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For most people, summer means having fun and spending time outdoors. Summer activities often include running, hiking, camping, active sports, and yes, yard work like gardening, weeding, and mowing.

An active lifestyle during the heat of the summer months can cause body aches and pains from using muscles and joints that are typically not given a strong workout in the colder months.

The key to staying healthy in the summer is protection from heat and the sun. That means making sure to stay hydrated by drinking lots of water, as well as protecting skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays by using sunblock, and reapplying it often, especially when swimming or performing activities that cause you to sweat.

One often overlooked way to stay healthy during the summer months is massage therapy. Even a simple massage can help to promote relaxation, improve circulation, decrease stress and tension and help the body to keep muscles in good working condition for summer’s active outdoor lifestyle.

When scheduling massage therapy appointments during the summer, it’s important to stay hydrated for a therapy session, just as you would do when exercising. Wear lightweight comfortable clothing to a massage appointment, and drink plenty of water. Be sure to drink extra water both before and after the massage to help flush toxins from the body and make sure muscles are properly hydrated.

It’s also important to relax during a massage. Even though summer is supposed to be a time for rest and relaxation, it is often filled with lots of planning, trips, and extra work (gardening, yard work, vacation planning, etc.). Try to clear your mind when arriving for a massage appointment. It will be a big help in reaching a relaxed and calm state for your body and your mind…enabling you to truly enjoy and reap the biggest health benefits from your massage.

Scheduling (and keeping) regular massage appointments during the warmer months will help you to maintain a healthy and pain-free summer so you can enjoy outdoor activities.

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