Valentine’s Day is a great opportunity to celebrate your relationships: romantic partners, close friends, family, and friends from work and play. Friendships, an important part of life, enrich and sustain us. Friendships are also great for your health! Studies show that friendships increase happiness, boost confidence, reduce stress, improve our lives more than any other types of relationships. A 2005 Australian Longitudinal Study of Aging found that close relationships with children and other relatives had little impact on longevity. People with the most friends tended to outlive those with fewer by as much as 22 percent.
Friends are good for your body and your soul. Rather than spending more time scrolling through Facebook, consider adding years to your life by spending quality time with your friends, old and new.
5 Ways to Create and Nurture Friendships
1. Call a friend, set up a date to meet and catch up. Coffee, lunch, a movie, a museum visit are great ways to relax and deepen your friendship. If your friend is long distance, schedule a call.
2. Send a Valentine to a single friend in appreciation of your friendship. Valentine’s Day can be lonely, especially someone who is single, recently lost a partner or ended a relationship.
3. Write a personal note to someone who really helped you out last year. Acts of kindness and support can be integral to recovering from an illness, dealing with the loss of a job, or a weathering a financial hardship.
4. Make new friends: attend a club meeting, join a meet-up group or take a class that interests you. Many long-lasting relationships revolve around shared values and interests.
5. Offer to volunteer for community organization whose work you admire. Volunteers will often be out-going and care deeply about others. They can inspire you and make great friends.
If the secret to long life is friendship, then what’s the secret to forming great, long-lasting friendships? The secret is BE the kind of person and friend you’d like to have and spend time with.
Individual Gift Certificates range from $20 to $35
Note: Packages available Feb 2nd thru Feb 14th (2020). Buy early, supplies are limited. Available in all Take 5 Massage Orlando locations: Inside Orlando Whole Foods Markets: Winter Park, Sand Lake & Turkey Lake, & Altamonte Springs – daily 10a-9p.
Want to improve your health, lose weight, build strength, improve flexibility, make more money, start a business, start a relationship, learn something new? Putting your “resolutions” in writing is a great first step to identify and clarify your goals. Next break your goals into smaller, achievable goals and then track your progress over time. With motivation, perspiration, and perseverance you just might get there. This method definitely works, but not for all goals and not for all people.
Consider instead, the creative more circular path of inspiration. Since motivation typically comes from outside yourself, it requires structure, reinforcement and a bit of pushing through to achieve a goal. Inspiration, on the other hand inspiration is an internal force that generates its own energy and literally pulls you forward. Inspiration comes to you, and when you experience it, you know it!
Inspiration can be found in many places. It comes through things you read, see, or hear, or even through someone you meet. Consciously create some “white space” for yourself to experience inspiration. Inspiration can come from being in nature, listening to music or a podcast, browsing, seeing a movie or watching a video, reading a book or magazine, seeing a play or a concert, traveling, taking a class. Activities invite inspiration too. Ride a bike, paint, garden, bake, swim, dance, sing, do yoga, explore new places. Create the space and let inspiration find you.
As an experiment, create your 2020 list, review it a couple of times, then put it away and forget it. Yep, forget about it! For a whole year! In January of 2021 pull out your 2020 list and compare it to your actual year. You might find yourself amazed.
Friday and Cyber Monday have come and gone – time to recheck that
holiday gift list! What can you give that won’t end up in the back of a
closet or forgotten about? Look at your list with your own values,
resources and priorities in mind. A sustainable choice to avoid plastics
and landfills may resonate. The gift of an experience or adventure may
be more your style. Whether you shop with your feet or your fingers,
here are FIVE ideas to get you going.
The Gift of Learning: gift a class, lessons or memberships: cooking, herb gardening, knitting, photography, golfing, yoga or sky diving or skiing lessons.
Something Handmade: create or build something unique: home-cooked, garden-grown, hand-painted, hand-crafted or collected.
Give an Experience: Tickets to the theater, concert, movie, zoo, theme park, sporting event, museum, or maybe a boat tour
Gifts That Last: a musical instrument, a board game, a planting kit, tools for gardens or crafts, gear for sports or hobbies.
The Gift of Time: play that board game you gave, help with the planting kit, offer to babysit or pet-sit (or grandparent sit!)
gift cards are always good; thoughtful, personal gifts, or fun
experiences or adventures may be more meaningful – for you and for them.
And just in case, save your receipts.
Great Stocking Stuffers, office gifts, teachers, Secret Santa, Hostess (never go empty-handed) Gifts.
Reindeer Relaxers – $100 •
Package of five (5) 15-minute Healthy Retreat chair massage gift certificates – use one at a time, or combine for a longer massage! Save $25.
Santa Samplers $65 – Our Most Popular Package •
Santa Samplers include: One Mini-Vacation – 25 minute chair massage for back, neck, shoulders, arms and hands, One Healthy Retreat – 15 minute chair massage for back, neck and shoulders and One QuickBREAK – 10 minute chair massage for back and neck. Save $15.
Massage Passport Packages •
Get 11 Chair Massage Gift Certificates for the price of ten (10). Passport packages make nice individual gifts. Break your package open and you have 11 gifts! Great for a dedicated teacher, inspiring coaches, the karate sensei, your pool guy, your awesome yoga instructor, your co-worker, your “what do i give the boss” boss, your life-saving mechanic, your talented hairdresser and oh, yeah – keep one for you!
INDIVIDUAL GIFT CERTIFICATES range from $20-35 •
ALL TAKE 5 MASSAGE GIFT CERTIFICATES CAN BE REDEEMED IN ALL ORLANDO AREA WHOLE FOODS MARKET LOCATIONS, AS WELL AS INFUSION TEA IN COLLEGE PARK.
Short on time? Order by phone – 407 896-6740
(Allow 2-3 business days for processing & mailing)
One of our favorite Take 5 traditions is dressing in costume the week of Halloween. Our massage therapists, outgoing and skilled at massage, take their work seriously. They, as you will see, are also talented and creative.
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Hurricanes are serious business, but sometimes it’s important to take a look at the lighter side. If you’ve battled for toilet paper, waiting in long gas lines, buttoned and boarded up, done power shopping before a hurricane, you know what we mean. We show up and we get her done. Here are some hurricane “looks” that remind us it’s important to keep calm and carry on and don’t forget to smile. From Radar Tees to Designs of Recycled debris, there are moments to enjoy.
Each parent (or legal guardian) who purchases a regular Take 5 Chair Massage in August receives a free 5-minute Kids* Massage Coupon. For larger families, additional “kid” coupons available for purchase $5 each.
Kid Coupons are available in all Orlando Take 5 locations through August 31, 2019. Please note: kids under 16 must be accompanied by parent or legal guardian while receiving massage. Ask your massage therapist for details.
Have you ever wondered how moms do what they do? We have. How do they nurture a family, run a household, pursue a career, teach and mold minds, monitor behavior, juggle relationships PLUS provide a bunch of free ride-shares?
Parenthood is hard. The daily mashup of work, love, and focus exceeds those of any full-time, lifelong, demanding job. A recent study found that moms work an average of 98 hours per week, with an average of only 17 minutes a day of free time for themselves. That works out to just under 2 hours a week available for self-care. The daily multi-tasking, juggling everyone’s schedules, and adjusting to shifting priorities contributes to stress, tension, over-exertion, and overwhelm. We notice how often moms (and dads) find their way into our massage chairs seeking relief from stress, fatigue, tension, headaches and/or backaches. The necessity of self-care, time-out, relaxation and rest for moms (and dads) can’t be overemphasized; nor can the importance of gratitude and appreciation for all they do, be over-stated.