Multi-tasking Massages

This day in age we are all required to multi-task. Always.

It goes beyond walking while chewing gum.  In today’s world, we see people making smart choices with multi-tasking (think folding laundry while catching up on the next episode of your favorite show or doing Kegels while waiting in traffic).  These smart multi-tasking ventures can help improve your life or at least make the To-Do list shorter. But we also see people making really bad choices when multi-tasking…texting while driving, smoking while pumping gas, or checking your emails while having dinner with a friend. Some have some severe consequences. (PSA: You shouldn’t text and Drive, Smoke and Pump Gas, and you definitely should pay attention to those around you, instead of your phone)

I like to multi-task while getting a massage.  Yes, you read that correctly. Hear me out.

While doing something I enjoy (receiving a massage on a regular basis), I am helping so many areas of my life (therefore, multitasking!) Here are the things one can accomplish with a regular massage.  (“Regular” being every 4-6 weeks.)

  • Massage can counteract the stress to your posture caused from sitting to long. This is usually pain felt in the lower back or shoulders, but can also present itself in the form of weak core or back muscles. Desk jockeys – we are talking to you.
  • It can ease muscle pain. This seems obvious but think about if you bump your knee – you rub it to make it feel better.  Let a trained massage therapist do the work for you.
  • Regular massage therapy can reduce overall stress, anxiety and depression. This is due to the human contact in a safe and professional environment along with the action of taking time to relax.
  • It promotes better sleep. You can rest more comfortably, simply put.  It can also work wonders for patients going through chemo or radiation.
  • Massage has been found to increase white blood cell counts, which are responsible for helping defend your immune system. This can be beneficial all year round.
  • Have a headache? Yep, massage therapy can help with that as well.  Seeing your massage therapist on a regular basis can help reduce the tension that leads to certain headaches.
  • It also works my body in ways that I can’t do while doing other non-exercise activities: lowers blood pressure, improve cardiovascular health, increase range of motion, improve balance, decrease pain associated with arthritis and many other health issues.

So, if you are the type of person who needs a “To-Do” action for your life, here it is…

√    Call to schedule a massage every 4-6 weeks.

Set them up in advance so the rest of life can’t get in the way. Find a therapist that will be yours only. They will learn to know what your body needs and how to heal you.  They will help you multi-task your health in a way you could never imagine. You are welcome.

 

Avoid the question: Are you Tired?

I know you all have pet peeves…as do I…I am human.  I have a lot of them including the toilet paper needing to go OVER the roll NOT under (my #1), people who choose to eat like a cow with their mouth open (this is never ok), the overuse of hashtags (#whydowehavetodecipherwhatyourhashtagssayswhenyoucouldjustwriteasentencewithcorrectspacingandpunctuation), and the list goes on. That list we can go over another day because I am going to focus here today…I loathe when people ask me if I’m tired or they tell me I look tired. Excuse me?

I get that sometimes people who you know very well can actually tell that you are tired, because they know what you look like when you are not tired.  These are not the instances I am talking about.  I am talking about the gal at the grocery store check-out or the random person at the gym that sees your “maybe tired/maybe hereditary/maybe drank too much wine the night prior” dark circles. These dark undereye shadows can make the most well rested person appear to be tired.

Most pet peeves don’t have a fix (I can’t make anyone stop using so many hashtags), but rather they just continue to pop up out of nowhere and bug you!  Well, I have news for you….

I found a fix for the dark circles under my eyes that have been making me appear tired (when usually I am not more tired than any other day of the week). This is a game changer.  Image Skincare’s Iluma intense brightening eye crème is my new BFF. After using it for a month or so, I ran into someone I hadn’t seen in a while and she commented about how fresh my eyes looked! Unreal. It is super hydrating and targets the puffiness, dark circles, wrinkles and lax skin that are all signs of aging.

Iluma eye

Trust me on this…just stop by the studio to buy yourself a bottle and you can thank me later. Now, how to tackle the toilet paper misdirection…hmmm…

Brows speak louder than words.

By Guest Blogger, Sarah Swanson

How is it that so many years have past since I remember first wearing make-up, caring about brushing my hair, or even if my clothes matched?  Somewhere over the years (more than I would like to mention), I have since become obsessively aware of all of the beauty products, services and information about aging gracefully.  I have found myself intrigued, scared, overwhelmed and also excited for all of the things that can “turn back the clocks” or “refresh my look”.  Maybe it is just me, but I feel more aware because (maybe I am at a more *appropriate* age to let these items fill my cluttered mind). I didn’t ever know the extent of what a well-shaped eyebrow can have your life…

Just recently, I was blessed with the opportunity to have my eyebrows microbladed by the very talented Heather Brown. There are a few reasons I feel so fortunate…first being that she is a master of the brow.  For many years, people have been coming far and wide to have her shape, maintain, tame, etc their brows.  Mircoblading is a semi-permanent tattoo…(may sound scary to some with just that description)…so I was NOT going to trust just anyone to shape and reinvent these bad boys in the middle of my face.  You know the phrase Brows speak louder than words?  If you don’t, know you have been warned.

I have never received as many compliments in the days, weeks and months since I had my brows microbladed.  She made me look like I was always put together, even on days where I am wearing the yoga pants that I slept in, cleaned in and mowed the lawn in.  (No, I don’t do yoga in my yoga pants) Friends and family actually commented on how great I was looking lately (post microblading, of course) even though I hadn’t told them I did anything to my brows!  Then, for the ultimate compliment, I found myself answering questions and calming nerves of friends who chose to also get their brows microbladed after seeing mine!  All because I was honest with others about the procedure I had, I now felt the blessing of the choice I made to let this goddess, Heather Brown,  microblade some amazing brows on me!

I guess my point in sharing all of this is that sometimes when you make a decision to go for something, whether it may be big or small, just the honesty in talking to others about your experience may let you see the true beauty (or a silver lining in some regretful decisions) of you and your journey in this thing we call life…Sarah - Microblade