Christmas, Hannukah, and many other seasonal celebrations are behind us. If you’re like many people — they have you a little wiped out.

With this blog post, I’d like to offer some tips to help you de-stress from the holiday season, and prepare for a successful year.

De-stressing with Massage Therapy

As a Registered Massage Therapist, I can help! What better way to decompress is there than a therapeutic massage?

When life starts to get complicated and your stress levels start to rise, the human body tends to tighten up and create pain and dysfunction. Whatever symptoms your stress presents as, whether you suffer from headaches, high blood pressure, or chronic neck pain… massage therapy can definitely help relieve some of the discomfort.

Preventing Work-Related Strain

Even if you’re off work for the week, you’ll be headed back to a regular schedule soon! Even if you’re not yet showing symptoms of stress, your work posture could be starting to create repetitive stress. Long days sitting at a desk, staring at your computer, or driving, will over time create issues without proactive treatment. So, even if you aren’t symptomatic, think about adding massage to your schedule regularly to prevent those issues from arising.

Reaching Your Resolutions

Self-improvement related goals are the most common New Year’s resolutions.

Many of us, as North Americans will resolve to be more active by taking up a new sport or heading to the gym more frequently. My training in Athletic Therapy, uniquely enables me to help my clients navigate their active lives. You don’t have to be a high caliber athlete to be treated by an Athletic Therapist, we’re also able to help someone trying to get active without getting injured.

During an assessment we’ll discuss where you have pain or weakness, and dive deep into the complicated inner workings of the musculoskeletal system to find the cause of the issue. Regardless if it’s your form, the weight you’re using, or muscle imbalances at the root of the problem — I can provide some guidance to correct it. So, whether you have a nagging injury from the past or are simply looking to prevent any injuries from derailing your progress, I am here to help.

As we say goodbye to this year, and usher in the next, I encourage you to consider how you plan to manage your stress and realize your resolutions this year. You can check out our past blog for the Do’s and Don’ts of New Year’s Resolutions.

And, if you know you’d like the support of a Registered Massage Therapist and/or Athletic Therapist, I would love to see you in the clinic. You can schedule your appointment here.

Let us know your New Year’s resolution (and what action steps you’re planning to reach it) in the comments below!

Steph O'Neill-Beetham

Steph is an Athletic Therapist and Massage Therapist. Her philosophy is to help every individual overcome injury to allow them to return to an active lifestyle as soon as possible. Steph loves meeting new people and helping them determine their needs, while encouraging and guiding them toward healthy living.

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