March Newsletter

March

Hard to believe we Spring Ahead to Daylight Savings Time already on March 10th!  That means we LOSE an hour of sleep.  Sleep is such an important factor in our health.  Lack of sleep has a huge impact on our mood, our productivity and over time it will very negatively affect our health as it leads to increased risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and diabetes.  This month's newsletter will be filled with some suggestions on ways to improve your sleep.  

Sleep is an important component to our overall health.  Not getting enough good quality sleep can lead to increased anxiety, bad moods, decreased productivity, high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, diabetes, memory issues and poor digestion.  

There are many reasons people can't fall asleep or stay asleep, including a bad mattress, a snoring partner, health issues, stress, sore muscles, and an infant that keeps you up.  Sorry, but we can't buy you a new mattress or keep your infant overnight and you should certainly check with your doctor if you have a medical condition. However, if you have stress, anxiety or sore muscles, Massage Therapy can help you get a more restful slumber.

Massage Therapy can help reduce or eliminate aches and pains that keep you awake or wake you up in the middle of the night.  Massage may also help elevate the level of the hormone seratonin.  Seratonin is necessary for the production of Melatonin, which helps regulate your sleep cycles.  


Yoga.  Many studies have linked Yoga's benefits to improved sleep. Yoga can be both energizing and relaxing, depending on the style of yoga.  If you would like some recommendations on yoga styles to help improve sleep, you can ask our therapist Pauline who is a yoga teacher.

Meditation.  Mindful Meditation is another wonderful tool that can be used to help induce a sound and restful sleep.  Deep breathing and focus will help clear the mind to evoke the relaxation response.  Many guided meditations can be found on line with a simple google search.  


Sleep Hygiene is important for quality sleep.  Establishing a regular sleep schedule (getting to bed and waking up at the same time each day).  Turning off electronics well before bedtime is important, as the light from the electronics tricks the body into thinking it's still daylight.  Make efforts to be sure your bedroom is a comfortable sleeping temperature.  

OUR BIG ANNOUNCEMENT:

Yoga now available at

Hillsborough Massage Therapy

Yoga is so beneficial for many people and goes hand in hand with Massage Therapy in helping to improve your health.  We have heard from many of our clients that they are intimidated to join a Yoga class because they feel like they are not flexible enough or they are embarrassed because they just don't know what to do.  

We have the answer!  Pauline is now offering yoga sessions.  You can have a private (1 person) or semi-private session (2 people).  No need to worry about what all the others in class are thinking about you.  Pauline will be happy to answer all your "silly" questions.  She can customize the session to meet your health and fitness goals.  

Some clients may want private yoga sessions all the time.  Others may want to have a few sessions until they feel confident enough to join a larger group class.  Or you may want to get started with a few moves that you can do at home when you hop out of bed so that you can get your day off to a good start.  

Private sessions are $80 for 60 minutes and $105 for 90 minutes (plus NJ sales tax).  Semi-private sessions are $50 per person for 60 minutes and $60 each for 90 minutes (plus NJ sales tax).  Private sessions can be booked on line.  Simply choose the Yoga session for the length of your choice.  Semi-private sessions can be booked by calling the office. 

Pauline has been practicing yoga for 20 years.  She has been teaching yoga for 10 years.  She welcome students of all ages, levels and abilities.  

CONGRATULATIONS!

Congratulations are in order for our therapist Pauline!  She celebrates her 20th anniversary as a Massage Therapist!  She graduated from Health Choices Holistic Massage School in March, 1999, left her corporate job and has never looked back!  We are honored to have her as part of our team.  Her knowledge, compassion and skills are valued and appreciated by us and her clients.  

ROCK STEADY BOXING

As many of you know, Gary Verhoorn, founding partner of Hillsborough Massage Therapy LLC was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease last year.  He has been tackling this diagnosis in a number of ways and one of those ways is by attending ROCK STEADY BOXING classes a few times a week. Classes are held in the CKO Gym (near Kohls). Recent studies have proven that forced, intense exercise programs are "neuro-protective," actually working to delay the progression of symptoms.  Gary is finding these classes so very helpful in helping him with balance and to maintain his strength and endurance.  

ROCK STEADY BOXING, Hillsborough will be celebrating their 2nd anniversary this month.  If you or someone you know is battling Parkinson's Disease, please consider attending their Open House on March 24th from 1-2:30pm and find out what it's all about.  

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!!  ROCK STEADY BOXING always welcomes volunteers to help during class. It's not a big commitment.  Just one class a week.  And you don't need to know how to box.  

If you are interested in finding out more about the Open House or the Volunteer opportunities, please visit their web site.  
http://hillsborough.rsbaffiliate.com