Have you noticed our new products showing up in the gym? If not, you definitely should! We are pleased to have Young Living Essential oil products and supplements in the facility, and have already been getting rave review from clients about them.
Jill says, “I used to get unbelievable migraines and tension headaches. I was taking a lot of pain medication etc. Advil, Alieve, Excedrin. The first time I used the Deep Relief roll on I was blown away. I put some on my neck and my forehead and within about 5 minutes my headache pain was minimizing to the point that it disappeared.”
If you would like more information on the products and what they can do to enhance your health and program, book a FREE consult today at One-to-1 Fitness!
To learn more about these awesome new products you can attend an upcoming regional meeting here in Red Deer! Join Jon Raynes, the Canadian Regional Director as he tells of some amazing research and findings showing where therapeutic grade essential oils can be used to promote your health, vitality and longevity goals. Grab a friend and bring them out to this FREE fun and informational meeting!
This is not an MLM or business opportunity meeting of any kind, just pure education on the dramatic impact of a couple of simple little things.
When: Thursday July 29, 2010
7:00 to 9:00 p.m. (doors open 6 p.m.)
Where: Red Deer, Alberta, Holiday Inn, 6500 – 67 Street
Cost: Free! First 50 people receive FREE gift! Prizes throughout event!
There are certain things we do like clockwork. Generally we have our teeth cleaned every six months and book our next appointment after each cleaning. We change the oil in our vehicles at steady increments and don’t wait to run out of gas before we fill up. And most of us see our physicians annually in an effort to ensure our bodies are functioning optimally. And still it seems many of us may be a little confused about maintaining the physical performance of our bodies; particularly when it comes to our ability to move, perform and live without pain. Having been a personal trainer in Red Deer for more than twelve years I have encountered literally thousands of people that seemingly believe it’s normal to have a certain amount of physical pain in their lives as they age. From sore knees, elbows, hips and shoulders; to day to day back pain and headaches; many people feel this is an acceptable sign of aging.
I hope today, together we can break this paradigm. It’s not normal to live with pain, especially where serious injury is not a factor. Injury or not with some basic understanding of how our body works to move; chronic pain can often be reduced, eliminated or prevented altogether.
Soft tissue needs maintenance just like our teeth, cars and our internal organs and immune system. What we think of as the skin that covers our muscles and the muscles themselves is actually an elaborate system of multilayered tissue. The layers of tissue from the outer layer of the muscles (known as the fascia), the independent muscles in each group, and the layers of the skin are actually all designed to move freely over one another. Over time, lack of increased circulation and movement to different areas of our body, (primarily from in-activity involving these areas) allows adhesions to form that prevent these tissues from moving freely. A good example of this is pinching your skin. Someone very fit will often be able to pinch (just their skin without much if any fatty tissue) and have a lot of mobility of the skin when compared to someone not as fit. The fit person would have less impingement of their facial layers.
When our facial layers become impinged or are unable to move freely our body compensates by altering our patterns of movement, our posture, and joint alignment. Any and or all of these inevitably lead to pain and injury. As society continues to develop more conveniences our lifestyle habits provide more repetitive in-activity and ultimately the day to day pain that many people experience.
Here is what you need to know in order of priority to live a pain free life:
1) Treat soft-tissue impingement regularly. Massage therapy is one of the best treatments available to break apart facial adhesions and increase the mobility of the facial layers. The results of treatment are almost immediately notable. The problem with massage is most of us don’t use it enough. If you are currently experiencing day to day pain that is not related to a specific injury I highly recommend discussing treatment with a qualified massage therapist. A couple treatments in the same week followed by regular treatment 2-3 times per month will likely have significant and immediate impact on how you feel. Ongoing treatment in this fashion will almost certainly eliminate and prevent further pain throughout life.
2) A body in motion stays in motion. This simply means we need to move on a regular basis and if you don’t use it, you will lose it. Exercise is essential if you want to live a long, enjoyable pain free life, and when used with regular massage therapy goes a long way to guarantee prevention of pain. 30 minutes of steady motion of any kind (the more of your body in use the better) each week will be an acceptable minimum.
3) Maintain joint alignment. This recommendation is the most broad as it may be controversial with a number of people. People in general, active or not will likely experience some joint misalignment, the hazards of our complex internal structure versus gravity. Joint misalignment can often be improved with regular stretching, something that none of us ever do enough of. Ten minutes of static stretching per day (broken into 2-3 minute increments) will have a tremendous impact. A more direct approach would be to also work with a reputable chiropractor. Now not everyone is comfortable with a chiropractor, and even though I have worked with chiropractors most of my life even I am not comfortable with them all. I would recommend meeting with one before a consultation before ever receiving an adjustment and I would also recommend using a chiropractor who avoids using aggressive velocity adjustments.
If only everyone educated themselves and used these three services and therapies with the same type of regularity we do the dentist, lube shop or our physicians the world would be in a lot less pain.
Scroll to the bottom to see how massage therapy has changed at One-to-1 Fitness!
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!
Even without the snow on the ground to confirm it we are now into our dreary Canadian winter months. A few weeks ago we will set our clocks back to adjust day light hours. These two things in conjunction really might create a little internal havoc for many of us and lately within our fitness facility we’ve been seeing it first hand.
Our body and many of its internal functions all revolve around our internal clock (circadian rhythm). I have written a past column about our circadian rhythm and how it is very involved in our ability to relax to a state of rest and recovery. Each year the time shifts really upset this clock and although the worst effects only last a few days, they may continue for some time. (Restlessness, inability to sleep well, loss of appetite, physical and mental fatigue) Also during the time change in this part of the world the shift in daylight hours sadly generally produces less sunlight.
You may have heard of SAD or Seasonal Affective Disorder, more appropriately referred to as the winter blues. Within our facility we have witnessed a number of individuals progress faltering and their enthusiasm for many endeavours beginning to dwindle. In these instances we really begin to scrutinize a person’s nutrition to look for possible reasons as to why the body seems to be overwhelmed. A casual conversation with one of my trainers brought up Vitamin D.
Because it is produced by the body as a by-product of UV exposure Vitamin D is not really a vitamin at all. Its correct name is cholecalciferol though it’s been called Vitamin D for so long that name continues to remain. Labelling it as a vitamin is still somewhat accurate because of its semi-essential status in the body, and especially for those of us living in a climate with a dramatic seasonal shift.
The lack of sunlight and extended UV exposure leaves many of us with fluctuating and diminishing levels of Vitamin D. Sometimes the symptoms of this can be a depressed and lethargic feeling, combine this with increased fatigue and lethargy from the reset of your internal clock and I believe you have the recipe for the winter blues.
Vitamin D upon closer review is very interesting. One of its most important functions is the absorption and metabolism of calcium. In our society we are already typically deficient in calcium and our growing consumption of caffeine continues to make this worse. In the grey winter months a depleted supply of vitamin D will prevent you from utilizing what little calcium you may now be getting. Disorders of decreased bone mass and density thrive in this type of environment.
Beyond its relationship to calcium vitamin D can also exude strong inhibitory effects so much so that the CBC recently published an article detailing recent studies from the Archives of Internal Medicine suggesting a moderate reduction in instances of breast cancer in women prior to menopause. The article went on to also detail the relationship of vitamin D to cardiovascular health and refer to another study showing that men with low levels of vitamin D may have an increased risk of heart attack.
Vitamin D does appear to be a powerhouse nutrient, and though it is something that we generally don’t give a lot of thought, since our body does the work given a little time in the sun, during these times of the winter blues it may be worth a look. If nothing else it may lighten your mood and put SAD to rest, and at the same time provide a little insurance against some our most current and more worrisome concerns. The typical dose of Vitamin D for the benefits outlined is about 1000 IU daily.