Massage is not just a luxury..it is important to health

Generally when people think of the word 'massage' they associate it with 'luxury', 'indulgence' and 'pampering'. It's seen as a treat, and something people may allow themselves once or twice a year. The notion that massage is 'just an indulgence' is not true. The benefits of massage are endless and something very few people are aware of. Massage can help with balancing emotions, anxiety, circulatory issues, joint and muscle pain, insomnia and much more. More...

5 Tibetans Yoga - Simple Stretching Exercises for Chakras, Weight Loss and Tantra

At al Covo, we offer a chakra balancing training course, meditation or stretching treatments here at the suite, and this exercise below, called '5 Tibetans', is an example of an programme you can follow through here at our suite, or at home. The Five Tibetans rejuvenate the entire psycho-physio network, stimulating full energy flow through the chakras and enliven corresponding nerves, organs and glands. These exercises also tone and strengthen the major muscle groups, contributing to a strong, resilient physique. I recommend that the 5 Tibetans for those who lack energy in their day to day lives, require a rebalancing, or perhaps those wanting to promote weight loss.

Begin with a comfortable number of repetitions, then you can increase up to 21. More...

10 Easy Yoga Poses for Energy & Vitality

Apart from improving your quality of sleep, reducing your stress levels, and enhancing your overall physical health, yoga can also raise your energy! When you stretch, you make it easier for the blood to circulate in your body, resulting to energy boost. Yogic poses, particularly those that stretch the spine, can help combat debilitating fatigue symptoms and increase your feelings of vitality throughout the day. Here are ten of the best yogic poses that you can try to stay active all day long.

 

1. Half Sun Salutation

This pose is traditionally performed as a way to awaken the body. Experts say it is best to do this routine as soon as you wake up, before you even sip your coffee.

To do this exercise, stand up straight with your feet together and your arms placed at the side of your body, palms open. Raise your hands up and extend them over your head as you inhale and bow forward into a forward bend as you exhale. On the inhale, lift your torso halfway up and place your hands at your shins. Then, extend your spine. Sweep back up and bring your palms together, as if you are praying. Repeat this sequence for 1-4 times.

 

2. Right Nostril Breathing

Aside from boosting your energy levels, this yogic pose is a great remedy for headache. To perform the exercise, sit upright on a chair or a cross-legged position – whichever position makes you comfortable. Then, block your left nostril with your thumb. This allows you to breathe only through your right nostril. Breathe deeply for about five minutes. Do the same with your left nostril by covering the right.

 

3. Camel Pose More...

Belly Fats: What You Need to Know and Do

How much flab you have in your abdomen has a big impact on your health. Losing fats in your midsection does not only improve your overall appearance – it also improves your quality of health and lowers your risk of certain diseases.

Health experts all agree – abdominal fat is the worst type of fat you can get. But what makes it so harmful? To understand its impact on your health, you should know first that abdominal fat comes in two different forms: the subcutaneous fat and the visceral fat. The first type of abdominal fat is like the fat elsewhere in your body. It may not pose danger to your health but it doesn’t do you good either. The second type of fat, called visceral fat, is one that surrounds your internal organs. Visceral obesity is linked to the risk of high blood pressure, high blood sugar levels, and heart disease.

Unlike the subcutaneous fats, the visceral fats cells release their metabolic wastes directly to the portal circulation, which carries blood straight to the liver. As a result, visceral fat cells are enlarged and stuffed by excess triglycerides, which deliver free fatty acids to the liver. These fatty acids also accumulate in the pancreas, heart, and other organs. This results to organ dysfunction, affecting your insulin levels, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels. Visceral fat has also been linked to dementia, and certain forms of cancer, such as breast cancer and colon cancer.

 

What causes belly fats?

Consuming too many calories can lead to an increase in your waistline. Any kind of calories – whether from fatty foods, alcohol, or oversized portions of food, can lead to belly fats. Abdominal fat is often called ‘beer belly fats’ because alcohol calories are so easy to overdo. A glass of beer for example has about 150 calories. And if you down several glasses in one sitting, you can get calorie overload. Not to mention the calorie-dense foods you eat along with your beer.More...

Natural Relief for Chronic Back Pain – Knowing Your Options

Did you know that back pain is much, much more painful than the pain felt in other parts of the body? That’s because our back is made up of complex muscles that are located too close to the spinal cord, making the sensation of pain more profound. Whilst over-the-counter medications offer a ‘quick fix’ to this condition, most of them do not really target the root cause of the problem, but only mask the pain. They also have side effects.

Here are some of the proven natural remedies that you can try when your back starts to hurt again:

Stretch it out. Poor blood circulation can lead to chronic pain. Stretching as a regular habit is one of the most effective ways to prevent back pain. Here’s a very simple stretching routine you may want to try: lie on your back and slowly, lift your right knee, bringing it towards your chest as far as it feels comfortable. Place your hands on your shin and hold for 20 seconds. Slowly release and do the same with your left knee. More...

Lower Back Pain: Top Causes and Natural Remedies

Almost every one of us has experienced lower back pain at one time or another. Often, the pain goes away on its own. But sometimes, treatment is necessary.

The lower back is an intricate structure consisting of muscles, tendons and other soft tissues, highly sensitive nerves and nerve roots, small and complex joints, and spinal discs that are interconnected and overlapping each other. An irritation on any of these elements can cause pain affecting only the lower back or pain radiating to other parts of the body.

Lower back pain may result from varying causes, such as injury and heavy lifting. Surprisingly, most cases have no known cause. Many people who go to their GPs complaining about the pain in their lower back get no concrete diagnosis. More...

5 Top Ways to Lose Stomach Fat

Most of us dream of having a perfect body – slender physique, small waist, lean arms, and of course, flat stomach! Unfortunately, many people find it hard to trim the excess fats in their belly even after starving themselves to death, taking expensive diet pills, and undergoing medical treatments. But did you know that you really don’t have to do all these things to flatten your stomach? A growing body of research suggests that cardio exercises, particularly short bursts of sprinting (instead of running longer distances) can actually help you chip away those stubborn fats and flatten your stomach!More...

11 Ways to a Better Posture

As a massage therapist, it's evident clients need help with either their neck and shoulders, or their low back—or all of the above. Most people have a tendency to blame these things on sleeping habits or sitting at a computer all day. While these things may be contributing factors, it's really the tension we hold subconsciously all day, every day, that eventually snowballs into real pain. The thing is, everyone has these same basic issues.

As massage therapists, what can we do to help break these chronic tension habits? How can we address and heal these subconscious holding patterns? Creative visuals are effective, in addition to stretching, movement and, of course, massage. Here are some tips I provide to clients to take home with them after a massage.


1. Be brutally honest about your posture. You may think it's pretty good, but if you are having neck-and-shoulder pain, headaches, issues with arms and hands, or if a bump is forming at the base of your neck, something needs to change. Breathing problems could even be related to curled-in chests. Don't blame it on your bed or your genetics; you didn't inherit a bad posture gene, you inherited the habit. The pain is there to show us where our body needs attention and maintenance. More...

About the author

Steve from AlcovoBorn in Worcestershire, and educated to second (Masters) degree in Geography, I worked in a corporate company before being inspired more fully into well-being from travels to the Eastern and Tropical countries of the Philippines, India, Kenya, the Maldives, Mauritius and Mozambique.

I gained an understanding of spas, treatments and clients along my way, and have developed this into my own practice, al Covo, to which I welcome you warmly. I pride myself on al Covo's warmth, peaceful aura, hygiene and thoroughness.

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