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Massage therapy is a very important aspect of your personal health and fitness program. Experts estimate that as much as 90% of disease is related to the effects of stress. (Physiological, physical and emotional) When combined with exercise and balanced consistent nutrition massage therapy can have a very dramatic effect on the reduction of stress of all kinds. Additionally, it has been well documented that specific physiological and chemical changes occur within the body following a massage treatment.
Some of the most common and immediate results of massage therapy include:
- Alleviation of chronic pain and an increased range of motion.
- Dramatic short term improvement to posture when combined with individualized exercise.
- A strengthened immune system through the stimulation of lymph flow.
- Significant increased physical performance in any activity.
- Increased health of the body’s largest organ, your skin.
- Increased joint health, stability and flexibility.
- Relief from symptoms of depression and anxiety.
- Promoting regeneration and healing, injuries heal with less scar tissue or stretch marks.
- Improving circulation by enhancing blood flow.
- Significant increase to weight loss and metabolic rate by encouraging hormonal cascade.
- Reduction of post surgery swelling.
- Relieve headaches and many forms of pain by encouraging endorphin release.
Research continues to show enormous benefit to the regular use of massage therapy and the medical community is beginning to actively embrace and promote its use. Below are more examples of situations where massage therapy has had a profound impact.
- No surprise, arthritis sufferers report a reduction in aches, pains and stiffness when regular massage therapy has been implemented.
- Asthmatics show better pulmonary function and increased peak air flow.
- Burn patients report that pain, itching and anxiety subside faster with regular massage therapy.
- High blood pressure patients have shown decreases in diastolic blood pressure and stress hormones.
- Women experiencing PMS have shown less water retention and cramping with regular massage.
Compliment your health and wellness even further with the synergism of Far Infrared Therapy.
One of the fastest growing health therapies in North America, Far Infrared Therapy (FIR) has strong synergism with the effects of exercise and massage therapy.
Far Infrared therapy expands capillaries which stimulates increased blood flow, regeneration, circulation and oxygenation. A powerful compliment to the similar effects from exercise and massage therapy.
An excellent method of detoxification. Scientists in Japan report that in the FIR treatment of clogged capillary vessels initiates the start of a process to dissolve hidden toxins. Far Infrared thereby promotes elimination of fats, chemicals and toxins from the blood: Poisons, carcinogenic heavy metals – toxic substances from food processing – lactic acid, free fatty acids, and subcutaneous fat associated with aging and fatigue – excess sodium associated with hypertension – and uric acid which causes pain. Furthermore, if sebaceous glands are activated, accumulated cosmetics in pores can be eliminated through the skin (sweat and oil glands) rather than by the kidneys. FIR also promotes the killing of many pathogenic (disease causing) bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites.
Far Infrared stimulates enzyme activity and metabolism. One hour in the FIR cabin burns more than 900 calories by raising the metabolism and body temperature. In addition to burning fat calories FIR light waves have also been shown to break down cellulite.
A strong synergism also exists between exercise, massage and FIR therapy in the rebuilding of injured tissue. This is accomplished by having a positive effect on the fibroblasts (connective tissue cells necessary for the repair of injury). Furthermore, it increases growth of cells, DNA syntheses, and protein synthesis all necessary during tissue repair and regeneration. Excellent for healing burns, scar tissue and skin problems.
By stimulating increased production of white blood cells (leukocytes), Far Infrared strengthens the Immune system with its direct effect on the bone marrow and killer T-cells of the thymus.
Far Infrared therapy will further enhance cardiovascular fitness without additional cardio exercise. This occurs as an increase in heart rate and cardiac output and a decrease of diastolic blood pressure. Extensive research by NASA in the early 1980’s led to the conclusion that far infrared stimulation of cardiovascular function would be the ideal way to maintain cardiovascular conditioning in American astronauts during long space flight.
One-to-1 Fitness now offers early morning and evening massage appointments. Get in for a treatment before or after work with ease with booking starting at 6AM!
If you read the information above you no doubt see the value in regular massage and FIR therapy. Not only does One-to-1 Fitness now have the best massage availability we also have the best rates.
30 minute treatments for less than $32.00 and full hour treatments for less than $50.00!
Infrared Therapy for as little as $14.00/month!
Online booking coming soon!
Core training is the buzz word in fitness these days, I’ve touched on it in previous columns. Previously while snowboarding at Panorama I experienced first hand the significant impact of core training on balance and performance. I was excited and yet very nervous about the trip as I had not been on a snowboard in nearly two years and my father has become quite the avid snowboarder. I couldn’t have dear old dad show me up that’s for sure. Too my surprise my confidence and ability on the snow had improved over my last trip in spite of the time that had passed since I’d last been to the mountains. Core and functional training is really the only possible explanation for this improvement. Core training not only makes traditional strength training more interesting it also produces significant improvement in a very short time.
If you are reading this article chances are you have a weak core because at this moment you are engaged in a position all too familiar, one that may make up a large portion of your day, every day. Sitting is without a doubt the largest contributor to a weak core. Our car seats support us to and from work, the couch or lazy boy takes care of us at home and your ergonomic deluxe office chair isn’t helping either. When we’re seated and supported there is essentially no reason for the muscles to be strong so gravity begins to transform us and we don’t even realize until we feel the all to common low back pain or other aches. It’s time to do something about it.
Our core is mainly comprised of the abdominal muscles both, front and side, and the muscles of the lower back. You could expand this to include the muscles of the hip and pelvis and the small supporting muscles that follow our spine. If you’re ready to improve or avoid the back pain that might be in your future here are 3 things you can do to be well on your way:
1) Draw In – This is a simple little exercise that you can perform right now where you are sitting, in your car or at the office. In fact no one will even know your doing it and yet it is highly effective. Simply draw your belly button to your spine, and I don’t mean suck in your bulging belly, I mean concentrate on contracting the abdominal muscles all around the belly button as though you were trying to pull them to your spine. Hold it for a few seconds and relax and repeat. Just a few minutes each day will greatly strengthen your core help to trim the belly and eliminate back pain.
2) Plank – This is an abdominal hold that is great for the core performed on the floor in a position kind of like a push up. Instead of positioning yourself on your hands rest your elbows on the floor and extend your legs straight. You will hold your body up and keep it straight by contracting the abdominals similar to the draw in. Simply hold the position as long as you can. (You can find a full description with pictures on my website for this exercise.)
3) Hip Bridge – Great for the butt this exercise is performed lying flat on your back on the floor. Bend your knees so your feet are flat on the floor much like you would to perform a sit-up. Now push your heels into the floor to raise your thighs, butt and low back off the floor. You should be supporting yourself with your heels and shoulder blades squeezing the butt tight. Hold this position until fatigue and repeat a couple times.
Performing these three exercises two to three times per week will begin to yield results in just a couple weeks. This is only the surface of core training and what it can do for posture, balance and performance.
Red Deer is still a fairly small city, but it doesn’t always seem that way. I know sometimes at 5:00 PM when I am waiting, and waiting, and waiting at certain red lights around the city amidst what seems like hundreds of cars it doesn’t feel very small at all. Perhaps you’ve experienced the same thing, perhaps this is one of the “reasons” you’re not making to the gym to complete your much needed regular exercise.
Perhaps you’ve considered a home gym but have talked yourself out of it because of the space needed and the cost. One of the problems I’ve always found with my home gym is that I seem to go through phases. For a short time I really enjoy the flexibility, convenience and control of my environment working out at home. But when that fizzles I realize I am best suited at a gym for the pattern it creates, when I arrive at the gym it’s time to work, not to think about what’s on TV or the things I need to do around the house. But this is not to say that a home gym isn’t the right answer for you even as a compliment to your gym or personal training program. I think especially for families a home gym can be both practical, affordable and a great family building experience both health and relationship wise.
If you were to consider a home gym here is my opinion on how you can do it both cost effectively and with a minimal amount of space.
Warm Up – You need something to slowly elevate heart rate with variable resistance and impact as a warm up should always begin with no resistance and little to no impact. A simple step will work; a stationary bike or treadmill would be my choice. This will potentially be the most expensive item and the only one to use significant amount of space.
Bodyweight and full body movement training are both incredibly effective and the best part is they require little equipment or space. Here are some basic tools I would recommend that will ensure a variety of workout options while minimizing cost and space.
2 Kettlebells – A large overly heavy one and a moderate to light weight. Use your heavy kettlebell for swing exercises that are the core of kettlebell training all the way to typical resistance exercises like presses, lifts or weighted squats. Your light kettlebell can be used for a variety of core dynamic exercises like Turkish getups and windmill. Cost about $75-100 each
TRX Trainer or simple gymnastic rings – Suspension training has become very popular, the TRX is basically a fancy set of 4 loops for hand and foot positions but simple gymnastic rings will work just as well. These are typically suspended overhead and are adjustable in length allowing you to do all kinds of pushing, pulling, curling, extending exercises with varying amounts of your bodyweight. Anybody can do it, they take little space, cost little and are actually pretty fun to use. Cost $80 for rings up to $300 for the TRX.
Medicine Ball(s) – These are some of our favourite pieces of equipment. From the intense wall ball shot made famous by Crossfit to throws, torso twist passes, overhead drops, deadlifts and cleans the medicine ball can be used for a long list of exercises. We prefer the larger soft medicine balls but any would work, I would recommend a heavier one at about the 15-20lb mark or if two were an option I would have a 5-8lb and a 15-20lb. Cost ranges from $30-$100 each.
I feel that these items alone would be more than enough for a basic home gym. The cost is low, the variety and function is high and very little workout space is required. In fact those travelling to work could easily take these items with them to workout while away. (In that case I recommend the TRX over the rings as I think it has a door mount system available for those on the go.)
To help you out posted below are some basic instructional videos using the equipment listed above.
IMPORTANT NOTE: It should be noted the exercises displayed below are not necessarily beginner exercises. The selected exercises are an attempt to show that you could have a very complete and functional workout at home with very little equipment or space. There are a number of other options and it is highly recommended that you seek the guidance of a qualified trainer to learn the proper execution of all exercises (not just the ones displayed below) to ensure safety and the highest degree of effectiveness.