We may not be able to avoid stress, but we can influence how it affects us. Learn the four factors that drive our response to stress and simple—but effective—tools for changing how you experience it.
Most people living in the modern world experience continuous stress in the form of daily hassles, relationship troubles, problems at work, chronic illness, or other external life events.
Have you ever wondered why some people are devastated by this stress, while others are relatively unaffected? Or why some people thrive in high-pressure, driven work environments while others self-destruct?
The reason different people respond so differently to the same stressors is that our response to stress is largely defined by perception.
The most important habit I’ve formed in the last 10 years of forming habits is meditation. Hands down, bar none.
Meditation has helped me to form all my other habits, it’s helped me to become more peaceful, more focused, less worried about discomfort, more appreciative and attentive to everything in my life. I’m far from perfect, but it has helped me come a long way.
Probably most importantly, it has helped me understand my own mind. Before I started meditating, I never thought about what was going on inside my head — it would just happen, and I would follow its commands like an automaton. These days, all of that still happens, but more and more, I am aware of what’s going on. I can make a choice about whether to follow the commands. I understand myself better (not completely, but better), and that has given me increased flexibility and freedom.
So … I highly recommend this habit. And while I’m not saying it’s easy, you can start small and get better and better as you practice. Don’t expect to be good at first — that’s why it’s called “practice”!
Massage therapy is a form of treatment in which the therapist combines gentle pressure and hand strokes to loosen up and release tension that causes pain. The massage therapy profession in Arizona and most other states requires licensure, continued education and proficiency in treating patients for most common conditions.
Massage therapy can benefit you as a complement to your current treatments with physicians, surgeons, physical and occupational therapists, and even psychiatrists and psychologists.
How can it help you?
Back pain, neck pain, headaches, and the injuries caused by accidents are among some of the greatest reasons people seek out professional massage. Therapeutic massage can help anyone, at any age and ability. It relieves pain in joints, muscles, and tense areas of the body. It has been used for thousands of years in different systems of ancient medicine, with roots in Greek and Chinese medicine.
Massage is a safe, non-pharmaceutical way to feel less pain, and lasting relief from stress, depression, cancer, and even troubled digestion. Most of us have an idea of what a massage is.
Acupuncture is one of the oldest recorded forms of medicine and is used to realign and balance our energy system into a harmonious flow. It is based off of the belief that we all carry vital energy (called “Qi”) through our meridians (energy layers). Acupuncture has been used to treat hundreds of imbalances, from a minor cold to chronic back pain.
Along with Massage, Herbal Remedies, Exercise and Nutrition, Acupuncture is one of the Five Pillars of Traditional Chinese Medicine. As a healing form, it dates back 5,000 years, and today in the US, about 10 million acupuncture treatments are given per year. Most likely, someone you know has received a treatment; the knowledge of its benefits are becoming more widely recognized. Acupuncture is thought to be a valuable therapeutic addition by fifty-one percent of medical doctors, and the National Institute of Health approves Acupuncture as a treatment for dozens of conditions.
The history of Acupuncture dates back only a few decades in the US. However, it has been used in China and other parts of Asia for thousands of years, as a healing method for illnesses of almost all kinds. More solid research is needed to study just why acupuncture is effective, but so far it has been proven by Western medical standards to relieve pain, enhance healing and recovery, and treat effects of many conditions such as:
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What is Nutmeg? In the Far East islands of Banda, once called the Spice Islands, a pigeon devours a fleshy cream-colored fruit along with the large seed inside of it. This aromatic seed remains unharmed and is eventually deposited into the surrounding lush tropical forests.
The seed germinates in the rich volcanic soil and a tree begins to emerge. If this dioecious seed is female, it will produce its first fruit within 9–12 years. It produces about 2,000 fruit per year after about 20 years. Eventually the tree will reach to around 20 feet high and live for 3 quarters of a century. Continue reading “Nutmeg Benefits”
Did you know that in some cases a massage may actually be beneficial to helping your skin repair and replenish after a sunburn? Find out what Massage Heights Therapists say about sunburn and massage therapy.
The hot months of July and August are the best time to get outdoors, especially when you can find some cool water to help beat the heat. Unfortunately, even with sunscreen many people manage to get painful sunburns from too much time outside. The myth is that if you have a sunburn, you should forego your routine massage appointment to allow your skin to heal. But, did you know that in some cases a massage may actually be beneficial to helping your skin repair and replenish after a sunburn? Continue reading “Sunburns and Massage Therapy”
Do you ask yourself? Is Acupuncture worth a try for chronic pain?
Here’s a great article on how acupuncture can help relieve some common ailments. For more information on acupuncture or to schedule an appointment please call Natural Healing Care Center: 520-323-0069. Make sure you mention you saw this post on our new blog!