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November 29, 2011

The Ongoing Quest to Combat Aging – Balance Spa New Orleans LA

Filed under: Nutrition — Balance Spa @ 7:00 pm

Spa New Orleans LA – As with so many things involving technology, the push to forestall aging is in the midst of a renaissance. At one end of the scale we have the likes of Aubrey De Grey, life-extension theorist, who is convinced that we are close to halting aging entirely as advances in technology begin to allow us to basically replace anything that goes bad in the body. On the other side of this debate are those who argue that aging is pre-programmed such that no intervention will keep the ‘animal’ alive indefinitely. The debate goes on.

For the moment, the miracle of interrupting the biological clock is still science fiction, however foreseeable the promise of immortality. And for the meantime we mere mortals must resort to more primitive means like food to slow the aging process. Yet, within this present reality of supplements and superfoods, there are many bizarre options. It’s both confusing and exciting. Who would have guessed that chocolate would become a sought after health food for its antioxidant content? And what about fish oil? There’s something fishy about fish oil. It was just a few generations back that children were being force-fed the stuff for their own good. Now, thanks to the gel cap, we can self-administer our Omega 3s and forego the pain. We’re still being told it’s good for us, though.

For the moment, the quest to combat aging, for both Balance LA and our society, is still very much with us. Fads come and go, yet there’s something recurrent about most of them. Fish oil, for sure. And nuts and berries, part of the hunter-and-gatherer diet (aka, Paleolithic Diet). Even eating food raw has become au currant. Meanwhile, we’re still being urged to eat our greens, except we’re getting more intense about it? It used to be enough to eat spinach and broccoli and green beans. Now, for added anti-aging effect, we need to eat things like kale, blue-green algae and wheat grass juice to keep healthy and combat aging.

Now there’s even a dietary school which favors near starvation as the path to longevity. The science suggests that test animals add an additional one-third to their life cycle with reduced food intake. Living past one hundred may be cool, but severe calorie restriction is a pretty high price to pay.

We live in paradoxical times. Science is showing us how to identify and isolate specific aspects of foods that seem to hold promise in targeting age-related issues. Stem cell research is taking us into other futuristic territory. Meanwhile, we are reaching back into history and even prehistory to find a way to maximize health and combat aging. Even with such resourcefulness the mystery of aging remains, but for how long we can only wonder.

 

 

 

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July 7, 2011

Treating Repressed Anger . . . With A New Orleans Massage?

Filed under: Health — Balance Spa @ 7:00 pm
Massage – There are few experiences that provide the release that a New Orleans Massage does.  Not only a release of the physical tension and pain associated with our muscular system, but a New Orleans Massage can lead to a release of emotions.  One of the most damaging emotional conditions that can be greatly reduced is suppressed anger:

Holding in Anger Increases Pain – Massage New Orleans

New Orleans massageMassage therapists are aware of how emotions can be held in the body and sometimes released by the client in session. In new research, investigators found that the intentional suppression of anger results in increased pain and blood pressure.
“Suppression of anger may be linked to heightened pain report and pain behavior during a subsequent painful event among chronic low-back patients,” the researchers noted in an abstract published in www.pubmed.gov.
For the study, chronic low-back pain patients were assigned to Suppression or No Suppression conditions for a cooperative computer maze task during which a confederate harassed them.
During baseline and maze task, patients’ lower paraspinal and trapezius muscle tension, blood pressure and heart rate were recorded, according to the abstract. After the maze task, patients underwent a structured pain-behavior task.
Results indicated that the subjects who suppressed their
anger experienced greater lower paraspinal muscle tension and systolic blood pressure increases during the maze task than did the nonsuppressors.
“Results suggest that suppression-induced lower paraspinal muscle tension and systolic blood pressure increases may link the actual suppression of anger during provocation to signs of clinically relevant pain among chronic low-back pain patients,” the researchers noted.
“Suppression of anger and subsequent pain intensity and behavior among chronic low back pain patients: the role of symptom-specific physiological reactivity” was conducted by researchers at the Department of Behavioral Science, Rush University Medical Center, in Chicago, Illinois, and published in the Journal of Behavioral Medicine.
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June 27, 2011

Bloodsugar Levels, Laughter and Good Memories – the Key to Self-Control? – Balance Spa, New Orleans Spa

Filed under: Health — Balance Spa @ 7:00 pm

 

, Spa – So much of what we seek to achieve in life requires self-control. From weightloss, to fitness and breaking bad habits, self-control is the key to getting what we want out of life. Working to improve this skill is the perfect compliment to your better life regime including regular visits to Balance Spa, to improve health, fitness and control stress. Read the following article from the New York Times to learn the surprising truth about boosting willpower:

How to Boost Your Willpower

(From left: Robert Stolarik for The New York Times New York; Alan Zale for The New York Times; Owen Franken for The New York Times )

Every day, we are tested. Whether it’s a cookie tempting us from our diets or a warm bed coaxing us to sleep late, we are forced to decide between what we want to do and what we ought to do.

The ability to resist our impulses is commonly described as self-control or willpower. The elusive forces behind a person’s willpower have been the subject of increasing scrutiny by the scientific community trying to understand why some people overeat or abuse drugs and alcohol. What researchers are finding is that willpower is essentially a mental muscle, and certain physical and mental forces can weaken or strengthen our self-control.

Studies now show that self-control is a limited resource that may be strengthened by the foods we eat. Laughter and conjuring up powerful memories may also help boost a person’s self-control. And, some research suggests, we can improve self-control through practice, testing ourselves on small tasks in order to strengthen our willpower for bigger challenges.

“Learning self-control produces a wide range of positive outcomes,’’ said Roy Baumeister, a psychology professor at Florida State University who wrote about the issue in this month’s Current Directions in Psychological Science. “Kids do better in school, people do better at work. Look at just about any major category of problem that people are suffering from and odds are pretty good that self-control is implicated in some way.’’

Last month, Dr. Baumeister reported on laboratory studies that showed a relationship between self-control and blood glucose levels. In one study, participants watched a video, but some were asked to suppress smiles and other facial reactions. After the film, blood glucose levels had dropped among those who had exerted self-control to stifle their reactions, but stayed the same among the film watchers who were free to react, according to the report in Personality and Social Psychology Review.

The video watchers were later given a concentration test in which they were asked to identify the color in which words were displayed. The word “red,” for instance, might appear in blue ink. The video watchers who had stifled their responses did the worst on the test, suggesting that their self-control had already been depleted by the film challenge.

But the researchers also found that restoring glucose levels appears to replenish self-control. Study subjects who drank sugar-sweetened lemonade, which raises glucose levels quickly, performed better on self-control tests than those who drank artificially-sweetened beverages, which have no effect on glucose.

The findings make sense because it’s long been known that glucose fuels many brain functions. Having a bite to eat appears to help boost a person’s willpower, and may explain why smokers trying to quit or students trying to focus on studying often turn to food to sustain themselves.

Consuming sugary drinks or snacks isn’t practical advice for a dieter struggling with willpower. However, the research does help explain why dieters who eat several small meals a day appear to do better at sticking to a diet than dieters who skip meals. “You need the energy from food to have the willpower to exert self-control in order to succeed on your diet,” said Dr. Baumeister.

Kathleen Vohs, professor of marketing at the University of Minnesota, says that in lab studies, self-control is boosted when people conjure up powerful memories of the things they value in life. Laughter and positive thoughts also help people perform better on self-control tasks. Dr. Vohs notes that self-control problems occur because people are caught up “in the moment’’ and are distracted from their long-term goals.

“You want to look good in a bikini next summer but you’re looking at a piece of chocolate cake now,’’ said Dr. Vohs. “When we get people to think about values we move them to the long-term state, and that cools off the tempting stimuli.’’

Finally, some research suggests that people struggling with self-control should start small. A few studies show that people who were instructed for two weeks to make small changes like improving their posture or brushing their teeth with their opposite hand improved their scores on laboratory tests of self-control. The data aren’t conclusive, but they do suggest that the quest for self-improvement should start small. A vow to stop swearing, to make the bed every day or to give up just one food may be a way to strengthen your self-control, giving you more willpower reserves for bigger challenges later.

“Learning to bring your behavior under control even with arbitrary rules does build character in that it makes you better able to achieve the things you want to achieve later on,” said Dr. Baumeister. “Self-control is a limited resource. People make all these different New Year’s resolutions, but they are all pulling off from the same pool of your willpower. It’s better to make one resolution and stick to it than make five.”

 

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May 24, 2011

Learning Relaxation Techniques Proven to Lengthen Life? – Balance Spa New Orleans

Filed under: Health,News — Balance Spa @ 9:21 am
-  For centuries society has sought to improve their life and health through relaxation. From the history of meditation which precedes historical record, to the imperial bath complexes of ancient Rome, man has instinctively searched for ways to reduce stress. And now, science is backing up this instinctual undertaking. Read about the latest science of relaxation below:

Predicting the Future: New Blood Test for Longevity?

spa New OrleansIf you could find out your approximate age of death, would you want to do so? I’m not talking tarot cards, psychic readings, or messages from above; I’m talking a blood test that claims to predict your biological age and how much longer you will last.
Soon to be available in the U.K , the test measures the length of telomeres, a DNA structure which controls the longevity of dividing cells. The shorter the telomere, the faster you are aging. A very specific blood test can determine telomere length and, based on the length can use an algorithm to assess longevity based on current lifestyle.
Life Length, a research company based in Spain, developed the test and is working on approvals throughout Europe and America. While the test will not tell you the exact date or year of your demise, it can make predictions within a decade.
“Knowing whether our telomeres are a normal length or not for a given chronological age will give us an indication of our health status and of our physiological ‘age’ even before diseases appear,” said Maria Blasco, the head of the telomeres research at the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre, in Madrid.
The test involves blood being drawn at a lab and will take about four weeks for results. The cost to know your fate: In England the price is set at £435, which is roughly $705 at today’s exchange rate.
The upside of a test like this is that you have the opportunity to make lifestyle changes that will benefit you and increase your lifespan, should you choose to do so. A study published online and in print form, in The Lancet Oncology in 2008, gathered evidence showing major lifestyle changes may extend life and prevent premature cell death.
Thirty men with low-risk prostate cancer who were asked to make significant lifestyle changes participated in a study lead by Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn, a UCSF biochemist and known for her discovery of telomeres, along with her lead colleague Dr. Dean Ornish.
The men were introduced to their new lifestyle, which lasted for three months, during a three-day residential retreat. They were taught stress reduction techniques, and given instructions on how to follow their strict diet, that involved a 10 percent lower calorie diet from fat, low refined sugars, and a diet filled with fresh fruits, veggies, whole foods, fish oil and supplemental vitamins. They were also taught to incorporate a moderate aerobic activity to their daily regimen and even learned relaxation methods, and breathing techniques.
Telomerase levels for the men were taken at the beginning of the study, and again after the three-month period. Researchers discovered telomerase in the blood increased by 29 percent and bad cholesterol decreased. Telomerase is an enzyme that repairs and lengthens telomeres, a DNA protein complex which affects how fast cells age.
Would you be willing to take the test? Would you alter your life accordingly or continue on the path you are on?
Balance , we specialize in helping people relax. From our relaxing amenities to our extensive menu of , Balance Spa New Orleans is dedicated to helping our guests escape the stresses of everyday life. Call us today at (504) 595-5333!
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April 25, 2011

Discover the Benefits of a Full-Body New Orleans Massage – Part 2

Filed under: Health,Services — Balance Spa @ 1:22 pm

Why is massage so effective? (Discover the Benefits of a Full-Body Massage – Part 1)

New Orleans Massage – A New Orleans massage from New Orleans, involves the direct manipulation of the physical body. A New Orleans Massage works so well on a host of conditions because massage encourages the body to relax. When the body is in a relaxed state, heart beat and breathing slow down, blood pressure decreases, and stress hormones go down as serotonin, the feel-good hormone rises. As a result, the many risks associateNew Orleans Massaged with stress – cardiovascular disease, anxiety, insomnia, and fatigue to name just a few – are significantly reduced.

New Orleans Massage – In addition, the manipulation of soft tissue and muscle results in improved blood and lymph circulation, as well as reduced tension in the muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments, and associated nerves. This allows for a more effective release of toxins from the body, improving health at the cellular level.

Here are some additional reasons why you owe it to yourself to get a full-body New Orleans massage New Orleans. 

A full-body New Orleans massage will help:

•    Reduce pain by releasing hormones known as endorphins, the body’s natural pain-killer.
•    Increase the flexibility of hip, shoulder, knee and other joints.
•    Stretch and loosen tight and/or weak muscles
•    Improve the quality and length of sleep
•    Improve respiration
•    Decrease water retention and cramping that occur during the menstrual cycle
•    Improve mental clarity and concentration
•    … and much, much more.

New Orleans Massage – With all of these benefits available, there’s really no reason for you not to schedule an appointment at Balance Spa New Orleans. Call us today at 504-595-5333 and let one of our licensed massage therapists help you select the that’s right for you.

Experience the benefits of receiving the full-body New Orleans massage from Balance Spa New Orleans today!

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April 18, 2011

Discover the Benefits of a Full-Body New Orleans Massage – Part 1

Filed under: Health,Services — Balance Spa @ 11:48 am

New Orleans massageEnjoy a Massage!

A New Orleans massage from , is one of the most relaxing and rejuvenating experiences that we have to offer. You owe it to yourself to experience a full body massage.

A centuries old technique, the application of massage for therapeutic purposes dates back over 3,000 years. It was used by the ancient Egyptians, Chinese, Hindus, Persians and Greeks and continues to be used today to treat a wide range of symptoms and conditions, including tension caused by chronic stress, auto-immune conditions such as arthritis; diabetes, high blood pressure, and other debilitating diseases; as well as anxiety and depression.

Our goal for your New Orleans massage, New Orleans, is to evaluate your needs and provide the proper treatment.

New Orleans Massage – What Is Massage?

New Orleans massage – While our local provide hundreds of different New Orleans massage therapies, most involve some form of manipulation of the body’s soft tissue and muscles by means of pressure, stroking, kneading, tapping, rocking, vibration, and/or friction. Many massage therapies also include the application of oils and other substances to reduce the amount of friction caused by the stroking and kneading.

Why is a New Orleans massage so effective?

A New Orleans Massage that involves the direct manipulation of the physical body works well on a host of conditions because it encourages the body to relax. When the body is in a relaxed state, heart beat and breathing slow down, blood pressure decreases, and stress hormones go down as serotonin, the feel-good hormone rises. As a result, the many risks associated with stress – cardiovascular disease, anxiety, insomnia, and fatigue to name just a few – are significantly reduced.

Schedule your New Orleans massage, at Balance Spa New Orleans now to begin enjoying the benefits of a full body massage.

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April 11, 2011

Benefits of a Facial at Balance Spa New Orleans LA

Filed under: Health,Services,Why Balance Spa New Orleans — Balance Spa @ 1:05 pm

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Not sure about getting a facial at Balance ? Many of us believe that getting a facial is a luxury we simply can’t afford, an activity engaged in only by the rich and famous, or simply unnecessary since most of us wash our faces every day. However, treating yourself to a spa facial from Balance Spa New Orleans LA on a regular basis has many benefits you really shouldn’t deprive yourself of.

The following are just a few of the benefits you can expect when you get a facial New Orleans LA:

•    Evaluation of your skin type: Before the facial begins, the skin care specialist or esthetician from Balance Spa New Orleans LA will evaluate your skin type to determine the correct skin care products to use and the appropriate procedures to apply.  Many estheticians will encourage you to bring in the products you use at home in order to determine if they are the ones you should be using and recommend products that match your skin type.

•    Deep cleanse. You may think you’re giving your face an adequate cleanse at home, but a facial from Balance Spa New Orleans LA is designed to penetrate deeply into the pores to unclog them and remove blackheads, as well as ground-in dirt and bacteria that a regular washing often misses.  The skin is also exfoliated to remove dead cells that have accumulated, leaving your skin soft, smooth, and glowing. This exfoliation and deep cleansing boosts cell metabolism, improves circulation, and prevents premature aging of the skin.

•    Stress reduction.  Getting a facial at Balance Spa New Orleans LA is quite a relaxing experience, especially when done in a serene spa setting. In addition to cleansing your face, the esthetician will massage your face, neck, and shoulders in order to loosen tense muscles, a leading cause of tension headaches.

Getting a facial at Balance Spa New Orleans LA is not only a vital component of good skin hygiene but an excellent way to give yourself the pampering you deserve. Both men and women can benefit from Balance Spa New Orleans LA ‘s facials, and they are an excellent means of teaching young people all about skin care.

Call to schedule your facial at Balance Spa New Orleans LA!

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March 22, 2011

Eating for Vibrant Skin – Compliment your Day Spa Routine

Filed under: Nutrition — Balance Spa @ 6:20 am

If you haven’t checked them out yet, has some excellent products and services designed to help your skin look young and vibrant.  However, as many people are aware, eating the right foods can work along with your Balance Spa New Orleans facials and day spa skin products to get even better results.  Take a look at this article from The Mayo Clinic for a list of foods you should be including in your diet:

Foods for healthy skin: Top picks

Question: What are the best foods for healthy skin?

Answer

from Lawrence E. Gibson, M.D.

Research on the best foods for healthy skin is limited. Still, antioxidant-rich foods seem to have a protective effect for the skin. Consider these skin-friendly foods:

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  • Carrots, apricots and other yellow and orange fruits and vegetables
  • Blueberries
  • Spinach and other green leafy vegetables
  • Tomatoes
  • Beans, peas and lentils
  • Fish, especially salmon
  • Nuts

On the flip side, some foods seem to be associated with skin damage. For example, some research suggests that a diet high in fat and carbohydrates promotes skin aging.

Remember, many of the best foods for healthy skin also promote good health overall. Rather than focusing on specific foods for healthy skin, concentrate on a healthy diet in general. Drink plenty of water. Eat more fruits and vegetables. Trade red meat for fish. Choose low-fat or fat-free dairy products. Include nuts, seeds and beans in your favorite meals. Opt for whole-grain breads and pasta. Limit sweets. Strive for variety as you’re making healthy choices.

Read the original article here.

For more help in making your skin glow, check-out our comprehensive day spa skin care services.  Visit our day spa menu of services for the full details.

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February 28, 2011

Easing Osteoarthritis with Massage Therapy

Filed under: Health,News,Services — Balance Spa @ 3:00 am

– Once you’ve experienced an amazing massage from Balance Spa, New Orleans, there is no denying the many benefits of massage.  Studies have shown massage to benefit everything from muscle tension, to stress relief, to mental processing.  But did you know that receiving a massage regularly can also help relieve osteoarthritis?  Read the following article for more information.

Helps Osteoarthritis – Balance Spa New Orleans

Massage therapy might be a good prescription for people with osteoarthritis, a new study suggests.

The cartilage that cushions the joints is constantly wearing away due to everyday activities and being replaced through healthy repair mechanisms. But as we age, the repair process slows down and the joint cushion thins. The result is osteoarthritis, marked by joint pain, stiffness, and physical disability.

As many as 21 million people in the United States suffer from osteoarthritis, the most commonly reported chronic condition in elderly people. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that osteoarthritis causes more physical disability than lung disease, heart disease, and diabetes, and annual costs associated with osteoarthritis are estimated at $60 billion.

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February 23, 2011

Balance Spa’s Desensitizing Facial – A Treat From Your New Orleans Day Spa

Filed under: Uncategorized — Balance Spa @ 5:59 pm

Two out of three women say they have fragile, intolerant, reactive skin. While thin, fair skin is more prone to hyper-reactivit no skin type is safe from the problem of reactive skin.  As a top in , is proud to offer a solution for sensitive skin.

PHYTOMER’S DESENSITIZING DAY New Orleans day spa woman Phytomer

When sensitive skin is overexposed to common aggressors, like sun and aggressive exfoliation programs, boosting the skin’s natural defense mechanisms is imperative, otherwise inflammation and irritation take over. This facial treatment blends ultra-gentle marine extracts to calm the skin and stop reactivity in its tracks. Skin prone to allergies, sensitivities, and sunburn will be neutralized. Finally! A peaceful day spa solution available from Balance Spa and Fitness New Orleans.

The SCIENCE behind Phytomer products:

DRIÉLINE -

Skin sensitivity can be caused from heredity or external factors such as sun, pollution, cold, fatigue, stress, aggressive skin care, surgery, etc. Driéline is an extract from a purified yeast membrane. This polysaccharide from the B-1 glucane family is in all the home care products listed below. It protects and reinforces the epidermis’ natural defenses by stimulating the Langerhan cells, fighting free radicals, soothing the skin, and reducing inflammation. Increases hydration and regeneration of the skin by increasing collagen and elastin synthesis.

Phycossachareide Anti-Inflamation® available at your day spa, Balance Spa New Orleans, have these great benefits:
1. Immediately soothes the skin
2. Stimulates defense resources
3. Repairs damaged tissue

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