Have High Summer Prices Got You Down?

As we enter the months of summer, it seems like everything is more expensive.  Gasoline is over $4 a gallon in most of the country and food costs are rising like never before. These costs can add up and at the end of the month, there’s usually not much money left over to spend on yourself. Some perceived luxuries, like massages, are often ignored. In many parts of the country, a private masseur can cost more than $50 per hour, depending on the services offered.

 But are massages really luxuries? No! You have the right to feel relaxed and healthy, just as you have the right to a roof over your head and food on your table. Ignoring your body can lead to disastrous consequences. Performance at work can suffer, as can relationships with friends and family. Treating yourself to a massage or other therapy session can help to relieve stress, improve muscle tone and increase feelings of peacefulness and wellness. If you’re unable to afford the cost of a personal massage therapists, don’t worry, AllAboutMassagers.com has just what you need to cure the summertime blues.

The Kneading Finger Rollers Deluxe massager is one of the most popular massagers for those interested in alternatives to pricy massage treatments. The kneading action of this massager produces an action similar to that of human hands. Use this unit on your neck, back, legs, shoulders and arms.

The Evergain 308DL Chi Machine is an all-in-one home health spa. It offers the benefits of neck and shoulder massage, reflexology treatments on the feet and the unparalleled benefits of a Chi Machine, helping energy to flow freely through your body. And don’t forget about the infrared heat technology or the magnetic therapies offered by this amazing one-of-a-kind device!

Wooden and plastic hand massage tools are simple, but so are a lot of amazing technologies. These devices can fit in the palm of your hand, but provide out of this world relief to foot, neck, shoulder, and back pain. Make sure to buy more than one. Once your friends see them, they’ll never give them back!

Dietary supplements can help your body to recover from the harsh summer heat. Check out our new products like Eskimo-3 Omega Oils and Probiotic Pearls. Get healthy the natural way!

A top-of-the-line electrical massager may cost as much as several sessions with a massage therapist, but remember that after a few weeks of use, many of these units have already paid for themselves!

Until next time, stay cool and be well!

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Spring is upon us– It’s time to be well

Spring has sprung and this means that allergy season is upon us. For allergy sufferers, the waning of winter is a cause for anxiety. Pollen, one of the major triggers of seasonal allergies, causes embarrassing runny noses, uncontrollable sneezing fits and dry, itchy eyes. According to allergist Lawrence B. Schwartz of Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, some 20% of Americans suffer from seasonal allergies. But why do some people get this tormenting reaction and others don’t? Some studies link seasonal allergies to an out of balance immune system. Other studies show stress as a major factor in immune system imbalances. The Chi Machine is a convenient and easy to use solution for stress and seasonal allergies.

The Chi Machine stimulates globulin production which increases the immune system’s difference capacity thereby providing greater freedom from allergies, disorders and disease. Using the Chi Machine just 5-15 minutes a day also relaxes the body and mind. Many people start to see the beneficial effects of the Chi Machine exerciser after only a few minutes of using it.

The Chi Vitalizer CY-106, sold by AllAboutChi.com, is an excellent alternative to traditional seasonal allergy remedies. Doctors often prescribe antihistamines as a blanket treatment for seasonal allergies. While antihistamines do relieve most symptoms, they are notorious for causing drowsiness. In addition to causing unpleasant side effects, antihistamines treat the symptoms and not the causes. A recent study of 351 adults found that 26% had turned to alternative treatments for allergy relief and many seek out preventative treatment. Are you ready to take the next step in improving your health and well being?

A SAFER SOOTHER

It’s been ten years since I’ve taken a pharmaceutical medication. At that time, I had just had surgery and was in great need of pain relief. Had the results of a recent study been available, I would have spoken with my doctor about a safer way to soothe my discomfort. 

Published in the Archives of Surgery, the study followed 605 men undergoing major surgery. Two hundred of the men received a twenty minute back massage each night for four nights following the procedure. The men who were massages reported experiencing a faster reduction in the intensity of their pain and less overall discomfort. 

Allison Mitchinson, one of the authors of the article, believes that massage may work through multiple pathways to provide pain relief. Among these are easing anxieties, dilating the blood vessels, raising body temperature and causing the release of endorphins. 

It’s becoming ever more evident that alternative therapies have a clear role to play in our conventional medical system. As Dr. Marie Hanna of Johns Hopkins University comments:

“Increased awareness for better pain control has led treating physicians to use nontraditional modalities such as massage therapy, music, and relaxation techniques.” 

DO YOU KNOW THE SIGNS?

There are five symptoms that can signal a heart attack. Can you name them? According to a new survey from the Centers for Disease Control, only one in four of you will be able to say “yes” – and that’s a dangerous statistic.   

 Please take the time to memorize this list: 

1. Shortness of breath
2. Pain or discomfort in the chest.
3. Aching or discomfort in the arms or shoulders.
4. Feeling weak or light-headed.
5. Pain, aching or discomfort in the jaw, neck or back.
 

The American Heart Association has found that women will more often experience jaw and back pain or shortness of breath, while chest pain is the most common symptom in men.  

If you or someone near you is experiencing one or more of the above symptoms, it is vitally important that the first thing you do is call 911. Of the 157,000 fatal heart attacks each year, half occur within an hour of the onset of symptoms.    

Feel free to print out the list and pass it on to your friends and family. With over 900,000 heart attacks occurring each year, increasing awareness of this information could prove to be invaluable.

I FINALLY GOT NABBED

I usually manage to escape the cold and flu season unscathed, but once every two or three years I get nabbed by whatever nasty bug is going around. This was one of those years, so I thought I would pass on a few hints that I used to help get me through. 

Rest. I’ve noticed that on the rare occasions that I have become ill, I have inevitably let myself get run down. Stress and mile long To Do lists take their toll. While you may feel compelled to try and keep up despite feeling unwell, your body won’t be able to recover without proper rest. Be good to yourself and allow yourself to take it easy. 

Hydration. This is especially important if you have a fever, as I did. Make sure your getting enough purified water and, if you like, include some herbal teas. Licorice tea is particularly soothing for a cough, while chamomile is an anti-inflammatory that will help to soothe body aches, settle an upset stomach and also promote much needed rest. 

Garlic. This is one of my long loved stand-bys. While I was sick, I was adding between 3 and 6 cloves to pretty much everything I ate. This powerful natural antibiotic will do wonders to help your body fend off the invading bacteria or virus. 

Elderberry. Another one of my favorite herbs, this remarkable plant actually prevents virus’ from replicating, making it much easier for your body to recover. 

Aromatherapy. Pure essential oils can do wonders to ease the discomfort of a cold or flu. Eucalyptus helps to clear the sinuses, lavender promotes rest and eases headaches and rosemary is a wonderful antimicrobial that helps to clear the foggy feeling one can get when feverish. There are many great diffusers you can use, or just put a few drops of oil onto a piece of cloth and place this inside your pillowcase. 

Of course the best option is to stay healthy, but if you get nabbed as I did, these tips, along with herbal formulas like FluEase by Wise Woman Herbals, can do a great deal to help ease your discomfort and speed your road to recovery.

OPTING FOR OLIVE OIL

Nutritional expert Ancer Keys first touted the benefits of the Mediterranean diet in the 1960’s. Several studies had indicated that those living in Spain, Italy and Greece experienced a significantly lower incidence of disease and their diet was believed to be largely responsible. Along with fish, fruits and vegetables, central to the diet was the daily consumption of olive oil.  

Olive oil is a monounsaturated fat with 0% cholesterol, but this is not its only boon. A collaborative study was just completed at the Institute of Nutrition and Food Technology in Granada which looked at the polyphenols in the oil and their effect upon degenerative diseases.

Polyphenols act to scavenge the free radicals responsible for premature aging, cancer and other degenerative conditions. They have also been recently found to increase the body’s levels of vitamin E and to improve cardiovascular health. Olive oil is particularly rich in these natural antioxidants.  

I use olive oil for all of my low to medium temperature cooking. I also make homemade salad dressings with the oil and create delicious herbal dipping oils for bread. If you haven’t yet stocked your kitchen with this fabulous food, I highly recommend you do so. Not only will your health benefit, but you will discover a world of wonderful flavors!

A PAIN IN THE NECK

As I can attest, sitting at a computer all day can be a real pain in the neck. Although I try to get up hourly and strive to keep an eye on my posture, by the end of the day my neck is often aching. And I’m not alone – statistics show that 85% of us will experience reoccurring neck and back pain throughout our lives.

A new study from Denmark shows that there may be a simple and effective way to combat this, though. In a randomized controlled study of 94 women, researchers Sjogaard and Andersen found that targeted strength training effectively eased neck pain.

The women were divided into three groups: one that participated in neck and shoulder strength training exercises, one that took part in general fitness training on a bicycle and a control group who received only health counseling. While those who bicycled did report a small decrease in pain following exercising, only the strength training group experienced significant and prolonged improvement.

Based on the results of the study, the researchers recommend 20 minutes of targeted strength training three times a week. In the study simple hand weights were used to target the trapezius and surrounding muscle groups. Body Rolling is another excellent option as is both strengthens and lengthens the muscles while also helping to release tension from the muscles.