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Body Logic Massage in 2019

Dear Body Logic Patron,

This letter is to inform you of the upcoming 2019 price changes for the massage services offered at Body Logic.  We understand that it is difficult to put a price on health.  We strive to provide the highest level of care and customer service to our Virginia Beach community.  It has been 5 years since we restructured our massage services to provide more customized care to meet our clients’ needs and expectations.  It is time to make another change.  Beginning January 1, 2019 all massage services will have a $5 increase in cost.  The increased rate will be reflected in all pricing.  The new rates will be:

Body Logic’s team of licensed massage therapists are independent contractors.  Their income is reliant on services rendered and gratuity from the client.  We are very proud of our team and want to compensate them with competitive pay at a level they deserve.  A portion of the increased cost will go toward your massage therapist’s income.

Additionally, Body Logic strives to provide the best quality care with up to date equipment.  It is our goal to purchase 2 new hydraulic massage tables by October 2019.  These particular tables are beneficial for both the client and the massage therapist.  The quality of massage is enhanced because the massage therapist is better able to perform therapeutic modalities that an adjustable table can facilitate.   In turn, changing the height of the table protects the massage therapist’s body with minimal disruption to the client.

As 2018 winds to a close, we invite our loyal clients to take advantage of these last days to purchase massages at the current price.  As an added incentive, Body Logic is beginning the Holiday Massage Gift Certificate Sale early this year. Massage gift certificates will go on sale starting November 4th and will conclude December 22nd in-office and December 24th online.

Thank you for understanding and supporting our Body Logic Team!

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Lifestyle: The Key to Moderation

As we enter the holiday season, I always like to remind my patients about the power of moderation.  Starting with Halloween, American culture becomes obsessed with food… candy, pies, Christmas cookies, comfort foods, etc.  It’s everywhere!  This year I’ve decided to be transparent with my own health to share that it is possible to lead a life of moderation and be healthy.  I recently had lab work done and want to share my results with you.  Through a healthy combination of moderate dietary choices, exercise, and whole food supplementation… it’s possible to be healthy!

For those of you that don’t know my dietary restrictions, I’ll begin there.  In 2003 I was diagnosed with food sensitivities.  To read about my food allergy journey, click here.  For the last 5 years I have successfully refrained from any gluten or dairy intake.  Dairy includes everything made from cow’s milk: butter, cheese, sour cream, ice cream, milk, yogurt, etc.  It’s not worth the reaction!  So instead of focusing on what I can’t have, I eat well (and a lot!) of the foods that I can enjoy.  Veggies, fruit, nuts, and animal protein are my primary sources of nutrients… and it’s yummy!  I like to point out that I am still human, just like everyone else.  I still eat things like bacon and potato chips or drink alcoholic beverages, but not daily, and in moderation.

As for exercise, I have been slowly returning to a regular physical activity after having our second child.  This is the most challenging area of health for me simply due to time restrictions.  I spend an average of 48 hrs/week at our beloved Body Logic and have 2 small children (ages 4.5 and 1).  Just like every working parent, there just aren’t enough hours in the day!  However, with planning and creativity, it is possible to incorporate movement.  I’m happy to say that I successfully achieve at least 10,000 steps per day 5 of 7 days per week on average. Movement, in the form of sustained exercise, is a key component to achieving healthy lab results.

Sleep and stress management.  Trust me when I say- I get it my friends!  In fact, earlier this week our son decided to be awake from 12:30am-3:30am, and I still had to go to work the next day.  It’s not easy!  The cool thing is, when you make healthy food choices and get moving, stress levels are naturally lower because you feel good on the inside.  Proper digestion, healthy blood-sugar balance, and physical activity allow for better quality sleep, even if the length of sleep is lacking. *wink wink*

Lastly, whole food supplementation is an essential part of my life.  Because I’m a working parent, it’s essential for me to support my own health so I can support the health of my patients and my family.  Standard Process and Mediherb have been a part of my life for years now, and I must give credit to their products for helping me achieve the successes that I have.  For those of you curious on my daily intake of vitamins, here’s my current list:  Catalyn- GF, Organically Bound Minerals, Tuna Omega-3 Oil, Calcium Lactate, Cataplex F, Cataplex D, Antronex, Cyruta Plus, Zypan, Adrenal Complex, and Boswellia Complex.  I also drink an SP Complete Dairy Free smoothie for breakfast daily.

So here are the lab results!  I was so pleased to see them and it simply provides me with more motivation to keep making healthy choices.  I wish this for everyone and want to help you achieve your goals.  It’s time to take control of your own health.  I’m living proof to say that it’s possible!

 

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The Holidays are Coming!

Holiday season is upon us!

Upcoming massage gift certificate sale from November 5-December 24! Buy 2 get one ½ off, or buy 4 get 1 free! Purchase online here after November 5, 2018.

 

 

Two new Massage Therapists have joined our team!

Help us welcome Rona and Ashley by calling to schedule a massage! (757) 427-0355

Body Logic Holiday Hours

Holiday hours for Thanksgiving: We will be CLOSED from Thursday November 22-Sunday November 25. We will reopen on Monday November 26 with normal business hours. For Christmas we will be CLOSED from Monday December 24-Wednesday December 26. We will reopen on Wednesday December 27 with normal business hours. Make sure you schedule your chiropractic and massage appointments ahead!

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November News

Join us TOMORROW Friday, November 2, 2018 at 6pm for an exciting class!

Do you work at a computer all day? To busy to figure out how to incorporate exercise into your daily routine? Then this class is for you!

Brian Uniatowski from Anytime Fitness will be showing us a few different exercises that can be done around the office focusing on core and carpal stability. He will be discussing issues related to typing, as well as how your posture affects your neck and upper back.

We will be going over a few simple exercises, so dress comfortably and have comfortable shoes on. Click here to sign up today! We hope to see you there!

Meet our new customer experience coordinator, Kim!

Kim is a native of California who fell in love with Virginia during a visit in the Spring of 2018. She quickly decided to make the move across the country to be closer to her son and grandchildren. Kim’s background is in marketing, product development and retail management. Kim is passionate about helping others. In 2016 she pursued and obtained her certification as a Life Coach to broaden her abilities to relate with others. She set her intention to find a “work home” in Virginia, seeking a positive, service-oriented position. She found that home at Body Logic. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family, reading, writing and exploring her new home state. She is currently developing a blog discussing social and spiritual issues.

Kim Soares, CPC
Certified Life Coach

 

 

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Holiday Scents are in the Air

And the season for gift giving begins!  I encourage you to think about the health of your friends and family when choosing gifts this year.  Popular gifts often include fragrances, scented candles, and sweet-smelling lotions.  The downfall, however, is that these products often contain chemicals that are toxic and sometimes even known carcinogens.  So before you spend your money at Bath and Body Works or Yankee Candle, consider essential oils for this gift-giving season.

Why essential oils?  Here is an exert from doTERRA’s website explaining what an essential oil is…

“If you have ever enjoyed the scent of a rose, you’ve experienced the aromatic qualities of essential oils. These naturally occurring, volatile aromatic compounds are found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. They can be both beautifully and powerfully fragrant. Essential oils give plants their distinctive smells, essential oils protect plants and play a role in plant pollination. In addition to their intrinsic benefits to plants and their beautiful fragrance, essential oils have long been used for food preparation, beauty treatment, and health-care practices.”

doTERRA has released their holiday collection for 2018 and there are some great products included.  Check it out by clicking here!  As always, Body Logic places an order by the 10th of each monthWant us to add something for you?  Call and let us know! (757) 427-0355

Traveling for the holidays?  Here’s a simple way to freshen up the car while you’re driving!

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Sleep Ergonomics

As daylight savings time comes to an end and we prepare to set our clocks back an hour, many people look forward to dedicating their extra hour of time to a good night’s sleep.  This is an opportunity to consider the overall importance of good sleep posture as it relates to our musculoskeletal health.  If you have ever woken up with a randomly sore back or stiff “kink in the neck”, then you already understand that sleep position can play a large factor in musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction.

Having correct posture during sleep is just as necessary as having good posture while awake as it reduces unnecessary stress on the body’s joints, muscles, and ligaments. Considering that the average person spends almost one-third of a lifetime sleeping, it is crucial that proper sleep ergonomics be used as much as possible to limit these problems and to wake up feeling more relaxed and rejuvenated. Regardless of sleep position, it is ideal to sleep on a reputable mattress that provides comfort and support for the 3 normal curves of the spine in the neck, mid-back, and low back.  For most people, having a mattress with a firmer base layer and soft top layer is adequate.

Sleeping on the back is considered to be the best sleeping position for the spine as it naturally keeps the vertebrae in alignment while reducing any unnecessary bending or rotational forces.  With the nose pointing to the ceiling, this position should include one fluffed pillow placed underneath the neck curve (not just underneath the head) so that the neck feels cradled and supported.  Two additional pillows should also be stacked and placed underneath both knees, as needed, to help relax and relieve any low back tension or pain.

The next best sleep position is side sleeping posture and is often the best alternative for people who cannot sleep on their backs, such as those with sleep apnea.  In a side-posture position with the head and neck both resting on a fluffed pillow, the head should be in-line with the rest of the spine (ears aligned over the shoulders).  It is important to use a pillow that is neither too fluffy nor too flat, as these options will raise the head away from the bed or let the head fall toward the mattress respectively.  A second pillow should then be placed in between the knees (while slightly bent) to support the upper leg and to keep the lumbar spine and pelvis from tilting or rolling out of alignment.  The arms should not be raised above the shoulders or head in this position in order to prevent shoulder issues and should instead be placed in front of the chest where comfortable.  It is also not a good idea to sleep in a curled up fetal position, though side-lying, as this greatly reduces the normal curves of the neck and low back while creating strong muscle imbalances over time.

Lastly, sleeping in a face-down position is the worst position for spinal health and should not be used if possible.  The primary concern is excessive rotation of the head and neck, causing too much joint stress and loss of neck curvature over time.  Likewise, the pelvis and low back can become rotated to a lesser degree while attempting to make the knees comfortable.  If one must sleep face down, it is advised that he/she at least attempt sleeping with the head only slightly turned while keeping the airway open.

Ask your chiropractor for more tips on how to sleep correctly so that you can move better, feel better, and live better!