Self Care

Healthy tips from massage therapists on back pain, immunity, hydration, more

We are all looking for better ways to take care of ourselves at home but sometimes it is difficult to find good quality home health care tips. Searching the Internet leads to a plethora of articles and blogs from everyone with an opinion – many of whom are unqualified in the subject matter.

When it comes to natural home care remedies, tips, and tricks, massage therapists are an excellent source of information. They not only study these subjects in massage school, many massage therapists are also involved in yoga, Chinese medicine, and other areas which add to their knowledge of natural healing. Estheticians are another great source of information on skin care and skin health.

Below is a summary of a few recent tips for massage therapists and estheticians. Click on any tip for more information:

Sleep with a pillow under legs to reduce low back pain: People with low back pain can find great relief when placing a pillow under their knees while sleeping on their back. This provides support to the hips and low back for resting ease. If you sleep on your side…Read full tip on reducing low back pain.

Drink coconut water for hydration: During these extremely hot days, we need to stay hydrated, especially if like me, you have been sweating a lot!! Coconut water is the natural way to replace your electrolytes and Trader Joe’s has coconut water popsicles, with coconut flakes in them!! Read full tip on coconut water.

How to properly apply eye cream: When applying your daily eye cream always start from the outside corner and move inward with your ring finger. When you apply it the opposite way you are pulling any fine lines outward which we are definitely trying to avoid. Read full tip on applying eye cream.

How to keep your immune system healthy: Our lymphatic system is our body’s first line of defense, and keeping our lymph flowing is crucial. Our lymph, unlike our blood, does not have a pump to keep it moving. If you get swollen lymph nodes or swelling in your extremities this may be a sign of stagnant lymph. There are some simple yet effective self care methods to help your lymph flow properly that I would like to share with you. Read full tip on immune system health.

Alternating heat and ice can help sore muscles and joints: The next time you have a sore shoulder, wrist, elbow, knee, or other joint try this simple home treatment – alternate ice and heat. This simple technique is used by massage therapists, sport medicine doctors, physical therapists, trainers, and much more. First apply heat to the affected area with a hot towel or other source of heat. The towel should be as hot as you can take it, but not so hot that it will burn you. Read full tip on alternating heat and ice.

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