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Sleep.

If you’re getting enough sleep, you can skip reading this post. Chances are the rest and rejuvenation required to meet the energy needs of your day is elusive. Sleep hygiene, habits and practices that are conducive to sleeping well on a regular basis, is the latest in things that we should all be doing every day.  However, the mere thought of adding one more ‘must do’ to the list can be exhausting. Still, without a solid 7-8 hours to restore energy, over time sleep depletion starts to show itself in  irritability, forgetfulness, headaches and even depressed mood. Ironically, a body and mind that don’t know how to slow down can result in insomnia. After a while, something has to give. There are no guaranteed tricks to getting a good night’s sleep.  The first step though can be as simple as acknowledging that restorative sleep is as essential as good food…

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Massage as we age

“Age, eh?” After turning 50 so  many conversations start this way.  Two simple words, so many meanings and the context ensures there is no doubt what is the reference.  If you know what this refers to then you are part of a club that puts you on a level playing ground with others who have aches and pains that no longer disappear after a good night’s sleep.

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Dry brushing.

An easy way to slough off winter Get smoother, glowing skin. Calm your mood. Provide gentle stimulation of the lymphatic system. A few minutes a day of dry brushing can achieve all of the above. Special care is required to ensure that lymph fluid is not moved towards the area in which lymph nodes have been surgically removed. The best effects of dry brushing are achieved when the natural flow of lymph is followed. Gentle circular movements of the dry brush starting: Near the heart Descend down the arm to the finger tips, then back up to the heart. Repeat on the other arm. Top of the torso to the belly button and back up to the heart area. Below the belly button to the top of the legs. Top of the leg to the toes and back up. Repeat on the other leg. Under your chin and down your…

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Focus on unwinding your stress

Stress can be compared to the effects of water on  rock; the more stress we have and the longer it is with us, the deeper are the marks it leaves on us.  Stress is more than feeling overwhelmed and agitated.  It is a physiological response that starts a cascade of  changes, many of which wear us down over time.  Massage therapy can help to counteract the effects of stress and provide renewed energy.