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Avoid Broken Heart Syndrome this Valentine's Day

Total spending for this holiday is expected to top $18.2 billion, according to the National Retail Federation. That is an average of $137 per person! You are pressured to buy flowers, chocolates, diamonds, etc. for your sweetheart, and if you don't, you'll be sleeping on the couch for a few nights!

But for some people, this day can be a living nightmare. It is said that for those already experiencing sadness or depression, Valentine's Day is the day that people start feeling even worse. Then with the failed expectations of things getting better in the Spring time, it is no surprise that the month of April is the month of peak suicides nationally. When people have high expectations about the holidays, and then they are let down, it can cause serious heart pains, even "Broken Heart Syndrome," also known as Takotsubo cardiomyopathy.

Takotsubo cardiomyopathy is a temporary condition where your heart muscle becomes suddenly weakened or stunned, causing the left ventricle (heart's main pumping chamber) to weaken. When some people experience emotional or physical stress, such as a sudden illness, the loss of a loved one, a serious accident, or a natural disaster, they can experience stress-induced cardiomyopathy.

Depression, anxiety, and sadness are all very serious situations that I will write about in a different post, but for now and on a lighter note, here are here are some pretty funny memes about Expectations VS. Reality for Valentine's Day...more of these on this link.

I wish people would just celebrate love and kindness on a daily basis, instead of just one day a year. :)

With that said, it may be time to treat yourself to some Anti-Valentine's Day massage therapy!

Now available any time of the year, Heart Tin Gift Sets. Treat yourself to a 90 minute massage and enjoy a jar of epsom salts for your own hot bath at your convenience.

Or it may be time to treat your sweetheart to some TLC (and yourself!) for a couple's massage. Now introducing...Couple's massage gift basket. This lovely heart shaped tin holds a gift card and two little jars of Epsom Salts that you two love birds can enjoy at your convenience for a warm relaxing experience.

This Valentine's Day, let's focus on love instead of romance. Give yourself and/or your partner the nice treat of relaxing massage therapy in the comfort of your own home.