Nutrition FIXX: Getting lean is simple, but rarely easy

Many of us are looking for a quick and easy way to get lean, which explains the constant deluge of fad diets/schemes and the increase in liposuction surgeries. Let me start by stating what I believe you already know or suspect, but may refuse to believe:

Diets never work!

Diets are over-complicated, restrictive and frustrating. Basic logic argues if any particular diet actually worked, everyone would be doing it and we would all be lean and healthy. They just don’t work in a long-term plan towards total wellness … it’s that simple.

Shedding fat is extremely simple: Burn more calories than you ingest and make the calories you eat count, and I recommend a healthy combination of exercising more and eating better. Plenty of people take it to the extreme with very restrictive, perfectly scheduled meals throughout the day and while that is fine for the few severely-disciplined people out there, moderation and simplicity works best for most of us. The key to nutritional wellness is to create a meal plan consisting of clean, “less-processed” food you enjoy eating and is easy to prepare. Continue reading

Massage FIXX: The True Benefit Of Massage

While most people get a massage to lower stress or reduce muscle aches, therapeutic massage can also:massage benefits

  • Decrease anxiety and fatigue
  • Improve the quality of sleep
  • Enhance the immune system by stimulating lymph flow
  • Improve range of motion
  • Ease medication dependence
  • Help athletes prepare for and recover from strenuous workouts
  • Nourish and improve the skin
  • Improve circulation
  • Release endorphins that work as the body’s natural painkiller
  • Lower blood pressue
  • Reduce scar tissue and stretch marks
  • Ease spasms and cramping
  • Reduce postsurgery adhesions and swelling
  • Relieve migraine pain

I’ve witnessed variations of each of the above-listed benefits first-hand during my 16 years working as a therapeutic massage therapist. However, the most profound benefit — in my opinion — is the simplist of all: Massage makes my clients happier. The science geek in me understands this is a partially the result of increased oxytocin and  decreased Adrenocorticotropin hormones and suggests you read an amazing research paper by on the subject (click here for the research paper), yet the holistic healer in me suggests you simply get a massage and see for yourself: It really works.

Enzo

Welcome to BodyFIXX

I’ve been a massage therapist for more than fifteen years and have found my clients often ask for guidance with workout routines or advice on the latest diet scams. Realizing my clients need more than just a massage therapist, I have gone back to school to expand my knowledge of human anatomy at CNI College and am also training to be a certified personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine so that I can take my massage business to the next level: BodyFIXX Total Wellness.

The BodyFIXX Mission:

We empower our clients to better themselves through the healing practices of massage therapy, personal training, nutritional guidance and goal-setting in order to help them achieve a state of total wellness.

BodyFIXX Total Wellness will officially open for business on October 1, 2014, yet the massage portion of the business has soft-launched already. This blog is designed as a resource for anyone seeking to improve their state of wellness and will include massage therapy updates, nutritional information, fitness assistance and simple recipes.