Love Your Body

If I'd known I was going to live so long, I'd have taken better care of myself.  ~ Leon Eldred.

In other words, whether you love your body or you hate it, you and your body are going to be together all your life, so take care of it. Although we may be getting it right by eating well and exercising, there is another important, often neglected, aspect of self-care. Making the effort to relax, revive and rejuvenate through bodywork is our focus in February.

As an avid tennis player, former water skier and gymnast, as well as being a bit accident prone as a youngster, I have put my body through its share of tribulation and trauma. My body and I appreciate the amazing way bodyworkers can put me all back together, relieving pain and stress and assisting with recovery. My only regret is that I don’t partake often enough.

Our feature article, “Bodywork Goes MAINSTREAM,” on page 14, points out that massage and bodywork is not just for relaxing, but has acquired mainstream use in functional medicine. In addition, we have provided a comprehensive guide to the many unique methods of bodywork, so you can find just the right modality for your own body. As we enter this time of greater self-awareness, we become more conscious of the relationships between the body, mind, emotion and expression of the human spirit through these popular healing modalities.

This month, consider for Valentine’s Day a couples appointment for a massage, or treat yourself to a recovery session with healing essential oils or light therapy. How about a no-touch energy healing with a Reiki student or master, or perhaps a session with a chiropractor that can help with chronic pain such as fibromyalgia without cracking or popping your spine? We have recently learned more about this; it’s called Activator Method Chiropractic Technique.

If you dealing with physical pain make sure you read, “Outsmart Your Pain,” by Maia Rizzi, on page 24, or contact any of our local hypnotherapists for a consultation.

As we have learned, chronic pain is stressful, and we all know stress is a killer. So relax and enjoy the many resources in our community, as described here in our pages, to relieve it.

Here’s to your heart and health this February!


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