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Heatwave Survival in the Berkshires!

Beat the Berkshire Heatwave: Optimal Wellness Tips for Massage, Movement & Nutrition

The Berkshires are sizzling this week with temperatures soaring over 90 degrees! While sunshine and warm weather are welcome, extreme heat can pose health risks. Here at Optimal Wellness, we want to empower you to stay safe and healthy during this heatwave. We’ll explore how our three pillars – massage, movement, and nutrition – can all play a vital role in keeping you cool and comfortable.

Staying Cool with Massage:

Believe it or not, massage therapy can be a valuable tool during a heatwave. According to a study published in the International Journal of Sports Medicine [1], certain massage techniques like Swedish massage can promote relaxation and improve circulation, potentially aiding the body’s natural cooling mechanisms. Schedule a massage focusing on lighter pressure strokes to promote relaxation and blood flow.

Movement in the Heat:

While strenuous exercise during peak heat hours is best avoided, staying completely inactive can lead to stiffness and discomfort. The American Council on Exercise (ACE) recommends opting for low-impact activities in cooler morning or evening hours [2]. Consider a gentle yoga session, a refreshing walk in the shade, or some light aquatic exercise. Our Exercise Library is a great tool to utilize during this time so you can remain mobile while in your cool home! Remember to hydrate before, during, and after any activity.

Beating the Heat with Nutrition:

Staying hydrated is crucial during a heatwave. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recommends drinking plenty of fluids throughout the day, even if you don’t feel thirsty [3]. Opt for water, unsweetened iced tea, or infused water with fruits and vegetables. Incorporate water-rich fruits and vegetables like watermelon, cucumber, and celery into your meals. Avoid sugary drinks, excessive caffeine, and alcohol, as these can dehydrate you further.

Optimal Wellness is Here to Help!

By incorporating these tips and focusing on massage, movement, and nutrition, you can navigate the heatwave safely and comfortably. Contact us for personalized recommendations or to schedule a massage to help you stay cool and relaxed.

Stay safe and enjoy the Berkshires, even during the heatwave!

 

Sources:

International Journal of Sports Medicine: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/15114265/

• American Council on Exercise (ACE): https://www.acefitness.org/resources/everyone/exercise-library/experience/beginner/

• National Institutes of Health (NIH): https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/20356431/

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