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Relaxing during the craziness of the new school year.

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Relax (Photo credit: Creative Chusky)

 A new school years means many things such as new teachers, new classes, new friends, and as always new reasons to worry so what can we do to stop all the stress and worry of a new school year? Well we have a few tips that may be able to help you start with a do nothing day! Pick a day and don’t worry about anything, let someone else take care of dinner or the kid’s homework just do nothing. Taking a bath is also a great way to relax, put some bubbles in it, light some candles, or read a book! Put on some music and sing and dance like a kid again. Try some meditation, you’ll be able to get away from your problems and get rid of your stress. If these tips don’t help you relax then you can always see a professional. Take a spa day and get a massage, try a Thai massage or a deep tissue, these will definitely get rid of your stress. You could also get a facial or your nails done or hair done, really anything that makes you feel good. Relaxing is about focusing on you and how you feel and its different for everyone so just remember to take some time and relax during this busy time and remember to do something nice for you. Try a new coffee or muffin, buy yourself some ice cream and watch corny, sad movies just do whatever helps you relax and feel better because in the end you’re the most important person and it is even more important to make sure you love yourself and do things to help your body heal and stay healthy. You can also try eating healthy foods while your stressed so your body has the nutrients it needs to keep you going with everything that’s going on at the moment.

Massage and Meditation

Massage is a great tool for relaxing the body, settling the mind, and helping the body to heal from stress or trauma. Many of us have over the last few years have heard about the benefits of meditation, and when you look at them, you see similarities So why do they work so well? What if we take them and combine them into one massage? Well, I have done just that here at Shrewsbury,MA at Metta Spa.
Your body is working hard everyday, carrying you, protecting you, supporting you on the physical and emotional level.. Allow the body to rest, release the the tension in the body and mind, while being walked through a gentle guided meditation. The combination of massage and meditation can bring the body to a state of relaxation helping the body and mind settle down. The body is better able to work with stress,injuries, illness when the body is allowed to rest.
Give yourself this time, and feel stronger mentally and spiritually.

Ayurveda Everyday

Essential Oils Box

Essential Oils Box (Photo credit: luxomedia)

Ayurveda eveyday is an increasingly useful practice and translated in English means”the science to long life”. Ayurveda originated in India thousands of years ago and has been thriving ever since. Ayurveda is the path to a balanced life of mind and body. Ayurveda can be used in everyday life to take a moment, cool down the body. During this time of year especially after recent events in Boston, we all need a moment to relax. Ayurveda can help you to do that, whether you receive an Ayurveda massage with a simple blend of oils or essential oils to inhale when stressed. Knowing what dosha(your basic constitution) you are can help you find what type of  massage,  essential oil, or type of food that is best for you. My personal favorite is the cooling Pitta which is a blend of essential oils such as lemon, sandalwood and lavender, one whiff for me and I’m nice and relaxed. This oil pared with the Shirodhara(Ayurveda warm oil head treatment) and my day couldn’t be better. The combination of these essential oils and massage help relieve stress and tension after a long day of work or being home with the kids. Ayurveda everyday is an essential part of balancing life and should be pursued by those that are truly committed to balancing their body and mind a a healthy and relaing way. Essential oils can be added to all treatments to improve relaxation and stress release. Once reserved for royalty, Ayurveda is now open to all and is one of the best forms of massage  there is for full mind body connection. These treatments are performed all over the world and are a wonderful way to spend an hour or two. When you leave one of these treatments you will relax and rejuvenate. You’ll have a new way to feel about your life and wont be able to wait for your next treatment.

Kapha Tips

Yes, this is Kapha season,, wet damp air. As the seasons change we experience colds and congestion, more issues with allergies, asthma. Now is a great time for a cleanse, clean out that cold winter that has made stagnant space in your body. Adding a few simple herbal teas can help, like ginger tea for congestion, or a mixture of cumin,fennel and coriander to help keep the system moving.
Ginger Tea:
Bring your water to a boil, add fresh ginger slices, simmer for 10 mins,remove from heat, strain, then add lemon juice and honey to taste( add honey after water has been cooled slightly) sip throughout day. This will help with colds and sore throats.
Cleansing tea:
Bring your water to a boil,add equal amounts of cumin seeds, coriander seeds and fennel seeds,simmer for 5mins, strain and sip throughout day. This tea you may want to adjust the herbs for your liking, I have found it to work very well if I have a slight headache, to south my system and calm my head.
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Back Pain and Shoveling

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English: Fix the labeling from pelvic to sacral spine described by previous description. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Back pain and shoveling go together so well, almost to easy, why you ask, and how can you help it. This winter we have had heavy wet snow, and large amounts at that, at 8- 12 inches each time.  As I sit here at my desk, looking out at the 12inch from this last wet heavy storm, I wait,I know the phone will ring, looking to book a massage for your back, from all that shoveling. So, what can you do to help relieve some of the back pain from shoveling. Prevention, and routine, this will help, may not stop some aches and pains, but will help.

Your routine and lifestyle before the snow comes will help with the back pain and shoveling. Think about this: your day consists of getting up, rushing around, coffee for breakfast, off to work for the day, hours in front of a computer, lunch is whatever you have time for, only to work late, then pick up something for dinner on the way home, most likely some type of quick and processed food. Does this sound like your day, long work hours, and not the best eating habits, and as far as time for exercise or yourself, forget it. What does this have to do with back pain and shoveling, prevention and routine.

So lets start with your daily routine. Our daily routines have so much to do with our long term health, with a few simple adjustments we can help the body deal with so many things. Look at your day, how can you make it a more balanced approach? Start with planning, plan your meals out for the week, this will eliminate that last minute grabbing for foods that are not going to best the best choice(processed foods will weigh down the system – resulting in constipation, back pain, headaches, etc) for the long term. We have a kitchen at our work, and in the mornings I come in, place my rice and vegetable in a small crock-pot, and by lunch they are ready( and smells great). Start with just your dinner then on to  breakfast, this will allow you to make slow changes, and not be so much work.  Another big step you can take is stretching! This will help your whole body, and you can do it throughout the day. After waking up in the morning, start with a few stretch’s, bending down to touch your toes, a few twists, then incorporate some twists, knee to chest, through out your day will keep your back lose and limber.Taking time to your self, such as walking, adding massage into your weekly routine will also help keep the body and mind in shape.

Shoveling is work, and can be very physical, so take it slow. Living in the north,New England area, their is no escaping our winter storms, so when you find that is is that time, to head out and shovel, again stop, be prepared.  Heat up the muscles before going out, do some light stretches to prepare the body for work. Take your time, if you find the snow is heavy and wet, take breaks, protect the back from strain. Once you are done with your shoveling, apply ice to the area(low back,shoulders,etc.) this will help with any stiffness that may occur.

Once the storm is here, and you have snow on the ground, you will now be better equip to deal with back pain and shoveling. Just work on balancing that routine,  a little prevention, along with  massage, better eating habits, and exercise, will go a long way.

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Stretches: http://www.webmd.com/back-pain/living-with-low-back-pain-11/five-back-pain-stretches

http://www.chicagosportsdoctors.com/articles/back_pain_and_snow_shoveling.php

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Time for yourself

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Taking a little time each day for ourselves is a powerful tool for long term health.

You wake up, start your day, make breakfast, pack lunches, walk the dog. You are making sure everyone is set and taken care of, before you take the time for yourself. Then, rush out the door dropping the kids off at school, always getting stuck in the carpool lane, no matter how early you try to leave in the morning, your late. This is how your day progresses, rushing from one thing to the next, trying to get everything done, becoming stressed, overwhelmed, and by the end of the day, your done. Only to start over again the next morning.

Over time, stress builds up, you will notice it your moods, you may be quick to snap over anything. You may notice that when you take a break from work, your exhausted…

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Time for yourself

Shrewsbury, Massachusetts

Shrewsbury, Massachusetts (Photo credit: Dougtone)

Taking a little time each day for ourselves is a powerful tool for long term health.

You wake up, start your day, make breakfast, pack lunches, walk the dog. You are making sure everyone is set and taken care of, before you take the time for yourself. Then, rush out the door dropping the kids off at school, always getting stuck in the carpool lane, no matter how early you try to leave in the morning, your late. This is how your day progresses, rushing from one thing to the next, trying to get everything done, becoming stressed, overwhelmed, and by the end of the day, your done. Only to start over again the next morning.

Over time, stress builds up, you will notice it your moods, you may be quick to snap over anything. You may notice that when you take a break from work, your exhausted, that you end up home sick with a cold or flu. This is your bodies way of letting you know that you are out of balance. As a single mom of two teenagers, and newly self employed, I grasp the difficulties of finding balance.

Then something happens and nature has a way of letting us know that its time to bring our lives back into balance. Last weekend , here in the New England(Massachusetts, New Hampshire) area, we had a blizzard, 34.5inches of snow fell in a two day span. This gave most of us a large amount of time , not caught in the daily race, but home, possibly with no power. So, I took this time to reflect, spending a large amount of the weekend with the dog by the fire.

I enjoyed this time, we took long walks in the snow, plenty of time shoveling, and space to myself to read, write on my blog, and meditate. The key to having these reminders in our life, is what we do with them. Reflect on your space, see what it is, and where you can take some time to yourself. Maybe its meditation, reading, taking a walk, booking a massage, or yoga, that helps bring you into a space of calm. Schedule time in, maybe its 10-15 mins a day, or you set aside time every week for yourself. Overtime you will see that you will take that space of calm into your life, more and more everyday. The small things will be just that, small things.

So, stop, look at your life, are you in balance, or do you need a reminder. Start today, start small.

About me: I work for myself at Metta spa in Shrewsbury, MA. I am an Ayurveda body-worker and Massage therapist, you can find me at http://www.mettaspa.com