This is the perfect time to reflect on the past year of what worked well for you, and how to make the New Year even better! I am passionate about helping my massage clients achieve their health and wellness goals, and for my students to succeed at becoming future RMT’s. I will be honest, I feel like I lost the balance in life over this past year by taking on a bit too much. I think everyone can relate to feeling overwhelmed and trying too hard to do the best job at everything. I started this blog as a way to build an online presence and to highlight the latest health research. Assessing my past year, I did find it difficult to come up with, and write, about a new and interesting idea for my monthly blog posts. My new goal is to write when I feel inspired, not feel that I am required to post every month. I wish you all a fantastic 2017 with less stress and more time to enjoy outdoors!
This can be a busy and stressful time of year for many, regardless of whatever holiday traditions you partake in. Holiday preparations, work deadlines, social commitments, family expectations…we could use more hours in the day! There is no magic answer to the time crunch and higher stress levels. It is a fine balance between your sympathetic nervous system (SNS) and parasympathetic nervous system (PNS). Increased SNS firing is a state of fight or flight. Short term adrenaline rushes are fine, however days of rushing around can result in muscle tension, headaches, sleep disturbances, digestive woes and overall exhaustion. In contrast, our PNS correlates to a state of rest and digest. This is the time when our body and mind rejuvenates. Massage therapy is an effective way to tap into your PNS recovery time, reducing the overstimulation that goes with fight or flight mode. Realistically a massage a day is not possible, however scheduling in a few minutes to focus on slowing down and breathing fully can be quite beneficial. Self care and maintaining a healthy routine throughout the holiday season is a great way to finish off the year!