Are You Easily Distracted?

distractedLife today is far from simple and sometimes it’s difficult to focus. But guess what? There’s something you can do about that.

According to recent research, our ability to concentrate is decreasing. We’re becoming more scattered, more distractible. There are quite a few reasons why you might find it difficult to concentrate. It could be a habit that’s retraining your brain to scatter it’s focus–like too much texting or not paying attention to environmental factors, like light and noise, when you’re trying to focus. Lack of concentration can also be due to medical or psychological issues, which are often excellent reasons to regularly visit your massage therapist.

“Concentration is the secret of strength.” (Ralph Waldo Emerson 1803)

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Six Life Hacks for Wellness

earbudmomLife hacks are a strategies or techniques adopted in order to manage your time and daily activities in a more efficient or more ingenious way. Here are six of our favorites, mostly because they’re so practical, so easy to do, and have such a great impact.

1. Eat an orange before your next workout or hike

Oranges are a quick energy source and are a a solid source of simple carbohydrates. They’re also packed with vitamin C, fiber, potassium and electrolytes. Research studies also suggest oranges are good for immune support and everything from protection against arthritis to preventing ulcers.

2. When you feel depressed, try housecleaning

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ADHD: Why Massage Works

adhdlogoAttention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) affects about 3-5 percent of children and it’s known that symptoms carry on to adulthood affecting about 4% of adults.  ADHD affects males at higher rate than females in childhood, but this ratio seems to even out by adulthood. While medication is often used to treat the condition, research suggests that periodic massage can have some profoundly positive results with dealing with the symptoms and helping sufferers clear their head, calm themselves, and focus.

ADHD condition is characterized by inattention, hyperactivity and impulsiveness.  Adults with ADHD may have difficulty following directions, remembering information, concentrating, organizing tasks, or completing work within time limits. If these difficulties are not managed appropriately, they can cause associated behavioral, emotional, social, vocational, and academic problems.

Besides well documented symptoms like hyperactivity, other symptoms may include stubbornness, having a “short fuse” when it comes to temper, defiance, and a strong tolerance for very loud music or other noise. ADHD sufferers may also seek physical stimulation, including touch. It’s not uncommon to see a strong liking for very hot or very cold showers, back rubs, and activities that stimulate any of the senses, such as video games, sports and most any kind of exercise.  It’s that touch-seeking behavior, and lack of focus demonstrated by some with ADHD that drove researchers to see if massage could help. Continue reading “ADHD: Why Massage Works”