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Holiday Guide to Relaxation

The holiday season is upon us, this means cold weather, twinkle

light nights and STRESS.

Here are some holiday at home remedies to ease the stress.

 

1. Take a magnesium bath.

Epsom salts contain magnesium and are already a usual go to when having a bath. Magnesium helps with a variety of conditions and is something most of us are deficient in.

“Magnesium is known to reduce muscle tension, lessen pain associated with migraine headaches, improve sleep, and address neurological disorders such as anxiety and depression.”-ancientminerals.com for more information click here 

2. Cup of tea.

Chinese medicine promotes stoking your internal sun/fire. Drinking and eating cold/raw foods drains our internal heat,  tea will help combat this. Here are a list of great DE-stressing teas.

3. SLEEP Zzzz.

With the shorter days, we should be sleeping more, but with screens and busy lives this is not the case, throw on holiday stress and we’re pretty deprived.

Napping can relieve stress and leave you more refreshed and energized.

“A NASA study found that a 40 minute nap increases alertness by 100%. Other studies have found that a 20 minute nap is more effective than either 200 mg of caffeine or a bout of exercise. Yet another study showed that pilots who were allowed to take a 25 minute nap (while the co-pilot manned the controls!) nodded off fives times less than their nap-deprived peers. They also made less errors during take-offs and landings.”-Take a Nap! Change Your Life by Sarah C. Mednick, Ph.D

4.Aroma-therapy.

According to WedMD : “Practitioners of aromatherapy believe that fragrances in the oils stimulate nerves in the nose. Those nerves send impulses to the part of the brain that controls memory and emotion. Depending on the type of oil, the result on the body may be calming or stimulating. ”

Adding a few drops to food, tea, a bath or on tissue a pillow next to you while you sleep can help de-stress you. There are a lot of stand alone oils that can aid but there are great blends as well. Harmony carries 5 different aromatherapy blends, our current favorite is immunity boost great for cold season!

5. Meditation and Yoga.

It is no secret now that this eastern practice has been scientifically proven to aid in overall wellness. There are some great classes and instructors around the city if you are looking start your practice. But here are a few yoga stretches we like that can be easily done at home.

i) cat pose

ii)bharavaja’s twist

iii) child’s pose

Those are our top 3 but here is a great list from Huffinton post.

 

Eat Your Medicine

 

  • There is a big emphasis in Chinese medicine that the food we eat is our best medicine. Food, after all, is the medicine we take into our bodies many times a day. This philosophy makes sense, especially when working with a medicine that focuses on prevention. Why not eat to stay healthy so that you never get sick?

 

  • So how, you might ask, can I eat in the healthiest way according to Chinese medicine?  Well, eating with the seasons is one of the fundamentals. This used to be the way that not only the Chinese ate, but the way all of our ancestors ate as well. What was eaten was what was grown in that particular season – which is what our bodies, and especially our digestive systems were designed for. Part of the reason that we have so many digestive problems in our present culture is because we are able to eat foods that grow in all seasons (because of the miracle of mass transportation and refrigeration) strawberries in winter, root vegetables in summer, etc… Although it is wonderful to have this kind of variety all year around, it is not ideal for our digestive systems.

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  • The job of the Chinese medicine practitioner is not only to administer acupuncture and herbs, but also to consult their patient about nutritional therapy to help the body to rebalance and heal, because, food is some of the most powerful medicine 🙂
  • Because I love food and because I believe so much in its power to heal, to keep us healthy and energetic (or do the opposite), I completed a nutrition program at school, and research about nutrition on a regular basis.  So if you are interested in finding out more about how to optimize your diet, I would be happy to incorporate a deeper discussion on this in your sessions with me

Raising our RMT Prices

Starting July 15 we will be raising our massage therapy  prices.

30 min- $65.00

45 min-  $90.00

60 min-  $110.00

75  min-  $130.00

90 min-   $155.00

120  min-  $230.00

 

We appreciate your continued business and want to thank you for allowing us to serve the community thus far.

Jeff Gabert

Harmony Wellness is pleased to welcome … Jeff Gabert!!

 

Jeff Gabert is a graduate of the inaugural massage therapy program at Langara College. Throughout the program he was fortunate to work with diverse populations and benefited from the knowledge shared by fantastic teachers and fellow RMT’s. Jeff has a special interest in treating chronic pain and fatigue, particularly those dealing with arthritis. He regularly leads talks and workshops for the Arthritis Society dealing with coping skills and tips for pain management. Another area of interest for Jeff is sports massage and injury rehabilitation. He will be spending a week this summer traveling and working on the competitors of the BC Bike race, keeping them in riding shape. Jeff seeks to aid the body in its natural healing process and help clients implement a homecare program that will facilitate their recovery. By employing a variety of massage techniques including: Swedish, deep tissue, myofascial release, joint mobilizations and muscle energy; Jeff creates a unique and client centred massage treatment.

Outside of massage, Jeff enjoys cycling the seawall, weight training, playing music and a weekly trivia night. “I look forward to meeting you and working together.”

 

 

Jeff’s schedule

Mondays 10 – 6 pm Wednesdays 8.30 – 2.15 Fridays 11 – 8 Saturdays 10 – 6

Go CocoNUTS!!!

Cocos nucifera or coconuts are very on trend right now but here are some fascinating things you may have not heard about coconut oil and some use’s in your home and personal care routine.

1. coconut oil can kill harmful bacteria.

-its a great moisturizer, especially for acne prone skin and aging skin.

2. coconut oil can curb your appetite aiding with weight loss.

-its a great alternative for frying, butter and mayonnaise

3. coconut oil pulling is said to help gum health.

4. coconut milk is a great dairy alternative.

5.coconut water is super hydrating and filled with electrolytes.