Most of us struggle with the stress of everyday life, so if you’re looking for ways to relax and unwind, Henry Mayo Fitness & Health is now offering yoga and massage therapy for members.
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“We’re living in a society that constantly demands so much time from us, so it’s important for us to create some sort of getaway,” said Candin Garner, lead massage therapist at HMFH. “We provide outlets for people to be able to combat that stress and create a balance in their lives.”
Garner strives to provide her massage clients with a soothing ambience using lighting and music, and tailors her massage techniques to what’s comfortable for each individual.
“(We) check in with them, make sure that they’re comfortable with that, utilizing heat and different modalities to give them what they’re looking for and what they need on a medical basis to be able to relax and trust the environment,” she explained.
Similarly, Yoga Therapist Laure Sears uses an individualized approach designed to give each specific person what they need during instruction for her classes and individual sessions.
“It’s not so much what the pose should look like, it’s what the pose is for you,” she said. “So it’s your personal way of moving your body.”
Focusing on the breath is a big part of practicing yoga, and consciously breathing from your diaphragm instead of your chest helps activate what Sears called the nervous system’s “rest and relaxation response.”
“I think the concept of breathing adequately is so underestimated and unappreciated,” said Garner, who uses breathing techniques during massage therapy as well. “I want to incorporate that into our treatment so that people can then even subconsciously take these techniques and then place it into their everyday movement.”
Free guest passes are available online for those who want to try out the variety of services and amenities available at HMFH, from a more traditional gym set up to unique clinical services and “lifestyle enhancement” training.
Ed. Note: This article is a KHTS Community Spotlight based on a recent radio interview with Henry Mayo Fitness and Health.
Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital is a 238-bed, not-for-profit community hospital and trauma center in Santa Clarita. The Henry Mayo Hospital emergency department is open 24-7 to provide critical life-saving services, with a panel of physicians available around the clock for critical healthcare needs. In addition, a number of specialized care services are also available, including a maternity department, community hospital cancer program, advanced primary stroke center, spine and joint program, acute rehab unit, cardiology services, outpatient wound care, physical and occupational therapies and a wide range of surgical services.
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