With the holidays over, we’re back to work and the hours are feeling longer as the day gets shorter. The happiest time of year is over and we can definitely feel the stress. Josey Miketa, our head Massage and Body Works Therapist at the American Tobacco Campus location has the perfect solution to our problems. Here’s what Josey can tell us about stress:
As a massage therapist and former mortgage broker, I’ve seen the damage stress can do first hand — both for my clients and for myself.
Entering into 2021, by now we’ve caught up with friends on Zoom, enjoyed online Netflix movie nights, and have had socially-distanced get-togethers. One other thing that’s been the same for many of our friends and family–we’re exhausted. The fast-paced, work-from-home, 60-hour work weeks, where there’s barely any time to eat lunch, let alone think about self care, can get really tiring. That kind of pressure impacts your life in more ways than you realize. Without a means to unwind, the stress and tension you’re feeling starts showing up on your body, through:
Unfortunately, it gets worse the longer you ignore it. Giving yourself the time to relax can mean the difference between being happy and productive, and not being available for any of life’s challenges.
Luckily, solutions for our daily stresses are not out of reach. At-home stress relief can be found in various forms. For some, relaxation comes through stretching and deep breathing exercises, for others it can be through knitting or listening to music. But sometimes, our bodies need more healing than what can be found at home. When you’ve stretched to the limit and have knitted more scarves than you can wear, massage therapy is the best solution to help heal and re-energize the body.
The benefits of massage can make a huge difference in your quality of life. Not only does a massage make you feel good, it helps connect your mind and body and helps relieve pain. A massage therapy session also reduces cortisol levels, which affect your immune system and natural ability to respond to stress, and can improve your quality of sleep, so you can reap the benefits long after you leave the spa.
During the start of the new year, we, at Bella Trio, aim to help you make self-care a priority. We have curated a list of products specifically to help you, a family member, or a friend destress this season. Here are some products to think about:
Deceiving at first, tennis balls are a quick, low cost way to relieve muscle tension. When you don’t have time to bring out the foam roller, tennis balls can be applied against the wall for upright relief.
Lavender Oil Aromatherapy
Available at The Durham Pharmacy! A little bit of lavender oil does wonders to help relax and destress the mind. Apply a few drops into an oil diffuser before bed to improve sleep. It can also be found in room sprays for easy, immediate comfort.
White Noise Machine
A white noise machine may come in handy more than you think. With such busy schedules, even when it’s time for bed and relaxing is much needed, our minds wander with millions of ideas. A white noise machine helps the mind relax and quiet all the sounds in our head. This has multiple options for different sounds, making it suitable for anyone.
Dr. Singha’s Mustard Bath
Available at both of our Bella Trio locations! Dr. Singha’s Mustard Bath is a crowd favorite with Bella Trio staff and guests. While single-use packets make great testers, 8 oz. cans are the best value for frequent bathers. P.S. you’ll want the 8 oz. can for yourself.
Massage Therapy Gift Card
Click here to purchase a Bella Trio gift! A small box can go a long way. The perfect thing for yourself is the gift of a Massage Therapy session. It absolutely ensures total relaxation for you or someone you love gives the gift of time.
After you’ve taken a break from work meetings, remember to take time and take care of yourself. For the month of January, we’re offering 10% off all bath fizzers, Dr. Singha’s Mustard Bath products, body scrubs, night creams, facial masks, and travel-sized shampoos and travel-sized hair masques! Give yourself the time of day and care you need.
“Massage is where the physical and mental meet.”
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