Meditation and how it can help you

At this time and more than ever, people are searching for a deeper meaning to their life. At the same time, more and more people are becoming sick, anxious, struggling to cope with daily life which, directly affects the quality of their mental health. With that in mind, have you considered the last time you gave yourself permission to stop, step out of the rat race

There will always be times in our lives when we have a lot on our plate and for a few months we can cope, and channel that time into producing something worthwhile. However, continued lengths of time without addressing the balance can have catastrophic consequences to our state of health, especially, our capacity to think clearly and generate great work. That directly affects our relationships, working environment and family unit and our own ability to function.or a while, take a breath, assess or contemplate, on practically anything.

Our emotions are our inner guide, and when paid attention to and understood can bring a wealth of information to our lives so that we know how to take much better care of ourselves.

The Working Mind Meditation- “Lamrin” the tools from Tibeten Buddhist meditation training help us pay attention to the purpose of our feelings and how to take control of them. If we track the root cause to those feelings which frighten us and hold us back we can reduce our anxiety, reduce everyday stress, increase inner happiness and develop our intuition and improve our focus.

Here are some of what one can learn in meditation

  • How to Creating our safe place to learn how to meditate.
  • Work from a place of your own inner wisdom.
  • How to quieten the Monkey Mind.
  • The difference between right and wrong thought.
  • The working Mind Meditation
  • How to protect your own mind.
  • The benefit of Mantra and a whole lot more……
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Hot flushes getting you down?

This was shared with me by a client’s husband this week who was experience chronic sciatic pain which I have managed to get under control.

He said and I quote;

“My wife and I were out shopping, we arrived home pleased with our efforts and shortly after my wife asked if we could turn the heating down”. The heating was not on she was in a raging heat, felt drained, really down and soaked right through to the point she needed a shower and changed her cloths.”

That got me thinking what do I know that may help you get an anchor on your raging heat post festive period. Its so draining to your life force contributing to low mood. Well as a 51-year-old woman and a health practitioner for many years I have learned just how much my own body resonates with eastern philosophy and treatments such as acupuncture and ancient cupping etc. The one ingredient sure to rage your body heat is refined sugar found in sweets, cakes and biscuits and all the wonderful treats at this festive time including the booze.

Here are two tips I want to share with you which I found worked for me.

1. Change from drinking cold water to room temperature water or even mildly warm boiled water. Why, because heat dissipates heat.

Help with hot flushes
Help with hot flushes

 

2. Time out and sit for a while with your feet in a bowl of hot water- a foot spa ( without scolding your feet ). The water needs to be about 3 inches up from your ankle bone. After about 5 minutes massage the inside of your shins along the meridian lines with a little oil and relax. Listen to a beautiful piece of music to help you unwind and chill.

Try these for a few weeks and see how you feel. They work for me and just might help you.

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Calling all menopausal women – How to keep your body heat under control this Christmas.

Menopause management

Reduce your body heat

How to keep your body heat under control this Christmas.

This was shared with me by a client’s husband this week who was experience chronic sciatic pain which I have managed to get under control.

He said and I quote,

“My wife and I were out shopping, we arrived home pleased with our efforts within a short timer my wife asked if we could turn the heating down”. The heating was not on she was in a raging heat, felt drained, emotionally low and soaked right through to the point she needed a shower and changed her cloths.”

He commented how awful it must be to contend with.

That got me Janie, thinking what do I know that may help you get an anchor of raging heat this festive period.

Well as a 51-year-old woman and a health practitioner I have learned over the years that my body resonates with eastern philosophy and treatments such as acupuncture and ancient cupping etc. The one ingredient which rages heat is refined sugar found in sweets, cakes and biscuits and all the wonderful treats at this festive time including the booze.

Here are two tips that I know worked for me.

1. Change from drinking cold water to room temperature water or even mildly warm boiled water. Why, because heat dissipates heat. Cold water will not cool you down.

2. Time out and sit for a while with your feet in a bowl of hot water- a foot spa ( without scolding your feet ). The water needs to be about 3 inches up from your ankle bone. After about 5 minutes massage the inside of your shins along the meridian lines with a little oil and relax. Listen to a beautiful piece of music to help you unwind.

When you are ready dry your feet and resume your day.

Try these for a few weeks and see how you feel. They work for me and just might help you.

 

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News: VHC launches Skype Personal Training Service

Virtual Health launches Skype Personal Training Service.

Virtual Health was initially for those individuals who are embarrassed to go to the gym and who were time poor. However, after much nurturing and managing the highs and lows of business, this week I have launched a new personal training concept “Personal Training” through Skype.

Some of our old clients have been in touch this week and live outside the UK or are not in our area and wondered how I could help them as we have previous training history and they didn’t want to train with anyone else or was unable to find the suitable trainer.

Skype seems to be our solution to staying in touch on scheduled training and keeping my valued clients in good shape.

So when you have a moment take a look at our re branded site at http://www.virtual-healthclub.com and or drop me a line on email: info@virtual-healthclub.com

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GOUT – What can I do to help myself?

GOUT – What can I do to help myself?

Food choices play a huge role when you are trying to control episodes of gout. Gout can be extremely painful and some of the most common problems can be from our western diet.

Below are some suggestions in your quest to combat a gout episode.

Stop drinking alcohol such as beer and wine.

Abstain from drinking coffee.

Drink plenty of water

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Test your acidity levels in your body by investing in a packet of urines strips which will report your acidity levels. Check them on the chart provided.

Your PH levels will probably report a low PH reading and high levels of acidity. Balancing the P H in your body requires you to eat foods which act as an Alkaline to neutralise the acid in your joints. Alternatively you can make an appointment to see your G P and ask for a diet sheet and by following the choices of foods start the process of reducing the painful symptoms you are experiencing.

Making sure you understand the effect of your food choices are having on your body can help keep your body and your immune system in harmony.

 

 

 

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WEAK PELVIC FLOOR MUSCLES ?

If your pelvic floor muscles are weak you will be unable to respond when your body performs dynamic exercises.

Most of us have heard of the pelvic floor muscles but few practise them as much as 3 times a week.

They are there to protect the pelvic organs and embarrassing leakages.

To strengthen your pelvic floor muscles you need to do the exercises three times a day and up to ten sets of ten second holds with also ten short strong contractions daily for about 12 weeks.

Pelvic floor problems are not age related some teenagers also suffer from bladder and bowel control as well. Teenagers, who are heavily into sports at school such as gymnastics for example tumbling, can also experience a weak pelvic floor due to the force on the pelvic floor when landing as does running.

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Checking your state of health and why it remains important.

Health Assessment
Staying healthy can delay the onset of chronic disease

HEALTH ASSESSMENT. 

Why it is important and what to expect.

Before embarking on any exercise program it is paramount that you undertake a health assessment whether you are on medication or not.In the world of personal training we are governed by a code of practice and have a “duty of care” to our clients in order to make sure you are safe and as free from risk as possibly.

 The health assessment follows the initial consultation

 What is a health assessment and what does it report?

A health assessment is a measurement of approx 10-12 key indicators of your personal state of health.

They range from blood pressure readings to a variety of tests including body fat measurements, flexibility just to name a few.

The benefit to you is that a health assessment can provide key information and can detect health issues that may prevent the onset of chronic disease such as a stroke.

So, if you are thinking of engaging with a personal trainer this is what you need to know from the health assessment before you start an exercise program.

  •  Blood pressure test

Normal blood pressure for young people 120mmHg/80mmHg and changes with age to approx 140mmHg/90mmHg any higher than that there needs to be referral to the GP

It’s a known fact that exercise raises blood pressure and is linked to stroke. A responsible trainer will never compromise neither you nor them, but will insist on a health check before prescribing or embarking on any exercise program.

  • Peak flow measurement ( tests lung capacity )

This involves blowing thru a tube for a reading three times and averaging for the score and again if the lung capacity is too low exercise may be impaired.

  •  Waist and hip ratio.

Measures waist and hips circumference. Too much weight around the waist can lead to health problems.

  •  Height & weight

Body Mass Index (BMI) is the relationship between weight and height that is often associated with health risks.

Note

Some sports specific individuals who have a higher ratio of muscle to fat such as Rugby players have a tendency to fall into the obese category of Body Mass Index scoring when being tested.

  •  Stretch assessment.(tests lower back and hamstring flexibility)

Hamstring flexibility or the lack of it, can affect one’s exercise capacity due to their short length so problems may arise with cardiovascular training. Training adaptations are required.

  • Core strength assessment.(tests the strength of the deeper core muscles which aids postural strength)

The core area is the area of the body which runs from the shoulders to the hips.

  •  Body fat & hydration assessment ( non invasive testing and immediate reporting)
  •  Full range sit up assessment ( if appropriate)

This assessment tests superficial stomach muscles “the one’s you can see- hopefully”

This test maybe inappropriate for some clients, especially those with reduced flexibility, back complaints or have hernia.

  •  Press up assessment ( if appropriate)

This assessment tests the strength of a variety of muscles in your upper body  and core.

  •  Back  Mobility Assessment ( required for mobility and CV, Cardio vascular training).

 (If appropriate) means that if the trainer believes the test is going to impair the training the test can be bought in at a later date once you have acquired the skills for that test. However, much does depend on what you are trying to achieve from the program. The trainer will make a decision. The results of the assessment will give you a base line in terms of a starting place at that given time and date.

Remember, that without testing or measuring you will never know how much you are improving or what is changing in relation to body composition and your own personal health.

Our assessment will show you just that!

 Exercise prescription also available on request and please don’t be offended if I send you to your GP for further testing should the results dictate.

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Love your curves.

Jane believes that it’s ok to be curvaceous, shapely and toned but a change of body shape can come about by a mere change in your job, from being active to a sedentary desk job. But all that aside being active has more benefits than just losing and maintaining you weight.

For all those Jane has worked with who have been on a diet are now fatter than ever, if they worked why are we so fat, apart from being fed up and miserable and put chronic stress it puts on your heart which is un maintainable is a psycological nightmare.

Starving yourself of what you want only increases your desire for it, whether it is food related or another topic. It has been made clear to Jane over a period of time that not all people have the correct understanding regarding the difference between slow release sugars like fruit and refined sugar such as sweets, cakes and biscuits and alcohol which have a direct impact on your waist line that are highly addictive?

The more of these foods you eat the bigger your waist line will become and the more of them you keep eating to get your fix. People choose to wear baggy cloth’s instead of fitted one’s so is it a wonder we lose a sense of this feels tight and I better do something about it.

So the question is

For what reason are you so addicted to sugar and do you know how to change it, address that and be honest with yourself and you might stand a chance?

Healthy is not just defined in terms of body, nutrition and exercise the two missing components are your emotional health and your Psychological health and for some it includes spiritual growth.

Weaning yourself from sugar is like trying to stop smoking, it is really difficult without plummeting into low mood due to nicotine stimulating effects on your brain, the same happens when you try to wean yourself from refined sugar.

In her opinion, rapid diets may be the only option if you have to undergo surgery as the risk of not losing weight prior to a major operation may result in serious consequences but this is usually a directive given by the doctor.

If you lose weight too quickly and the fat in your body falls out of the cell the result you are left with is saggy skin and the only option is surgery – Nip & tuck and at a huge cost, not only to you but a huige financial one to.

Exercise is a part of a healthy life style as is nutritian, spirituality and emotional health.

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Menopause- A Simple Tip

Hot flushes

Over heating?

A very simple technique for reducing body heat.

Soak your feet in a bowl of warm water at the end of the day for about 5-10minutes.

 

The massage them and the area above the inside of the ankles up along the inside of the lower leg towards the heart. Most people are very tender there as there is hardly any fat in this area and the bone is high to the skin. This area is stubborn for holding stagnant chi energy, often shown to us as swollen ankles and .

We need good Chi to function at our best. Heat applied will help balance the heat in the body, one balances out the other, therefore encouraging less heat and a better quality of sleep.

Try it for a week

 

 

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At the time I was not in a very good place you helped me become a fighter, teaching me to zone out of what was going on around me and focus. I still do that today when I am faced with negativity. That day I performed my best a faultless routine a day and performance I shall never forget. The icing on the cake was winning and that I shall thank you forever.
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