Massage for Anxiety & Depression

A growing body of research is documenting the impact of massage therapy for relief of anxiety and depression for people in a wide range of health situations. For example, in a controlled study composed of HIV-positive adolescents, participants who received massage therapy reported feeling less anxious and less depressed by the end of the 12-week study.

A randomized study found women with stage 1 and 2 breast cancer benefited from regular massage therapy sessions. The immediate massage benefits included reduced anxiety, depressed mood and anger while the long-term impact reduced depression and increased serotonin values. Serotonin, a neurotransmitter with functions in various parts of the body, works to regulate mood, appetite, sleep, memory and learning. Massage therapy was also found to improve sleep, specifically by assisting with circadian rhythms, or the body clock. A study investigating the effects of massage therapy on the adjustment of rest to activity, as well as melatonin secretion rhythms in full-term infants, found massage therapy enhanced coordination of the circadian system.                    

Source: www.amtamassage.org

5 Feng Shui Tips To Improve Your Home

feng-shui-05Feng shui is the ancient Chinese system of creating a harmonious balance between one or more people and their surrounding environment. Some of the first recorded uses of the system dates back over 3,500 years ago to the the Han dynasty. Today, people from across the world use feng shui to improve their homes, as well as to improve their lives in general.

#1) Define The Bagua

When utilizing the system of feng shui in your home, you must define the bagua. This is essentially the energy blueprint of your home in which traffic and activities are defined. Your home should be designed in a manner that’s best suited to meet you and your family’s needs, which is the desired goal when defining the bagua. If there’s clutter, furniture or other belongings obstructing the normal flow of traffic in your living room, get rid of it.  continue reading »