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  1. If you are not extremely busy in today’s society, you are the exception and not the rule. We are all in high gear; we overextend, overachieve, and overstress ourselves with the potential to get to the point of breaking if we allow ourselves. This can have lasting negative effects on our health! Here are a few ways to break the cycle:

     Gratitude

    It is so easy to be upset when things do not go our way. From the moment we spill our coffee, lock our keys in the car, and forget our lunch, a spiral of circumstances can set us off into a tailspin of negativity.

    We can choose to stay in a state of discontent and let that dictate our day, or we can be grateful for the other things in our lives even if they are not present in front of us right now.

    Did you ever notice that when something nice happens, we tend to smile for a moment and then move on? However, when something goes wrong, we feel the need to tell everyone and anyone that will listen. It is in those exact moments that we need to focus on what we are grateful for, and that is how we can instantly change our perspective and attitude.

    Keeping the focus on gratitude offers your mind something to smile about, regardless of outside circumstances. Focusing on people, places, and even things that make you grateful, gives your mind a break from stress!

     Stillness

    Most people have a busy schedule; that is a fact. We all tend to create schedules that are overflowing and then complain that we do not have time for ourselves! Take a good hard look at your schedule and see what you can delete and what you can delegate. If you are going to have a healthy mind, you need to take care of it just as you would your body, and that means giving it some rest.

    One tip for quieting your mind is to put it on your schedule. Put it in big red pen on your calendar, text yourself a reminder, and place it on your list of things to do this week.

     Stay in the Moment

    Being in the moment has become a cliché and the phrase is very trendy, however, if you really take the time to focus on what it means, you can start to practice quietening your mind.

     Focus on what you are doing at the exact moment you are doing it. If you are washing a dish, focus on the water and be thankful you have it, the soap bubbles and the dish in your hand. When you take time to do this, you will be in the moment and not two days from now when something big is scheduled.

    So, be grateful, relax, and stay in the moment and see what happens!

    Cathy

     

    www.trulyrelaxing.co.uk

     

  2. Should Massage Hurt?

    Have you been wondering if a massage should hurt to be effective?
    If so, you are not alone. Many people believe that a massage should hurt in order to be effective. Well it doesn’t! You’ll be happy to hear that the saying, “No pain, no gain” doesn’t apply to massage therapy. Sometimes the most effective massages are the ones that don’t cause you any pain. Something that feels marvelous, and it’s good for you too! It doesn’t get much better than that!

    Pain versus Discomfort
    Muscles naturally react to any sort of pain. When your muscles feel that your body is about to be injured the reflex to deflect the pain is stimulated. If your massage therapist is ever applying too much pressure, your muscles tighten together to naturally counterattack the force, and that is not a great way to relax.

    Don’t go into the massage thinking there won’t be any discomfort at all though. Pain and discomfort are two different things. People usually describe discomfort as a “good hurt” – especially in reference to getting a massage. When you experience pain during a massage, it is more than discomfort and could even cause bruising or injury.

    Everybody has different tolerances for pain, so a massage that is painful for one person may not be painful for you. If you find that your massage therapist isn’t working between your tolerance levels for pain, then it’s important that you say something. Massages should almost never cause you physical pain and very rarely is it okay for you to be left with marks on your body afterwards.

    If you book a massage with me, I will aim to give you the best massage for you, and a massage is meant to relieve the tension of your muscles so if you feel as though the massage is too much or not enough pressure for comfort, just tell me. Seriously, I want you to, that way you enjoy the massage treatment and I won’t be offended!

     

    Cathy – Truly Relaxing 07903 804273