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  Fall 2010

Age is a State of Mind
Baby Boomers Combat Aging with Bodywork

                                                                                               Try a
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
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                                                                                               Tea Tree
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
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                                                premature aging of the body.
bodywork might be just what the body            Researchers say chronic stress ages the

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Massage therapy can play an important role in aging well and remaining youthful and healthy.
                                                                                               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
lotion.)                                     Stress
                                             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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