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3 Ways To Quickly Restore Your Sense Of Well-being

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by Sara Stringer

It can be puzzling when you don’t feel well even in spite of financial and social well-being. In fact, feelings of apathy and boredom may be a frustrating mystery in your life. However, if you’re not feeling inspired by life, help is probably closer at hand than you may now think, and there are three solutions that can give you a powerful method of feeling alive again. Since these three solutions are dramatically engaging in nature, they will dramatically improve your sense of physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Female ballet dancer

Massage

Massage therapy is a health treatment that goes far beyond the basics of relaxing muscles. In fact, massage has been scientifically recognized as an effective therapy for many health conditions and mood disorders, including stress and depression. These days, an entire cottage industry has risen up around massage therapy. A massage therapist may come equipped with massage oil and other accessories to maximize effectiveness, and they are usually well versed in several forms of massage.

There are many types of massages are available:

Swedish massage can prevent injury, promote relaxation, help in injury rehabilitation, or increase general wellness.

The Graston Technique can help move soft tissue to remove scar tissue and treat chronic inflammation or soft tissue fibrosis.

Myofascial release can help relieve tension in your myofascial system. The muscles of the body are wrapped in a tissue called fascia. These can cause discomfort if out of equilibrium. This massage releases restrictions and discomforts in it. Treatment includes posture analysis. This form of therapy has been found to be particularly effective in healing structural imbalances, birth traumas, PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), lumbosacral pain, and chronic headaches.

In general, massage can help restore wellbeing by promoting healing of the following conditions:

  • Poor blood circulation
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Muscle aches
  • Joint pain
  • Arthritic Pain
  • Back Pain
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Headaches
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Myofascial Pain
  • Sports Injuries
  • Scar Tissue
  • TMD (temporomandibular disorders, which incidentally is often referred to incorrectly as TMJ in reference to the joint)

Dance

The world of dancing offers numerous forms of dance. The most formal, perhaps, is ballet, which has been refined for centuries. Then there is always Jazz dancing and ballroom dancing if you want to learn how to move gracefully but are not ready for something as demanding as ballet. However, there are numerous other styles, too, like belly dancing, country dancing, folk dancing, tango, tap, and zumba.

Dancing provides many benefits:

  •  It’s a form of low impact aerobic activity that will improve flexibility, coordination, posture, and balance. You’ll lose weight and tone up your muscles without even trying.
  •  It’s a wonderful way to reduce stress, lift your spirits, increase mindfulness, and stay mentally fit as your brain builds up new neural pathways as you learn and practice new steps.
  •  It’s an opportunity to make new friends, gain social poise and confidence, and connect with a community of fellow dancers.
  •  It’s a chance to increase your personal growth. You’ll become more confident, set and achieve goals, and learn how to overcome challenges and adversity.

In short, dance is an excellent way to increase not only your levels of energy, but also your overall happiness.

Health & Fitness

Finally, there is the wide world of fitness. While many people think of improving health and fitness as simply joining a gym and going for aerobics or weightlifting classes, fitness can also include yoga, pilates, cycling and running.

According to the Mayo Clinic, there are 7 good reasons to exercise: Exercise controls weight, combats health conditions and diseases,  improves mood, boosts energy, promotes better sleep, puts the spark back into your sex life, and can be fun.

Solution Closer Than You Think

You don’t have to see a psychotherapist to figure out what’s wrong with you or pursue an alternative lifestyle to feel more alive. You also don’t have to think about parachuting from an airplane, risking your life climbing Mount Everest, going deep sea diving in the Bahamas, seeing the pyramids of Egypt or traveling on safari to South Africa. While these things could be fun to do, you may not have the money or time. Getting regular massage, learning how to dance, or beginning to get into health and fitness may be just the trick to help you enjoy the fullness of life again.

About the Author

Sara Stringer is freelance writer who enjoys writing about natural health alternatives. In her spare time, she enjoys maintaining an active lifestyle through swimming and practicing yoga.

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