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Routine Stretching

 

 

 

I’m often ask by client’s about which stretches are best for the pain they’re feeling within the lower back and buttocks area here are two awesome stretching videos to help with your daily relief of pain! hope you guys find this very helpful and hope to see you again soon. Have a RELAXING DAY :)


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Relax…Let us bring the Spa to you!

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Spa Deals On Wheels brings the day spa experience to your bachelorette party, bridal party, corporate event, employee appreciation and wellness spa parties within the comfort of your own home, office or hotel. Employers, reward your employees with corporate massages and spa services. Bridal and Bachelorette party planners, enjoy facials, pedicures, manicures and massages before the big event to kick things off. Your mind is clear, your body is rejuvenated. Your skin is glowing. 

You’ve just had 90 minutes of uninterrupted, calm, relaxing pampering. Time’s Up… Dress… Pay… Drive home. Nothing spoils a relaxing day spa treatment like the end of the appointment. At Spa Deals On Wheels, we help make the day spa experience last as long as you want with our customized mobile day spa treatments…don’t get dressed, don’t get up. We’ll see ourselves out. Because at Spa Deals On Wheels you’ll get those same indulgent spa services but in your home, office, or hotel. We bring the day spa experience to you with our unique mobile day spa services. We offer a full range of day spa services provided by licensed and seasoned professionals. Invite us over. We’ll be the most relaxing house guests you’ve ever spent time with.


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Massage outperforms meds for low back pain, study finds

Is it conceivable that massage can provide more effective relief from low back pain than medication? A new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine suggests this therapy might indeed alleviate back pain better in the short term than traditional interventions of medicine, bed rest or exercise: Healthday reports.

The investigation conducted by the Group Health Research Institute in Seattle involved 400 patients who had low back pain, the majority of which were middle aged, Caucasian and female. Researchers found those who were given a series of relaxation massage or structural massage were better able to work and be active than those who were given traditional medical care, such as pain pills, muscle relaxants or physical therapy.

According to The New York Times, the study’s participants were randomly divided into three groups: structural massage, relaxation massage and traditional care. Patients in the massage groups received one hour of therapy weekly for 10 weeks.

At the conclusion of the 10 week period, over one-third of the patients who were given massage therapy reported their pain was much improved or eliminated completely, as opposed to only one in 25 patients who were given traditional care. Furthermore, patients in the massage groups were twice as likely to have spent fewer days in bed rest, used less pain pills and participated in more activity than the traditional care group.

Lead author Daniel Cherkin was surprised by the fact that structural massage did not prove superior to relaxation massage in relieving pain. Structural massage involves manipulating specific back pain related muscles and ligaments, while relaxation massage, otherwise known as Swedish massage, involves inducing body-wide relaxation.

The beneficial effects of the massage seemed not only to be experienced during the 10-week therapy period, but also to linger for a time following the cessation of therapy. Evidence of this lingering effect was manifested by the fact that the massage groups continued to display improved function six months after the study’s onset. At the one year mark, however, no significant differences were found in the three groups.

Although the researchers were uncertain of massage therapy’s exact mechanism of action for easing back pain, they voiced several theories. One suggestion was that it either stimulated tissue locally or produced a general central nervous system response. Another speculation was that merely spending time in a relaxing environment and feeling cared for might have been responsible for the improvement. An additional factor to consider is the subjectivity that is impossible to eliminate in such studies. Patients in the control group were aware that the other groups were receiving massage and this knowledge may have caused them to discount their own progress.

It should be reiterated that the study suggests rather than proves the benefit of massage for back pain. Also, some members of the American medical community not associated with the research have expressed reluctance to accept the suggested benefits as being valid.

Conversely, the study’s authors offered their assessments of its import. Cherkin characterizes the results as being “pretty strong.” He states the massage was tested on patients who did not improve using the standard medical approach to back pain treatment. He feels that massage therapy is a reasonable thing to try for anyone getting insufficient relief from this malady. The coauthor, Dr. Richard Deyo, feels that massage appears to provide clinicians with another choice for managing the challenging medical problem of chronic low back pain.



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Massage Therapy for Tension Headaches”

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Under the back of the skull must be the single most pleasing and popular target for massage in the human body. No other patch of muscle gets such rave reviews. It has everything: deeply relaxing and satisfying sensations, and a dramatic therapeutic relevance to one of the most common of all human pains, the common tension headache. And no wonder: without these muscles, your head would fall off. They feel just as important as they are.Along with lots of other neck muscles, the suboccipital group — usually just called “the suboccipitals” — work overtime to keep your head balanced on top of your spine. In particular, they initiate and control fine movements. This is no small task: if you’re a big person, your head may weigh as much as a 10-pin bowling ball, and it is resting on a foundation only about one third as wide. Consequently, these muscles rarely stop working.

Torso Stretch – Trunk Rotation

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Without getting lost in the various muscles involved in the process of rotating your trunk, let’s speak here about the various movements associated with your trunk or torso. Although these movements can be, and usually are, a complicated combination of flexion, extension, lateral flexion, and rotation, here we are simply addressing one aspect of trunk movement, rotation.

Most trunk rotation occurs in the thoracic and cervical spine (chest and neck region), although there is some limited movement potential in the lumbar region. Because rotation is commonly one of the least used movements as we get older, it is also one that can greatly benefit from regular stretching.

In fact, with this stretch I usually tell clients not to think of it as so much a stretch as a movement. I believe this movement works best if you stay in motion, but think in terms of slow motion.

Torso Stretch

Lie on the floor on your back as shown with your knees bent at about 45degrees and feet flat on the floor.

While dropping your knees together down to the floor to the left, slowly rotate your head to the right and raise your right arm above your head so you end up looking at your upper arm.

Setup for Torso Stretch

Then, in a slow rhythmic manner rotate your knees to the right while dropping your right arm to your side and raising your left arm over your head and rotating your head to the left.

Trunk Rotation Right

Simply repeat this movement twelve to fifteen times to each side while taking full slow breaths.

In a sense what you are doing with this movement is wringing your spine, rotating one end clockwise and the other counterclockwise then reversing the process.

You may or may not feel a huge stretch from this movement, but it has great benefit. Just remember to move slowly and breathe


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What Kind of Massage is Right for You?

massageMassage feels sinfully good, doesn’t it?  The truth is, massage is one of the best things you can do for yourself; especially during times of change such as menopause.

This soothing therapy has been shown to lower blood press, reduce muscle pain, improve joint flexibility and alleviate headaches, just to name a few of its healing powers.

Most people think of massage in terms of muscle aches, but it’s much more than that.  It increases blood flow to your muscles, tissue and every cell in your body which brings oxygen and nutrients to these critical areas.  It also stimulates lymphatic flow, improving tissue drainage and the immune system.

Here are some of the different strokes you have to choose from:

Acupressure – An ancient Chinese technique involves the therapist using his fingers to press key points on the skin to release muscle tension and promote circulation and energy flow.  Acupuncture and acupressure use the same points, but acupuncture involves needles.  The pressure restores balance to the body and treats ailments such as headaches, menstrual cramps and constipation.

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5 Tips To Improved Skin Care

Your skin is the first thing that people notice about you and that is why a proper skin care regimen is so important. There are many products that claim to help improve skin tone and promote a flawless complexion, but the truth is that there is no such thing as instant results. An effective skin care regimen is one that is done consistently over a time before results will begin to develop.

Skin Care Tip 1:
Always use some type of exfoliation product, which will help to remove old skin cells and other debris and particles from your skin. This will expose the healthy cells and rid your body from the old ones.

Skin Care Tip 2:
If possible, avoid constant sun exposure and tanning beds. In addition to being dangerous where health is concerned, these may also lead to early signs of aging. Everyone loves a suntan, but there is no reason to sacrifice your skin or your health in order to achieve it. Therefore, many individuals opt for a self-tanning lotion instead. Back in the day, these products had a tendency to turn the skin orange, but that is no longer the case. Improvements have helped to give self-tanning products a more natural, streak-free look. Before applying the lotion to your entire body, apply it to a small test area just to make sure there is no irritation.

Skin Care Tip 3:
If your lips tend to become chapped in the winter months or wind burnt at other times, using lip balm or lipstick will help to protect the lips from nature’s worst.

Skin Care Tip 4:
Dry or cracked skin can be very unbearable. Not to mention the discomfort of tight red skin, it can be downright embarrassing. A container of Pacquin Plus hand & body cream will eliminate soreness, redness and help to add moisture back to dry skin.

Skin Care Tip 5:
Do not use products that irritate your skin in any way, including soaps that have harsh ingredients. If possible, use a moisturizing soap or that which is designed for sensitive skin.
In addition to these tips, skin care products are available as commercial or prescription based treatments. A dermatologist is often consulted for matters relating to acne or other skin disorders, especially if they are severe. Many skin care enthusiasts also believe in using plenty of moisturizing body lotion in order to replenish the skin’s natural moisture, which is often stripped in today’s harsh environment.

The information in this article is to be used for informational purposes. It should not be considered as, or used in conjunction with, professional medical advice. Consult your doctor prior to beginning any skin care regimen or if you have been diagnosed with any disorder involving the skin.

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