How Can You Move from Loneliness to Connection?

In an age where we have so many ways of connecting with others through social media, there is also a marked increase in people feeling alone.  It has become such an issue that the UK has appointed a Minister of Loneliness.  What are some ways to combat loneliness in your life, and get connected with others?

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Beating the Blues

Are you interested in trying to deal with the issues you are facing in a natural way - through counselling, exercise, and eating properly?  While you may know that eating healthy can affect your mental health, you may wonder if there are specific foods that can help!  Glenys Bowers, a Registered Holistic Nutritionist in the South Surrey area, has some practical help for us in this area.

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Massage can help anxiety

Do you experience anxiety or stress in your life? Meeting with a counsellor can help you find new ways to cope with the feelings that arise as a result of that anxiety.  These tools can help with the emotional and mental side of your experience, but it is also important to address the physical side of anxiety as well.  Massage can help to manage anxiety as it has been proven to address two of the most significant symptoms of anxiety: sleep issues and muscle tension and pain.

As you probably know, both the body and mind repair and regenerate during sleep. Being deprived of sleep can affect our mental and emotional state.  The areas of the brain that control our emotions, decision-making capabilities and social interactions all require sleep to repair and regenerate. When we do not get enough sleep, or do not sleep deep for long enough, we can start to lose our ability to think straight and begin to feel anxiety and depression.

Massage has been shown to improve sleep, and therefore reduce the overall symptoms of anxiety. Massage can reduce stress, and improve the ability to fall asleep and the quality of sleep in those who struggle with anxiety.

Let me introduce you to Karin Poller, who runs a home-based massage business called “Me-Time Massage”.  I have asked her to share some of her information in case you are looking for a masseuse in the Surrey area.

Massage therapy has been a life-long passion of mine, to help people as part of their personal healing process such as dealing with anxiety. I know from my studies, and my own practice, how good it makes people feel and how helpful massage can be. Me-time massage is all about relaxation and pampering oneself. We create a warm, comfortable and inviting environment that is enhanced with soft music and delightfully fragrant aromas. The focus is on you and your quiet enjoyment.

I came to Canada about 14 years ago, from Colombia, where I had trained to become a physiotherapist. Today I live in Surrey, BC with my husband and two young boys. As a stay-at-home Mom, with my sons full time in school, I decided I wanted to get back to my career. I opened my own small business, as a massage practitioner, to build on my background experience and because I enjoy interacting with and getting to know people.

I also decided I wanted to focus on women only. Knowing myself how stressful life can be, including as a mom and a wife, I wanted to bring the opportunity of deep relaxation, and more personal service, to the women around me, but at an affordable price compared to the bigger spas. Having the spa in my own home allows me to provide these professional services but at a lower cost. We have a private room right beside our front entrance that has been elegantly decorated.

Depending on your specific needs, to address some stiff muscles in a particular area, or just to be spoiled for a moment, I offer:

  • 1-hour full body relaxation massage, ideal for pampering
  • 1-hour full body hot stone massage, to try something different, or
  • 30-minute trigger-point massage, our most popular service, to focus on a problem area or if you have less time.

Whichever massage you choose, it will provide deep relaxation and stress relief – something we all need more in our hectic lives.  As mentioned above, we all carry this stress in our bodies – even without knowing it sometimes, as it builds up. Even more so when dealing with anxiety or depression.  Massage has many other benefits as well, including:

  • creating a calming and comforting effect,
  • reducing muscle pain,
  • helping with getting proper sleep,
  • helping to clear your mind,
  • supporting good physical health, and
  • providing an opportunity to spoil yourself, or someone you care about.

 A recent client had this to say: “Thank you again for the wonderful healing massage yesterday. It was very relaxing, helpful and blessed me so much.” We love hearing such wonderful feedback about me-time massage, knowing that we are helping women be able to forget about the stresses of life, if just for a short while, and enjoying a moment all about them.

Whether you yourself are, or someone you know is an overtired Mom, an over-stressed professional, a wife overdue for some pampering, or all three – consider a me-time massage! Visit me on Facebook or my website for more information, or book an appointment today by sending me an email at