For most of us, loving our bodies is something we must consciously choose, and it can take time to reverse what could be a whole lifetime of criticism. Whether we like it or not, we live in a competitive world where beauty is highly valued. Growing up, our bodies are often subject to scrutiny by our family, friends, and love interests. We’re told we need to be skinnier, thicker, or stronger.
Aside from our appearance, our bodies are also subject to our lifestyles and the ways we often fall short of honoring them. We may work jobs that take a toll on our bodies and...more
It’s a common practice to set goals and the beginning of a new year. It feels like an opportunity for a fresh start and a chance to make a positive impact on the world around us while becoming physically, mentally, and emotionally healthier than we were the year before.
Unfortunately, when trying to achieve these new goals, many people find themselves in a fight with…well, themselves. If you beat yourself up for your shortcomings, it becomes even harder to bounce back and achieve what you originally set out to achieve.
There is a smarter way to go about setting goals and...more
With the holiday season quickly approaching, many find themselves overwhelmed. Shopping lists, party planning, school and work events, not to mention family can be stressful. Counteract your seasonal stress this year, by practicing gratitude. Celebrate the small things that bring you joy. Practice shifting your perspective to give yourself a more positive, balanced mindset.
1.Celebrate Your Community
Who’s lifted you up recently? Who in your life are you grateful for? Think of someone valuable in your life- thank them, shower them with...more
By Mayo Clinic Staff
Just follow these tips to do it safely and effectively. Stretching may take a back seat to your exercise routine. You may think that stretching your hamstrings and calves is just something to be done if you have a few extra minutes before or after pounding out some miles on the treadmill. The main concern is exercising, not stretching, right?
Not so fast. Although studies about the benefits of stretching are mixed, stretching may help you improve your joint range of motion, which in turn may help improve your athletic performance and decrease your risk of injury. Understand why...more
Sarah Barnes, LMT
When you think of self-care what comes to mind? Perhaps it is sleep, eating well, or even exercise. If these are some of the things you thought of, you’re not wrong, but there are many other self-care methods out there that you may not have considered.
Think about it; you’re a teacher, waiter, guitarist or administrations assistant. All day long you’re using your hands or standing on your feet; by the end of the day they are either swollen or sore. Massage therapists often suffer from the same issues considering some of us massage for up to 8 hours a day.
When we fall down or bump into something, we know why our arm hurts the next day; we see the physical action cause a physical reaction, maybe it even leaves a bruise or a scratch. A decade ago car accident or sport injury, could have left us with residual pain as an adult too. However, the more years pass from being a massage therapist, the more I am convinced that our emotional wear and tear, causes physical reaction as well. Already in existence, are diagrams that show where the patterns of emotions are stored, and part of acupuncture, is addressing this as well; so in some cultures,...more
Ariana M., LMT
Cupping In a Nutshell:
The hype about Cupping is still relatively new, but the practice is actually quite ancient. A long practiced element of Chinese Medicine, Cupping is most easily described as a version of Deep Tissue Massage, in that the aim is to release tension, increase mobility, and assist in relieving pain and injury. It is opposite to DT Massage, however, in that the process involves creating a suction of the skin and fascial tissue that has become uncomfortably bound in areas of tension. Creating localized suction to these bothersome areas draws blood...more
As great as it is to take care of those we love, it's important to also look after ourselves. If we don't cultivate self-care in some form or fashion, we are unable to truly be the best person we can be, and as a result, we’ll be unable to take care of our loved ones as well as we otherwise could.
One of Vita’s core principles is collaboration. We love building relationships, being connected to each other & to the place we live~ it’s is an essential aspect of living a vibrant life! Luckily, Austin is home to many businesses and practitioners that can help...more
Fitness and massage have long been natural companions. The practice of integrating the two into your training may allow you to more easily reach your wellness and performance goals. Regular massage sessions won't just help you relax. They can help you feel more physically and psychologically fit.
Anytime you exercise or engage in intense physical activity, you are tightening and tensing your muscles. The purpose, of course, is to build stronger muscles and increase overall muscle mass, but working out damages muscles. It is damaged muscle fibers that make you feel sore or ache after...more
Aromatherapy, a process utilizing the purest essence of a plant, is a 4,000-year-old technique that has enhanced the health of everyone from modern-day pop divas to the scholars of ancient Greece. The art of massage has its own deeply rich roots, with even Plato and Socrates touting the value of hands-on bodywork for good health.
Separately, these two therapeutic traditions hold individual prowess in the realm of personal health and well-being. Together, however, they become a formidable health alliance that can address not only a person's physical health, but the health of the mind...more
Leslie Nichols, LMT
Allow me to make a big deal about this! Numerous neck and shoulder tensions can be lessoned from simply using our breath in the correct manner. If you are frequent to head aches, neck stiffness, jaw tightness, sore shoulders, or if you catch yourself ‘sighing’ throughout the day, chances are, you might need to focus on breathing deeper. If you ever feel caught-up in situations that have you flustered or if you feel like other people are often ruining your day, be it random strangers, other drivers on the road or office workers, breathing in the correct manner can make a positive impact in...more
By: Hannah, LMT
When we think of celebrations, we often think of the big events in peoples’ lives: birthdays, graduations, weddings, and job promotions. But what about small celebrations? How do we celebrate our wins when they aren’t “big wins”?
Why does it feel good to celebrate? There are scientific reasons behind the giddy feeling of celebration. When we feel a sense of positive reward, our brains release dopamine—a neurotransmitter in our brains that helps to control our emotional responses. When we feel we’ve accomplished something worthy of celebration, our...more
By: Ariana, LMT
Today we’re talking LOVE, but probably the hardest kind – SELF love.
By now, I’m sure you’ve heard every version of what self love means; what it is and isn’t, how to find it and that it can’t be found if you’re looking for it in all the wrong places. I’m pretty sure the topic is nearing burnout, but I’d like to think that it’s because the struggle of finding genuine love in yourself, for yourself, is a language most are familiar with; it's something everyone who's been lucky enough to "find" has fought hard for and it's something, I think, everyone wants for each...more
Autumn Elias, LMT
We've all heard the statement, "you'll see greater benefits with 'regular massage'" but what does that really mean? Some therapists will tell you to come back weekly, others say bi-weekly, once a month, so what gives? How can you decided what's best for you? The short and simple: Listen to your body. Each of us has our own rhythms so there's no one-way that fits all. If you're very active and/or live a high-paced life, getting a massage monthly can really help keep your stress-levels in check and your body "tuned-up"; if you're an athlete, in any way shape or form, weekly or bi-weekly...more
Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals
When we experience something good, it's natural to want to tell everyone about it. Massage is no exception. Here are some ways to share your enthusiasm for massage therapy.
Gifting Massage Gift certificates are a great way to share massages with the people in your life. Looking for the perfect birthday present? Purchase an hour gift certificate for them with your favorite massage therapist. Thanking someone for pet sitting? Reward them with a half-hour reflexology treatment. If it's your spouse or...more
By: Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals
Body Image: The statistics are alarming. The majority of U.S. women--some estimate more than 80 percent--are unhappy with their appearance. At least 10 million young women, and 1 million young men have an eating disorder. Girls as young as 6 and 7 are expressing disapproval of their looks, and most fourth-grade girls are already diet veterans. Most unsettling is the fact that more women, and girls, fear becoming fat than they do dying.
Combating the Images How do you see yourself? Are you content with the person looking back at you from the mirror...more
As the holiday season quickly approaches, you may be thinking about what to give your loved ones this year. Before browsing online or running to the nearest mall, consider giving your friends and family the gift of massage. They'll love feeling pampered and relaxed, and you can rest assured that your gift will actually be useful! Read on to see just a few reasons to give the gift of massage in Austin, and contact our massage boutique to learn more about our gift card options.
Holidays Can Be Stressful Even though the holidays are a great time of year that most look...more
By: Autumn Elias, LMT
“Love yourself/body” is totally a buzz-phrase these days. With the explosion of the health & wellness market, it seems as if everyone is talking about how ‘this or that’ will help us gain/attain self-love even easier. On the one hand, it is thrilling that, at least here in Austin, our community as a whole is deeply devoted to healthy living. On the other hand, however, this mainstream messaging often overlooks what I call, The Struggle. That’s right. The Struggle that it takes to explore, learn and discover just how exactly, I can love myself more, better, deeper; The Struggle to...more