Category ‘Health and Wellness’

The Benefits of Meditation for Active Women

If you’ve heard about the benefits of meditation but haven’t started a regular practice, you’re not alone. Many active women with maxed-out responsibilities at home and work wonder how they’d ever find the time to fit in another activity. Today, we’ll talk about why it’s time to reconsider meditation,...

Self-Care for the Sandwich Generation

The sandwich generation is a group of people—usually in their thirties or forties but also includes baby boomers—who are raising their own kids and responsible for the care of their aging parents. They are carrying the weight of two demanding roles: parent and caregiver. Women are more likely to...

3 Reasons to Add Yoga to Your Self-Care Routine

Yoga is everywhere—and for good reason. Did you know that regularly doing yoga reduces stress, inflammation, and even chronic pain? If that sounds like the kind of relief you’re looking for, consider adding yoga to your health & wellness routine. But first, what is yoga? Yoga is a form...

5 Reasons to Add Strength Training to Your Routine

As we move into what some meanies call middle age, our beauty routines start to require more than eye serum, firming moisturizer, and regular exfoliation. What’s now necessary is finding the fountain of youth—a seemingly impossible task until you discover what strength training does for the mind, body and...

Book a Self-Care Date With Yourself

If you’ve ever thought, “I just need one minute to myself!”, you may be short on self-care. Self-care is taking care of your own physical, emotional, and mental needs with positive behaviours. In real life, it means the difference between being your best self and snapping at loved ones...

Workplace Stress, Worker Health and the Bottom Line

Stress happens when we feel a physical, mental or emotional response to something. Stress can result from any area of our life, personal or professional. Some stress is okay, and can be beneficial because it can give you the energy and motivation to rise to the challenge. “Workplace stress”...

The Importance of Hydrating Before and After Massage

We all know water is good for us. It’s the foundation of life. We may survive weeks without food, but can only survive days without water. Every single one of the trillions of cells in our body needs water. It’s in our blood, helps our bodies digest food, cushions...

How to Prolong the Self-Care Benefits of Massage Therapy

You come to Hand & Stone for an amazing massage. The environment, professionalism, and friendliness make your experience outstanding. You feel relaxed, refreshed, and soothed when you’re on the table. You go home – and then what? Don’t you wish you could keep those great feelings with you after...

Massage for Stress Relief and Heart Health

Massage by a registered massage therapist can help reduce stress, a risk factor for heart disease and stroke. However, before getting a massage, check with your doctor to make sure it is right for you. The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada recognizes the important contribution of its sponsors....

How long should a massage be?

How long should a massage be? Typically massage therapy should be at least 50 minutes to one hour for a general full body treatment to be effective.  Some establishments offer forty-five and fifty minute sessions.  A good therapist can get what needs to be addressed treated, but in my...