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Happy New Year!! Take Some Time Out

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Are you in Noosa or coming to Noosa for the holidays?

Do you live and work here?

Need time to de-stress after Xmas?

Need to get your mind and body ready for the new year ahead?

Research proves that taking time out for yourself is the best way to do, be and give of your best and we all know that the only way to get ahead is to BE, DO and GIVE of your best.

Success is funny thing we are told to work hard, be consistant, work long hours and stay motivated and passionate about your work to be successful, right? What happens when your too tired to stay motivated and passionate? Success can walk right back out your hard working life.

Talk to any successful billionaire they will tell you that they always take the time to unwind, release their stress and stay fit and healthy as their body and mind are their greatest assets.

Not only do we have everything you need to unwind and refresh your body and mind balancenoosa will Come to You, whereever you are home, office or holiday unit. So book your New Years time out and restore your tired mind and body ready to be the greatest success you can be in 2009. Whether you choose a relaxing or therapeutic massage, or to renew your skin with a beauty session or to energise your body with a fitness session our experts will Come to You – go on book your session today (it’s so easy – you can even book online) – you won’t regret it, I promise.

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January 2, 2009 Posted by | Beauty, Fitness, Noosa, Pilates, Yoga | , , , , | 1 Comment

10 Great Easy to Keep NY Resolutions

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We all make good NY resolutions each year, but how many of them do we actually keep? This list is easier and simpler and will still make your year healthier:

  1. HAVE FUN! Yes this is one of the easiest of all, take the time to have some fun. Laughter really is the best medicine and can help relieve stress, exercise your heart and joy is one of the reasons we are all here.
  2. Drink a little wine. There’s nothing wrong with a little wine particularly red wine full of antioxidants, but please stop at one.
  3. Challenge yourself mentally. Doing puzzles and learning something new every day keeps your brain sharp and your neurons firing this will help keep you younger all over.
  4. MOVE ON A DAILY BASIS. Yes make sure that you move your body every day, and by move I mean walk with free swinging arms, dance, get on your vibration platform, do yoga, or some form of exercise every day. More than anything else this will keep you feeling young and delay most if not all the signs of aging.
  5. Check your bed and your office chair are ergonomically sound to prevent wear and tear on your tendons, muscles and joints.
  6. Brush your teeth. Medical scientists have found that oral hygiene is linked to overall health.
  7. Get 15 minutes of sunshine every day. We are all lacking in vitamin D because we are working indoors and avoiding the sun too much now, so get out in the sun before 10am or after 3pm and allow your skin to get at least 15 minutes of direct sunshine a day.
  8. Eat more vegetables. Yes I know this is an old one, but a goodie and we all know why. Diabetes and metabolic syndromes are a world wide epidemic and eating more vegetables is one way to avoid this decline.
  9. Sleep well. Sleeping well actually helps us lose weight, energises our body and brain and keeps us younger.
  10. BREATHE. you would think that this comes naturally, yet many of us do not breathe properly, so learn to breathe well. Breathing needs to be from your diaphram – take note of your breathing by lying down and breathing naturally and look to see which part of your body is moving as you do. If you chest is moving up and down – you’re not breathing correctly at all. Your upper tummy and lower chest is the part that ought to be moving, so practice breathing until you can breathe diaphramatically for better health and slower stress levels.

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December 29, 2008 Posted by | Fitness, Health, Lifestyle | , , | Leave a comment

Last Minute Xmas Ideas in Noosa!

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I know! I know! The shops are full, there’s no parking at all and you still have some last minute gifts you really need to buy. What do you do?

Well if you’re in Noosa or know someone who is coming here on holidays in the next few months why not get them a balancenoosa Gift Voucher? Available for immediate download right in your own living room.

We have gift vouchers for all of our ‘Come to You’ sessions and packages and some personal time and care is the perfect gift for any occasion!

Gift Vouchers for Services include:

  • MMMmmmmm Massage: choose from 30 minute, 60 minute or 90 minutes of pure relaxation
  • FFFabulous Facial: choose from our Signature Facial (60 minutes) or Mini Facial (30 minutes) exclusive range of organic botanicals to nuture your skin and bring back youthful texture and sheen.
  • BBBeautiful Body Buff: an all over cleanse, scrub and masque leaving your body fresh and wonderfully smooth
  • Hand and Foot Spa’s: Restore youthfullness to your hands or feet with our Hand Bliss hand spa or Feet Treat foot spa or better yet get both!
  • Fitness comes to you: with our range of fitness sessions including: Pilates, Yoga, or Personal Training and your cholice of 60 or 90  minutes sessions.

Packages availabe by Gift Voucher include:

  • Ultimate Body Bliss Package includes: Signature Facial + Full Body Buff + Massage of your choice (Swedish, deep tissue, relaxation, remedial, sports)
  • Rejuvenation Package includes: Signature Facial + Massage of your choice
  • ReNu U Package includes: 1 hour fitness session of your choice + Signature Facial + Massage of your choice
  • Cooing Couples Package includes: Signature Facial + Massage of your choice + Foot Pamper + Heavenly Head Massage + Dinner for Two in your own private surroundings prepared by Gourmet Chef.

Gift Vouchers are immediately available for download after purchase and perfect gift giving for all occasions. Show how much you care and value someone this Xmas with a balancenoosa Gift Voucher

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December 22, 2008 Posted by | Beauty, Fitness, Noosa, Pilates, Yoga | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

10 Reasons To Stay Fit

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Do you need some reasons to get fit and stay fit over the holiday season? Well just in case you do here are the Top 10 medical reasons to stay fit and active over Christmas and into the New Year. The holiday season is a great time to take the time to create a new fitness program for yourself and can then be included in your new year resolutions.

Top 10 list of reasons to exercise this holiday season.

1. Exercise helps keep your arteries flexible and malleable, which prevents heart disease and heart attacks.

2. If you have metabolic syndrome, losing as little as 6.5 percent of your body weight results in substantial reductions in blood pressure, glucose, triglycerides and total cholesterol, all factors that lead to heart disease.

3. Exercise prevents the growth of fat that surrounds the midsection, which is angry, dynamic fat that actively contributes to diabetes and resulting vision loss and limb amputations.

4. Fat around the midsection is also associated with inflammation that leads to damaged blood vessels, heart disease, liver disease and Alzheimer’s disease. Exercise helps prevent this.

5. Exercise lifts your mood by increasing serotonin levels in your brain.

6. Exercise can be a social activity, which is associated with higher incidence of general happiness.

7. Strength training improves bone strength and prevents osteoporosis.

8. Strength training and flexibility helps prevent injuries caused by everyday activities like lifting things and hopping over puddles.

9. Participating in team sports like flag football, softball, basketball or sand volleyball enhances hand-eye coordination and improves your reflexes.

10. Exercise tones your muscles and makes you leaner.

Medical News Today

happy holidays and a balancenoosa new year!

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December 15, 2008 Posted by | Exercise, Fitness, Lifestyle | , , , , , | 3 Comments

Pregnant? New Research Get Physical!

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Are you pregnant? Have you been told to rest?

New research proves that keeping active is healthier for you and your baby.

“There has been quite a dramatic change in regards to pregnancy and exercise,” said Pivarnik, who has studied the topic for more than 20 years. “While it used to be thought that avoiding exercise meant avoiding harm to the fetus, research now shows physical activity can not only improve health of the mother but also provide potential long-term benefits for the child.”

Specifically, the guidelines call for women to get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity per week during pregnancy and the postpartum period, preferably spread throughout the week. In addition to health benefits, moderate physical activity also may reduce the length of labor, evidence suggests. The guidelines call for women to avoid doing activities that involve lying on their back after the first trimester and activities with high risk of falling or abdominal trauma.

During the postpartum period, regular physical activity continues to benefit a woman’s overall health, according to Pivarnik’s research, by increasing her cardiorespiratory fitness and improving her mood. Physical activity after pregnancy also helps women achieve and maintain a healthy weight, and when combined with appropriate caloric restriction, promotes weight loss.

“In the time I have been performing research on exercise during pregnancy, we have shifted from cautious conservatism to the current guidelines, which encourage women to be active throughout gestation,” Pivarnik said.” Science Daily

So go on, get out and do some exercise, if you are a bit worried about how much is good for you, take a walk on a daily basis, it is still one of the best forms of exercise.

Better yet, try a yoga class or some pilates there are some great classes around, be sure your instructor understands your condition and how to tweak the positions to suit you.

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October 10, 2008 Posted by | Fitness, Wellness, Yoga | , , , , | Leave a comment

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

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

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

Laugh, Laugh ‘Til The Tears Run Down Your Face

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Laugh every day for health and fitness. Yes, you heard right daily laughter helps to create a healthier, fitter you!

Ask yourself this… When was the last time you enjoyed a real belly laugh? Not just a snigger, a giggle or a titter, but a reall deep genuine belly laugh.

Laughter has so many benefits:

  • helps to reduce stress and release ‘happy hormones and chemicals through the brain and nervous system
  • lowers blood pressure
  • elevates the mood (those happy hormones and chemicals)
  • boosts the immune system
  • improves brain function
  • protects the heart
  • helps to connect you to others (connection is a deep survival need)
  • gives instant relaxation
  • is a great core workout as it activates the diaphragm and massages the internal organs

What if you don’t feel like laughing?

I’ll let you into a little secret your mood is what is called a state, and you can change state just by choice. Yes that’s right no-one can actually make you feel anything, you have to choose it (I have brought my kids up with this knowledge and it has created the most well adjusted kids). So the trick is to choose a different mood and happiness accomanied by laughter is very healing as well.

So try watching a comedy or cartoon, tell jokes with your friends (even if there not funny it is laughable), seek out humour in your daily life and respond to it by laughing, and last but by no means least – fake it until you make it, laugh for no reason at all. You will reap the results and it works better than any anti-depressant.

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August 22, 2008 Posted by | Fitness, Health, Wellness | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Staying In The “Here and Now”

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What does it mean to stay in the here and now?

Being present with whatever you’re doing. It’s as simple as that.

When you are present you are not thinking of anything other than what is going on right now. This is a place most people spend little or no time in at all, we are all either thinking of the past or the future and often we miss the present entirely.

How does it help you with your fitness levels?  By focusing on what you are doing, how your body is going and your technique you create a cycle of awareness that leads to a better workout and therefore more bang for you buck, so to speak.

One of the most important things remaining in the here and now does, is to prevent your mind wandering into old habitual patterns, often negative thought patterns which can also hamper your workout by encouraging defeatist attitudes like tiredness, soreness or those thoughts that form words like: can’t.

So try to remain in the here and now, by focusing on your breath, your timing, your posture and your technique and you will find it much easier to train more efficiently.

Try applying this kind of awareness to your daily life. When you remain in the here and now, you are a better driver, a better person and you are aware of opportunities when they appear. Opportunities to listen, to hear, to help, to be grateful, to show kindness, to open yourself to adventure and to live.

Stay in the here and now, because there is no other time that is truly relevant to who you are and what choices you are being offered. Conscious awareness is key to creating your life, and being fit and healthy here and now in the present.

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August 11, 2008 Posted by | Fitness, Wellness | , , , , , | Leave a comment