The Checkup: How This Common Ingredient Could Be Making You Fat 

• Put dooooown the salt shaker: New research published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation found that folks were hungrier when they were on higher-sodium diets than when they were on lower-sodium diets consuming the same number of daily calories and nutrients. And being hungrier means there’s a greater chance you’ll reach for that 3 p.m. office-kitchen donut. Womp, womp. [TIME]

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Massages, Meditation and Yoga: The Logan Is Putting on a Day of (Free!) Relaxation

Fact: Mondays are hard. But next Monday will be different — really! Because next Monday, my friends, is National Relaxation Day. And wait! Before you start stressing out, wondering how on EARTH you are going to relax, note that The Logan has already planned your day for you. And the icing on the cake: It won’t cost you a dime.

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New Massage School and Wellness Center Opening in Center City

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If you often, while sitting in your terribly uncomfortable desk chair for the seventh hour that day, find yourself thinking about how wonderful a massage would feel, I am with you. But these thoughts are usually shot down by flashing mental images of my not-so-sky-high bank account balance. Not for long, though: Two Fishtown residents, Julia Bayardi and Donna Zadie, are gearing up to open a massage school in Center City, and the curriculum will include lots of hands-on practice. Meaning? We’ll all be able to get our cheap massage on soon enough. The joy!

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My Top Five: Ways to Recover From a Killer Workout

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Trust me, I know the feeling: You had a killer workout at the gym yesterday and went home feeling amazing and accomplished. Then, you woke up the next morning feeling like you got punched hard in about five different places. And walking up the stairs? Forget about it. On days like these, it’s important to reward your body for its hard work with a little much-needed rest and relaxation.

So, we got Joe Petrusky, coach and owner of Crossfit Love in Northern Liberties, to fill us in on his top five favorite ways to recover from a hardcore workout. From acupuncture, to massage, and more, here’s how he unwinds tight muscles and gets his body in tip-top shape for his next sweat session.

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Lush Offering Beatles-Themed Massage in Philly

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All you need is love … and a really relaxing deep-tissue massage. Now you can get both right here in Philly. Lush Spa, located in the rear of the bath-and-body emporium of the same name on Walnut Street (and one of only two in the nation), is launching a new massage this month themed around The Beatles, and it’s a pretty wild ride. Read more »

10 Minutes with Matt Taylor

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How long have you lived in Philly?

Nine years now. I came here from New York to do a show at the Walnut Street Theatre and ended up staying.

Where’s the best place in the city to seek out a Zen moment?

The Kelly Drive loop—I cycle there regularly, and it’s the best part of my day. I feel like I’m a thousand miles away from everything in my life when I see the water, breathe in the fresh air and feel the endorphins pump as I’m riding. That is pure Zen to me.

How do you Amp Up your diet?

It’s tough for me to narrow down a type of food since I love to eat almost anything. But I eat corn almost every day.

What’s the biggest obstacle to living a more stress-free life?

Something that really stands out to me is how many of us really don’t understand our own bodies. Self-awareness is key to being and staying healthy. And many of us ignore symptoms until something is really wrong.

How can we change that?

Many of us fall off the wagon as far as the gym goes. The winter months tend to take a toll on our bodies, and we may be feeling a bit stiff and maybe a little sluggish. I definitely recommend a cleansing massage treatment or an acupuncture session. It does wonders for the body—and soul.

Matt Taylor is the owner of Taylored Touch Therapy,  1223 Walnut Street, 215-667-0040.

Our Q&A series is a regular feature in the pages of G Philly magazine. Is there someone in the LGBT community you’d like to see spotlighted? Let us know: nmcdonald@phillymag.com.