All About The Health Benefits of a Professional Massage

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The first time I went for a professional massage I was hesitant. I had been to the spa before and seen the massage therapists, none of them looked capable of giving my poor twisted muscles the workout I thought they needed. What I didn’t know was that professional masseurs use additional equipment, giving them power assisted muscles easily able to give mine the pummeling they needed without getting tired.

Massage was introduced to the United states in the 1850′s but didn’t become really popular until the 1970′s when it began to be used as a therapy for athletes.  By 2007 18,000,000  adults and 700,000 children a year were receiving massage therapy. Just about anyone can benefit.  Sports therapists have found that massage is beneficial before exercise as well as after, it can be used to increase flexibility as well as to flush out the lactic acid from abused muscles, removing the pain associated with exercise and making professional massage a must for high achieving athletes of all kinds.

Massage allows the body’s systems to be more efficient, relaxing tense muscles and blood vessels and  improving blood flow. Massage also helps clear lactic acid from overloaded muscles by stimulating the lymphatic system, muscle tone is also improved, and best of all, no drugs are involved.

Massage equipment comes in  an amazing range of sizes and prices, so that anyone, therapist, professional trainer or home user, can find something suitable.

The most suitable tool for professional massage, is the G5 Massager from General Physiotherapy Inc. Established in 1957 they not only make equipment for therapists and hospitals of all sizes; they manufacture a range of products for home use as well. G5 equipment is in use all over the world, in beauty spas for general massage and weight loss therapies, with sports trainers for chiropractic massage, and in hospitals for medical massage, for example of patients with respiratory diseases such as asthma, chronic bronchitis and chronic emphysema as well as cystic fibrosis, occupational lung diseases and a number of other geriatirc disorders. All benefit from the G5′s percussive and directional stroking massage action.

So when you hear the word massage, perhaps the first thing you think of isn’t the most accurate picture, and if you’re a professional therapist and you haven’t checked out the G5 tools for professional massage, now’s the time.

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Talking about Stress and How To Control It

The title of this article made me suddenly want to breakout in song…”let’s talk about stress…baby, let’s talk about you and me…let’s talk about all the good things and the bad things that can be.”

Ok, right melody, wrong relaxation technique.

Maybe I am just trying to get you in the mood to talk about that dreaded S word…Stress. Do you know the American Institute of Stress and the Centers for Disease Control have reported that up to 90% of all illnesses are stress related? Yes, you heard me right, 90%. That means, to be perfectly blunt, that we are killing ourselves, worrying, obsessing and stressing ourselves into an early grave.

Sorry to be so morbid, but I have a dose of positive reality for you. Since we create our own stress–and yes, it’s true, our minds decide whether we will be calm or be stressed over circumstances and/or situations–we also have the power to remove stress. There are many ways to relieve stress, such as exercise, meditation, and yoga. But most of us don’t have the luxury of taking the time out from our busy lives to participate in these activities on a regular basis, and if you don’t use these methods regularly they really don’t do much good.

However, there is a solution, one that is convenient for those of you who have even the most hectic schedules. A small, handheld device, the emWave Personal Stress Reliever monitors your heart rhythms, confirming when you are in optimum psycho-physiological coherence mode. What does that mean in laymen’s terms? In just minutes, the emWave Personal Stress Reliever will teach you to breath correctly, returning your heart rate to its normal, healthy level, and your mind and body to its natural state of being–calm, content and relaxed.

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emWave by HeartMath

Check it out today. emWave works in-the-moment and provides instant results. You can actually achieve better health, have more energy, improved emotional and mental clarity, and improve your performance and relationships.

Developed after years of research, the emwave from HeartMath provides a proven method to reduce stress.

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Airborne Allergies – Tis The Season To Be Sneezy

Allergy season is upon us!  Check out the useful information from guest blogger, John Good.  Also, be sure to proactively eliminate allergens with a high quality air purifier.  Our favorite is IQAir, available on our BHI site.

All of us at some point in our lives have suffered from allergic symptoms. We are all familiar with the reaction, being it a respiratory reaction or related to skin. For some of us, they can occur as often as every day and regular doses of medicines or allergy shots have to be taken to avoid the irritation due to the nasty allergic encounters. Different people can be allergic to different things; they can range from food to insect bites. Everyday all of us are exposed to various potential allergens, who we encounter throughout the day. Anything a part of your environment can trigger the allergic reactions, but the one in discussion now is airborne particles which are one of the most common causes of allergies in man. 

To know more, we must first ask ourselves the very basic question, what is an allergy? An allergy is an overreaction of the immune system to a substance that is harmless to most people. The immune system is the body’s defense system. It helps defeat any pathogenic or unwanted particles who have gained access to our body by producing antibodies (pathogen destroying chemicals). To people who are allergic, their immune system acts in appropriately when an allergen gets inside, this is because the immune system thinks that the body is under attack when it is really not. At this instant, the immunity system secretes various chemicals in the blood stream which can cause painful and irritating sensations which we call allergic reactions or symptoms.

The immune system of the body adapts itself to the pathogens and every time they enter the body, the immune system comes into play and the same way, the immune system adapts itself to the allergens. And every time they enter your body, you feel the allergic reactions.

It is stated that about 20-25% of allergies in man is caused by airborne particles.Since man cannot avoid air, the particles will enter the body. Some airborne particles that cause allergies in man include-

  • dust mites
  • animal dander
  • mold spores
  • pollen
  • air pollutants

When they enter our body, our immune system overreacts and we suffer from allergic reactions. They can affect the upper respiratory system. The signs and symptoms are familiar to many:

  • Sneezing often accompanied by a runny or clogged nose
  • Coughing and postnasal drip
  • Itching eyes, nose, and throat
  • Allergic shiners (dark circles under the eyes caused by increased blood flow near the sinuses)
  • The “allergic salute” (in a child, persistent upward rubbing of the nose that causes a crease mark on the nose)
  • Watering eyes
  • Conjunctivitis (an inflammation of the membrane that lines the eyelids, causing red-rimmed, swollen eyes, and crusting of the eyelids).

In people who are not allergic, the mucus in the nasal passages simply moves foreign particles to the throat, where they are swallowed or coughed out. But something different happens to a person who is sensitive to airborne allergens.

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As soon as the allergen lands on the mucous membranes lining the inside of the nose, a chain reaction occurs that leads the mast cells in these tissues to release histamine and other chemicals. These powerful chemicals contract certain cells that line some small blood vessels in the nose. This allows fluids to escape, which causes the nasal passages to swell, resulting in nasal congestion.

Allergies are annoying, irritating, and a pain. They make us miserable and disturb our day to day activities. Care must be taken by people with allergies to identify and avoid the allergens. People suffering from allergies from airborne particles, should be very cautious. The living place must be free from dust and clean and should avoid going to areas of their allergens. If the reactions are frequent, then shots must be taken.

If you think you might have developed an allergy or multiple allergies, then a visit to the doctor is mandatory. Air is everywhere and we need it. So, we cannot avoid airborne particles. So if you are allergic from airborne particles, you should be extra careful and seek aid from a specialist so that your day to day your day to day activities are undisturbed.

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Top 4 Minerals Helpful In Losing Weight

Attaining the recommended weight is one of the most primary thoughts that many people have in today’s world. When looked closely, you will realize that the weight of a person is determined by a number of factors. Some of the very important factors that help do so are the levels of glucose in the blood, the rate of calorie burning and the rate of metabolism, while also your diet and the rate of fat metabolism.

One important thing that needs to be mentioned here is that the above mentioned factors cannot work on their optimum levels unless people do not take minerals. It is these minerals that also play a large part in maintaining the weight of your body, and eventually your overall health.

Furthermore, these minerals also coordinate among themselves to ensure that eve

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rything in the body is functioning as desired.

  • Chromium – This is among one of the best minerals that aids in losing weight. The body requires chromium for the metabolism of sugar. Insufficient amount of chromium in the body will make the insulin ineffective when regulating the levels of glucose in blood. Furthermore, chromium is also effective when it comes to reducing hunger and regulating cravings.
  • Calcium – Most people are of the opinion that calcium only helps in the development of bones. The fact is, calcium not only works for the development of the bone but also helps in losing weight. Extensive research in this field has shown that if a person increases the intake of calcium by about two dairy servings each day, he or she can reduce the chances of being overweight by almost seventy percent.
  • Zinc – Zinc is another important mineral present in the body that works towards weight loss. Zinc helps in regulating the appetite and also plays a very important role in the proper working of hormones, like insulin. Zinc deficiency is very common in people who drink and smoke excessively, some vegetarians and also in chronically ill patients. People who are on an absolutely non-nutritious or a very low calorie diet can be the sufferers of zinc deficiency too. Some rich sources of zinc are wheat-germ, beef, chicken, lentils, almonds, eggs and herring.
  • Manganese – This is also a mineral that is helpful in situations where you plan to lose weight safely. Manganese is significantly helpful when it comes to the regulation of metabolism of body fat. This also helps in the metabolism of blood glucose. Healthy thyroid requires sufficient amount of manganese, and this is imperative if you desire to have optimum weight. Manganese can be found naturally in green vegetables, tea, nuts, pineapple, oats and split peas.

In addition to the function of facilitating weight loss, vitamins are responsible for a number of cellular processes. Various vitamins perform various functions, and these also aid on weight loss. It is therefore necessary for people to have a daily intake of minerals as well as vitamins to reduce weight and also maintain your weight. However, before you start on consumption of any supplements that contain vitamins or minerals, you must consult your doctor.

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Get Help With Airborne Allergies

via Better Innovations Blog by JohnGood on 4/15/11


Allergy season is upon us!  Check out the useful information from guest blogger, John Good.  Also, be sure to proactively eliminate allergens with a high quality air purifier.  Our favorite is IQAir, available on our BHI site.

All of us at some point in our lives have suffered from allergic symptoms. We are all familiar with the reaction, being it a respiratory reaction or related to skin. For some of us, they can occur as often as every day and regular doses of medicines or allergy shots have to be taken to avoid the irritation due to the nasty allergic encounters. Different people can be allergic to different things; they can range from food to insect bites. Everyday all of us are exposed to various potential allergens, who we encounter throughout the day. Anything a part of your environment can trigger the allergic reactions, but the one in discussion now is airborne particles which are one of the most common causes of allergies in man.

To know more, we must first ask ourselves the very basic question, what is an allergy? An allergy is an overreaction of the immune system to a substance that is harmless to most people. The immune system is the body’s defense system. It helps defeat any pathogenic or unwanted particles who have gained access to our body by producing antibodies (pathogen destroying chemicals). To people who are allergic, their immune system acts in appropriately when an allergen gets inside, this is because the immune system thinks that the body is under attack when it is really not. At this instant, the immunity system secretes various chemicals in the blood stream which can cause painful and irritating sensations which we call allergic reactions or symptoms.

The immune system of the body adapts itself to the pathogens and every time they enter the body, the immune system comes into play and the same way, the immune system adapts itself to the allergens. And every time they enter your body, you feel the allergic reactions.

It is stated that about 20-25% of allergies in man is caused by airborne particles.Since man cannot avoid air, the particles will enter the body. Some airborne particles that cause allergies in man include-

  • dust mites
  • animal dander
  • mold spores
  • pollen
  • air pollutants

When they enter our body, our immune system overreacts and we suffer from allergic reactions. They can affect the upper respiratory system. The signs and symptoms are familiar to many:

  • Sneezing often accompanied by a runny or clogged nose
  • Coughing and postnasal drip
  • Itching eyes, nose, and throat
  • Allergic shiners (dark circles under the eyes caused by increased blood flow near the sinuses)
  • The “allergic salute” (in a child, persistent upward rubbing of the nose that causes a crease mark on the nose)
  • Watering eyes
  • Conjunctivitis (an inflammation of the membrane that lines the eyelids, causing red-rimmed, swollen eyes, and crusting of the eyelids).

In people who are not allergic, the mucus in the nasal passages simply moves foreign particles to the throat, where they are swallowed or coughed out. But something different happens to a person who is sensitive to airborne allergens.

 

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As soon as the allergen lands on the mucous membranes lining the inside of the nose, a chain reaction occurs that leads the mast cells in these tissues to release histamine and other chemicals. These powerful chemicals contract certain cells that line some small blood vessels in the nose. This allows fluids to escape, which causes the nasal passages to swell, resulting in nasal congestion.

Allergies are annoying, irritating, and a pain. They make us miserable and disturb our day to day activities. Care must be taken by people with allergies to identify and avoid the allergens. People suffering from allergies from airborne particles, should be very cautious. The living place must be free from dust and clean and should avoid going to areas of their allergens. If the reactions are frequent, then shots must be taken.

If you think you might have developed an allergy or multiple allergies, then a visit to the doctor is mandatory. Air is everywhere and we need it. So, we cannot avoid airborne particles. So if you are allergic from airborne particles, you should be extra careful and seek aid from a specialist so that your day to day your day to day activities are undisturbed.

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New Generation 3 Air Oasis G3 Air Purifiers – Review Followup

via Better Innovations Blog by Steve on 1/31/11


A short time age we published a review of the Air Oasis line of air purifiers.  Our initial Air Oasis review covered the units in depth along with a real world test.  We wanted to bring everyone up to speed on the new 3rd generation Air Oasis air purifiers that just became available and is in stock over at our BHI site.

Dubbed the “G3″ series, the new models are available int he 1000, 3000, and 3000 Xtreme styles.  Dimensions stay the same, but for some reason, Air Oasis is now calling them “counter top” models. I believe this is because of the much smaller size than competing units of same air purifying capacity.

Here’s the quick scoop in the new models:

  • Uses 62.5% less power (15 watts vs. the 40 watt older model)
  • Can be used internationally with the included 110-240 VAC wall outlet
  • Lower ozone production
  • Indicator light added to power switch.

The reduction in power requirements is a great breakthrough, especially for a PCO UV air purifier. We have already shipped several of the new style and our customer follow-ups indicate positive response.  In addition two members of our staff are began testing the G3 units and find the results at least equal than the older models, even with the reduced power requirement.

For more information on individual G3 models:

Air Oasis 3000 G3
Air Oasis 1000 G3
Air Oasis 3000 Xtreme G3

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