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Why You Should Try Massage

MassageWhat is a massage and why you should try it. The object of a massage is to: – Relax tension in the muscles and other parts of the body – Reduce stress and strains of the day – Relax the mind and encourage total receptivity to relaxation – Improve blood flow throughout the body – Increase overall feeling of well-being and relaxation

This is done by manipulation of the muscles and connective tissues in certain prescribed ways. What a lot of people sometimes forget is that an amateurish bad massage from a friend can be worse than no massage at all and in some cases can in fact cause damage to muscles and the body. Always ensure that any person you allow to massage you is fully trained and has the necessary competence to carry out the technique that you require.

This does not however stop you from having fun with your partner using massage oils that are available in drugstores.

Numerous people swear by body massages for the reduction of back pain and aches caused by over exertion during sport. It is now commonplace to see during International sports matches various trainers and physiotherapists running on to the pitch at half time or the end of a game and start to massage the legs and backs of their sportsmen before muscle cramps and the pain sets in. In fact when it comes to sportsmen and women they are far ahead of the game when it comes to understanding the benefits of massage therapy.

Many massage techniques have been imported from Europe to the US because of their obvious benefits. Massage in its present form has mainly been adopted form the practices prevalent in the early 20th Century in Sweden and the Nordic countries. However massage itself has been around for thousands of years. Both the ancient Roman and Greeks were firm believers in the restorative powers of massages and there are numerous mentions of massages in many old texts from that time. However not just the Europeans understood the healing powers of oil and massage but also the Chinese Emperors and their courts too understood that a great feeling of relaxation and wellbeing emanated from the judicious timing of a full body rub down. Many people are fully aware of the ancient Turkish Bathhouses but how many know that it was not just hot steam available but also a fully body massage too. The art of Massage has a long and noble history and only now are we just beginning to fully appreciate the benefits that were second nature to the ancients.

There are many types of massage from the normal generally accepted body rub, commonly known as Swedish massage, to the rather more esoteric Lomi Lomi massage of Oceania.

The Swedish, or classic massage is the most widely used and enjoyed massage and when carried out by a competent well trained masseur is a joy to receive. In Europe it is usually carried out with the recipient naked with a towel laid over their lower parts for modesty. There are different types of oils used depending on the reason for the massage and quite often there will be certain aspects of aromatherapy included too. This can be the burning of certain oils of a particular aroma which have their own restorative qualities and also using certain ambient light colours. Indeed these are also used in the saunas in Europe as they are now becoming more and more accepted as part of mainstream healthcare.

The Swedish massage consists mainly of five different types of strokes, which are: 1. Sliding, rubbing the hand along the body, 2. Kneading, in a similar manner to kneading bread before baking, 3. Tapping in a rhythm, something similar to what you see doctors doing to patients in old films where the doctor puts two fingers on the patients’ body and rhythmically taps them, 4. The friction stroke where instead of flowing with the grain of the muscle the hands of the masseur go across the muscle, 5. And finally the vibration stroke.

In the Swedish massage the client usually lies face down on a table about waist height with a towel around the waist. If necessary cushions or pillow can be used to ensure the client is lying comfortably. There are many different oils that can be used and it is entirely up to the customer to choose whatever is their preference. However it is always a good idea for the masseur to warm the oil before starting so that right from the beginning the client is comfortable and does not receive any shocks from cold oil that can ruin the ambience and feeling of relaxation.

Another good idea if you are having the massage at home is to light candles in the room to increase further the feeling of relaxation. Quite often the masseur will bring an oil burner so that the room is suffused with the aroma of essential oils which also helps with the relaxation and mood setting. Then the masseur starts on the shoulders and works all over the back and spine. For a lot of people this is the best part of the massage as it is the back that gives the most trouble and pain. Then the legs and arms are completed. After the client has turned over the front of the body is then massaged. Quite often the feet are massaged separately as this is a specialized area in its own right and there are practitioners in the East that make a good living just from being an expert foot masseur.

When the massage is completed the client should sit and relax for a while and take in some fluids.

Drinking fluids will help release toxins from the body. Read a book for half an hour or sit and listen to soothing music and you will feel all your cares recede as your body relaxes and unwinds.

If you have never had a full body massage now is the time to consider it. For the undoubted benefits it brings it is surely a cheap way of improving your health and lifestyle.

Quit Smoking Products

Quit Smoking ProductsThere are many quit smoking products on the market which are designed to help people who desperately want to stop smoking do so in a safe and hassle free manner. Unfortunately it is very difficult to just quit smoking on your own without any sort of product to help you out because the withdrawal symptoms are almost unbearable at times. Some of them include anxiety, irritability and sometimes even depression. In this article we will review two of the most common quit smoking products and really assess their weight in gold.

One of the most common quit smoking products on the market is NRT. NRT stands for nicotine replacement therapy. These products basically are supposed to give you a dose of nicotine daily which will satisfy you and get rid of your nicotine urges. You will then be free to not smoke and you can go about your daily routine without experiencing any withdrawal symptoms. You will also not be inhaling any toxic substances from tobacco because you will not be smoking cigarettes. It’s not all positive with this method though because you are not really treating your nicotine addiction properly. All you are doing is substituting cigarettes which contain nicotine with nicotine patches and nicotine gum. Another problem with this is that there are some pretty nasty side-effects that you may experience when using one of these products. Some of them include very vivid nightmares, rashes, sleep-walking and irritability. Also nicotine patches and nicotine gum do not really always get you to quit smoking.

Another common quit smoking product uses a complementary disease treatment system called homeopathy. It involves using only natural substances and these substances are designed to get rid of the withdrawal symptoms associated with quitting the smoking habit. One of the most famous and widely used quit smoking products is smoke deter. Smoke deter uses only natural ingredients which basically help the body heal the damage that has been done by years of inhaling nicotine fumes. Many people have reported that they stopped smoking using products like smoke deter. Some of the disadvantages of using smoke deter are that it can take some time for the product to arrive to your doorstep as it can only be ordered through the official smoke deter website. You may also need to order a sizable amount of carry you through the period of 8 weeks in which you will experience the worst of the withdrawal symptoms. After that period of time it should be smooth sailing. The product is quite easy to apply also.

Can You Lose Weight Without Dieting

Lose Weight Without DietingDid you know that dieting actually has a 99% failure rate? I bet you didn’t. Despite all the media, magazines and chat show hype, dieting is actually the least effective way to lose and maintain weight. Studies show that the best way to lose weight and keep it off is to eat for good health. So yes. You can easily lose weight without dieting.

A study as recent as 2009 took two groups of people who wanted to lose weight. One group was put on a low calorie plan and the other group was told to just eat healthily. The second group could eat as much as they like but were told to eat healthy options. Fruit, vegetables, salad smoothies etc.

After one year the group who were eating for good health had by far the best results. By eating for good health they were inadvertently taking a low calorie, high nutrition route. Doing this meant they did not have to starve themselves. They did not feel the need to binge like many dieters do. They were giving their body’s all the necessary nutrients to function so calorie burning worked optimally also.

The ‘dieting’ group felt under pressure because what they could eat was heavily restricted.People in general find this style of diet very hard to stick to and as I said 99% fail before a year is up.

Other studies going back as far as 1971 questioned the value of the dieting mentality and suggested that a small reduction in calorie intake would better for weight loss in the long term. Even back then before dieting became so massively popular studies were showing that diets don’t work.

In the 1980′ and 1990’s studies showed that dieting was the cause of many eating disorders. People who had normal eating behaviors became food addicts, or binge eaters caught in a cycle of one diet failure after another. This was because of the pressure that going on a diet puts on people.

The diet mentality is one of extreme deprivation and trying to lose as much weight as fast as possible. This puts a lot of pressure on people and the body responds by slowing its calorie burning right down. So losing weight actually becomes harder and harder when on a ‘diet’. The psychological effects of depriving oneself of food create many problems also. Hence the binge eating and food addictions that dieting creates.

In answer to can you lose weight without dieting? I would say yes. Absolutely. But how can you lose weightwithout dieting? I would say give up diets for good. Start to eat for good health and you will be amazed at what happens to your body. You will be forming good habits for a lifetime so the weight loss will be permanent. You will feel no need to deprive yourself or starve. This makes success so much easier.

I came across this information about a year ago. I had failed at diets many times and I guess I was one of those people the studies were talking about. I would overeat every weekend with the thought that I was starting a diet on the Monday. I would always have given up within a couple of days. It wasn’t until I sat down and asked myself the question ‘can you lose weight without dieting? that I woke up to the truth. I researched and found out about all those studies. I then started to eat for good health. I have lost a great deal of weight and kept it off . I now realize that ‘can you lose weight without dieting’ was the best question I had ever asked my self.

Better Power Than Coffee And Energy Boosting Vitamins

Energy Boosting VitaminsIf you want to have the same high energy levels all throughout the day, what is your healthy choice for a boost? Can you imagine a better healthy brain power stimulant than coffee? Coffee is accepted as a tolerable, tasty, convenient and not too expensive product, if you need something to wake up with.

Coffee, if freshly ground, and brewed within twenty minutes, provides some antioxidants. But, it will not give you energy all day, without depleting your brain’s levels of acetylcholine. Acetylcholine is a neurotransmitter which creates mental energy and mental clarity.

So don’t we love coffee! French roast, Italian roast, Fair Trade, Organic, Espresso coffee! Latte, Vanilla, double-shot, iced… we are hooked. But here is the problem: caffeine depletes acetylcholine! Decreases our brain power! Leaves us high and dry. Unless…we have more coffee.

Can’t Sleep All Night?

You may need something with better power than coffee to get your brain going every morning. It doesn’t mean you have to give up your favorite coffees and the different roasts and flavors you love. You can get almost anything decaf.

So do you have any nutrition options? Coffee imitations? Coffee imitations are usually made from grains. They are calorie intensive. Maybe better to avoid.

Energy Boosting Vitamins

Always, number one choice, a whole food Vitamin B Complex. This is an ongoing recovery of your better brain powers, and overall health. Definitely start now. But for better power than coffee, understand some basics about how your brain powers up. The neurotransmitter acetylcholine is triggered by choline, other important nutrients…and caffeine!

However, over the hours following a great cup of your favorite, or vending machine, coffee, acetylcholine is depleted – used up. That’s when you start feeling morning brain fog and sluggishness all over again. So you have another cup of coffee.

A while later, your acetylcholine is even more depleted, so you have another cup of coffee. But…later…you can’t sleep all night.

If this is your experience, here is one of your nutrition options. Guarana. Guarana is like caffeine – coffee – in that it is also a natural, plant product. The main difference with guarana, or guaranine, is that it also provides some omega 3 fatty acids in its makeup. Omega 3 oils are true brain boosting nutrients.

Guarana is also a brain stimulant, like caffeine. The presence of omega 3 oils results in the drink, or supplement, processing more slowly and steadily than caffeine. That means you will receive a more sustained affect, over more hours. This is WAY better power than coffee.

Here is another nutrient among your many nutritional options that helps get your brain going. Choline. Choline also contributes to the release of acetylcholine. Your brain power gets a good restart periodically if your choline levels are high enough.

Which gives you energy all day. When you’re young, your choline levels stay higher, the same for many nutrients. As you get older, your choline levels decrease. So, no problem. You just need to supplement with choline to boost your brain power.

There is certainly much to know about energy boosting vitamins. I hope I have explained a little. And here’s where you can get a nutritional supplement that is a better power than coffee.

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