Rachel Richards

licensed massage therapist

east village, nyc

News: March 2023

Breaking news! My new book!

We interrupt your regular wellness message with an exciting update - my new book is now available on Amazon! Glass Half Broken is a mind-bending fast-paced psychological suspense novel with a shocking twist! (Check out my 30-second trailer for a chilling glimpse.)

My personal experience with mental illness inspired the creation of several characters in my novel, but it was my daughter, Sienna, whose vivid fantasy world compelled me to write this spellbinding story.

Glass Half Broken is available in paperback and Kindle, and I can't wait for you to read it! If you enjoy it, it would mean the world to me if you could take a moment to leave a brief review on Amazon. (Extra points if you post your review on Goodreads as well!)

Please help me spread the word! Tell your friends and share on social media. Thank you in advance for all your support, and happy reading!

We now return to your regularly scheduled wellness news.

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Read For Your Health! (See what I did there?)

You might be surprised to learn that reading offers physical and mental health benefits! A 2013 study conducted MRI scans on participants as they read a novel over nine days. The results showed increased brain connectivity, or the strength of interactions between different areas of the brain.

If you're looking for ways to destress, a good book can help. A 2009 study found that just 30 minutes of reading lowers heart rate, blood pressure, and anxiety just as much as 30 minutes of yoga or humor. And because of the stress-reducing benefits, reading is a wonderful way to wind down and prepare for a good night's sleep. Just make sure you read a print book, as the light from screens can keep us awake.

Other research has indicated that reading can help seniors maintain and even improve cognitive functioning.

Whereas self-help books can help people with depression, reading fiction can also ease depression by providing an escape or a way to reflect our own feelings and fears as we engage emotionally with the characters.

This 2017 study suggests that reading might even help us live longer.

So grab a good book and a comfy seat, and read for your health! (If you're not sure what to read, I highly recommend the book featured above.)

How to Stop Obsessive Thinking and Worrying with Self-Massage

If you find yourself obsessively worrying, with anxious thoughts cycling through your head, interfering with your day, and keeping you awake at night, you have come to the right place!

Join me for a soothing self-massage, mindfulness meditation, and deep breathing to quiet the mind, relax the body, and clear our heads, so that we can regain control over our thoughts, and bring ourselves back to the present moment.

Practice these techniques on a regular basis, and enjoy living with a calmer, happier, and healthier body and mind.

What's new with me ...

I can't believe my little girl turns 10 this month! I love watching Sienna grow, and I continue to be awed and inspired by her creativity and imagination. I hope to be just like Sienna when I grow up!

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