Diary Notes Newsletter – 26 March 2014
Hi Everyone and a warm welcome to our new readers.
We’ve had a few nice sunny days lately which hopefully you have been able to enjoy – Spring is officially here – yay! We also hope you’ve been able to get outside to take up the 10,000 steps challenge which will help you to keep healthy or shed a few pounds. Leave a comment below as we would love to hear how you’re getting on and how many steps you are currently taking.
In this Newsletter, we wanted to touch on a topic very dear to our hearts. We just can’t stress enough the importance of Me Time. As women, looking after ourselves comes way down our daily list – work, children, house, husband/partner, ME! (not necessarily in the same order for everyone) and by the time you’ve worked your way through the list and reached ME, you’re too exhausted to take care of yourself. The extent of ME Time is probably trying to get enough sleep before you get going again!
It’s actually far better for you to let a few tasks go and factor some ME Time into your diary. A good place to start is to try and factor in a sauna and/or massage every other month. Need further convincing? Take a look at the Article below. We think you will be surprised at how many benefits there are in having a massage or taking a sauna.
Sauna and Massage – Good for your health
One of the easiest and most beneficial ways you can improve your physical and mental well-being is through simply relaxing and allowing some time for yourself. And one of the best ways to do this is to get a massage or spend some time in the sauna, both of which are perfect for Me Time and have proven short and long-term health benefits.
Five Reasons To Schedule A Massage And Sauna Into Your Diary
Massage strengthens the immune system by helping to encourage the production of lymphocytes, which are cells that help the immune system defend the body from illness. Studies show that individuals who get regular massages are less likely to get sick — giving you more time to focus your attention on what really matters
In addition to boosting the immune system, getting a massage and spending quality time in the sauna releases toxins that build up in the body and cause us to feel tired, cranky, and generally stressed out.
Spending time in a sauna can also benefit your cardiovascular health. That’s because the high temperatures raise your body’s core temperature and get your blood flowing and heart working harder. The increased heart rate that your body experiences in a sauna can be comparable to moderate exercise.**
Massage releases excess build up of cortisol, a naturally occurring hormone that has been linked to anxiety, depression, and even weight gain. Just an hour on the massage table can lead to improved mood and a calmer outlook on life.
Both sauna time and regular massages can improve your skin’s complexion, stimulating blood flow and making you glow and appear younger looking. Plus, both activities can help you get a better rest, so that the ‘beauty sleep’ you’re looking for can be particularly transformative.
It can be hard to allocate “Me Time” when you feel like your attention needs to be devoted to family, friends, work and countless other obligations. That’s why making an effort to schedule an occasional massage or sauna treatment into your diary or calendar is important. Not only does taking care of yourself lead to a happier you, it makes loved ones feel better, too.
To put it simply, everyone benefits when you can schedule in some “me time” in order for you to relax and focus on your health.
** If you suffer from high blood pressure or heart disease, please consult your doctor before taking a sauna.
The price of a regular massage and sauna is probably a stretch for most budgets. To keep costs down, it’s worth trying to find a local beauty school. Their final year students who are almost ready for the world of work will be able to give you a heavenly massage at a really reduced rate.
If you live and work in London, a great place to go is The Salon at LCBT who are based just 3 minutes from Oxford Circus (47 Great Marlborough Street, W1F 7JP, Tel No. 020 7208 1302, Email firstname.lastname@example.org). Their massages start from £25.00 for a 60 minutes full body massage (A fantastic massage which is so relaxing you will be asleep in no time!) and they also offer other beauty treatments at very affordable prices – a basic 50 minute manicure for £12 or a 60 minute deluxe manicure for £15.
Groupon, Wahanda and Wowcher also offer weekly deals for massages as well as Hammam experiences (Turkish Sauna) at greatly reduced prices.
Saunas (whether dry or steam) start from £10 and the best place to go is usually your local leisure centre. Set aside a minimum of 3 hours to really enjoy and benefit from your session.
So go on, make time to have a massage or take a sauna – go and get your diary now, select a date and commit to having either a massage or sauna – we promise you will feel so much better for it.
We hope you have enjoyed reading this edition and it has motivated you to set aside some Me Time. It is always one of our main New Year’s Resolutions – a reminder that, going into the New Year, we need to look after ourselves if we want to look and feel our best.
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Have a great 2 weeks.
With best wishes
My Secret Friend Team
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