The Basics Of Thai Massage

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healthillustratedThai massage dates about to about 2,500 years ago and its roots aren’t actually Thai at all. It has its roots in the ancient Indian teachings of yoga and Ayurveda, with influence from Chinese medicine. This form of healing came to Thailand along with Buddhism and is today an important element in traditional Thai medicine. In Thailand, Thai massage is a recognized part of the medical tradition and is taught at the university level as part of the regular medical-school curriculum.

The foundation of Thai massage is the concept of invisible energy lines, or Prana Nadis, that run throughout the body. It is these invisible energy lines that supply the body with necessary energy. When there are disturbances in the flow of this energy, it is then that we feel unwell or experience things like lethargy and pain.

During a Thai massage session, ten energy mainlines are massaged through acupressure, with the goal of breaking down the blockages in the energy flow. When these blockages are removed, the body is restored to its optimal energy flow and a feeling of well-being is restored.

There are two main procedures used during Thai massage. The first is the application of gentle pressure with the hands and feet along the body’s energy lines. Second, the therapist will assist the client through a series of yoga-like postures and stretches which are designed to help re-align the body’s energies.

How does Thai massage differ from traditional massage? Thai massage focuses more on re-aligning the body’s energies through manual manipulation, whereas traditional massage focuses on simply relaxing the body through therapeutic touch.

The principal benefits of Thai massage include:

Stimulation of internal organs

Rebalancing of the body’s energy system

Relief of muscle and joint pain

Adjustments to and realignment of the skeletal position

Increased flexibility

Thai massage is generally safe for most people, but it should be avoid by those with certain medical conditions. Anyone with a back or neck injury or a woman who is pregnant should not undertake Thai massage therapy. This is because it can be a little too strenuous for people in those conditions and they could risk serious injury.

For those who do opt to try Thai massage, there are many benefits. If you have tried other methods of pain relief or medications or supplements and are not getting any relief from your pain and feelings of poor health, Thai massage may be a good option for you. Even if you have tried other methods of massage and yoga to treat your conditions and help with your overall health, it might be worth your while to try Thai massage in Calgary. Find a Thai massage therapist near you and make an appointment. At your initial consultation you will simply answer questions about your symptoms and your therapist will work with you to devise a treatment plan for you.

– Submitted by Kashif Raza

Healthy Diet Basics And Unhealthy Food – Part 2

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By Dr. Michael Wald

Continued from part 1 of this article…..

watercup7. When you eat healthy carbohydrates do not eat them alone. Instead, add proteins to all of your meals and snacks.

Suggestion: Protein will slow down the absorption of carbohydrates helping to level out blood sugar. Fluxuations in blood sugar can cause attention deficit, fatigue, slow metabolism and increased disease risk.

8. Add sea salt to your regular diet to help keep your adrenal glands stay in shape.

9. Drink plenty of water each day (body weight divided by 2, multiplied by 0.8 is the number of ounces your body needs, more if you are exercising). Avoid caffeinated and carbonated beverages; caffeine is a diuretic (loss of fluids and minerals) and carbonated soft drinks leach calcium from bones). Herbal teas, fresh vegetables and fruit juices are healthy to consume. Diluted bottled juices and naturally decaffeinated beverages are OK in moderation.

10. Eat several small meals throughout the day instead of two or three large meals. Smaller meals spaced fairly evenly throughout the day help balance blood sugar levels and each the stress of digestion.

11. Chew your food thoroughly. Chewing signals the “feeding centers” and “satiety” centers in your brain that tell you when you are full so you do not overeat. Chewing also aids the digestive process starting in the mouth and signals the rest of the gastrointestinal tract to “get ready” for food on the way.

12. Consider not drinking fluids of any kind with your meals or at least sipping fluids as opposed to gulping them down in large volumes. Fluids can dilute digestive juices impairing optimal digestion of foods.

stress13. Do not eat when you are stressed or on the run. Proper digestion involves activating a part of your nervous and digestive system, which is active during a more relaxed state (i.e., like during a meal). A different part of the nervous system is activated when you are up-and-around which is not conducive to optimal digestion of foods.

14. Eat every two hours. Small meals consumed throughout the course of the day balances blood sugar. Problems with blood sugar promote weight gain, diabetes and cardiovascular risk and other health problems.

15. Supplement a healthy diet with a good quality multi-vitamin/mineral complex and other nutrients indicated by your individual health needs

Suggestion: Have nutritional and medical laboratory work performed to find out more exactly the nutrition that you require as an individual.

– Dr. Michael Wald, aka The Blood Detective, is the director of nutritional services at Integrated Medicine of Mount Kisco, located in Westchester New York. He has appeared on ABC World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer, Channel 11 PIX, Channel 12 News, CNN, The Food Network and other media outlets. Dr. Wald earned the name Blood Detective for his reputation to find problems that are often missed by other doctors. He earned an MD degree, is a doctor of chiropractic and a certified dietician-nutritionist. He is also double-board certified in nutrition. He has published over a dozen books with three additional titles due for release late 2013 including: Frankenfoods – Genetically Modified Foods: Controversies, Lies & Your Health and Gluten-A-Holic: How to Live Gluten Free and the Blood Detective’s Longevity Secrets. Dr. Wald can be reached at: www.intmedny.com or www.blooddetective.com or by calling: 914-242-8844.

Healthy Diet Basics And Unhealthy Food – Part 1

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By Dr. Michael Wald

greenpeppers1. Increase the amount of whole, unprocessed foods in your diet (fresh fruit, vegetables, whole grains, beans, raw nuts and seeds), relative to the amount of processed foods you consume (pasta, bread, packaged foods).

Suggestion: Switch from white bread to whole wheat or multigrain.

2. Diversify your diet by including new and different foods in your diet each week. Rotate the foods you eat so that you do not consume a given food every day. The foods should not be processed, fried or contain added sugars and preservatives.

Suggestion: At the very least, eat one or two new and healthy foods per week and increase from there. Focus on adding new foods as opposed to removing everything that you currently eat. Overtime your diet will transform for the better!

3. A fat free diet is not healthy! Fat should constitute 20-30% of your total diet generally speaking. Limit saturated fats (fast found in animal products) to less than 10% of your daily diet. Avoid fried foods, hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils and cottonseed oil (read the label). Healthy oils to consume include: unsaturated essential omega 3, omega 6 and omega 9 fatty acids found in flax seed oil and seeds, olive oil (cold pressed, virgin, imported and in a tin to protect from light), canola oil, salmon, cod, tuna, mackerel, currants, raw nuts and seeds (roasting the nuts and seeds saturates the oils in them and this is not at all healthy). Store oils and nuts/seeds in the refrigerator. Roasted nuts and seeds contain saturated fats that put on weight and increase your risk of heart disease, cancer and other degenerative conditions.

Suggestion: Eat avocados, use fresh olive oil in salads and cooking, eat raw nuts and seeds. Eat baked or broiled salmon

fruitsalad4. Eat a high fiber diet by consuming vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans, nuts, and seeds, and by minimizing your intake of meats and refined foods (i.e., desserts, table sugar, candy).

Suggestion: Exchange meats for chicken, turkey and fish. Limit fish to no more than once per week or less if you are overweight and have hypercholesteremia (high blood fats).

5. Ensure you eat sufficient protein each day (about 15-20% of your diet). Good protein sources include lean meats, poultry, fish, eggs, soy products, beans, low-fat dairy products, nuts and food combining of grains/beans/vegetables.

6. Decrease or eliminate refined and processed sugars from your diet. As a substitute, use natural, unprocessed sugars high in the vitamins and minerals needed to help digest them, including 100% pure maple syrup, fruit-only jams, fresh fruit, honey, molasses, barley malt, brown rice syrup and carob.

Suggestions: Not all sugar is the same. Sugar found in most desserts and table sugar (sucrose) is called simple sugar; simple sugar consumption (even in small amounts) is known to cause inflammation in the body, increase blood fats, promote weight gain, reduce ability to loose weight and increase your risk of developing these and other diseases: diabetes, heart and vessel disease, hypertention, cancers, autoimmune disease, chronic fatigue, etc.

Stay tuned for part 2 of this article shortly…..

– Dr. Michael Wald, aka The Blood Detective, is the director of nutritional services at Integrated Medicine of Mount Kisco, located in Westchester New York. He has appeared on ABC World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer, Channel 11 PIX, Channel 12 News, CNN, The Food Network and other media outlets. Dr. Wald earned the name Blood Detective for his reputation to find problems that are often missed by other doctors. He earned an MD degree, is a doctor of chiropractic and a certified dietician-nutritionist. He is also double-board certified in nutrition. He has published over a dozen books with three additional titles due for release late 2013 including: Frankenfoods – Genetically Modified Foods: Controversies, Lies & Your Health and Gluten-A-Holic: How to Live Gluten Free and the Blood Detective’s Longevity Secrets. Dr. Wald can be reached at: www.intmedny.com or www.blooddetective.com or by calling: 914-242-8844.