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Exercise while at work

»Posted by on Jan 9, 2012 in Massage and Health News | 0 comments

So many people work at a computer all day. That is not a good thing for your body. This article on Lake Tahoe News talks about ways to exercise while you are at work.  

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Learn how to stay out of the ER

»Posted by on Jun 16, 2011 in Massage and Health News | 0 comments

ER doctor offers suggestions for staying out of the emergency room. Read the story on Lake Tahoe News.

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Exercise is good for the brain

»Posted by on Aug 7, 2010 in Massage and Health News | 0 comments

An article in a recent edition of Psychology Today magazine talks about how exercise helps muscles expand and the brain grow. According to author, Avigail Gordon, “New research confirms that doing aerobic exercise for 30 minutes, 3 times a week, can enlarge the hippocampus, a part of the brain that regulates emotion and memory.”

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A healthy heart is imperative

»Posted by on Jan 20, 2010 in Massage and Health News | 0 comments

A healthy heart is so incredibly important. When people come to A Massage at Tahoe we have an in-take form that asks a series of questions. Much of it is to trigger a client’s memory about medical issues. Massage increases circulation. If you are taking medication, massage can move it through your system much faster. Keeping the heart running is so incredibly important. The following information is all from www.realage.com. When it comes to the health of your heart, what you do and what you don’t do can truly make a difference. That’s because lifestyle choices — like smoking, poor diet, and lack of exercise — can be far more dangerous than hereditary factors. Here’s a step-by-step plan that will help you make smart choices and help get your ticker in top form. Action 1: Pump Your Heart For optimal health, you’ll need to do enough physical activity to burn between 3,500 and 6,500 calories a week (or roughly 500 to 950 a day). Do at least three 20-minute cardio workouts a week Action 2: Know Your Numbers We’re talking the big three – cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood sugar — plus, two more you should probably know: homocysteine and C-reactive. Consider these numbers a stock ticker for your ticker. They tell you how you’re doing, and when you need to do more. When you have them measured, make sure your doctor also tells you what your goal levels should be and what you can do to get there. Action 3: Get Happy There are lots of reasons to be happy, including your heart health. Negative emotions like anger and hostility can raise blood pressure. People with depression are four times more likely to have a heart attack. And while we don’t understand how emotional stress causes physical stress, we do know there’s a powerful connection. Action 4: Eat Your Heart Out When making out your grocery list, follow this simple rule of thumb: opt for foods with healthful fats, fiber, and good-for-you nutrients like flavonoids, vitamins, and minerals. And nix the salty, sugary, sat-fat-laden, or processed stuff. Action 5: Learn from Your Relatives Even though you have a lot of control over your own heart-healthy destiny, a family history of heart disease does raise your risk significantly. So, along with talking to your doctor about a schedule of heart screenings, talk about your family health history, too. And if Mom, Dad, or a sibling developed heart disease, you’ll want to be extra vigilant about screenings and about adopting heart-smart habits. Action 6: Pop Some Pills Certain nutrients, supplements, and occasional medications can work preventive wonders for your heart. Here are the YOU Docs’ top picks: Aspirin: Taking aspirin regularly may reduce the incidence of heart attack by making blood platelets less sticky and decreasing arterial inflammation. But it only makes sense for men over the age of 35 and women over the age of 40. And even then, check with your doctor first, because aspirin can have side effects like stomach irritation and bleeding. A multivitamin: Your multivitamin is chock-full of heart-healthy micronutrients, like magnesium, calcium, and vitamins D, C, E, and A. Folate: This B vitamin lowers homocysteine to healthy levels. Since folate from food is only partially absorbed by your body, take a 400-microgram (folic acid) supplement. But make sure you’re getting enough B6 and B12, too, because folate can mask a deficiency in these vitamins. Action 7: Schedule Sleep If you don’t snooze 6 to 8 hours a night, you increase arterial aging and raise your risk of a heart attack. Inadequate sleep will also cause you to release less serotonin (the feel-good hormone) in your...

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Acupuncture for stress, depression

»Posted by on Aug 8, 2009 in Massage and Health News | 0 comments

A survey by the British Acupuncture Council found that depression, anxiety, insomnia and stress are common reasons why people get acupuncture. The survey also revealed that more people under the age 40 are reporting having these emotional issues. Two-thirds of the respondents were women. Survey takers pointed to working long hours and the uncertainty of the economy as being reasons for their stress and uneasiness with life.

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Walk for your health

»Posted by on Jul 6, 2009 in Massage and Health News | 0 comments

      Blood pressure can escalate because of a number of factors. Two easy ways to start getting it to move into the other direction are by walking a half mile every day and eating healthier foods.       Take a canvas bag (no need to fill landfills with more plastic ones) and pick-up a few items for dinner each night from the grocery store.      Walk to the drycleaners.      Walk the dog.      Walk with your kids to the ball fields.      Walk with your significant other after dinner.      I did my errands on foot this morning — went to the bank, video store and massage office.                          Don’t let bad weather deter you. Gyms have treadmills. Malls have plenty of covered walking terrain.     Don’t drastically alter your diet because you won’t stick with. Star with changing your fiber to whole grains. Do this with breads and pasta. Try baking with a mix of white and whole wheat flour. Then go get your blood pressure checked...

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