19 January 2016

“Take it to Heart this February”

“Take it to Heart this February”

Heart disease and stroke are now the leading causes of death in Canada. Sedentary lifestyle, unhealthy diet, obesity, and chronic stress, can all contribute to an increased risk of heart disease.

The good news is that even small changes in your lifestyle can improve your health and reduce this risk. Exercise, adequate water intake and nutrition as well as a good balance between work and leisure are the pillars of better health.

A really great way to help with the chronic stress issue we are all facing, are massage therapy and acupuncture treatments. 

During a massage session, the body’s “fight or flight” response caused by stressful situations is turned off, leading to a drop in blood pressure, a redirection of the blood to internal organs and an increase in the digestive processes (“rest and digest” response). The body reacts to tactile input from massage by stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system and causing relaxation of muscles and a feeling of bliss and wellbeing. The addition of acupuncture to the treatments increases the body’s capacity to dealing with anxiety and stress and some other unpleasant symptoms, such as heart palpitations, chest tightness and high blood pressure. February is “Heart Month”, making it an excellent time to start thinking about your health and to, maybe, include massage therapy and acupuncture into your wellness programme.

And what better way to relax your body and calm your mind than with a Hot Stone Massage, especially during the cold winter month of February.

Black basalt stones, made by volcanic action and used in this modality, have excellent heat and cold retention properties. Before the treatment the stones are warmed up in hot salt water, placed on the body and used to perform massage techniques. The combination of the energy from the warm stones and the massage work gives amazing results such as an increase in flexibility due to the softening of the connective tissue, a rise in blood circulation and oxygen levels to the treated areas and a reduction in pain.

Book a session for you or buy a Gift Certificate for a loved-one and take advantage of our Specials. 

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