Look Good and Feel Even Better at Home or Out in the Big Wide World

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Look Good and Feel Even Better

at Home or Out in the Big Wide World 

Many of us are finally emerging from many months of hiding indoors.  

You might feel inspired by your health-conscious peers, And whether you’ve been inside because of the weather or the pandemic if you are ready to begin living again, here are some ways to do so. Each tip puts your mental and physical health first!

Seek guidance from a professional.

Living a healthier lifestyle starts at home and with the decisions you make each day. But unless you’re already a fitness, nutrition, or health specialist, now’s a great time to find one to help you reset your life. You can find a wellness professional online who will either meet you in person or offer services virtually. Before you hand over a credit card, double-check their price, timeline, and reviews from former customers.

Did someone say at-home massage?

Anxiety relief, better sleep, more energy, and less pain are all great benefits of massage therapy, according to Prevention. If you are not quite ready to head out to the crowded streets, you might feel as though a relaxing massage is out of reach. Fortunately, ThaiMassage-NYC offers house calls with travel fees as low as $50.

Get social.

Socialization is a crucial component of the human condition. But until herd immunity and vaccination levels have reached a safe level, you may not feel comfortable gathering in crowds. That’s okay. You can still get social with your friends and neighbors while staying safely socially distant. Now that the weather is warm, a backyard barbecue and late-night firepit may just be the ticket you need to re-forge your friendships. Zoom, Google Hangouts, and Facebook Messenger are all options to help you stay in touch if you don’t want to be within touching distance.

Give it a stretch.

Stretching feels good. If for no other reason than that, you should make a point of stretching your arms, back, and legs every day. But if you need more encouragement, there are many other perks. Better flexibility, improved blood flow, and increased range of motion are among them. If stretching yourself seems like too much work or if you are not sure how to go about doing a thorough job, you should consider the passive stretching that Thai massage is generally known for. While there is a lot more to a Thai massage than stretching, an experienced therapist can help you go beyond what you can do by yourself.

Visit a city park.

Whether you live in the city or the suburbs, having access to green space is great for your mood and your physical health. A short walk through nature has mood-enhancing benefits, and your local park likely has plenty of play areas for the kids. If the virus is still a major concern to you, the CDC says that being outdoors is safer than gathering inside.

DIY your facial.

If you’re ready to show your face out in public, a facial is a great way to look your best. You can use things like coconut oil and coffee grounds to exfoliate and re-energize. Other ingredients you can use include egg whites, lemon juice, bananas, avocado, and olive oil. You can even have a girls’ night in with your closest gal pals making your own facial scrubs, painting your nails, and daydreaming about concerts and bridal shows.

Master your mindset.

Last but most important, to look, feel, and be your very best, you have to change your mindset. The pandemic has taken a toll on all of us, but it’s not too late to look at it as an opportunity to grow. Maybe you’ve had a chance to do housework that you’ve let lapse thus far. Or perhaps, you spent more time with your family than ever. The point here is to look at the positives so that the negatives don’t bring you down.

Even if you don’t plan to fully rejoin society just yet, you can start to regain control of your life in ways that improve your overall health. The above tips, from getting a massage to rubbing coffee grounds on your face, might not be the first things that come to mind, but they are certainly small actions that will help you be the very best version of yourself. Take the first step and book a massage with ThaiMassage-NYC now.

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Contemplating bodywork during a pandemic?

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Contemplating bodywork during a pandemic?

Here’s what we do to maximize your safety.

I appreciate any hesitation

…contemplating bodywork during a pandemic is quite involved and not easy to do.
Most of my pre-pandemic client base feels the same way you do. The things I want to say here are in response to this very topic.
I hope that all of your questions are answered.

I am fully vaccinated

Masks are Required

At all times by Everyone.
All persons in the studio will be wearing a face mask at all times, including during the massage therapy session itself. This was originally mandated by NYS for the New York Forward reopening plan back in July 2020. The mask can be any type of face-covering including cloth masks, surgical masks, etc.
N-95 and respirator-type masks are not required.
 Therapists and other professionals in my ecosystem are required to wear masks at all times when interacting with clients, even when you and a therapist are socially distanced and further than 6 feet apart.
While we understand that it might be slightly less relaxing to wear a mask during your session, both you and I wearing a mask is one of the single most effective safety measures that can be taken.
In order to make lying face down more comfortable, we will be using pillowcases as a drape shield on the mat.

Covid Safety Measures:

Strict Hygiene & Disinfection Protocols 
As a licensed massage therapist in NYS, I already had fairly strict virus protection hygiene practices in the studio. Hand-washing, sanitizing, not touching the face were instilled in us since massage school, and wiping down touched surfaces after sessions were already part of the normal daily routine. In addition, every client always received a freshly laundered set of linens for their session, but since resume, I have decided to eliminate the linens altogether and am enjoying the simplicity and added traction that is afforded by the comfortable mat that has always existed under the mattress topper that I used to have under the sheets. The mat is made of a non-porous, closed-cell rubber material and it can be cleaned more thoroughly between sessions.  The new studio also is free from the carpeting we once had in MidTown too, so the whole floor gets sanitized between clients.
In addition to the existing practices,  our new COVID-19 safety plan includes hand sanitizer prominently placed in the studio for you to use any time you need it.
All sanitizers used at the studio have at least 60% alcohol content as recommended by the CDC. In addition, I have checked to make sure they are not on the FDA recall list.
Reducing unnecessary points of contact such as credit cards and cash. All checkouts will be available on Venmo or Zelle and we will only use the credit cards if these are not possible. We ask that you use hand sanitizer after signing at the end of the checkout process.
We have an additional 15 minutes of time between appointments to allow for extra cleaning time.

 Before NYC went to phase III reopen, I had already completed a special training course designed for healthcare workers that addressed all of the necessary precautions to prevent disease transmission and increase safety for myself and my clients. During the #stayhome I also completed the Contact Tracer Training Program, which includes even more specific details about Covid 19. Before reopening, I studied all state and local requirements under the NY Forward Phase III, which are quite extensive protocols for safety. My NY Forward plan is in place, and all of the other professionals in my ecosystem are in cooperation and compliance with these efforts as well.

  I have been rendering treatments since July 6 and have a perfect track record of operation in regard to Covid and have not been called by any contact tracers. Every client is thoroughly screened before every appointment and I continue to sanitize all touch surfaces between clients as well. I limit my exposure as much as possible throughout the day and my wife continues to work from home since March 2020. I get tested regularly and my clientele is fully traceable.

The Goal is to Make The Studio as Safe As Possible, and Always

As a practitioner, I’ve made sure to keep up to date with the latest practices and have always taken my responsibilities as a licensed massage therapist seriously.  In the past, this included strict hygiene protocols on handwashing and disinfecting, laundering our linens at hospital grade levels, and asking both staff and clients to self-screen for cold and flu, and other communicable diseases.

This specific coronavirus does require a new and stricter COVID-19 safety plan for massage therapy to prevent transmission than businesses had engaged in before. Preventing colds or flu is always a worthwhile goal. But like this virus, not 100% possible. The consequences for flu were both known and less severe.

Among my network of bodyworkers, I have still not heard of anyone who has gotten sick from one of their clients, nor am I aware of anyone who has gotten sick after getting a massage from a therapist.

Our COVID-19 Safety Plan for Massage Therapy Needs Everyone to Work Properly

Our new COVID-19 safety measures, as well as any further measures that become recommended, will make the likelihood of getting the virus at our studio extremely low. We will be continually monitoring their effectiveness and making decisions to open up further, stay open, or potentially partially or fully close down again, entirely based on science and data.

We hope that all of this information helps you stay informed and allows you to make your own decisions about your health and safety. Choosing whether to come to our studio to get a massage is an individual choice based on a number of important factors for each of you. As we all start poking our heads out of full quarantine, we will each have our own needs and risk tolerances.

Our hope is to be able to provide the pain and stress relief that you’ve come to count on at our studio to you in the safest way possible. So that it is there for you whenever you are ready.

  I understand that the next two details do not eliminate all possible risks. However, I want you to know from a recent test after donating convalescent plasma that I still have antibodies in my blood even though I recovered from Covid almost a year ago. I am scheduled to get my second dose of the Covid vaccine in about two weeks. 

Sources

  1. NYS Guidelines for Personal Care Services
  2. OSHA Guidance for Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19
  3. CDC Interim Guidance for Businesses
  4. CDC How Coronavirus Spreads
  5. Amid the Coronavirus Crisis, a Regimen for Reëntry
  6. CDC FAQ
  7. NYS COVID-19 Tracker on Fatalities
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Transforming Your Habits: 5 Easy Changes For a Healthier Lifestyle

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Transforming Your Habits:

5 Easy Changes For a Healthier Lifestyle 

Do you ever find yourself wishing that you could adopt a healthier lifestyle? 

You might feel inspired by your health-conscious peers, but perhaps you worry that you wouldn’t be able to handle making several big lifestyle changes all at once. Here’s the good news: You can start small by tweaking your habits. Working on one healthy habit at a time is better than trying to do it all and then ending up backtracking. These tips will help you boost your mental and physical health without overextending yourself. This article is an example of the informative content we intend to provide on the Thai Massage – NYC blog.

Move Your Body

You may not have time to hit the gym several days per week, but you can naturally incorporate exercise into your daily routines. For instance, you can take the stairs instead of the elevator at work, walk to the grocery store rather than driving, or even use your bike to get around town for cardio.

If you’re going to live a more active lifestyle and look your best at the same time, you’ll need to invest in comfortable clothing that allows you to move easily. Look for athletic wear that doesn’t sacrifice style, like sleek leggings, colorful sneakers, and soft t-shirts for layering. You’ll also need a functional bra. Ideally, you should purchase a bra without an underwire that feels supportive without being constricting. Wearing well-fitting clothes can even help you look younger.

Drink More Water

Do you often reach for coffee, caffeinated tea, or sugary sodas and fruit juices to stay alert throughout the day? If so, it’s time to trade these beverages for water instead. To adjust to drinking more water, The Kitchn recommends drinking a big glass as soon as you wake up, keeping a water bottle with you when you leave your house, and using an app to track your intake. And if you catch yourself craving something more flavorful, you can always infuse your water with fruit and cucumber slices to give it a sweet, subtle taste!

Time to Unplug

If you want to feel your best, nailing down a healthy sleep schedule is essential. However, the blue light emitted from your devices might be keeping you up at night. Sound Sleep Medical states that blue light inhibits the production of melatonin in your brain, which is the hormone that signals to your body when it’s time to go to sleep. Power down your laptop and stash your phone in a drawer an hour or two before heading to bed.

Improve Your Diet

Maybe you always tell yourself that you’re going to eat more fruits and vegetables, but your cravings for sweet and salty treats make it difficult. How can you remedy this? By sneaking them into your diet. For instance, try making a tasty fruit smoothie with a handful of greens — you won’t even be able to taste the difference. You can also make “nice” cream from frozen bananas or blend veggies into a pasta sauce.

Make Time for Self-Care

Finally, it’s important to carve out some time for self-care on a weekly basis. You might want to begin practicing yoga or meditation and designating fifteen minutes to a half-hour every evening for one of these relaxing activities. You could also try writing in a journal to clear your mind in the morning or evening. And it never hurts to splurge on self-care sometimes — for example, you could schedule a monthly massage to completely unwind!

The idea of overhauling your entire lifestyle can seem intimidating. 

But you don’t have to make sweeping changes in order to improve your health. By gradually changing your habits and making healthier choices on a daily basis, you’ll notice that you’re feeling better than ever — no dramatic transformation required! And if you’re feeling stressed out, it’s time to book a soothing massage at Thai Massage – NYC. (212) 444-8424

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