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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Popular Kinds of Massage Therapy

Thursday, April 26, 2012
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Massage therapy is one that can help you relieve stress. Massage can relax tense muscles, making you more comfortable. Consists of several types of massage techniques and variations with slightly different alloys in accordance with the requirements. To help you decide which option in accordance with the conditions and needs, the following five most popular types of massage and may be beginning choice for you.

1. Shiatsu Massage
In this kind of massage which originated from Japan, the massage therapist will press acupuncture points on the body by using a finger. Pressure at each point will be held for 2-8 seconds to improve the flow of energy and help balance the body. Shiatsu massage uses techniques that tap fast enough but it is very relaxing and usually without leaving any pain or pain afterwards.

2. Swedish Massage Therapy
This is a popular type of massage because it is very softly and relaxing. If you have not had a massage before, this is the best type for the early stages. In practice, the massage therapist will use techniques such as push, squeezing and making a circular motion on the outer surface layers of muscle using lotion or oil.

3. Aromatherapy Massage
In aromatherapy massage, the massage therapist will use fragrance oils derived from plant extracts. Type of oil used depends on the specific purpose for example to relax, reduce stress, balance the body's energy or other purposes. One of the most common type of oil used is lavender. Aromatherapy massage is the best massage
for treatment related to stress or other emotional disorders. So, if you feel depressed with all the daily routine, this one kind of massage can be your choice.

4. Hot Stone Massage
In this massage, the massage therapist will place smooth stones that had been heated at certain points on the body. It aims to relaxes strained muscles and balance the energy centers in the body. Therapists would also push and hold the stone in a particular area. The warmth of the stones will also make you feel comfortable. This type of massage therapy is perfect for you who suffer from muscle tension but prefer soft massage.

5. Deep Tissue Massage
This massage focuses on the inner layers of muscle and connective tissue. The therapist will perform a slower tap techniques along the tensed muscles. Deep Tissue Massage is suitable for you who suffer from chronic muscle tension and muscle pain. After the massage, the patient usually still feel a little pain until two days later.

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Healthy Fruits to Look Younger

Wednesday, April 25, 2012
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Both men and women, would not want to look older even though age increases. In addition to maintaining physical fitness through exercise, there are kinds of fruit that helps you to look younger.

1. Berry fruit
Kinds of berry fruit known as a source of antioxidants and vitamin C in abundance. The fruit is able to provide blood flow and minerals are required to maintain and protect the body against aging and free radicals.

2. Avocado
Fruit with an alkalising effect and abundance of vitamin E is able to prevent the aging of the skin. Avocados also provides otassium, which can prevent high blood pressure and aid in fluid retention in the body.

3. watermelon:
In addition to having effect alkalising, watermelon also contains selenium, vitamin A, B, C, and vitamin E. There are also essential fatty acids and zinc that provide essential fluids for the body. Moreover, choose food that have strong alkalising effects, if you want to boost your diet.

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Spinach to Increase Cognitive Ability

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Good news for you who like green vegetables, especially spinach. Spinach - vegetable that is included in the Amaranthaceae family is said to help improve a person's cognitive abilities. Moreover, in a study published in the journal Brain Research found that the mice who ate spinach extract, increased release of dopamine in the brain after eating spinach extract and vitamin E.

Every 100 grams of spinach contains 2.3 grams of protein, 3.2 grams carbohydrates, 3 grams of iron and 81 grams of calcium. Spinach is also rich in various vitamins and minerals, namely vitamin A, niacin, thiamin, phosphorus, riboflavin, sodium, potassium and magnesium. Spinach also contains vitamin C and vitamin E.

For best results, make sure the spinach to be one type of food into your daily menu variation.

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Grape to Fight Fat

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The study published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, reveals that the compound named Piceatanmol, which is found in red and green grapes are able to block the fat cells in the body to grow.

According to researchers at Purdue University, United States, Piceatanmol is similar to the compound of the resveratrol structure which also plays a role in the fight against cancer, heart disease and neurodegenerative diseases.

In the presence of piceatannol, the development of fat cells can be inhibited. Piceatannol actually change the timing of gene expression, gene function and insulin action during adipogenesis, the process by which fat cells entered the early stages of mature fat cells.

Piceatannol could bind to insulin receptors than fat cells in the first stage of adipogenesis, and hinder the ability of insulin to control the cell cycle and activating genes that perform more advanced stages of the formation of fat cells.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Massage for Pregnant Women

Tuesday, April 24, 2012
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Massage as a treatment media has been used for centuries to improve overall health, relieve stress, and relieve stiffness and muscle tension. Investigation and modern research proves that therapy with a prenatal massage can be a very good way to treatment before the mother having a baby, if it is given in the right way.

Prenatal massage is recommended during pregnancy because many pregnant women showed that the general anxiety associated with the skeletal system and circulatory system changes due to hormonal changes during pregnancy.

Research conducted 10 years ago showed that hormone levels associated with relaxation and stress, which promotes improved cardiovascular health, when massage therapy was introduced for prenatal care. Hormones such as norepinephrine and cortisol ("stress hormone") is reduced, and increased levels of dopamine and serotonin in women who do massage every two weeks for only five weeks. Changes in hormone levels reduce the difficulties during the birth and minimize the difficulties of the newborn, such as weight / low birth weight.

benefits of pregnancy massage
The study showed that massage therapy performed during pregnancy can reduce anxiety, decrease symptoms of depression, relieve muscle aches and joint pain, and improve the health of newborns. Massage therapy show different needs through varying techniques, one of which is a traditional massage, which is useful for relaxing muscle tension and improve circulation of lymph and blood circulation through a softly pressure to the muscle group in the body.

There are several requirements regarding the massage of pregnant women :
1. pregnancy is not problematic -talk to your doctor about this.
2. to keep unwanted things, it is better done at womb by the age of 5 months, where the body was starting to feel more tired as the starting heavy loads.
3. performed by a trained therapist (professional) to massage pregnant women because there are certain body parts which, when massaged would cause early uterine contractions. Massage for pregnant women should only be done on certain parts like hands, feet, back, and neck. Hips, stomach and waist should not be massaged.

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