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Massage Helps Cells to Recover After Exercise

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Massage, just the word evokes images and feelings of relaxation and TLC and now researchers have proven the effects of massage after training can help the body to recover after exercise right down at the cellular level.

“Muscles produce lactic acid during intense workouts, said Ethel Frese, a professor of physical therapy at St. Louis University and a cardiovascular and pulmonary specialist. The more intense the workout, the more lactic acid is produced. And the greater the accumulation of lactic acid, the more fatigued – and painful – the muscle becomes.

Lactic acid will dissipate on its own, but enhancing blood circulation helps get rid of it quicker. That helps relieve muscle cramps and spasms, she said….

According to a recent study published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, researchers at Ohio State University found that Swedish massage helped speed muscle recovery at the cellular level for rabbits who got mechanically intense exercise.

Before athletic events, a massage therapist can help athletes warm up by jostling and stretching the muscles and using circular friction and simple compression on specific body parts. This can continue, only more gently, during competition when the muscles are fatigued. And after an event, Swedish massage is best, Riberio said.

That’s up for debate, says Mark Frank of St. Louis Rehabilitative and Sports Massage in Creve Coeur, Mo. He says there are about 200 approaches to massage and that he’s had success with myofascial therapy which targets tissue rather than specific muscles.

Whatever the case, experts have long touted other means of reducing soreness and swelling after hard, prolonged exercise, such as icing overworked muscles, taking anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen and properly cooling down. Cool-downs, during which activity is gradually decreased rather than abruptly stopping, prevents lactic acid from pooling in tired muscles….

Frese thinks massage also may do something else: promote the release of endorphins, a natural sedative that alleviates pain and produces a general sense of well-being. Massage is also more beneficial as athletes age, she said….

“The more fit you are, the less lactic acid you produce at a given workload and the faster you clear it,” she said. “As you age, you’re not as fit. You’ll never be at 70 what you were at 20 and you do tend to lose flexibility.” PhysOrg.com

Whatever the reason massage of various types it seems can give you the edge when it comes to competing and recovering after exercise. What kind of massage will you choose? I know I like a regular once a week massage from a qualified therapist, just for the TLC aspect, and for day to day I use my vibration platform, which increases circulation and is a proven way of removing lactic acid from muscles.

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September 29, 2008 Posted by | Fitness, Wellness | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Wellness Holidays On the Beach

Netayna Resort, Noosa

Netayna Resort, Noosa

Need a holiday and need time at a health spa? The amazingly beautiful Netanya Resort has teamed up with balancenoosa to bring you the best of both worlds. balancenoosa/Netaya Wellness Package

You’re dreaming… you are staying in the Penthouse suite right on the beach in beautiful Noosa, Qld., one of the worlds most wonderful areas. Spending all day on the beach playing in the surf or shopping in Hasting St, some of the best shopping in the world.

Balcony massage at Netanya

…and then you are soothed to sleep by the gentle lap of the waves on the shoreline after your massages for two on your balcony. Our new partnership with Netayna Resort can make your dream come true.

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September 26, 2008 Posted by | Wellness | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Two Amazing AntiOxidants Made Right in Your Body

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Today I want to talk to you about antioxidants, these little darlings of the immune system have the capacity to keep you younger, healthier and full of energy. Wouldn’t that be great?

Most of us have heard of Vitamins A, C, D and E and we know enough to make sure we get adequate supplies of them from our food. But what about the antioxidants made right in your own body? Did you know that your body creates its own much more important antioxidants? These are the cellular antioxidants such as glutathione (the Master Antioxidant) which is made mainly from amino acids and the enzymatic antioxidants like superoxide dismutase, SOD for short. I can hear you saying thank goodness for that from here 🙂

I mention these two in particular because a great deal of research is now coming out about how many health challenges can be helped by just making sure your body either gets more of or creates more of (the better way) of these two foundation antioxidants.

Let’s take a better look at Glutathion and SOD:

Glutathione has been shown to slow down the aging process (give me a bucketful), detoxify and improve liver function, strengthen the immune system, and reduce the chances of developing cancer (according to the research, I am not making any claims here).

It has also shown to work to help improve mental function, increase energy, improve concentration, promote increased levels of exercise, improves chronic pain disorders, lowers blood pressure, improves heart and lung function, and helps to control the effects of diabetes. How can it do all this?

Glutathione is the pre-dominant antioxidant in your cells, virtually all cells require glutathione for viability and function and as Dr R Keller has said, “…if it detoxifies and benefits every cell in the body there is almost nothing it cannot help with.”

“Glutathione is a substance, the levels of which in our cells are predictive of how long we will live. There are very few other factors which are as predictive of our life expectancy as is our level of cellular glutathione. We literally cannot survive without this antioxidant,” – Earl Mindell, R.Ph., Ph.D.

Superoxide Dismutase (SOD) has recently come into the spotlight for its connection with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). However research on this amazing antioxidant enzyme has been going on for many years and this has proven that SOD protect the body against free radicals by scavenging excess superoxides. Athletes take it to prevent excess free radicals from building up from excessive exercise. It has also proven to help prevent aging, protect mitochondrial function (boost energy), protect from radiation injury, heart disease and cholesterol, protects DNA and cellular health in humans, inhibits inflammatory nerve degeneration, reduces brain swelling after traumatic injuries, lowers inflammation by lowering L10, boosts the immune system (increased T cells and less T cell death), reduced lactic acid after exercise, among a stack of other health boosting effects.

How can you increase your levels of these amazing antioxidants? You need to find supplements that include n-acetyl-cysteine and other glutathione boosting ingredients or eat a lot of broccoli, garlic and asparagus as well as some of the superfruits. SOD food sources include: green barley (organic extract), broccoli, and brussel sprouts. But, if you already have health challenges you’re going to have to eat a LOT of broccoli to get the effect you need to control and perhaps reverse the inflammatory process involved.

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September 23, 2008 Posted by | Nutrition, Wellness | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Review: Soulsong Active & Yoga Wear

There is a new range of active and yoga wear onsite, before we put this range of clothing onsite we made

Active & Yoga Wear

Active & Yoga Wear

sure we tried it out, here is our review on Soulsong Active and Yoga Wear:

  • The range is small, but deceptively full as most of the range is stylish enough to be worn anywhere and a few articles, such as the Sariswati range are made from a combination of microfibre lace and Supplex and nice enough to be worn as evening wear.
  • There is a nice range of tops, with cross over and singlet styles ready for your workouts, that can then become a nice top with shorts ready for the beach.
  • I have to say we love the range of pants, with Helen’s favourites being every style with the foldover band. This style is just so flattering to every figure type! It accentuates a tiny waist, while giving extra support to those of us who are not so slim while being just so comfortable to wear. (I am fairly sure Helen is working on owning one in every colour and style before the year is out 🙂
  • The mens range is also we recieved with styles in shirts, shorts and pants lending comfort and style that can be used both during a workout or as nice casual wear perfect for our Aussie summers and laid back lifestyle.
  • The range includes the very smooth Supplex fabric (which has a ”wicking’ feature, drawing moisture away from the skin to keep you dry and comfortable during the  toughest workout or hottest day. Or the cotton/lycra range for those who prefer a more natural fabric.

All in all we are very happy with our range of Active and Yoga Wear and hope that you can find the perfect workout or yoga outfit to suit your needs. We would love to have your feedback, so please stop on by and let us know what you think?

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September 20, 2008 Posted by | Fitness, Yoga | , , , | 1 Comment

Metabolic Syndrome Leptins and Weight Loss

By now most of us have heard of Metabolic Syndrome, some of us even understand about Insulin Resistance some of you may have even heard about Leptins, but how many of you know whether you have one of these Metabolic Syndromes and how they can affect your life?

Those with the syndrome may manifest the symptoms in different ways, some of us find it hard to lost weight, some of us end up with heart disease, some of us have pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes, some have chronic fatigue…. This list could go on and on, over the next few posts I plan to tell you more about these syndromes and their effects on your life and what you can do about them. Education is key to preventing the obesity epidemic, and it is key to our survival as a species.

Dr Rosedale is the king of Metabolic Syndrome and knows more about Leptins than you and I would ever want to know, listen to him here as he explains why you and I might be finding it difficult to lose weight, espcially around the tummy. It’s not just how much you eat, you know:

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September 15, 2008 Posted by | 1 | Leave a comment

Prevent Colds and Flu s With Quercetin

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This study has found that mice and people who pick up more colds and ‘flu’s because they exercise to stress raising levels and took quercetin were much less likely to come down with a virus.

“Mice given quercetin, a naturally occurring substance found in fruits and vegetables, were less likely to contract the flu, according to a study published by The American Physiological Society. The study also found that stressful exercise increased the susceptibility of mice to the flu, but quercetin canceled out that negative effect.

“Quercetin was used because of its documented widespread health benefits, which include antiviral activity, abundance in the diet and reported lack of side effects when used as a dietary supplement or food additive,” Davis said.

Although this study was done with mice, a recent human study found that people who took quercetin suffered fewer illnesses following three days of exhaustive exercise compared to those who did not. Unlike the mouse study, the humans were not inoculated with a virus.

“This is the first controlled experimental study to show a benefit of short-term quercetin feedings on susceptibility to respiratory infection following exercise stress,” said Davis. “Quercetin feeding was an effective preventive strategy to offset the increase in susceptibility to infection that was associated with stressful exercise.” Physorg.com, Science Centric News

But what is Quercetin?

Quercetin is a powerful antioxidant. It is also a natural anti-histamine, and anti-inflammatory. Research shows that quercetin may help to prevent cancer, especially prostate cancer.

Why use it?

According to About.com: Quercetin’s antihistamine action may help to relieve allergic symptoms and asthma symptoms. The anti-inflammatory properties may help to reduce pain from disorders such as arthritis. Men who are concerned about prostate problems would also benefit from quercetin. Quercetin may also help reduce symptoms like fatigue, depression and anxiety.

and to phytochemicals.info: Quercetin has many health promoting effects, including improvement of cardiovascular health, reducing risk for cancer. Quercetin has anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic effects. All these activities are caused by the strong antioxidant action of quercetin. It will help to combat free radicals molecules, which can damage cells.

As many other flavonoids, quercetin prevents the oxidation of LDL (bad) cholesterol. The anti-inflammatory action of quercetin is caused by the inhibition of enzymes, such as lipoxygenase, and the inhibition of inflammatory mediators. Quercetin also inhibits the release of histamine, which causes congestion, by basophils and mast cells.
Studies have shown that quercetin reduces the cancer risk of prostate, ovary, breast, gastric and colon cells.
Quercetin also seems to reduce the production of uric acid, by inhibiting the xanthine oxidase, thereby easing gout symptoms. Studies have shown an improved lung function and lower risk of certain respiratory diseases (asthma and bronchitis) for people with high apple (rich in quercetin) intake.

So check it out and see what we mean, Quercetin is also the subject of some pretty amazing research and even coming to the attention of doctors for it’s amazing properties. After all we are all becoming immune to many antibiotics.

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September 12, 2008 Posted by | Nutrition, Wellness | , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

8 Tips To Help You Spring Into Summer

Spring is here and Summer is right on our doorstep. It’s time to spring clean your body ready for the beach and those summer shorts!

  1. Detox: spring cleaning for your body an internal cleanse will have your looking great and feeling better. A good detox plan involves a good intestinal cleanse, while helping the liver to eliminate toxins from your body. A good detox can be as simple as a weekend on restful, vegetarian food while cutting out the coffee and using some herbal teas to cleanse the liver. Detoxing can help to reduce or even eliminate symptoms such as fatigue, digestive problems, cellulite, bad breath, poor concentration, bloating, skin problems, weight gain, and much more.
  2. Moisterise, Moisturise and Moisturise some more: Keep your skin moist is not just for summer! Often the dryest weather is in fact in winter when the air is full of electricity and your lips chap. Apply moisteriser often, more than once a day if necessary especially if you are working in an airconditioned building. Apply directly after your warm shower to trap the water from your shower, under the skin for best effect. Use an light oil at night for luxuriously velvety skin in the morning.
  3. Drink Water: 8 – 10 glasses (1.5 to 2 litres) per day to keep your skin and body hydrated. many of those headache and fatigue symptoms are your body crying out for water. Our cells are about 72% water, we are virtually made of water and we need to keep replenishing it regularly. By the time you feel thirsty you are already dehydrated! Tea, coffee, soft drink (soda) and cordial are NOT water (in fact they are dehydrating), and for every one of these you have you need to add another glass of water.
  4. Move: this means move your body, walk, go to a gym or fitness centre, dance, run up stairs, walk on the beach, a yoga session – whatever, but move. Work up a sweat, get your heart pumping and stretch that body, it will love you for it and you will not only live longer you might even enjjoy it.
  5. Boost your energy by kickstarting your day with a hot and cold shower. Shower and cleanse under a warm shower and then turn the hot water off for 20 seconds, on for 20 seconds repeat 2 or 3 times ending with cold. Towel briskly to rub the warmth back into your skin, you will notice the zing! Helps remove lactic acid from the muscles, and improves ciruclation.
  6. Change your eating habits: eat more raw food, now that it’s warmer get into salads and fruit, eating fresh, raw, alive food helps you feel fresh and alive.
  7. Defuzz: get rid of that unwanted hair, I get lazy in winter, I hide my legs under jeans and pants, so when it get’s to spring I go get my first summer waxing (I usually shave about 2 weeks before so they don’t think I am a total ape:). It feels so good and I feel like summer is on its way when my skin is smooth for the first time since May.
  8. Exfoliate: give your skin an all over sheen by giving it a good scrub with a facial and then a body exfoliation cream in your shower. Your skin will love you for it and you will feel summer ready with a new spring in your step.

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September 8, 2008 Posted by | Fitness, Wellness | , , , , | 1 Comment

News Holidays and Retreats

Lots of updates for you today, so let’s get started:

News:

1. balancenoosa is happy to announce that we have a few spots left for our amazing “All About You weekend retreat, and you’re invited! So come on and take a weekend off with nothing more important to do than choose between:

  • having a relaxing massage (aaaahhhh!),
  • a gentle stretch with a yoga or pilates class (mmmmmmhhhh!),
  • a stress release meditation (oooooohhhhhh!),
  • life strategy sessions with a Master of NLP and Coaching, walking through a rainforest high in the Sunshine Coast hinterland with views to forever….
  • or chatting with friends new and old about life, the universe and everything while resting, renewing and rejuvinating your mind, body and spirit with these wonders of nature plus great nutritious, delicious food and high mountain air.

Come on, you know you want to, it’s All About You… and why not bring a partner or a friend with you?

2. Need a holiday? balancenoosa has negotiated the perfect holiday package with Netanya Resort. How would you like to spend 5 days right on beautiful Noosa beach in the gorgeous, luxurious, 5 star, Netanya Resort while enjoying indulgent, decadent massages for two on your balcony overlooking the ocean?

Sounds like the perfect holiday doesn’t it? Well you can with the balancenoosa/Netanya Wellness Package.

The package consists of: 5 days at Netanya, Noosa’s most outstanding beachfront property in your own provate beachfront suite + a luxurious 1 hour massage for two + your choice of one of balancenoosa’s other sessions: pilates, personal training or yoga right in the comfort of your suite. For more information check out the link.

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September 5, 2008 Posted by | 1 | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Mind Movies To Help You Use Law of Attraction

Someone, actually more than one someone kindly sent me the link to these ‘mind movies’. If you have ever had any problems visualising Good Health, fitness, money, relationships etc… go take look at this link and enjoy.

Yes, they are general mind movies, but with a little added imagination you can use them for anything you want, anything at all.

I just want you to know, I am not an affiliate of this site and I will recieve nothing from giving you this link other than, satisfaction knowing that some of you will really get this and use these movies to dream a better dream.

Mind Movies

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September 1, 2008 Posted by | General, Wellness | , , , , , , | 2 Comments