Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Exercise Is Better With Massage

Exercise Is Better With Massage

From beginner athletes to elite professionals, massage therapy has shown to have major benefits regardless of the participant's fitness level. Athletes seeking enhanced performance, improved conditioning, faster recovery, injury prevention and assistance in maintaining peak fitness can benefit from massage therapy.  Massage has been shown to have myriad positive effects including:
  • Reducing muscle tension
  • Helping athletes monitor muscle tone
  • Promoting relaxation
  • Increasing range of motion
  • Improving soft tissue function
  • Decreasing muscle stiffness and fatigue after exercise
  • Improving exercise performance
  • Decreasing delayed onset muscle soreness
  • Reducing swelling
  • Reducing breathing pattern disorders
  • Enhancing athletic performance
  • Helping prevent injuries
By combining your exercise routine with a massage therapy treatment, you will be able to train longer and harder and make the most of your workout. Not convinced? Research some of your favorite world-class athletes, and you're likely to see that a massage therapist is a key component of their strength and stamina routine.

Background Information

Millions of people around the world play sports and exercise, from the elite professional athlete to the novice just starting a walking program for general health and wellness benefits. Exercise is recommended for everyone. Although other government groups in the past have recommended exercise and fitness, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released the first official U.S. Physical Activity Guidelines in October 2008, as the official guidelines of the U.S. government. The Guidelines indicate that some activity is better than none, and then go on to make several specific recommendations:
  1. Moderate amounts of physical activity provide substantial health benefits for all adults. This dose is defined as 150 minutes/week of moderate intensity activity such as walking, or 75 minutes of vigorous activity/week such as jogging or vigorous sports.
  2. Additional health benefits can be obtained by doing more than the moderate dose. This higher target is described as 300 minutes of moderate intensity, 150 minutes of vigorous intensity, or combining moderate and vigorous intensity.
  3. All adults should participate in 30 minutes of strength building exercise on two days of the week. These exercises should engage all major muscle groups.
  4. Children and adolescents should participate in 60 minutes of physical activity each day. Most of this should be moderate to vigorous intensity activity, and should include vigorous activity at least three days/week. It also is recommended that children and adolescents participate in muscle-strengthening three days/week and bone-strengthening activities at least three days/week.

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

If You Produce What you Fear Why do you Intentionally Think About Your Fears in EFT?

If You Produce What you Fear
 Why do you Intentionally Think About Your Fears in EFT?

This is a question I get asked frequently.  It seems counter intuitive but it is a key difference between traditional psychology and the EFT method.  It is true that you tend to produce what you fear.  If you think about avoiding the water on the go left.  If you think about avoiding the out of bounds on the tend to go right.  It is as if there is a little computer in your brain that makes your body twist and contort to execute the exact shot you are trying to avoid.  One obvious solution is to think about where you want the ball to go rather than not go!That is definitely a better choice but still not foolproof because there is always a tiny voice in the back of your head whispering your fear. A Golf psychologist will try to get you to  understand your fears and choose different responses to them.

For example if there is water lining the left side of the fairway and you were deathly afraid of pulling your drive into the water a golf psychologist might get you to think about visualizing your shot going to the right. He might also get you think about the consequences and realize that if you hit into the water it isn't life or death.

With the EFT method however we work with emotions. Therefore we are not trying to trick the fear, out maneuver it, choose different responses, or re-frame it. It is easier than that. We are going to tune into the fear see how it makes us feel and then tap on a series of acupuncture points to rid ourselves of the fear and the discomfort it creates.  We will then automatically look at the situation differently without having to try so hard.

So in FFT you would tune into your fear and tap while repeating  phrases about the fear and how it makes you feel.  For example.
Set-up Phrase. While tapping on the karate chop point on either hand I would start with;
Even though I'm afraid of pulling the ball left into the water I accept myself.
Even though I'm scared of getting a penalty shot because of one bad swing I accept myself” 
Even though my arms feel weak and my legs go numb thinking about this shot I accept myself” 
Shortcut phrases that focus on the problem. Tap on each of the following points while repeating the phrase next to it.
Eyebrow “I'm afraid of pulling the ball left”
Side of eye
 “All I can think about is that water
Under eye
 “I hit the ball in the water last time I played this hole”
 “My arms are week 
 “My legs are numb
 “I can't afford another penalty shot “
under arm
 “My arms are weak “
Top of head
 “My legs are numb” 

These are phrases I made up but they are similar to what I'd feel. The key is to use your own words and your own feelings. You might “get angry at yourself” or “feel stupid” or “want to give the game up” or “blame it on that worthless lesson you took the other day”. The power in EFT is using your feelings and words and not reciting some made up tapping script.

As  you tap on the different fears and emotions that crop up  for you the emotional charge that these fears create starts to diminish.  It is a good idea to measure the intensity of a fear before starting so you can check in after your done and measure your success.

Steve Botuchis

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Five Benefits of Massage

Five Benefits of Massage

Five great reasons to get a massage for yourself or give a gift to the one in your life you would like to thank.

  • Improve range of motion
  • Enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow
  • Realign body structures
  • Strengthen and tone weak muscles
  • Prevention of pain and poor posture patterns of dysfunction created by muscle imbalance
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