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APR 2017

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P e a c e f u l P a i n R e l i e f dayspamagazine.com/freeinfo dayspamagazine.com • april 2017 • [ 87 ] © GETTY IMAGES The Slow Beauty movement, a philosophy developed by SpaRitual founder Shel Pink, emphasizes self-care rituals that promote inside-out beauty. Pink recently expanded the concept via the inaugural Slow Beauty Awards, which honor a mix of infl uencers, leaders and brands that embody the principles of the Slow Beauty movement. "This year's Slow Beauty Award winners are fueling a movement that encourages everyone to choose a slower, more spiritual way of life and embrace a deeper beauty that glows from the inside out," says Pink. A total of 25 people and companies were given awards, among them actress Shailene Woodley and meditation app Headspace. Recipients were chosen based on their personal use of the Slow Beauty philosophy through a number of factors, including business practices, product ingredient choices, give-back initiatives, journalistic excellence and infl uential commitment. BUDDING BEAUTY Neck pain is one of the most common complaints voiced by massage clients, and it's no wonder: According to a 2015 Deloitte study, the average person in the U.S. checks their phone 46 times each day—and the requisite head-bent-forward position can wreak havoc on neck muscles. Conventional medicine for chronic neck pain usually involves some type of medication— painkiller, anti-infl ammatory, muscle relaxant or a combination of these— along with at-home exercises and/or physical therapy or chiropractic care. However, a recent study confi rms that we should add another viable treatment option: tai chi. The 2016 controlled trial, which is detailed in The Journal of Pain (the peer-reviewed publication of the American Pain Society), involved 114 people who had experienced chronic neck pain for at least three months. They were randomly divided into three groups—those who participated in regular tai chi sessions, those who regularly performed neck exercises and those who received no treatment over the 12-week trial period. "The study results showed that tai chi was more effective than no treatment to improve pain, disability, quality of life and postural control in persons with chronic neck pain," says study co-author Peter M. Wayne, Ph.D., founder of the Tree of Life Tai Chi Center in Boston and assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. It should be noted that the practice was neither superior nor inferior to 12 weeks of neck exercises. Peaceful Pain Relief H E A L I N G N E W S

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