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
Even if you’re an independent person who doesn't ask for support (very often), nothing beats having someone in your corner when times get tough. At Vita Wellness, we take great pride in our community and we want our clients to have the energy and confidence to thrive within their respective communities as well. Let's take a closer look at why community is so important.more
Learning to Love Who We Are 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...more
Some guys tend to think that massages are just for women. However, this couldn't be further from the truth. A professional massage can have a positive impact on various aspects of a man's life. Here's why even the toughest of guys can benefit from a massage.
Whether you're a hardworking businessman or dad, stress can take a serious toll on your overall wellness. Long-term anxiety is especially taxing on the body. Some of the physical symptoms of stress include chest pain, tense muscles, and nausea.
When you're stressed out, it's also...more
At Vita Wellness, we have a variety of clients in many professions and stages of life. From creative professionals, busy entrepreneurs, to working mom's, our sole intention is to empower you to thrive in your life! Read on to see just some of the benefits of massage if you fall into one of these categories, and schedule your massage with one of our skilled Austin massage therapists online today!
1) Massages Work Wonders On Pain And Flexibility
Whether you're a hard-working entrepreneur sitting at your desk all day, or a mom bending down to pick up toys, most...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
Plan that beach get-a-way. Visit that city on your bucket-list. Go international! Make that action happen- you deserve it. And don't forget, in between that hammock-lounging, food-touring, and night life exploration, consider booking a massage at your vacation destination. For many of us, daily life is filled with long work hours, appointments, stressful deadlines, countless errands and life maintenance. Although these tasks are 'normal' in today's world, they can certainly be a drain on your mind and body. It’s imperative to unplug and relax once in a while. Taking a vacation...more
As an expectant mother, you're likely focused on providing the best environment that you can for your baby to grow. You’re probably also researching how to navigate your pregnancy in the healthiest ways. While certain choices like not smoking or drinking alcohol during pregnancy are well-known, another factor that has recently come to attention for many mothers and scientists is the impact stress can have on the body during pregnancy. One way to relieve stress during pregnancy is through prenatal massage. Learn more about this type of massage, and contact Vita Wellness today to set up your...more
What kind of massage client are you? Do you make an appointment after someone has given you a massage gift certificate? Do you try to get in every now and then for a stress-relieving tune-up? Or do you see your therapist religiously--once a week, every three weeks, once a month?
While getting a massage--regardless of how often--is incredibly beneficial to your body and mind, getting frequent massage treatments is even more powerful as a healthcare ally.
"People who get massage regularly demonstrate a reduction in pain and muscular tension and an improvement in posture," says...more
Physician and holistic health pioneer Rachel Naomi Remen once confessed that as a pediatric intern she was an unrepentant baby kisser, often smooching her little patients as she made her rounds at the hospital. She did this when no one was looking because she sensed her colleagues would frown on her behavior, even though she couldn't think of a single reason not to do it.
The lack of basic human contact in our high-tech medical system reflects a larger social ill that has only recently started to get some attention--touch deprivation. The cultural landscape is puzzling. On the one...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
Whether it's a pulled muscle from yoga class or an afternoon basketball game, or a long-term pain caused by injury, most of us will come to know the beast that is called back pain. In fact, when it comes to low-back pain specifically, researchers say that 70-85 percent of the population will experience it at some point in their lives.
Causes of Pain Experts say the cause of back pain can be the result of several factors. High on the list is stress. When our body is stressed, we literally begin to pull inward: the shoulders roll forward and move up to the ears, the...more
For years, professional athletes and their coaches have relied on the healing power of massage. Many athletes and fitness fanatics are used to being sore after a workout, but many don’t realize that their body’s recovery might be impeding them from reaching their full fitness potential.
Besides feeling good, massage has many physiological benefits that can help everyday athletes and active people make the most of their workouts. Read on to see the specific benefits of massage for your favorite way to move.
Massage for CrossFit
CrossFit workouts encourage...more