This Week: I have a new massage oil option available; a lovely mix of moisturizing oils and magnesium. Magnesium is a mineral that is crucial to the body’s overall function and has many roles. Generally, it aims to keep inflammatory markers in the body low, for example, helping to regulate blood pressure, heart rhythm and keeping bones strong. Below are just some of the important benefits that magnesium has on the body.
- Reversing osteoporosis (improves bone density)
- Reducing risk of cardiovascular disease
- Helps treat diabetes
- Helps migraines, insomnia and depression
- Regulates blood pressure
- Reduces muscle cramping and tension
So why use Magnesium in a Massage?
It is quite common to take magnesium supplements orally and for some people this is enough however it isn’t always absorbed by the body effectively. Transdermal (through the skin) magnesium therapy has shown to be effective as it is absorbed straight into the body’s cells and tissues and raises magnesium levels in the body over a shorter amount of time. Transdermal magnesium massage is very popular as it enhances tissue recovery, reduces pain, improves tendon and ligament flexibility and helps break down inflammation therefore easing muscle cramps and spasms.
Magnesium oil also has the effect of calming the nervous system and promoting relaxation of our muscles pairing nicely with relaxation massages. Regular and CBD options available for your next massage.
Fun Holidays this Week:
January 26: Spouse’s Day – Today is a time to enjoy and appreciate your better half. It’s not designed to be a gift giving event. Rather, use it as a time to show your spouse that you care and appreciate all of the things that he/she does for you and your household.
January 29: Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day – Have any bubble wrap left over from the holidays. Pop it to your hearts content today.
Keeping hydrated is an important part of staying healthy. Water promotes cardiovascular health, keeps your body cool, helps muscles and joints work better and keeps skin supple. Here is this week’s hydration recipe:
Orange Blueberry Water
2 mandarin oranges, cut into wedges
A handful of blueberries
Combine all ingredients in a pitcher and put in the fridge for 2-24 hours to allow the water to infuse.
You can also squeeze in the juice of one mandarin orange and muddle the blueberries to intensify flavor a bit.
Breathing Exercise to Relieve Stress
Here is a quick breathing exercise you can use anytime, anywhere to help you calm the nervous system, increase focus, and reduce stress:
- Sit comfortably with your back straight.
- Breathe in through your nose for a count of four.
- Hold for a count four.
- Exhale through your mouth for a count of four, pushing out as much air as you can while contracting your abdominal muscles.
Continue to breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth until you feel your body relax.