sunscreen protection for your skinIn the last 30 years I have helped so many people to feel better through exercise and massage that people tend to come to me for help in this area. I have learned by talking to people before I attempt to give them advice, that sometimes a few simple changes can help make dramatic improvements in the way you look and feel.

If you are someone who is rather sedentary, doesn’t eat well, and is loaded with stress, you will tend to drink sweetened caffeine drinks to keep you going during the day. This includes coffee sweetened with sugary non dairy creamers, or with sugar substitutes and colas of any kind. Have one in the morning if you must then switch to water. It is better for your health and for your nervous system

For some people, having a drink or two after work is a ritual. While I myself have nothing against a glass of wine or a cocktail, I find that I sleep better if I stay away from that habit on a regular basis. It seems like the drink will help me feel calmer and more relaxed initially but once the sugar from the alcohol starts working through my system I tend to wake up more during the night.

Exercise. Drag out the WII and play some games, turn on some music that gets you moving and dance, go for a walk, hit the gym, ride a bike. Exercise doesn’t have to be a chore. Look up free or low cost classes at your local community center. Swimming can be a great way to let your stress float away. You don’t have to push yourself, just swim a few laps and float for a while. Think about the blessings in your life and be thankful.

Eat better. Everyone you know is jumping on some kind of wild diet, and I am not recommending that. How about this, eliminate a sugary snack, put less mayonnaise or butter on your sandwich. Try to eat less processed foods and slip an apple into your purse of briefcase for your afternoon snack. Change little things each week and over time those things will add up.

Relax before bedtime. No matter what happened during the day, put those things aside. Take a moment to read a book, listen to soothing music and make a short list of the things you will think about tomorrow. Make your bedroom a haven for peace and relaxation. Clear the clutter, hang your clothes up, keep the room cool and dark and have some candles in the room with scents like lavender which help bring about a calm and relaxed feeling.

Get a massage. I know for certain that my clients who have regular massages, at least a couple times per month, in general are more pain free and less stressed out. Massage can release stress that is built up in your system, it can soothe pain and it will relax you.


Valentina Boonstra

licensed massage therapist, palm bay, melbourne, indialantic, exercise instruction, yoga

About Brevard Massage

I have been a personal trainer and massage therapist for many years now. My specialty is getting people moving again. I have learned through the years that preventing injuries is as important as relieving pain after an injury. To that end, I have also learned Yoga, Tai Chi, Qi Gong and Pilates.