Things to Consider When Buying the Best Under Desk Elliptical in Australia

I have some friends who complain that their work commitments are preventing them from having a good workout in the gym. My answer to them is to get an under desk elliptical trainer.

They can use this device to stay fit while still performing the different tasks inherent in their jobs.

Before you start shopping for the best under desk elliptical to buy in Australia, however, it is best to make a few considerations.


Elliptical trainers always operate on the principles of resistance to help activate different muscle groups. Under desk ellipticals are no different.

These devices also come with varying tensions that you can adjust or select depending on the kind of exercise that you want.

For example, if you want to sweat it out, then you might want to consider pumping up the resistance levels in its highest possible setting.

As such, I always tell my friends to look for a desk elliptical trainer that can offer more resistance levels. It is also wise to look at the maximum level of resistance that the device offers.


The main idea behind the design of a desk elliptical is for you to sit behind your desk and pedal. But what if you decide to put it on your desk? Or what if you wish you can stand on it instead?

Well, the good news is that there are now under desk elliptical trainers that can provide you with such versatility.

This is something that you need to think about. If you buy an under-desk-only type of machine, then you are limiting its potential to keep you fit.


Personally, this is one of my main considerations. Imagine sitting in the office with everyone busy in their work. All of a sudden you hear this distinct noise of an electric motor.

It is a very annoying sound that can distract the other people in the office. Hence, I always recommend to my friends to get a device that is quiet to operate.

If it can run at a noise level of not greater than 60 dB, then I would say that it is a good buy.

Pedal Height

This is one consideration that many people forget whenever they are shopping for an under desk elliptical trainer.

If you are sitting in your office chair, try to determine the distance between the bottom surface of your desk and your knees. This will give you an idea of the height of the pedal that you should aim for.

The good thing about some mini ellipticals today is that they also feature pedal height adjustments. It would be nice to get one of these.

Added Features

Like all devices in the modern era, mini elliptical trainers can have a very simple, straightforward design. Other devices may have additional features like app connectivity.

These devices communicate with fitness apps on your smartphone so you will be able to keep track of your progress. I’d like to think of these things as motivators to help you push yourself some more.


You might not want to admit it, but price is always a factor whenever purchasing something. Analogue versions are more affordable but they may not provide you the kind of workout that you need.

High-tech devices can be very pricey. The good news with such products is that you can always rely on their craftsmanship as well as a full range of functions.

Picking the best under desk elliptical to buy can be tricky. I know because I’ve been through that myself. But if you consider the points I shared with you, I am pretty sure you will be able to choose the best one for you.

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Stay Fit, Invest in a Quality Vibration Machine

If you’ve watched exercise channels, you have probably seen a person advertising a vibration machine for your home.

They always highlight the weight loss benefits of this vibrating platform that sometimes you wonder if it’s really working.

If you’ve doubted this product the way I did, then you’re definitely curious about how it works.

What is a Vibration Machine?

A vibration machine is a small platform that vibrates. Simple as that – no add-ons, no other frills, just a simple vibrating space where you can just stand and burn the extra calories.

However, more sophisticated models of this equipment have popped up in gyms and other fitness clubs.

People who have used a vibration machine often claim that it aids in weight loss.

Personally, it makes sense because when you step on a vibrating platform, your muscles contract and expand as a response to all those shaking. In effect, it feels like you’ve exercised for a few minutes.

But the scientific explanation for this is that the vibration makes your body feel that you are losing balance.

So naturally, your body will continuously strive for balance during the time that you’re on the platform. This activates all your muscles, especially your core.

There’s also the right way of standing on this platform. No, you won’t just stand even if you can also do that.

But personal trainers recommend that you position yourself in a squat where your knees are slightly bent. Then, hold the handles (if yours have any) and just stay there for 10-15 minutes.

Benefits of a Vibration Machine

So going back to the claim that “standing on a vibrating platform can achieve weight loss” is too good to be true, I decided to do a little research on the exercise benefits of a vibration machine. Here are a few major benefits I found.

1. Weight Loss

The most popular health benefit associated with vibration machines is weight loss.

For someone who wants to lose weight but doesn’t have the time to do all those heavy lifting, a vibration machine was definitely something I would love to have.

As explained a little earlier, the vibration reinforces the movement of your muscles even without you doing sets of exercises.

However, research also shows that standing on a vibration machine will not give you all the best results.

If you really want to have a more substantial weight loss result, then you should also complement this with exercises a few times a week.

2. Improved Bone Health

Not everyone can do a lot of exercises because their bone health prevents them from doing so.

If you ask me, this is where vibration machines are the best equipment to buy. There are some who can’t do jumping and sit-ups because their spine problems make it hard for them.

With a vibration machine, they don’t have to move in weird positions that will only stress their spinal cord.

In fact, there are a lot of on-going studies that focus on how much a vibration machine helps in improved bone health.

Some concluded studies show that it decreased the chances of bone fractures by strengthening the bones, muscles, and joints.

3. Reduced Stress

And then you also have reduced stress as one of its main health benefits. Standing on a vibrating platform might not seem helpful if you want to release all the anger and frustration of the day, but it does help produce endorphins that will make you feel a lot better.

Usually, what I do is to stand on top of my home vibration machine and then just fire up the TV and watch something that will make me laugh. For me, this is enough to forget all the stress I got at work.

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Going for Your First Facial Treatment? Read this First

When I first had my facial treatment at my now-favourite Doncaster salon, nobody actually told me how to prepare for it like what should I wear or the things that I need to do during or after the procedure. I thought that it was as simple as going for a regular haircut or having my mani and pedi. I also thought of taking additional steps to prepare for the ‘big day’. As it turned out, there were several things that I got all wrong when I went for my facial. If this is your first time to seek such a treatment, I feel you. That’s why you may want to read this first before you head out for the treatment.

For starters, don’t make the same mistake as I did. Don’t do anything unusual with your skin prior to your visit. I know you want to look your best when you show up for the treatment. But believe me, this will only be counterproductive. You see, your aesthetician would like to see and evaluate your skin in its most ‘normal’ state – meaning, the state of your skin on a daily basis. If you are going to use astringent or any other chemical to prepare for the ‘big day’, your aesthetician won’t have a very good idea of the ‘natural’ state of things about your skin. My advice? Keep all of your daily routines normal. If you’re putting makeup every day like I do, keep on doing that. If you only wash it once a day like some people I know, then keep at it until your treatment.

Always have a goal in mind before you head to the clinic. I surely didn’t have this. That’s why when it was my turn at the table, we were really having a hard time focusing on what I really want done on my face. So think about it now. What about your face that you would like to be managed by your aesthetician? Is it dark spots? How about acne or even blackheads? The thing is you’ve got to have something to work with even before you set your foot through those doors. This will also help your aesthetician determine the best and most appropriate product to use on your skin.

Write down any questions that you may have for the aesthetician. Don’t pretend that you’ve got great memory. I do. But when the time came for me to ask those questions, I already forgot them or at least some of them. Now you may think that will not happen to you. It’s always a lot better to have them written down just in case. Think of all those questions that have been bugging you all this time. Write them down as soon as you get the chance. Remember, these may be mere afterthoughts, but they can prove very important when the right time comes.

Go through your drawer and cabinet and write down every product that you have been using on your face. Make sure you have the brand names and the active ingredients of these products. Any other treatments or medications that you may have taken in the past, whether it is for the skin or otherwise, should also be accounted for. This is important so your aesthetician can identify any gaps in your current facial treatment routine as well as problems that may be brought about by these products.

It is also important to make a list of all skin conditions or medical conditions that you may have been diagnosed with. Some of the treatments for these medical problems often have side effects that present on the skin.

On the big day, wear something that is comfortable for you. More importantly, I’d recommend wearing something that is easy to take off and change in.

Good luck on your very first facial treatment. If you stick to my pieces of advice, I’m confident you’ll never have to worry about going through the same first-time jitters that I went through.

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Of Pins and Needles During Pregnancy

We’ve all heard about acupuncture. Whether you’ve heard it from your elders or watched it from Kung Fu Panda, we all know that acupuncture involves having very thin needles pinned on your body. In my mind, acupuncture was painful; acupuncture was dangerous. No doctor has recommended that to me and so it was a shock when I heard about Elaine Hickman’s pregnancy acupuncture clinic. 

So just a backstory, I have been trying to get a baby for around two years now and for some unknown reason, it was never my luck to conceive one. I have tried different methods and went to different doctors. It can be quite discouraging, but I believe with determination and with the right methods, I will eventually get pregnant. A number of my friends knew this and one of them suggested I try acupuncture to increase the probability of getting pregnant. This was absurd to me at first. My notion of acupuncture I already mentioned a while ago and the thought of it doesn’t make me keen on trying it at all. However, I was running out of options and my friend said that there was nothing to lose anyway. It was worth a shot, I said. After a while undergoing acupuncture and trying again with my husband, the result of my pregnancy testing was positive. 

How did this work? Well, acupuncture actually has a number of benefits for pregnancy and they have been proven by a number of studies. One common pregnancy symptom is morning sickness. A lot of pregnant women experience this. If you aren’t familiar with morning sickness, it is simply nausea and vomiting during pregnancy. It does not necessarily happen in the mornings. At times, it occurs all throughout the day. Although there is no proven cause for morning sickness and this makes it harder for any treatment to treat it fully, acupuncture is said to be able to help relieve it. To relieve morning sickness, the acupuncture should focus on the wrists. 

Another pregnancy symptom is pain in the lower back and pelvis. This symptom is especially obvious since you will be carrying all the weight of the baby while he/she is in your body. The body parts that are directly affected here are the pelvis and lower back. The lower back hurts because the center of mass moves from the middle of your body to somewhere a little bit forward since the baby resides in the stomach area. To adjust to this shift in the center of mass, your back somewhat bends backward and that is why the lower back hurts. The pelvis usually hurts because the bone structure adjusts to the baby as well. This is why we notice that the pelvic area widens a few centimeters. 

While these benefits are true, I cannot help but worry about the side effects of acupuncture. If not side effects, the possible risks I will be facing when I continue undergoing acupuncture. In general, acupuncture already has a few risks because of the way it is administered. Since needles are stuck in your body, there is a high chance of redness, infection, and soreness. Moreover, you are facing the risk of infection when the needles aren’t put properly or when they are placed too deeply on your skin. 

I have been talking endlessly about acupuncture and how it affects pregnancy, but I haven’t talked about Elaine Hickman to whose clinic I was recommended to go to. Allow me to talk a bit about her and how she ended up practicing acupuncture. 

Elaine Hickman is a doctor working at Freedom Chinese Medicine and she is famous for her interest and expertise in acupuncture. I watched one of her videos online and like me, she associated acupuncture with the Chinese and as a branch of treatment that she was iffy with. However, she took an interest in helping people by reducing the body pain they were experiencing. She started massaging the pressure points of the body and friends of hers have said it was effective. This started her lifelong journey at Freedom Chinese Medicine. 

When I went to her clinic I was immediately impressed at her passion for helping people through acupuncture. I was more hooked actually and I guess her passion was able to make me say yes to acupuncture for pregnancy. Nonetheless, as any great doctor would admit, one should take caution in going through it. She mentioned some tips that could help me during pregnancy and I want to impart them to you. 

Before going through acupuncture, make sure to go to a licensed and famous clinic. This will already give you a third of the assurance you are looking for. Then, talk to your practitioner about your condition. Pregnancy is common, but each mother-to-be has differences during the process. Make sure that you clarify to her any medical conditions and apprehensions. At least with her, you get professional and medical advice. When you are fully ready to go through acupuncture even taking into account its possible risks, that’s when you start attending sessions. 

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Physiotherapy Amazingly Helped Me Recover from Sports Injuries

Being an athlete in our school keeps me busy and, at the same time, helps me enjoy student life. This is because I have an outlet to help myself get rid of the stresses I encounter whenever I have to prepare for exams, answer questions during exams, and whenever I have to beat the deadlines for the many academic requirements. I am part of the schools women’s volleyball team and whenever I get to join my teammates during practice I couldn’t help but feel ecstatic and energetic. It’s like shaking off the negative vibes of the whole day. However, for almost two years of being in the team, I can’t deny the fact that I suffered from several injuries that thankfully are just minor ones. I know and understand that injuries are part of being in any sport but also has some downsides. Aside from the minor injuries, there are also times that I suffer from muscle and joint pains. Before, I used to endure and never get bothered about these physical conditions. But when I started feeling that the injuries are preventing me from playing at my best and from enjoying every game, I decided to look for an effective way to address my situation. Luckily, I stumbled upon a Werribee sports physiotherapy clinic near our school.

One day after our practice at the gym, I dropped by at the physio clinic and asked several questions about physical therapy. A very charming and approachable receptionist entertained me and gladly answered every question I asked. First, I told her about the things I experience during and after I attend volleyball practices and games with other schools. I also told her that I have been suffering from minor injuries and muscle pains for the past several months. I wanted to know whether or not physical therapy is going to help me to effectively recover from the physical conditions I have been enduring. The receptionist showed me a sports injuries list and I was enlightened that the therapy is something that would really help me. But before we proceeded with the further discussion of the methods and benefits of physio, she first introduced to me the clinic. She discussed its background and its length of years of operation and providing medical services to the people in our area. I was impressed with the clinic’s background but I was more impressed with the things I learned about the therapy’s benefits.

I was amazed with the fact that I can recover from sports injuries without taking any medication. It means that I don’t have to put foreign and synthetic elements inside my body. I learned that the therapy just involves certain light exercises and range of motion exercises to help the body adjust from the undesirable physical conditions. Continuously doing the said exercises will help the muscles and bones strengthen themselves. When this is achieved, I will be able to play at my best during practices, during friendly games and during official competitions we have to participate in. The receptionist demonstrated to me some basic range of motion exercises that will help me recover from the very minor injuries in my ankles and wrists. After her demonstration, I was instructed to perform the exercises slowly so I can make sure that every step I make is correct. After some tries, I was instructed to do the exercises with a normal pace. Then, she also demonstrated other set of exercises that I have to do every day. I left the clinic with so much valuable information and with so much excitement because I finally have a way to address the muscle pains and minor sports injuries.

One month after I visited the physiotherapy clinic, I couldn’t help but feel amazed with the results. I perform the exercises for around 20 to 30 minutes every day and saw a huge change after four weeks. I didn’t have to spend money on some artificial medicines nor equipment. I only have to pay a small fee in my few visits at the clinic and now I am enjoying a stronger, healthier and more able body. During the first week, I had to adjust to the schedule and I had to really be strict in performing the exercises on schedule. But after that, I found it easy to make the physio exercises a normal part of my everyday life as a student. Whenever I play with my teammates, I can’t help but notice the flexibility of my bones and elasticity of my muscles.

Today, it’s been three months since I decided to walk inside the clinic. I must say that it’s one of the best and wisest decisions I have made in my life so far. I recommended the therapy to other members of our team who have also been suffering from minor injuries.

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Trying Out Something New: Drum Lessons in Melbourne

drummingA good friend of mine recently invited me to join her in doing drum lessons. At first, I was surprised that there was such a thing. Of course, as a kid, I took some lessons in music but I never realized that they also offer them to adults. To be honest, I was not very much into playing instruments so I was hesitant to join.

My friend, however, tried to convince me by orienting me on the health benefits of drumming. She didn’t enroll for the classes simply to be a drummer, though she had always wanted to learn. Instead, when she went to randomly visit Red Drum Music Studios page on the Internet, she found out about the classes and how it can bring a lot of advantages. She then decided to sign up and find out for herself.

Drumming can bring benefits on a personal and social level. Individuals can find that playing this instrument can be therapeutic, and help with medical and psychological issues. For those who do not have specific issues with the health, they can still enjoy a better quality of life. This means they can find the classes as a positive addition to their routine. People who play with others can also find themselves able to connect with each other through music.

Therapeutic Advantages

As mentioned earlier, playing drums might actually be used as therapy. In general, music therapy is used to reduce tension, anxiety, and stress. It can also help one get over traumatic situations. Through music, difficult emotions that cannot be expressed into words can be conveyed through the drums. Not only is it a creative way of letting these feelings out, there is less fear that people will be judgmental or react negatively to how they feel deep down. This is why some hospitals have incorporated music into many counseling sessions.

This means people who are suffering a variety of psychological issues including depression, anxiety, PTSD, anger management issues, eating disorders, autism, and even addiction can consider playing drums to help them deal with their struggles.

Beyond helping with a host of psychological disorders, playing drums can also help with physical conditions. This includes helping control chronic pain and boosting the immune system. Concentrating on the rhythm and on coordinating the hands and feet can be a great distraction for those who suffer from pain. Moreover, drumming releases endorphins, which is the body’s natural painkiller. Lastly, stress can be bad for the immune system because it reduces the production of the white blood cells. Therefore, reducing stress can, in the end, boost the body’s ability to fight off diseases.

A Better Life Quality

As the immune system is boosted, pain reduced, and sickness prevented, you can enjoy a better and healthier life. The endorphins that are released will ensure higher spirits and an overall good feeling every day.

Beyond these advantages, even non-musicians can still find playing drums a way to express themselves and show their creativity. Through playing, they can connect with their deeper selves and their emotions. They can also focus on the moment, and tune out unnecessary thoughts and worries. These are very important nowadays as we all live in a very stressful and busy world. Being able to tune out is a skill that needs to be learned in order to keep our peace and sanity and at the same time, connecting with our deeper thoughts and finding a way to express them can make us feel lighter. After all, who wants to bring with them feelings of inadequacy, loneliness and other similar emotions every single day? We only live once, and every day we should try to enjoy and make the most of it.

A More Connected Community

In this day and time, this sense of community that used to exist has completely disappeared, especially if you live in big cities. A century ago, people say hello and help each other out. Nowadays, you are even lucky if you know the names of your neighbors, much more actually communicate with them.

If you miss being part of a group or a social circle, you can try joining a drum group. Music has always had this amazing ability to bring people together and you can expect the same when you play drums together with others. After all, group drumming has no space for self-centeredness and alienation. This is also a reason why for many centuries, older cultures have put so much emphasis on music and specifically, on drums.

Like my friend, I eventually decided to try out one session not because I had dreams of joining a rock band and being a musician. To be honest, I am so bad with coordinating my hands and feet that I was afraid that I would just mess up. But as I tried the class, I realized that this was not the point, I was learning not to be a professional musician but to actually learn how to use the drums to express myself. In fact, I did have quite a lot of fun and found myself finally signing up for the classes myself!

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Can Supplements Help Exercise to Maintain Health

exerciseIt is a well-established fact that optimum health requires a host of activities that are geared towards the establishment and maintenance of optimum body functioning. This often requires excellent nutrition, regular exercise, and a healthy dose of lifestyle changes that promote health and prevent illnesses. Unfortunately, with today’s highly stressful work environments and equally emotionally-draining social relationships, it is inadvertent that achieving optimum health may not really be that easy.

For example, while it is true that exercise has a lot of potential health benefits, if the person simply forgets to make the necessary changes in his diet or even in his overall lifestyle, then the benefits of exercise may be undermines. It is for this reason that more and more people are taking nutritional supplements for workout in order to fully capitalize on the benefits of physical exercises. Technically, if the individual can achieve discipline in his eating patterns as well as in his choice of healthy foods, there is no need for nutritional supplementation. However, the sad truth is that many of today’s exercise fanatics and fitness buffs do tend to make irrational decisions in their food choices. That being said, nutritional supplements can very well be the answer to some of the troubling questions of man as to how best to achieve optimum health.

Nutritional supplements can be obtained from almost anywhere although your best source will be a dedicated and truly reputable online health supplements storeWhen choosing a provider of nutritional and health supplements, it is imperative to look for its credibility as a retailer as well as the reputation of the health supplements that it carries.

Can supplements help exercise to maintain health?

The answer to this question actually depends on other factors. The human body, unfortunately, is not a mechanical device that can be expected to elicit a certain response given a certain stimulus. There will always be other factors to be considered.

For example, while health supplementation can help improve overall recovery of muscles during exercise by providing the necessary chemical components necessary to stimulate certain physiologic processes, if the person is under stress, the supposed effects of the health supplementation might be reduced by the release of stress hormones. Additionally, stress can create a variety of physiologic effects that can affect the absorption of health or nutritional supplements. So, choosing a health supplement that not only helps facilitate faster recovery times during exercise but also addresses the physiologic effects of stress will be critical.

Generally however, health supplements supply the body with the much-needed chemicals or substances that are needed for more efficient cellular processes. For example B vitamins are excellent for cellular metabolism, protein, carbohydrate, and fat metabolism, and nerve conduction which should come in handy during physical exercise. Iron supplementation can help improve the capacity of the blood to deliver oxygen to the different tissues. This is very important during highly strenuous physical exercises because of the high oxygen requirements of such exercises. Without iron, the efficiency of oxygen delivery can be reduced leading to lactic acidosis in muscle groups that have been starved with oxygen.

Protein supplementation will always be required for physical exercise and optimum health. Protein molecules are necessary for a variety of bodily processes. More importantly, they serve as building blocks for all tissues. Without protein it will be impossible to develop leaner and more toned muscles, a critical component in physical exercises. Growing muscles is important for mobility as well as balance.

Multivitamins continue to be preferred over other types of health supplements because of their all-around usefulness. From Vitamin B complex to Vitamins C, D, and A, these supplementation can work very well in providing the body with an excellent boost in energy as well as improvement in immunity, brain functioning, and a variety of cellular metabolic processes.

Probiotics as well as fish oil are excellent health supplements as well especially when used in physical exercise regimens. Fish oil is naturally rich in omega-3 fatty acids which can help improve brain functioning and protect against certain heart and blood vessel conditions while preventing the unnecessary breakdown of muscles, something that you would need if you are into exercises. Additionally, it has been shown to encourage fat loss. Probiotics enhances the absorption of nutrients in the digestive tract so you get more nutrients from each serving of food that you consume. Additionally, probiotics are shown to be excellent in building muscles.

Fruits and vegetables have always been considered a mainstay of healthy nutrition primarily for their antioxidant properties. Supplementation with similarly effective antioxidants can therefore provide the same benefits as those found in fruits and vegetables. Antioxidants help the body manage inflammatory processes which is usually prevalent in the initial stages of exercise. Antioxidant supplementation can therefore optimize the benefits of exercise for optimum health.

If optimum nutrition cannot be obtained from regular foods, then supplementation is a must especially when combined with exercise.

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7 Tips to Improving Your Yoga Experience Right in the Comfort of Your Home

yogaMore and more people all over the world are now enlisting in yoga programs as an alternative method of achieving optimum health and fitness. While some may consider yoga more as a meditative activity, many health and fitness experts as well as individuals who have already included yoga in their fitness regimen consider yoga as a very holistic approach to improve the body-mind connection. Studies now show that yoga can help manage chronic back pain, improve the quality of life of cancer patients, may help in the reduction of blood pressure, and may possibly help in the management of pain among individuals with rheumatic pain. On a psychological viewpoint, yoga has been shown to be an effective way to manage anxiety and depression.

You too, can reap these benefits and even more right in the comfort of your own home. Here’s how.

Always Know Your Physical Limitations First

As in any physical activity, be it strenuous or not, you need to identify first whether you have physical limitations that you have to worry about. For example, as yoga will often involve considerable amount of stretching, you might want to look for problems that may hinder or make stretching a little bit difficult. The point is for you to respect your body, identify your limitations, and never push it beyond what your body is designed to do.

Identify a Comfortable Area in Your Home to be Your Yoga Area

You don’t need to go to a yoga class to enjoy great and fulfilling yoga. Just make sure that you choose an area in your home where there will be no distractions – visual, auditory, olfactory, and even tactile. This is very important because what you need is a room that is peaceful and quite so you can visualize your breathing as well as the different sensations generated by your muscles. If you don’t have a space like this in your home, then you just have to make do with what you have and try to minimize the distractions.

Prepare Your Yoga Accessories

You will need a non-slip yoga mat, yoga bolsters, and even blocks for a variety of yoga exercises you will be performing. While it is not absolutely necessary that the yoga mat be non-slip, you will find it a lot easier to do yoga if you can stay in one place on the yoga mat. Additionally, you don’t necessarily have to buy blocks or yoga bolsters because you can improvise. Get pillows and use that as a bolster. Or you can stack up books, tie them together, and you now have an instant yoga block. You might want to prepare incense and scented candles as well as aromatic essences to help you enjoy your yoga a lot better.

Always Warm-up First before Performing Intense Yoga Postures

Like any physical activity, you need to loosen up your joints and warm your muscles first before you can take on more intense yoga postures. Rotating your upper arms at your shoulder joints, flexing and extending your joints at the elbows, waist, knees, and ankles can prepare you for better yoga enjoyment.

Use Your Yoga Smile Meter

There is no scientific method that can tell you are doing yoga correctly. Sure, you can look at instruction manuals as well as watch how-to videos but the important thing to remember is that your body is definitely different from those that are portrayed in videos and manuals. So, how do you know you are enjoying and doing it correctly? Use your smile as a meter. If you are not comfortable, your smile will vanish. If you overstretch resulting in mild to moderate pain, your smile will also vanish. The point is that if your smile vanishes, it is a clue that you are doing something wrong in your yoga session. Yoga is supposed to be enjoyable. So, the first instance you lose your smile, re-adjust your body until you find that smile again.

Breathe Deeply and Long

Known as the ujjayi breaths, taking long and deep breaths is crucial to optimizing the full benefits of yoga. Deep, long breaths increases the amount of oxygen that enters the lungs which is translated into improved oxygenation of the different tissues of the body, particularly the brain. This stimulates the release of certain neurotransmitters that help muscles relax to allow you to stretch further and stay in the yoga pose for a significantly longer period of time. Focusing on your breathing can help you better relax, maintain your yoga posture, and feel the stretch of the pose.

Practice Regularly

The key to improving your yoga experience is by doing it repeatedly and focusing on the different sensations the different yoga poses bring you. A thrice-weekly yoga regimen should be a great way to start until you can integrate it into your daily life.

In order for you to really take advantage of the benefits of yoga, you need to understand one thing – you should feel a sense of fulfillment and enjoyment in doing yoga. Everything else follows.

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How Massage Therapy Can Help Reduce Stress

massage therapy 2Stress is a prevalent component in life which can no longer be eliminated especially now that we are living in a fast-paced world. It can affect life negatively in terms of health and psychological well-being.  As they say, there is no cure for stress; however this can be controlled or avoided. Massage therapy has grown in popularity these days due to the increasing number of patients who are getting sick due to stress. Significantly, massage therapists have gone through extensive education and training to address this issue through the administration of various massage techniques. Research has proven that massage can help reduce stress and a number of patients have validated this fact.

How Does Massage Therapy Reduce Stress?

One indication of stress is hardened body muscles and this is what therapists focus on. Massage therapy can help relax tight painful muscles in various parts of the body. It also improves the range of motion in the joint areas and enhances the circulation of blood throughout the system. The body is composed of different stress points that is why therapists perform several techniques in order to target these points accurately.

Massage Therapy Techniques

There are a number of techniques performed by therapists to ensure the comfort and convenience of the patient. Some patients are undressed and are covered with sheets while others remain clothed. When it comes to application, therapists will either use their hands, feet or elbow to aim on the pained area. Technically, massage formats are termed as the following: trigger point, reflexology, sports, deep tissue and Swedish. All these are carried out one after the other depending on the patient’s condition and threshold of pain. A lubricant such as oil is used to carry out the massage effectively. Other forms of massage use warm stones to promote relaxation and release tension.

Understanding Stress

Reality tells us that stress is already a part of life. While it can be perceived as a negative element, some would see it as a positive motivator in terms of accomplishing an important task or striving for a job promotion. Stress can be temporary in nature such as when you are stuck in the airport due to a delayed flight or cannot get through a traffic jam. When these situations get resolved, the level of stress goes down and then the mind and body can somehow relax. Stress can also be chronic and this is clearly exhibited in the following situations: family problems, chronic illness or financial difficulties. Actually, it is not the situation that causes stress but the body’s responses to these events. The brain can easily sense any stress-related situation and this results to increase in blood pressure and heart rate, tightening of the muscles and abnormality in appetite. In other words, stress brings the body into irregular functioning which is of course, damaging to health. Prolonged periods of stress can even be detrimental as this leads to depression and anxiety. Obviously, stress cannot be eliminated but can be reduced. And this is where massage therapy comes in. Massage calms the mind and body relieving it from stress.

Effects of Stress

The effects of stress can be classified in two types – behavioral/psychological and physical/body. These traits are listed below:


  • Drug or alcohol abuse
  • Angry outbursts
  • Uncontrolled tobacco use
  • Over- or under-eating
  • Social withdrawal
  • Mood swings
  • Irritability or anger
  • Anxiety
  • Restlessness
  • Lack of motivation or focus
  • Sadness or depression


  • Stomach upset
  • Sleep
  • Chest pain
  • Sex drive
  • Muscle tension or pain
  • Headache
  • Fatigue

Massage Therapy: Its General Benefits

massage therapyWhen massage is done by a licensed practitioner, therapy becomes safer and more effective. This is because therapists have gone through extensive studies, rigid training and exposure to several patients. Their flexibility and expertise in this industry allows them to treat patients efficiently. As they perform the different massage techniques, they help patients shift their thoughts away from worries and at the same time bring the mind and body into a state of relaxation. Massage therapy on St Kilda Road becomes even more effective when it is done in a dimly lit room with soft background music and incense or candles. Regular massage helps a person manage stress-causing conditions better than others.

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