38 Health Benefits of Yoga

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By Timothy McCall, M.D.  |  Aug 28, 2007 If you’re a passionate yoga practitioner, you’ve probably noticed some yoga benefits—maybe you’re sleeping better or getting fewer colds or just feeling more relaxed and at ease. But if you’ve ever tried telling a newbie about the benefits of yoga, you might find that explanations like “It increases the flow of prana” …

Top 7 Yoga Benefits to a Young and Healthy You

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The Benefits of Yoga By Ashley Dodson The benefits of yoga provide both instant gratification and lasting transformation. In the fitness world, both are extremely important. Too much time with too few results can be incredibly discouraging, and monotonous routines week after week can lead to stagnation. Yoga can change your physical and mental capacity quickly, while preparing the mind …

Pre-Exercise Stretching: The Secret in Avoiding Sprains and Muscle Strains.

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Why Pre Shift Stretching Programs Work Written by: Mark Middlesworth | May 1 Pre shift stretching programs can be a valuable addition to your health and safety program when properly implemented and executed. Effective programs reduce the risk of sprains, strains and numerous other injuries to the musculoskeletal system. You might not think sprains and strains sound all that serious, …

Amazing Facts about Pre-Exercise Stretching

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Does Pre-Exercise Stretching Really Prevent Injuries? By Jenn Rankin | txphysique Why do we really have to stretch? Presumably to get ready for exercise and to decrease the chance of injury, but is there any scientific evidence to support this? Learn more.   Growing up, my coaches always made me stretch before every basketball practice and game. We would try …

RELAXATION: SURPRISING BENEFITS DETECTED

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By DANIEL GOLEMAN | Published: May 13, 1986 THE simple act of becoming relaxed can have surprising health benefits, new research is showing. In addition to the obvious psychological effects of relieving stress and mental tension, the new findings indicate, deep relaxation, if practiced regularly, can strengthen the immune system and produce a host of other medically valuable physiological changes. …

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Does Massage Affect the Immune System Following Exercise?

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Massage Today | January, 2016, Vol. 16, Issue 01 Contributed by April Neufeld, BS, LMT; Beth Barberree, BA, RMT; Derek R. Austin, PT, DPT, MS, BCTMB, CSCS Massage therapy increasingly is integrated into the healthcare plan for individuals suffering from a multitude of conditions. In particular, athletes, and those people supporting the athletes, believe that massage therapy can yield many …

Don’t Call It Pampering: Massage Wants to Be Medicine

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By: Andrea Petersen | Updated March 13, 2012 12:01 a.m. ET   While massage may have developed a reputation as a decadent treat for people who love pampering, new studies are showing it has a wide variety of tangible health benefits. Research over the past couple of years has found that massage therapy boosts immune function in women with breast …

How Does Massage Therapy Reduce Stress?

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Last Updated: Jan 26, 2014 | By Lori Newell Massage can help relax tight and painful muscles, improve range of motion in the joints, enhance circulation and lower stress levels. Stress is considered a risk factor for many chronic diseases, and can make your symptoms worse. Since there are many different massage therapies available, it may require some trial and …

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Benefits of Massage

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By Editorial Staff Originally published in Body Sense magazine, Fall 2001. Copyright 2001. Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals. All rights reserved.   As you lie on the table under crisp, fresh sheets, hushed music draws you into the moment. The smell of sage fills the air and you hear the gentle sound of massage oil being warmed in your therapist’s …

Massage As Medicine

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By Kirstin Fawcett Feb. 12, 2015, at 10:54 a.m.   Massage therapy is increasingly being embraced as an alternative medical treatment. For more than a decade, Bill Cook has gotten a weekly massage. He isn’t a professional athlete. He didn’t receive a lifetime gift certificate to a spa. Nor is the procedure a mere indulgence, he says – it’s medicinal. …

Are You Over-Exercising? Your Hormones May Need You To Take It Easy

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Posted on March 31, 2016 by Kat Gal Hormonal imbalances are an increasing problem in the Western world. Impaired thyroid function, PMS, PCOS, infertility, irregular menstrual cycles, fatigue, emotional issues and even diabetes can be linked or even be a direct result of hormonal imbalance. How To Tell If You Have Hormonal Imbalance Symptoms of hormonal imbalance are wide-ranged and …

Exercise and Physical Activity: What’s the Difference?

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By Barbara Robb | Medically reviewed by Niya Jones Learn the difference between physical activity and exercise, and how each can contribute to physical fitness. Physical activity is defined as movement that involves contraction of your muscles. Any of the activities we do throughout the day that involve movement — housework, gardening, walking, climbing stairs — are examples of physical …