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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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The Steam Tent Offers A Spa Experience With Therapeutic Benefits

By Elizabeth Halliday-Reynolds With the colder weather adding steam to your massage can be just the right add-on to your session. Adding Steam to your massage is not just a spa treatment. Steaming the body is used to assist in healing by offering: Relief from Generalized Pain & Chronic Pain Stress Reduction Detoxification Enhanced Mood Increased Immunity Weight Loss Improved Skin Since ancient times, steam therapy has been used by traditional healing systems around the world to improve and maintain good health and beauty. Turkish baths, Indian sweat lodges, Finnish saunas, Japanese steam rooms are examples of cultures that harness the power of steam. In Ayurveda we learn that the skin is our body’s largest organ. It is part of a natural and essential process in eliminating impurities. As we...

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