Dash Through the Daze, Recoup Through Spa Mariana

Spa Mariana partners with Troy Youth Assistance by sponsoring RunnerDash through the Daze community run/walk event. Proceeds assist in helping reduce the number of youth in Oakland County who are being referred to juvenile court. Troy Youth Assistance goal is to protect youth rather than prosecute.

Book your Massage Therapy appointment for muscle repair after the run.

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Ready For A Spring Tune-Up?

tuneupSpring is right around the corner!

That means it’s time to leave the winter blues behind.

One way to greet the warmer weather with your best foot forward is to give yourself a spring tune-up.

Greet the new season healthier and happier by following these five steps:

Take a mini-vacation.

Getting into the same old dull routine contributes to the winter doldrums.

Celebrate the new season by changing up your routine for a day or two.

You don’t need to go far, and if your funds and/or time are limited try a “staycation”—visit a museum or tourist attraction in the area, schedule a day and night doing things with family or friends, or simply turn off your ringer for two days and curl up with a pile of books and movies.

Make two positive changes to your health.

Are you doing everything you can to promote good health?

If you let your health slide a bit during the busy months of winter, you’re not alone.

Take a look at your current habits and make positive changes to two.

If you’ve been loading up on comfort food it might be time to introduce healthier meals.

If your gym time has fallen off it might be time to increase—or change up—your exercise routine.

Do something nice for yourself.

Spring is a time of renewal!

Get your hair cut, buy yourself a spring outfit, or spend an hour at the spa. Indulge!

You’ll feel better!

Schedule annual appointments.

It’s easy to let annual appointments such as yearly physicals and dental appointments slide.

Take some time to make sure you’ve made all regular appointments, and schedule those that have slipped through the cracks.

Remember that preventative medicine is always the best medicine.

Give us a call and make an appointment your massage therapy.

Massage is a great way to help ensure your body is working as well as it possibly can, and will keep your mind and body in optimal shape.

It doesn’t take long to experience the benefits of massage, but it will make a world of difference to your health and happiness.

Feel free to call us anytime with any questions you may have about massage therapy, or to schedule an appointment.

We’re here to help you maintain your health and wellness… and feel your best!

How Healthy Is Your Heart?

February is known for Valentine’s Day, but did you also know it was American Heart Month?
During February, medical, health, and other industry professionals do their best to promote heart health awareness.
Here are some things you can do to honor your heart during the month of February:

Healthy HeartEat well.

  • Eat a balanced diet with plenty of fruits, vegetable, whole grains, and proteins.
  • Avoid, fatty, high-calorie, processed, and salty foods.
  • A good rule of thumb is to eat foods in their most natural state, and to make sure that there is a wide variety of color on your plate at every meal.

Exercise.

  • Regular exercise is one of the best ways to keep your heart pumping!
  • Shoot for at least 30 minutes of exercise, five times per week.
  • And don’t worry—you don’t need to be extremely fit or coordinated to exercise. If you are an exercise neophyte, try some simple walking!
  • Exercising with a friend, and picking types of exercise you really enjoy, will help you stick with your exercise plan.

De-Stress.

  • Stress is terrible for your heart. But in the busy, hectic world we live in, most of us have to take conscious steps to remove the stress from our lives.
  • Be sure to strike some balance in your life by playing as hard as you work. If you have undue stress in your life, see a professional who can help you.
  • Practices like meditation and yoga may also minimize the stress in your life.

Keep regular health appointments.

  • See your dentist to have your teeth cleaned twice a year.
  • Have a physical at least once a year.
  • And be sure to come and see us regularly for your massage therapy sessions. Remember that good ciculation is key to your overall health.

 

Make 2012 YOUR Year!

It’s that time of year again…

YearThe time of year when we reflect back on the last year, and decide what kinds of positive changes we want to make in our lives in the New Year. With more than 64 percent of all Americans falling into the “overweight” category, it’s no wonder that many of us put “lose weight” on the top of our resolution list. If you’ve attempted to lose weight before, you know that losing weight can be really hard! Losing weight takes lots of willpower, not to mention time and effort. Some people attempt to lose weight time and time again, only to fail each time. If you fail often enough, it’s easy to say that “you just can’t do it.”

Well, nothing could be further from the truth.

Anyone-yes, anyone-can lose weight with the right plan. Follow our tips below and you’ll be enjoying a new, svelte figure in no time!

Record what you eat.

How often have you said something like, “I don’t know why I gain weight. I hardly eat anything at all!” Chances are, you eat more than you think you do. That handful of yogurt-covered almonds? The large soda? It’s easy to forget you consumed high-calorie snacks and drinks, but these things really add up. For the next couple of weeks, write down every single thing you put in your mouth. This will make you more mindful of what you eat.

Revamp your menu.

After one week of writing down what you eat, assess your diet. Cut out all of the high-calorie, high-fat processed foods, and fill your menu with colorful fruits and veggies, lean protein, and whole grains instead.

Commit to an exercise plan.

Get at least 30 minutes per day, and work up to more as you become more fit. In addition to getting some aerobic exercise, don’t forget to add some weight-bearing exercise as well. Choose exercise you enjoy so you’ll be less likely to skip it, and try enlisting a friend to be your exercise buddy.

Be accountable to others.

Tell people what your goals are. When you tell others what you are trying to accomplish, it makes you accountable to them. You won’t mind letting yourself down, but it’s lots harder to let down family and friends.

Keep your regular massage appointments.

Remember to come in and see us as scheduled. We can help to ensure that your muscles aren’t too tight, which will help you to enjoy your new exercise regimen with the fewest injuries and minimum pain. We can also help to make sure you are on the right track with your diet, and can answer any concerns that you might have.

The Benefits of Frequent Massage and Bodywork

What exactly are the benefits of receiving massage or bodywork treatments? Useful for all of the conditions listed below and more, massage can:

  • massageAlleviate low-back pain and improve range of motion.
  • Assist with shorter, easier labor for expectant mothers and shorten maternity hospital stays.
  • Ease medication dependence.
  • Enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow—the body’s natural defense system.
  • Exercise and stretch weak, tight, or atrophied muscles.
  • Help athletes of any level prepare for, and recover from, strenuous workouts.
  • Improve the condition of the body’s largest organ—the skin.
  • Increase joint flexibility.
  • Lessen depression and anxiety.
  • Promote tissue regeneration, reducing scar tissue and stretch marks.
  • Pump oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, improving circulation.
  • Reduce postsurgery adhesions and swelling.
  • Reduce spasms and cramping.
  • Relax and soften injured, tired, and overused muscles.
  • Release endorphins—amino acids that work as the body’s natural painkiller.
  • Relieve migraine pain.

 

Exercise In Cold Weather?

ExerciseThe temperature may have dropped, but autumn is still a wonderful time of year to exercise outdoors.

To ensure your comfort and safety, just follow the tips below::

Stretch and warm up before exercising.

Making sure that your muscles and ligaments are limber and warm can help you avoid injuries.

Stretch for at least 10 minutes before and after exercise. In addition, do ten minutes of warm-up exercises before heading outdoors.

Instead, dress in several thin layers.

These layers can be removed and added as needed, and will make it easier to regulate your body temperature.

Wear a hat.

Your head loses 50 percent of the total amount of heat lost from your body. If it’s chilly out, cover your head!

Wear technical, sweat-wicking clothing.

Clothes that are damp from perspiration can increase your body head loss, and can cause shivering when you cool down.

There are plenty of technical fibers on the market specially designed for cold weather exercising.

Drink plenty of water.

Many of us get fooled into thinking that we don’t need as much hydration when it’s cold out. That’s simply not true.

Because hydration allows your body to regulate temperature, having enough to drink is as important in cold weather as it is in hot weather.

Plain water is best.

Avoid alcoholic beverages, or those that contain caffeine.

Wear reflective clothing in the dark.

Don’t forget that it gets darker much earlier this time of year.

Wear light clothing instead of dark, and make sure that your clothing, as well as equipment like bikes, is outfitted with reflective strips or lights.

Make an appointment with us to enjoy a little massage therapy. Remember that good circulation and muscle balance is important any time of year!