Saturday, September 10, 2011
Catching up on my emails I came upon one on Dry Brushing. I have had this brush for a couple of years now but I rarely use it. Why? because I never take enough "Me" time. I need to start doing these little things for myself. It only takes between 2 to 5 minutes depending upon on thoroughly you wish to do it. When you dry brush, you exfoliate dead cells and give the body a gentle massage.
The most therapeutic benefit involves activating the lymphatic system, which is part of the immune system. The light pressure of brushing encourages movement of lymph fluid under the skin. This fluid carries away impurities that then are eliminated by the body.
Buy a natural, not synthetic, bristle brush, since it does not scratch the surface of your skin. Do NOT wet your skin, since it will not have the same effect, because this stretches your skin. Wash your brush every few weeks in water and allow it DRY.
It is more beneficial to brush from the extremities towards the core of the body. I like to start with the soles of my feet. It tickles but it is a pleasant way to start the day.
"Yes! But there is a right way to dry brush your skin for optimal benefits.
Start off with a natural bristle brush or loofa - my favourite is a long handled one. Synthetic brushes or exfoliation cloths are harsh and create minute scratches on the surface which may result in drier, irritated skin. Also, those with eczema, acne or other skin problems should consult with a health practitioner first.
Never ‘scrub’ your skin using hard pressure. Use firm but gentle pressure. It should feel good!
Always work in the direction of the heart. Start with the right foot, working in a circular motion first on the outside upwards then the inside. Repeat on the left also up to the top of the leg.
Stomach area: in a clockwise, circular motion from the navel outwards.
Right buttocks then the left: large circular motion, ending with strokes upwards.
Right hand, arm: as described for the legs – outer first then the inner area working upwards. Repeat on left.
Breast area: gently in a figure eight several times avoiding the sensitive nipple area.
Ribs: brush from the top down to the waist
Back: from the neck area downward horizontally (or circular if this is difficult).
Just what exactly is your lymphatic system? The network of small vessels and tissue spaces that move lymph throughout the body. The lymphatic system has several functions, including filtering out harmful bacteria; manufacturing white blood cells (white blood cells are produced by the lymph nodes); distributing nutrients to the cells of the body; helping to maintain the body's fluid balance by draining off excess fluids so that tissues do not swell; and assisting in the digestion of fats.
Great short Video to demonstrate how to do it:
Avoid dry skin brushing if you are constipated. This is because the brushing promotes movement of the lymph which will push toxins through your system to be excreted via the bowel, and if you are bunged up then they cant get out! Wait until your bowels are moving again. Please also do not skin brush if you have any varicose veins, painful rashes or open wounds.
Now some say this is the thing to detox your body. It is one of the current rages in the health spa world. They claim it helps break down the cellulite in the areas of where these deposits exist. However, very little has been documented to prove this.
Why do I like doing it when I remember to do it and take the time to do it? Dry brushing does get rid of dead skin cells, increases circulation and helps the lymphatic system work better. I always feel energized after doing this. When done daily it does remove the dead skin cells leaving your skin nice and soft. You could even give up moisturizing your skin if you choose as you are now doing it naturally. You have gotten rid of the dry, rough skin cells leaving silkiness behind. It is great for winter when your skin feels dry and scaly. Dry brush and drink lots of water and moisturizer is rarely needed.
I have never tried dry facial brushing. I have sensitive skin and rosacea and dry brushing is a rough process because you need a good brush to exfoliate the skin cells. I would love to hear if anyone has done the facial dry brushing and your results. My rosacea has been pretty good lately and my skin glowing and I would like it to stay that way.
Friday, September 09, 2011
A man who just died is delivered to a local mortuary wearing an expensive, expertly tailored black suit.
The female blonde mortician asks the deceased's wife how she would like the body dressed. She points out that the man does look good in the black suit he is already wearing.
The widow, however, says that she always thought her husband looked his best in blue, and that she wants him in a blue suit. She gives the Blonde mortician a blank check and says, 'I don't care what it costs, but please have my husband in a blue suit for the viewing.'
The woman returns the next day for the wake. To her delight, she finds her husband dressed in a gorgeous blue suit with a subtle chalk stripe; the suit fits him perfectly .
She says to the mortician, 'Whatever this cost, I'm very satisfied. You did an excellent job and I' m very grateful. How much did you spend?' To her astonishment, the blonde mortician presents her with the blank check.
'There's no charg e,' she says.
'No, really, I must compensate you for the cost of that exquisite blue suit!' she says.
'Honestly, ma'am,' the blonde says, 'it cost nothing. You see, a deceased gentleman of about your husband's size was brought in shortly after you left yesterday, and he was wearing an attractive blue suit. I asked his wife if she minded him going to his grave wearing a black suit instead, and she said it made no difference as long as he looked nice.'
'So I just switched the heads.'
BET YOU DIDN'T SEE THAT COMIN!!!
Thursday, September 08, 2011
"Flo-yo," or floating yoga, is the newest fitness fad to hit the United States. You join a class that paddling out anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes, then parking in an inlet, cove or key (any calm, glassy-watered spot) for 30 to 60 minutes of yoga moves on an 11 1/2-foot long, 29-inch wide paddleboard.
"We start as you would any traditional yoga class and open with chanting and some breathing practices, and then warm up with standing postures and lunges," says Tara McCabe, the owner of the Key West Stand Up Paddle Board Yoga, according to MSNBC. McCabe's class runs two hours -- 30 minutes of paddling each way with an hour of yoga.
Scotty Bumbalough, owner of Maui B in Orlando, Daytona and Coco Beach, says classes are for all skill sets but do require a sense of balance. Flo-yo develops a sense of focus, core strength and improves your stabilizer muscles. Paddling in and out to practice provides a workout and a sense of meditative calm as well.
Check out what it looks like:
Monday, September 05, 2011
In the week before Labor Day, Eli, a poor country farmer won $480,000 in the Lottery. As a treat he took his wife and their four children to see the Labor Day parade in New York.
They booked into the Sheraton International at the corner of Park Circle and Central Park North. Having never been further than their local town, Benton in Arkansas they were bowled over by glitz and excitement of the "Big Apple".
Eli and his son Clem were especially mesmerised by a shiny box with silver walls. They had never before met with doors that could move apart, and then automatically come back together again. Neither had seen an elevator [lift] before. Therefore, they were amazed when a little old lady entered the shiny box and the door closed. The lights outside on the wall flashed for a minute, then the doors opened and out came a beautiful young woman.
Eli turned to his son Clem and said, 'Son, go get your mother.'
The Final Payment
Roland, a businessman, is on his deathbed so he calls his friend and says, 'Eli, I want you to promise me that when I die you will have my remains cremated.'
'And what,' Eli asks, 'do you want me to do with your ashes?'
Roland replies, 'Just put them in an envelope and mail them to the Internal Revenue Service and write on the envelope, 'Now you have everything.'
The Castle Rock, Colorado, Wage and Hours Government Department claimed Mickey was not paying proper wages to his help and sent an agent out to interview him.
'I need a list of your employees and how much you pay them,' demanded the agent.
'Well,' replied old Mickey, 'There's my ranch hand who's been with me for 3 years. I pay him $600 a week plus free room and board. The cook has been here for 18 months, and I pay her $500 a week plus free room and board. Then there's the half-wit who works about 18 hours every day and does about 90% of all the work around here. He makes about $10 per week, pays his own room and board and I buy him a bottle of bourbon every Saturday night.'
'That's the guy I want to talk to, the half-wit,' says the agent.
'That would be me,' replied old rancher Mickey.
Happy Labor Day everyone, enjoy the last days of summer ...
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