Healing Arts Massage Therapy
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January 2014 E-newsletter


Happy and Healthy New Year to You!

With the Holidays behind us, and each day increasing by one minute of sunlight, we are reminded that there is light at the end of this long, cold snowy tunnel. With all of the snow and cold temperatures, our time spent indoors increases, and we have more time to reflect on our lives and what is important to us.

It is a good time to review where we’ve been, and to look ahead at where we would like to go. An old, wise client of mine used to say “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.” Indeed, the fruit is out on the limb, and without dreaming your dream and planning, it’s easy to become stuck in a rut of familiarity, which as we all know breeds discontent and boredom.

It takes energy and focus to push ahead and make positive changes when the comfortable past is pulling us back. Yet letting go and moving on and being in the moment is the only thing that is real, for the only constant thing in life is change. Growing and changing, becoming more of who you are -- it is indeed an exciting journey – your journey, that only you can create. May your new year ahead be filled with aliveness, awareness and good health.

The Benefits of Regular Massage

Making massage a regular part of your life is smart for many reasons, with stress relief being the most obvious. Doctors know that stress is responsible for 80% of physical problems. High blood pressure and cardiovascular problems, high blood sugar and diabetic symptoms, weakened immune systems and cancer, are all symptoms of prolonged stress.

Massage is the perfect antidote to stress. During a massage, the relaxation response kicks in and our blood is filled with endorphins (the “feel good” hormones). Massage is emotionally calming, and satisfies our human need for touch in a healthy way.

Massage keeps everything moving, and opens up areas where we tend to get stuck – our energy, blood and lymph needs to flow freely, and any restrictions cause pain and discomfort. Massage relaxes tight muscles that impede the circulation, providing relief from pain, discomfort and fatigue.

Bob Hope used to receive massage on a daily basis, and he lived to be 105! Longevity and aging gracefully is all a reflection of the way we have lived our lives. Being old is not a bad thing if you feel good and have quality of life.

Health Benefits For Weight Loss and Effective Food Supplements

There are many benefits of maintaining ideal weight besides being able to lean over and tie one’s shoes! Seriously, obesity begins as an inflammatory disease, and all disease is inflammatory in nature. What causes the inflammation? Irritants in our bodies – chemicals, toxins, especially refined sugar.

Refined white sugar has nothing nutritional in it, and is basically a drug for that reason. It gives you a quick pick-up, and then you come crashing down abruptly, leaving you scrambling for your next “fix”. This sets up the pattern for blood sugar symptoms and diabetes, an inflammatory disease. Arthritis (another inflammatory disease) has also been found to worsen with ingestion of sugar. Discontinue the use of the white powder – or at least consume it with awareness and moderation.

Fat is not the enemy! Healthy fats (high density lipids) are necessary for weight loss, such as fish oils and vegetable oils. It is the proportion of the fats (HDLs to LDLs) that is crucial. Most people have too many low density lipids (animal fats) and not enough high density lipids to balance them out, giving rise to cholesterol and triglyceride imbalances. Increase the HDLs for weight loss, they are necessary – that’s why they are called “essential fatty acids”.

Food Supplements can be very helpful in assisting weight loss. At Healing Arts Center we carry the Nature’s Sunshine line, which has the latest most popular weight loss supplements on the market, including the Dr. Oz endorsed Garcina Cambogia for belly fat (Stixated). Another popular weight loss supplement contains the green coffee bean, which has been effective for many (Ultratherm and Ultratherm CF—caffeine-free).

Other weight loss food products are the Blender Drink powders – Nutriburn, Nature’s Harvest and Love and Peas. Highly nutritional, quick and easy to make and energizing, many work as meal replacements.

I suggest starting off any weight loss program with the “Dieter’s Cleanse”. Some people claim to have lost 10 pounds while taking it and feel great because of all the healthy nutrients and herbs it contains. Not only does it help for weight loss, it also is healthy for the body.

For more details, see attachment below. We look forward to seeing you soon and assisting you in your future health goals. Thank you for an excellent year in 2013, and let’s make 2014 even better!

Staff at Healing Arts,
Celeste, Jennifer, Mary, Karen & Craig

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