Wellness Wednesday – 9/16/20
WELLNESS TIP OF THE WEEK
Your Body Could Use a Hand, Two Actually
by Massage Envy
Life gets busy, and with that comes stress, poor posture, tension, aches and pains. When you’re feeling less than ideal, licensed massage therapists can help deliver the relief your body needs. And when your body is working better, you can start living better. When the going gets tough, they keep you going!
Massage therapists are always looking to evolve your massage experience by enhancing through personalization. Whether you’re an athlete, 9-5 warrior or anybody in between, massage therapists have dedicated themselves to helping people like you feel their best.
Every body is different, and every massage should be too. No two people are the same. That’s why no two massages should be the same. Your massage therapist will pull from various massage techniques and incorporate them into your massage to address your needs. Our therapists at Massage Envy have dedicated themselves to helping people like you do more. Because keeping your body working is their calling. Hands down!
WELLNESS AROUND THE WEB
Slower Breathing for Happier Lives
Three-time champion of the Triple Iron Man triathlon Christopher Bergland recently posted an article in Psychology Today where he shares advice on boosting eudaimonia (i.e., a happy, healthy, and contented life) via breath control. He claims that mindfully slowing down breathing can improve one’s psychophysiological well-being; Bergland refers to the practice as “hacking the vagus nerve.”
Taking a deep breath through the nose followed by a long, slow exhalation through pursed lips “stimulates your vagus nerve, boosts your parasympathetic nervous system’s robustness, and creates an inner sense of calm.” Yogis and ayurvedic practitioners have preached similar advice for years, and the concept has been well backed by recent scientific studies.
In the United States, elevated blood pressure is one of the leading causes of morbidity and premature mortality. A 2009 study on the immediate effect of slow-paced bhastrika pranayama breathing on blood pressure found that a respiratory rate of six inhalation/exhalation cycles per minute for five minutes caused a significant decrease in systolic and diastolic blood pressure.
In stressful times like these, implementing these short and simple breathing techniques into one’s daily life can be a vital component of achieving relaxation, contentment and mindfulness.
Inside the World of Workampers
Amid the economic devastation of a pandemic-ravaged America, where secure jobs are increasingly scarce, it would not be surprising to find the Workamper lifestyle growing in popularity. The Washington Post recently explored this unorthodox way of life.
Workampers travel in RVs and vans, only stopping at parks and campsites long enough to take temporary jobs. Many are fleeing conformity and willing to exchange fixed lives for a sense of freedom by taking odd jobs like gate guards at oil fields, amusement park operators and warehouses workers to get by. Sometimes their only compensation for work is a free site to park in, as well as hookups for water and electricity.
Like the hippies and train-hoppers, this subculture shuns corporate or otherwise confining lifestyles. “One of the things about workamping is that we’ll work less,” says 61-year-old Dale Greer, who had been in plastics manufacturing. “We want to be able to see things and take the time to do so. In today’s society it just seems like you’re always busy, you’re always working. You’re always rushing to get to one place, and everything’s like fast food, fast everything, fast information.”
FARMERS MARKETS IN THE VALLEY
Local farmers and vendors are doing everything they can to continue providing fresh produce and products to the people. Whether it’s virtual or in-person, here’s a list of local farmers markets that are going above and beyond to serve the community.
The Haverhill Farmers Market returns for its 42nd season. Open each Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the market runs through October 31, selling an expanded selection of farm-fresh fruits, herbs, eggs, vegetables, delicious baked goods, hummus, local wine, honey, fresh breads, handmade soaps, doggie treats, ice cream and more.
(978) 872-7535 | TeamHaverhill.org
This year, the Groundwork Farmers Market will will take place at Campagnone North Common on Wednesdays, from 10 a.m to 5 p.m.; Nevins Memorial Library in Methuen on Fridays, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and Lawrence Catholic Academy on Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
(978) 701-5573 | GroundWorkLawrence.org
The North Andover Farmers Market happens every year, and this year is no different. You can browse through a plentiful selection of fruits, veggies, breads and more at their virtual market, or you can visit them every Sunday on Main Street, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Salem Farmers Market boasts a family-friendly atmosphere featuring live music, children’s entertainment and seasonal special events. In the midst of COVID-19, the market is taking precautions to create a safe and enjoyable space for all patrons. For the time being, the market will be open every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Although the outdoor summer market is postponed, you can visit here to find vendor products.
Mill City Grows Mobile Market
Shop local every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Farm Market outside on the parking lot at Mill No. 5 located on Middlesex Street in Lowell. Each weekend, The Farm Market showcases fresh produce, preserves, baked goods, home and body care products, and much more — all locally made!
Mill No. 5 The Farm Market
Mill No. 5 is not collecting any table fees and is not profiting from this market. The market facilitates healthy food options from local farmers and food producers. Stop by Mill No. 5 at 225 Middlesex Street every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for fresh fruit, veggies, meat and more.