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Jan
28

Start the new year right!

Renew your commitment to good health. Now that the new year has begun, you may be making resolutions or enjoying the memories of good times at the holidays. No matter what, remember to take good care of yourself during the short days and colder weather of winter. Honor the moods of winter. Starting with the bustle of the holidays, many people find it hard to stick to their wellness routine. First of all,...
Dec
22

Pain free holiday wrapping

Have some gift wrapping to do? Don't hurt your back by leaning over or getting on the floor. Get out the ironing board and adjust it to a comfortable height. Now you have a wrapping work space. Happy Holidays! Sarah Gaudette Paradise Therapy Stress Relieving...
Nov
19

Laughter is Healthy

It can be fun to have a good laugh. Laughing with  friends connects us socially, distracts from stresses and gives us a physical release. Did you know that laughing can also lower your blood pressure, increase vascular flow, and boost the immune system?  It also gives the body a great internal workout and exercises the facial muscles. Laughter releases endorphins in the brain. These "happy" chemicals...
Nov
19

Affirming Yourself Calm

With the holidays approaching, for many of us this is a stressful time of year. Our to-do lists are longer than ever and our "free time" seems to be filled up with tasks, errands and chores. We are stressed, overworked and overwhelmed. How to cope? Calm yourself with affirmations. They are the things we say and think. What we tell ourselves can encourage growth and healing or be destructive and fuel our...
Nov
3

Change Your Attitude

Attitudes and beliefs can affect your health and how you feel about your life. Waking up and simply thinking “This is going to be a fantastic day” can help you deal with daily stresses in a positive way rather than groaning and thinking “Ugh, I hate this morning. I just know something is going to go wrong.” If you are not naturally a positive thinker it can take some practice, but it is well...
Nov
3

Love Works

Loving connections heal and restore us. It is healthy to say “I love you” to someone you love or reach out and show someone you care. Give and receive hugs. Snuggle a baby in your arms or pet a puppy or kitten. Sarah Gaudette Paradise Therapy Stress Relieving...
Nov
3

Spend Time Outside

Commit to spending some time each outside each week. There is something about nature that calms and heals us. Gazing up at the moon in the night sky, taking a walk on the beach at sunset or just sitting amongst the flowers can be awe inspiring and deeply grounding. Pay attention and notice the small details you see, hear, feel and smell. The shape of a cloud, the distinct scent of a flower or the...
Oct
30

Tight Hamstrings

Tight hamstrings? You definitely know if they are tight if you go to touch your toes…and can’t quite get there! It's important to keep these muscles nice and loose so that you prevent back injury and general fatigue. To stretch these back of the thigh muscles effectively: while you are lying in bed or on the floor, take an elastic stretching band or a belt and wrap it around the bottom of your...
Oct
30

Dealing with lower back pain

Low back pain is a pain in the butt –literally! A lot of the soreness in the low back comes from tight muscles in the butt or glutes. A quick technique to help at home is to take a tennis ball or two and lie on the floor with your butt over the ball(s). You can also do this standing up against a wall. Roll around on the tennis ball to give yourself a deep tissue massage. Treat yourself right because...
Oct
30

Relief From Headaches – The Rolled Towel Technique

When you have a headache…take a bath towel and fold it in half twice. Then, roll it up tight (like a sushi roll). Put the towel under your neck and lay on the floor over it for about 10-15 minutes. The soft compression loosens those tight neck muscles and can relieve a painful tension headache.  You can also try this technique laying on a couch or bed.  You’ll probably find, however, that the floor...
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