By Vince N.
Being both in the massage field and personal training field, I have learned that one of the most important practices to take in is the practice of Self-Care.
So, what exactly is Self-Care?
The Oxford Dictionary defines Self-Care as the practice of taking action to preserve or improve one’s own health. It is the practice of taking an active role in protecting one’s own well-being and happiness, in particular, during periods of stress.
According to the American Psychological Association, chronic stress is linked to the six leading causes of death: heart disease, cancer, lung ailments, accidents, cirrhosis of the liver and suicide. And, more than 75 percent of all physician office visits are for stress-related ailments and complaints.
Here are some simple self-care practices you can do every day!
For your body and self:
For your office space:
For your mental and emotional health:
If we give out much in our work, we need to have something coming in on the same wavelength. Here are some ways to refuel yourself:
See things from all kinds of different angles.
(Finally, my favorite part: )
Massage has been proven to release those feel-good hormones, and it puts your system in a parasympathetic response, which is our rest and digest mode.
If you cannot accomplish all of these approaches, ensure that you are doing some of them, and look to add one, two, or a few of these suggestions every week.
We should never put off proper self-care.
A trained and licensed Massage Therapist through the Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy Westport –named one of the Top 10 Massage Therapy Schools in Connecticut and having received the excellence in Education award 2016– Vince infuses his vast knowledge of anatomy and physiology when working with his personal training clients. He has been a practitioner for 3 years specializing with clients/patients who suffer with postural distortions, like Thoracic Kyphosis and Lumbar Lordosis. He more recently enhanced his knowledge base by earning a certification in Personal Training through The World Instructor Training School (W.I.T.S), a school that focuses heavily on education in anatomy, physiology and program design. Additionally, Vince has earned certifications in Kinesiotaping, Integrated Cupping massage and Gua Sha Therapy. Having worked with a wide variety of clients ranging from body builders and physique competitors, to youth athletes to weight loss clients and post-rehab clients, Vince wants his clients to know, “My number one goal is your success!”