The Art Of Massage – Guide

Stress is an every day fact for most of us. Having a relaxing massage helps us reduce some of this stress. Find out more about this in my most recent article.

The word massage derives from the words ‘mass’ and ‘massa’, Portuguese and Arabic meaning to touch or handle. Massage is one of the oldest healing arts. Everybody can massage, and most of us already do so without even knowing it. When you rub your hands together, you’re doing massage. When you’ve stubbed a toe and rub it better, or rub a baby’s back, you’re doing massage. Massage is a natural thing to do, and the effects of massage promote health in a very natural way.

Massage can help everybody in numerous ways:

Stress Reduction: With current day living we tend to live hard working, hurried lives and stress can accumulate in our bodies in various ways, including neck, shoulder and back pain. Massage therapy identifies those areas and helps reduce muscle tension, as well as the overall level of stress and tension in the body.

Pain Relief: People with arthritis, whiplash, neck or back injuries and even those unfortunate enough to be involved in car accidents can all benefit from massage. Different massages relieve the different kinds of pain experienced. Massage can also benefit those suffering from anxiety and depression.

Sports Performance: Many top sportsmen and women employ massage therapists to treat and even prevent injuries from occurring.

If you’ve never given a massage before here are a few things you’ll need:
Clean Towels
Old Clean Sheet (massage oils will stain)
Romantic CDs
Massage Oil

Before you start your massage, you’ll need to set the mood.
Lock the doors, and turn off the phone.
Set the bed ready, use an old clean sheet as massage oils will stain, and roll towels up for
a head and neck rest.
Turn the lights off and use candle light instead for a more romantic feeling.
Put some calming music on.

Good communication is essential for an effective massage. Let your partner know what you would like to do and where you are going to start. Start with light strokes and when you feel your partner is relaxing move onto to a massage.

1. Pour about two tablespoons of massage oil into the palm of your hand, and rub your hands together lightly. When the oil is warm and evenly distributed, begin massaging your partner’s back with long, deep strokes.
2. At the beginning, communicate frequently with your partner to determine if the strokes are too hard or too soft. Keep your hands in contact with your partner at all times, take your time with each rhythmic yet sensitive stroke, and proceed from long, gliding strokes to shorter, deeper strokes.
3. Use your body weight rather than your arm strength for deep strokes. Once you have developed a rhythm that pleases both of you, move on to the shoulders and arms, and progress to the legs and feet, brushing the buttocks as you move up and down your partner’s body.
4. Ask your partner to turn over. Begin massaging the chest, arms and hands. Pay special attention to your female partner’s breasts: don’t be too invasive at this stage, but don’t ignore them. Lightly stroke the nipples and undersides.
5. Glide down to the legs, brushing the genitals on your way down. After finishing the fronts of the legs and feet, glide back up and slowly brush over the genitals. Tease your partner by brushing his or her inner thighs near the genitals, and very lightly touching the pubic region.

Massage is an ideal form of foreplay and can often lead to more. Introduce sex toys too – they are perfectly safe and highly recommended. Once the massage is finished, remember to carry on with the relaxation by spending some time together before falling asleep or rushing out the door. You have both just shared a very intimate experience together. If this was your first attempt at massage, just remember practise makes perfect.

New Free Guide Highlights How Uninsured Americans Can Get Free Or Discounted Medicine

More than 45 million Americans, or one in seven, need help paying for their medicine, and many are not aware that there are programs available that can help people get the medicines they need–programs that may provide medication at a fraction of the cost or even for free.

More than 45 million Americans, or one in seven, need help paying for their medicine, and many are not aware that there are programs available that can help people get the medicines they need-programs that may provide medication at a fraction of the cost or even for free.

To help consumers learn about these government and private programs, Merck & Co., Inc., a global research-driven pharmaceutical company, has developed the Guide to Affordable Medicine. The Guide to Affordable Medicine can help patients learn how to find the right program for them, determine their eligibility to enroll, understand how to navigate the paperwork and approval processes and answer commonly asked questions.

“We know that people without prescription coverage are less likely to use medications and more likely to stop therapy that could potentially save lives, keep them out of the hospital, and allow them to lead more productive, healthier lives,” said Nancy Wicks, Executive Vice President, Merck Patient Assistance Program, Inc. “The most unfortunate part is that there are many programs that the uninsured could take advantage of, if they only knew about them. This new resource is designed to help people understand the range of options available to them.”

Eligibility for these programs differs based on a number of factors, including age, income, disability status, health insurance and prescription drug coverage, among others. The Guide is divided into easy-to-read sections to help readers find the appropriate program:

• Medicare-For people over age 65 or disabled, who need help affording their medicine.

• Medicaid-For people who lack health insurance and have a limited income.

• Patient Assistance Programs-For people who have a limited income and no prescription drug coverage, and have exhausted all other payment options.

• Prescription Discount Card Programs-For people who don’t have prescription drug coverage, but earn too much to receive public assistance.

• Children’s Insurance-For people who lack insurance coverage for their children under age 19.

The?Beginner’s?Guide to?Permanent?Weight?Loss, Part 1

Find out the secret weight loss power of water, the world strongest fat burner.

I remember one evening I was watching TV and flipping?through channels?until I saw a commercial that caught my attention.??It was quite obvious why I would be interested in?it because I was looking to lose weight at the time and I was being teased with what they called “the world’s?strongest fat burner”.
That commercial was for a diet pill, it had all the regular promises of “easy” and “fast” weight loss combined with the fact that you can eat anything that you want.?? I did not buy the product but it always stuck in my mind because of the claim of?being?”The world’s strongest fat burner”.
After?losing all the weight that I needed to and after educating myself about healthy eating and permanent weight loss,?I came to find something?else?that is very close to being the world?’s?strongest fat burner and I am here to reveal?what that is?to you.
What I am talking about is?water.??If there is one thing that?has?the consensus?of?diet gurus and?all the different?weight loss programs out there, it is the use of water.??You have heard all over the place that you need to drink water to help you lose weight, but:???
Have you ever wondered?why?
Have you ever asked yourself how?does?water?help you lose weight?
If you do not know how exactly,?it’s?not your fault.??You see, nobody has a patent on water and it is something that is hard to mark up and?make a ton of money from.??There are not a lot of benefits for the weight loss marketers to taunt the virtues of water.??People?just know that water is important to weight loss,?but since there?is not a lot of money to be made out of?water, marketers?may?make it?seem like water is not as important to weight loss as say diets pills for example.
Before I reveal to you why I think water is the “world’s?strongest?fat burner”,?I?first?want to dispel the biggest myth about water.
Some people do not drink enough water when they diet,?thinking they will lose?more?weight?if they don’t retain?any excess water.??However,?this is a myth and?just the opposite happens.??If you do not drink enough water every day, your body may be storing water and fat that you do not need or want?.
Your body needs water and is sixty/seventy percent water.??Nevertheless, if you do not drink enough?water, your body thinks it is in danger and tries to hold onto all the water it can get.??The water is stored between the cells and shows up as extra weight.??Your feet, legs and hands may even swell up.??However, when your body?does?get enough water, the extra stored water weight is released and you will easily see the difference on the scale.
In addition, the more water you drink, the less you’ll eat.??Water is nature’s own appetite suppressant.??A glass of water before eating will help you feel full and eat less.??You will also get rid of extra salt by drinking water (salt can also cause the body to hold onto water).
Besides all this, there is another reason why I believe?water?is?”the world’s?strongest fat burner”, and?it’s a shame that almost nobody talks about it.
You need water for your body to burn fat.??Here is why?:?
You see, your liver is a fat burning organ.??It is there to help you burn body fat; therefore,?you need?the liver to function at optimal level for the best weight loss results.
Now, without water, your kidneys cannot do their job of eliminating?wastes?properly and your liver? must?then?pitch in to help.??While your liver is?busy?helping?out?the kidneys,?the liver then?cannot burn as much fat?as it?could, so some of the fat that would normally be used as fuel gets stored in your body?as fat?instead.
Drinking more water helps your kidneys?do their job?and indirectly allows your liver to get back to its own job of turning fat into fuel.
Now you can easily?see why?something as simple as drinking water would have more?of an?effect on your? weight loss efforts than say a $60 diet pill bottle.
Your next question might be, “How much water do I need to accomplish this?”??I am sure that you have heard about the standard recommendation of drinking at least eight,?8 oz.?glasses of water every day.??However,?this is just?for maintaining normal body function on?a regular basis.? If you are looking to lose weight, you need to drink more than that.

Have you ever wonder why eight glasses of water is the recommendation for everybody. No matter how much you weight or how much you exercise. This does not seem like a sensible advice at all. However, it is the ?general recommendation? about water.

Do you think a 120 pounds person needs as much water as 300 pounds person?

My recommendation is to drink half your bodyweight in ounces of water. For example if you weight 200 pounds, your goal should be to consume about 100 ounces of water a day.

?Now, I have one last tip about getting more water into your system.

If you are accustomed to drinking?just?one to two?glasses a day, trying to change suddenly to 8-10 glasses a day is just a recipe for failure.??Instead, try to improve to?4 glasses for the next 2-3 weeks and when you feel comfortable with that,?you?can move on to the next level until you can easily handle more than 8 glasses a day.

Guide to Testosterone Boosters

Want to build muscles and increase strength? Use this quick guide to testosterone boosters to get started…

Testosterone boosters are supplements that are used by male weight lifters, body builders, athletes, wrestlers, and heavy endurance trainers to gain muscles and increase strength. They are unique because of the long list of possible ingredients that can be combined to boost testosterone. These ingredients vary among products, and the market offers testosterone boosters for many purposes such as muscle-building, improved sexual drive, more physical strength, and other great benefits.

A Brief History of Testosterone Boosters

Testosterone boosters have been around for thousands of years in different forms. In ancient Greece, it was first reported that there was a link between castrated men and a loss of erectile functions, sexual drive, and certain physical abilities. As a treatment, these men were given bulls’ testicles as a testosterone booster! Herbal testosterone boosters have also been used for centuries to improve stamina and physical ability.

Steroids, once a popular muscle-building anecdote, are now illegal. But unfortunately, sales of these powerful drugs still go on in the black market. A popular trend today is to buy natural testosterone boosters in the form of a supplement. Many of the boosters are made of a variety of herbal ingredients that are combined to enhance and build muscles in a much safer way than steroids. And being “natural” means fewer possible side effects.

How Testosterone Boosters Affect the Body

Testosterone boosters can help maintain testosterone levels during continued training. During a workout, testosterone levels usually rise after about 30 minutes of resistance exercise. Competitive and heavy endurance training, however, can reduce testosterone levels as the body adapts to the changes in hormone levels. This reduction hinders performance after a while and slows the muscle-building process. So, maintaining peak testosterone levels is accomplished using testosterone boosters.

Three Classes of Testosterone Boosters

There are basically three main classes of testosterone boosters. The first class increases testosterone levels and includes the herbs eurycoma longifolia, ginseng, zinc, tribulus terrestris, and magnesium. The second class reduces estrogen levels and includes diindolyl methane (DIM) and saw palmetto. The third class helps maintain good prostate health and includes saw palmetto. There are also a number of other ingredients including vitamins, minerals, and thermogenic ingredients that indirectly affect testosterone levels.

How to Safely Use Testosterone Boosters

Testosterone boosters are usually available in capsule form and are taken several times per day. Each product may differ in recommended use based on the product’s ingredients and dosage strength. Always take testosterone boosters in cycles and allow for a break every four to eight weeks. The recommended use on each product should offer instructions on how and when to take breaks.

Avoid taking testosterone boosters if you are a teenager or if you have been diagnosed with prostate enlargement. Check with your doctor to be on the safe side before taking a testosterone booster, especially if you are under the age of 25. Though many natural boosters cause few or no side effects, it’s still a good idea to discuss this with your doctor before getting started.

With testosterone boosters, you can have lean rock hard muscles in no time – the safe way!

Guide to eye surgery

We all desire to have a perfect vision. However with growing age or any unfortunate mis-happening an individual?s vision may get distorted. But today science has blessed mankind with several wonderful techniques to rectify the faulty vision.

We all desire to have a perfect vision. However with growing age or any unfortunate mis-happening an individual?s vision may get distorted. But today science has blessed mankind with several wonderful techniques to rectify the faulty vision.

1. Flap Procedure treatments- are those where the surgeon removes the flap in the cornea to have an access to the tissue underneath. Some of the well known Flap treatments are as follows-

? LASIK refractive eye surgery is quite a commendable eye surgery these days. The term LASIK stands for ?laser in situ keratomileusis? surgery. This treatment is basically meant to treat nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia) and astigmatism (misshapen cornea). LASIK provides a correct vision through the use of a laser by reshaping the cornea and changing its focusing power. LASIK usually takes less than one minute per eye. In USA LASIK surgeries have been performed since 1993.

? Contemporary technique of LASEK or Laser Epithelial Keratoileusis surgery is also widely in use nowadays. LASEK is akin to LASIK refractive eye surgery. But unlike LASIK, in LASEK the surgeon cuts a flap in the epithelium only instead of through the epithelium and part of the stroma. After this the surgeon loosens the edges of the flap with the help of alcohol. The cases that are too sensitive to be treated by LASIK i.e. where people have thin or flat corneas are operated under the LASEK. Though LASEK is quite beneficial it has few shortcomings over LASIK. For instance the after LASEK surgery the patient feels uncomfortable for a long time and in comparison to LASIK, LASEK takes more time to heal.

? Epi-LASIK surgery is also a form of LASEK where the flap is removed only at the epithelium without the use of any blade or alcohol. In Epi-LASIK the surgeon makes use of a separator, epikeratome that creates an epithelial sheet. Since there is no alcohol used in this entire process, the patient feels less pain in this surgery and heals relatively faster.

? ALK or the Automated Lamellar Keratoplasty surgery is meant to treat the problem of nearsightedness and mild farsightedness. In ALK firstly the surgeon cuts a flap in the stroma. Then with the use of a microkeratome he removes the material under the flap. This removal is not done in case ALK is taken up to treat far-sightedness. Usually it takes less than an hour to do the ALK eye surgery.

2. Photoablation Technique- this requires the use of ultraviolet radiation to remove the eye tissues. Photoablation is basically the step that follows LASIK and LASEK surgeries.

? PRK or Photorefractive Keratectomy is a surgery that mainly treats nearsightedness, mild farsightedness and astigmatism. Here the surgeon makes the use of an excimer laser to remove the tissue from the surface of the cornea. The tissue ablation is taken up to give a new shape and minimize the vision problem. PRK is not a lengthy procedure. It usually takes less than one minute per eye.

Shopping Made Easy -The Erectile Dysfunction Medication Shopping Guide

If you have been thinking about buying Generic Cialis or other top leading erectile dysfunction medications such as buying generic Cialis, you have come to the right place. We know that shopping for the suitable erectile mediation at prices that you can afford is not always easy.

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Guide to Electric Recliner Lift Chairs

The basic versions of electric recliner lift chairs can be operated with as little as two buttons. More advanced versions can have additional benefits such as massage options and a heated chair control.

Electric recliner lift chairs are designed to provide a substantial amount of support and are beneficial to individuals suffering from a variety of illnesses such as CHF, COPD, diabetes, knee and hip replacements etc. If you happen to suffer from a medical condition that has you confined to your chair or couch, the different positions that a lift chair provides you with can help prevent problems such as sores, swelling or stiffness that may occur due to prolonged sitting.

Electric recliner lift chairs are very easy to operate. The controls are operated by the use of a handset or corded wand. This handset is attached to the lift chair so there is no need for concern about losing the chair controls in between the cushions of the chair or taken into another room.

The basic versions of electric recliner lift chairs can be operated with as little as two buttons. More advanced versions can have additional benefits such as massage options and a heated chair control. Users of these types of medical equipment can be easily lifted to an almost standing position when they wish to get out of the chair and most all reclining chairs are outfitted with a back up battery power source, so should the motor experience any problems the chair can still return to a sitting or standing position.

If you or a loved one is in need of an electric recliner lift chair your health care provider is an excellent resource for any questions. The Internet has a variety of options available for those looking to purchase Lift Chairs. Just be sure to find out if your insurance would cover any portion of the chair before you decide to make a purchase. Most insurance companies pay for the lift mechanism only, however there are other means for getting reimbursed for the entire lift chair.

Electric recliner lift chairs provide some excellent health benefits to those who use them in addition to allowing them to have a new degree of independence that they would not be able to have without the chair.

Back Acne – A ‘What You Need To Know’ Guide

Any type of acne can appear on the back including whiteheads and blackheads, pustules (the surface type), papules (a bit deeper) or the acne can form deep in the skin and cause acne cysts. Back acne doesn’t seem to be triggered by hereditary, stress or a poor diet, but long hair has been known to aggravate the pores on the back.

Back acne ? you might not see it, but if you have it, you’ll certainly feel it. And although not everyone will get acne on their backs, this condition is common enough to have earned the nickname, ‘bacne’. Sounds funny but it isn’t really. The back area is home to thousands of sebaceous glands and each one is busy producing a lot of oil. Tight-fitting clothing and clothing made from fabrics that don’t allow the skin to breathe are two of the biggest instigators of back acne. Even wearing a backpack has been attributed to triggering bouts of back acne.

These types of clothing and accessories trap the oil that’s being constantly produced by the sebaceous glands on the back. And just like the acne that appears on other parts of the body, when the sebaceous gland gets clogged, dead skin cells become trapped inside the hair follicles and soon, bacteria is on its way, inflaming the tissues surrounding the affected areas and causing acne.

Any type of acne can appear on the back including whiteheads and blackheads, pustules (the surface type), papules (a bit deeper) or the acne can form deep in the skin and cause acne cysts. Back acne doesn’t seem to be triggered by hereditary, stress or a poor diet, but long hair has been known to aggravate the pores on the back. If you have long hair and back acne, you might want to keep your hair off your back.

Back Acne Treatments

The skin that covers the back is much thicker than the skin that covers the other parts of the body where acne is prone to appear. And because of this difference in skin thickness, the treatment regime for ‘bacne’ is going to be different.

It’s still very important to keep the back clean and the best way is to bathe or shower frequently, especially after working out. Use a cleanser that contains salicylic or glycolic acid. If you’ve never used one before, now is the time to learn how to gently use a loofah so you can begin removing those dead skin cells (also known as exfoliating).

After washing and drying the skin, apply a topical product that contains benzoyl peroxide to the areas on the back that are affected by acne and be sure to allow the product to fully absorb into the skin (it can stain clothing). Also, it’s important to only treat the areas that have acne, rather than slathering the product all over the back. You don’t want the skin on your back to become excessively dry. If you dry out the skin, you’ll have to moisturize and that could cause more acne. If you cannot reach the affected areas, have someone apply the product for you.

That’s all you really need to treat back acne. Most people don’t wash their backs as well as they should so changing this bad habit will produce almost immediate results. Of course if your back acne is severe, you should consult with a dermatologist.

Guide to Cold Laser Therapy and Its Many Health Benefits

Cold laser therapy is quickly becoming a popular solution for many health needs, and you can use cold laser treatment from your own home. In this guide, you’ll learn how it works and how it can benefit you…

Cold laser therapy, or low level laser therapy, is a treatment in which a cold laser is used to treat acute and chronic pain. It is also called a “soft laser.” If you suffer from back pain, joint pain, tendonitis, fibromyalgia, migraine headaches, neuropathy, neck pain, or other related health conditions, cold laser therapy might be a viable solution for you.

How it Works

Cold laser therapy works by increasing the levels of serotonin to help your body heal itself. The therapy is noninvasive and non-thermal. The cold laser was derived from phototherapy, a light healing method developed more than 30 years ago. In phototherapy, a special type of light penetrates the surface of the skin as well as underlying tissues to stimulate natural healing in the body. The low level laser light used in cold laser therapy is actually the compressed light of a wavelength from the red part of the light spectrum, or the cold part.

During the cold laser process, the body’s cells are exposed to photon energy, which in turn increases the cells’ metabolism, helps to develop muscle tissue and collagen, improves blood circulation, stimulates tissue repair and the healing of wounds, and stimulates the nervous and immune systems.

Cold lasers are also used in acupuncture to stimulate the acupoints of the body without using needles.

Types of Cold Laser Treatments

There are several types of cold laser treatments such as the Q1000 Laser, 660 Probe, 808 Probe, Q1000 Propack, and the Q10 Laser. The Q1000 Laser features nine different wavelengths meant to help cells for nerves, muscles, bone, ligaments, skin and tendons. Also with the Q1000 Laser, light is sent through quartz crystal, which gives the laser organic characteristics.

The 660 Probe is a gentle cold laser that penetrates deep into the body and provides more concentrated healing. It is often used for dental healing, facial or skin treatment, acupuncture, anti-aging, physical therapy, and more.

The 808 Probe uses an infrared laser to reach cells in the innermost parts of the body. It helps with bones and teeth as well as ligaments, tendons, and joints. The Q10 Laser is less expensive than the Q1000 and helps with injuries, pain, and facial rejuvenation. It’s also great for traveling. The Q1000 Propack combines all soft lasers into one package.

Using Healing Lasers

You can use healing lasers at home. Some lasers require training while others are fairly simple to use. The simpler models are designed so you can hold the laser near your body in the area where treatment is needed without discomfort. The laser does the work for you. The lasers also have different modes to help with certain needs. If you are considering cold laser treatments, consult with your doctor first.

With cold laser therapy, you can aid your body in healing using a natural, effective method. Keep this guide handy while seeking the cold laser products that are right for you.

Your Total Guide To Cluster Headache

Two heads are better than one! A cluster of heads is still better! But this cluster headache is definitely not desirable! One should not suffer from this chasing disease.

Two heads are better than one! A cluster of heads is still better! But this cluster headache is definitely not desirable! One should not suffer from this chasing disease.

It is chasing because once this headache starts, it occurs daily over a period of weeks extending up to several months! Then it may suddenly disappear and dramatically reappear during the same season in the ensuing year. Its timing is marked and it is perfect!

Who or what is responsible for this cluster headache? Nothing is known for certain. But it is reasonably proven that changes in the walls of blood vessels in the head have a role to play in the advancement of the cluster headache!

The brain by itself is a non-committal entity. It feels no pain. The pain of headache comes from the tissues surrounding the brain, the attaching structure at the base of the brain. The muscles, the scalp vessels, the vessel of the face and neck, may cause cluster headache. Or it may be specifically to blood vessels dilation or to inflammation of nerves behind the eyes.

The pattern of cluster headaches is very interesting. There are active periods and passive periods. Headache occurs in clusters. It may be days, weeks or even months, during which headache bothers you in clusters, every other day or ten times during a particular day. Head-ache free intermission may last for several months and years.

During the active period, you have to be careful about your lifestyles and discipline. Attacks may be triggered and intense suffering may bother you. The reasons may include: intake of alcohol, going to a place of high altitude, air travel, intense heat due to sunlight or due to any other reasons like taking of those items of food which are high in nitrates and many more.

Since cluster headaches are a serious type of headache, you have to budget your day, in all its aspects according to a strict schedule that is suitable to you. You can only know what is suitable for you by past experience!