, try drinking one before every meal - you are far less likely to binge on refined starches and sugars if you're full on green smoothie.
Ahh, who doesn't love a spa day. Here's an easy way to have one inexpensively and immediately.
This is a "recipe" for an epsom salt body scrub. Epsom salts are great for your health because they are a pure mineral compound (magnesium sulfate) that gently exfoliates your skin and smoothes rough patches. It also provides your body with magnesium which eases stress, relaxes muscles, relieves soreness, lowers blood pressure and creates a happy, relaxed feeling.
Wait! Don't waste your beet tops!
Have you ever eaten beet leaves? The leafy green tops of a beet are more nutritious than the beets themselves. They go great in a salad, steamed, in a smoothie or in soups. They don't taste like the earthy beet itself so if you don't like beets, you might still like their tops.
Here is a two minute audio meditation that you can do anytime, anywhere - all you have to do is sit and listen and allow peace to find you.
I'm an avid fan of coconut oil. It tastes great and is inexpensive and easy to use. Plus, it's multi-purposeful. I use my coconut oil for cooking and baking, as lotion, as hair oil, as a base for homemade deodorants and in raw food preparation. My favorite trait of coconut oil is that it does not turn into a trans-fat when heated at high temperatures! This makes it ideal for frying and baking. In addition, coconut oil acts as an antifungal, antimicrobial, antibacterial and antiviral. It is also very soothing to our body and skin.
Ever heard of kale chips? Believe it or not, they're actually quite delicious and can satisfy a craving for crunchy potato chips like a champ. When I was first experimenting with my diet, I didn't believe they were good until I tried them, but now I love them! I provided a recipe for you below. It only takes 15 minutes and is very easy so now's your chance to stop thinking about eliminating junk food snacks (like potato chips) from your diet and to really do it.
I used to be an instant oatmeal eater. It was convenient: rip it open, pour it into a bowl, add some liquid, microwave and ta-da! breakfast is ready all under 2 minutes. Then I learned how to make swiss muesli using old fashioned oats and my life was changed. It's just as fast and easy, but it tastes 100 times better! It keeps me full longer so I'm not starving before lunch and I can add a large amount of super foods to it to boost my health and body. I'm telling you, it's the bomb.
A lot of my clients and myself notice we get congested when we eat dairy. I like to use a milk alternative such as hemp, almond, rice, soy, coconut, oat or flaxseed... but that's the problem: there are so many kinds to choose from! Which is the best?
I recommend brown rice milk or almond milk because they taste similar to the real deal, they are affordable and they don't have too many additives.
Definitely opt for the unsweetened kind to avoid unnecessary calories and sugar!
A few tips when choosing milk alternatives:
Select a product that is made primarily of a whole plant food. Some options are brown rice, oats, mixed grains, almonds, or hemp seeds.
Look for a milk that has a low percentage of calories from fat
The mg of sodium in a serving should be no greater than the calories per serving.
Try to find a product that contains 3 or 4 grams of fiber per serving.
Things to avoid in milk alternatives:
Added oil. A good milk substitute will only have fat which occurs naturally in the main plant ingredient such as the almonds in almond milk.
Added sugar. Sugar is just more extra calories and is detrimental to our health. Get used to the taste of an unsweetened milk! Add some honey or other healthy sweeteners if you'd like.
Isolated soy protein also called soy protein isolate. Manufacturers use hexane and other dangerous chemicals to isolate the protein from soybeans. Because the soy protein is so concentrated, it raises blood levels of insulin-like growth factor which increases our cancer risk. Scary!
Carrageenan. This has been linked to intestinal inflammation and irritable bowl disease.
Artificial flavors, colors, or other chemicals.
While teaching about water in my nutrition class at Ringling College last night, I shared with them this video (see below) on how water's molecular structure reacts and changes based on thoughts that are directed to it. Seeing as we are mainly water, that's amazing, right!?