November 29, 2011
Balance 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 Spa New Orleans 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.
July 7, 2011
New Orleans 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
Massage 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
June 27, 2011
May 24, 2011
Balance Spa New Orleans - 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?
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 Spa New Orleans, we specialize in helping people relax. From our relaxing amenities to our extensive menu of spa services, Balance Spa New Orleans is dedicated to helping our guests escape the stresses of everyday life. Call us today at (504) 595-5333!
April 25, 2011
Why is massage so effective? (Discover the Benefits of a Full-Body New Orleans Massage – Part 1)
New Orleans Massage – A New Orleans massage from Balance Spa 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 associated 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 at Balance Spa 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 massage therapy that’s right for you.
Experience the benefits of receiving the full-body New Orleans massage from Balance Spa New Orleans today!
April 18, 2011
Enjoy a New Orleans Massage!
A New Orleans massage from Balance Spa, 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, at Balance Spa New Orleans, is to evaluate your needs and provide the proper treatment.
New Orleans Massage – What Is Massage?
New Orleans massage – While our local spa services 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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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 day spa in New Orleans, Balance Spa is proud to offer a solution for sensitive skin.
PHYTOMER’S DESENSITIZING DAY SPA TREATMENT
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:
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