7 Easy Tips to Help You Relax and Beat Stress
How are you feeling today?
If the answer is ‘stressed’, you’re not alone. A staggering 83 percent of Canadian adultsexperience stress on a regular basis, due largely to financial worries.
But there’s more to stress than just money. Research reveals work, time and family play a parttoo.
Think it’s no big deal? Stress can be more harmful than you might believe. It’s known to cause such serious physical and emotional difficultiesas:
We all need to take stress seriously and try to minimize its impact on our health. But that’s easier said than done when so many of us are so busy. Simply finding a few minutes for yourself each day can be something of a challenge.
Yet you must carve time out of your schedule to combat stress as best you can. And the following 7 tips can help you do just that.
1. Walk it Off
The last thing you might feel like doing when you’re stressed is grabbing your sneakers and going for a run. But you don’t need to pound the sidewalks to work negative feelings out of your body.
A nice, relaxing walk can work wonders. It minimizes tension in the main muscle groups and encourages deeper breathing. Take a stroll through your favorite neighborhoods or scenic routes (the local beach, a nature trail) to get away from everyday surroundings.
Walking is a great way to unwind on your lunch break too. You’ll feel revitalized and more focused when you get back to your desk.
2. List the Positive Aspects of Your Life
Grab a pen and paper or open a blank document on your computer/phone/tablet.
Ready? Start listing everything you feel grateful for in your life. This may be:
Put anything and everything that brings you joy (directly or indirectly) on the page. And delve deeper, if you have time. What is it about each item that makes you so happy? How can you focus on them more to increase their positive effect on your life?
This promotes a more optimistic outlook and gives your mind a break from negative thoughts. Try this every day or whenever you have time.
3. Practice Meditation (Even 5 Minutes Will Do)
You may feel skeptical about meditating if you’ve never tried it before. But it’s been shown to reduce stress and anxiety— even in short bursts.
You don’t need to head up into the mountains or down to the shoreline to meditate. You can do it almost anywhere.
Try to find a quiet, calm spot in or around your workplace or home. You can always wear headphones or earplugs to shut unwanted sounds out. Listen to relaxing music or white noise if you need to.
Sit or lie down on a comfortable floor or seat. Close your eyes and breathe deeply. Focus on the act of respiration: in, hold, out. Take each new inhalation and exhalation as it comes.
Concentrate on the way you feel in the moment, rather than anything that came before or lies ahead.
If you can only spare five minutes, meditate for five minutes. If you can spare 20 minutes, do it for 20 minutes. Don’t avoid it just because you think you need longer. Reducing your stress levels is always good, no matter how brief it may be to start with.
4. Make Time to Help Yourself Feel Special
Making yourself feel special and pampered is a simple way to relax. Don’t worry about extravagance: even the most cost-effective spa treatment can be a welcome luxury.
A manicure, pedicure, facial, or treatment offers a valuable chance to unwind. Squeeze a session into your lunch break or rejig your schedule to treat yourself, even if it’s just once a month.
Your beauty therapist may be open to talking while they work too. You might find it’s easier to discuss daily stresses with them than a friend, relative or colleague.
Simply talking about your problems, especially with someone with first-hand experience of said issues, can alleviate stress.
5. Have a Massage
A professional massage can help reduce stress and encourage relaxation.
A Swedish massage is one of the most common types. This is fantastic for relieving tension and stimulating healthy circulation. You’ll feel calmer and looser by the end.
Hot stone, deep-tissue and reflexology massageswork deeper muscles to promote positive feelings. You may want to start with a Swedish massage and work your way up to these more intense (yet still exquisite) techniques.
A good massage therapist cultivates a serene environment to help even the most stressed client relax.
6. Take an Organized Approach to Tackling Stress
Remember when we suggested making a list of the positives in your life earlier?
Let’s try this methodical approach to tackling the sources of your stress.
Make a note of the key factors contributing to your issues.
Each of these scenarios is difficult, to be sure. But you may be able to find a solution or just see them from a fresh perspective that makes coping easier.
Explore the options available to you and don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it.
7. Make Plans for a Well-earned Vacation or Treat
Start planning a vacation or a way to treat yourself right now. This might be a trip to the coast with your family or a weekend at a luxurious hotel. Perhaps you want to go see a movie or reacquaint yourself with an old hobby.
Whatever you do, give yourself something good to look forward to. This may help you endure a stressful period and feel you’ve earned your reward by the time it’s over.
We hope these 7 tips help you reduce your stress levels and feel more relaxed.
If you want to pamper yourself with a pedicure, manicure, facial treatment or massage, we’re here to help.
Astra Medi Spa’s treatments are performed by qualified experts committed to delivering a luxurious experience that leaves you feeling and looking your best.
Just get in touch or drop in and see us today!
IV Therapy: Everything You Need to Know
Have you considered trying IV therapy?
If so, you’re not alone. IV therapyhas gained serious traction in the past couple of years, praised for its power to rejuvenate and reinforce bodies of all ages.
A-list celebrities like Adele and Chrissy Teigen (to name a few) have helped bring it into the mainstream, sparking discussions on news websites and social media.
But how does IV therapy work? And why should you think about trying it for yourself?
What is IV Therapy?
Intravenous therapy is a well-known procedure in hospitals and clinics worldwide. You might have been attached to a drip yourself, or at least seen them in movies and television shows.
Doctors and nurses use IV drips so often because they’re the fastest, most direct way to deliver fluids into patients’ bloodstreams. The body absorbs far more nutrients administered through an IV than in a pill or capsule, as the fluid bypasses the gastrointestinal system completely.
But it’s not just a medical solution anymore — a growing number of spas (including ours) offer IV therapy as a cutting-edge health and beauty treatment.
A convenient solution for modern lives
Our IV therapy involves introducing a specific formula of nutrients to the bloodstream, tailored to suit clients’ personal needs or goals. This is a convenient, effective option for busy lifestyles — we all know just how hard trying to get the good stuff your body needs through food, drink and supplements is. And the costs can mount up faster than you realize too.
Common additions to IV therapy formulas include vitamins A, C, and D, Glutathione and more along with amino acids and essential minerals. Your therapist will discuss your physical requirements and help you choose the right IV therapy for best results.
Why is it So Popular?
We’re more concerned with health and wellbeing than ever today. Research shows the global market for it will reach $815 billion by 2021, mainly driven by health-conscious millennials.
But millions of us also lead busy lives and find staying on top of health, fitness and nutritional-intake a real challenge. We work long shifts. We raise families. We try to fit as much into each day as we can.
Fortunately, IV therapy fits neatly into any schedule and offers one of the most practical, simplest ways to boost the body’s immune system, help yourself feel better and get the nutrition you need. People tend to feel noticeably energized and better overall after each IV therapy session.
You’ll cut down on the amount of money and time you usually spend picking up multiple supplements at the store too. You can stay hydrated and reduce your risk of feeling rundown due to vitamin-deficiencies with a single treatment (helpful if you’ve been drinking alcohol ahead of a big day, such as on the eve of a wedding).
But remember: a good diet and regular exercise remain fundamental to a healthy lifestyle. IV therapy is an excellent addition to both, but not a replacement.
How Does IV Therapy Combat the Ageing Process?
We all age. We all notice differences in the way we look and feel. We all wish we could stay young for a little bit longer.
But IV therapy can help slow the ageing process by giving your system so many of the antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and amino acids it craves. Your skin will look and feel better; you may have more energy and agility too.
Good, nutritious IV therapy helps to boost the body’s healing capabilities, encouraging tissue to recover faster. The extra hydration prevents the skin becoming dry.
Collagen-boosting and anti-inflammatory treatments can reduce the visibility of wrinkles, sagging skin and acne for smoother, more youthful.
Astra Medi Spa’s team offers multiple IV therapy options:
Our therapists will discuss your chosen treatment in detail to ensure you understand exactly what benefits it offers, how it works and what results you can expect. We’re here to set your mind at ease and help you make an informed choice.
Am I a Good Candidate for IV Therapy?
IV therapy is a terrific treatment for most people.
At its most basic, it works well for anyone experiencing jet lag or feeling rundown after a hectic few weeks. One session can leave looking revitalized and in a better state of mind.
IV therapy is also a fantastic way to kickstart a healthier lifestyle. If you’ve followed a ‘bad’ diet, drank too much alcohol on a regular basis and been sedentary, this treatment can flush toxins from your body in preparation for more sensible habits.
It’s also a good option if you’re particularly lacking in vitamins C, D or other beneficial nutrients included in our range of IV therapy options.
Our experts are happy to discuss your thoughts and offer advice before you commit to any one of our treatments, so don’t be afraid to ask for additional information or help.
How can I Book IV Therapy at Astra Medi Spa?
Decided to try Astra Medi Spa’s IV therapy for yourself?
You can book your therapy and speak to a member of our teamby email, phone or in person — feel free to drop in and see us at 210 Main Street North, Brampton any day of the week.
What Is a Reflexology Massage and What Can It Do for You?
Looking for a new way to relax, pamper yourself and do your body some good?
Try a reflexology massage.
This is a popular choice for our patients here in Brampton, and it’s easy to see why. Reflexology massages offer a number of tempting benefits, including:
A reflexology massage is a fantastic treatment to try when you visit our spa, whether on its own or alongside other treatments.
But how does it actually work?
How a Reflexology Massage Works
Reflexology is intended to help stimulate the body’s natural healing capabilities and achieve a harmonious balance, encouraging a positive, relaxed state of mind and being.
This form of massage has a long and fascinating history. The practice of manipulating pressure points on the feet, hands and legs dates back hundreds of years, even as far back as Ancient Egypt.
Various ages-old paintings contain illuminating references to massage and reflexology, revealing that the rejuvenating power of bodily touch has held immense appeal to people regardless of their culture, beliefs and environment.
However, what we know as the modern form of reflexology was popularized in the early 20th century. Since then, it has helped countless people enjoy relief from stress and tension-related headaches — and it could do the same for you.
The process of reflexology massages
Reflexology massages are different to more traditional options (Swedish massage, hot stone massage etc.), but still help you unwind and feel better.
The basics remain the same: it’s just you, your massage therapist, and their skilled hands. You’re invited to lie down, get comfortable and relax. The room is prepared to be a calming, soothing environment in which you can tune into your body’s sensations, rather than the stresses, strains and distractions of daily life.
Yet there’s a little more to reflexology than just working knots and tension out. It has a wide-ranging effect throughout other parts of your physique, which may come as a surprise if you’ve never experienced this type of massage before.
The main points of a reflexology massage
A reflexology massage involves applying pressure to specific parts of the body, usually on the feet, legs and hands. While the therapist uses their fingers only, their touch is firm, strong and measured to achieve a specific response.
A massage therapist can manipulate many areas of the feet, legs and hands during reflexology. It’s a complex system that demands extensive training and practice to master.
Focusing on key reflex points affects corresponding areas and organs, creating a pleasant sensation where you may not necessarily expect to feel one. Careful, precise placement and movement of the fingers sends signals through the nervous system: not only do you get to enjoy the sensual satisfaction of the initial touch, but the resulting reaction sent through your body too.
Which parts of your legs and feet will be touched during your reflexology massage? Here are a few examples of reflex areas and their corresponding body parts:
The importance of communication
If you’ve never had a reflexology massage before, it’s a different experience to a traditional foot massage. It’s still relaxing and designed to leave you refreshed, but obviously more pressure must be applied to the target spots to trigger the desired reaction.
But don’t worry: your therapist will make sure you feel comfortable and aware of what they’re doing throughout the treatment.
After all, communication is vital to maximize the physical, emotional and mental pleasure of any massage — and reflexology is no different. Our therapists have the skills, training and dedication to outstanding service to listen to your personal needs and create a revitalizing massage in return.
Perhaps you’re feeling stressed about a difficult situation at work or are struggling to handle a new type of responsibility imposed on you. Maybe you suffer from tension headaches and find them disrupting your sleep or enjoyment of downtime. Or you could even just feel the need for a little reinvigoration now and then.
Whatever your individual issues, expectations and requests, Astra Medi Spa’s team is committed to making your reflexology massage everything it can be. Just be honest, tell us exactly what you’re hoping for and let us handle the rest.
Relieving Stress and Tension through Reflexology
Stress, frustration, anxiety and physical discomfort can all make life harder than it has to be, especially if they get in the way of your ability to concentrate on work, family and other commitments properly.
That’s why we should all take time out of our schedule to indulge in activities we enjoy and take care of ourselves. Research shows dedicating a day to your own rest and wellbeingcan:
And this is especially relevant when you consider that one in four Canadians blame stressfor their deciding to quit their job and 30 percent of people (aged from 35 to 54) describe most days as ‘stressful’.
Speak to your therapist about any physical or emotional difficulties you may be having before your reflexology massage. This equips them with the details they need to make your experience as beneficial as they can.
Astra Medi Spa’s team offers reflexology massages for the feet and legs, priced between $70 - $115. These are performed to the same high standard of professionalism and safety as all of our treatments, ideal to help you unwind. Sessions tend to last no longer than 60 minutes.
You can book your reflexology massage as a standalone treatment or to complement another (such as a facial or a manicure). Want to know more about our reflexology massages in Brampton or any of our other treatments? Want to discuss our current special offers?
Just reach out and get in touchnow. We look forward to seeing you!
Why Should You Try a Deep Tissue Massage?
During a deep tissue massage, therapists don’t just use their fingers to apply firm pressure to the body — they rely on their elbows, knuckles and forearms too.
Sounds daunting? While it might sound intense, such a rigorous technique targets deeper muscle tissue (as the name suggests) than those used in other treatments, making a deep tissue massage a fantastic way to treat a range of skeletal or muscular problems.
What are the Benefits of a Deep Tissue Massage?
Our expert therapists offer deep tissue massages that can:
More than 70 percent of working Canadian adultsclaim to suffer with stress at times. Prolonged stress poses a real risk to your health, with links to heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, anxiety, depression and other problems.
We all need to find ways to relieve stress for the good of our physical and mental health. A deep tissue massage can reduce levels of stress hormones in the body and encourage relaxation, leaving you in a better, more positive mood.
Treating yourself to a massage gives you a reason to take much-needed ‘me time’: just clear your mind of those stressful thoughts and focus on how good the therapist’s touch feels.
Increase Flexibility and Mobility
Deep tissue massage targets connective tissues, muscles, ligaments, joints and tendons using firm but precise movements. As a result, you should notice an improvement in your flexibility and mobility — ideal if you lead an active lifestyle but feel stiff after strenuous exercise.
A deep tissue massage may help if you want to practise yoga, improve your posture or achieve more fluid movement when dancing too.
Break Scar Tissue Down
After an injury or surgery, scar tissue forms in the affected area during the healing process. This may limit your flexibility and cause some discomfort over time.
A deep tissue massage causes scar tissue to break down, reducing the amount of tightness or restriction you may feel in specific parts of your body.
Combat Chronic Pain and Aches
Deep tissue massages can help relieve chronic pain and aches, particularly in the lower or upper back, neck and shoulders.
You should speak with your massage therapist in an honest, open way during the treatment: let them know which areas are most uncomfortable, whether they’re applying too much pressure and if their touch is too firm. The more you interact and inform, the more effective your deep tissue massage will be.
Help Overcome Injuries
An injury related to sports or accidents (such as whiplash) can be painful, debilitating and disruptive to your lifestyle. You may be unable to work or perform everyday tasks — and that’s a big problem.
A deep tissue massage can ease the lingering effects of an injury, reducing inflammation and encouraging knots to unfold. Any tightness or discomfort may become less noticeable and inhibiting after your treatment.
As you can see, there are multiple reasons why a deep tissue massage can help you feel better, more agile, more flexible and less stressed. Astra Medi Spa’s therapists have years of combined experience and training, empowering them with the skills to perform the right deep tissue massage for your body.
Want to book yours? Get in touchwith our team now!
What are the Main Causes of Unhealthy Skin?
It’s easy to feel self-conscious if your skin looks unhealthy: your complexion is one of the first things people notice about you, especially if it’s affected by a particularly visible condition like acne, blemishes, rashes or eczema.
We all need to take care of our skin to keep it looking (and feeling) healthy. How can you make this easier for yourself? By understanding the biggest causes of unhealthy skin and taking action to reduce their impact.
Unhealthy Skin Cause #1: Smoking
Smoking is one of the worst things you can do for your body. It’s terrible for you inside and out — and it makes a bigger impact on your skin than you may realize.
Here are just a few of the skin problems smoking can cause:
Unhealthy Skin Cause #2: Dehydration
If your body lacks the proper hydration over a prolonged period, you may notice your skin starts to lose its usual color, feels dry and even has more fine lines than normal.
Drink plenty of water (at least eight large glasses a day, though you may need more if you lead an active lifestyle) to stay hydrated and give your skin the moisture it demands. Try to get into the habit of drinking water wherever you are — at work, relaxing on the couch, seeing friends etc.
Unhealthy Skin Cause #3: Bad Diet
Most of us indulge in the foods we know aren’t exactly great for us from time to time. The occasional treat is fine as part of a healthy lifestyle — but if you’re devouring junk food every day, you could be damaging your skin’s health.
Your skin is the body’s biggest organ, and like other organs, it needs the proper nutrition to function at its best. A lack of vitamins and minerals will take a noticeable toll on your skin over time.
Aim to eat more of the following foods:
Unhealthy Skin Cause #4: UV Radiation
Spending too much time in the sun is incredibly bad for your skin. At its most extreme, excessive sun-exposure can increase your risk of skin cancer. At a more superficial level, though, it may leave your skin leathery, prone to dark spots and increased wrinkles.
Make sure you cover up and wear high-SPF sunblock when you know you’re going to be in direct sunlight for long periods. Apply sunblock even on overcast days for maximum protection.
5 Key Benefits of Body Contouring Treatments
We’re all dissatisfied with certain aspects of our appearance. Maybe you just can’t get rid of your double chin no matter how healthily you eat or how often you exercise. Maybe your wrinkles make you look and feel older than you are.
Whatever the issue, body contouringis a fantastic way to transform those parts of your body you feel unhappy with, offering real benefits for all body types. Let’s take a look at 5 key benefits Astra Medi Spa’s Sheerwave body contouring treatment offers …
A Non-invasive Way to Reduce Fat
When a healthier lifestyle and regular exercise fail to give you the body you dream of, you may think cosmetic surgery is your only option. But that’s not the case — Sheerwave body contouring is a non-invasive, effective alternative.
This uses ultrasound to target fat cells and liquefy their fat, which is simply metabolized or removed from the body naturally. Radio frequency (RF) is utilized in the body contouring process too, stimulating collagen production by heating the skin. This leads to tightening and smoothing in any areas affected.
No need to put your body through surgery. No long recovery process. Just visible results over time.
Target Fine Lines and Wrinkles
Wrinkles and fine lines are natural signs of ageing, but that doesn’t mean you have to accept them. They can be hard to live with if you feel yours are more visible than they should be, adding extra years to your age.
Sheerwave body contouring tightens the skin in your face to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
Restore Firmness to Skin
As we age, the body produces less collagen and elastin, creating saggier skin. This is a common complaint, but it affects some people more than others. You may feel self-conscious about your loose skin and find your clothing choices limited.
Our Sheerwave body contouring can target different parts of your body, such as the stomach, thighs, buttocks, hips, arms and face. The device creates a smoother, more streamlined appearance wherever it’s applied.
Reduce Visibility of Cellulite
Countless women are affected by cellulite, especially as the menopause approaches. Hormonal changes, smoking and prolonged sitting have all been associated with cellulite.
But body contouring is a simple way to reduce cellulite, tightening the skin to look smoother and younger.
Eliminate Stubborn Pockets of Fat
Some fat just can’t be shifted through eating right and working out. Stubborn pockets of fat can be infuriating and even upsetting, but body contouring can make a lasting impact through ultrasound.
Again, this is a major advantage as there’s no need for traditional liposuction or other invasive procedures.
Book your Body Contouring Treatment
Astra Medi Spa’s Sheerwave body contouring can be used on your:
Your therapist will talk you through the body contouring process and give you all the answers you need to feel relaxed. And if you purchase 7 sessions, we’ll give you the 8th free of charge!
Want to book your own treatment right here in Brampton? Just get in touchwith our helpful team today!
What’s it Really Like to Get a Chemical Peel?
Ever considered a chemical peel?
If so, you’re not alone. This treatment has become an increasingly popular option for women and men alike, with more than 1.3 millionperformed in the United States alone in 2017. But what’s it actually like? And why should you try it for yourself?
Join us as we take a look …
How Does a Chemical Peel Work?
If the name sounds a little extreme to you, relax: a chemical peel is nothing to be worried about. The process involves applying a safe form of acid to the face, which works to break the top layers down and reveal smoother, brighter skin beneath.
The acid creates a controlled, safe reaction in the skin to promote the production of collagen, prompting the skin to effectively regenerate. As a result, your face not only looks younger and healthier than before, but actually feels better too.
This makes a chemical peel a great option to keep your skin at its most youthful as you age, due to the body’s gradual drop in collagen-production.
It’s that simple.
What Else Do I Have to Know about Chemical Peels?
What types of chemical peels are available?
There are different degrees of chemical peel, with some designed to penetrate deeper into the skin than others. For example, if you have severe acne scars or sun spots, a medium-depth chemical peel can make a big difference.
A chemical peel reduces the visibility of common signs of ageing too, such as fine lines and wrinkles.
How long does the treatment last?
The amount of time the acid stays on your face varies based on the target penetration-depth and goals. You’ll be given key details like this before the treatment itself, for your own peace of mind.
The recovery period differs in length according to the type of chemical peel too, but it’s generally between five and seven days. Ointments should be applied to the skin to help the healing process along, but again, you’ll be given clear advice on all this before your chemical peel.
Multiple treatments may be required over time to keep your skin looking and feeling amazing. Chemical peels are effective on all skin types too.
Who will perform my chemical peel?
At Astra Medi Spa, our Medical Bright-Chemical Peel is only performed by a registered nurse to ensure the highest standards of safety and accuracy.
You want to feel reassured the person working on your skin has the qualifications, experience and knowledge to achieve the results you’re looking for. And that’s why we’re committed to giving you the best experience — every single time.
You’ll be genuinely amazed by the your skin’s radiance after the chemical peel: it’ll feel tighter to the touch, look more even and have a youthful glow. Wrinkles, fine lines, sun spots, acne scars and blemishes will all be less visible.
What are the Benefits of Compression Therapy?
Compression therapy is a popular spa treatment designed to increase circulation in specific parts of the body, typically the legs.
While many of us may be used to wearing compression socks while taking a long flight, compression garments can be incredibly effective at treating a number of conditions and medical complaints. You might need to wear them on a regular basis to relieve discomfort and encourage movement in affected limbs.
What problems can compression therapy treat, and how does it work?
Compression Therapy as Treatment for Medical Conditions
Compression garments apply consistent but gentle pressure to the target areas, stretching the vein walls to achieve numerous benefits. These include:
Compression garments are elasticated to create sufficient constriction, usually at the ankle, affecting the rest of the limb. If you currently experience problems with circulation, compression therapy can reduce the risk of symptoms worsening down the line.
This treatment may be effective for a variety of conditions or issues. One of the most common is lymphedema, in which excess lymph fluid pools in tissues due to a blockage in the arms or legs. Lymphedema can be painful and impede movement of the affected limbs over time, having a significantly-disruptive impact on your life.
Compression therapy can help relieve discomfort, reduce swelling and stimulate movement of the collected fluids. You may be able to enjoy a more active lifestyle with regular use of compression garments.
Other issues compression therapy can aid include:
Professional therapists offer safe, relaxing compression therapy designed to provide the benefits outlined above. The amount of constriction applied varies from one client to the next, based on your conditions or goals.
Causes of Venous Diseases
You may be at risk of venous diseases (varicose veins, leg swelling etc.) if you:
There are various things you can do to help your legs stay healthy and reduce your risk of venous problems. Make an effort to:
How can I Receive Compression Therapy in Brampton?
Astra Medi Spa offers compression garment fitting as part of our Lymphedema Therapy treatment. This is an effective way to ease the symptoms of this condition and encourage proper lymphatic drainage.
Compression garment fitting is just one part of the lymphedema treatment available: massages and light exercise can be effective on the affected areas too. Our experts also provide you with insights into managing your lymphedema in your daily life, helping you deal with the condition as best you can.
Want to know more about how our compression garment fitting can help you? Have questions about our lymphedema therapy? Please don’t hesitate to contact Astra Medi Spa’s dedicated team.
7 Expert Tips to Keep Your Legs Healthy
Your legs go through a lot in an average day. Climbing stairs, pounding out miles on the treadmill, squatting, playing sports, walking along uneven pavements, taking knocks and bruises from those tiny accidents you barely even notice … it’s easy to overlook just how resilient your legs are.
But as you get older, your legs may start to show signs of poor health, which can affect your mobility and — as a result — your overall quality of life.
That’s why you have to do whatever you can to keep your legs healthy. And here are 7 expert tips to help you do just that.
There are plenty of reasons to stop smoking right now, and your leg health is just one of them.
Smoking makes your blood vessels thinner and harder, contributing to bad circulation. One condition affecting smokers is Buerger’s disease, which causes clots in your arm- and leg-veins, posing a danger of tissue damage or gangrene.
Eat a Healthier Diet
Make an effort to reduce the amount of salt and saturated fats you consume on a daily basis, as this can lower your risk of forming varicose veins.
Try to get more fruits, vegetables, nuts, cayenne pepper, dark chocolate and green tea into your diet as well. All of these help improve circulation.
Put your Feet Up
Sitting or standing for hours and hours every day can leave your legs feeling sore or heavy (possibly even swollen). As gravity leads blood down toward your feet, elevating them helps encourage better circulation.
Consider wearing compression socks if you’re going to be driving or sitting down for hours without being able to move around.
Get More Exercise
Exercise however and whenever you can, whether that’s a brisk walk around the block, a half hour on a treadmill or playing volleyball with friends.
You’ll get your blood flowing and be toning muscles in your legs, boosting your stamina and strength. Exercise can be helpful if you have varicose veins too, though avoid high-impact activities like running as this can put extra pressure on affected veins.
Manage your Weight
Overweight people are more likely to develop varicose veins, due to the additional pressure caused by the excess weight.
Being heavier than you should be puts extra strain on your knees and hips, disrupting your mobility in the long term. If you live a sedentary lifestyle and have put weight on, adopt a healthier diet and try to exercise more to avoid placing undue pressure on your legs.
Take a Cool Shower
A cool shower or bath will increase your heart rate and your circulation, clearing blocked arteries and helping your blood flow stay strong after you’ve dried off.
Consider Compression Therapy
Wearing compression socks or stockings may be recommended for long flights or drives, but they can actually benefit your legs health in everyday life too.
Compression therapy help ease varicose veins by encouraging better blood flow and reducing discomfort. Stockings and socks apply pressure at the ankles and feet, giving your circulation a strong push.
Astra Medi Spa’s Physiotherapy treatments include compression garment fitting, for varicose veins, lymphedema and other venous conditions.
Want to book an appointment or talk to a member of our friendly team? Just get in touchwith Astra Medi Spa today.
What are the Benefits of a Prenatal Massage?
Pregnancy takes a physical and mental toll on women at any age, especially first-timers. Aches and pains, weight gain, anxiety, sickness and swollen feet may all leave you feeling far from your best.
You have to take care of yourself. You have to relax and do whatever you can to make the pregnancy easier. And a prenatal massage is a fantastic way to do just that.
Why should you schedule a prenatal massage for yourself or a friend? Let’s take a look at the main benefits …
Alleviate Physical Discomfort
One of the major benefits of a prenatal massage is relief from common aches and pains.
An experienced therapist will know how to ease the following:
Backaches are especially hard to cope with and can be extremely disruptive. You might struggle to get comfortable or even enjoy the build-up to the birth as much as you want to if you’re constantly in pain.
A prenatal massage could make a big difference.
Relieve Anxiety or Depression
Sadly, it’s very common to experience anxiety or depression during pregnancy. Research shows a staggering 52 percent of women have noticed an increase in their anxietyor depression during pregnancy.
Even if you’ve never been affected by either, you may still feel anxious or depressed due to the extreme hormonal changes taking place in your body. Prenatal massages can help to relieve stress and soothe anxiety or depression, easing you into a calmer state of mind.
Boost Blood Circulation
Your blood circulation will improve during a prenatal massage — benefitting yourself and your baby.
How? You’ll both receive more oxygen and nutrients, while your swelling may reduce too. Stimulation of the lymph system boosts your immunity levels and flushes toxins out as well.
Care for your Posture
Pregnancy affects your posture and alignment, especially as your baby grows. This can lead to more discomfort and make standing up straight much, even for brief periods, far harder.
A prenatal massage increases your flexibility and muscle tone, helping you carry the baby’s weight a little easier. Combined with relief of those tiresome aches and pains, better posture makes pregnancy less trying on the body.
A Safe, Comfortable Treatment
Prenatal massages are safe in the majority of cases, though it might not be the best choice if you have diabetes, diarrhoea, extreme nausea, high blood pressure or pre-eclampsia.
But if you are able to have a prenatal massage, your therapist will make sure you’re comfortable throughout the entire treatment. We always use special cushioning and positioning for the safest, most relaxing experience for moms-to-be.
A prenatal massage is a terrific way to pamper yourself and socialize with a friend or loved one in a tranquil environment. Astra Medi Spa offers a diverse range of massage treatments using classic and the latest techniques: hot stone massage, deep tissue massage, Indian head massage and cupping massage all offer their own benefits for people of all ages.
Want to treat yourself? Schedule your prenatal massageat Astra Medi Spa now.
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