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Are You Investing in Your Body?

Are You Investing in Your Body?

In business we are told that we need to spend money to make money. It appears to be reverse logic and you wonder how it works. In our businesses we don’t have to needlessly spend money, but invest in the important parts to see it grow. When it comes to our health and well being it seems there are many ways reverse logic applies to ensuring that you are performing at your best. Find out ways to invest in yourself to see your health grow.

Expend Energy to Increase Energy

We have all used the excuse that we are too tired to exercise. When you participate in moderate intensity exercise, your body begins to release endorphins to overcome that tired feeling. If you are tired, I would recommend starting with a walk. Get your heart rate up but only push to an intensity where you are just struggling to keep up a conversation. Notice how good you feel after the workout and how much your energy levels improve

Drink Water to Lose Water

The body uses a complex system to regulate water levels within the body. If we consume more water than the body requires, it flushes it in the form of urine. If we do not consume enough water, our body decreases output to ensure we have enough fluid to function. Our bodies are amazing machines that will do awesome things to make sure we stay alive. So if you find you are holding onto fluid, try increasing your intake and monitoring the change. 

Eat More to Lose Weight

When it comes to losing weight, the first thing we think to do is reduce the calories we consume. Many people seriously restrict calories well below what their body needs to function at rest. It’s an evolutionary trait that our bodies are designed to store food in times of famine as a survival mechanism. The body is never sure when it will get more food so it works to ration our stores. If you consume fresh, healthy foods, your body will let go of its stores. If you give the body what it needs, it won’t need to hold onto more.

Move More to Lessen Pain

When it comes to pain, our first instinct is to stop moving. We sit down and rest in hope of easing our pain. In some circumstances rest is important. Our bodies also work to protect itself from injury by causing muscles to spasm to stop any moves that may cause damage. Once treated, it is important to continue to move normally. Walking and stretching will help your muscles relax and return your function to normal.

Sleep Breeds Sleep

This rings true with my toddler. On days when he refuses to nap, he usually has a bad night too. When he’s slept throughout the day, he sleeps better at night. For adults, many of us wake up feeling tired. We are not giving ourselves enough rest and running on empty. We are then struggling to rest again the next night. To improve sleep, we can try techniques such as going to bed for 8 hours sleep, drinking herbal tea, turning off the phone,having a bath and listening to music to switch our minds off. These techniques will lead to a better quality sleep and in turn will assist with your future sleep patterns.

Investment in our bodies in the form of self care can improve our health and well being to grow our energy and productivity. In our lives we have many important roles where we need to be functioning at our best. We are parents, team mates, employers or employees, we are our most important asset and need to spend time on ourselves to ensure we are able to fulfill these roles in life. 

Remedial Massage Vs Relaxation Massage

Remedial Massage Vs Relaxation Massage

When booking a massage you should understand the differences in massage styles so you know what type would best work for you and your needs. I am often asked the differences in Remedial Massage Vs Relaxation Massage so let’s have a look.

Remedial Massage

Remedial Massage involves the use of a range of manual therapy techniques to treat specific injuries, pain or muscular conditions. These techniques can involve deep tissue massage, trigger point therapy, myofascial release and muscle energy techniques. Remedial Massage Therapists can also assess imbalances in the body through postural analysis and may prescribe specific stretching and strengthening exercises.  Remedial Massage Therapists are trained at a higher level. The current training standard is the Diploma of Remedial Massage (or equivalent).  Remedial Massage may assist with:

  • Lower back pain
  • Headaches
  • Pregnancy related hip and back pain
  • Poor posture
  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Restricted movement caused by soft tissue
  • Restricted breathing
  • Sports injuries

While it is expected that a Remedial Massage is deep and painful, it does not need to be. Some Remedial techniques involve a more gentle approach and can be as effective, if not more effective, than deep techniques. Deep Massage techniques can sometimes cause a stress response in the body which goes against what is trying to be achieved. Your Remedial Massage Therapist will check with you regarding your pain levels, so please be honest and do not think you need to ‘suck it up’.

Relaxation Massage

Relaxation Massage, also referred to as Swedish Massage, is a gentle massage aimed at promoting a relaxation response within the body. The massage strokes are long and flowing. The pressure is gentle and does not address any injuries or pain.  Relaxation Massage is beneficial for:

  • Improved sleep
  • Reduced anxiety and tension
  • Improve circulation
  • Improved overall well-being

Massage Therapists are qualified at a Certificate 4 level, with Certificate IV in Massage being the current standard.  While there are some differences with Remedial and Relaxation Massage, you may find that a Remedial Massage Therapist can provide you with a relaxing experience while still treating areas of pain and tightness. This again reinforces that we want the body to be relaxed and to promote overall well-being.

At Evolution Health Services we aim to provide an effective Remedial Massage treatment while leaving you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. Our Remedial Massage Therapists will communicate with you regarding your injury and do our best to complete your Massage with targeted relaxation techniques to ensure you forget any discomfort you have experienced.  If you have any further questions about Remedial Massage or Relaxation Massage, please feel free to Contact Us or Book Online Here.