Wellness Wednesday – 11/20/19
WELLNESS TIP OF THE WEEK
Crazy Fast Relief
Introducing Rapid Tension Relief, a whole new way to ease muscle tension at Massage Envy.
Customizable For Any Body Type
Rapid Tension Relief is a whole new way to ease muscle tension at Massage Envy. It serves as a completely customizable enhancement or service that addresses specific areas of discomfort, utilizing rapid vibration movement that focuses on up to 11 different target areas. This is a results driven service, performed by either a licensed massage therapist or a certified stretch service provider, that helps make your massage or stretch session more productive. When muscle tension is relieved first, service providers have more time to focus on different techniques to address other concerns.
10 Minute Enhancement
A 10-minute Rapid Tension Relief Enhancement can be added to either your next massage or your next Total Body Stretch session. Choose one or two areas that need additional focus. Ideal for those with an active lifestyle, chronic pain sufferers and current deep tissue clients.
30 Minute Session
Adding a 30-minute Rapid Tension Relief session, conducted prior to your next massage session or Total Body Stretch session, allows you to focus on up to 11 target areas to get more out of your experience.
Schedule Your Rapid Tension Relief Session At Massage Envy
Add Rapid Tension Relief as either a 10-minute add on enhancement to your next massage or stretch service or a 30-minute stand-alone session at Massage Envy and keep your body working.
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WELLNESS AROUND THE WEB
Extra 15-minute Daily Walk Could Grow World Economy By $100 Billion
If every employee walked or jogged for an extra 15 minutes each day, the world could see an economic boost of $100 billion, described by a new report on the economic benefits of a more physically active population, according to ABCNews.com.
Those economic gains would come from three mechanisms, researchers explain in the report, which was published this week by RAND Europe and the health insurance group Vitality.
Regular physical activity is associated with a host of health benefits, including a decreased risk for chronic conditions like high blood pressure and heart disease, as well as mental health gains, such as a decreased risk of anxiety and depression.
Overall, those health gains translate into reduced mortality, and the longer people live, the longer they can stay in the workforce, which would grow the overall labor force in addition to economic output.
Better employee health could translate into reduced absenteeism and presenteeism, which is when employees are at work but attempting tasks at less than full strength, both of which drive down productivity.
Of the global economic gains detailed in the report, 30% could be attributed to reduced mortality and reduced sickness and absences, while 70% were linked to reduced presenteeism.
At present, 30% of the global population is thought to be physically inactive, and there are 5 million deaths linked to physical inactivity each year.
As the researchers detail in the report, employers face steep obstacles if they want workers to exercise more. In additional to individual behaviors and attitudes, which can be difficult to alter, structural barriers, like lack of resources, time and access to safe spaces to exercise, all can hinder workers’ efforts to be physically active.
The RAND/Vitality report comes on the heels of a meta-analysis published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine that found even relatively small doses of exercise, as little as running once a week, could significantly reduce the risk of an early death.
Sign Of The Times: Can Hugging Machines Solve The Touch Crisis?
We are, according to research, on the brink of a mass human (dis)connection crisis in the United States.
A new study by Cigna, reported by BigThink.com, found that nearly half of Americans lack daily meaningful interpersonal interactions with a friend or family member, while 43% say they have weak relationships and experience feelings of isolation, and 18% claim that they feel there is no one that they can talk to. Alongside this loneliness epidemic is a touch, or lack-of-touch, crisis.
As technology rapidly begins to take over various aspects of our lives from food delivery to gene editing, could machines possibly replace human touch? One artist thinks it might be the future.
The Compression Carpet is a machine created by Los Angeles-based artist Lucy McRae that simulates a hug to a person craving intimacy.
It works like this: A person is sandwiched horizontally between a pair of cushions which offer a full-body embrace. The cushions are colored peach and brown, providing the aesthetic of warm skin tones in order to enhance the illusion of being cradled by human flesh. To use the machine you would lie down inside the cushions while another person cranks the handle to squeeze the machine around you. He or she determines the firmness of the machine’s hug.
As we move toward a touch crisis in which we’re inundated with technology to the detriment of our mental well-being, McRae says that the Compression Carpet and its sister creation, the Compression Cradle, question whether technology will vie for our affection because of our obsession with the digital.
It might already be happening. Like it or not, smartphones wrapped in synthetic flesh might soon be a thing.
Researchers have developed a skin prototype called Skin-On Interfaces, sensitive skin-like cases that can be put over mobile phones, watches, or laptop touchpads to simulate skin-on-skin touch. The fake flesh intelligently registers nuances of touch and associates them with various human emotions. For example, anger is associated with hard pressure, while stroking is understood as comfort. The next step is adding anthropomorphic bells and whistles to make the smartskin more realistic, such as temperature features and, uh, embedded hair.
“Because skin is what we use as an interface when interacting with other humans, the idea behind Skin-On was to add this human-like interface to our communicative mediation devices,” explained Marc Teyssier, a developer of the synthetic sleeve, to Hypebeast.
Plenty of research indicates how important human touch is. For instance, famous studies demonstrating the vital importance of affective touch on children’s cognitive and social development. According to Francis McGlone, a professor in neuroscience at Liverpool John Moores University, millions of years of human evolution has inscribed the need for affectionate forms of touch into our genomes.
These creations may seem bizarre and even somewhat absurd, but they spawn important questions regarding the trends of social interaction, our relationship with technology and what it really means to be human.
LOCAL HEALTH HIGHLIGHTS & UPCOMING EVENTS
Champion of the Year Gala
Champion of the Year brings the best of the Valley community together in a friendly 10-week fundraising competition. This year’s event features a select group of individuals, professionals and community leaders. These philanthropic trailblazers will compete to raise the most funds for Best Buddies New Hampshire and earn the ultimate title of Champion of the Year.
Concord, N.H. | BestBuddies.org
A Funeral for Small Business
A Funeral for Small Business is a celebration of the values and contributions of small businesses and an opportunity to set your intentions to shop locally this holiday season. On Black Friday, the day that showcases the absolute worst of consumerism culture, you are invited to join in to mourn the loss of the small businesses that have closed their doors this year while supporting the local heroes who continue to bring vitality to our community.
Lowell, Mass. | Facebook.com
Through December 3
Read & Thrive Book Drive
Team Haverhill is seeking donations for its Read & Thrive Book Drive, which is raising money to distribute books to children in grades preschool through grade three. The drive will run from November 3-December 3, 2019. Online donations can be made at www.ReadAndThrive.com.
Haverhill, Mass. | ReadAndThrive.com