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Age is a State of Mind
Baby Boomers Combat Aging with Bodywork
According to the U.S. Centers for and its elasticity, and toning muscle
Disease Control and Prevention, tissue. Massage also creates a stimulating
preventing disease and injury is critical cellular function in the hypodermis,
to reducing the expected growth of dermis, and epidermis layers of the skin
health-care costs headed our way, as
more than 70 million U.S. baby
boomers cross the 60-year-old
and increases the production of
skin-nurturing sebum. complimentary
threshold. Moreover, disease prevention
is critical to, well, your health!
Immunity and Stress
If you're already a frequent recipient of
massage, you know what the work does to
Whether you're a boomer who is combat daily stress. But did you know
running a marathon or running after how detrimental those stressors can be?
your grandchildren, you know that
growing older doesn't mean growing
old. If you're wondering how to stave off
the effects of aging, the preventative and
restorative nature of massage and
Experts say the majority of disease we
encounter today is associated with stress.
Not only that, stress is a huge factor in
premature aging of the body.
bodywork might be just what the body Researchers say chronic stress ages the
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In this Issue
Improved Circulation, body, weakens immune cell function, Age is a State of Mind
and can make cells appear up to 17 years Lavender
Healthier Skin older than they really are. Through its High Time for Tea
As our bodies age, our circulation slows effects, massage deftly attacks stress,
and our skin loses its once youthful while boosting the immune system.
vitality. Experts say the mechanical Massage encourages the release of
nature of massage combats these effects oxytocin, a stress-reducing hormone in
by increasing circulation through the the body most often associated with
manipulation of tissue, improving the
appearance and condition of the skin Continued on page 2
Continued from page 1 Bennies for Boomers Psychological Value
birth and bonding, and activates the The benefits from massage and In addition to all the physical benefits
parasympathetic nervous system and its bodywork can help bodies of all ages, massage and bodywork offers, there also
relaxation response. Massage also especially for baby boomers. Research are proven psychological changes we
decreases beta brainwave activity, has shown that massage: experience with massage. One of the
increases dopamine and serotonin levels - Improves range of motion and reasons massage feels so relaxing is that
in the body, and reduces cortisol levels, decreases low-back pain. there is a literal psychological benefit as
all of which are linked to decreased - Increases circulation, allowing the dopamine and serotonin become
stress. body to pump more oxygen and balanced in the system. And when
nutrients into tissues and vital organs. massage produces oxytocin in the body,
Squashing the Pain - Provides exercise and stretching for there is a sense of being nurtured. Add
Part of the aging process, unfortunately, atrophied muscles. that to the restorative effect that comes
involves dealing with aches and pains. - Reduces swelling and scar tissue. from those quiet moments during
You might find a day of gardening - Reduces recovery time from massage, and you've got a process that
brings on back pain you never injury/surgery. experts say is incredibly healing.
experienced before, or your biking - Reduces stress, a major contributor to
regimen now requires greater recovery disease and ill health. Aging, obviously, is a process none of us
time afterward. Even though pain is a - Releases endorphins, the body's can avoid. As Benjamin Franklin said,
constant source of grief for an aging natural painkiller, thereby reducing the "When you're finished changing, you're
body, massage can make a difference. need for medications. finished." Turn the inevitability of aging
- Stimulates lymph flow and supports into a positive process of change and let
The passive movement in massage keeps the body's natural process of massage and bodywork help you along
joints more mobile and stimulates the detoxification. the journey.
synovial fluid, which lubricates the joints
and nourishes the articular cartilage.
Massage also prompts the release of
endorphins and other pain-reducing
In addition to the pains of physical
exertion an aging body experiences, the
discomfort caused by arthritis can be
just as debilitating. Experts predict that
one-third of Americans will get arthritis
as they age. Ironically, most arthritis
sufferers may not think of massage when
they start to explore which therapies
might ease their pain. While it is
doubtful an arthritic joint can "heal"
completely with massage, it can feel
better. And for an arthritis sufferer,
better is a welcome word, particularly
when there are no side effects involved.
According to the Arthritis Foundation,
an increasing number of doctors are
recommending massage to their arthritis
patients to help relieve the pain and
stiffness caused by their disease. Massage
can increase circulation around painful
joints, bringing healing oxygen and
nutrients, including amino acids, to
rebuild tissue. Many massage therapists
report that their arthritic clients find
better and longer-lasting relief from
massage than from pharmaceuticals.
Whether its reducing the symptoms of
arthritis, or simply addressing the aches
and pains of living an active life, massage
can play an important role in aging well.
The aches and pains that often accompany the aging process can be managed with bodywork.
An Essential Oil for Fundamental Health
Laurie Chance Smith
Lavender essential oil is a one-stop Colds
medicine chest, helping to reduce Lavender oil can also help break up
anxiety, fatigue, and stress and balance coughs and clear sinuses.
hormones, increase the immune Colorado-based holistic aromatherapist
response, lower blood pressure, and Nicola McGill suggests the regular
relieve pain. To utilize lavender's home-use of antiseptic essential oils
healing benefits at home, mix five to 10 such as lavender to help avoid colds and
drops of lavender essential oil in one other infectious diseases. Add a few
ounce of jojoba oil or unscented lotion. drops to a vaporizer to help clear colds
(Essential oils shouldn't be applied and infuse the home with lavender's
directly to the skin; it's best to partner scent.
them with a carrier oil, liquid, or
At night, six to eight drops of lavender
Earaches added to a warm bath helps melt away
For earaches, dab one drop of lavender stress and relieve fatigue. Blend a
massage oil behind the ear and rub footbath by adding three drops of Lavender is loaded with wellness properties.
gently. Alternatively, place one drop of lavender to a bowl of warm water, sink
lavender oil on a cotton ball and your feet in, and relax. For help
carefully place inside the outer ear. inducing sleep, add two or three drops
of lavender essential oil to the underside
Headaches corner of your pillow.
Inhaling lavender is also effective for
headache relief. Add a few drops to a Tranquil Aroma
bowl of warm water and breathe. Gently A human takes 23,040 breaths a day,
rub lavender massage lotion on the and each inhale floods the system with
temples, forehead, and base of the neck. scent. Rely on lavender's tranquil aroma
to clear the way toward peaceful days.
High Time for Tea
Discover the Healing Properties of Taking Tea
The health research is enough to make But you have to drink up. Most research accounts for the color of the leaves and
you forego the latte for strong brewed points to five or so cups of brewed tea its stronger flavor.
tea instead. Name your color -- black, each day to reap the health benefits.
white, green, even red -- teas are packed Decaf tea loses some but not much of its Rooibos, or red tea, is naturally
with disease-preventing antioxidants health punch, due to extra processing. caffeine-free and from the Aspalathus
(more than some fruits and vegetables) linearis, a shrub that grows only at high
and contain vitamins, minerals, and at All traditional tea -- white, green, altitude near Cape of Good Hope in
least half the caffeine of coffee. oolong, and black -- is derived from the South Africa.
leaves of an evergreen tree called the
Fortified with free radical-fighting Camellia sinensis, and all contain the Herbal teas are made from a variety of
polyphenols, tea drinkers have a reduced health-promoting polyphenols. White plants, roots, bark, seeds, and flowers
risk of many different cancers, in tea is made from young tea leaves, dried and are technically herbal infusions
particular stomach, colorectal, and even in the sun without fermentation or rather than tea. Though they don't
skin cancer. Tea drinkers also have a processing. Green tea is dried with hot contain the same antioxidants and
lower risk of heart disease, stroke, and air after picking, so it retains its color haven't received the same research-based
high cholesterol. Containing anti- but is not fermented. Oolong tea, accolades as traditional tea, the herbs in
inflammatory and arthritis-preventing sometimes referred to as "brown" tea, is these infusions have certain healing
properties, tea also helps stimulate the fermented but not processed to the properties that have been used for
immune system and protect the liver point of black tea. Black tea, on the centuries to treat many common health
against toxins. other hand, is fully fermented, which issues.
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