Beating Workplace Stress

If you are back to work after a break for the holidays, you may be remembering how stressful your job situation can be! Stress is a contributing factor to illness and chronic disease and lowers your satisfaction with your life! Consider making some changes in your workplace to relieve the stress!

Take Care of Yourself

Stressful work situations can involve long hours with too much sitting, skipping meals or relying on unhealthy fast food and excessive caffeine to make it through your day! A stressful work environment may mean you are unable to fully step away from your job, checking email late into the night or never feeling like you are fully off the clock! This is an area you can control, and it is essential to your well-being!

Plan and pack healthy lunches and snacks, drink plenty of water, and make sure that you are taking regular breaks from your desk! Get up and stretch, walk around the office and give your eyes a break from screens. Taking a break from your intense focus can also give you an opportunity to interact with other coworkers, building relationships and a stronger social network with colleagues.

Take care of yourself away from the workplace as well! Make time for regular exercise, healthy eating, and time with family and friends. Let your boss know that you are unable to check email after work hours. Schedule a relaxing therapeutic massage, read a good book, or go see a funny movie! Making more time for you makes life fun and can lower your stress level significantly!

Make Changes

Which parts of your job are the most stressful? Do you have a long commute, a demanding boss, or an overwhelming work load? Which changes could you make? If switching companies does not feel like an option, maybe being allowed to telecommute a few days per week or sitting down with your boss to have a serious conversation about your workload could make a positive difference. Nothing is likely to change unless you commit to making the changes necessary to preserve your health!

Massage Therapy for Seasonal Affective Disorder

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a condition associated with wintertime, when less sunlight and more time indoors can trigger seasonal depression. This condition is recognized as a major depressive disorder and can drastically reduce the quality of life for sufferers.

There are many therapies available to help manage SAD, such as light therapy, exercise, and medication. Another possible treatment is massage therapy! Working with your care provider, massage therapy can be integrated into a treatment plan with positive results. Massage therapy can reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression. Research demonstrates that massage therapy increases the release of neurotransmitters associated with lowering anxiety and decreasing the blood level serums of hormones associated with increased anxiety.

Massage therapy lowers blood pressure, decreases heart rates, and improves circulation to the entire body. Seasonal Affective Disorder can leave sufferers feeling lethargic, but massage therapy can improve mood and helps regulate circadian rhythms, leading to better sleep and restored energy.

A less severe form of seasonal mood disorder, commonly known as the “winter blues” is extremely common and may affect as many as 1 in 5 Americans. Symptoms may include less energy, difficulty waking up in the morning, and changes in the diet such as craving more sugar or starches. Massage therapy is an effective way to help our bodies respond to negative influences, such as reduced sunlight and harsh weather.

Book a massage today and reap the benefits of massage therapy! Even if you do not suffer from a seasonal mood disorder, the positive benefits of massage are great for everyone!

Starting 2018 Off with Better Mental Health

Happy New Year! Now is the time of year for new years resolutions! How can 2018 be a better year than the last one? Many of us are making ambitious plans for weight loss or lofty career goals, but the key to success in meeting many of our resolutions is to have a positive outlook and great mental health!

Better mental health and a great mindset are key to meeting our other goals! Here are some strategies for better mental health in 2018!

1.Identify Triggers

What triggers in your life bring on negative feelings or increase the stress you feel? Identify these triggers and how you can possibly avoid or reduce them this year. A negative work environment or bad relationship are factors you can try to change but other triggers like a chronic health issue may require better coping strategies.

2.Forgive and Forget

Do you have relationship issues that are holding you back? Has someone hurt you or you have hurt someone? Now is the time to practice an attitude of forgiveness, which correlates with better physical health and well-being. Holding on to grudges from issues from the past are not helping you move forward.

3.Strengthen Your Support System

How do you handle the challenges in your life? If you have unhealthy habits for managing challenges in your life like excessive alcohol consumption or binge-watching television, it is time for a change! Surround yourself with positive family members, friends, or colleagues who build you up! If you do not know many people in your area, make it a resolution to join a group, take a class, or reconnect with someone you have lost touch with! Spending time with friends and family, along with healthy coping habits like exercise, reading a good book, or having a massage are some positive changes you can make with good mental health in mind.

4.Count Your Blessings

In the age of social media, it is easy to focus on the things you do not have in life, but having an attitude of gratitude is the key to positive mental health! It is easy to get caught up in the things you don’t have or the way your life is going differently than you hoped, but constantly focusing on the good and positive aspects of your life and force your brain to change, giving you greater joy in your life and your experiences.

5. Be Kinder to Yourself

We are our harshest critics, particularly true for people who struggle with depression or a negative outlook! Pay attention to your inner self-talk and the comments we say to ourselves. When self-compassion takes the place of negative inner self-talk, you become one step closer to bettering your health! Be kinder to yourself as well in understanding that you need time to recharge and rest! Eat healthy food, take vacations, schedule a massage, or spend an afternoon with a good book! You need to treat yourself kindly!

Essential Oils for the Holidays

The Christmas and holiday season is a perfect time to add essential oils! Use them in an aromatherapy diffuser in your home or add some to your next massage! Essential oils can bring seasonal smells to your home, as well as ward off seasonal depression and increase immunity to the cold and flu viruses circulating this time of year. There are many wonderful choices that can be used on their own or combined in a custom blend.


Here are some great essential oils to try!


Pine essential oil makes a lot of sense for this season! Diffuse pine oil in your home to make your house smell like a freshly cut Christmas tree! A benefit of pine is that it can also boost your metabolism, which may help you handle all of the extra calories from holiday eating.


Peppermint is also heavily associated with the Christmas season, showing up in candy canes and other holiday desserts. Peppermint essential oil has a lovely scent, energizes, and promotes relaxation with its cleansing scent. Peppermint oil can also be taken internally to sooth the stomach, easing indigestion, nausea, and gas. Add a few drops to a glass of water and drink before a meal to aid with digestion.


Cedarwood essential oil has a rich, woodsy smell and will make your house smell nice when used in an aromatherapy diffuser. Cedarwood is also detoxifying, stimulates the metabolism, and soothes coughs from winter colds or flu.


Lavender is a summer floral that is not often associated with winter, but it is an excellent addition to an aromatherapy massage. Lavender is a balancing oil, helping the body with pain relief, stress, and insomnia. Its gentle scent is uplifting and may help ward off seasonal depression.

5. Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus oil is an excellent addition to a massage, particularly during cold and flu season. Eucalyptus is an antiseptic agent, it can help ward off germs, as well as eases chest and sinus congestion. Eucalyptus oil is also used during massage to ease sore muscles.

 Keep Warm with a Hot Stone Massage

Winter time is cold, consider warming it up with a Hot Stone Massage!

A hot stone massage is a 90-minute therapeutic massage using perfectly heated stones. The volcanic stones are heated to the perfect temperature and applied to the muscles of the back. Other hot stones are applied to key muscles in the arms and legs and even between the toes.

Hot stones is especially effective for people who need deep tissue therapy. The hot stones loosen the muscles and fascia with their penetrating heat and gentle, gliding pressure. Hot stone therapy is perfect for people who could benefit from a deep tissue massage but are sensitive to the increased pressure that is usually associated with a deep tissue treatment.

Hot Stone massage is excellent for pain relief. Heat is a typical treatment for muscle soreness and the heat from the hot stones helps to relax muscles and tendons, making them more flexible. Heating the muscles of the back before beginning a deep tissue massage helps since massaging muscles that are too tight or strained can be painful. With relaxed muscles, your therapist can penetrate the muscles more deeply to relieve pain.

Hot stone therapy can also improve circulation by opening up the blood vessels and allowing more oxygen and nutrients to reach your muscles. Poor circulation in your extremities can lead to stiff muscles as well as lactic acid buildup. Your therapist will place the stones strategically to help improve the blood flow to your problem areas. Improved circulation also plays a role in cell renewal and lymphatic drainage.

Massage therapy in general but also hot stone therapy reduces stress and tension in the body. The physical symptoms of stress like tight muscles and poor sleep can be treated with massage. Relaxation from massage therapy washes away symptoms of stress while reducing blood pressure and fatigue. Restful sleep is also restored by massage therapy, helping you to keep stress at bay.

Prepare for your hot stone massage therapy by drinking plenty of water! Communicate to your therapist areas of your body that are troubling you. After your massage, drink more fluids to help with the restoration process.


Massage Therapy to Keep Winter Colds at Bay

Winter is here which also means it is cold and flu season. There are many strategies to help keep you from getting sick like thoroughly washing your hands, especially before you eat or after coughing or sneezing and keeping your hands away from your eyes, nose, and mouth. These strategies prevent germs from getting into your body in the first place. Getting enough sleep each night, eating a balanced diet with many fruits and vegetables, and drinking plenty of fluids is also beneficial to improving your immunity and can keep you from getting sick even when you are exposed to germs. Regular exercise is another way to improve your resistance to germs since it helps your immune system fight off invaders!

Another way to improve your resistance to winter germs is through massage therapy. Massage therapy relieves sore, stiff muscles that may worsen in cold weather in addition to improving the circulatory and lymphatic systems in your body, increasing and improving the flow of blood and lymph. Massage therapy also helps release endorphins which can amp up your immune system in their fight against germs while also promoting sleep. Stress and anxiety are also lowered with massage therapy; too much stress has been linked with poor health and more incidences of colds or flu.

Adding aromatherapy to your massage can elevate your protection from colds. Essential oils have been used for centuries to improve physical and mental fatigue, exhaustion, dry skin, and irritated nasal passages. Essential oils also help promote relaxation, clear the mind, and promote restful sleep, which will help you stay healthy.

If you are already sick, wait until you are better to schedule your massage to avoid spreading your cold to other people. Get extra rest, drink plenty of fluids, and have some chicken soup. Doing too much or pushing yourself too hard when you are sick can lead to a longer, dragged out illness or a secondary infection like bronchitis. Visit your healthcare provider if you are not feeling better within a few days.

Celebrate the Holidays with the Gift of Massage

Finding the right gift for your loved ones can be difficult sometimes. You want it to be thoughtful, and unique, which isn’t easy to do in this age of consumption. Think about how nice it would be to be gifted a massage? Wouldn’t you appreciate it? If so, you’re on the right track to the perfect gift! Pampering is one of the most sought after gifts, and a massage is the ultimate pampering option!
We have a host of specials for the month of December, for new members, and for those who are up for a challenge! We have so many, in fact, that we had to put them all in our blog for you! If you’re not already following us on Facebook or getting our newsletters, sign up today to get these in your mailbox or feed before everyone else! The offers last so long as the supply does, so don’t wait until the last minute! Check off your list with some of the ideas below!
Discounted Gift Certificates
From Nov 1-Dec 24, all gift certificates will be 20% off! Use promo code MERRY2017GC20
New Client Special
Refer a friend to book for the first time at MMS and they can receive a 90 minute massage for the price of a 60 minute massage, a savings of 35%.
Use promo code 90for60 when booking!
Military and Service Member Discount
Now is a great time to honor those who serve our community and our country. Active/Retired Military Personnel, Law Enforcement, Firefighters, and EMTs receive 20% off any massage service, discount will be applied at checkout!
All DoTERRA orders pre-paid and placed through our office will be 15% off plus free shipping when picked up at the office.
Deep Blue Essential Oil
Receive a special discount when you add Deep Blue Essential Oil to your massage!
Aside from our great offers and specials we also have a couple events for you to enjoy with us, or to challenge yourself to! We support you and are thankful for our current, past, and future clients!
Client Appreciation Party
Join us on Dec 6 from 4-8pm for a client appreciation party with fun, specials, and celebration!
Raise the Bar Challenge
All 6 week challengers will receive a special discount. Call us for details!
Feel free to give us a call to learn more about all of the specials, coupons, gift certificates, or to schedule your own massage! Don’t forget to pamper yourself too! ‘Tis the season for giving, so give yourself a break!

Stressful Holidays: How to Put the Thankful Back in Thanksgiving

Holidays bring many treasured holiday memories but can also be a source of stress in our lives.

Thanksgiving pops up quick, just when you noticed the air turned chilly and on a weekday too! Many people have neither the day before or after off and may find themselves not fully relaxed by minimal time off. Others may dread the commercialization of the holiday with Black Friday sales encroaching on the holiday, leaving less time to celebrate; particularly for those who work in a retail environment.

Cooking a huge meal and cleaning your home for guests is not completely enjoyable for everyone, and traveling is not without its own stressors as well. All of these stressors can be managed however with a little advanced planning and the right mindset.

Plan Ahead: Are you traveling or hosting? If you are traveling, try to leave early since Thanksgiving can mean plane delays, traffic, and potentially bad weather. Pack books, movies, and small toys to keep the kids entertained along with plenty of snacks.

If you are hosting, plan out your shopping, cooking, and cleaning schedule. If you feel overwhelmed, reach out for help from other people. Other guests can bring a dish or come over to help you cook! Tell yourself that you do not have to do it all!

Give Back: It can be easy to lose sight of all we are thankful for on Thanksgiving when we let the little things stress us out. Volunteer your time or resources to giving to those less fortunate. People who volunteer feel the benefit of their good deeds and can really help themselves learn to let go of the things that do not matter.

Change Your Expectations: Treasured holiday memories can sometimes be hard to live up to! Families change over the course of the years and you may be missing a loved one or annoyed by your brother’s newest love! Leave some space for new memories to happen or you may miss out! If you are hosting and have visions of serving a perfect meal or exquisite decorating, keep in mind that this may not work out. Focus on making your guests feel welcome and comfortable, this is all that matters in the long run. Things that don’t go according to plan also make some of the best stories so keep an open mind!

Schedule Time for Yourself: Step back from the bustle of holiday shopping and cooking to take some time for you! Take a bubble bath, meet up with a friend, exercise, or get a massage! There are amazing stress relieving benefits to them, anything that makes you feel good will help you feel less stressed.

Stress: The Silent Killer

Did you know that your body’s response to stress can make you seriously ill and take years off your life?

Stress plays a powerful role in the development or worsening of heart disease, heart attacks, and stroke, as well as diabetes, dementia, anxiety, and depression. Everyone experiences stress in their life but managing the potency of stress is essential to a long and healthy life.

Stress is considered a measure of your mental and physical resistance to circumstances beyond your control. A stressor is any threat, demand, or change that you attach special importance to, or that you struggle with or feel uncertainty about. Common major stressors are the death of a loved one, a relationship ending, financial distress, being overworked at your job, or overwhelmed with chores or a busy schedule.

Stress causes stress hormones to flood your bloodstream so that your body can respond quickly to a stressful situation. When something stressful happens, your pituitary gland discharges a hormone called ACTH into the bloodstream, which catalyzes the release of two hormones, epinephrine and norepinephrine. Epinephrine is commonly known as adrenalin, and prepares your body for emergency action. These hormones cause many physiological changes throughout the body such as an increased heart rate and blood pressure, muscle tension, and higher levels of fatty acids and blood sugar to be released to serve as immediate energy. In emergency situations, these physiological changes are necessary, but they happen anytime we feel stressed about a situation.

Long-term chronic stress, such as when dealing with a divorce, grief, or a terrible work situation, can cause your body to undergo a constant adrenaline rush. This causes damage to the tissues of the body, leading to inflammation. Heart disease, diabetes, and dementia are some of the diseases associated with inflammation. Under long-term stress, your body will adapt to a constant state of vigilance, pumping out an excess of the stress hormone cortisol. Over time, this will exhaust you, accelerate aging, harm your immune system, and can lead to memory loss and problems concentrating.

Stressful situations are often out of your control, but there are ways to manage and deal with the stress in your life for better health! Saying no to extra commitments, looking for a new job, or marital counseling could help if these are stressful components of your life. Adapting a “don’t sweat the small stuff” attitude is easier said than done, but recognizing the things in your life which bring you stress is an important first step!

Self-care is an important aspect of stress management. Taking time to eat nutritious meals, get enough sleep, and exercise are all beneficial. Watching a funny movie, reading a book, grabbing a coffee with a friend, or treating yourself to a massage can help you handle the little stressors and annoyances in life with a calmer mindset. Massage therapy can also help you recover from the long-term effects of stress in your life, by lowering your heart rate and blood pressure, reducing muscle tension, and leading to restful, restorative sleep.

Digestive Disorders and the Role Massage Can Play for Relief

Digestive disorders are very common, affecting many Americans daily, some chronically and some intermittently. Occasional gastrointestinal discomfort is an annoyance, but chronic digestive issues can seriously impact a person’s quality of life and happiness. Some digestive disorders that can throw you off balance include constipation, gas, and abdominal strains. Massage is a great therapy for many ailments of the body, including your digestive system!


Constipation is incredibly uncomfortable and may be caused by a poor diet, lack of exercise, a side effect of medication, or an aging body. Try adding more fruits and vegetables and extra fluid intake to your diet for relief. If there is no clear cause for your constipation, a visit to your doctor is in order, but massage therapy can help provide you with relief while waiting for your appointment. Self-massage of the abdomen involving light pressure and circular movements can help stimulate blood flow and improve the situation. Regular therapy from a massage therapist can help improve circulation and digestion, warding off bouts of constipation!


Gas and stomach bloating are common, due to an excess of trapped gas inside of the digestive system. Massage therapy, either done yourself or by a professional can help alleviate excess gas in the digestive tract and help with bloating. Lying on your stomach while having your back and neck massaged can help, since there is extra pressure on your abdomen, but targeted massage of your abdomen can work wonders with bloating!

Abdominal Strain

Pain in the abdominal region from a muscle strain or tear can lead to digestive issues. Pain in this region makes it difficult for your digestive tract to function properly, since you may be tense or scared to “go” from the pain you feel. Recovering from a muscle strain typically involves reduced physical activity, which can also affect how well your digestive system is functioning. Visiting your health care provider can help you determine what is causing your pain but massage therapy can be a wonderful treatment if approved by your provider.


How Massage Therapy Helps

Massage therapy feels good, releasing pain-relieving and mood-lifting endorphins throughout your body. Massage stimulates blood flow, improving circulation to a sluggish digestive tract. Massage therapy is also shown to reduce stress, a factor in digestive issues, as well as symptoms of anxiety and depression which can all lead to digestive troubles as well. Targeted abdominal massage can help stimulate the muscles involved in peristalsis, a highly coordinated contraction and relaxation of muscles that creates the wavelike movements that push the contents of the intestines forward.

Schedule a massage for relief today!