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Drayson Center wellness services promote a happier and healthier lifestyle in 2007

Medical massage therapist Lorraine Alfaro gives a Drayson Center member a free five-minute chair massage as a way to introduce the membership to the enjoyment and benefits of receiving a massage.
Medical massage therapist Lorraine Alfaro gives a Drayson Center member a free five-minute chair massage as a way to introduce the membership to the enjoyment and benefits of receiving a massage.
New Year’s resolutions are a good thing. True, most of them are forgotten months, weeks, days, hours, minutes, and even seconds into the new year.

However, there is always the chance that one or more New Year’s resolutions will survive the test of time and result in a lasting lifestyle change.

At Loma Linda University Drayson Center, a team of wellness experts is poised to help individuals take those health-related New Year’s resolutions and turn them into permanent lifestyle benefits.

Drayson Center’s goals for improving health are simple: move more and eat better.

Personal trainers Michelle and Joe Sikkema, Dumas Martin, Mike Coffey, and Shonna Kuburic are ready and waiting to help develop a workout program that is tailored to the individual needs and desires of their clients.

Whether clients are interested in improving their fitness for a specific sport or recreational activity, strengthening their core and losing weight in order to experience less back or joint pain, or they simply want to feel better overall, the personal trainers will develop a routine specifically for them.

Clients may choose to work out one or more times per week with their personal trainer.

After a challenging workout with their personal trainer or on their own, clients may want to head for the massage table where medical massage therapists can knead away the soreness, as well as help flush toxins and other impurities from body tissues.

A short massage can even help warm up th
Personal trainer Michele Sikkema works with a client in the new personal training studio, complete with weights, medicine balls, a treadmill, and more.
Personal trainer Michele Sikkema works with a client in the new personal training studio, complete with weights, medicine balls, a treadmill, and more. Some clients prefer the anonymity of the studio over working out in the more public cardio and weight training areas.
e muscles and prepare them prior to a workout.

The medical massage therapy team, headed by Catherine Ray and Carola Janiak, and including massage therapists Lorrie Humpal, Tanya Frederick, Dick Giron, Cheryl Arendt, and Lorraine Alfaro, will help clients relax and enjoy the many health benefits that massage can offer.

Massage can improve one’s circulation, slowing or eliminating some of the conditions related to poor circulation. Scar tissue from an old injury can be reduced. Range of motion and flexibility can increase. Clients can become more relaxed and confident at work, school, or at home.

Be sure to ask the therapists about the following types of massage therapy that interest you: anti-stress massage, therapeutic massage, soft and gentle massage, chair massage, Lomi Lomi, pregnancy massage, sports massage, ice massage, retreat for the feet, steam bath, and lymph drainage massage.

In order to have more energy, one also needs to put the right fuel into his or her body.

Drayson Center nutritionist Jana Bowen, RD, can work with clients one-on-one or in a class setting to help them learn better methods for choosing and preparing foods. The right foods, prepared in the right way, will help them function more efficiently and feel better at the same time.

Clients also receive a detailed analysis of their eating patterns—including a computerized dietary analysis during a follow-up session; an assessment of their height, weight, percent body fat, body mass index, and activity; a personal nutrition prescription with appropriate calorie, carbohydrate, protein, and fat intake recom- mendations; and assistance with setting realistic goals to help them achieve a healthy, balanced lifestyle.

A number of attractive wellness packages are also available, which combine personal training, medical massage, and/or nutrition consultation to help individuals reach their fitness and health goals in 2007.

Whether you’re interested in shaping up, slimming down, being faster or stronger, or just feeling better, put wellness at the top of your New Year’s resolutions, and head over to Drayson Center. The wellness team will help you maintain your resolve and follow through.

For in-depth descriptions of all wellness services and prices, visit  <draysoncenter.llu.edu>, and select “wellness services.”

Or call today at (909) 558-8690 to reach a Drayson Center representative in the wellness office for information or to sign up for personal training, a massage, or a nutrition consultation.

By Larry Kidder, MA

TODAY news for Thursday, January 29, 2007