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Marching into Spring

Posted on March 19, 2019 at 8:10 AM Comments comments (2)

Marching into spring beings a change in our activities.


For some it is more outdoor activities.  Others it's the change in the outdoor activities.

We also look at how we will be eating differently. 

Temperatures are warmer so some of the heavier foods we ate to keep us warm will change.

Our spirits change to a brighter outlook with more daylight and change in our clothing.

Already seeing people out in shorts!  It is a little early especially for us Northerners.

We like the cold so when the temperature moves above 0 it gets a little balmy for us.

The benefits of physical activity extend way beyond how you look.

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There are brain benefits, relationship benefits, community benefits and benefits you may have never even expected (like pooping benefits, for instance). The link between physical activity and better physical, mental or emotional health have been proven in study after study. But everyone is different. Understanding what really motivates you (see below), how much and what kind of activity is required to experience positive change (hint – it depends on your age 0-4, 5-17, 18-64 or 65+), and finding an activity you love to do from all the different ways to get physically active is key. Once you get the ball rolling, you won’t believe all the ways activity can benefit you and those around you.

Enjoy the day Anne 



Top 10 Canadian Fitness Trends 2019

Posted on January 15, 2019 at 7:30 PM Comments comments (0)

1) Functional Fitness (#1 in 2018, #2 in 2017; #1 in 2016)

Functional fitness stays put in the top spot. Using multiple muscle groups to strengthen in a holistic way (versus one specific muscle group at a time), functional fitness programs include practical, balance-challenging movements that simulate activities like shoveling snow, carrying groceries, or unloading the car. This focus helps prepare for the physical activities of daily life and counters the negative effects of a sedentary lifestyle.

 

2) Active Recovery (#4 in 2018)

 

Recognizing that the ability to work out is limited by the ability to move, active recovery exercises focus on movement and self-care with foam rollers, balls and low-intensity workouts to name a few. If we can take care of ourselves and move as freely as possible, our everyday lives are better, and training is enhanced.

 

3) High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) (#2 in 2018, #1 in 2017)

 

HIIT is a training methodology involving intense periods of exercise followed by durations of rest. This high-intensity approach is increasingly popular because it provides a good workout in a shorter time than steady-state cardio and because it works for all fitness levels. As Canadians work longer hours and try to maintain balance amidst a busy schedule, HIIT addresses that time crunch, burning fat and improving cardiovascular benefits quickly and effectively.

 

4) Nutrition and Healthy Eating Programs (#8 in 2018, #5 in 2017)

 

Combining exercise with healthy eating is the best approach to see the results of your efforts sooner — whether it’s weight loss or advancing your overall fitness level. More Canadian fitness professionals are taking additional training to improve their nutrition expertise, including canfitpro’s Healthy Eating & Weight Loss Coach certification.

 

5) Older Adult Training (#3, in 2018, #6 in 2017)

 

This signals the growing demand from Baby Boomers looking to adopt healthier habits to maintain their health and quality of life into their 60s and beyond. Fitness professionals are taking specialized courses and certifications to learn how to train older adults safely and effectively. canfitpro’s Active Aging Certificate is an example of the type of education required to serve this market, while organizations like the International Council on Active Aging are working to build awareness and skills to support active older adults.

 

6) Express Workouts (#5 in 2018, #4 in 2017)

 

Express workouts encourage participants to perform multiple exercises at a fast pace to generate maximum results. This is an effective approach for people on a tight schedule – perfect for lunch time or after work. Providing the ultimate convenience, an express workout typically lasts 20 minutes or less.

 

7) Body Weight Training (#9 in 2018, #9 in 2017)

 

Using your own body weight to create resistance is a growing workout trend among Canadian fitness professionals and consumers. This form of exercise builds strength and muscle and burns fat without the need for equipment, making it easy to get started and less intimidating for beginners. Enabling people to use their own body weight while doing movements like lunges, push-ups and pull-ups makes training anywhere possible.

 

8) Circuit Training and Boot Camps (#7 in 2018, #6 in 2017)

 

Circuit training involves a series of exercises performed in rotation with minimal rest. The goal is to build strength while burning maximum calories. A fitness boot camp mixes traditional callisthenic and body weight exercises with interval training and strength training. Both types of workouts are designed to push participants harder than they would normally push themselves. Both are low-cost, efficient and challenging, combining strength and aerobic conditioning to generate positive results.

 

9) Branded Fitness Experiences (#6 in 2018)

 

Branded Fitness Programs are pre-choreographed programs offered by a company. Examples include Les Mills International programs offered within GoodLife, Orangetheory classes, and a variety of others including the latest technology workouts with Peloton or Echelon for example. When attending these programs people know what to expect and can choose a workout that they enjoy no matter where they are located. The brand awareness, efficacy, and convenience of these workouts are very attractive features to their devoted fans.

 

10) Fusion-style Group Fitness (#10 in 2018, #7 in 2016)

 

New types of group fitness classes and workouts that combine disciplines — like yoga and cycling or Pilates and boxing — are springing up across Canada. Mixing totally different types of exercise to create a new workout provides variety and something new. Changing up what we do helps develop more strength, agility, balance and coordination than a single exercise discipline.

 

Top 10 Health & Wellness Trends for 2019

 

Mindfulness

Diets (ie Clean Eating, Keto, Intermittent Fasting, Paleo)

Meal Planning / Meal Prep

Self-Love

Meditation

Increase Social Time (spending time with family, friends, pets)

Life & Wellness Coach

Education through documentaries, apps, etc.

Holistic Nutrition / Holistic Medicine

Using apps to track nutrition


FIT Yoga

Posted on January 5, 2019 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (0)

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Happy New Year 2019

Posted on January 1, 2019 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Happy New Year 2019

A New year with a New Word to take for a whole year.

A few years ago one of my participants suggested this & was doing it.

Pick A Word.  The word must have an importance to you. 

Something you wish you could do, a place you have not gone to, a change for the better, somthing you struggle for positive changes.


A word that has meaning to you and will challenge you all year long to use each day.

My word last year with great deliveration was "LISTEN"

Listening is the ability to accurately receive and interpret messages in the communication process. Listening is key to all effective communication. Without the ability to listen effectively, messages are easily misunderstood.

 

Found I struggled most days with this and at the end of the year found was still not listening well.

I was not always listening to others, I was not listening to my innerself and how I come across to others, how I beat my self up not being perfect, how my body feels (sick - tired, weak, strong, helpless not seeing or hearing) why and how do I need to do things differently to be happy.

I need to listen this year to be able to take on new challenges:

  • building a strong team of like minded TRAINERS to help grow Fitness Wellness and Health Professionals out there so the many stuck unfit can see there are so  many ways to get fit for a life time, unhealthly struggling with weight gains / losses, right foods for themselves,   
  • To look at:
  1.  Body - right Fitness program for each individual - some forms of exercise heal some break down and injure others. When the body is not right so to the mind and spirit
  2.  Mind - being mindful - the world has so much information with Fake news, lies from Global leaders who are self centered, scamming everyone without being held accountable to their actions.  So many people with mental health issues that affect the body & spirit 
  3.  Spirit fitness -  again is so much out there with policital correctness we forget there is right and wrong.  Often those who want their own way will use there way to make you feel right is wrong.  Do we have to give away living with acceptance to accept, love each for what they are, live without lying, cheating others, or being good and kind to all Impact our Body and mind..

  • I will take this word on for another year.

With hopes I will listen better this year!

Happy New Year 2019 for the BEST YEAR Ahead one day at a time, one minute at a time.

LIVE, LOVE, LAUGH a LOT!  CHEERS Anne

Six practices for building a healthy and inspired workplace

Posted on November 25, 2018 at 1:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Six practices for building a healthy and inspired workplace

Many employees only dream of a career where they can blend their passion for fitness, schedule flexibility, helping others and earning a great living. For decades, joining the fitness industry has been aspirational for so many. Kinesiology students, salespeople, weekend warriors, corporate executives and group exercise instructors alike have all flocked to this exciting industry.

Unfortunately, some of the shine has come off the industry recently due to certain workplace practices that are unsavory, illegal or don't align with the expectations employees have of their employers today.

To thrive in these times, organizations must be superior employers to be able to attract and retain top talent through an inspiring workplace culture.

1. Consider Compensation Carefully.

As much as we like to believe workplace culture and perks are why our people work with us, employees consistently rank base pay as the most important part of the employee value proposition (EVP). Base pay needs to be fair before other perks and incentive plans are effective in driving performance and employee engagement. In the fitness industry, compensation plans are often complicated and misunderstood.

To use compensation as a competitive advantage and avoid business risk the following are recommended:

Communicate how compensation will be calculated and encourage team members to ask questions about it.

Clearly define what is considered as work and what is not. If a task is an expectation outlined in your team member's job description, it is work and must be paid hours. Unpaid hours are never acceptable for job duties.

In the case of sales and commission-based team members, structures can be even more confusing. Clearly laying out how the draw or base pay covers prospecting or planning activities will eliminate any perception that some work is unpaid.

Consistently use time sheets or software to record time worked to avoid misunderstandings or challenges down the road.

2. Be Transparent.

Next to compensation, fair scheduling and avoiding favoritism are critical issues for motivating team members. Clearly explain how the organization determines scheduling and calculates incentive plans. Many problems will be prevented when people believe everyone is treated fairly.

3. Focus on Work-Life Integration.

Many fitness businesses are open seven days a week with long operating hours. Watch that this doesn't mean team members work excessive hours. Furthermore, the research clearly shows worker productivity and focus declines over forty hours a week. Carefully plan to make certain your team members work a reasonable number of hours to achieve maximum productivity. Team member hours can easily creep up, especially in roles like personal training. Implement maximum hours in a day and ensure team members have enough time off between shifts to satisfy employment standards requirements and allow them to recharge and connect with family or friends.

4. Avoid Non-Compete Agreements and Promote Internal Growth Opportunities.

Canadian courts have been clear that non-compete agreements are rarely enforceable. Instead of spending time, energy and dollars writing lengthy non-compete agreements focus on building a culture where your team will not want to work for your competitor. To protect your business, focus instead on non-solicit agreements which are more likely to be enforceable and safeguard your valuable clients and team members.

People are always looking for the next opportunity and areas that they can grow. Rather than have your team members leave to explore these opportunities, work with them to find a way to integrate in your business where possible. If a team member’s passion is working with youth, look at setting up a program within your club. Allowing a place within your organization where staff can grow their career in their direction of interest will build loyalty and help prevent any conflicts or client poaching.

5. Offer the Right Benefits.

Winning the war for talent isn't about who has the most extraordinary perks, but it is about having the ones that matter most to your team. Start by determining your organizational budget for benefits and perks, and from there strategically deploy the funds. Ask team members via a survey or focus groups what they value and have them rank them in order. Benefits include things like:

Medical and dental coverage

Workers compensation coverage (where it isn't mandatory)

Health spending accounts

Discounts on personal training or meals

Employee assistance program

Additional paid time off

Continuing education allowances

Paying certification fees

Free swag or dress code allowances

Many organizations can't afford all the benefits mentioned above, but if you understand what your team values most you can use your budget wisely.

6. Use Teamwork to Maximize People’s Strengths.

One of the trickiest things to do, especially in lean organizations, is to hire the people who can fill multiple roles requiring skills that aren't always complimentary. For example, many personal trainers are motivated by seeing improvements in their clients' fitness level or physique, not by prospecting or selling. Conversely, salespeople are more likely to be driven by closing sales and the thrill of competition. Pairing team members from both roles for a shared incentive plan will yield greater job satisfaction and performance than if each were tasked with both sales and training. The added benefit of teamwork and incentives is employees are less likely to leave an organization if they are part of a work team that relies on one another.

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'The great masquerader': Often misdiagnosed, aortic dissections on the rise

Posted on November 25, 2018 at 12:40 AM Comments comments (0)

'The great masquerader': Often misdiagnosed, aortic dissections on the rise

CTVNews.ca Staff

Published Sunday, November 18, 2018 10:00PM EST



 little-known and life-threatening condition is showing up increasingly often in Canadian patients, according to a doctor who studied the condition's prevalence in Ontario.


Aortic dissection occurs when the aorta the main blood vessel in the chest is torn open.


Dr. Maral Ouzounian, a cardiac surgeon at Toronto General Hospital, describes the dissection as "the great masquerader" because of its similarity to other cardiac emergencies.


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A doctor points to a scan of a person's heart.


Dr. Maral Ouzounian, a cardiac surgeon

Dr. Maral Ouzounian, a cardiac surgeon at Toronto General Hospital, describes aortic dissection as "the great masquerader" because of its similarity to other cardiac emergencies.


Nurse Shelly Johnson

Nurse Shelly Johnson suffered an aortic dissection, a potentially-deadly condition that is often misdiagnosed.


"We often see them being misdiagnosed as a heart attack or a stroke," she said.


Many people who suffer aortic dissections are sent home from hospital and then return complaining that their pain has not stopped, Ouzounian said.


Symptoms of an aortic dissection can include:


sudden onset of severe chest pain

pain radiating to the back, neck arms or jaw

dizziness

vomiting

difficulty walking and speaking

Shelly Johnson nearly suffered that fate earlier this year. When the 51-year-old Ontario nurse developed a sharp pain in her chest, her first thought was that it must be a heart attack.


"It felt like an elephant was sitting on my chest, just like other people would describe a heart attack," she said.


Johnson underwent blood tests, an X-ray and an ECG, none of which showed any issues. The doctor ordered one more test a CT scan which showed what was really going on.


"He went one step further and did the CT scan and … he is the first person to save my life," Johnson said.


Johnson was then taken to Toronto General Hospital, where Ouzounian performed surgery to repair the tear.


Without that surgery, Johnson could have died. The dissection significantly limits the amount of blood flowing from the heart. Ouzounian pegs the risk of dying with a Type A aortal dissection at one to two per cent per hour.


"The sooner we get the patient to the operating room, the better our chances of saving the patient's life," she said.


The deaths of actors Alan Thicke and John Ritter have been attributed to aortic dissections.


A recent study found that the number of aortic dissections in Ontario has risen steadily since 2002. Between that year and 2014, there were a total of 5,966 dissections reported in the province.


Dr. Scott McClure, the lead scientist on the study and a cardiac surgeon at the University of Calgary's Foothills Medical Centre, believes Canada as a whole is seeing a similar trend.


Why that is happening remains an open question. McClure suspects it has something to do with Canada's aging population, since high blood pressure is a known risk factor for aortic tears.


"If you are going to live longer, you are going to have a higher time to be susceptible to higher blood pressure, therefore you have an increased risk of dissections," he said.


Johnson, who recently returned to nursing, is on her own mission to warn others about the risk of dissections, and the need to press for extra tests in patients with unexplained chest pain like hers.


"If somebody goes into the (ER) with chest pain, the only true diagnosis (for an aortic dissection) is a CT scan so if all the other tests fail, take that step and have a CT done -- push for it," she said.


With a report from CTV News' medical affairs specialist Avis Favaro and producer Elizabeth St. Philip


Healing yourself from an injury

Posted on November 15, 2018 at 8:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Taking your healing into your own hands is crucial to healing.   Focus here is meniscus.

When you learn to do this for yourself you can help heal, prevents injury so you keep active for a life time.  Many people who struggle with active living stop exercising because of pain physically and emotinally and do not return or take a very long time to come back to an active healthy lifestyle.  

I have had many injuries and many awesome coaches who taught me from a very young age to stay healthy & well I must find the right treatment and do it.  

I have many participants who want to stay active who took the time to work on their knee problem and with in 6 months to a year are now healed and more active than they were before withour surgery.

Some ideas for you:

http://www.kingbrand.com/Knee-Injury-Torn-Meniscus.php?REF=beacon&tid=55a4922fd94811a08619672333db2ae5&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI2_zi5LPW3gIVjcDACh05WwQIEAAYASAAEgI3l_D_BwE&redirad=C.Meniscus.9675316659


Exercises:

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Trust in yourself believe you can and than do.  Ask what's holding you back?  Let it go, get in charge, you CAN do this!.

My formula is once you have found the right exercises you need to do these faithfully.  Ensure the exercises are balanced, and easy otherwise you won't do.  Recommend 3 x 3 x a day.  You might start off with 4 exercises 10 reps given to you by your Physio.  Many will find this challenging and do for a short time than stop because it doesn't fit into their lbusy life and they start to feel less pain.  Than within a short time injury and pain return stopping everything from positive change.   

I recommend 3 rep - 3 times -  3 x a day Morning - noon and evening if you miss one you will have at least done 1 or two.  Continue until pain subsides, range of motion improves, strength returns than forever at least once a day because this will always have weakness.

My youngest daughter and one of my participants both were able to heal their meniscus tears without surgery  Both saw surgeons than took action to heal themselves doing the exercises prescribed.  They enjoy water and through this medium are healed today being active hiking, skiing, one is back playing volley ball.

Often when we are in pain it's easier to not do anything but rest.  Rest is healing and so in proper stretching, breathing techniques, visualization, massage, cold and heat treatments.

What is being taught out there today is WORK HARD for shorter time than REST.   Often with out enough rest to recover. 

Using an interval that is easy to start with lots of rest and than gradually working harder with less rest.   

Easy formula workouts easy day, medium and hard day work work how you feel each day.


Hope this helps in the journey to wellness and health.

Anne Parr PRO TRAINER.  Never give up.

Talk with Doc Thursday Oct 18th

Posted on October 17, 2018 at 7:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Please see the information below about this upcoming

Hope to see you there this Thursday!

 

Northern Hearts presents Talk with Doc. Dr. Mario Nucci will present

"Seasonal Affective Disorder - Battling the Winter Blues"

Thursday, October 18, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

at the West Thunder Community Centre (S. Edward Street). Free admission.

 

Northern Heart's mission is to promote and educate the community on healthy lifestyles with the goal of reducing the high occurrence of cardiovascular disease in our region

 


 

Coming up:

 

November 8th, 2018 with Dr. Mofid (more information to follow closer to that date).

 

 


 

Rebecca Kennedy, HBK

MSc Kinesiology Student, Lakehead University

Northern Hearts Program Director, Curans Heart Centre

rakenne1@lakeheadu.ca


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Move Anew - Restorative Exercise Class & Coaching

Posted on September 10, 2018 at 8:10 AM Comments comments (0)

 

"Move Anew."

Kyla is trained in restorative exercise via Katy Bowman of "Nutritious Movement."

Though Kyla lives in southern Ontario, she does visit T.Bay regularly (was raised here too!) and is offering 2 foot clinics that address many common aches and complaints related to posture, footwear, etc

Date: Sept 13th 9: - 11 am

or Tuesday Sept 18 7 -9 pm

PLACE: 1525 Victoria E (Discover Yoga Studio

Thunder Bay

COST  $30 .

Here is her website too if you want more information. 

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Thanks Anne 

 

Why Savasana Is the Hardest Yoga Pose

Posted on August 7, 2018 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Why Savasana Is the Hardest Yoga Pose

By Karson McGinley  https://chopra.com/articles/why-savasana-is-the-hardest-yoga-pose" target="_blank">https://chopra.com/articles/why-savasana-is-the-hardest-yoga-pose

Savasana might look like a nap at the end of your yoga practice. But it’s actually a fully conscious pose aimed at being awake, yet completely relaxed. In Savasana—also known as corpse pose— you lie down on your back and relax your body and mind so you may fully assimilate the benefits of your asana practice.

 

During this pose, you close your eyes, breathe naturally, and practice eliminating tension from the body. Ideally, this posture lasts for 10 to 20 minutes. However, even a few minutes of Savasana is said to have powerful benefits.

 

The Benefits of Savasana

Savasana helps relieve mild depression, high blood pressure, headaches, fatigue, and insomnia, according to Yoga Journal. Savasana can calm the nervous system and promote equanimity in your entire body. Fatigued muscles get to relax, tense shoulders and jaws soften, and the eyes quiet down to reflect a quieter state of mind.

 

Common Challenges of Savasana

 

 

 

This simple-sounding pose is more difficult than you might realize. The body can cause distractions that make it a challenge. Your body might feel cold, itchy, or unsettled. Savasana occurs at the end of the yoga practice to remedy this obstacle.

 

By the time you’ve completed asanas, or postures, your body and mind should be tired enough to be able to relax sufficiently for Savasana. Think of it like taking your dog to the park or your kid to Disneyland—the drive home is often the quietest and calmest of the day.

 

Even if your body is amenable to the rest, your mind can get in the way. Some common thoughts that pop up during Savasana:

 

How much longer will we be here?

Did that guy just snore? That’s embarrassing.

I hope I didn’t just snore.

What am I making for dinner when I get home?

Is this relationship really working out?

I’m hungry.

What’s my life all about, anyway?

I smell like sweat.

Did I remember to pay the meter?

Maybe I should quit my job.

It’s normal for the mind to try to resist this deep relaxation. Savasana is the ultimate act of conscious surrender. It takes practice and patience to surrender easily.

 

With the world moving so quickly, cultivating the art of Savasana is more valuable than ever. Our society tends to place greater value on speed and productivity; learning how to do nothing is a skill that can help you become more productive when you need to be.

 

Savasana helps us learn how to completely surrender, stop fighting the clock, and make space for peace and harmony to fill the soul. Savasana is like turning off your computer when it’s acting up. Once you reboot it, the computer often has greater functionality.

 

5 Steps to a Successful Savasana

1. Set yourself up for success. Stretch out on your mat and be sure you’re completely comfortable. Use bolsters, pillows, blankets, and cover your eyes with an eye pillow or towel. The more comfortable you are, the more you can relax. The more relaxed you are, the more easily you can surrender. The more open you are to surrendering, the more benefits you’ll receive.

 

2. Take one final cleansing breath. Your teacher will likely prompt you to take one audible exhale, signaling to your body to release into the pose. This cleansing breath also sends a message to your parasympathetic nervous system that it is safe to relax and be just as you are.

 

3. Scan for tension. Mentally run through all the parts of your body and try to make them heavier. Be on the lookout for tension hiding in the jaw, temples, shoulders, and hips because stress likes to accumulate in these areas.

 

4. Then, just notice. Some days will be easier than others, and that’s part of the practice. See if you can be still, at ease, and simply trust that the breath will carry you to the next moment. Watch for those peaceful moments of quiet between the thoughts. Over time, they’ll get longer, and you’ll find more inner quiet.

 

5. Set an intention.Before you come out of Savasana, take a mental snapshot of how you feel on every level. Ask yourself what you’d like to take with you from your practice, and what you might like to leave behind. Seal these observations into your psyche with an inner smile, and then enjoy a deep inhale to awaken and emerge into your day. Now take a moment to notice that you feel more rested, awake, and alive than you did before.

 

Savasana is a time of rest, but not a time to sleep. If you have a tendency to fall asleep, the first step is to be compassionate with yourself, and acknowledge that your body needed some rest. Over time, you can train yourself to achieve the rest you need while remaining awake.

 

Give your Savasana the same attention you give to your Adho Mukha Svanasana

 

(Downward Dog) and your Virabhadrasana (Warrior II) poses, and notice the effects. If you consistently practice calm and surrender on the mat, it will become easier when you’re no longer on it, which is ultimately why we all practice yoga in the first place.

 

*Editor’s Note: The information in this article is intended for your educational use only; does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Chopra Center's Mind-Body Medical Group; and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health providers with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition and before undertaking any diet,supplement, fitness, or other health program.


Thank you to Karsonn fo rexplaing this very helpful

Anne 

When it's TOO HOT should you exercise?

Posted on July 27, 2018 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (0)

We have been enjoying a beautiful summer a little hotter than usual.

Found an article By Dave Smith who explans why and what to do on the canfitpro website.

 

The air conditioner just had to break on the hottest day of the summer.And, of course it had to happen just before dozens of clients were about to show up for boot camp class. It was Murphy’s Law in action.

 

As the gym owner, what was I supposed to do? Let my clients exercise in the sweltering heat? Or, turn them away, causing inconvenience for them and lost revenue for me?

 

Maybe your gym air conditioner won’t die at the worst possible time like mine did, but you might face a similar dilemma in the coming months. Whether you’re running an outdoor boot camp class, hosting a running club, or even teaching yoga in the park, what are you going to do on the hottest days of summer? Will you let your clients exercise?

 

Before finding yourself in that situation, it’s important to have some guidelines in place to help you make a wise decision.

 

How Hot Is Too Hot?

The “heat index” is a temperature measurement that combines the humidity of the air to the actual outdoor temperature. A day with high humidity might “feel like” it’s much hotter outside than a thermometer would actually show.

 

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17473783" target="_blank">Exercise researchers have used the heat index to determine what exercise is considered safe in certain heat conditions:

 

When it feels like 28 degrees Celsius (82 Fahrenheit) outside, it is recommended that continuous physical activity not exceed one hour in length.

When temperatures hit 30-32C (86-90F), all exercise for “less-fit” populations should be cancelled, and exercise for “fit” individuals should be limited and reduced in intensity.

Above 32C (90F), strenuous exercise should be stopped for all individuals.

You can check your local weather to find out what heat index is expected each day. Use this forecast to plan ahead for your outdoor fitness training.

 

What’s At Risk?

It might be tempting to “push through” the heat, but that isn’t a safe choice.

 

Even when the heat index is relatively low, outdoor exercise can fatigue your clients much faster than they would experience when exercising indoors. This can lead to dizziness and stomach upset.

 

As heat and humidity rise, so does the chance of sunstroke, muscle cramps, heat exhaustion, and eventually heatstroke, which is accompanied by fever and often unconsciousness.

 

Heatstroke is a serious condition at which point your client’s body is no longer able to regulate its own temperature.This requires immediate emergency treatment. You do not want to be responsible for your clients suffering from heat stroke.

 

What Can You Do as a Fitness Professional?

Be smart. The simplest action is one we’ve already discussed: As temperatures rise, watch your local heat index to make a safe judgment call about outdoor exercise you have planned for that day.

Be flexible. If you do decide to carry on with outdoor exercise during hot weather, be prepared to modify your plans as needed. Keep a careful eye on your clients to look for signs of fatigue due to heat (e.g. perfuse sweating, flushed skin, complaints of dizziness, etc.). During hot weather it is not the time to play “drill sergeant” by pushing your clients to do more and work harder. Consider shortening your workouts or offering alternatives to any high-intensity activities you might have originally scheduled.

Be prepared. Bring cold water in case your clients run out. If you’re exercising in an area where there is no natural shade, bring an umbrella or shade tent for your clients to use.

Summer is a great time to get your clients outdoors for some fun-in-the-sun exercise, but as a fitness professional, it’s your job to keep them safe above all else.

 

Bio

 

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Dave Smith is a professional fitness and weight-loss coach who was chosen as “Canada’s Top Fitness Professional” in 2013. He shares health and weight-loss tips through his blog and podcast at https://makeyourbodywork.com/" target="_blank">makeyourbodywork.com and helps fitness professionals grow their online businesses at https://www.onlinetrainersfederation.com/" target="_blank">onlinetrainersfederation.com.

Thank you Dave

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Exercising in HOT Weather does & don't

Posted on July 27, 2018 at 11:00 AM Comments comments (0)

We are really enjoying a nice hot summer.  Opposite to our winter where wearing less closthing best.

Why you know it is going to be hot do your best to exercise in the early morning or in air conditioning facilities or home.

When humitity is high be extra cautious - have a easier workout, rest ans drink more fluids.

Yoga or structural integration exercises that incorporate breathing best.

I found information on the canfitpro website very Interesting article By Dave Smith

 

The air conditioner just had to break on the hottest day of the summer.  And, of course it had to happen just before dozens of clients were about to show up for boot camp class. It was Murphy’s Law in action.

 

As the gym owner, what was I supposed to do? Let my clients exercise in the sweltering heat? Or, turn them away, causing inconvenience for them and lost revenue for me?

 

Maybe your gym air conditioner won’t die at the worst possible time like mine did, but you might face a similar dilemma in the coming months. Whether you’re running an outdoor boot camp class, hosting a running club, or even teaching yoga in the park, what are you going to do on the hottest days of summer? Will you let your clients exercise?

 

Before finding yourself in that situation, it’s important to have some guidelines in place to help you make a wise decision.

 

How Hot Is Too Hot?

The “heat index” is a temperature measurement that combines the humidity of the air to the actual outdoor temperature. A day with high humidity might “feel like” it’s much hotter outside than a thermometer would actually show.

 

Exercise researchers have used the heat index to determine what exercise is considered safe in certain heat conditions:

 

When it feels like 28 degrees Celsius (82 Fahrenheit) outside, it is recommended that continuous physical activity not exceed one hour in length.

When temperatures hit 30-32C (86-90F), all exercise for “less-fit” populations should be cancelled, and exercise for “fit” individuals should be limited and reduced in intensity.

Above 32C (90F), strenuous exercise should be stopped for all individuals.

You can check your local weather to find out what heat index is expected each day. Use this forecast to plan ahead for your outdoor fitness training.

 

What’s At Risk?

It might be tempting to “push through” the heat, but that isn’t a safe choice.

 

Even when the heat index is relatively low, outdoor exercise can fatigue your clients much faster than they would experience when exercising indoors. This can lead to dizziness and stomach upset.

 

As heat and humidity rise, so does the chance of sunstroke, muscle cramps, heat exhaustion, and eventually heatstroke, which is accompanied by fever and often unconsciousness.

 

Heatstroke is a serious condition at which point your client’s body is no longer able to regulate its own temperature.This requires immediate emergency treatment. You do not want to be responsible for your clients suffering from heat stroke.

 

What Can You Do as a Fitness Professional?

Be smart. The simplest action is one we’ve already discussed: As temperatures rise, watch your local heat index to make a safe judgment call about outdoor exercise you have planned for that day.

Be flexible. If you do decide to carry on with outdoor exercise during hot weather, be prepared to modify your plans as needed. Keep a careful eye on your clients to look for signs of fatigue due to heat (e.g. perfuse sweating, flushed skin, complaints of dizziness, etc.). During hot weather it is not the time to play “drill sergeant” by pushing your clients to do more and work harder. Consider shortening your workouts or offering alternatives to any high-intensity activities you might have originally scheduled.

Be prepared. Bring cold water in case your clients run out. If you’re exercising in an area where there is no natural shade, bring an umbrella or shade tent for your clients to use.

Summer is a great time to get your clients outdoors for some fun-in-the-sun exercise, but as a fitness professional, it’s your job to keep them safe above all else.

 

Bio

 

Dave_Smith_bio_pic.png

 

Dave Smith is a professional fitness and weight-loss coach who was chosen as “Canada’s Top Fitness Professional” in 2013. He shares health and weight-loss tips through his blog and podcast at makeyourbodywork.com and helps fitness professionals grow their online businesses at onlinetrainersfederation.com.

Thanks Dave 

Aqua Trivia Swimming and Pool Trivia

Posted on June 27, 2018 at 8:20 AM Comments comments (0)

An hour of vigorous swimming will burn up to 650 calories. It burns off more calories than walking or biking.

- Swimming strengthens the heart and lungs.

-Swimming works out all of the body’s major muscles.

-Swimming helps reduce stress.

 

- Water’s buoyancy make swimming the ideal exercise for physical therapy and rehabilitation or for anyone seeking a low-impact exercise.

 

Swimming is a great cardiovascular exercise because you are moving against the water’s resistance, which is over ten times that of the air.

 

Over 50% of world-class swimmers suffer from shoulder pain.

 

More than 50 years later, the home or residential swimming pool is ubiquitous and even the smallest world nations enjoy a thriving swimming pool industry (e.g. New Zealand pop. 4,116,900 [Source NZ Census 7 March 2006] - with 65,000 home swimming pools and 125,000 hot tub pools).

 

The slowest Olympic swim stroke is the breaststroke.

 

The fastest and most efficient swim stroke is the crawl/ freestyle.

 

The turbopump on the Space Shuttle's main engine is powerful enough to drain an average-sized swimming pool in 25 seconds.

Most swimmers at the highest levels of competition train from four to five hours per day and five to seven days per week. They will typically swim about six to twelve miles per day a long with weight training and flexibility training.

 

The Olympics are swum in a 50 meter pool or long course pool. Pools used by the NCAA and high school swimming programs can be 25 yards to 25 meters. These pools are called short course pools. LU Pool is 50 meters when bulkhead divides the pool we have two 25 meter pools

 

An Olympic size pool depending on its size (50 meters X 25 yards or meters) can hold from 700,000 to 850,000 gallons of water.

 

Competitive swimmers use the term fast pool when they are describing a pool that has a good gutter system on the sides. This system allows the water to flow out easily and doesn't allow waves to bounce back to the middle of the pool. The lane lines can also help control the waves and the deeper the pool is, the fewer waves hit the bottom and bounce back up to the surface. The lack of these waves provides less drag/ resistance for the swimmers, which gives them a faster time.

 

Florida is the only state with legislation on who can teach swimming. Life guards and swimming instructors must, by law, be certified.

 

As with any other type of exercise you need to stay hydrated while swimming and you need to drink water. Your core body temperature can rise as the activity increases. Your body also produces sweat as it does with other physical activity, but it is not as apparent since you are already wet.

 

Studies shown that the shark is fast in the water but not naturally hydrodynamic. The shark's quickness is attributed to V shaped ridges on its skin called dermal tentacles. These ridges decrease dray and turbulence around the shark's body, allowing more efficiency. The result of these studies has brought a brand new fabric to the market for competitive swim wear. Speedo has produced a fabric that emulates shark's skin. This fabric reduces drag and turbulence around the body, which helps a swimmer pass through the water more effectively. The suits made from the “Fast skin” fabric have only been on the market for a little while but are already changing the look of competitive swimming and its results.

Historical Facts

The oldest form of stroke used is the breaststroke.

Ancient drawings and paintings found in Egypt depicting people swimming date back to 2500 BCE.

Swim fins were invented by Benjamin Franklin.

Swimming became an amateur sport in the late part of the nineteenth century.

Swimming first became an Olympic event in 1896.

 

Swimming in the Olympics started as a men’s event only but women were able to participate starting in 1912.

The Deep Eddy Swimming Pool, built in 1915, is the oldest known concrete swimming pool and was built in Texas.

 

After World War I and the departure of "Long John" style swimming costumes, interest in competitive swimming grew. Standards improved and training became essential.

The first woman to swim the English Channel is Gertrude Ederle, who was actually just a teenager at that time in 1926.

 

Home swimming pools became popular in the USA after World War II and the publicity given to swimming sports by Hollywood films like Esther Williams' Million Dollar Mermaid made a home pool a desirable status symbol.

Actress Esther Williams popularized synchronized swimming when she starred in movies known as “aqua musicals” produced by MGM in the forties and fifties. Aqua musicals were about synchronized swimming.

 

In 1956, the US National Swimming Pool Institute was founded. It was later renamed to the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals, and now develops pool construction standards and provides training to pool builders and service technicians.

 

President Gerald Ford had the outdoor swimming pool built at the White House in 1975. In 1976, a pool house was added — with a secret, underground passage that lets the First Family and their guests to get from the White House to the pool without going outside.

Synchronized swimming first appeared in the Olympics during the 1984 games.

 

Records and Firsts

The first recorded swimming races were held in Japan in 36 B.C.

The first man to cross the English Channel swimming from England to France is Englishman Captain Matthew Webb in 1875.

The first swimming pool to go to sea on an ocean liner was installed on the White Star Line's Adriatic in 1907.

In the USA, the Racquet Club of Philadelphia clubhouse (1907) boasts one of the world's first modern above-ground swimming pools.

The oldest known concrete swimming pool — the Deep Eddy Swimming Pool — was built in Texas in 1915.

 

The Titanic was the first ocean liner to have a swimming pool and a gym.

Mark Spitz was the first Olympic swimmer to win seven gold medals in a single Olympiad in the 1972 games.

 

The largest swimming pool ever built was reputedly created in Moscow after the Palace of Soviets remained uncompleted. The foundations were converted into an open air swimming pool after the process of de-Stalinisation after the fall of communism, Christ the Saviour Cathedral was re-built (it had originally been on the site) between 1995 and 2000.

 

In the 21st century, there seem to be many contenders for "the largest swimming pool on earth", reputedly at Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh; at Club Med Camarina, Sicily; Sunlite Pool, Coney Island, Cincinnati; and Garden City, Kansas with their 220 foot by 330 foot pool (67m x 100m) that holds 26,000,000 gallons (100 million litres) of water. A recent construction in Tokyo, Japan may top them all.

 

The longest swimming pool is the Orthlieb Pool in Casablanca, Morocco. It is 480 meters (1,574 feet) long and 75 meters (246 feet) wide. It is filled with sea water and covers 8.9 acres (3.60 Ha).

 

The recreational diving center Nemo 33 near Brussels, Belgium is home to the world's deepest swimming pool. The pool has two large flat-bottomed areas at depth levels of 5m (16 ft) and 10m (32 ft), and a large circular pit descending to a depth of 33m (108 ft).

 

The Fleishhacker Pool was the largest swimming pool in the United States. Opened on 23 April 1925, it measured 300 m by 45 m (1,000 ft by 150 ft) and was so large that the lifeguards required kayaks for patrol. It closed in 1971 due to low patronage.

 

According to the Guinness World Records the largest swimming pool in the world is San Alfonso del Mar Seawater pool in Algarrobo, Chile. It is 1,013 m (3,324 ft) long and has an area of 8 ha (19.77 acre), it was completed in December 2006.

 

The first filtration system for a swimming pool was introduced in 1910.

The first photo finish for a swimming competition was done in 1939.

The first swimmer to break the two minute barrier in the 200 meters was Don Schollander.


Thanks to FUN FACTS  https://www.swimmingpool.com/pool-living/pool-history-facts-and-terms/fun-facts

Other Trivia https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0362270/trivia


ENJOY THE SUMMER

 

 

Nutritional Summer Treat

Posted on June 21, 2018 at 8:50 AM Comments comments (0)

 

I love Ice Cream �� but dairy is not my friend. �� Thankfully my friend Amy Powers shared this GREAT recipe idea for Summer Entertaining! ������ it’s packed with vegan protein and nutritious fruits for guilt free indulgence! Yay!

After blending your banana ��"ice cream" place scoops in a muffin tin lined with plastic wrap & freeze. You can prepare the scoops ahead and pull them out as needed!

 

Raspberry Vanilla "Ice Cream" Recipe:

For 12 servings use:

■3-4 FROZEN chopped bananas��

■2-4 scoop Arbonne Vanilla Protein

■4 cups or so frozen Raspberries

{Blend in a very high-powered blender, until desired consistency. You may need to stop the blender or food processor several times to stir your ice cream. Drizzle with almond butter, top with sliced almonds, or dark cacao if you want. Enjoy!

 

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FREE Feldenkrais Workshops beginner, advanced

Posted on May 1, 2018 at 8:05 AM Comments comments (0)

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Two free workshops on May 12 & 13 at St. Paul's United Church, 349 Waverley Street

Saturday morning for people who move well

Sunday afternoon for people with some difficulty

 

The Feldenkrais Summit online sessions about the Feldenkrais Method from experts in many different fields.

 

Best wishes and enjoyment of the end of Winter!  Oliver Reimer


Two free workshops on May 12 & 13 at St. Paul's United Church, 349 Waverley Street

Saturday morning for people who move well


Saturday May 12, 9:30 - noon

You are a person who enjoys moving and does it well. You are curious about how you could make improvements but the things you have been doing aren't making any noticeable changes.


Find out what you can learn about yourself by developing greater awareness. Awareness of the things you do well and awareness of ways in which your habits interfere with what you want to do.

Register now forhttps://www.eventbrite.ca/e/free-awareness-through-movement-workshop-tickets-45313660378" target="_blank"> Saturday Workshop     https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/free-awareness-through-movement-workshop-tickets-45313660378" target="_blank">https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/free-awareness-through-movement-workshop-tickets-45313660378


Sunday May 13, 1:30 - 4 pm

Sunday afternoon for people with some difficulty


The Feldenkrais Summit online sessions about the Feldenkrais Method from experts in many different fields.


You used to enjoy moving but things have changed so you are feeling stiff or sore and you wish you knew how to recover some of the enjoyment you used to have.

 

This Sunday afternoon workshop will show you that it is possible to make gradual improvements in a surprisingly easy way. The movements are small and gentle and you avoid strain or pain. You will need to be able to get down and up from the floor using a chair if need be. Also there are stairs to get to our room.

 

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Feldenkrais Thunder Bay newsletter

Posted on April 16, 2018 at 6:30 PM Comments comments (0)


Feldenkrais Thunder Bay newsletter from Oliver Reimer

In this issue:

recent articles about Feldenkrais in the media

The New York Times

The Daily Telegraph

SenseAbility

new classes begin in April

Not many people know about the Feldenkrais method yet, but now it is starting to be recognized in North America. The chapters in Dr. Norman Doidge's The Brain's Way of Healing, have positioned it with therapies on the leading edge of modern neuroscience. (Even though it has been around for for more than 50 years).

Last fall an article in the New York Times talked about Feldenkrais in the context of chronic pain. The February issue of SenseAbillity has articles related to chronic pain and a short video of Fariya Doctor, my colleague in Niagara.

The Daily Telegraph in the UK has an article with a cheeky title that acknowledges the difficulty many have with remembering and pronouncing the name "Feldenkrais". In European circles it is much better known as an effective way to learn better physical function.

More of us could soon be moved to use the F-word

"The breath-movement technique Feldenkrais is going mainstream."  See the article inThe Daily Telegraph.


Looks like stretching? It is not! It is learning about how slow easy movement experiments can increase your range of motion without strain or struggle. That's why they are smiling.

We are all natural born movers. Somethings we do with great ease and pleasure, but some ways we need to move are no fun. Some seem completely impossible for you except in your dreams.


The good news is that you can learn to transfer what you do well into the areas that are awkward or that could use improvement.


To transfer that movement knowledge you have to know what it is you do that makes a pleasant movement enjoyable. Most of us don't have that kind of awareness - we just do it.


The Feldenkrais Method is a way of learning that awareness of how we use ourselves. You learn to notice ways in which you hamper yourself with crossed signals. You even get better at the things you are already good at.

Here info about current Awareness Through Movement classes.

Seniors class

Thunder Bay 55 Plus Centre

Getting down on the floor and getting up again. It gradually becomes possible. If it is possible it can get easier. If it is already easy it can become elegant.


Fridays 12:15 ot 1:15 pm

Starts April 6 for seven weeks

Register in person at the 55 Plus Centre or by phoning

Adult class

St. Paul's United Church

Everyday mobility. Walking, running and stairs.

Everything becomes easier as your learn to engage the muscles in better sequence and better distribution of effort.


Tuesdays 7 to 8 pm

Starts April 3 for 7 weeks

Fee is $70 or Drop-in $15

Register 345-6209 or

info@feldenkraisthunderbay.ca

A private lesson is the best way to learn about how Feldenkrais approach can help you improve movement in ways that recover past abilities and learn new possibilities. New movement patterns can teach you how to reduce pain. Phone me or email for an appointment.

Oliver Reimer is a certified Feldenkrais Teacher and a member of the Feldenkrais Guild of North America

807-345-6209 info@feldenkraisthunderbay.ca

I highly recommend this!

 

A brilliant project where you can find out so much about the functioning of human beings and how the Feldenkrais Method can add to our understanding.



May 1 to May 8, 2018

It is free - find out more and/or register.


recent articles about Feldenkrais in the media

Posted on March 27, 2018 at 8:40 AM Comments comments (0)

The New York Times

The Daily Telegraph

SenseAbility

new classes begin in April

Not many people know about the Feldenkrais method yet, but now it is starting to be recognized in North America. The chapters in Dr. Norman Doidge's The Brain's Way of Healing, have positioned it with therapies on the leading edge of modern neuroscience. (Even though it has been around for for more than 50 years).

 

Last fall an article in the New York Times talked about Feldenkrais in the context of chronic pain. The February issue of SenseAbillity has articles related to chronic pain and a short video of Fariya Doctor, my colleague in Niagara.

 

The Daily Telegraph in the UK has an article with a cheeky title that acknowledges the difficulty many have with remembering and pronouncing the name "Feldenkrais". In European circles it is much better known as an effective way to learn better physical function.

 

More of us could soon be moved to use the F-word

 

"The breath-movement technique Feldenkrais is going mainstream."

See the article in The Daily Telegraph.

 

Looks like stretching? It is not! It is learning about how slow easy movement experiments can increase your range of motion without strain or struggle. That's why they are smiling.

We are all natural born movers. Somethings we do with great ease and pleasure, but some ways we need to move are no fun. Some seem completely impossible for you except in your dreams.

 

The good news is that you can learn to transfer what you do well into the areas that are awkward or that could use improvement.

 

To transfer that movement knowledge you have to know what it is you do that makes a pleasant movement enjoyable. Most of us don't have that kind of awareness - we just do it.

 

The Feldenkrais Method is a way of learning that awareness of how we use ourselves. You learn to notice ways in which you hamper yourself with crossed signals. You even get better at the things you are already good at.

Here info about current Awareness Through Movement classes.

Seniors class

Thunder Bay 55 Plus Centre

Getting down on the floor and getting up again. It gradually becomes possible. If it is possible it can get easier. If it is already easy it can become elegant.

 

Fridays 12:15 ot 1:15 pm

Starts April 6 for seven weeks

Register in person at the 55 Plus Centre or by phoning

Adult class

St. Paul's United Church

Everyday mobility. Walking, running and stairs.

Everything becomes easier as your learn to engage the muscles in better sequence and better distribution of effort.

 

Tuesdays 7 to 8 pm

Starts April 3 for 7 weeks

Fee is $70 or Drop-in $15

Register 345-6209 or

info@feldenkraisthunderbay.ca

A private lesson is the best way to learn about how Feldenkrais approach can help you improve movement in ways that recover past abilities and learn new possibilities. New movement patterns can teach you how to reduce pain. Phone me or email for an appointment.

Oliver Reimer is a certified Feldenkrais Teacher and a member of the Feldenkrais Guild of North America

 

807-345-6209 info@feldenkraisthunderbay.ca


Have taken some workshops & gone to many of Olivers lessons love how one can recognize to what's going on in the body by listening.

My WORD for the Year LISTEN!

Have a wonderful day.  Anne

All about Melaleuca (Tee Tree Oil)

Posted on March 22, 2018 at 4:10 PM Comments comments (1)

ALL ABOUT MELALEUCA:

 

More commonly known as “Tea Tree,” Melaleuca essential oil has over 92 different compounds and limitless applications. The leaves of the Melaleuca tree were used by the Aborigines of Australia for centuries. They would crush the leaves and inhale the oil to promote feelings of clear breathing and apply the leaves directly to the skin for a cooling effect.

 

Melaleuca is best known for its purifying properties. It can be used to cleanse and purify the skin and nails and to support a healthy complexion. Taken internally, Melaleuca promotes healthy immune function*, and Melaleuca can be used on surfaces throughout the home to protect against environmental threats. Melaleuca is frequently used on occasional skin irritations to soothe the skin and diffusing Melaleuca will help purify and freshen the air.

 

Uses:

 

For occasional skin irritations, apply 1–2 drops of Melaleuca essential oil onto affected area.

Add 1–2 drops to water, citrus drinks, or veggie caps to support healthy immune system function.

Combine 1–2 drops with your facial cleanser for added cleansing properties, or apply to skin after shaving.

Apply to fingernails and toenails after showering to purify and keeps nails looking healthy.

Add a few drops to a spray bottle with water and use on surfaces to protect against environmental threats.

 

ALL ABOUT MELALEUCA:

 

More commonly known as “Tea Tree,” Melaleuca e

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Massage face improve Chapped skin increase energy

Posted on February 17, 2018 at 8:20 AM Comments comments (0)

If winter's chill has chapped your skin and sapped your energy, an Ayurvedic facial massage can help: Stroking your face with herb-infused abhyanga oil tones the skin and can release stagnant energy. You'll find the oil in health food stores. (If you're not used to oiling your face, choose a lighter variety, such as sunflower or almond.)

Start by pouring two tablespoons of room-temperature oil into a small bowl. Dip your fingers into the oil and begin by rubbing it onto the bridge of your nose. Using both hands in a circular motion, massage the oil outward across your face, from cheekbones to ears and upward from temples to hairline. Then rub the oil in linear movements from the upper lip to the cheekbones and the ears. Using your index finger, put oil on the outer and inner rims of your nostrils. With three fingers of each hand, rub from the nostrils to the ears in a linear motion, taking time to massage the entire ear. Next, massage your brow and pat your closed eyelids. Finish by gently prodding the skin under your jawbone to the base of your neck. When you're through, you'll feel centered, refreshed, and ready to face the world.

Some products I use are amonda oil, coconut oil, grapeseed oil.   My grandmo nther used rose glycerin also use when I was young.


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energize your skin Anne