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The Benefits of Massage

Massage has been a part of a healthy fitness regiment for centuries.  It improves general health because it is treats every part of the being including the physical body, the mind and the psyche. Aside from physically encouraging muscles to relax, massage also relieves stress, tension and anxiety.

People trying to stick to a fitness plan can feel quite unwell for many reasons.  Sometimes it means quitting a bad habit that can make them feels tense and toxic. Sometimes people get very sore from walking or exercising. If you are on a fast toxins can build up and make you feel even sicker.

Massage can help cleanse your body tissues. It improves blood flow which helps increase the rate at which poisons are carried out of the body. The result is that you experience a speedier repair of damaged tissues.  More blood flow to damaged parts of the body can also mean  faster recovery after exercise. This allows you to exercise more often simply because you will not be as affected by exertion. People who were only able to exercise twice a week might now be able to do it three or four times a week because they are better able to recover.

Massage can also promote better digestion.  This is especially true if the lower back and stomach are being massaged. It helps break down fats and toxins in the intestinal tract so that they can be eliminated faster.

One amazing benefit of massage is the raising of self-esteem. Getting a massage increases your awareness and respect for your own body which in turn has significant health benefits.

Sex definitely has health benefits and massage can bring partners that have been emotionally or physically distant closer together. It also increases the level of trust between two people as the bond is primarily sensual and not overtly sexual.

Massage is just as relaxing for the giver of the massage as it is the receiver.  That is because giving the massage can be soothing to the practitioner.  If you take a course in massage you can also train your partner how to give you one so that you have a mutually satisfying relationship.

Massage does not require any expensive equipment or training. You can have a loved one massage you. There are also many books and videos that can teach you how to do it properly.  There is nothing like a good massage to heighten one’s sense of well-being. Massage techniques of all kinds can be done on children too!


Is Fasting For You

Fasting means going without food for a period of time. It is the quickest way of eliminating toxins from the body while at the same time allowing the digestive system to rest and repair itself. The usual length of time for a juice fast is one to three days. Do not think that a juice fast is somehow not effective because you were not able to do it for three straight days. Nutritionists simply don’t recommend this.  Even a one-day juice fast will provide you with an incredible amount of detoxification.


The idea of fasting using liquids goes all the way back to the ancient Greek physician Hippocrates. He served his patients barley water (made from boiled barley) along with water or wine. The idea was that by depriving the body of food that it would regenerate itself. After all this is what occurs when we get sick. Our own bodies make it impossible for us to intake food by inducing nausea so that our physical systems have a chance to repair.


A brief juice fast helps the body’s eliminative systems reduce toxins in the body. During a juice fast, the body’s metabolism is stimulated.  There is food loss and water loss, which causes TEMPORARY weight loss. Conditions such as constipation are also usually relieved. The adrenalin glands are stimulated as the body thinks it is starving and a state of alertness or mental clarity is often also achieved.


Before starting a juice fast you need to prepare yourself for the mild amount of physical discomfort that you might experience during the fast. Common symptoms of juice fasting include minor irritations such as runny nose, sore muscles, fatigue, nausea, loss of appetite, hunger, cravings, nervousness, dizziness oil skin, skin eruptions, headaches and migraines. Usually the cure for any of these symptoms if they become too uncomfortable is to stop the fast and eat something.  Keep in mind that once these symptoms do pass you will feel better than ever both physically and mentally if you are able to complete it.


On the days leading up to the fast it is also a good idea to start eating smaller meals and more liquid meals that consist of porridge or soup to prepare your body for the all liquid meals that are to come.


While fasting it is important not to push yourself too hard physically. Try to keep the one to three days that you have decided to fast free of appointments or errands. It is time best spent doing light exercise such as swimming or gardening in the yard.  Walking, reading and relaxing are also recommended.