American Heart Association Points to 10 Stress Relieving Habits

Healthy habits can protect you from the harmful effects of stress. Here are 10 positive healthy habits you may want to develop.stress management

  1. Talk with family and friends.
    A daily dose of friendship is great medicine. Call or write friends and family to share your feelings, hopes and joys and ask them to share theirs.
  2. Engage in daily physical activity.
    Regular physical activity can relieve mental and physical tension. Physically active adults have lower risk of depression and loss of mental functioning. Physical activity can be a great source of pleasure, too. Try walking, swimming, biking or dancing every day.
  3. Embrace the things you are able to change.
    While we may not be able to do some of the things we once enjoyed, we are never too old to learn a new skill, work toward a goal, or love and help others.
  4. Remember to laugh.
    Laughter makes us feel good. Don’t be afraid to laugh out loud at a joke, a funny movie or a comic strip, even when we’re alone.
  5. Give up the bad habits.
    Too much alcohol, cigarettes or caffeine can increase blood pressure. If you smoke, decide to quit now. If you do drink alcohol, do so in moderation.
  6. Slow down.
    Try to “pace” instead of “race.” Plan ahead and allow enough time to get the most important things done without having to rush.
  7. Get enough sleep.
    Try to get six to eight hours of sleep each night. If you can’t sleep, take steps to help reduce stress and depression. Physical activity also may improve the quality of sleep.
  8. Get organized.
    Use “to do” lists to help you focus on your most important tasks. Approach big tasks one step at a time. For example, start by organizing just one part of your life — your car, desk, kitchen, closet, cupboard or drawer.
  9. Practice giving back.
    Volunteer your time or spend time helping out a friend. Helping others helps you.
  10. Try not to worry.
    The world won’t end if your grass isn’t mowed or your kitchen isn’t cleaned. You may need to do these things, but right now might not be the right time.

Do I Need Manual Lymph Drainage? By Leslie Knee, LMT

Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) is a gentle, non-invasive technique that has a powerful effect against lymphedema and inflammation.  Pumping the lymph through the body is vital for strong immunity and speeds injury recovery. MLD is recommended to treat pain, edema, inflammation, orthopedic injuries and burn scars.  Visible improvement is often seen after one treatment. These noninvasive treatments can reduce pain and redirect the lymph flow that may be impeded by surgery or a compromised immune system. Treatments before and after any type of surgery can help to reduce post operative swelling, minimize the risk of infection, and decrease recovery time. Leslie Knee is a certified MLD therapist, and can work with you to reduce any symptoms you may be experiencing through a series of MLD sessions.

There are many articles on the internet that recommend MLD for detoxification or just for good overall health. If you have a healthy lymph system (no recent surgeries, generally good immunity), a full body Swedish massage is actually just as effective in moving the lymph, plus you gain the added benefits of relaxing the nervous system and getting the endorphins pumping. All therapists at Blue Heron can work with you to design a good lymph pumping session. Add some detoxifying aromatherapy (Theraclear lymph formula, or grapefruit and cypress essential oil) for an extra boost.

You may call our front desk staff  (301-754-3730) to set up an appointment or if you have further questions about Manual Lymph Drainage and would be interested in a complimentary telephone consult.


Why add aromatherapy to your massage?

Essential oils are distilled from flowers and herbs. Added to a massage, they can increase the therapeutic benefits you came in for. When you inhale essential oil molecules, messages are transmitted to the limbic system and affect heart rate, stress level, blood pressure, breathing, memory, and the immune system. When added to a massage, they are also absorbed through the skin into the blood stream. Like healing herbs, each essential oil has different properties.

Here are our new offerings for the summer:

Baby Skin – A great combination with an exfoliation or esthetics treatment, geranium, rosewood and other soothing oils maintain skin elasticity, speeds healing after surgery, and moisturizes dry skin.

Tension Release – This blend of oils is excellent for the athlete, anyone with joint/bone pain or in muscle spasm. It has a “green minty” scent. Along with our “Tension Buster Massage”, it can relieve a sinus or tension headache. It is anti-inflammatory and assists in sprains, swelling, muscles and joint discomfort.

Tranquility – Assists in reducing depression, eases anxiety, stress, and tension, balances and stabilizes the emotions, gives patience and calms worries. Grounding and integrates energy allowing us to visualize our goals and dreams. Citrus-y uplifting scent is a blend of orange, lime, ylang ylang, lavender, chamomile, and more.

Theraclear –  This is a blend created specifically to increase the lymph system performance, or as a lymph detox. Designed with Essential Oils that are renowned to have lymph supporting properties, this blend also benefits the skin and overall well-being. Contains grapefruit, cypress, and juniper berry to rejuvenate a sluggish immune system.

Leslie Knee, LMT

Dry Flaky Winter Skin?

Is your skin getting scaly and flaky from the dry winter weather? We’ve got a solution for that! Try an exfoliation massage. A dry exfoliation is performed with a natural loofa glove, invigorating the skin and pumping the lymph. It is then followed by a luxurious relaxing massage with our frankincense and myrrh lotion. It is rich with essential fatty acids, and absorbs well into thirsty skin, as well as soothing to tired, sore muscles. You will feel the difference in your new silky skin for at least a week, and you will enjoy a healthy glow during the last bit of winter. You may want to treat your face as well to a “Quick Pick Me Up” treatment by one of our estheticians.