July 31st, 2012
When you have a holistic treatment; Aromatherapy Massage , Reflexology, or a deep tissue massage, initially you will have good blood circulation and a relaxed feeling. Then it brings you a calm tranquil state, almost like lying on the warm beach under the sun.
When the body is in this state, it starts balancing its systems; reduce heart rate, lower blood pressure, regulate hormones, relieve and reduce physical and mental stress and pains, reduce anxiety, and increase wellness.
After the treatment, you will find your sleep pattern improved, your immune system boosted, and your sense of well-being enhanced.
If you are suffering aches and pains on your neck, shoulders or back from hours in front of PC, carrying heavy shopping bags, driving, or running around after children, Viva deep tissue massage is especially designed for helping soothe those aches and pains away. It relieves muscle tension and stiffness, reduces muscle spasms, and improves posture.
March 17th, 2010
Known for its attractive terraces and grand Victorian town houses, Nottinghill is a fashionable, affluent and contemporary location in modern West London. Situated prestigiously in The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, it is eclectically both quintessentially English and cosmopolitan. Internationally propelled into stardom by virtue of the blockbuster film, Nottinghill, starring Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant, this desirable and very stylish London location is synonymous with both refined gentility and bohemian chic.
Portobello Road Market, a famous thoroughfare stretching over half a mile long, offers charming antiques, conversation piece collectables, vintage clothing and enticing sundries. Having leisurely perused the above, one might enjoy a hearty lunch at one of Nottinghill’s many fine restaurants or modern eateries; visit The Ledbury, Essenza, De Amicis Ristorante Italiano.
Wind down and conclude this busy day with the perfect personalized treat to revive, soothe and replenish mind, body and spirit. Available to you within an hour at your home, hotel rooms or venue of your choice, are Viva Therapies’ exceptional therapists, holding first rate international qualifications. Viva Therapies offers therapeutic relaxation and professional grooming at its very best. Choose from our excellent premier menu. For Massage, we offer classic, aromatherapy, deep tissue, holistic, relaxing, Thai yoga, Indian head, lymphatic drainage, reflexology, sports and pregnancy massage. For Beauty, we deliver superb holistic facials, manicure, pedicure, nail enhancements, waxing, make-up, hair dressing ~ top to toe luxurious pampering. Please enquire about our excellent fitness programmes. Like the colourful parades and bracing rhythms of The Nottinghill Carnival, Viva Therapies will revitalize your core energies. We hope to enhance and lighten your day.
Along the stately lanes of Westbourne Grove and Clarendon Cross, you will find the villagesque landscape and elegant settings for high-end shopping and exquisite dining. Visit Nottinghill’s landmark restaurants, preparing cuisine from all over the world, for leisure, celebration, or simply romance.
March 17th, 2010
Life is full of stress even in good times. But there are ways to manage your stress so it doesn’t get the better of you.
“Stress is a constant. But though a situation may be beyond your
control, how you respond to it isn’t,” says Kathy HoganBruen, a clinical
psychologist and senior director of prevention for the National Mental
Health Association. HoganBruen says physical health and mental health go
hand-in-hand, and the steps that promote one also promote the other.
“Just generally taking care of yourself is a key,” she says. “Start with
exercise and healthy eating, and getting enough sleep. “Aerobic
exercise has been found to reduce stress and depression,” HoganBruen
adds. “And when we eat better, we feel better. A lot of people’s
self-esteem is related to their body image, so when you’re looking
better, it helps a lot of people feel better.”
Other aids to stress reduction include:
Meditation. “It can help a lot of people,” HoganBruen says.
Spirituality. “There is evidence to suggest that faith can be helpful,”
she says. “We do find that people with an active faith life report fewer
mental health problems.”
Relaxation. “Lie down with candles and soft music,” HoganBruen says. “Or
get a massage. It’s hard to be stressed when you’re getting a massage.”
The most common sources of stress are work, relationships and money,
experts say. But distant events are increasingly heightening the stress
in our lives. Eric Dlugokinski, a psychologist in Oklahoma City, says
that modern mass communication has greatly expanded the list of things
we worry about. “We’re now impacted by things that go on at the other
end of the world,” he says. “The world is our place of residence.”
Events both near and far can stir our emotions. But we shouldn’t be
frightened by our emotions, even angry ones, Dlugokinski says.
“Feelings are automatic. You don’t have a choice,” he says. “What we do
with them is what matters, not that we have them.” Dlugokinski,
professor emeritus at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center,
advocates a four-step approach to dealing with stressful emotions:
Try to put a word – or several words – to the emotion you’re feeling.
Just describe the feeling as best you can and you’ll feel better.
Pause. Take a deep breath. Count to 20. Give yourself a chance to think before you react automatically.
Think of ways to express the feeling that don’t hurt yourself or other
people. “I’m irritated because I feel I was treated unfairly,” for
Act. Do something that makes sense to you right now. It may not make
sense next week, and it may not make sense for someone else. But if it
makes sense for you, right now, then do it.
“People who learn to cope more effectively with their emotions can
reduce the impact of what they’re feeling,” Dlugokinski says. “People
with unresolved feelings experience a toxic effect. “They go to
alcohol, they go to drugs. They become depressed, they become phobic,
they become mentally distraught,” he adds.
Men and women – different reactions
And when it comes to dealing with stress, men and women can learn from
each other, says Amy Flowers, a psychologist in Macon, Ga. “Men and
women tend to deal with stress in different ways,” Flowers says. “Men
may tend to do something more physical: run, go to the gym, go to a
ballgame, have sex. Women tend to talk to their friends more when
they’re stressed. Women are more likely to use their support system,”
she notes. “I think the most successful people are the ones who have a
variety of options,” Flowers adds. “It’s nice to have a support system,
but it’s nice to have other outlets, too.” “When you have only one
particular coping style, that can get you in trouble when you can’t use
it or it doesn’t work,” she says.
March 31st, 2010
Massage is the manipulation of superficial and deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue to enhance function, aid in the healing process, and promote relaxation and well-being. The word comes from the French massage “friction of kneading”, or from Arabic massa meaning “to touch, feel or handle” or from Latin massa meaning “mass, dough”, Greek verb μάσσω (massō) “to handle, touch, to work with the hands, to knead dough”. In distinction the ancient Greek word for massage was anatripsis, and the Latin was frictio.
Massage involves acting on and manipulating the body with pressure – structured, unstructured, stationary, or moving – tension, motion, or vibration, done manually or with mechanical aids. Target tissues may include muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, skin, joints, or other connective tissue, as well as lymphatic vessels, or organs of the gastrointestinal system. Massage can be applied with the hands, fingers, elbows, knees, forearm, and feet. There are over eighty different recognized massage modalities. The most cited reasons for introducing massage as therapy have been client demand and perceived clinical effectiveness.
In professional settings massage involves the client being treated while lying on a massage table, sitting in a massage chair, or lying on a mat on the floor. The massage subject may be fully or partly unclothed. Parts of the body may be covered with towels or sheets. Those who practice massage as a career are referred to as masseurs, masseuses, or, if certified somehow, as massage therapists.
July 31st, 2012
The benefits of holistic medicine start with an emphasis on wellness. Many complementary medicine practices such as qi gong or chiropractic care treat the human body to prevent future sickness. This preventive approach is proactive, whereas traditional medicine is reactive, addressing only symptoms after damage has occurred. A holistic approach to wellness looks beyond symptoms and includes treatments known to support energetic living and a strong immune system. For example, according to the American Cancer Association, a cancer sufferer may be directed to make diet changes, attempt relaxation techniques, and try new exercise routines such as yoga in order to reduce constant pain, even though these treatments do not directly affect the success of ongoing chemotherapy.
Benefits for the Mind
Holistic medicine recognizes that health is in the mind as well. Attitudes, beliefs and mental health can greatly influence how a person approaches healing. One benefit of holistic medicine is its focus on a strong relationship between doctor and patient. Patients are seen as unique individuals and treated with unconditional respect. This compassionate feedback between doctor and patient allows for more specialized treatment plans. Also, practices such as meditation or creative musical play are encouraged. These modalities, well known in the field of psychology, are increasingly being integrated into modern health plans. For example, in April 2003, the American Journal of Public Health published research suggesting that group drumming is effective in the treatment of addition. Researcher Michael Winkelman reported that drumming, when combined with more traditional treatment plans, can release emotional trauma and create a sense of “connectedness” with others.
July 31st, 2012
There is an ongoing debate among practicing reflexologists today on the origins of Reflexology. Some say Reflexology originated from ancient Egypt. Others say it originated from the Orient. Yet others say it began at a later time period. In this article we will see that although speculative information suggests many of the practices performed in ancient Egypt and the Orient were similar to Reflexology, modern Reflexology did in fact begin to manifest in 1917 with Dr. Fitzgerald and later expanded to what is being practiced today. Also, since this article is only an overview of what is being discussed today, it will not include all pertinent information and research on the beginnings of Reflexology.