Stress soothers

 Image credit: Alive Magazine Feb 2014DIY self-care treatments to relieve stress

The hustle and bustle of the daily routine can frazzle our minds and tie our muscles up in knots. These do-it-yourself self-care techniques and soothing herbal remedies provide at-home relaxation—no massage therapist required. Valentine’s Day is a great time to pamper yourself with a little TLC.

Our body doesn’t know the difference between good and bad stress, but late nights, unhealthy food choices, and hectic work schedules help to elevate our stress levels. Physical and emotional stress can manifest in the body a number of ways…

tension headache
eye fatigue
sore legs and feet
stiff neck
achy back and shoulders
digestive problems
low energy

Massage for stress relief 

Massage therapy is one of the most widely used approaches to managing muscle stiffness, aches, and pains. It also reduces physiological stress responses including elevated blood pressure, cortisol, and heart rate as well as perceived stress and anxiety.

Be your own masseuse

With our tight schedules and obligations, it can be a challenge to fit in a visit to your massage therapist; however, simple self-care techniques can keep you supple until you can book a session with professionally trained hands.

Continue reading about each self-care technique plus soothing herbal helpers in the full article at

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This article originally published in the February 2014 print issue of Alive Magazine.

For the article I interviewed these wellness experts:

Robyn Feuz, Massage Therapist, Back at it Massage Therapy

Derek Woodske, Massage Therapist, Manimals Guide to the Universe

Arysta Bogner, Kinesiologist, Travel Roller

Sue Hitzmann, Creator of the Melt Method

Nathanial Whitmore, Master Herbalist

Dr. Shawn Talbot, Nutritional Biochemist

Author: Shari Zisk

Shari Zisk B.A., has been a fitness professional for over 20 years. She was born, raised and spent most of her fitness career in British Columbia, Canada. She now lives in the United States splitting time between Los Angeles and Atlanta. Shari writes full time about how to sweat, nourish and glow!

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