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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The Health Benefits of Mango

Mangos are packed with more than a dozen types of polyphenols (antioxidants) that can help prevent cancer. Mango is also full of Vitamin A which helps to boost the immune system. Vitamin A is also the key to healthy, moisturized skin and hair. Recent experiments show that mangoes help to regulate blood sugar levels. And the leutein and zeaxanthin found in mangoes are good for healthy eyes.

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Don’t Bounce

Bouncing stretches are a recipe for muscle tears.  The old “hurdler’s stretch” where you put one leg out in front and the other leg behind you, is out as well. That stretch causes stress in the ligaments of your knee. It’s better to put both legs out in front, and stretch toward your toes gently.

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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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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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