Ways To Relieve Your Daily Stress

Every day we are faced with challenges that bring on stress. Too much stress can take a toll on your physical and mental wellbeing. When these pressures become repetitive, we begin to experience some real problems.

 

Our students are trained to understand their client’s stress through assessments and clear communication. Dealing with an extensive amount of tension and worry can cause insomnia, muscle tension, a weakened immune system and more. Mentally, stress increases feelings of depression and anger along with a lack of motivation.

 

While there are so many reasons to be stressing out, we need to learn how to overcome those mental blocks in order to sustain a well-rounded and healthy lifestyle. We can achieve this by making small mindful changes throughout our day.  

 

Begin the day with yourself.

Mornings can be a hassle when you already have a long to-do list in your head the minute you wake up. Before you begin your hectic day, set the tone by taking 5-10 minutes to yourself. Try to think about circumstances in which you are thankful. Practicing gratitude can put your worries into perspective, helping you realize how small they actually are. Incorporating positive thinking will establish your mood and start you off feeling good.

 

De-clutter your space.

Waking up to a messy room affects your mindset more than you may think. Whether you begin in your house or at the office; cleaning the clutter in your physical spaces will help clear the clutter in your mind. Having an organized space to work or relax in gives your brain a break from focusing on too many things at once.

 

Drink water.

Hydration is one of the most important factors in having a healthy lifestyle. Not drinking enough water causes us not to think clearly and makes us feel drained. The amount of daily water intake depends on each person. But generally speaking, women should be drinking around 12 cups a day, while men need about 16 cups. Water will help give you the clarity and energy you need to thrive during your day.

 

Focus on one task at a time.

Many times when we find ourselves stressed out it is because we have too many tasks on our plate and not enough time in the day to complete them. Bring your attention to one need and let everything else go. Once that task is done, you can switch your attention to the next. Worrying about multiple duties at once serves no purpose other than stress. There will always be more to do, don’t let that cloud your mindset.

 

 

By creating small, healthy habits you can include in your life; you will see a noticeable difference in your mentality. Taking the time to practice positive thinking will help you see and feel better. Our Massage Therapy Program educates students on how to relieve stress in ways our clients cannot do on their own. To learn more about this program, click here.

 

 

Holistic Massage School’s Student Clinic …. An Insiders Experience

Healing Hands Student Massage Clinic is open to the Public by appointment only, 6 days a week, Mondays through Saturdays.  Click here to purchase your coupon and make an appointment online! Anyone over the age of 18 may purchase a coupon to receive two, 1-hour massages for $45. 

As I approach the top of the stairway at the entrance of Healing Hands School of Holistic Health (Healing Hands), I announce, “Hello,  my name’s Andrea, I’m here for a Massage in the Student Clinic.  The pretty young woman I’m looking at smiles, walks towards me and extends her hand warmly, “Hello I’m Heidi, I’ll be your Massage Therapist today”, she said.

After shaking hands, she invites me to sit down, reaches for a clipboard with a two-sided form, and politely asks for me to complete the front side.  The form asks for my name and any health conditions I have that may be contraindicated for therapeutic massage. Once completed, she leads me into one of two private Massage Therapy treatment rooms, closes the door and a brief discussion ensues. “Where are you holding tension in your body… are there specific areas of your body you would like me to focus on today….”, Heidi asked.  I relayed my problem areas as she listened carefully, then she excused herself so I could undress and get on the massage table.

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Moments later, I hear a tap at the door and Heidi’s soft voice asking if I’m ready. I reply yes, she enters the room and the lights are dimmed as soft Spa music begins playing.  Heidi arranges and smoothes the sheet and blankets covering me, then starts palpating my shoulders, neck, back, thighs, etc.  I feel her applying soft compressions and stretches across my entire back to loosen things up before taking aim at my right shoulder.

 I can feel Heidi’s pressure adjusting intuitively as it encounters taught muscles, allowing my body a chance to respond to her touch rather than repel it.  I can tell she already has a good understanding of Anatomy as evidenced by her ability to follow a line of tension and feel her way around my body.  Her pace is slow and steady as she methodically moves down my neck and back applying the perfect pressure and following through to the end of each muscle or muscle group. 

About 20 minutes into the massage now, I find my need to chat diminishing as my mind starts to unwind in response to Heidi’s therapeutic touch.  She’s moved on to my legs, and I’m feeling muscle tightness I didn’t know I had.  As I focus on her touch, I become increasingly conscious of all bodily sensations.   The softness of her palms, the release of tension from a specific muscle, the urge to take deep breaths and long exhalations in concert with Heidi’s muscle work…releasing layers and layers of tension, and lulling me into a deep sense of relaxation. 

I’m 40 minutes into the massage now and drifting into that ‘in-between awake and sleep’ state…feeling more relaxed than I have in weeks.  Her steady, rhythmic strokes are releasing tension in my arms and shoulders now…. and I’m feeling a sense of gratitude for her kindness and expertise.  Just when I think it can’t get any better, I feel her soothing the tight muscles in my neck and then those that run across my head.  Wow, I’m always amazed by how much tension my head can hold! 

Ultimately, that dreaded soft touch on the shoulders came… and Heidi leaned over and in a gentle Spa voice informed me …”Well  Andrea, thank you for receiving for me today. I hope I have restored some rejuvenation to your body.  Here is a cup of water before you get up.  Thanks for the valuable feedback. I’ll step out of the room to allow you some privacy while you get dressed and meet you back outside”, she then turned and quietly left the room.

I lay there dazed, feeling all the benefits of relaxation and the release of positive neuro-chemicals in my brain and body.  As I rise from the table I’m feeling completely relaxed, my body feeling lighter, pain-free, nurtured, grateful and happy! Heidi greets me as I leave the Massage Room,  graciously accepts my deluge of verbal appreciation, then  directs me to the desk where the clipboard and questionnaire await. I record my positive feedback on Heidi’s technical and interactive skills and hand Heidi a $20 tip, to underscore my appreciation. 

Healing Hands has been serving residents throughout Southern California for over 25 years.  Boasting more than 80 Massage and Holistic Health courses plus two Certification Programs, Healing Hands is considered a trail-blazer for Holistic Health education in Southern California. To learn more about Healing Hands Student Clinic, classes,  or Programs available at Healing Hands, please visit us on-line at www.HealingHandsSchool.com or call us at (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills, or (760) 746-9364 in Escondido, or (858) 505-1100 in San Diego.

 

Holistic Massage School Supports National Sleep Awareness Week

“Sleep is essential to feeling rested and refreshed, and is an crucial contributor to holistic wellness”, said Harmony Curtiss, Director for Healing Hands School of Holistic Health (Healing Hands) – Laguna Hills.  “The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) report that “insufficient sleep is associated with a number of chronic conditions and diseases ranging from Obesity and Depression to Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease”. With more than 10% of our population experiencing Insomnia and over 25% falling short of the recommended 7 to 8 hours, we’re happy to educate students about natural, holistic remedies that can make all the difference!  In honor of National Sleep Awareness Week (March 11 to 17) we’re offering the followingWellness Reminder’ for our students, Alumni and our Healing Arts community”, she added.

HOLISTIC STRATEGIES TO GET THE SLEEP YOU NEED! 

Use your body a couple hours before bed

(and Enjoy it’s Many Healthful Benefits)

Move Your Body! –Multiple clinical studies have confirmed what active folks have known for years, people who are physically active during the day fall asleep faster and experience a better quality of sleep than those who remain sedentary.  So, whether you choose a 30 minute nature walk, or a challenging 60minute Aerobics or Zumba class, getting your body moving every day is one of the best ways to ensure a better night’s sleep.  So get out and exercise, daily! 

Reduce Your Intake of Caffeine – Avoid caffeine boosted energy or sports drinks, and coffee especially after 5pm.  Substitute herbal teas such as Siberian Ginseng, Chamomile, Hawthorne, or Passionflower, which are known to help the body relax.

Be comfortable!

Get Comfy – An old, uncomfortable bed or pillow can hinder a good night’s sleep so be sure your mattress isn’t too hard, soft or lumpy, and replace your pillows annually or as soon as they lose their shape.

Treat Your-self to a Therapeutic Massage – After just one hour of massage, the Cortisol (stress) hormones that keep us awake are reduced by 30-40%, while raising Serotonin by 30-40% which supports a better night’s sleep.  Effects of therapeutic massage have also been found to be cumulative, meaning that the more you receive massage, the more it can positively effects your mind/body.

Create a Nurturing Bed-Time Routine – Try sipping a cup of calming Herbal tea while relaxing in a hot bath with Epsom Salt to promote muscle relaxation.

Drink some relaxing tea!

Try Sleep-Friendly Herbs – Natural sleep aids like Valerian and Melatonin are available in most health food stores,  and pharmacies.  Taking 1-2 capsules of the sedative herb, Valerian, plus .3 mg of the sleep-regulating hormone Melatonin, a half hour before bedtime, has been used effectively to improve sleep for centuries.  And of course, always check with your doctor if you are unsure about an herb.

Learn and Use Relaxation Techniques – Bio-feedback, Yoga, Tai Chi and many forms of meditation are helpful in reducing stress and anxiety and promoting a better night’s sleep. 

Healing Hands School of Holistic Health has been serving residents in SoCal for over 24 years.  With more than 80 Holistic Health courses and two Certification Programs to offer, Healing Hands is considered a trail-blazer for Holistic Health education in Southern California.  To date, the school’s top-notch Faculty has prepared more than 7,000 students for successful careers in Massage Therapy and can do the same for you! To find out more about the educational programs or financial aid available at Healing Hands please visit us on-line at www.HealingHandsSchool.com or call us at (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills, or (760) 746-9364 in Escondido, or (858) 505-1100 in San Diego. 

 

Citations:

  1. Andrew Weil, M.D.. DrWeil.com/drw/u/ART02037/sleep-aid
  2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2011). Sleep and Sleep Disorders. Retrieved on January 9, 2012 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website: http://www.cdc.gov/sleep/.