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Improve Your Whole-Body Health With Pilates

Are you ready to improve your physical fitness so that your body is fit, flexible and pain free? Then it might be time to try Pilates. Pilates is a mind-body fitness method that focuses on core strength, proper movement habits and body alignment. With the help of a well-trained Pilates teacher to guide and get you started, Pilates training can change your life.

It’s Never Too Late to Improve Your Strength, Flexibility and Fitness

One of the most fascinating and fabulous things about the human body is that regardless of your age, if you have a pulse and are still breathing you can change your body. You may have habits that have created posture, body alignment and health issues, but with a little effort and the right Pilates exercises in your training program, you have the opportunity to improve your strength, flexibility, form, function and fitness. Pilates training is one of the best methods to develop healthy movement habits for whole-body health.

Do you have pain or injuries and you don’t know where they came from? Do you feel like your body has been struggling due to a lack of time, tools and training for the past five, ten, fifteen, or fifty years. Don’t wait until you are hurt to start investing time and money into figuring out how to feel better. Everyone has dominant and weaker muscles. Injuries or accidents experienced over a lifetime widen the gap between our strong and weak muscles. Your body strives to maintain structural integrity as best it can to keep you moving through life. But, at some point, if you are not taking good care of your body, wear and tear, accidents and injuries, use and abuse can leave you scrambling to get our good health back.

Develop Healthy Movement Habits with Pilates

Pilates training is an excellent way to improve whole-body health. You have the opportunity to become consciously aware of your strengths and weaknesses, and can then work to bring your weaker areas up to the level of your strengths. Pilates is one of the best workouts available to help improve posture, body alignment, strength, flexibility and fitness. If you are looking for an efficient workout that gets the right muscles well-balanced and working effectively, Pilates training can be a wise investment in your health.

Good health doesn’t happen by accident! To improve health & fitness it takes the right action to get the right results. Transform your body’s healthy movement habits with a great Pilates education. Develop better health to look good and feel great with Pilates training to improve core support, flexibility, and fitness.

Define Your Total Body Health – Will You Thrive or Just Survive?

ave you noticed how many of us make our way through life, chalking up our aches and pains, lack of energy and health problems to “Yuppie Flu” or “old age” depending on the stage of life we are in? True, we’re all going to cross the creek at some point, but many of us look and feel like we’re on a head-on collision with the Grim Reaper, hanging on for dear life. This article shows with the aid of a simple experiment that when it comes to your total body health you can choose to be ordinary or extraordinary at any age – naturally!

To thrive or to survive define two extremes of human function. Thrive is defined as to make steady progress or to flourish; survive is defined as to live or exist. In the human, thriving is associated with calm, vigor and health while survival is associated with stress, fatigue and disease.

In fact, you can tell the degree of thriving or surviving simply by looking at someone’s posture since form follows function. For the purpose of this article, “form” is posture and total body health is “function”.

The more collapsed or slumped a person’s posture is, the more they approach the survival stage whereas the more upright and aligned their posture, the more they approach the thriving stage. A survival posture resembles defending and a thriving posture resembles performing.

To prove this, perform this simple experiment: Stand up and slouch your shoulders forward. Move your head left and right. It felt very tight and limited right? Next, lift your left arm from your side straight up in front of you. You will notice tightness and effort needed to lift the arm.

While holding the same slumped posture, try taking a deep breath through your nose. Most likely it feels strained and shallow. Lastly, try to feel happy – like you just won the Lottery. Didn’t feel so great did it? Why? Because the weak, defending state of your body trapped your mind in the same weak, defending state.

Now stand up straight – feel like you are backed up to a wall with your butt, shoulder blades and back of your head touching it. Perform the above tests holding this “on-the-wall posture”. Amazingly, you will notice a substantial improvement in your neck and shoulder flexibility. You will also be able to breathe deeper with less effort and even feel happier and more alive.

Why did this happen? The answer is simple. You unblocked the function of your whole body simply by straightening up. This experiment proves two very important concepts: the body and mind are one and our posture determines our function.

The problem with our western society is that we don’t consider these two concepts as they relate to our health. We like to think that the body as a collection of “parts” and that the mind is somehow separate from the rest of the body.

Our medical system is set up this way too. We have general practice physicians and then a slew of specialists that focus on different regions of the body. Even exercise equipment is designed to isolate individual muscles and yet when we walk or do work in the “real world” muscles must work together as a unit.

Is it possible that the key to total body health is as simple as improving your posture? The answer is YES! While the solution may seem simple enough, actually improving posture has very been difficult – until now. Here’s why.

Our brain like all animals is hardwired for survival so it favors using mobilizing muscles that cause gross movement to move the body away from danger or to push something dangerous away. Stabilizing muscles like the core muscles of the trunk and hip that act as the body’s foundation and ensure postural alignment to the body are less likely to be favored and more likely to become weaker since they oppose movement.

The mobilizing muscles now have to do “double duty”. They compensate by tightening since they have to assume the workload of the weaker stabilizer muscles too. The compensating muscles cannot perform both jobs effectively so muscle strength and length imbalances develop, causing the body to progressively loose stability and collapse into the survival posture.

Just as a house built on an unbalanced foundation will eventually implode on itself, so too will our bodies if the core is unbalanced.

Compensation is a brilliant survival technique to help you run away from a grizzly bear but makes things complicated when you are trying to access the root problem of muscle weakness. So it doesn’t matter how many sit-ups or how much “core training” you do, you will most likely just reaffirm and engrain the muscle imbalances – much like driving your car with bad wheel alignment.

So what is the solution to accessing the weak core muscles and reestablishing the body’s foundation? Wouldn’t it be ideal if there were a technique that could “activate” and strengthen the weak core muscles to help restore muscle balance and function to the entire body?

The good news is there is a technique called Myotonix that does exactly that. It is a manual technique based on the principles and techniques of osteopathy, trigger point therapy and acupressure to improve posture. The results are instantaneous and astounding.

Simple Ways to Be a Full Body Health Person

Daily activities at your office or school, surely makes you tired. The early rush in the morning runs out about half of our concentration and energy to do the routines. It is essential to have a full body health so we do not get easily exhausted during the day. Without it, it will be a disaster because you will not get to the optimum level of you achievement either at school or work.

There are many obstacles that get in our way to have a full body health status. Environmental condition is one of it and it could be one of the worst obstacles to achieve a good body condition. Especially, for people who works in a city. Traffic jam, pollution, and over-timed work become reasonable explanation for people to spend their spare time by watching TV and playing computer rather than taking some exercise to improve their body condition. So the question is how do we have a full body health condition every day? Well, here are 4 simple ways to get it that will not spend much of your times.

The first way is to sleep early and wake up early in the morning. If you sleep earlier, automatically you can wake up earlier and if you wake up early in the morning (try your best effort to wake before the sun rise) you can get the fresh morning air. You can go outside and take a walk around your neighborhood just for about 15 minutes while take a deep breath so the pollutants in your lungs can be swept away by the fresh morning air. The second way is to avoid taking a bath at night. If you come home later than 7’clock, don’t take a bath just wash your face and your armpit. Taking a night bath could bring you to flu and fever and worse, rheumatic when you’re old. The third way is always spare your time to have a breakfast before you get to routines. If you’re in late condition, wrap you breakfast and eat it on the way to work or school. You can also bring along some vitamins or supplement food to boost up your energy. The last way is to give a bright smile to everyone. Because by a simple smile, all your face muscle will be relaxed and your brain will emerge positive hormones throughout your body so your activities will have positive result and you can have your own full body health condition.

Stress and Mind/Body Health: An Introduction

Stress–we recognize it when we become overwhelmed and when it causes problems. On other days, we tolerate it, resigned to living in a world where new stressors emerge whenever a familiar stressor wanes. We usually locate our stress outside ourselves, in the environment and in the apparent sources of that stress. According to national surveys, the top sources of stress include money, work, health concerns and the health of our families, news of world events, and children. These surveys also reveal that Americans who report more stress are more likely to engage in unhealthy behaviors, such as comfort eating, smoking, and being sedentary and inactive.

Coping with Stress

But how well do you really understand your stress and your coping with stress? Have you ever noticed that an event that causes you very little stress on one day will hit you like a brick on another day? Therapists and healthcare workers understand that stress is cumulative–it builds up–and that our capacity to manage stress depends on many factors that fluctuate from day-to-day or even hour-to-hour. Better self-care and overall mind/body health are important. People with more social support tend to cope better with stress and more readily rebound from its effects. Having regular physical exams to catch early signs of stress-related problems is also a good idea.

Managing Crises

It is important to recognize that we all have moments in our lives when we become overwhelmed and over-taxed by our circumstances. Psychologists talk about “crises” being those moments when a stressful event overwhelms a person’s resources for coping. During these times, it is important to reach out to family and friends, community supports, and perhaps a professional to help you through difficult times. Managed well, most people are able to demonstrate their resilience, bounce back, learn from their struggles, and move forward with their lives. Managed poorly, a situational crisis can become a chronic struggle.

Stress Triggers

Understanding stress can help you manage it. However, it is even more important to understand your particular stress response. What triggers your stress? What do you worry about? How does your stress response “show up”–in your body (tension, breathing, heart pounding), your mind (worrying), your emotions (anger and irritability, sadness), and your behavior (isolating, unhealthy habits)? If you are unaware of your stress until it erupts into your life as problems in these areas, it may be time for you to “tune in” to what your mind and body are telling you–and time to learn more effective strategies for managing stress

Can Self Hypnosis Improve Body Health?

Hypnotism is a change of perception. Most people consider hypnotism to be some strange type of magic that is mainly used by stage performers to get normal ordinary folks to do incredibly strange things, such as barking like a dog or doing embarrassing stunts. Although this type of hypnotism exists, there is a very useful clinical advantage to using hypnotherapy for making life changes. A medical professional with proper certification conducts these treatments and will not make you bark like a dog or cluck like a chicken.

Hypnotism is defined as a feeling of being relaxed or in an altered state of consciousness. Imagine that you are awake, yet it is almost as if you are watching events rather than being in control of them. In this state, your mind is open to suggestions. And it is because your mind is so relaxed that hypnosis and self-hypnosis are effective in boosting your body health.

Professional hypnotists who work with people to solve their problems use this state to help you make changes in your lifestyle by suggesting things to you while you are under hypnosis. In this state, your conscious mind listens to these suggestions and stores them in the mind for future reference.

Although professional hypnosis can be very helpful, there is danger in using it. In the wrong hands or a person conducting hypnotherapy that isn’t qualified to practice, it can cause you a great deal of damage. Simply put, you wouldn’t trust a chef to fix your engine, you would use a mechanic. So if you are considering hypnotherapy, make sure that the person you are using is a properly qualified professional, able to help you with your problems both in and out of your hypnotic state.

Another useful way to use hypnosis to help with your problems or to enhance your lifestyle is to try self-hypnosis. With the use of CDs and self-hypnosis tapes you can provide suggestions to yourself and be in control of what is being suggested to you without the risk of your state of altered consciousness being abused. Self-hypnosis can be very effective and there are fewer dangers using it than using a professional service.

During self-hypnosis, your hypnotic state will not be as deep as when you are being hypnotized by a professional since you will need enough control over yourself to be able to make the suggestions. While in this state, you will be able to suggest things to yourself such as changing eating habits, being more confident or, basically, anything that will help to enhance your lifestyle.

To practice self-hypnosis, you will need CD, tapes or a guide, as well as a quiet place to use your techniques. Self-hypnosis uses a state of complete relaxation. Not only do you feel relaxed and refreshed after a session, you are also able to use this technique to overcome issues, which will inevitably boost your physical health