Dallas, Texas 3/13/2009 10:41 PM GMT (TransWorldNews) To forget is human. But since most of us would like to be able to remember where we left the car keys, here are a few tips for improving your memory from Massage Envy, the leading provider of massage therapy in the U.S.:

Create associations. If you can’t remember to take a daily medication, try associating it with another daily task. For example, always take your medicine at the same time you brush your teeth.
 
Pay attention. Have trouble remembering names? When you meet someone, look him or her straight in the eyes and identify a unique facial feature. Listen to the way the person’s name is pronounced and ask them to repeat their name. Then use the person’s name often during your conversation. The same applies to those car keys: Pay attention to where you’re putting them down.
 
Exercise. According to the Mayo Clinic, regular exercise can boost brainpower, delay age-related memory loss and maybe even prevent dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
 
Eat an apple a day. Research from the University of Massachusetts Lowell suggests that consuming apples or apple juice may protect against memory-zapping cell damage, thanks to an apple’s anti-oxidant attributes.
 
Invest in your health. This year, plan to allot some of your pretax dollars toward massage therapy. The tax code says that a qualified medical expense “must be to alleviate or prevent a physical or mental defect or illness.”
 
So talk with your doctor to find out if you could benefit from ongoing massage therapy. The prescription should list the length of treatment, duration and reason for prescribing massage therapy.

“Once you have a prescription, schedule your appointments, submit your receipts to your flexible spending account administrator and enjoy the healthy benefits,” said Lance O’Pry, Dallas/Fort Worth regional developer for Massage Envy.

Introductory 1-hour massage session (consists of 50 minute massage and time for consultation and dressing) is just $39. Memberships are available for $49 per month and include one 1-hour massage session. Members may also enjoy unlimited additional 1-hour massage sessions at the $39 member rate. For more information, log on to http://www.massageenvy.com/ to find the nearest Massage Envy clinic. There are 25 locations in Dallas/Ft. Worth.

Massage Envy Limited, LLC is a national franchise of massage therapy clinics dedicated to providing professional and affordable therapeutic massage services to consumers with busy lifestyles at convenient times and locations. Founded in 2002, Massage Envy has opened 500 clinics in 38 states in just over five years, with 300 more franchises currently under development from coast to coast and 25 locations in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. For more information about Massage Envy, visit the website at http://www.massageenvy.com/. *Not all types of massage available at all clinics.

 

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