5 Simple Ways to Relax Your Mind and Body

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5 Simple Ways to Relax Your Mind and Body

There’s probably nothing more common for a modern man than fighting stress on a daily basis. Family, expenses, work – all of these have something to add to the already existing pile of stressful activities. Guys are known not to pay attention to their mental health as much as women, and it’s probably high time we did something about that. We are getting older and older each day, so trying to find activities that will relax our body should be our main priority. Because, if not now – then when? Take a look at some of the options that will help you relax both your mind and body.

Take care of stress through massage sessions

Probably the best way to fight stress for a limited time is by booking yourself a massage. This is good news, as you can practically do this for all prices and anywhere you want to, but it would be excellent to choose the best of the best. You can either opt for a Melbourne relaxation massage or a Melbourne deep tissue massage, depending on the level of stress you want to fight. You can even have a Melbourne mobile massage and have the masseuse come to your home. Trust us, you will feel reborn just after one session, so rewarding yourself with one in a week or two weeks can seriously do wonders for both your body and mind. It’s OK to be a bit selfish at times, so knock yourself out!

Break some sweat

In order to relax your body and mind, you don’t have to choose only calm and soothing activities. For example, a couple of workouts a week can be an excellent way to do something for yourself that’s both healthy and interesting. If you’re not the sporty type of person, you should definitely invest in gym shoes and clothes now, and get yourself a gym membership so that you can start working on yourself. However, there are other options as well – you can wake up every morning an hour and a half earlier, and start your day with a morning jog. You’ll feel amazing after breaking some sweat and your whole day will be much more stress-free and less nerve-racking thanks to the blood that pumped through your body.

Take a trip

Why not simply take a couple days off work and recharge your batteries in a distant and exotic place? Traveling is something that has many benefits, so you should seriously consider this option. If you don’t have a lot of time on your hands, you can opt for a weekend getaway to a nearby city that you haven’t seen before, or pay a visit to a resort that’s not very far away. On the other hand, if you manage to get a week or so off, you should definitely book tickets to a place you’ve always wanted to see. Traveling is always a great option, and you should take every chance you have to do it.

Leave your work at work

You might be the employee of the month or year, but you don’t have to think about your work constantly. Since work-induced stress leads to nervousness, aggravation and even depression, it’s best that you leave your work where it belongs, and think about something else the moment you step out of the office. Even though it is easier said than done, you can find other activities that will preoccupy your mind. Being hard-working and devoted is a great thing, of course, but it’s best to learn when to stop.

Work on your breathing

Yes, it does sound ridiculous, as all of us breathe, right? However, even though many people don’t take this seriously, learning how to breathe properly can seriously help you in many ways. There are many breathing exercises online that you can try out and you will see how deep breathing for ten minutes a day and not thinking about anything else than the actual process of breathing can help you fight stress and feel so much better.

However, even though these practices are the most common and the best ones to fight stress and relax your body and mind, there are other options as well, such as taking up yoga or going to dance classes. Just find the thing that you enjoy the most, and try to be happy. It works!

Peter is a health writer at Essential Men's Clinic blog. Follow Peter on Twitter for more tips.

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CITY2SURF SYDNEY SPORTS MASSAGE

Are you planning to run in the CITY2SURF Sydney fun run on Sunday, August 14?  Don’t forget to book your pre-run sports massage with Elite Male Massage. The best time to book a sports massage when preparing for a run is 48 - 96 hours before and 24 - 48 hours after. Soft tissue release from a sports massage before the event will help decrease your chances of injury and improve your performance.

Sore and tired muscles is a natural occurrence after a hard workout or run. The major benefit of massage for runners is pain relief. Massage therapy will also help speed your recovery time, reduce inflammation, improve immune function, reduce stress and promote better circulation to your muscles and facilitate injury healing.

Here are a few tips to help you prepare for the CITY2SURF fun run. Stay well fed and hydrated. Water is the best form of hydration pre, mid and post-race. Eat simple healthy foods, no closer than 2 hours before the run to help optimise your electrolyte levels. Remember insufficient hydration is one of the most common causes of cramps, so drink more water throughout the week. Keep in mind that too much water on the day of the run will do more damage than good.

WHAT TYPE OF MASSAGE IS BEST FOR RUNNeRS

Active Release Technique
Active release is best for treating a specific injury. A.R.T. is an effective treatment method for hamstring injuries, plantar fasciitis (heel pain) and shin splints (pain felt anywhere along the shinbone from knee to ankle).

Relaxation or Swedish
Relaxation or Swedish massage is perhaps the most well-known of the common massage modalities and is often associated with relaxation and pampering. However, Swedish massage can also benefit runners, especially before big competitions.

Trigger Point
Trigger point therapy is a massage modality that targets muscle knots and areas of referred pain in the muscle tissue. Trigger point therapy is best used to treat injuries and is effective in the treatment of IT band tightness (the ligament that runs down the outside of the thigh from the hip to the shin), calf strains, and hamstring injuries.

Deep Tissue
Deep tissue massages normally focus on specific problem areas. Unlike trigger point therapy, deep tissue works the entire muscle. Because runners often have tight spots, deep tissue massage is often the modality of choice.

WHAT TO WATCH OUT FOR

Remember to drink plenty of water after your massage session to help flush out toxins and waste products that are released from the muscles. The massage should not hurt to be effective. Tight areas will cause some discomfort, but it shouldn’t leave you bruised or cause you to jump off the table. If you are constantly bruised and in pain after a massage your therapist’s pressure is too hard. Remember it takes time to recover after a therapeutic massage. You will also feel tired and if your legs feel a little dead the next day, that’s OK. This is why it’s important to have one rest day between a massage and a workout.