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The Little-Known Benefits of Drinking Water

June 18th, 2014 • Posted by Email Marketing • Permalink

You've heard since childhood that drinking water is good for you. The benefits of taking in some H20 include preventing dehydration and keeping body fluids maintained. But that glass of water you drank at lunch is doing much more than that. Most people don't know about all the benefits of water. Check out these little-known facts:

Water helps with weight loss

Picking water over a sugary soda will help you drop some unwanted pounds. Plus, water makes you feel full, so you’re less likely to snack if you keep your body hydrated.

Water keeps your muscles in check

Water has a way of revitalizing your muscles. When your body is deprived of water, your electrolytes shrink and your body is forced to borrow nutrients from cells around your muscles. That process leads to muscle fatigue and weakness.

Water keeps wrinkles away

Drinking a bottle of water a day won't erase wrinkles, but by keeping your skin hydrated it's less likely to dry out and sag. Water also helps bring out the natural glow in your skin, which means a healthier complexion.

The good news is you don't have to drink bottles upon bottles of water everyday. A lot of the food you consume, especially fruits and vegetables, are a good source of water too.

 

Detoxify the Body with a Cleansing Massage

June 2nd, 2014 • Posted by Email Marketing • Permalink

While there are some who consider a massage to be a little self-indulgent, that's not necessarily a bad thing. These days, people are spending so much time running around and worrying about all sorts of different things that they forget about themselves. It's important to give yourself some time to cherish and love yourself, because it grounds you, restoring a sense of balance and alleviating stress in your mind and body.

It is nice to feel relaxed and have the muscles worked on while getting a massage. Who wouldn't want to be enveloped by music while lying on a soft table, being ministered by healing hands? This seems indulgent to some, however, massage is being noticed more for its necessary healing effect. Rather than being a treat, it is now seen as a form of treatment that has credible health benefits.

Along with the proven results of relieving stress, massage is also beneficial for weight loss. Stress increases fat storage in the body which makes losing the pounds difficult if your stress level is not managed. Cortisol is the name of the responsible hormone, and it is secreted under mental, physical or emotional stress. Cortisol causes fat to be stored instead of burned, thereby causing weight gain.

Besides helping the body burn fat, massage is also crucial to another necessity of healthy weight -- massage aids in the circulation of fluids in the body. This allows for a healthy flow of energy and nutrients to circulate. Massage also circulates the waste out of the body, which is why we always hear about drinking plenty of water post-massage. Metabolic waste is then flushed out of the system after the manual movement of the tissues that occurs during massage.

So, we encourage you to "belly up" to the massage table. It will do your body good in so many ways, however, we must warn you of the known side effects like deeper sleep at night and a general sense of well-being. We look forward to working with you on your health goals through massage.

 

Aid your Relaxation With Yoga

May 16th, 2014 • Posted by Email Marketing • Permalink

Yoga is like getting a massage from the inside out. Yoga does not replace massage, but it is a great compliment to your wellness routine. Yoga is more than stretching and certainly is not about twisting yourself into a pretzel. Yoga is about alignment.

As we align and lengthen our bones, our muscles are gently stretched. Using intention to send our breath to the spaces opened by our stretch bring comfort and nourishment to the muscles and surrounding organs. Exhaling brings a release of any life-long holding patterns that have been engraved into our muscle memory, causing unbalances and disharmony. Let them go.

Unlike many western exercises, Yoga stretches minor muscle groups. This can increase blood flow and health to the organs lying beneath those muscles. Also unlike western exercise, there is an emphasis on the mind-body connection. Hence the name, Yoga meaning to Yoke, or connect, the mind to the body, the mental to the spiritual.

Breath is emphasized by gently inhaling and exhaling though the nose. Does the breath initiate the movement? Or the movements initiate the breath? The answer to both questions is "Yes." Some Yoga classes may include Pranayama, which are Yoga breathing exercises. Prana is more than the breath; it is our energy or vital life force. The breathing exercises encourage breath to move through the body, clearing any blockages and promoting health.

There are many styles of Yoga from the very restful Restorative Yoga, designed to recharge your Immune System, to the very active Flow (Vinyasa) yoga, which is more aerobic and sometimes practiced in a heated room. Some styles (Hatha, Iyengar, and Annusura) provide opportunities for muscle work, when holding standing and other poses.

When you first start out it is best to attend a Yoga school. This will ensure you develop the correct technique before practicing by yourself at home. Warning -- you may get hooked after you experience Yoga's addictive, yummy inner sense of calm and a connection to your powerful inner self; and the experience of getting a massage from the inside out!

 

Better Workout With Some Stretching

May 2nd, 2014 • Posted by Email Marketing • Permalink

Whether you plan to hit the treadmill or do a round of circuit training, don't underestimate the power of stretching. By stretching your muscles you'll improve flexibility and improve your blood flow. There are tons of stretches, but rather than spend the better half of your workout stretching, focus on these three stretches to jump start your workout.

Downward Dog

Isn't that a Yoga pose? It sure is, but it's a great way to stretch multiple parts of your body in one stretch. Start on your hands and knees, drop your butt back, push up on your toes and arch your back. You'll stretch your legs, back, shoulders, neck, chest and hips in this stretch.

Hamstring stretch

If you're planning a cardio workout, pay special attention to your hamstrings during stretching. There's nothing worse than your hamstrings tightening up while you're running. Sit with your legs in front of you and reach for your toes. There are other hamstring stretches, but this one is quick and easy.

Low lunge

This stretch opens your core, which is sometimes tough to get to. One leg is bent at the knee while the other leg is extended behind your body. It's also a Yoga pose and is easy to achieve from the downward dog position.

After a tough workout, consider getting a massage. Think of it as post-workout stretching session with less work. We can ease aching muscles and keep tension from building up in your joints.

 

The 3 Exercises Designed to Ease Stress

April 18th, 2014 • Posted by Email Marketing • Permalink

When you're tossed into a situation that makes you feel uncomfortable, your body reacts with a full set of defense mechanisms. Your hormones increase, your body tenses and your mind becomes consumed with worry. While everyone handles stress differently, it's important to train yourself to fight stress in a healthy way. Don't reach for a tub of ice cream when you're stressed. Instead, consider any one of these stress-busting exercises.

Running

Love it or hate it, the rhythmic motion involved in running can help you clear your mind. For some, it's less about the rhythm and more about running through the aggression. Pop your earbuds in and take a jog around the block to clear your mind and relax the tension built up in your muscles.

Yoga

Yoga is all about breathing and listening to your body. During a stressful time in your life, a Yoga class is a great place to be. By breathing and embracing the meditation components, you'll kick stress to the curb. If you have a high stress life, consider attending a Yoga class on a regular basis. You'll be able to train your body to identify triggers and teach yourself how to work through stress.

Pilates

Like Yoga, Pilates forces you to focus on just the muscles needed to exercise. By focusing on simple tasks, you'll clear your mind and release the grip of stress.