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Monthly Archives: October 2016

  • How to Take a Staycation the Right Way

    Posted on October 26, 2016 by Core Products

    By: Brian Acton

    StaycationTaking time off from work to spend at home – commonly known as the “staycation” – can be an effective way to unwind without the stress, hassle, or expense of travel. But without a focused effort to make the most of your staycation, you could just end up doing chores and sitting in front of the TV all day. This defeats the purpose of taking time off from work: recharging, relaxing, and changing up your routine.

    With that in mind, we have a few tips on how you can achieve vacation-level relaxation without any travel necessary.

    Disconnect from Work

    This is an important one. It’s easier to step away from work when you’re travelling – you can ignore your laptop and emails when exploring a new city or lounging on the beach. But if you’re taking time off at home, it may become tempting to log on to keep up with emails.

    You should resist this urge. Vacations are important to disconnect from stress, which in most office jobs comes in the form of digital communication. Shut off your laptop and turn off smartphone notifications for work email and work-related apps. You can catch up when you’re back in the office and refreshed from your break. Before you leave, set an email responder that notifies everyone that you will not be checking emails until you return.

    Turn off the Chatter

    Television, social media, and the Internet are all clamoring for your attention. Even though they may not be related to work, these distractions can keep you from reaching your relaxation potential during your time off. Turn these distractions off if you can – they’ll still be there in a week, and in the meantime you can avoid getting fired up over politics or reflexively checking social media sites.

    If you must have your news, try reading the paper – digesting information at a slower rate that allows more contemplation.

    Switch Up Your Relaxation Routine

    During your typical workweek, your relaxation time may be restricted to what is simply convenient. After you have worked a full day, commuted, and taken care of responsibilities such as errands or child-rearing, you may only have the energy to flop on the couch for a few hours of TV before bedtime.

    With a staycation, you have more time to get in some quality relaxation time that’s more fulfilling. Yoga classes, a long bath, a good book, or a long walk – all of these activities take extra time, but most importantly are quiet and allow us to truly lose ourselves in the activity or our thoughts. You can even kick back for a few drinks on your balcony or in the backyard – not a bad replacement for poolside cocktails.

    Indulge Yourself

    You don’t have to go to the beach or visit a new city to indulge. If you have a local spa, yoga studio, or fancy restaurant, you can enjoy the good life locally. You’re saving money by staying at home, so indulging yourself in treats like these shouldn’t leave you with too much guilt.

    Be a Tourist in Your Own Neighborhood

    Whether you live in the country, the city, or the suburbs, your area probably has some dynamite attractions. Plan some excursions from the viewpoint of a tourist: if someone was visiting your area, what would you tell them to check out?

    Bonus points if you can find some new attractions that are outside your recreational routine. Whether it’s a different hiking trail, a new museum, or a restaurant with cuisine you’ve never tried, you can experience some new regional attractions. You’ll gain a new appreciation for your area, potentially find a new fun spot to take your friends or family, and have a new experience while you’re at it.


    With a little creativity you can turn a staycation into an epic week to remember. You can also recharge your batteries, de-stress, and gain a new appreciation for staying close to home. You don’t have to travel to have a break from work – with the right motivation you’ll be achieving beach-level relaxation, even if you live in a crowded metropolis.

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  • Massage Tools: The Differences Between Cream, Oil, Lotion, and Gel

    Posted on October 20, 2016 by Core Products

    By: Brian Acton

    Massage ToolsMassage therapists have a variety of tools with which to practice their trade. One of the most important is lubricant. But there are so many different options to choose from – oils, creams, gels, and lotions. It’s often been reported that the more options we have, the more paralyzed we become when it’s time to make a choice. This is as true for massage therapists as anyone.

    While we can’t remove options from the market to make choosing your massage supplies easier, we can at least help you make an informed decision. The truth is, you may need to stock a few different types of products based on your client’s needs and preferences and your own experience as a massage therapist. Here, we break down the difference between each type of product so you can understand what to expect of each product type.


    Historically, massage oil is the product most commonly used by massage therapists. Oil has a great glide to it when massaging, and it’s easy to add essential oils without vigorous mixing required. Oil can feel comfortable and warm on your hands and a client’s skin. A bottle can also last you longer – it doesn’t require frequent reapplication like lotions or creams.

    There are a few downsides to oils. Many types of massage oils are more likely to stain sheets, clothing and other material. Some clients also don’t like the greasy residue feeling left behind by some of the thicker oils. Also, oil tends to spoil quicker than other products – you can tell by the smell and if it starts to separate in the bottle.


    Cream tends to be much thicker than oils, and is great when you need to give a massage with less slippage – perfect when you need to spend a lot of time in one area. It absorbs into the skin, similar to lotion, and doesn’t leave behind an oily feeling or residue on the client’s skin. It’s also much less likely to stain clothes or sheets.

    The absorbing effect of cream is also a downside: you tend to reapply it more frequently, meaning you go through cream quicker and it becomes less cost effective. The thickness means you can’t pump the cream from a bottle, and it’s also much more difficult to add essential oils.


    Gels are great for many massage techniques. They tend to be the most cost-effective product out there because they stay on the body longer and don’t require a lot of re-application. They also provide the best glide effect during the massage, and a long, flowing massage technique will benefit from a gel. Gels are perfect for hairy clients or clients with very dry skin.

    Due to the glide, gels are not great for sports or deep tissue massages. They are more likely to stain sheets or clothing.


    Off the shelves, lotion is the cheapest option available. Consider, though, that it absorbs very quickly, which means that you’ll most likely be applying it faster than any other product type. Lotion is a good basic option that clients may already use to moisturize. It leaves little behind and there is usually little to no “greasy” effect for the client. It is also less likely to stain sheets or other materials.

    Lotion isn’t great for hairy clients. You should also beware of lotion when clients have a flaking sunburn – it will pull dead skin together in chunks and leave it on the body. Not a great look for your clients when they leave the massage table!

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  • October is Chiropractic Health Month – Here are Five Conditions Chiropractors can Treat

    Posted on October 15, 2016 by Core Products

    By: Brian Acton

    October is Chiropractic Health Month, and during this time, the American Chiropractic Association and chiropractic doctors around the nation will focus on raising public awareness of the benefits of chiropractic. Chiropractors focus on neuromuscular health, and treat their patients primarily through spinal manipulation and adjustments. This treatment is often viewed as alternative or complementary to more mainstream treatment, but many believe the practice is a natural alternative to addictive pain medication or invasive surgery.

    To do our part for the month, we’re listing five common conditions or disorders that chiropractic care can help to treat.

    Sports Injuries

    Sports medicine and chiropractic don’t always go hand in hand, but for many athletes they’re a natural fit. Chiropractic sports medicine is a specialty of chiropractic treatment, and focuses on pain management and rehabilitation of neuromuscular and skeletal health for both pro athletes and athletic people of all levels. As of 2015, every NFL team and many MLB teams have an official chiropractor. These chiropractors focus on spinal manipulation for injuries sustained during athletics and focus on joint manipulations that help to improve strength and flexibility.


    According to the American Chiropractic Association, chiropractic care can help with a condition commonly experienced by most people from time to time: headaches. Many factors can cause headaches, but one of the primary causes is overly tense muscles in the neck, which is a frequent condition in the era of the desk job. Chiropractors can assist with spinal manipulations or adjustments to relieve tense muscles and spinal pressure in the neck. They can also advise on posture, stretches, and exercises that will help to prevent headaches from developing in the neck and upper back.

    Lower Back Pain

    Lower back pain is one of the most well known reasons to visit a chiropractor. For many, lower back pain goes away after a brief time. But for those with chronic lower back pain, the condition is recurring and can last for months or even years. Chiropractors treat lower back pain through spinal manipulation, using their hands or tools to apply force to spinal joints with the goal of pain relief. Studies have shown that this treatment is fairly low-risk and is one of the most popular “alternative” treatments to back pain.

    Spinal Disc Conditions

    There are a number of conditions that can befall the discs in your spine and cause severe back pain, leg pain, and other symptoms. Usually, these conditions come down to either a pinched nerve (material is leading from inside the disc and pinching a nerve) or disc pain (the disc itself is in pain). Chiropractors may take passive approach to treatment – for instance, exercise and stretches. Depending on the condition, they may also suggest spinal manipulations as well. In the case of a herniated disc, it’s important to note that they can only treat pain relief and not the underlying cause.


    Whiplash is a neck injury caused by sudden forward and backward movement of the neck (a common cause is a car accident). This can cause severe pain and restricted mobility in the neck. Chiropractors treat whiplash by evaluating the entire spine and identifying areas of joint, disc, muscle or ligament injury. Treatment involves a mix of spinal manipulation, inflammation treatment (if the injury is very recent) and stretching.

    In Closing

    Chiropractic medicine is a respected and legitimate option for treatment of many spine-related injuries and conditions. It’s commonly popular as an alternative to medication-based pain relief. While in all cases we recommend consulting your primary care doctor or other specialists in the case of injury or illness, a chiropractor can potentially help you with your pain in many instances. If you’ve been considering chiropractic treatment, Chiropractic Health Month is the perfect occasion to research your options!








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