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Three Tips to Quiet Your Mind

Posted on February 14, 2017 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (0)

If you are not extremely busy in today’s society, you are the exception and not the rule. We are all in high gear; we overextend, overachieve, and overstress ourselves to the point of breaking. This can have lasting negative effects on our health! Here are a few ways to break the cycle:

Gratitude

It is so easy to be upset when things do not go our way. From the moment we spill our coffee, lock our keys in the car, and forget our lunch, a spiral of circumstances can set us off into a tailspin of negativity.

We can choose to stay in a state of discontent and let that dictate our day, or we can be grateful for the other things in our lives even if they are not present in front of us right now.

Did you ever notice that when something nice happens, we tend to smile for a moment and then move on? However, when something goes wrong, we feel the need to tell everyone and anyone that will listen. It is in those exact moments that we need to focus on what we are grateful for, and that is how we can instantly change our perspective and attitude.

Keeping the focus on gratitude offers your mind something to smile about, regardless of outside circumstances. Focusing on people, places, and even things that make you grateful, gives your mind a break from stress!

Stillness

Everyone has a busy schedule; that is a fact. We all tend to create schedules that are overflowing and then complain that we do not have time for ourselves! Take a good hard look at your schedule and see what you can delete and what you can delegate. If you are going to have a healthy mind, you need to take care of it just as you would your body, and that means giving it some rest.

One tip for quieting your mind is to put it on your schedule. Put it in big red pen on your calendar, text yourself a reminder, and place it on your list of things to do this week. Take time for you.

Stay in the Moment

Being in the moment has become a cliché; however, if you really take the time to focus on what it means, you can start to practice quietening your mind. Focus on what you are doing at the exact moment you are doing it. If you are washing a dis focus on the water, the soap bubbles and the dish in your hand. When you take time to do this, you will be in the moment and not two days from now when something big is scheduled.

Strengthening Your Core to Prevent Injury and Stay Healthy

Posted on February 13, 2017 at 1:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Your core is your center of balance and strength for almost everything you do. Your core muscles are a group of muscles running down the center of your body. These include your abdominal muscles, back muscles, and your pelvis. These core muscles work together to help you maintain balance, posture and strength.

 

A strong core is good for your overall health, but it’s especially important to work on strengthening this group of muscles if you suffer with any kind of lower back pain. Working on your core can help you to improve your posture, which prevents aches and pains.

 

If you’re sporty, it’s wise to keep your core nice and strong because a strong set of core muscles is vital for athletic performance and helps to prevent injuries.

 

Can I Strengthen My Core?

It’s easy to strengthen these important muscles with a few exercises you can try at home. They also have the added benefit of helping to tone your abdominal muscles, back, glutes, and legs.

 

Easy core strengthening moves:

 

1. Yoga and Pilates

Yoga and Pilates type exercises are very popular workout routines that are aimed toward building a strong and healthy core. You can find yoga and Pilates videos online, on DVD, or even learn poses from books and magazines. These are easy to do from home and most routines do not even require any sort of equipment.

 

Yoga Moves: http://www.shape.com/fitness/workouts/6-yoga-poses-rock-solid-core

Pilates Moves:

 

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2. Planking

The Plank is a classic core strengthening move that’s fiendishly hard at first but gets easier with practice. Planking is great for the whole body, from your arms all the way down through your legs, and is thought to be better exercise for your abs than crunches.

 

Start by getting into push-up position on the floor, but rest on your arms at 90-degree angles. Straighten your whole body out, through to your feet up on your toes. Use your core muscles to hold the position for as long as possible. Each day, hold the Plank pose for a few more seconds.

 

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3. Balance ball

Using a balance ball helps you to focus on your core muscles when doing certain exercises. You can use a balance ball to do push-ups, crunches, and more. Even simply sitting on a balance ball instead of a chair helps you strengthen your core muscles during the day.

 


4. Bicycles

Starting in crunch position with your hands behind your ears, reach your elbow to the opposite knee, extending the other leg out. Repeat the motion, alternating sides, and working your legs as if riding a bicycle. Continue the motion for an extended period of time, at least 30 seconds, before resting and then repeating.

 

Try to make time for a few core-strengthening sessions a week. Your whole body will thank you for it!


**Schedule an appointment with our RodDoc, Alana, to learn more about functional movement techniques and RockTape tools you can use at home to stregthen your core and enhance the benefits of the work you receive at our spa. 

Your Morning Skincare- Start the Night Before!

Posted on February 13, 2017 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (0)

If you want to make sure that you start every morning with the best possible skin, you need to prepare the night before!

If you are following a meal plan as part of a new healthy diet, you will plan your meals and snacks ahead so that you know you have everything you need. Planning ahead also helps you stay on track with your regime and the same applies to looking after your skin. Take a little time to look after your skincare before you turn in for the night and you’ll get a great glow when you wake the following morning.

Take it Off Before Bed

It’s the first rule of skincare, you will have heard it before but we’re going to tell you again – you must always cleanse your skin properly before you go to sleep. There are no excuses, even if you’re tired or have had the day from hell, that few minutes you spend on taking off your make up and cleaning your skin will make all the difference in the morning.

Take off your make up, or just cleanse off the dirt and gunk that will have accumulated during the day. Use a gentle cleansing product – you can ask your professional esthetician about what products suit your skin.

Tone properly and then follow with a good night cream or moisturizer. This will ensure your skin is absolutely clean and fresh and moisture replenished. Using a toner shouldn’t dry your skin out, if you find it too drying, again you can ask your esthetician for advice.

Some products we recommend:


Get a Good Nights Sleep

Your skin cells grow faster during deep sleep as your body regenerates and repairs itself, so it makes sense to put a little effort into your pre-bedtime skincare routine to support this overnight regrowth. Getting a good night’s sleep is another factor in getting glowing, healthy skin so try not to leave it too late before you call it a night. The occasional night out or Netflix binge watching session won’t do your skin any harm but if you get into the habit of late nights and don’t get enough sleep, it will start to show on your face very quickly.

There are some great products designed to be used at night – some you can leave on while you sleep like rich night creams, anti-aging serums and nourishing facial oils. Getting into the habit of using good quality skincare products before bed will set you up not just for the day – but for life.


**Ask us about the complete, natural skincare line available from Limelight by Alcone. 


Which Is Better, Massage or Stretching?

Posted on February 13, 2017 at 10:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Massage and stretching are both really helpful ways to keep your muscles relaxed, reduce tension and of course help recovery after an injury. Stretching helps to get the blood flowing to your muscles, which is great if you’ve injured yourself, or if your muscles are stiff because they’ve contracted due to inactivity.

 

Giving your muscles a really good stretch can stop your muscles from going into painful spasms or cramps, and stop the knots forming in them that take so much work to get rid of when you have a massage!

 

Regular massage on the other hand improves your flexibility and range of motion, keeping your joints more fluid and making them less injury prone in the first place. What are the differences between massage and stretches – and how do they work together to promote muscle and joint health?

 


Massage

What is a massage? Well, stripped right down, massage is simply a word that’s used to describe the manipulation of muscles, ligaments and connective tissue. Of course there are lots of different types of massage, and techniques that are suitable for different things, but when you go for a massage, this is what your therapist will be doing.

 

What’s massage good for? We love a massage for general wellbeing, but medically massage is recognized for more than just making you feel good.

 

Massage can: 

  • Help strained muscles to heal faster
  • Reduce swelling and scar tissue if you’re injured
  • Relieve stiffness and tension in your muscles
  • Reduce feelings of stress, anxiety and fatigue

 

Stretching

Stretching does have a lot of similarities to massage, but its main benefit is to relieve the tightness and tension that’s built up in your muscles when you’ve used (and over-used) them. Having a really good, effective stretch can increase the blood flow to your muscles, and this leads to a better range of motion that helps your joints to stay in alignment.

 

What’s stretching good for?

 

Stretching properly can: 

  • Improve your circulation
  • Boost your nerve health – a contracted muscle around a nerve can create pressure that can constrict the blood supply to the nerve.
  • Make movement easier
  • Improve flexibility

 

How can massage and a stretching routine work together?

Daily stretching – to a point where you can just feel it pulling on your muscles – can really help to increase your flexibility, and you can feel the effects in a matter of a few weeks.

 

Enjoying a regular massage helps to keep your body relaxed and flexible. Massage can release trigger points and muscles in spasm, making your stretching routine even more effective.

 

You could even opt for a Thai massage which uses stretches and massage all in one session to give your muscles and tendons a really thorough workout. You can also ask your massage therapist for advice if you have any injuries or are experiencing stiffness in your muscles.


**Schedule an appointment with our RocDoc, Alana, to learn more about tools by Rocktape (R) you can use at home to enhance the benefits you receive from massage between appointments!


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