Holistic Massage School Celebrates International Men’s Health Week

“International Men’s Health Week is celebrated annually during the week ending on Father’s Day”, said Paula Curtiss, Founding Director for Healing Hands School of Holistic Health.  “This year the week starts June 10 and ends on Father’s Day, June 16th. The event was anchored to Father’s Day to make use of the focused attention on male family members. In support of these endeavors, we are asking all Healing Hands students to encourage the men in their life to be more proactive about their health” she added.

Men’s Health Week gives health care providers, public health policy makers, the media, and individuals an opportunity to encourage men and boys to seek regular medical care. The information spread raises awareness of preventable health problems and encourages early detection and treatment of disease.   Men’s Health Week has prompted hundreds of awareness activities in the USA and around the globe. In addition to educational lectures by popular sports figures, health fairs, and health seminars, men and boys can receive free health screenings.

Instructor Jeni demonstrating Circulatory Massage on male student.

In keeping with the spirit of International Men’s Week, Healing Hands Faculty offers the following self-care strategies for men.  By adopting these 8 holistic health strategies, men can reduce their risk of cardio-vascular and other chronic diseases that can shorten their lives.

Holistic Self-Care Strategies for Men

#1 – Know Your Health Numbers! Keep track of important numbers such as your Blood Sugar levels, Blood Pressure, LDL & LDH Cholesterol, and Body Mass Index (BMI).  If any of these numbers are higher than normal, speak with your doctor for suggested lifestyle changes.

#2 – Make Time for Sleep!  Adult men need a minimum of 7 to 8 hours of sleep nightly.  Simple strategies to help men get the sleep they need include turning off computers and electronic gadgets that emit sleep inhibiting blue-light. You also want to maintain the same bedtime an

d morning wake schedules. Be sure to keep the bedroom dark, quiet, and temperature controlled; and avoid large meals or exercise right before bedtime.

#3 – Reduce Stress! – We all know that prolonged stress affects your health and emotional wellbeing.  To keep your worries in check and reduce stress, make it a point to take good care of yourself.  Eat well, get plenty of sleep, exercise, laugh, play, and treat yourself to a Therapeutic Massage regularly.  Just one hour of Massage can substantially reduce stress hormones like Cortisol and increase happy hormones like Serotonin or Dopamine which positively impact mood.

#4 – Self-Reflect On How You Feel!  Be sure to get regular health check-ups and medical screening tests as needed.  Notice signs and symptoms of disease such as: chronic cough, chronic pain, or weakness.  Notice if you experience excessive thirst, shortness of breath, feeling light-headed or faint.  If you experience any of these signs or symptoms, don’t wait; go to your doctor or neighborhood urgent care right away.

#5 Practice Safe Sex!  With HIV/Aids and so many Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) out there, i.e.: HPV, preventing sexually transmitted diseases is an essential self-care activity for men. Using a condom can greatly reduce chances of getting or spreading a STD.  Other risk reducing strategies include: a reduction in sex partners, mutual monogamy, and Hepatitis B & HPV vaccinations. Get treatment immediately If you suspect you may have contracted an STD.

#6 –Keep Moving!  At a minimum, adult men need 2.5 hours of moderate to intense aerobic activity a week.  In addition, muscle strengthening activities can help maintain strong, healthy, and flexible muscles and joints.  Regular exercise can substantially reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases that cut a man’s life-span short.  Just a ½ hour walk daily can reduce one’s risk of obesity by 50 % and positively impact one’s physical health and sense of emotional wellbeing.

#7 – Stop Smoking!  Smoking raises your risk of serious illnesses including: Heart Disease, Stroke, Lung Disease, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Type 2 Diabetes, Blindness, and many types of Cancers.   If you smoke, do your health a huge favor…seek support to stop smoking.  For more information go online to: http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/campaign/tips/quit-smoking/.

#8 – Eat to Thrive!  A healthy diet is one that provides essential nutrients and contains food from all the basic food groups.  There should be a balance between calories-eaten with calories-burned, so daily activity is key to keeping your weight low.  You should also limit high sugar food items or those that are high in salt, fat, alcohol and calories.  Best choices are fresh, un-processed foods such as green leafy vegetables, whole grain products, colorful fruits, and lean protein such as Chicken, Fish, or Pork. To learn more about recommended guidelines visit: http://health.gov/dietaryguidelines/2015/guidelines/.

Healing Hands School has been serving residents in SoCal for over 30 years.  Boasting more than 40 Massage and Holistic Health courses, no other school offers a better probability for success than Healing Hands.   Our faculty has prepared more than 8000 students for rewarding careers as Professional Massage Therapists and can do the same for you!  Learn more at www.hhs.edu or call us at (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills, or (760) 746-9364 in Escondido or (858) 505-1100 in San Diego.