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.”