West Hartford Massage Therapy (WHMT) provides a soothing, comfortable environment for our clients. Conveniently located in West Hartford Center for over twenty years, WHMT is dedicated to supporting you in taking better care of yourself: releasing tension, overcoming pain, and finding a way toward
Reaching Out for a Happier, Healthier You
There is light at the end of the tunnel, and although it may not look like it today, spring really is right around the corner! Harness a little more patience and continued fortitude, and we’ll soon be enjoying long, warm days and bright sunshine-creating the ongoing challenge being able to step outside of our busy lives long enough to truly enjoy it. It’s a challenge I know I’ve faced since I began building my career.
After graduating college with a degree in Literature in 1976, I returned to Manhattan and found a job in publishing. On Fridays, when I received my paycheck ($125/week), I would walk to the bank to cash my check. Even then, the city was overpopulated and there were always long lines to see a teller; ATMs only existed in imaginations. I remember constantly checking my watch and bemoaning the fact that my short lunch hour was disappearing into thin air. Everyone on line was grumpy and annoyed because soon we would all have to be back at desks shoveling food into our mouths after having had no real break at all.
Although I had never had a massage, I remember thinking how cool it would be if I just reached out and started massaging the shoulders of the person in front of me. Of course there would be a chain reaction and pretty soon I imagined all of us on the line would get less grumpy, less tense and there would be a lot of smiles. Ah, but I was 21 and way too shy to ever make that first reach.
Connecting on a touch level, even with strangers, has been proved to be beneficial to our health. I found this article in the February 2015 edition of Massage Magazine and would like to share it with you. The article reinforces the important role social supports have in our overall well-being.
Love and light,
Hug Your Way to Health
Hugging provides nurturance and protects people from some effects of stress, according to a press release from Carnegie Mellon University. A group of 404 healthy adults answered questions about their level of social support, including frequency of hugs. They were then exposed to a common cold virus, quarantined and monitored to assess illness and infection. Perceived social support reduced the risk of stress-related cold and infection, and hugs were found to contribute one-third of social support’s protective effect. ‘This suggests that being hugged by a trusted person may act as an effective means of conveying support and that increasing the frequency of hugs might be an effective means of reducing the deleterious effects of stress,’ said the lead researcher Sheldon Cohen, Ph.D. ‘The apparent protective effect of hugs may be attributable to the physical contact itself or to hugging being a behavioral indicator of support and intimacy but either way, those who receive more hugs are somewhat more protected from infection.'”
Reprinted from Massage Magazine, February 2015.
17 Wonderful Ways to Chase
the Winter Blues Away!
Make time to incorporate some of these STRESS BUSTERS into your daily routine. You deserve it!
Schedule a massage (of course)
Get and give more hugs
Do some simple deep breathing
Listen to music
Do some gentle Yoga
Drink tea (studies show black tea can lower post-stress
cortisol levels and increase feelings of relaxation)
Exercise (Endorphin rush post-exercise can reduce stress)
Do Guided Imagery
Take a nap
Hang out with your pet
Talk an easy walk
Kiss someone (Kissing reduces hormones that reduce
stress and anxiety; and it feels good, too!)
Write in a journal (Meditative and reflective, perhaps a gratitude journal)
Dance in your kitchen
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1000 Farmington Avenue
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