Thursday, February 11, 2010

Winter Woes

It's winter season with record-breaking snowfalls that can bring visual spectacles that are sights to behold.

One way to combat all these winter ailments is to get a good massage. Besides the benefit of relaxation, massage can also be therapeutic by promoting blood circulation and boosting the immune system. It allows the body to release more endorphins to fight stress.

In case the weather does not permit you to go to your favourite spa for that much needed therapeutic massage, you may try the following tips at home:

Stretching – this may seem simple, but it can warm up the “sleeping” muscles before doing any activity to avoid injury.

Stress ball – lie face up in bed and place a tennis ball in the crook of your neck. By applying pressure to it, it can help relieve tense muscles.

Foot therapy – While sitting on a chair, roll your foot on a golf ball for 10-15 minutes to relieve nerve tension.

Cold compress – use ice or frozen vegetables for strains or sprains.

- Ramon Bravante

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