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Alternative Health & Fitness Therapies You May Want To Try

Alternative therapies are becoming more popular among many different groups of people. This is so not just in Far East cultures, where many branches of alternative healing have existed for centuries, but also in Western Society, where many medical schools now teach alternative therapies, including herbal remedies and mind-body medicine.

However, alternative therapies are often poorly understood. Also, conventional doctors worry about the safety and efficacy of many such therapies since there is often a paucity or total lack of modern scientific material to substantiate patients' claims of success. While we don't endorse any non-medical treatment, some alternative therapies seem to have benefit. If you're considering an alternative treatment, it is essential to educate yourself about the therapy.

Here are some guidelines:

  • If you're considering some form of alternative treatment, please make sure you understand its limitations.
  • It's wise to remember that natural doesn't always mean healthy or safe.
  • Try to look for studies or surveys that indicate an alternative therapy's history of success…or failure. Keep in mind that personal stories regarding benefits don't always mean that the therapy will work the same from one person to another.
  • Don't engage in alternative remedies that may interact with prescription or OTC medications. Some combinations may be dangerous.
  • Most important, consult your family doctor if you have any questions . . . before engaging in an alternative therapy.
  • Below Are Some Alternative Therapies That Are Frequently Used Are Seem To Be Popular.

Disclaimer
Information provided here is offered as a service and is not meant to replace any medical treatment. No guarantee is made towards validity. Use this information at your own risk. We urge users to seek the advice of a medical practitioner before engaging in any Alternative Therapy.

Aromatherapy

Did you ever know that unlike the nerves of other senses, olfactory nerves, the nerves transmitting aroma to the brain, are directly connected to the hypothalamus. Hypothalamus has control over the endocrine system, which regulates hormones affecting growth and unconscious activities that maintain life such as heart rate, breathing, digestion, body temperature and hunger.  The origin of aromatherapy can be traced back to one of the most ancient healing practices. The aroma of oils extracted from various herbs and plants, referred as essential plants, brings the mind and the body into the state of equilibrium, which helps healing various disorders–mental or physical. The essential plant oils are derived from various flowers, fruits, trees, herbs and resins. Pure essential oils are highly concentrated volatile substances. Some of them exhibit hormone like properties and contain vitamins, minerals and natural antiseptics. The earliest recorded history of aromatherapy dates back to around 2890 BC, where the ancient Egyptians used aromatic substances for religious and medicinal purposes. The Chinese (around 2000 BC) used essential oils in acupuncture, massage, baths, and inhalations. French chemist Gattefosse, whose work showed that the essential oils could easily penetrate the skin, did the first modern study on aromatherapy. He found that body fluids could deliver these essential oils and chemicals to the different organs. The study showed that even smelling these oils stimulate the brain's limbic system via the olfactory nerve and alters our emotional and mental behavior.

Which One Is Best?

That's hard to say. There are many from which to choose. Using oils in baths is a simple, effective and pleasant way to relax and receive the therapeutic effects. The heat of the water aids absorption through the skin, and you'll also inhale the oils' vapors. Adding essential oils to steaming water can make the inhalation of process more concentrated. You can also purchase steamers made especially for aromatherapy.

Many herbs contain essential oils that will relax you. Here are some of the more popular ones.

  • Basil – A wonderful herb, basil has a spicy aroma, which resembles that of clove. Its oil is obtained by distillation of leaves and helps in whooping cough, colds, bronchitis, and indigestion. Basil's aroma is also said to be helpful in dealing with sleeplessness, nervous tension, hysteria and mental fatigue.
  • Lavender – Regarded as one of the most versatile essential oils, it is extracted from distillation of the flowering tops of a lavender plant. Lavender's essential oil has slight yellow color and is used by people with asthma, bronchitis, regular coughs and colds, high blood pressure, pre-menstrual syndrome etc. Lavender's oil is also used as a relaxant for insomnia, nervous tension and other types of depression.
  • Cedar – Essential oil of cedar wood is obtained by distilling its sawdust and wood savings. It's said to help in improving oily skin, acne, and scalp disorders.
  • Eucalyptus – The essence is derived by steam distillation of the leaves and it is a common ingredient in OTC medicines to help with coughs, colds, bronchitis and even fever.
  • Lemon – Everyone is familiar with the fresh and invigorating aroma of lemons. Its essential oil is extracted by crushing the peels of the fruit. Lemon oil, or citrol, is said to help with arthritis, cough and colds. It can also reduce the pain of an insect bite.

T'ai-Chi Ch'uan

T'ai-chi has been practiced in China from the 14th century, and has developed into a system of simple, slow, beautiful and graceful movements of the body linked together in a dance-like formation. In China, and elsewhere in the world today, it can often be seen being practiced in the early morning in the open air. Although allied historically to the martial arts, it replaced aggression with slow, contemplative movements that help the practitioner focus on the integration of the body and mind. Its basic objective is to increase awareness of the energy (chi) in the body and remove deep, unconscious stress.

T'ai-chi primarily involves two steps – meditation and movement. The meditation provides the experience of stillness and the movement is inspired from the belief that 'running water never stagnates'. Although it appears deceptively simple, T'ai-chi can take time to learn. Loose clothes are essential and the student is taken through each movement cycle in stages. Though T'ai-chi is not used specifically for treating a particular condition, it is useful as a health-promoting and life-enhancing daily routine. It can help manage stress and tension, and diminish long-term muscular pains. It is believed that most people carry their stresses in the lower back region because the lower back contains all the major nerves that lead to the brain. Since T'ai-chi involves no sitting positions and all the work is done by the lower body, it is believed to help get rid of this stress by postures that take the lower back in and bring it down.

The warming-up exercises strengthen the muscles, tendons and ligaments. T'ai-chi movements are also known to help increase the capacity of the lungs and promote relaxation. Some find it improves concentration.

Massage Therapy

Massage is one of the oldest healing methods known . . . dating back to 3,000 BC. Massage can be seen as a form of ‘structured touch' or ‘therapeutic touch', which can be used to bring about a sense of relaxation and relief from muscle tension. It's been found particularly useful for body aches, backaches, joint pains and headaches.
Most Western forms of massage techniques are derived from the work of Henrik Ling (1776-1839), a Scandinavian practitioner who devised what is now called the Swedish massage. This incorporates four basic techniques:

  1. Percussion -- short, sharp, fast, rhythmic movements delivered with the side of the closed wrist of the open hand on the buttocks, thighs and lower back.
  2. Effleurage -- slow, rhythmic, gliding strokes using the palms of the hands close together.
  3. Petrissage -- grasping and squeezing sections of the skin much as one does with bread dough.
  4. Frottage or friction -- a series of small, circular movements made by one or more fingers or the heel of the hand.

These are of different types and use various types of strokes such as tapping, kneading, rubbing, and squeezing. The oils are used to avoid unnecessary friction between the skin and hands.

Other specialized massage therapies include the Shiatsu, a Japanese system of ‘finger pressure' or acupressure; and reflexology, a form of specialized foot massage that concentrates on specific areas of the soles of the feet. People with special conditions such as pregnancy, open wounds and vein thrombosis; or major illnesses, such as cancer or sensitive skin should seek special advice before going in for massage.

Exercise – A Proven Way To Maintain A Healthy Lifestyle

The benefits of exercise have been proven for years. So, why don't more people do it? Those people who do exercise have been shown to have better overall lifestyles. Exercise makes the body release chemicals called Endorphins, which can alter your moods to be more positive and help fight depression. Lack of exercise can leave you feeling low and depressed, because of lowered level of Endorphins. Regular exercise, therefore, keeps you in a good mood.

Exercise is the most suitable form of improving physical capabilities and managing weight. People all over the world have recognized the value of exercises and more and more people are coming forward to get dividends from these activities. Exercise keeps you happy and healthy and also gives you psychological satisfaction of being in good shape. It also is:

  • A proven method for weight management
  • Exercise helps develop flexibility and stronger muscles
  • It lowers the resting heart rate and improves circulation
  • Beneficial to stress management

Below are a series of exercises that will help you maintain a cellulite-free appearance after getting the RejuveSkin Treatment.

Aerobics

Aerobic exercise burns fat and calories, helps you to lose weight, strengthens your heart muscle, increases your ability to use oxygen and relieves stress. It is important for everyone to get aerobic exercise at least three to five times per week for 20 to 60 minutes. To keep your exercise routine fresh and enjoyable, vary your activities whenever possible. Aerobic exercises are very effective in strengthening the heart and lungs, strengthening the organs' ability to contract. Stronger contractions mean an improved, stronger blood flow, in turn making a body better equipped for exercise. As beneficial as aerobic exercise is, however, it's not enough to add muscle and shape to your body. Not all sport activities provide an effective aerobic workout. If you participate in a sport where the action is not continuous, or where players are often substituted in play for short periods of time, you may need more aerobic activity to balance out your fitness routine or to achieve weight loss.

Aerobic sports include cycling, hiking, running, and tennis. An aerobics class will improve cardiovascular endurance, flexibility, muscular endurance, muscular strength, coordination and balance.

Walking

Walking is the cheapest, easiest and most convenient form of exercise for all age groups, and can be easily adopted if one has persistence. It involves more than half the body's muscles and joints, spinal cord, shoulders, arms, feet, heart, lungs and brain.

So what are the benefits of walking? Try these to start . . . there are also many more:

  • Virtually everyone can do it.
  • You can do it almost anywhere.
  • You can do it almost anytime.
  • It doesn't cost anything.
  • It strengthens your heart and helps lower cholesterol
  • It can relieves stress and worry
  • Strengthens joints
  • Helps control weight
  • Gives you energy and a good night's rest
  • Strengthens bones
  • Helps lower blood pressure and reduces risk of stroke

Running

Running is an excellent form of exercise . . . for those who can do it. It involves almost every muscle group strengthens the heart and lungs.

Specifically, it tones muscles in the legs, hips, and abdomen. The jarring nature of running has been shown to delay or eliminate the effects of osteoporosis because of the inherent bone strengthening from the minor impact. As an aerobic exercise, it builds cardiovascular health by working your heart muscle and improving oxygen supply. It can reduce the risk of heart attack, build endurance, help relieve stress, and can burn calories quickly.

How Far Should You Run?

Even for experienced runners, three times a week is plenty. Start with a slow pace on easy terrain, and jog for only about 15 minutes. You should be breathing hard but still able to carry on a conversation. You should feel comfortable and may want to stop and walk periodically. Give yourself six to eight weeks to build up to a 30-minute session, and rest at least every other day.

According to the American Running and Fitness Association (www.americanrunning.org), you shouldn't increase your mileage by more than 10 percent a week. Concentrate on jogging smoothly, and don't worry about how fast you're going. Though you may be tempted to run daily once you're comfortable, give yourself at least two days off each week. Excessive running can produce stress fractures. Remember that three days a week is all you need to gain and maintain good health, especially if you mix in other exercise (weight training is an excellent complement). You can also experiment with hilly courses or alternate your runs between short routes to build speed and longer ones to increase endurance. Running puts a great deal of stress on your bones and joints – about three to four times your body weight with every step – so if you have a history of back, joint, or orthopedic problems, check with your doctor before getting started.

Swimming

Swimming is excellent exercise and non-impact, so it's kind of the skeletal frame. But, swimming can be very demanding. Exercise at a comfortable pace and periodically check your heart rate to make sure you're staying in your training range. It's recommended that beginners swim 12-20 minutes, building endurance with time. As you progress, you'll be able to swim farther and faster at each workout, and the efficiency of your strokes will improve. Intermediate swimmers should swim 20-30 minutes and advanced swimmers 30-60 minutes. The freestyle, or crawl, is the most efficient and strenuous stroke. A 150-pound person burns about 8.5 calories per minute swimming freestyle. If you get tired, switch to a less strenuous stroke, such as the sidestroke or breaststroke, or swim a few laps with a kickboard. Swimming in sets - 4 laps freestyle, 4 laps breaststroke, 4 laps backstroke, for example - will make your workout more interesting and will exercise more muscles.

Water Exercises You May Want To Try.

  • Kick with a kickboard or holding on to the side of the pool to tone legs, back and stomach.
  • Leg lifts also condition legs, back and stomach.
  • Holding on to the side of the pool, lift each leg 10 times in front of you, behind you and to each side.
  • Running in the water increases your heart rate just as swimming does. Many people who can't run on land can run in the water without a problem. Because of the water's resistance, the impact on your body is far less. In chest-high water, begin by running with your hands on your head, and as you become more fit, paddle with your arms. You can alternate running with skipping, hopping, or even dancing in the water.
  • Bobbing up and down in the water improves breathing and muscle tone.
  • Treading in the water improves arm and leg strength.

Cycling

People who face problems adopting other forms of exercise because of weak joints and excess body weight often turn to cycling as an alternative form of exercise. Not only is cycling enjoyable, it also involves all the muscles of the legs and strengthens the upper body and arms. It is excellent for cardiovascular development and weight management.

 

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