The Magazine of Santa Clarita February 2013 : Page 101

Hidden Benefi ts of Massage Therapy by Amy Woodworth, Spa Director Think that massage is a just luxurious indulgence? Think again. Scientifi c studies are fi nding proven health benefi ts and noticeable biological changes after just one mas-sage. Massage therapy can lessen depression, lower blood pressure, and even improve immunity. The benefi ts go beyond feelings of relaxation and wellness that people may recog-nize after a massage. If you’ve ever dozed off on a massage table, you don’t need to be convinced that a massage can promote healthy sleep. It has been said that one hour of massage is equivalent to four hours of sleep. For the same reasons that a massage is relaxing, it can also soothe stress and anxi-ety. Massage reduces levels of the stress hormone cortisol, resulting in lifted spirits and often lower blood pressure. It can also boost the neurotransmitters serotonin and dopa-mine, which are involved in depression. Now in the season of cold and fl u, massage can be preventative medicine. Re-searchers from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center reported that a single massage produced measurable changes in the immune system and endocrine system of healthy adults. “I’m really intrigued by our fi ndings,” says Mark Hyman Rapaport, MD, professor and chairman of the department of psychiatry and behavioral neurosciences at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, who adds that he was an “incredible skeptic” about the benefi ts of mas-sage therapy before doing this study. “I always wondered, what does it do that so many people claim to feel better afterwards?” he says. “We’re fi nding that biological changes do occur as a result of even a single session of massage, and that these changes may benefi t even a healthy individual.” If you would like more information about Massage Therapy or to book an appointment, please contact Amy Woodworth at 661-260-1244. BE AUT Y • BRIDA L • FASHION Health Benefi ts of Goji Berries by Peter Hutch Goji berries are shriveled red berries that look like red raisins that grow on an ev-ergreen shrub found in temperate and subtropical regions in China, Mongolia and in the Himalayas in Tibet. They are usually found dried, have a slight tangy taste, and belong to the nightshade (Solonaceae) family. Some other names for Goji berries include Lycium barbarum, wolfberry, gou qi zi, and Fructus lycii. So what are some of the benefi ts of goji berries? The fi rst benefi t of goji berries is the fact that it has the potential to increase a person’s lifespan. Although this has not been scientifi cally tested, most people are confi dent that this fact holds true. The second benefi t of goji berries is that they also have healing powers, especially to cuts and burns, as well as some nasty rashes and abrasions. The benefi t of goji berries are actively refl ected in many medical conditions, it helps to control and reverse obesity, prevents cancer, prevent age-related macular degen-eration, restores hair color, activates the immune system, helps to preventing morning sickness in pregnant women, and it is used to treat sexual dysfunctions and infertility. Goji berries are highly nutritious edibles as it includes essential amino acids that include methione and isoleucine. Goji berries are the perfect source to get minerals like germanium, zinc, selenium, copper, iron and phosphorus which are considered vital for the human body to function properly. One of the most benefi cial nutritional character-istics of goji berries is that it includes four polysaccharides which can boost up human health like never before. Nutritionally, goji berries are a great choice, packing plenty of carbohydrates and protein which make it a fantastic snack food. As a juice, more of the vitamins remain intact and the goji berry is certainly a healthy choice as a drink. Dried, the fruit can be added to meals or sprinkled on dishes for a splash of colored. Goji berries can also be enjoyed raw. Goji berries can also be consumed in the form of its juice form. When Goji berries are on heights of ripeness, they are hand picked so that their optimal nutritional potency remains intact. It carries nutrition of 19 amino acids, 21 trace minerals like Germanium, and six essential fatty acids, Vitamin B1, B2, B6 and C and E. It contains far more beta carotene than the carrots, and its antioxidant values are much more than any other food source. The Goji berry also contains polysaccharides which have been demonstrated to strengthen and fortify the immune system. Tibetan Gojis are also very rich in vitamins C and B. Additionally, gojis are the richest source of carotenoids, including beta carotene, of all known plants on earth and are thus a powerful antioxidant. It is believed to fortify the immune system against disease and to provide the energy to help overcome diffi cult health conditions www.santaclaritamagazine.com February 2013 101

Health Benefits Of Goji Berries

Peter Hutch

Goji berries are shriveled red berries that look like red raisins that grow on an evergreen shrub found in temperate and subtropical regions in China, Mongolia and in the Himalayas in Tibet. They are usually found dried, have a slight tangy taste, and belong to the nightshade (Solonaceae) family. Some other names for Goji berries include Lycium barbarum, wolfberry, gou qi zi, and Fructus lycii.<br /> <br /> So what are some of the benefits of goji berries? The first benefit of goji berries is the fact that it has the potential to increase a person’s lifespan. Although this has not been scientifically tested, most people are confident that this fact holds true. The second benefit of goji berries is that they also have healing powers, especially to cuts and burns, as well as some nasty rashes and abrasions.<br /> <br /> The benefit of goji berries are actively reflected in many medical conditions, it helps to control and reverse obesity, prevents cancer, prevent age-related macular degeneration, restores hair color, activates the immune system, helps to preventing morning sickness in pregnant women, and it is used to treat sexual dysfunctions and infertility.<br /> <br /> Goji berries are highly nutritious edibles as it includes essential amino acids that include methione and isoleucine. Goji berries are the perfect source to get minerals like germanium, zinc, selenium, copper, iron and phosphorus which are considered vital for the human body to function properly. One of the most beneficial nutritional characteristics of goji berries is that it includes four polysaccharides which can boost up human health like never before.<br /> <br /> Nutritionally, goji berries are a great choice, packing plenty of carbohydrates and protein which make it a fantastic snack food. As a juice, more of the vitamins remain intact and the goji berry is certainly a healthy choice as a drink. Dried, the fruit can be added to meals or sprinkled on dishes for a splash of colored. Goji berries can also be enjoyed raw.<br /> <br /> Goji berries can also be consumed in the form of its juice form. When Goji berries are on heights of ripeness, they are hand picked so that their optimal nutritional potency remains intact. It carries nutrition of 19 amino acids, 21 trace minerals like Germanium, and six essential fatty acids, Vitamin B1, B2, B6 and C and E. It contains far more beta carotene than the carrots, and its antioxidant values are much more than any other food source.<br /> <br /> The Goji berry also contains polysaccharides which have been demonstrated to strengthen and fortify the immune system. Tibetan Gojis are also very rich in vitamins C and B. Additionally, gojis are the richest source of carotenoids, including beta carotene, of all known plants on earth and are thus a powerful antioxidant. It is believed to fortify the immune system against disease and to provide the energy to help overcome difficult health conditions

Hidden Benefits Of Massage Therapy

Amy Woodworth

Think that massage is a just luxurious indulgence? Think again. Scientific studies are finding proven health benefits and noticeable biological changes after just one massage. Massage therapy can lessen depression, lower blood pressure, and even improve immunity.<br /> <br /> The benefits go beyond feelings of relaxation and wellness that people may recognize after a massage. If you’ve ever dozed off on a massage table, you don’t need to be convinced that a massage can promote healthy sleep. It has been said that one hour of massage is equivalent to four hours of sleep.<br /> <br /> For the same reasons that a massage is relaxing, it can also soothe stress and anxiety. Massage reduces levels of the stress hormone cortisol, resulting in lifted spirits and often lower blood pressure. It can also boost the neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine, which are involved in depression.<br /> <br /> Now in the season of cold and flu, massage can be preventative medicine. Researchers from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center reported that a single massage produced measurable changes in the immune system and endocrine system of healthy adults. “I’m really intrigued by our findings,” says Mark Hyman Rapaport, MD, professor and chairman of the department of psychiatry and behavioral neurosciences at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, who adds that he was an “incredible skeptic” about the benefits of massage therapy before doing this study. “I always wondered, what does it do that so many people claim to feel better afterwards?” he says. “We’re finding that biological changes do occur as a result of even a single session of massage, and that these changes may benefit even a healthy individual.” <br /> <br /> If you would like more information about Massage Therapy or to book an appointment, please contact Amy Woodworth at 661-260-1244.

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