Many people dismiss a manicure as a luxury treatment with little benefit other than to pretty-up your nails. The truth is that while this can certainly be many people’s main motivation for paying for a manicure, when it is done well and thoroughly, with a hand massage included, manicures can provide a lot of health benefits for both men and women.
If you have never experienced the blissful relaxation that comes from Indian head massage, then you are in for a treat. The ancient Ayurvedic massage technique focuses on the head, face, neck and shoulders, working deep into the tissues to bring calm, peace and serenity.
Reflexology is a style of massage that is often used to relieve tension and in some cases has helped individuals with other medical conditions. It is a non-intrusive complementary health therapy, based on the theory that different zones on the feet, lower leg, hands, face or ears correspond with different areas of the body. The theory goes that by manipulating one of these zones it stimulates the movement of energy along nerve channels and helps to restore homeostasis, or balance, to the whole body.
There are several types of massage effective for skiers. Warm up or pre-ski massage will help to prepare your body for the physical exertion by warming up the muscles. Deep tissue massage focuses on the deeper layers of muscle tissue, targeting on certain areas and applying firmer strokes and pressure on these areas, good for releasing knots from a vigorous day on the slopes. Relaxation or Swedish massage uses long strokes and gentle kneading and rolling of the skin and muscles, a great massage for creating a feeling of general all round relaxation and wellbeing.
It is very infrequent that we tend to make specific resolutions about our emotional health, possibly because although it may be our emotions that drive the need to make other resolutions, they are often hidden beneath the physical and practical manifestations of what we want to achieve. Making a specific resolution about improving emotional health can seem too intangible to even know where to start.
There is scientific evidence that eating chocolate, in reasonable amounts, can protect against heart disease as cocoa contains antioxidants called polyphenols that prevent the oxidation of harmful cholesterol. Antioxidants are also known to protect against cancer and eating chocolate can be good for stress. This is thought to be because chocolate contains valeric acid, which is both a relaxant and a tranquilliser. Additionally the sugar in chocolate may reduce stress â€“ sugar can have a calming and pain-relieving effect because sweet tastes activate opiate-like substances in our brain.
August is the most popular month of the year to get married, with 15% of UK weddings taking place this month that was over 36,500 last year*. Weddings are a fantastic opportunity to celebrate with friends and family and planning your wedding day can be fun and exciting, but it can also be a bit over whelming. With venues to find, ceremonyâ€™s to organise, table plans to write it can sometimes all get too much. The trick is to pace yourself and plan in a few treats along the way to make the whole experience an indulgence.
Two-thirds of British people take their holidays between July and August, following the end of the school year. However, school…
What is it about Wimbledon that makes hundreds of us pick-up a tennis racket for the first time in at least a year and rush down to the local tennis courts to leap and lunge about and do our best to emulate Andy Murray and Laura Robson?
This month is host to World Asthma Day, aimed at raising the profile of this long term illness, which can be fatal. A recent national study of asthma deaths in the UK concluded that people suffering from asthma are dying unnecessarily because of complacency among both medical staff and patients.