Newsletter 1 — Winter Wellness

The cold season is upon us, along with its dryness, darkness, and short days. The common cold and viral flus can thrive in these conditions with the help of lack of exercise, lack of sleep, and most easily, stress.

Don’t want to get a cold or flu? Get rid of what aids them!! Seasons must change, but to stay well in the winter season, here are some easy tips to get you started:Stay hydrated. Bacteria and viruses can hang out more easily in dry air, as opposed to moist. Humidifiers do wonders, as well as drinking plenty of water while cuttting down on caffeine. My favorite alterntative — TEA! Nettle tea is a good day-starting energizer according to  Yoga Journal.

Don’t forget exercise. After that Nettle tea boost, you can take those extra set of stairs, bust into a brisk walk, or whatever gets your heart rate up. Anything you can do for at least 30 mins/day. Increased heart rate = increased white blood cell production. And with more WBCs, the more aid your body gains in fighting off infection.

Get plenty of sleep. This is a big one. It goes without saying that a tired body does not have the energy to do any of the above. Chamomille tea is good with ths one, as well as:

Massage. Research shows that massage can help with insomnia AND boost immunity. According to Dr. Tiffany Field, Director of the Touch Research Institute, massage decreases the level of the stress hormone, cortisol. Cortisol destroys natural killer cells, so less cortisol  through massage = more natural killer cells = immune boost! Seratonin, the neurotransmitter that regulates sleep gets a boost as well. Results of a study published in Journal of Neuroscience stated that massage increases seratonin levels.

Book a massage and get all these benefits in one go! And make sure you drink plenty of water afterward!

BodyWork Therapy Spotlight      

There are a million modalities, or types of bodywork therapy. This month, the spotlight is on Shiatsu.Shiatsu literally means “finger pressure.” A form of acupressure, it incorporates stretching, specific points (tsubos) along the body’s paths (meridians), and ancient eastern philosophy. It is usually done on the floor, but can be done on a table, and the client is fully clothed. I recommend this technique for chronic pain, or for those who like the idea of acupuncture but are not needle fans. Check out some points you can try on yourself for cold and flu relief and prevention here.

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