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Water Aerobics For Thos With Sore Joints

If you are older and suffer from muscle or joint pain because of a medical condition then water aerobics are definitely an option.  All of the aerobics such as running dancing, walking jumping and jogging can be done in the water as well as on land.  The benefits are similar and there  is less hardship for the heart.



If you are overweight or recovering from an injury or illness that has left you very weak then water aerobics is probably of great benefit to you. It is the type of exercise where you can work at your own pace.  It is also up to you how hard you will work out in the water making it difficult to overdo it.



There are community centers and fitness centers all over the world that have aquatic programs. These exercises, which are usually offered as 45 to one hour mclasses at pools are sometiems known as Aquafit.



A water aerobics routine is structured in much the same way as any other type of fitness routine. There is a warm up, stretching and cooling down period. The exercise session might also include a lot dancing or rhythm tic movements but in water. Sometiems dance steps are also incorporated. In fact, one of the latest treads in aquatic exercise is to offer themed classes with Salsa or Rock N Roll moves.



You can also usually choose between deep water or shallow water aerobic exercise classes. Deep-water aquafit entails the use of floatation devices and is a little more anaerobic as back and stomach muscles are often required to keep you afloat during the routine. In shallow water aerobic exercising the emphasis is more on true aerobic exercise and burning as many calories as furious as you can as  as you splash around in the shallow water. Both types use resistance with flotation devices in order to strengthen muscles.  Foam dumbells might also be used to strengthen the upper arm muscles.


There is also a type of aerobic exercise in the water that is more like a running class. Only instead of running on land you are wearing a life jacket and running for 45 minutes straight. You might also be asked to perform flutter kicks or cycling movements.



A work out in the water can help you lose weight. An average 45 to 55 minute session can help you work off between 450 and 700 calories. This is wonderful news for people on a diet who do not want a great deal of stress on their muscles and bones.


Guided Imagery Meditation

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Guided imagery meditation is a direct-stimulation experience incorporating elements of hypnosis and relaxation exercise. It is unique in meditation practice both for its use in secular therapy and its shifting goal-oriented procedures: the practitioner often enters into the process to address or search for a specific problem, which may be repeated or replaced for a different goal the following session. In this way it is similar to regression therapy and neuro-linguistic programming.


The technique of guided imagery is primarily a collaborative process between counselor and client. The client calls up mental images as suggested and encouraged by the counselor, followed by an interaction process to directly address and explore a particular concern, blockage or injury. The counselor does not attempt to create fresh images for the client, but instead fosters a greater awareness of the client’s existing imagery towards a resolution.


Guided imagery counselors have theorized that strong results are obtained due in part to the patients’ opportunity to find solutions within themselves. This provides a strong motivating factor to the therapy, arguably creating a less unpredictable situation than that produced by the counselor giving direct suggestions or solutions to problems not yet understood by the patient. In this sense, the more collaborative process involved in guided imagery can act as an accelerant to healing and growth by increasing the patient’s confidence and determination.


Since guided imagery is generally considered a developing technique, its benefits are under regular scrutiny by experts gathering testimonial information from a wide variety of fields, including psychotherapists, sports trainers, life skills coaches, psychologists, physiotherapists and religious practitioners.


More casual guided imagery clients have reported a marked improvement to cognitive abilities and relief from stress and depression. However, a number of positive results from its application in cases of more serious mental and physical distress have been recorded, indicating a strong trend in the direction of wider use as a therapeutic tool.


One example of guided imagery’s tangible success is in the field of oncology. In one recorded case, counselors in the U.S. tracked differences in the progress of two chemotherapy patients groups, both given relaxation therapy with one receiving additional guided imagery. There was found to be an overwhelming trend in the latter group of positive attitudes about the treatment and even indications of slower tumor growth.


Moreover, occupational therapists have reported a jump in motor skills recovery in stroke survivors who underwent guided imagery therapy. It has also made progress in the field of sports medicine and psychology, providing variant models of positive reinforcement, goal orientation and pain management for athletes to work with during preparation for competitions.