9 Ways to Get Stress Out of Your Body

happy fitness woman dancingOver the years of doing massage on so many people, we’ve learned some effective ways to reduce stress in the massage office and away from the office.

Stress is held in your cells if you don’t let it out. Here are several ways to help your body de-stress:

1. Breathe: Take a deep breath! Just one deep breath can make a big dent in any pent-up stress. Try taking 10 deep breathes while your driving…don’t hyperventilate.

2. Stretch: Light stretches in a slow, controlled manner are very stress relieving. Yoga is a great way to start.  Some people are intimidated by “yoga”, but a beginning yoga class can teach stretching.  We also

3. Cry or Laugh: Blubbering Crying or Belly Laughter are two of the quickest ways to release stress from your body. Watch a sad movie or listen to a sad song and cry your hardest!

4. Sing: Singing is a great way to loosen the throat and neck area. The louder the better, and try to stay on one note for a few seconds to get the most vibration in your throat as possible. Get in your car, turn up the radio and go for it!!

5. Write or Talk: Writing in a journal or talking to your best friends is a great way to relieve stress. Just don’t linger on subjects that keep your body tight. Get it out, take a deep breath and let your body relax.

6. Exercise: Light exercise is great to get stress out of each cell. If you are a pro athlete or you exercise hard every day, then choose a different way to de-stress.

7. Get a Massage: Getting a Relaxation Massage is the BEST way to support your body to relax. Get to the appointment early and be sure to have the rest of the day to relax and nap!! I suggest 1 massage per month

8. Hydrotherapy: A nice warm shower or bath, using ice on your affected area, sitting in a hot tub, etc, each are big stress relievers. Try crying and singing in the shower with some ice on your shoulder! :))

9. Meditation or Prayer: Calm and quiet, sitting still is ALWAYS a good way to relieve stress! If you have not tried to meditate yet, or you just can’t calm your mind for long, start with 10 seconds and add a little more when you can.

Camp Stoney was Great Family Vacation

A Gem of a Summer Camp–reasonable price, great way to relax

My family spent the weekend relaxing and having fun at Camp Stoney in the Sangre de Cristo mountains, just outside of Santa Fe.  A great way to take a break from massage and let my hands rest.

This is our first year at this family camp, and I attended Camp Stoney as a youngster and later was a counselor. The camp includes games, sports, hiking, swimming, arts & crafts and a ropes course. We had a great time.

We really relaxed in this quiet, tranquil environment. John and I were able to take several walks and hikes alone while the kids played with the other kids and counselors. John finished his current book and I napped for several hours each day in between activities.

The food was yummy and we really enjoyed making pillows and a “stepping stone” for our garden. My kids taught the other campers and counselors “Liars Dice” which is a great dice game. Swimming was a bit cold, but the kids didn’t seem to mind. The “Human Clue” game where we ran around the camp looking for the “Who Done It” clues was very fun. The scavenger hunt was also fun.

Jake fell off the bed a few times in the middle of the night. Next year, I’ll bring linens instead of just sleeping bags which would help our entire family sleep better. I also bring paper and some toys to help us during the “quiet times”.

We can’t wait to go every year.