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Five Techniques For Reducing Stress & Increasing Happiness

Republished From Kathryn Roethel at SFGate Here are five techniques for reducing stress and increasing happiness. Keep a daily gratitude journal, listing items for which you feel grateful. Perform a meditation practice, or simply a few minutes of deep breathing and quiet reflection on something that made you happy. Consider what you can do to achieve that happiness again. Make a habit of sharing the highlights of your day with someone close to you. Practice forgiveness routinely. Construct a list of all activities and experiences that relax and rejuvenate you. Use items from this list to manage your daily stress. Read the full article We at BlissBlissBliss of course would offer that getting some bodywork (massage, yoga, thai yoga) can assist you in finding the space to...

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How Massage Heals Sore Muscles

By Nicholas Bakalar for the New York Times A massage after vigorous exercise unquestionably feels good, and it seems to reduce pain and help muscles recover. Many people — both athletes and health professionals – have long contended it eases inflammation, improves blood flow and reduces muscle tightness. But until now no one has understood why massage has this apparently beneficial effect. Now researchers have found what happens to muscles when a masseur goes to work on them. Their experiment required having people exercise to exhaustion and undergo five incisions in their legs in order to obtain muscle tissue for analysis. Despite the hurdles, the scientists still managed to find 11 brave young male volunteers. The study was published in the Feb. 1...

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New York Times Article Reports Inspiring Statistics Surrounding The Benefits of Massage

By Roni Caryn Rabin for the New York Times Does a good massage do more than just relax your muscles? To find out, researchers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles recruited 53 healthy adults and randomly assigned 29 of them to a 45-minute session of deep-tissue Swedish massage and the other 24 to a session of light massage. All of the subjects were fitted with intravenous catheters so blood samples could be taken immediately before the massage and up to an hour afterward. To their surprise, the researchers, sponsored by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, a division of the National Institutes of Health, found that a single session of massage caused biological changes.Volunteers who received Swedish massage experienced...

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