Don’t Hold Your Breath While You Stretch

Your muscles need oxygen throughout the stretch so take good deep, slow breaths as you stretch. Holding your breath can also raise blood pressure. Simple stretches such as shoulder rolls don’t require that you hold them, but other stretches such as quadriceps stretches should be held for at least 20 seconds. 60 seconds is even better.
Remember to breathe throughout the stretch.

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Don’t Stretch When Your Muscles are Cold

Cold muscles are tight and don’t have much stretch in them. Instead, warm up for five minutes or more before you stretch any muscle that you hold. A little light running, a few minutes warming up in the sun, or even a warm bath will be enough to get your muscles moving and active before you stretch.

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Balance Your Exercise with Your Stretches

If you lift weights, for example, and you push weights that cause your shoulders to roll forward, then you should balance that exercise with a stretch that stretches your shoulders backward.

The general rule is, to to the front as you would do to the back, and do to the left as you would do to the right.

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The Health Benefits of Pineapple

Pineapple’s bromelain has anti-inflammatory properties which are good for treating sports injuries.

Pineapple promotes a healthy complexion and strong healthy hair.

One study in 2004 showed that people who ate pineapple regularly were at lower risk of developing macular degeneration when they aged, most probably due to the beta-carotene found in yellow fruits.

Pineapple is a strong source of potassium and vitamin C which helps to combat high blood pressure and to prevent some forms of cancer.

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Health Benefits of Cherries

Cherries, both sweet and tart, are known for their cancer-fighting properties.

The Anthocyanins in cherries protect the neuronal cells in the brain from oxidative stress.

Tart cherries are thought to reverse the damage from some of the most common risk factors for cardiovascular disease such as cholesterol, triglycerides, and inflammation.

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Don’t Stretch Only When You Exercise

Try to make stretching a part of your daily routine. You don’t need a special space or exercise clothing to be able to stretch effectively. Spend a few minutes stretching your hamstrings, shoulders, lower back and neck, and you’ll see your flexibility improve quickly.

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Choose a Licensed Massage Therapist

Before you choose a massage therapist, make certain he or she is licensed in the state of Colorado.

Massage therapists are required to complete a recognized course in massage therapy with at least 500 hours of course work and practical training from a massage therapy school approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB).

Massage therapists must pass a certified massage therapy practice exam, and complete continuing education courses in order to maintain a license.

Licensed massage therapists also agree to follow a code of conduct to protect the safety and privacy of their patients.

An unlicensed or inexperienced massage therapist could:
*aggravate an existing injury or delay healing
*lessen flexibility, range of motion or mobility in some people
*be unaware of the effects of chronic conditions

You deserve the best treatment from the most qualified, experienced and licensed massage therapist.

You can search the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies database of licensed massage therapists here: https://apps.colorado.gov/dora/licensing/Lookup/LicenseLookup.aspx

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The Health Benefits of Acerola

What is acerola? It’s a cherry-like fruit packed with nutrients. Acerola has been shown to help fight cancer, aid digestion, support the cardiovascular system, boosting immunity, preventing and managing diabetes, prevent aging, boost brain health, support strong bones and teeth, promote good vision and prevent fatigue.

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