Reduce Stress by Being On Time

Punctuality can make a world of difference for everyone. Some people seem like they are born to always be early to everything and don’t know the meaning of being late, while others, you can bet on being at least 20 minutes late and if they’re on time, it’s shocking! But let’s take a moment to talk about the benefits of being on time. I am NOT an expert in being punctual–I have been known to be a chronically late person. However, I have made huge strides in this arena to overcome the stress of being late and the deeper ramifications that can accompany tardiness.

 

When you are constantly running late, it raises your cortisol levels, your stress hormone. You’re more likely to speed along and not pay as close attention to things around you and you might even get in an accident, which will create more stress.

 

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Here are some ways to help you be more punctual.

  1. Lie to yourself. If you have an appointment at 3, tell yourself it’s at 2:30. Put appointments in your phone as being before they actually are. Set your clock on your car ahead so you have that sense of urgency. When you start lying to yourself a little bit, it starts carving new neuropathways in your brain and makes you think that 2:50 is 3:00.
  2. Count minutes. One thing that can be insidious is the idea that something will “only take a minute.” Well, how many minutes are you using? If it takes you 2 minutes to put your hair in a bun and 1 minute to put on lipstick and 1 minute to decide what scarf you want to wear and 1 minute to tie the scarf how you want and 2 minutes to brush your teeth and …. Do you see how those minutes start adding up? Right now, we are at 7 minutes! Now that might not seem like a lot, but that’s 7 minutes you are now late. And in those 7 minutes, another car accident could have happened and now you have a detour you have to take that tacks on another 4-6 minutes to your commute. Now you’re 11-13 minutes late! Counting minutes makes you more aware of how you’re spending your time.
  3. Driving time is different than how much time it takes to get there. This is something that’s an interesting thought, and I don’t think many people think much about it. Say it takes you 20 minutes of driving time to get where you need to go. That means you can leave 20 minutes before you have to be there, right? WRONG! That’s JUST your driving time! That doesn’t include grabbing everything you need before you leave the house, putting your shoes / coat / hat / etc. on, getting in your car, buckling up, starting your car (maybe giving it a minute to warm up), making sure doors are locked, or needing to wait to get out of your driveway for some reason. It doesn’t take into account if there’s road construction, a car accident, if you get pulled over, getting stopped at all of the red lights, waiting for a train, and countless other things that could happen while you’re on the road. It doesn’t add in the time it takes for you to find parking, grab all of your things, walk to where you need to go, talk to the right person, get situated for being present at that place, and any other event that might come up. Just because it’s a 5 minute drive doesn’t mean it takes you 5 minutes to get there.
  4. Set timers. If you have 15 minutes to do makeup, set a timer. Once that timer is done, you’re done! No more! Walk away! That’s all you got! You can’t finish it! You gotta go! If you have 20 minutes to watch a show for a bit of a break, don’t watch an episode of Scandal or Sherlock! 20 minutes gives you ALMOST an episode of Parks and Recreation. You’re better off watching a quick Nickelodeon show or just reading a book for 20 minutes.
  5. Know yourself. I personally am unreliable before 10 am. I constantly try to work on it, however, my job also makes it easy for me to not work before 10 am. More people want to come in after work and on weekends, and not usually before work. Starting my day at 10 am or later and working later works for me. Don’t lie to yourself and say you can be up and lively at 5 am if you can’t! Be honest with yourself and know yourself. People will respect you more if you’re just honest.
  6. Raise the bar. Really, you need to start holding yourself to a higher standard. Maybe I’m being rude and you won’t like me after this, but it comes down to your priorities. Is it more important for you to have those extra minutes? Or is it important to you to be punctual and viewed as reliable and dependable?

 

By implementing some of these into your life, you will find more peace in your day. These will give you an opportunity to find Mindful Minutes throughout your day. When you get into your car, take a minute to sit and breathe and remember you’re in a 1 ton + machine that carries your precious life in it. Take that extra breath before you turn onto a road. When you get to work, grab yourself a beverage and either make a mental or physical list of the things you MUST accomplish that day. When you are on time, or even early, you get to add in more intention to your life.

 

Written by Marissa Orchard

Deep Tissue vs. Sports Massage

At Under Pressure Therapeutics our massage therapists specialize in a wide variety of massage techniques from Reiki, Neuromuscular, Sports, and Prenatal massage, but first and foremost we are a deep tissue practice.
“Well I’ve had a deep tissue massage before.” Or “I don’t like deep tissue, it’s too much pressure.” You may be surprised to know that deep tissue does not necessarily mean deep pressure. Many clients do enjoy deeper pressure massages and receive a lot of benefit from that intense pressure.
Deep tissue however is a fancier way of saying that we focus our massages more to fit your specific ailments. Deep tissue massage is used to release chronic patterns of tension, say that neck stiffness you just cannot get rid of or your chronic lower back pain. Our therapists will work deep into your tissues to un-wind the chronic pain pattern and, therefore, the client will receive a deeper release than a basic Swedish or full body massage. The longer the therapist can spend on a certain area warming up the tissues and using cross fiber friction and myofascial release, the deeper they can get into the tissue with less discomfort to the client.
An even more specific massage technique is sports massage. This is a type of massage where the therapist themselves is well educated in various sports and the muscles used in that sport. As such they can deliver a very specific massage to release and strengthen specific muscles to aid in an athlete’s performance.
Sports massage is popular onsite at sporting events such as marathons, triathlons, and weightlifting meets (and our office does provide onsite massage upon request). It is used to warm up and cool down an athlete and help them get out of their heads and into the competition mindset. It also plays a major role in an athlete’s training and self-care regimen. It can speed up the rate of healing from injuries, provide greater range of motion for tight muscles, and flush the system of lactic acid and toxins produced by the body after a hard training day. It is noted that the therapist and athlete should be aware of their training and competition schedule to know when it is best to receive massage and what type of techniques should be used. The more often an athlete receives massage, the faster their body bounces back from it.
Whether you are looking for relief from a specific ailment or gearing up for your first marathon (lifting is my thing though), you should communicate to your therapist specifically what your goals from massage are and what you would like to focus on. Always remember that we are geniuses in our field but not mind readers! Ask us questions, pick our brains and let us know if there’s something you’d really like to take care of. If one of our therapists doesn’t know how to approach your treatment, chances are we have someone that does. Now that you know a little more about two of the therapies that we offer you will be better able to let your therapist know what you want.
Written by Eleanor Le Fevre

Refer a Friend in February

You know we offer a referral discount, right? Well if you don’t, every person who comes in to Under Pressure Therapeutics and says YOU referred them grants you $10 off your next session with us as a small token of appreciation for that referral.

 

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This February, be sure to tell all of your friends, co-workers, neighbors, and even people you don’t like about us! If they come in for a session in the month of February, your referral credit gets doubled! That’s right–YOU get $20 per person toward your next session with us! And the referral discount is the ONLY discount at Under Pressure Therapeutics you can stack with other discounts! If you refer 3 friends and they all come in before your next session with us, you get an hour massage for $5! No joke!

 

So share away! Tell everyone about our New Client Special! Share on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, LinkedIn, or Pinterest! Send people emails about how awesome we are! And no, your discount does NOT have to be used in February.

Valentine’s Special 2017

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Love is in the air! To celebrate Valentine’s Day, give the gift of Massage Therapy by buying 2 gift certificates for 15% off (total $110.50) or invest in some self care with 10% off one gift certificate (total 58.50)!

 

Valid in store only. Valid February 1, 2017 – February 14, 2017.  Call / text (970) 286-0033 to reserve your certificate(s) or email marissa@uptmassage.com.