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Bay Healthstyles: Your Whole Health

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Health and happiness go hand-in-hand. So we’ve investigated a few ways to relax and relieve stress.

Try an ancient form of massage called reflexology to ease anxiety. Most massage therapists are certified in the art of reflexology, which many believe has physical as well as psychological benefits.

Serotonin, endorphins, dopamine and oxytocin, the brain’s natural chemicals, make us happy. How do you release them? Reporter Tom Chillemi asked the experts why and how the body produces and uses the chemicals.

Animal lovers love helping our four-legged friends. So get happy by volunteering to walk, cuddle or foster a dog or cat from one of the local animal shelters. We’ve provided you with a list of some of the local groups helping to care for animals in the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula and ways you can become involved.

This issue also includes a warning about the little creatures that latch onto our pets and us. With spring and summer approaching, everyone needs to know how to avoid ticks, remove them and the warning signs when they cause disease.

As always, we’ve included a comprehensive list of service providers in our area from family practitioners and dentists to optometrists and pediatricians. We hope you enjoy this issue of Bay HealthStyles, and find it informative and useful.

Here’s to good health and happiness in 2016.

~ Susan & Lisa

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posted 02.20.2013

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