Healing of the future . . . Now!
Vol. XIV, NO. 2 - #22 Summer 2006
[Below are select articles from Newsletter #22]
September 1st will mark
two Anniversaries for us at 14 Nason Street. Bailey Therapeutic Massage
will celebrate the beginning of its fifteenth year, and the STAR Tech
Healing and Learning Center will celebrate the beginning of its third
year. Both spaces continue to grow, and we are happy to see new faces each
day in the form of clients, students, friends and teachers.
Physical activity can be broken into two basic types: aerobic exercise and strength training. AARP Magazine recently featured an excellent article on the effects of exercise on overall health. The article begins with the statement “Exercise is good for you.”
Aerobic exercise stimulates the cardiovascular system which increases the blood flow to the heart and other parts of the body. Increased blood flow results in muscles and organs that are healthier. The brain in particular benefits from exercise by receiving more oxygen and nutrients, and can function better. With an increased blood flow, thinking will be clearer, more creative and sharper. In the aged, short-term memory is enhanced. New tasks will be learned faster and retained longer. Overall, an increased blood flow can be responsible for numerous health benefits.
“Strength training”, AARP says, “can reduce and even reverse some of the body’s natural age-related declines in muscle mass and strength…”
The Active Stretching Classes that are offered at the Healing Center involve a combination of both of these physical activities. Active Stretching is gently aerobic and certainly gets the blood flowing. Because the stretching we do is active and uses muscle contractions to achieve its results, a certain amount of strengthening of the muscles happens as well. This benefits both the ageing population and younger Active Stretching students. All ages of active stretchers will gain some muscle mass, but more significantly, will, in addition, achieve a balance of muscles that oppose each other (agonists and antagonists). Muscle balance will result in the less likelihood of an injury. Many injuries are the result of muscles being out of balance.
The benefits of exercise can be more specific too. We know that exercise can help to ease pain in general, and decrease the pain of arthritis in particular. Also, menopausal women who exercise vigorously experience far fewer hot flashes than those who don’t.
As we age, exercise can reduce and even reverse some of the body’s natural age-related declines in muscle mass and strength. Gentle exercise can dramatically speed healing and recovery, which is particularly important as we age. Faster healing means experiencing less pain for a shorter time period.
Muscle and joint pain is sometimes accompanied by depression. Together, pain and depression can take its toll on a person’s life. Exercise, we are told, can improve mood. Exercise can reduce muscle and joint pain and may even ease the symptoms of depression.
And finally, AARP
reported that “people 50 and older who exercised for at least 30 minutes three
or more days a week actually saved $2,200 a year on medical bills.” Now there’s
a pain that is wonderful to loose.
We want to thank all of your clients, students and friends who voted for us in the Community Newspaper Readers Choice Awards.
Massage was voted #1 for massage in Maynard for the fourth consecutive year.
This fall The STAR Tech Healing and Learning Center will offer three new workshops. Barry Bailey will offer a workshop on Better Posture in which you will learn why you have Poor Posture, and what to do about it. In conjunction with the workshop, Barry will offer private Posture Evaluation Sessions, and give specific remedies for gaining Better Posture using the material from the workshop, as well as other suggestions.
Elizabeth J. Foley will join The Learning Center for the first time this fall. She will offer two of her workshops on Angels. Elizabeth is the owner of Divine Healing in Nashua, New Hampshire. She is an Angel Therapy Practitioner and an Integrated Energy Therapist. Elizabeth offers Angel Therapy™ Sessions, Angel Readings (nationally and internationally), Private Reiki and Acutuning (using sound) Sessions, and Intuitive Spiritual Guidance and Counseling.
Before each workshop, Elizabeth will schedule personal Angel Readings.
We are happy to welcome Elizabeth to the Learning Center.
Check our web site for full details on each of these workshops by clicking this link: http://www.startechhealing.com/Public_Workshops.htm
Or, pick up a brochure at our office.
WEDNESDAY 7:45 – 9:15 PM
Steve Thoman will offer his Wednesday evening Svaroopa Yoga Class again for a Fall Block. Class will start at 7:45 PM, immediately following the Active Stretching Class.
WEDNESDAY Noon – 1:00 PM
Ren Naylor will offer a Gentle Hatha Yoga class at Noon from September 6 through November 8.
Monday 7:30 am
Wednesday 6:30 pm
Thursday 9:30 am
Upper Body Pain Relief Clinic/Class
Thursday 6:00 pm
Full information on all classes can be seen at:
x x x
Acton-Boxborough Community Education
In the Fall, Barry
will offer three classes again with Acton-Boxborough Community Education. All of
these classes will meet at the STAR Tech Healing and Learning Center.
Barry and Nancy will
return to the Farmers Market September 30th to do Free Pain Evaluations and
offer recommendations for pain relief and recovery.
x x x
Have a Banana
for the Health
We don’t usually think of the banana as being a particularly special food. But if we look to its possible health benefits, the banana takes on a whole new importance.
For energy and stamina, just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout, or extended physical work activities in the house, the garden, or on the job. It makes sense then, that the banana is the number one fruit with many of the world’s leading athletes.
But bananas are not just for athletes. Bananas are also helpful for a substantial number of illnesses and health conditions. Bananas can lend a hand to depression by providing tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, which will help with relaxation, improve mood and generally make a person feel happier.
The B6 in bananas helps to regulate blood glucose levels which can affect both mood and energy.
Stress raises the metabolic rate and reduces potassium levels. Potassium, a vital mineral supplied by bananas helps normalize the heartbeat and sends oxygen to the brain. It also regulates the body’s water balance.
The New England Journal of Medicine reports that bananas as part of a regular diet can cut the risk of death by strokes by as much as 40%!
Compared with an apple, bananas have four times the protein, twice the carbohydrates, three times the phosphorus, five times the vitamin A and iron, and twice the other vitamins and minerals. Also high in potassium, it one of the most valuable foods available to us.
Watch for a special Maynard health event that is being planned for the fall. The Maynard Downtown Merchants are planning a Wellness Night that will take place throughout downtown Maynard, starting at 6 pm. Merchants and service providers in the health and wellness field will participate.
The event will be free, with demonstrations, talks/lectures, classes and evaluations offered at various stations throughout Downtown Maynard, similar to the presentation arrangement used by First Night in Boston.
Watch for posters and newspaper announcements for the specific date.
Nancy Bailey & Barry Bailey
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© 2006 Barry Bailey
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