Everyone knows holiday stressors are inevitable. The holidays bring with them a special kind of stress.  What comes up for you during the holidays? Joy? Sadness? Depression? Loneliness? The loss of a loved one? Experiencing a multitude of emotions can really take its toll.  Then it’s time to start your holiday shopping with the hope that you’ll get everyone on your list a little something they’ll love.

Feeling stressed and overwhelmed can ruin the holidays.  Life is hectic enough with the everyday stressors of working long hours, fighting traffic, caring for aging parents and paying the bills.  Then, just when you think your life is stressful enough, the holidays arrive with the added pressure of holiday travel, office parties, children’s wish lists and frenzied holiday last-minute shoppers, all adding an additional layer of stress to our already busy lives.

Why not make an extra effort to take care of you?  Give yourself the freedom to connect and unwind with a therapeutic massage.  Many people think of massages as merely luxuries, indulgences that someone gives you as a gift.  Nevertheless, receiving a massage regularly throughout the year will lessen the risk of being sick.  An added benefit is reducing medical costs and lost time at work. It’s clear that massages are a great way to relieve the crazy amounts of stress we face during the holiday season and keep you healthier all year long.

Managing stress, especially during the chaotic holiday season can be key to maintaining your overall health.  Studies show stress can also break down your immune system, making you more susceptible to the common cold or flu.  Everyone breaks out the holiday décor resulting in strains and sprains and muscle pains.  It’s also important to stay active and not become lethargic as the cool weather approaches.  Diet and exercise, along with massages, are key to being healthy and a great way to self-care.  All the to-dos of the season are easier to accomplish when you have taken care of your own needs first.

One thing we really focus on at A Valley of Vitality Wellness Studio are customized massages.  If you don’t have time for a full 60 minutes or more, our therapists will do focal-targeted massages; for 30 minutes our therapists can focus on whatever body part troubles you the most.  No matter what your issue, a good therapist will ask questions first and then suggest a massage treatment that’s good for what ails you.  The good news is, you don’t have to let stress ruin your holidays!

Getting a massage is a great way to help you feel rejuvenated.  Try a massage to help make this holiday season less stressful and put yourself first for a change!

As the holidays approach, stuffing those stockings with massage gift certificates will be a very welcome and healthy gift.

Following is a list of benefits you’ll receive when you choose massage therapy on a regular basis:

  • Massage makes you feel and perform better
  • Increases circulation
  • Enhances the immune system
  • Promotes nervous system functioning
  • Reduces blood pressure
  • Relieves pain and muscle tension
  • Improves mood
  • Improves intellectual reasoning
  • Improves job performance
  • Promotes positive effects on conditions such as fibromyalgia, arthritis, diabetes, migraine headaches and sciatica nerve pain
  • A natural drug-free, alternative for easing the body’s aches and pains.

Submitted by Amanda L. Barnett, RN, LMT offering a multitude of modalities and offers Far Infrared Sauna Services.

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