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The holiday season is officially here and with it comes the inevitable holiday stress. Feeling overwhelmed can ruin this festive time of year. So, when you start the holiday shopping, hoping to get everyone on your list a little something they’ll love, why not make an extra effort to take care of you? It isn’t sELFish to take care of yourself. It’s the season of joy, and we are suppose to be merry, so allow yourself time to enjoy the season. Remember to slow down, breathe, celebrate and rejoice.  

What comes up for you during the holidays? Joy? Sadness? Depression? Loneliness? The loss of a loved one? Experiencing a multitude of emotions can really take its toll. 

Life is hectic enough with the everyday stressors of working long hours, fighting traffic, caring for aging parents and debt from holiday spending. Then, there’s the added pressure of holiday travel, office parties, children’s wish lists and frenzied last-minute shopping. 

Block Off Time for Yourself 

Soothe your holiday stress with self-care activities that will help you feel relaxed throughout the holidays. Managing stress, especially during the chaotic holiday season, can be key to maintaining your overall health. Studies show stress can also break down your immune system, making you more susceptible to the common cold or flu. Why not make an extra effort to take care of you?  

Give yourself the freedom to connect and unwind with our vitality signature massage, which includes partial heated stones, aromatherapy and warm compresses. Many people think of massages as merely luxuries, indulgences that someone gives you as a gift. Nevertheless, receiving a massage monthly throughout the year may lessen the risk of being sick. Commit to a wellness regimen that will help you stay healthy throughout the year.  

An added benefit is reducing medical costs and lost time at work. It’s clear that massages are a great way to relieve the crazy amounts of stress we face during the holiday season and keep you healthier all year long.  

But, also consider this: bringing out the holiday décor can result in strains, sprains and muscle pains. It’s also important to stay active and not become lethargic as the cool weather approaches. Diet and exercise, along with massages, are key to being healthy and a great way to provide self-care. All the to-dos of the season are easier to accomplish when you have taken care of your own needs first.  

Regular massage therapy can:  

  • Make you feel and perform better 
  • Increase circulation 
  • Enhance the immune system 
  • Promote nervous system functioning 
  • Reduce blood pressure 
  • Relieve pain and muscle tension 
  • Improve mood 
  • Improve intellectual reasoning 
  • Improve job performance 
  • Promote positive effects on conditions such as fibromyalgia, arthritis, diabetes, migraine headaches and sciatica nerve pain as a natural drug-free, alternative for easing body aches. 

Stay warm and cozy this winter in our Far Infrared Sauna. We invite you to share this experience with your significant other, family member or friend. Sauna and massage are the perfect complements to rebalancing the mind and body. Both reduce stress, increase blood circulation, promote more relaxed muscles, improve sleep patterns and mental focus, all of which are favorable outcomes for getting through the fall and winter months.  

We want to warmly invite you to experience the health and wellness that massage and our Far Infrared Sauna have to offer. Call or go online at today to schedule your winter pre-season massage therapy sessions.  

The good news is you don’t have to let stress ruin your holidays!  

Getting a massage is a great way to help you feel rejuvenated. Try a vitality signature massage to help make this holiday season less stressful and put yourself first for a change!  

As the holidays approach, stuffing those stockings with massage gift certificates will be a very welcoming and healthy gift.  

Caring for one’s self is one of the most important gifts you can give yourself and other people in your life. My wish for all of you is to enjoy the holiday season. Please visit us at A Valley of Vitality Wellness Studio to help you through the holiday season. QCBN  

By Amanda Barnett 



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