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Not Just for Pampering April 25, 2010

Filed under: Fitness,Health,Wellness — Kazi @ 5:15 pm
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I see plenty of advertisements for Spas, Spa services and Spa parities these days. The promote the purchase of massage, facials, saunas, body scrubs and more. The Spa business along with fitness (sometimes combined in the same space) has been one of the fastest growing businesses in major cities around the country for the past 20 years.

The marketing of spa services has been very successful. The emphasis in the marketing has concentrated on the pampering aspect of going to a spa. The need for pampering in a fast paced, competitive society such as ours is legitimate and deserves exposure. At the same time, this emphasis on pampering may go over the heads of certain segments of the population, who could benefit greatly from regular of even an occasional spa experience.

In particular, many men still have not experienced the benefits of visiting a spa.  The idea of pampering in some minds is still something for women and metrosexuals.  Real men don’t eat quiche and most certainly do not enter the fru-fru halls of a spa.  Stone age thinking, but still very prevalent.

Massage is the one aspect of the spa that is pretty acceptable across genders. But it too fails to attract some people because it is looked at as a luxury. “I’ve had a massage before. I felt like a new man afterward. But it’s just to expensive to do regularly’”. This is something I’ve heard from woman also. Not just in reference to getting a massage, but in response to any sort of spa treatment.

I think there is an opportunity here for those of us in the health and fitness professions to highlight the health benefits of going to a spa or soliciting the services of a spa professional and integrating spa therapies into our clients healthy lifestyle programs.  The treatments that I listed above are not only delightful to experience, they are healing to the body, mind and spirit.  Spa treatments are detoxifying, stress reducing and can also be bonding for couples, families and friends. These three aspects alone are some of the most powerful preventive and curative medicines at our disposal.

The two that I find indispensable to maintaining my health are massage and saunas or steam baths. The sauna takes a few minutes to get used to if you haven’t been. But the moment of initial discomfort is worth it. As the body temperature rises, perspiration and blood circulation increases. The muscles and organs are stimulated and toxic waste is removed from your body through perspiration.

The heat also relaxes the muscles, making them soft and pliable. Try stretching after spending a few minutes in a sauna or steam room.  You will find that your range of motion has increased significantly. Minor aches you may have been experiencing many times melt away.

To put the icing on the cake, have a massage done after spending at least a combined half hour in a sauna and hot tub.  You will arise from the table so relaxed, you would be wise to take a little nap before leaving the spa.

High powered business executives, pro athletes, politicians, royalty and entertainers have been taking advantages of spa treatments for hundreds of years. If you feel you can’t afford a massage, get a 30 minute chair massage. You will not regret it. Most chair practitioners charge somewhere in the region of $1/min.  Shop around for a spa or freelancer in your area that has reasonable rates. You can usually save on treatments by buying multiple sessions as part of a package.  This will also motivate you to get treated on a regular basis.

My favorite place here in New Jersey is King Sauna. I go mainly for the variety of heat treatments available. Women swear by the body scrubs they get there.

Make spa services an integral part of your Sacred Wellness Lifestyle Program.  See you at the spa.

muchpeace,
Kazi

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Knead To Know April 18, 2010

Filed under: Bodywork,Fitness,Health — Kazi @ 2:07 pm
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I guess it was somewhere in my thirties that I began to become intimately cognizant of my mortality. My bodies ability to mask and repair damage quickly and in the background, began to falter. I started noticing little kinks and aches that lasted beyond the initial incident and linger with me like that kid in grade school who just didn’t get the hint- “I don’t really want to be your friend dude.” Don’t judge me, it was grade school.

Since then, the incidents of aches, pain and accidents incurred while executing movements that I previously pulled of with my eyes closed, have increased exponentially. Truth be told, this is one of the reasons I became a fitness trainer.  I’ve always been an information junkie. I needed to know what the heck was going on and what could I do to prevent it.

My research revealed that I needed to change the way I was treating my body. I needed develop a program to strengthen my areas of skeleto-muscular weakness and relax their corresponding excesses.  Through self experimentation I discovered that many of my aches were do to hypertonicity.

Hypertonicity is an increased tension of the muscles, meaning the muscle tone is abnormally rigid, hampering proper movement. This condition is the opposite of hypotonicity. Hypotonicity is a decreased tension in muscle tone. A lack of muscle tone inhibits proper movement as the muscle is not developed or is too soft to support the body.

So, information junkie that I am, the next stop for me was massage school.  There I learned simple time tested techniques for relieving hypertonic muscles.  But there was still a problem.  Occasionally I would have pain on my own body that I either could not reach or could not apply the proper pressure in order to relieve the pain.  Back to the drawing board.

The solutions I found were in the use of a few simple inexpensive tools that everyone (at least everyone over the age of 35) should have in there homes.  First up, the Thera Cane. This is a deep pressure massage device that can be used to gently (or not so gently) massage muscles on any part of the body.  What I like most about the Thera Cane, is that it greatly reduces the amount of strength you need to get deep into the muscle. I use it mainly for trigger point work. Relieving a trigger point requires that you apply continuous pressure to a pin point area for up to a minute. Sounds simple until those minutes start adding up.  You can get a Thera Cane online for about $30.

The Dolphin Massager gets the most use in my arsenal. Slaving over a hot computer to bring you folk these illuminating and popular post (i have total of 10 followers as of today, woohooooo!) can lead to aching upper back, shoulder and neck muscles.  The dolphin relieves that pain for me in a matter of minutes. It’s also good for relieving lower back ache.  A client was purchasing these to give as Christmas gifts a few years back.  Sharper image was going out of business and selling them for about $20 bucks each.  I asked her to get me one also. (are yo u starting to see a pattern here. some say i’m cheap, i prefer frugal.) The Budgetnista would be proud of me). This is a purchase that has paid for itself a thousandfold.

Research over the last ten years has directed the attention of bodyworkers and fitness professionals to put more time into releasing myofacial tissue.  Muscles are covered with a sheath of connective tissue (fascia) that helps them glide over surrounding tissues.  This tissue can loose its pliability and stick to adjacent muscles, bones or ligaments. I use foam rolls and my own body weight, to reduce pain and tension resulting from restricted fascia. Foam rollers run anywhere from $15 to $40 depending upon the length, type of foam and manufacturer.

Ball of varying sizes can also be used for myofacial release work. There are balls made specifically for this technique, but tennis balls, soft medicine balls and other firm balls of various sizes have worked just fine for me.

So if you suffer from acute aches and pains and looking for some tools and techniques to help you spell relief. Give these a try. If you need some extra direction, hit me up.

muchpeace,
Kazi

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On the 7th day he rested April 11, 2010

An integral factor in improving and maintaining health, wellness and fitness is often overlooked by the strong and the young. This factor is rest and rejuvenation. As members of a society that promotes the aggressive pursuit of goals, wealth and power, we have all been subliminally seduced into accepting the idea that work and play are both superior to rest.

We put the energetic, go getters on a pedestal of some inferred psycho-physical superiority that the rest of us should some how strive to match or at least concede our inferiority as mere mortals. Rest is viewed as a reward for our labor, not a major contributor to our health and happiness.

Fortunately, our lives are not completely in the hands of our belief systems and social pressures. Rest is something we cannot LIVE without. Sleep is an unavoidable, consequence of our daily energy expenditure and need for psychological and biological repair.

That part of our psyche that does not depend on outer, social, man made judgments to keep us alive, has no problem reducing our work output and shutting us down if necessary, when we don’t get proper rest. So let’s take heed to the guidance of our inner physician and make rest, recovery an integral part of our wellness regime.

Here are a few ways to ensure your getting the down time you need:

  • try to get to bed at approximately the same hour each night.
  • If you work from home, rise early and schedule a 15-20 minute siesta/cat nap into your day.
  • Take 3 minutes when transitioning from a completed task to begin a new one to just sit and release.
  • Schedule a vacation, staycation) or spiritual retreat into your annual calendar.
  • Hit the spa or schedule an appointment with a bodywork therapist at least once a month.
  • Get out of the city at least one weekend seasonally.
  • Include an healing art such as Yoga or Tai Chi as part of your exercise program.
  • Develop body awareness. Your body will let you know when it needs a break. This could help you avoid unnecessary down time.

muchpeaceluv,
Kazi

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Learn how to ease the stress and pain of your loved ones. April 4, 2010

Filed under: Bodywork,Health,Massage,Stress,Wellness — Kazi @ 7:11 pm
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Seated Massage Workshop – for Partners, Family and Friends.

This workshop is for anyone who would enjoy being able to gift their partners, loved ones and friends with the relaxing, revitalizing response of massage. This workshop will give you the awareness, tools and confidence to give anyone a 10-20 minute seated massage.
Help your partner to relieve the daily stress, ignite their internal healing resources, prepare the body for restful sleep and cultivate the bond of love and mutual healing.

No special tools are required. Your hands and a chair are the only prerequisites to qualify for this workshop. We provide the chair.

To Register go to:
www.mybodytemple.net/events
973-968-6055

 

stay tuned for some “ain’t necessarily so” pearls of wisdom March 6, 2010

At 50 years of age I am seeking, experimenting with and embracing ways to use emerging wisdom to balance waning strength.  Juggling with ideas sacred, profane, fun and sometimes frightening. Playing the role of child, brother, father, friend, neighbor, coach, educator, activist, researcher, therapist, wilderness guide, entrepreneur and wanna-be blogger. This blog will serve as a place for me to share thoughts, experiences, experiments, results, questions, stories, encounters, insights, conflicts, confusion, obstacles, progress, plans, images of  the unknown.  About Life, Wisdom, Health and Wealth.  Enjoy the ride.

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