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Fight Allergies and Clean with Essential Oils- Mother’s Day Gift Certificate Sales Begin

Hello to all of our wonderful Body Logic patrons!!

What a month March was?!  With all that is going on in the world these days we hope that everyone is doing their part in staying safe, distancing from social settings, and washing those hands like its going out of style! At Body Logic, we are taking our part to ensure that we are all following distancing guidelines within the office as well as keeping the office a safe space through cleanliness practices.

We shortened our patient hours and have spread our staff members into different shifts to decrease the amount of overlap keeping safe distances from one another.  Please click here to view available hours for all three of the doctors. We appreciate your flexibility as we continue to be as available as much as we can.

Essential Oils to the Rescue!

As you all know, we love our essential oils! We have been using doTERRA’s OnGuard products in our office constantly to battle against the germs.  Since spring has sprung, we recognize that many of you are suffering from seasonal allergies!  doTERRA has natural relief for you!  We love using the products from the Introductory Kit: lavender, lemon, and peppermint. Blending the combination of all 3 products can provide allergy relief!  You can blend the combination in a diffuser or make your own roller ball to apply directly to your skin.  Additionally, lemon is also great to use when cleaning! If you start running low on other cleaning supplies that are in high demand right now, check out your essential oil stash for help!  If you need to restock and do not want to leave your house, you can place an order here!

We miss our Massage Therapists!

Most of you should be aware by now of the governor’s mandated closure for all salons of any sorts which included our team of massage therapists. Per Gov. Northam’s request, we stopped offering massages starting March 25th.  We will resume massage scheduling as soon as the mandate has been lifted. We will not be drafting the massage membership program to be fair to our members who will not have the opportunity to schedule.  We will also extend gift certificate expiration dates, to allow for extra time to be able to use your gift certificate.  We are hopeful that we will have our awesome team back address your health care needs sooner rather than later.  For more information, click here.

Gift Certificate Sales

Although providing massages is currently on hold, we still have fun news!! Mother’s Day is around the corner and our annual Mother’s Day Gift Certificate sale starts April 10th!  Mom is always there for us in our time of need and takes care of everyone else before taking time for herself. Let’s show that we care and appreciate all that she has done for us by giving the gift of relaxation!  Especially with the closing of schools for the rest of the year, now more than ever is time to pay her back for her dedication to keeping the family together.  Sale prices are $10 OFF a 60 minute massage and $15 OFF a 90 minute massage.  Online and in-office sale prices available starting April 10th!

Thank you!

We can not thank you enough for your support and being a part of the Body Logic family.  We’ve always had your back and we are thankful you have ours. Updates will continue to be sent via email and posted on our Facebook page.  And we look forward to seeing you for your next appointment!

 

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Keeping Your Hips Happy!

Some of you may not know this… Dr. Amanda will be running the Shamrock Half Marathon on March 22nd.  In honor of her ambitions, we dedicate this month’s newsletter education to the body region that has been the most challenging for her while training… the hips!

“My goal is to finish a half marathon after having kids.  I ran the Flying Pirate half marathon in the OBX 7 years ago.  It was my first half marathon, and I quickly said it would be my last!  And then I had kids… followed by a strong desire to get my body back to the physical shape I was in prior to having kids.  Nate is 2 ½ years old and I’m ready to do this.  The satisfaction of completion is just around the corner, I can feel it.  And I can also feel every mile in my hips.  The aching and gnawing feeling just comes to life at night when I’m trying to relax.  I never felt that type of pain prior to having kids!  But I’m moving forward with my training successfully and I’m looking forward to crossing the finish line.  Included in this newsletter are some tips on what I’ve done for self-care to improve recovery and reduce the discomfort.  Good luck to all the runners… I’ll see you out there!” – Dr. Amanda

Stretching/Yoga

Stretching is an absolute must… for everyone!  But particularly for the running community.  In today’s world, we do a lot of sitting: hips flexed, knees bent, and (often) a slumped posture through the shoulders.  After prolonged sitting, the muscles become accustomed to their position.  This is exactly why when you first stand up you feel stiff.  It is difficult for the body to straighten to an erect posture and can take a few steps before you actually feel upright.  One of the muscles responsible for hip stabilization (keeping your hips square under your torso) is the piriformis muscle.  The piriformis muscle gets weak from excessive sitting. And, in contrast, gets strong, but TIGHT from running.  Although Dr. Amanda has done a lot of different stretches while training, the piriformis stretch has been a staple for helping her hips work through changing from weak to strong and combating the tightness from running.  Doing yoga throughout your training can bring you additional benefit.  Simple stretching is a great way to loosen the muscles, but yoga’s incorporation of a focus on breathing takes it to a whole new level.

Strengthening

One of the biggest mistakes we make when starting an exercise routine is that we go big too quickly.  If you don’t start small, injury is likely to occur.  Hip stabilization exercises are another absolute must to get the proper muscles stronger to perform in an endurance activity, like training for a half marathon.  But it’s important to keep this in mind for the average or de-conditioned person as well.  If you haven’t been exercising regularly, don’t expect to walk 3 miles and feel good.  It’s going to hurt!  Because the muscles that are responsible for hip stabilization are not prepared to work for that length of time.  Small strengthening exercises make the big goals doable.  Here is one of Dr. Amanda’s favorite strengthening exercises for hip stabilization.

Massage

Massage has many benefits for many different reasons.  Returning to running reminded me of muscles Dr. Amanda hadn’t felt in a long time.  She had 3 massages over 3-4 weeks to address those sore muscles.  She was getting comfortable with running 3-4 miles, 3 times per week when she scheduled the massages.  For people that are not natural runners, developing the endurance is challenging when working through the soreness.  The massages improve blood flow through the tight muscles, including areas that are difficult to stretch.  The increase in blood flow brings additional cells that help heal the microtrauma that occurs from pounding the pavement.  It also helps circulate waste out of the muscles like lactic acid.  Dr. Amanda is looking forward to her post-race sports massage!  The stretching incorporated in a sports massage will facilitate recovery and reduce inflammation by circulating the blood better through those sore muscles.

Foam Rolling

Throughout the weeks since getting the massages, Dr. Amanda uses a foam roller 2+ times per week.  It’s a staple in their living room at home!  Foam rolling can be incredibly beneficial to address fascial adhesions that develop as your feet continuously strike the ground.  I roll all 4 sides of the thighs- quadriceps and hip flexors, hamstrings and gluteal muscles, the adductors on the inside, and the abductors and IT Band on the outside.

Water

Generally speaking, hydration is very important for people.  Hydration for runners is even more important.  According to Brigham Health, “Maintaining hydration as a runner is important for health and performance. Water regulates our body temperature, removes waste, helps brings energy to our cells, and cushions our joints. Adequate hydration can improve recovery, minimize injury and cramping, and maximize performance.”  The easiest way to remember how much water to drink in a day is to divide your weight in half.  This equals the number of ounces of water you should drink everyday for the average person.  For the runner, depending on your mileage, you need to increase the amount of water that you drink to restore what was lost in exercise.  And don’t be mistaken, nothing replaces water.  You may enhance it with some additional electrolytes, but it must be water.

Nutritional Supplementation

The nutrient and mineral requirements for the body are barely being met for the average person by today’s food standards.  Our vegetables don’t contain the minerals they once did and our animal protein is being tainted with antibiotics and preservatives our body’s have to process.  Nutritional supplementation of some degree is becoming essential.  For the runner, this couldn’t be more true.  B-vitamins and minerals help support energy production and muscle contraction, respectively.  Omega-3 fatty acids and incredible herbs like Boswellia serrata and turmeric help combat inflammation that comes with putting out the miles.  Dr. Amanda is a big fan of Standard Process and MediHerb supplements.  The whole food nutrition component coupled with the guarantee of high quality just can’t be beat.  Depending on the phase of training and her general health, Dr. Amanda will adapt her regimen to support her body where it needs it most.  Just ask if you want to learn more!

ASEA

As you may have noticed, we’ve begun promoting a product line by ASEA that contains Redox Signaling Molecules.  The purpose of increasing your availability of these amazing molecules is that it promotes cellular healing.  Besides improving recovery time, Dr. Amanda has also experienced improved sleep, better digestion, and increased energy… even with the additional stress of running more than she has in 7 years!  Additionally, Dr. Amanda had a faster recovery time when she was sick about two-thirds of the way through her training.  “I genuinely doubt I would have recovered as quickly from the cold/sinus congestion I developed in the middle of February.  I was amazed at how quickly I could return to running a longer distance.  In the past, I would struggle if I had to take a week off from training.  Trying to return to the road was tough.  Not this time!  It was great!”  If you want to learn more about ASEA, check out this month’s class on Tuesday, March 10th at 5:30pm.  Click here to sign up!  For even more information, check out our ASEA site.