Resolve to Find Health & Wellness on the Island

By Leslie Thompson & Shannon Rowan

New Year, New You ~ With Massage from Therapeutic Healthworks!

With the New Year, people regularly make a commitment to fitness and to changing their diet. The difference a person would experience if they regularly made a commitment to therapeutic massage could be life changing. Massage is not just simply a back rub, nor is it a luxury. Research tells us that massage therapy is an integral component of a well-rounded wellness program, combating everything from chronic pain to the negative effects of stress.

One way in which frequent therapeutic massage can improve overall health is by lowering stress. Experts estimate that upwards of 90 percent of disease is stress related. And perhaps nothing ages us faster, internally and externally, than the effects of stress. Studies from the Touch Research Institute have shown that massage therapy effectively reduces stress and anxiety by lowering the stress hormone cortisol by up to 53 percent and also increasing levels of serotonin and dopamine.
Those aches and pains you have might stay away longer, or go away altogether, with frequent visits to your massage therapist. Massage can assist the runner with greater flexibility, reduce arthritic pain and swelling, address orthopedic injuries, improve muscle tone and increase range of motion.
Massage is an ally to preventative healthcare. On a regular basis, it can help us live a proactively, healthier life.
Therapeutic HealthWorks, Inc., is a Day Spa for Skin and Body Care. We offer therapeutic massage, as well as body masques for detoxification and deep moisture of the skin, body scrubs for exfoliation and glowing skin and holistic herbal facials and waxing. They employ the most experienced and dedicated licensed massage therapists and estheticians who care about their customers and their wellbeing. They also offer specials through facebook. Hour of operation are Monday through Saturday, by appointment, with flexible hours to fit your schedule. To make an appointment or for more information, please call 409- 762-8199.
Therapeutic HealthWorks, Inc. Day Spa for Skin and Body Care is located at 2114 Sealy Galveston. Visit www.TherapeuticHealthWorks.com for more information. Danielle Barker Alvarado OTR, LMT, MTI, cnmi.

Enjoy Natural Alternatives at Happy Pretty You!

A holistic approach to improving your health addresses your mind, body and spirit as they are connected as one. Regular exercise and eating properly are a great start but you also need to care for your mind and spirit. If the mind and/or spirit are not at ‘ease’ the body can manifest ‘dis-ease’ to keep in balance.

At Happy Pretty You! Reiki Salon & Spa our philosophy is to set your inner beauty free naturally and assist you in achieving a healthy mind-body-spirit connection. To surround you in a holistic environment with natural elements, all products used are botanical based and free of ammonia, sulfates and parabens.
Imagine feeling pampered in a private and relaxing environment where artistry and beauty create a special oasis of love, peace and light naturally. Experience the ultimate in customer service, personal attention and a healing touch… release the tensions of the world and enjoy natural alternatives as you receive the happy pretty hair, skin and life of your dreams!
Hours are by appointment only to serve you better! Happy Pretty You! Reiki Salon & Spa is located at 509 8th Street. Call 409-765-5502 for more information, or visit HappyPrettyYou.com.

Discover the Benefits of Infrared/LED Sauna

Looking to help de-stress or lose weight? Beautiful Laser Center can help with their Infrared Sauna, which has LED red-light/blue light therapy for your face at no additional charge. Red light therapy is is one of the newest treatments for aging and damaged skin. It uses your body’s natural process to heal. Blue light targets to kill propionibacterium acne or the bacteria associated with acneand is approved by the FDA.

There are several benefits of the infrared sauna such as detoxification, weight loss, pain relief, skin beautification, and relaxation and rejuvenation.
It is the perfect solution for helping your body get rid of the environmental toxic chemicals. The infrared heat energy deeply penetrates tissues triggering mobilization of chemicals from fat storage and directly into sweat and the magnetic therapy promotes metabolic processing of toxins to help your body expel them.
The infrared heat will increase the peripheral blood flow and remove fat through sweat. Weight loss is one of the great benefits of using our Vital Saunas every day. A single therapeutic sauna session will burn as much as 300-600 calories.
The rays penetrate heat deep into the skin, over 1 1⁄2 inches into the muscle tissue, and alleviates symptoms such as back pain, sprains, strains, joint stiffness, muscle spasms and headaches as well as pains due to conditions such as Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis. It improves blood flow and oxygen to enhance the body’s natural healing process. The improved blood flow and fluid exchange to the injured tissue helps reduce pain and inflammation.
Infrared Saunas are excellent for increasing blood circulation to the skin, which is essential for beautiful, youthful, glowing skin! This increased blood flow brings important nutrients to subcutaneous and surface tissue, promoting cellular activity and growth.
Perhaps the most immediate relief you will get from basking in an Infrared Sauna is simple relaxation, as it melts away the stresses and tensions of the fast-paced life, leaving you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated! Infrared heat will give your body an overall massaging effect, soothing jangled nerves and knotted muscles. This therapy can help reduce stress and enhance your body’s energy supply!
They also offer LED therapy without the sauna for those who don’t like to sweat. For 20 minutes three to four times a week, let the LEDs bath your face, neck, chest, back or other area in healing light. It’s also great for arthritis and other inflammation related conditions. It rejuvenates skin and encourages collagen production.
Mikayla Wilson suggests these treatments three to four times per week for four to six weeks to see results. Sessions can be purchased by the session at $10 per visit or $75 for the entire month. Publisher Shannon Rowan will be using the LED treatment, so look for her results in the March issue of the Islander Magazine.
Beautiful Laser Center is located at 3328 Broadway. For more information, call 409-454-9502 or visit beautifullaser.com.

Hotties Salon Offers Full Body Collagen Red Light Therapy

Red light therapy is a healing strategy that makes use of red tinted light in order to stimulate the body’s natural defense systems and bring relief from various ailments. Hotties Salon was the first establishment in Galveston County to pamper its customers by producing fast results for people with a variety of skin matters.

Light therapy consists of exposure to daylight or to specific wavelengths of light using lasers, light-emitting diodes, fluorescent lamps, dichroic lamps or very bright, full-spectrum light, usually controlled with various devices such as tanning beds.
Common use of red light therapy is associated with the treatment of many skin disorders and a few psychiatric disorders. Hotties Salon light therapy beds are effective in treating acne, eczema and psoriasis, as well as rejuvenating your skin by removing lines, wrinkles and reducing scarring and stretch marks. Red light therapy firms, tones, and restores moisture to your skin while effectively relieving joint pain and even helping treat seasonal affective disorders and depression. Other medical applications of light therapy also include pain management, accelerated wound healing, hair growth, improvement in blood properties and blood circulation, and sinus-related diseases and disorders.
Stop by Hotties Salon located at 4619-C Ft. Crockett or call 409-621-4688 for more information on how red light therapy can help improve your health and wellness.

Setting Fitness Goals for the Year With Total Fitness and Urban Health & Fitness

Both Total Fitness and Urban Health & Fitness serve people of all ages and all walks of life, including novice gym goers who are discovering fitness for the first time to competitive professional athletes. They are easily accessible amiable neighborhood gyms with real people, real goals and a friendly approach to fitness.

Whether your purpose is to lose weight, gain muscle or just to become a healthier person, their friendly staff readily available to help reach your goals. Sometimes, reaching your goals means drawing motivation from the people around you. That’s why both facilities offer fitness classes ranging from Zumba, Step, Kettle Bells, Kickboxing and Core Strengthening classes. Boot Camp is a program designed to lift you up not put you down. Experienced personal fitness trainers will work with you to reach your fitness goals in a fast, effective, and positive environment. As a friend, cheerleader and coach, their certified personal trainers can offer encouragement and advice to keep you motivated on every step of your fitness journey.
“It’s a commitment to health, a promise to live better, and a newfound motivation to set a goal and reach for it every day,” says owner Peter Bergin. “You’ve got the desire and the will to get there and we’ve got a few reasons for you to get started today.”
Check out both facilities and class schedules online at www.galvestontotalfitness.com and www.urbanheathandfitness.com, or call 409-763-5448 for Total Fitness and 409-621-2878 for Urban Health & Fitness.

Mind-Body Center Provides Several Therapies for Health, Emotional Well-Being & Spiritual Nourishment

The philosophy of the Mind-Body Center for Alternative Medicine and Massage is to promote physical health, emotional well-being and spiritual nourishment. They view illness as an opportunity for personal growth and transformation and therapists as catalysts and guides in this process.

Mind/body medicine teaches you how to listen to your body to reduce stress and pain. They believe in the saying: “Our body knows how to heal itself, treat it well.”
The Center for Alternative Medicine offers the following services:
Massage Therapy. By its nature, massage therapy incorporates various methods to manipulate the soft tissues of the body to achieve a general state of well-being.
They offer various types of massage including: Swedish, deep tissue, trigger point, neuro-muscular, hot stone, reflexology, lympathic drainage, oncology, cranioSacral, Reiki master and couples.
Acupuncture/Acupressure: For pain, stress, sleep and digestive disturbances, headaches, fatigue and more including NAET allergy elimination therapy and herbal medicine.
Marriage and Family Therapy: Psychotherapy for individuals, couples and families, marital and pre-marital counseling, loss and grief therapy for life transitions, hypnotherapy for anxiety and smoking cessation, meditation and guided imagery to relieve stress and holotropic breathwork for self discovery.
Center for Alternative Medicine & Massage is located at 4920-D Seawall Boulevard. Call 409-762-6463 for more information, or go online to Centerforalternativemedicine.com.

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