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Combine Physical and Spiritual Healing to Attain Whole Health

Complete physical and mental health is best achieved through a holistic lifestyle approach. The following steps suggest how to blend physical and spiritual healing practices to enjoy good health without expensive medical supplements or unrealistic workout routines.

Physical Relaxation

The human body is designed to absorb a certain amount of daily stress, along with occasional traumatic events that spike stress levels. However, chronically high-stress levels can take a toll on your health. Try to get between seven and eight hours of sleep per night, as that is the recommended amount to refresh and rejuvenate the body as well as to promote general health and well-being. Without proper sleep and rest for the body, a person's health is compromised, and you may be more prone to getting sick or feeling poorly. If you just can’t get that much sleep, try yoga or other relaxation methods to put your body to rest.

Mental Mindfulness

Become aware of your feelings and thought patterns concerning various daily issues. Know what upsets you as well as what makes you happy or contented. Look for specific activities that promote different mindsets, and while dealing with the realities of daily living, be sure to include times when you can focus on the things that make life enjoyable and meaningful, and that definitely includes building a positive body image as we work to improve both our physical and mental health. Awareness is the first step to developing a healthy outlook and related behaviors.

Spiritual Healing

According to Healer’s Library, spiritual healing (the form of treatment through meditation or prayer, energy manipulation, and emotional balancing) is used by practitioners all over to help ease people of emotional, physical, and mental ailments. Relaxing the mind and filling it with a spiritual outlook can help to promote relaxation and a yielding of spiritual control and guidance to a belief system that enhances the physical and mental aspects of living.

Lifestyle Balance

Overall, the harmonious blending of these strategies for good health is the key to wellness and happiness. A physically sound body can harbor a mind that is filled with contention, stress, or gloom. Conversely, a worry-free outlook might be housed in a body that is unhealthy in many ways. Similarly, a heavy soul chained to grief or resentment can weigh you down and keep you from achieving a contented frame of mind. The key is to find balance among these lifestyle components, spending time each day to build a healthy body, sustain a sound mind, and nurture a quiet spirit.

This simple but effective approach can lead to health and happiness. Try your blend of activities for success.

Posted on June 21, 2018 and filed under Healthy Living.

4 Natural Ways To Treat Allergies

As most allergy sufferers know, an allergy attack can make your life miserable. During a typical nasal allergy attack, you may experience sneezing, itchy eyes, nasal congestion, malaise, shortness of breath and a headache. Before resorting to prescription or over-the-counter medication, though, consider the following natural ways to treat allergies.

1) Fish

Eating fish may curb your allergies. Fish contains high levels of omega-3 fatty acids, including docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), that reduce inflammation in the body. This is important because an allergy attack is essentially inflammation triggered by your body's immune system. By eating fish and other foods rich in omega-3s, you'll have an easier time managing your allergies. It's important to note that different types of fish have different levels of omega-3 fatty acids. Salmon, herring, and trout all have high levels, making them an excellent food for allergy sufferers.

2) Spa Treatments

Spa treatments also help with allergies. A relaxing massage, for instance, can lower your stress levels and, subsequently, promote proper hormonal balance in your body whereas aromatherapy can relieve sinus congestion and other common symptoms associated with allergies. Some spas even offer salt therapy treatments for people suffering from nasal allergies, skin allergies, and asthma. Additionally, many spas like the use of oils while treating their clients. This is a positive because essential oils can be formulated to be highly therapeutic, and will help you relax if your body has been particular high-strung due to allergies.

3) Bee Pollen

Assuming you aren't allergic to it, consuming bee pollen can increase your body's resistance to allergies in several ways. First, it promotes a healthy immune system by exposing your body to small amounts of new, harmless microbes. Second, it has anti-inflammatory properties that rival common drugs like naproxen and phenylbutazone. Third, bee pollen contains antioxidants that fight allergy-triggering compounds. Start by eating 1/4 teaspoon of bee pollen daily and gradually increase your dosage as needed.

4) Saline Nasal Rinse

Finally, rinsing your sinuses with saline may reduce the severity and frequency of your allergy attacks. Nasal allergy attacks are triggered by the presence of pollen, dust or other airborne allergens in the sinuses. Your body thinks these allergens are trying to invade it, so it responds by producing inflammation. A saline rinse, however, will flush allergens, irritants, and debris from your sinuses, thereby reducing the risk of an allergy attack while allowing you to breathe more freely in the process. As a side benefit, research has shown that saline rinses can shorten the duration of a cold infection.

Unlike antihistamines and other allergy medication, the natural allergy treatments discussed here don't have adverse side effects. Nonetheless, you should consult any new treatments with your primary care physician.

What Self-Massage Can (And Can't) Do For You


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We've all experienced it - tight, achy muscles, tension in the neck or back areas, and painful cramps. Muscles that are over-worked, tense or even stretched can cause pain in so many areas of our body. A natural reaction to the pain is to massage the area. Self-massage helps to work out the cramp or tension, but there are many other benefits, too.

Destress

When the job becomes stressful, or kids are dancing on your last nerve, soothing strokes with your hands or self-massage tools can promote a feeling of calm and well-being. Try using your fingers to gently rake across the corded muscles of your neck while simultaneously moving the head from side-to-side. This relieves tension in the neck and helps you relax. Use some coconut oil mixed with a drop of lavender essential oil and rub onto your feet. With your thumbs, press into the arch of your foot, sliding your thumbs upward along the arch and over the bed of the toes for instant stress relief. You could also place a tennis ball on the floor and roll your foot over it for a great self-massage.

Energize

Instead of coffee or other caffeine in the morning, try an invigorating self-massage. Use coconut oil mixed with a drop or two of peppermint essential oil all over your body. Try quick, short strokes over your arms, down your legs and trunk. Be sure to use your knuckles to knead your lower back quickly. This type of massage will promote blood flow and oxygen. This helps you to shake off sleep and get ready for your busy day. The smell of the peppermint oil opens nasal passages and allows a cooling feeling to invigorate you.

Detoxify

Self-massage has another important health benefit - it helps you to detoxify. Think about it. Your skin covers your whole body, making it your largest organ. When you use self-massage daily, you are promoting blood and oxygen flow, which allows the built-up toxins in your body to be released. Your skin purges the body of these toxins, helping you to stay healthy and feel great.

 

While self-massage has many health and mental benefits, you can only do so much on your own. For a more relaxing and significant health-promoting experience, try a professional, full-body massage or similar spa treatment.

Posted on June 19, 2018 and filed under Massage & Bodywork, Healthy Living, Self-care.

5 Ways To Institute Self-Care If You Have Cancer

Article by Scott Sanders for The Pearl Day Spa

Cancer can lead to socioeconomic problems, depression and social isolation, but  a self-care program can help boost self-esteem and self-efficacy while increasing spiritual awareness. Incorporating a combination of techniques within your treatment plan is proven to be more effective than traditional treatment alone, so take time every day to put yourself first.  

1. Do Activities You Enjoy

Going through cancer treatment doesn’t mean you need to completely put your life on hold. Participating in regular activities and hobbies can give you a semblance of normalcy in your life while distracting you from the side effects of treatment. Consider trying a new activity to help boost self-esteem in the process. If you’re feeling up to it, try to maintain rituals like Sunday morning coffee with friends or date night with a spouse so you don’t become disconnected from your life before cancer. 

2. Stay Active To Some Degree

While you want to check with your doctor so you don’t overdo it, there are several benefits that stem from regular exerciseduring treatment. The type, stage and treatment program as well as your current stamina, strength, and fitness level will determine how often you can get physical activity, but positive side effects include:

●     Prevention of loss of muscle mass due to inactivity

●     Maintained or improved physical ability

●      Improved balance (lower risk of falls and broken bones)

●      A boost in mood and self-esteem

●      Lower risk of heart disease, osteoporosis

●      Stress reduction

●      Improved quality of life

●      Less fatigue and nausea

●      Less dependency on others

3. Eat Nutritious Foods

It can be difficult to eat through cancer treatment due to severe nausea, but it’s important to try to eat a nutritious dietwhenever you can. Experts suggest lean protein (think fish, chicken, eggs, beans, dairy), healthy fats such as avocados, olive oil and fruits and vegetables of all colors. If you’re feeling nauseous, opt for plain pasta, rice, or noodles; saltine crackers; oatmeal; and ginger and peppermint teas and chews. If you have no appetite, experiment with more frequent, smaller meals and/or high-protein shakes, soups, or smoothies. When food starts to smell good again, you know you’re on the road to recovery. 

4. Embrace Spiritual Awareness

Spiritual awareness is an important part of treatment as studies showthat it can improve cancer patients’ health. This type of soul-searching can be experienced through music, the arts, nature, or a specific experience that inspires gratitude. Practices such as mindfulness, meditation and prayer can also help one achieve a spiritual connection. 

Benefits of spiritual wellness include: 

●     Increased feelings of inner peace and optimism

●     A reduction in anger, depression, anxiety and stress

●     Enhanced quality of life

●     Coping techniques to help you handle the trauma of diagnosis and treatment

5. Use Opioids Wisely

Studies indicate that cancer patients are at a higher risk for opioid dependency — 1 in 10 individuals become chronic opioid users after treatment despite not having a need for the drug. It all comes down to education. Make sure your doctor is thoroughly explaining how to use opioids for pain managementto include how much and how often. The drug should only be taken as a last resort if medication like Tylenol and Motrin doesn’t work. 

Cancer can feel like an unpredictable roller-coaster ride. Feelings of fear, uncertainty, and stress are coupled with moments of happiness, joy, and gratitude. Self-care can be extremely helpful in managing stress and your overall constitution. When both are under control, you’ll feel better physically and mentally, which can help you cope with treatment — and life afterwards. 

For more information like this visit www.cancerwell.org

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