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As a student, my life gets even more hectic than usual around exam time. It always works out in the end, but there’s always a little bit of panic during exams. This week, I worked like a dog. Literally, if I wasn’t actually at work, I was working at home to finish all my papers, projects, and take-home exams. If ever there was a time I needed stress relief, it would be during exams!

Here’s where what I like to call the stress-a-dox comes in. I know that I would feel such relief if I went to work out, it always makes me feel better, more focused, and strong. But when I have such a time crunch working against me, I feel even more stress about the idea of putting my work down for even a little while. It’s like, the more work I have, the more stressed I get, and the more I get done… the more stressed I get – that is, until it’s all done.

This week, all I wanted to do was work out. And I know that people always say that you can carve out one hour, put your work down, and just go to the gym. I didn’t feel like I could do that this week; I went to bed at 1 or so every night, and woke up at 6 in order to squeeze more writing and reading into my schedule. By Friday afternoon, my brain and eyes had had enough of staring at my computer, so I finally made it to one of my favorite classes: Body Defined. And really, after an hour of strength training, I actually felt much better. If only I were better at managing my time, I would be less stressed during the week.

-Hannah

What do you do to deal with life’s stresses?

(image: flikr, Sauna van Egmond)

(image: flikr, Sauna van Egmond)

In this time of economic instability, people become stressed out as they scramble to shave down their expenses.  With this, massage therapy is usually one of the first things dropped from people’s lives.

People still look at massage therapy as a treat, as pampering, as a bonus, as a reward.  Massage therapy is a necessity as far as I’m concerned.

With the state of today’s health care and the possibility of it being taken over by the Government, we need to take back control of our health.  We need to be proactive with preventative maintenance.  We need to become our own advocates.  Experts are estimating that upwards of 90% of disease is stress related.  Ninety percent!  That number is enormous and we have the power to decrease our stress if we so choose.   Massage can be a powerful ally to help reduce stress, and this can translate into:

  • Decreased anxiety.
  • Enhanced sleep quality.
  • Greater energy.
  • Improved concentration.
  • Increased circulation.
  • Reduced fatigue

So, don’t just think of massage as something you do only when you are in pain and solely relate to it on a physical level.  The emotional balance bodywork provides can often be just as vital and valuable as the more tangible physical benefits.  Remember, we need to “stress” the power of preventative maintenance and hopefully fend off the need to come in for an appointment due only to pain or injury.

According to www.massagetherapy.com, getting a massage can do you a world of good. And getting massage frequently can do even more. This is the beauty of bodywork. Taking part in this form of regularly scheduled self-care can play a huge part in how healthy you’ll be and how youthful you’ll remain with each passing year. Budgeting time and money for bodywork at consistent intervals is truly an investment in your health. And remember: just because massage feels like a pampering treat doesn’t mean it is any less therapeutic. Consider massage appointments a necessary piece of your health and wellness plan, and work with your practitioner to establish a treatment schedule that best meets your needs.

Dianne R. Christino has been a certified massage therapist since 2000 and is currently working on Sundays and Tuesdays at Healthworks Chestnut Hill.

What is your favorite type of massage? Is massage therapy a regular part of your personal health plan?

 

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Start Your Day By…

• Listen to music
• Stretch in the shower
• Eat a balanced breakfast
• Drink green tea
• Write in a journal
• Take a morning walk
• Practice yoga

End Your Day Well Too!

• Engage in light exercise
• Listen to soothing music
• Clean up the clutter
• Play quiet games rather than watch tv
• Soak in a bubble bath
• Get a massage
• Write in a journal
• Meditate
• Enjoy sexual activity

Andrea Wilson

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