4 tips to improve your mood every day

4 tips to improve your mood every day

Wondering how to improve your mood on a daily basis? Good moods feed into great achievements, which feed back into good moods. It may surprise you to find out that one of the easiest ways to be happy starts with ‘tricking’ yourself into a good mood; you don’t have to wait for a reason to be happy and satisfied. Get in that positive head space first, then use it to excel! These four tips will help you make that happen. 

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The four best ways to relax your muscles

The 4 best ways to relax your muscles

In your busy life, there are many factors that lead you to experience tightness or tension in your muscles. Stress can play a big factor, as can exercising without giving your muscles time to recover. But no matter what the cause is, it's always important to treat your muscles kindly - you'll feel better overall, and you'll get more out of your workouts and daily activity. Here are some of our favorite ways to relieve tension and get your body to a point of muscle relaxation

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Recharge, Rejuvenate and Rid Your Body of Toxins with a Detox Bath!

Recharge, Rejuvenate and Rid Your Body of Toxins with a Detox Bath!

Toxins: It seems we can’t escape them. They are part of our environment, in the foods we eat and the water we drink. While our bodies produce some toxins naturally, and can effectively manage them on its own, it’s the overload of outside toxins that can cause lethargy, gastrointestinal problems, sore muscles, skin issues, and headaches. Essentially, toxins can leave you feeling blah and out of sorts. The good news is a detox bath can help the body flush out these extra toxins, and leave you feeling energized and refreshed.

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Got Water? Why Water Should Be Your Drink of Choice

Got Water? Why Water Should Be Your Drink of Choice

If you consider that almost 70% of the Earth is covered in water, then why is it that almost half the population drinks less than four cups of water a day, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention? At least 7% drink no water at all. Getting enough water is essential for life, and not just for when you exercise. Whether or not you don’t want to pay for another beverage at a restaurant, water is crucial to your well-being, and it is free. If that’s not enough to convince you to drink more, consider that water can help you consume fewer calories, too!

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Top tips to improve your sleep

Top tips to improve your sleep

One of the worst feelings is that of being unable to sleep. People who have difficulty sleeping cannot perform at their highest capacity at their workplaces. Likewise, without proper sleep, personal relationships can suffer. Luckily, there are a number of ways to help you improve your sleep.

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The benefits of applying honey to your skin

The benefits of applying honey to your skin

If you wish to bring out your true beauty, the secret lies in using natural products. Although people rush to use expensive cosmetics, it is possible to achieve great results by using unprocessed products. While people love honey for its distinctive sweet taste, it can also deliver some pleasing results for your skin.

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Weight loss tips

5 fast weight loss tips

In case you are struggling with an attempt to lose weight, you need to evaluate your efforts. Although losing weight is not easy since it requires a lot of discipline, it is something you can comfortably do once you set your mind to it. Many people assume that it is not possible to achieve a fast weight loss. Here are some tips to help you lose weight within a short time. 

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Four yoga poses to minimize back pain

Four yoga poses to minimize back pain

Relieving back pain with yoga comes from three distinct aspects of the endeavor, which you should aim for in all aspects of life: strengthening your back and core to relieve pressure on your spine, releasing tension from the muscles so they aren’t bothering you, and relieving general stress which makes pain worse. Try these four poses and see the benefits for yourself.

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Four great workout motivation tips

4 great workout motivation tips

When you want to get in shape and stay healthy, getting motivated can often be the hardest part. Here are some of our favorite ideas for increasing your fitness motivation and getting the momentum going for your workout routine.

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How to naturally reduce cellulite appearance

How to naturally reduce cellulite appearance

No-one likes the appearance of cellulite, yet, as people age, it becomes more and more a problem. While women are more likely to deal with the situation, men may face similar problems. Cellulite is the development of swollen fat cells pushing against the surrounding skin cells. When the swollen fat cells do this, it causes a pitting and uneven appearance common with cellulite. Surgery and medical procedures can offer assistance, but before turning to this, it is important to consider natural ways to reduce cellulite. 

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Home gym equipment for fitness exercises

The best home gym equipment for fitness exercises

An increasing number of people are now choosing to have a home gym since the move comes with many benefits. For starters, one can train at any time they feel like a workout. In contrast, a conventional gym has fixed operating hours. Another huge advantage of fitness at home is the privacy one gets. You can work out in your most comfortable attire without worrying about prying eyes. If you live in a city that experiences traffic congestion, you may spend hours on the road to and from the gym. With a home gym, you just need to change and get started.

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How to alleviate minor back pain after pregnancy

How to alleviate minor back pain after pregnancy

The birth of a baby is good news for everyone in the family. All members of the family make sure they congratulate the mother for a safe delivery. However, the joy of childbirth may be dampened if the mother experiences minor back pain after pregnancy. Unless the pain is severe, there are a few things that a mother can do to reduce the back pain.

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Your Back Pain Worries

Your Back Pain Worries

Living with chronic back pain can be a struggle. Constant aching takes its toll on your body, as well as your mind. Understanding your back pain, however, can lead you to discover remedies that alleviate discomfort and lead you to a happier life. Back pain can be brought on by a number of daily activities, including work, parenting, sports, or even a simple misstep while walking. As a result, Americans collectively spend upwards of $50 billion each year on treatment.

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​5 ways to unlock your inner potential

​5 ways to unlock your inner potential

Some of us are plagued by self-doubt and are frustrated by events in our lives. Sometimes it seems like everything is going in the wrong direction and we can’t stop it. But, developing your inner potential helps you to move on and thrive. Here are five ways to dispel self-doubt and develop your potential.

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How to find your inner balance

How to find your inner balance

Finding your inner balance is easier said than done. For many of us, our lives seem to throw themselves back and forth between one heavy weight and another, never achieving the equilibrium we need to acquire true happiness. Whether it’s work overwhelming you, health and fitness dragging at your heels, your children fighting for attention, or other obligations and desires fighting for attention, it can be quite difficult to deal with. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to ease the process.

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How to find and nurture your inner energy

How to find and nurture your inner energy

Daily life is sometimes overwhelming. Emotional upheavals, negative thinking, and seemingly hopeless situations all conspire to zap our inner energy, leaving us feeling constantly tired. To reverse this, stop and take care of both your mental and physical needs. Here are five ways to get your energy back. 

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Proven methods for reducing stress at work

Proven methods for reducing stress at work

We all aspire to find a career that brings us joy, but stress can be an ever-present issue even in the most ideal workplace. This isn't just a personal issue as stress in the workplace costs companies a yearly average of $300 billion. Fortunately for you and your boss, science has provided us with these proven stress-reducing methods.

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five important personal development tips

5 important personal development tips

Personal development is more than just a trendy term we hear from teachers and TV personalities; it's an integral part of maintaining a healthy and successful life. Practicing personal development helps you take your life into your own hands instead of always leaving things up to chance. Here are five crucial tips for beginning a personal development process.

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relieving minor back pain

Working Hard at Relieving Back Pain

A day in the life of a working mom can be backbreaking, both literally and figuratively. Whether you spend hours sitting at a desk working on a computer or picking up toddlers it can be punishing to your back. Minor muscle aches and pains and stress seem to come with the territory, but they shouldn’t be ignored no matter how busy you are. Postponing doing something about minor back pain could land you flat on your back.

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Five things every home needs

5 things every home needs

Whether you're single or living the family life, your home is your fortress. Every home must have these five essential items that make it more comfortable, stylish and functional. 

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How to wake up early and feel good about it

How to wake up early and feel good about it

Getting up in the morning can be a dreaded daily chore, but there are ways to make it easier and even routine. Sleeping well, making the morning positive and taking care of yourself all help you wake up early with less stress.

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5 simple ways to exercise at home

Perhaps a gym membership is not in your budget, you lead a busy life, or you feel uncomfortable about your body. Maybe you have all of these concerns. Exercising at home is a simple way to get started taking care of your body and feeling better about yourself. You don’t need fancy equipment or a personal trainer, you just have to begin. 

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Benefits to being vegan

Being Vegan Benefits More than Just Your Health

If you are living the vegan life or considering it, chances are the question you get asked the most after “What’s the difference between being a vegan and being a vegetarian?” is mostly likely “Why would you do this?” The simple truth is that the benefits of being vegan improve every aspect of your life, from your health to the environmental footprint you leave in this world. Being vegan is not just a diet; it’s a lifestyle choice, and one that you will not regret.

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Mother's day Gift Idea

Celebrate Mom with these Perfect Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

With Mother’s Day fast approaching, figuring out a way to tell your mother, mother-in-law, or special woman in your life how much they mean to you is a tall order. How do you thank someone who who has sacrificed so much for you, done everything and anything she could for you and loved you even when you may have not been very lovable?  Finding that perfect gift takes some creativity, knowing a thing or two about her and what makes her smile, besides of course your presence. 

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What Are the Benefits of Detoxing Your Body?

What Are the Benefits of Detoxing Your Body?

Clearing the toxins out of your body on a regular basis is a great way to revitalize your entire body and its immune system, and to improve your overall health. Getting rid of toxins that affect how we feel is the first step in this process. However, before you go on a juicing fast and refrain from eating any solid foods, take the time to review the following tips and suggestions on the proper way to detox your body.

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Natural healing after a sports injury

Promote natural healing after a sports injury

Have you sustained a recent injury due to your sporting activities? Whether an avid jogger or a participant in contact sports, sports injuries can happen to anyone. Before you consider costly surgery which may sideline you for months at a time, here are a few natural ways to improve your sports injury healing time. 

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the benefits of Pranamat ECO

The Benefits of Pranamat ECO

Are you looking for a cost-effective way to renew your body, mind, and spirit? You can feel completely rejuvenated in as little as 15 to 20 minutes a day, all with the assistance of your own Pranamat ECO therapeutic manual massage mat!

Pranamat ECO is designed to help reenergize your body, while helping it feel more fully relaxed.

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Morning routine

How to improve your morning routine

How many times have you said “I’m just not a morning person?” Probably more times than you wish, and it seems like an impossible task to try and start every single day off right. Wake up, brush your teeth, get dressed and leave. But help is here, so follow these three tips to start your day off right and create a new morning routine.

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How to get energy if you're tired

How to get energy if you're tired

There's nothing worse than going through the day, constantly feeling tired. It drags down your productivity and can make just about any task more difficult. In a perfect world you'd be able to sneak off for a nap from time to time, but chances are your boss really won't go for that. Instead, you need to take advantage of these different tips for boosting your energy. This way, you can avoid the tired feeling and tackle the events of the day. Here's how to get more energy when you feel tired.

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Easy methods for getting your body back after pregnancy

Easy methods for getting your body back after pregnancy

The list of things to get back in order after giving birth is typically not a small one and losing your baby weight is certainly near the top. While this can feel daunting for many new mothers with busier than busy days, there are several proven methods that help. These are some of the easiest tips for losing that unwanted baby fat. 

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Smoothie recipes for weight loss

Smoothie recipes for weight loss

The smoothie sensation has been rapidly spreading as a healthy approach to weight loss and dietary health. Fruit and vegetable smoothies are typically low in calories, rich in nutrients and easy to digest. Shakes are a great way to control and customize your nutrient intake. A well-balanced smoothie can provide your body with protein, complex carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and healthy fats. You can also add specific oils and spices to boost the weight loss properties of a smoothie. Here are a few great recipes to start out with. 

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restart and restore

The Key Essentials to Help You Restart and Restore Your Body

Life gets crazy after the holidays. Think back to the New Year; many of our resolutions are on hold in the chaos of everyday responsibilities. Now, as springtime approaches, we find that it is the perfect time to restore our goals and start fresh. This spring is your chance to stop the chaos, take a deep breath, and ask yourself what you are doing to care for you.

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New Year’s Resolution Reset

New Year’s Resolution Reset

It’s hard to imagine that just a few short months ago we were ringing in the New Year and making resolutions, declaring that this would be the year we would commit to getting more sleep, manage stress better and learn to relax. So with a third of the year behind you, how are you doing with your resolution?
 
If you are like most people, your promise to succeed has probably fallen by the wayside, possibly because your resolution was too vague, or maybe you just lost motivation along the way. The good news is: It’s not to late to recommit to your resolution and, perhaps with some minor adjustments and quick tips like slipping a massage mat under you while reading, or no caffeine after 5 p.m., you can achieve your goals of having more peace, getting more sleep, and relaxing.

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healthy living tips

Healthy Living Tips for Busy Moms on the Go

It doesn’t seem to matter how old your children are; moms are some of the busiest people on the planet. Whether it’s taking care of an infant, chasing a toddler, running a forgotten item to your child’s school, or coordinating the pasta night for your son’s high school sports team, mothers are doing it all – all while working, cleaning, cooking, and on and on, for the entire family.
 
While most of us manage to do this dance very well, it means putting everyone else’s needs in front of our own, and that can take its toll, particularly on our health. It’s so important that we take the time to recharge ourselves, so we can keep others going. Even if it’s small things like using a massage mat to help relieve tension, or grabbing the kids and having a daily dance party, those few moments will make a world of difference in how you feel.

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losing weight the holistic way

Tips for losing weight the holistic way

You are looking to lose weight and get in shape the healthy way? It may seem easier to give into those diet pills and supplement ads you've been seeing everywhere, but with these tips you will be on your way to getting fit (the healthy way) in no time. 

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exercise at work

Simple ways to get exercise at work

The journey to optimum health and fitness can be a struggle for many reasons and demanding work schedules rank right at the top of the list for many people. Add a busy home or social life to the mix and there's hardly any time left over for self-care. However, there are a few simple tips you can use to fit some fitness into a busy work schedule. While a healthy lifestyle must incorporate regular exercise, a well-balanced diet and the right amount of sleep, these easy tricks will get you started off on the right path to a healthier way of living.

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get in shape for the summer

​Tips to get in shape for the summer

When looking for new ways to get in shape for the summer, the key is to focus on a holistic approach to a healthy lifestyle. While many people can stick to a good diet full of fruits and vegetables, or a regular workout routine, most fail when it comes time to put all the pieces of the puzzle together. Now that warmer weather is just around the corner, it is the perfect time to start planning for a newer, healthier you. Try taking the first few steps toward including all of these aspects in your plan:

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healthy tips

3 tips for a healthier you

A healthy lifestyle does not just help you to live longer, it also gives you a better quality of life. It helps you get in better shape and reduces your risk of contracting disease, from smaller things such as flu to big things like cancer. A healthy lifestyle includes a well-rounded combination of various things including a good diet, lots of sleep and sufficient exercise.

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Bbenefits of acupressure

The top five benefits of acupressure

Acupressure is the Traditional Chinese Medicine practice of applying pressure to specific acupressure points throughout the body. With consistent therapy, acupressure has been found to be very beneficial to people's health. Learn about the many benefits of acupressure you can experience.

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How to improve low blood circulation

How to improve low blood circulation

Learning how to improve low blood circulation may sound overwhelming but, after following some simple steps and lifestyle changes, it’s possible to make these corrections. Many factors contribute to poor blood circulation, and it’s beneficial for you to determine the cause while working on learning how to improve your circumstances. That way, you can ensure you stay healthier for longer.

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5 poor circulation red flags to watch for

5 poor circulation red flags to watch for

Your blood delivers nutrients and oxygen to the rest of your body, so if something has gone awry with your blood circulation, it can seriously impact your overall health. Read on to discover the five common warning signs your circulation isn't up to snuff.

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maintaining muscle health for runners

5 tips for maintaining muscle health for runners

Many runners may not be aware that, when they’re not running, they must still treat the muscles in their legs with the utmost importance. This is particularly true after completing a run when soothing tender or aching muscles is vital. It may not be because of what occurred during the run, but rather what didn’t happen beforehand. Here are five tips for maintaining muscle health for runners.

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boost your energy level

Find a better way to boost your energy level

Before reaching for that extra cup of java or can of energy drink, find a better, more natural way to boost your energy level and fight fatigue-causing culprits before they strike. Many people find themselves tired at different points throughout the day, but a quick pick-me-up isn’t the best solution for long term fatigue relief. Learn what’s causing your energy crash and get the energy boost you need.

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treat cellulite

How to treat your cellulite with massage

Cellulite is a problem that all women can suffer from, no matter how thin they are, and no matter how good their diet is. Women get cellulite because of poor circulation. Your tissue retains too much fluid, resulting in those unattractive lumps. Men do not often get cellulite because they do not retain water the way that women do.

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back pain relief

3 paths to back pain relief

Few things can negatively impact your well-being quite so thoroughly as chronic back pain. Constant pain strongly correlates with a number of health issues, including stress, high blood pressure, depression, insomnia, and countless other ailments, so it’s vital that you get your back pain under control as soon as possible - for your health as well as your peace of mind.

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yoga stretches

Every day yoga stretches to feel better

Looking for a set of yoga stretches to carry you through every day with a bit more energy, a bit less weariness and a bit less pain? Pulling out your Pranamat ECO and doing these daily stretches on it will do exactly that, leaving you refreshed and ready to face everything the day has to throw at you. Just be sure to work your muscles and feel for excess tension—you don’t want to overdo it if you’re unused to any of these. By using your Pranamat ECO, you will be able to feel the benefits of these stretches more than when using a regular massage mat.

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massage therapy

3 key benefits of massage therapy for those who exercise

Do you struggle with stiffness, muscle pain, extended recovery times, or any of the various other issues common after rigorous exercise? You might want to consider the potential of a good deep tissue sports massage for your ailments, as a post-recovery ritual with more benefits than you might realize — these three alone make the case for the fitness, health, and well-being conscious:

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muscle tension

4 tips to relax your muscles

There’s countless data out there about the benefits of losing muscle tension, relaxing and getting the blood flowing; from workout recovery to life expectancy, there’s no doubt most of us should be trying to relax our muscles a bit more frequently. But how best to go about muscle relaxation? These four tips should help:

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benefits of massage

5 benefits of massage you shouldn’t miss out on

Wondering whether it’s worth learning a bit about massage therapy? Whether you’re applying a home massage to yourself, or bringing out the massage mat for someone else, there’s a host of benefits of massage to be shared by the savvy—and some may surprise you. So consider these five benefits of massage, and make the right decision:

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benefits of yoga

Top 5 life-changing benefits of yoga

Anyone who has incorporated a regular yoga routine into their life can attest to the positive benefits the ancient practice can offer. But while we know that yoga makes us feel great, what are a few of the specific benefits we can expect, and how do these affect our overall health and wellness over time? The reasons are endless, but here are a few of our favorites.

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wellness trends to watch in 2016

Wellness trends to watch in 2016

In 2015, we saw a rising number of trends in health and wellness including an upsurge in vegan eating and a more eclectic approach to fitness. Now as 2016 begins, we look forward to yet another year of great wellness trends. But what will those trends be and what will their impact be? We won't truly know until the year gets going, but we do have some things we feel will be worth paying attention to. Today, we'll have a look at a few things that e expect to be trending in 2016.

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how to keep New Years resolutions

3 ways to keep your New Year’s resolutions

The new year has arrived, and with it a new round of resolutions. With the year just begun, it feels like 2016 might just be the perfect time to conquer those love handles, strengthen that core, defeat that insomnia, or just master a few new yoga poses. But how do we keep these resolutions, as the exciting high of the new year fades? That’s where these three tips come in:

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do you really need that much sleep

Do you really need that much sleep?

Sleep is important; this is common knowledge. But just how important is it? How much sleep do you need? Can it really throw off your system if you miss a few hours of zzzs? Science says a resounding 'yes.' Missing even as little as 30 minutes of your precious beauty rest can wreak havoc on your system. 

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negative effects lack of sleep

5 negative effects lack of sleep has on your health

Sleep is one of the most important bodily functions. Food and sleep work very hard together to keep our bodies working properly. This is why you need to get enough of each. Here are just a few of the ways lack of sleep can have a negative impact on your life.

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Pranamat ECO for better sleep

Tools and tips for a better night's sleep

What many people don’t understand is that making the most out of your sleep has to do with more than a comfy mattress. In fact, the way you spend your waking hours has a huge impact on the way you spend your time dreaming. It’s all about maintaining a healthy lifestyle and paying attention to the needs of your body. A quality therapeutic massage mat like the Pranamat Eco is one tool that can serve as the cornerstone for a quality life and even better sleep. Take a look at the following tips for sleep and see how they can make an impact on your life.

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How much sleep should you really be getting?

Everyone sleeps differently, and some have trouble sleeping at all. Just as there are differing preferences for how much sleep one gets, there are also differing opinions about what should be considered healthy sleep habits. The fact is that there are certain sleep requirements everyone should meet if they want to be truly healthy. So how much sleep do you need? Today, we'll give you some great information that will shed some light on this very important question.

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Why your brain needs more downtime

Our lives are becoming busier every day. As a consistently plugged in society, we often forget that our brain needs time to recuperate and recharge to function. You may notice the strain of a stressful life in physical and mental blocks, such as headaches, frustration, irritability and exhaustion.

Here's why you need some downtime, and how to recharge your brain.

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How to choose a yoga mat?

If you're new to yoga and planning to invest in your first yoga mat, it can seem a little daunting as there are so many different types on the market. A yoga mat isn't something you should choose lightly; the wrong one could make it difficult for you to hold poses and really inhibit your ability to relax your mind and body. Here are just a few tips on how to choose a yoga mat that will serve you through many years of practice.

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3 common sources of persistent back pain

The first step to back pain relief is identifying the source of your aches and ailments—the back is complex, with lots of important, delicate moving parts. It doesn’t take much to throw it out of whack. So consider these three common sources of persistent back pain, and see if any sound familiar to you.

1. Poor sleep quality. Not getting good enough sleep can have dozens of side effects, not least of which is back pain.

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Actions to take when you suffer a pulled back muscle

Your back pain might be caused by either a muscle or a lumbar (ligament) strain. The obvious step is to consult your doctor, but you may feel that your condition doesn’t really warrant a full medical intervention. Therefore, you want to know what steps you can take yourself, or, if you do consult with a medical practitioner, what the drugs and activities they might prescribe should achieve. 

Firstly, let’s talk about the medication you might use for a pulled back muscle to relieve the pain or discomfort. There are three areas for consideration here. Firstly, to combat the pain itself, you would look for a medication which works by interrupting the pain signals sent from the inflamed area to the relevant part of your brain. Such drugs are known as analgesics, and an example of this type is acetaminophen.

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importance of sleep

Understanding sleep and your well-being

We’re often told by our doctors, personal trainers, studies, and other sources that we must value rest, that getting ‘enough sleep’ is ‘important’ to our health — but what exactly is enough sleep? Understanding the answer to this question can help us understand the quality of our own rest, and better recognize its impact on our overall well-being.

The importance of sleep
Sleep is a time for our body to recover from the rigors of the day, to rebuild our bodies and minds. When we short-change our body on sleep, the detritus of days — tired muscles, mental stress, minor illnesses — start to build up, leading to worse conditions. This forces our bodies to work overtime during the day, burning resources and energy it would normally replenish during our evening rest. 

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Getting in the spirit with Pranamat ECO

With Christmas around the corner, we’re all looking for unique ways to show those close to us that we care. The perfect gift idea is something that sends a positive message and offers happiness for days to come. But how can you find the perfect gift without breaking the bank? It would have to be something with all natural quality, that's easy to use, attractive, and has health-boosting benefits that last. What better way to show you care than with the all-in-one body, mind, and spirit-boosting Pranamat ECO?

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Pranamat ECO video reviews

For the effects of massage in your own home, allow a Pranamat ECO to ease the tension of the day. The mat's unique lotus flowers act as pressure points targeting all areas of the body. The Pranamat ECO is proven to alleviate tension in problem areas while stimulating blood flow and the release of endorphins, but don't just take our word for it! Here, two of our Pranamat ECO users offer insight into just how beneficial the Pranamat ECO has been for them. 

The first of our massage mat reviews illustrates how the Pranamat ECO can help to relieve the tension in the back, neck and shoulders caused by anxiety, a problem so many of us with have to deal with in our busy lives.

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Yoga poses for low back pain

Yoga poses for low back pain

Yoga is a very effective way to deal with low back pain holistically. 
A study published in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine found that "people who took yoga or stretching classes are twice as likely to reduce their usage of medications for backaches as people who managed symptoms without the help of yoga." Yoga is not always the best solution for individuals in severe pain, but people with soreness and chronic aches in their lower back area would well advised to give some of these poses a go.

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How to ease back pain with yoga?

Stories and statistics about poor health arising from or connected to back issues abound in modern society. Indeed, it has been suggested that as many as 80% of Americans will experience back problems at some point in their lives. [http://www.acatoday.org]

For years, you had two choices: put up with the pain, or opt for expensive, invasive surgery. Now, however, more and more people are turning to yoga for back pain. The ancient art of yoga is a form of palliative that is still effective for our musculature and health problems today. In this blog, we’re going to look at some of the most effective yoga poses for back pain.

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Things you should know before buying a yoga mat

Finding the right yoga mat means carefully considering a whole range of different factors that all need to be in harmony with one another. It has as much to do with finding a quality product as it does knowing your own specific needs. If you are looking for the best yoga mat and aren’t sure where to start, consider this brief checklist before making a commitment.

Material
Carefully-chosen materials make up the core of all yoga mats, so paying attention to what your mat is made of should be your priority. Consider the durability, texture, sponginess, and any other factors that are important to you. When in doubt, going with all-natural materials is the best option.

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lower back pain stretches

​3 lower back stretches to ease back pain

For one reason or another, we have all had it - lower back pain. Women who menstruate are familiar with the constant ache and tension caused when the muscles surrounding the reproductive system contract during a period. Athletes suffer from lower back pain caused through any number of slight injuries. Additionally, those with desk jobs, who spend their days sitting in office chairs, also complain of lower back pain.

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Causes of muscle spasms and how to stop them

A muscle spasm is simply an involuntary contraction leading to tension and pain. The muscle tends to tense up and stay that way until the problem is solved, perhaps even worsening. If you’ve ever had muscle spasms in your neck, muscle spasms in your back, and/or lower back spasms, you may be familiar with one or more of the following symptoms: 

- Tension and/or pain anywhere along the rope-like muscles that support both sides of your spine, from the back of your skull to the midpoint between your shoulder blades, down through your lower back;
- With muscle spasms in the neck, tension and/or pain in the muscles branching diagonally from your neck vertebrae to your skull;

- A shooting pain that can sometimes accompany the tension down to your hand, which is the result of a pinched nerve;

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Massage mat makes waves at Om Yoga Show

October 23rd, 2015, London - At this year’s Om Yoga Show, the Pranamat ECO took center stage as one of the premier yoga accessories offered to event goers. Tapping into the great existing demand for a therapeutic yoga aid, this specially-designed mat made a big impact on buyers. The Pranamat ECO is a leading therapeutic massage mat that uses principles of acupressure to stimulate the body’s natural pressure points and promote a range of health benefits.

The Om Yoga Show is the largest gathering of yoga experts and enthusiasts in Europe, offering a platform to share the newest trends, news, and products for more than 10 years. Visitors have the opportunity to take yoga classes free of charge ...

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massage to ease back pain

Massages to ease back pain

Back pain affects more than half of Americans at some point in their life. No matter your age, weight, job, or outside stresses, your back can be overworked, fatigued, and hurt for periods of time. For any type of back pain, and chronic pain especially, simply taking painkilling medications is not your only option, and there are other methods that can help relieve pain over time. 

Studies have shown that a massage for back pain can be a great way to manage the pain and get relief. Massages can not only relieve short-term pain, but also help with chronic back pain and your overall health. Massages improve circulation, ease muscle tension, and help with flexibility. 

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muscle spasms in back

​How do massage mats help with muscle spasms?

Almost everyone has experienced a cramp at one time or another. Maybe you woke up in the middle of the night with your calf or foot muscle feeling tight, hard, and quite painful. These cramps are due to muscle spasms which occur when one or more of the muscles in your body involuntarily contracts. Most often this occurs in the skeletal muscles. Some examples include back muscle spasms as well as cramps in the arms and legs. You can also have muscle spasms in the neck. 

So, what causes muscle spasms?
Well, there are a few possibilities. The leading causes of muscle spasms, at least skeletal ones, are dehydration and electrolyte imbalances. Poor blood circulation and overexertion are also big factors in spasm occurrences.

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deep tissue massage

​How therapeutic massage mat can improve deep tissue massage?

What is tissue? Well, there are several types of tissue within the human body. Epithelial tissues are those that cover organs, and the most predominant of these tissues is, of course, the skin. Then you have smooth muscle tissue and skeletal muscle tissue. The smooth tissues are found mostly internally in the esophagus, bladder, and other areas. It's the skeletal tissues that are the target of most forms of massage as they are the ones that typically cause soreness and discomfort.

Of the many types of massage, deep tissue work is one of the most beneficial. This form of massage typically focuses only on specific areas and it can be rather intense. There is usually soreness for a day or two following a session, but if done right, the benefits will be worth it. 

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Use Pranamat ECO to de-stress

Use massage mat to de-stress with little effort or cost

With kids starting school, the weather getting colder, work picking up and the holiday season slowly approaching, autumn is easily one of the most stressful times of the year. Without calming beach days and long vacations, it's even harder to de-stress in the coming months. In fact, you may not have any time to set aside for proper relaxation sessions. Luckily, there's now a way to relax without having to stop everything or even really think about de-stressing.

The Pranamat ECO is a massage mat made of eco materials that can help you re-charge with no effort on your part. Take just a few minutes a day to sit or lay on the Pranamat ECO with a cup of tea and a book, and you will instantly notice a difference in your daily stress levels. You can even sit on the Pranamat ECO while working to induce muscle relaxation. There's no certain time of the day you can use the Pranamat ECO...

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lower back exercises

Lower back exercises to ease the pain

The pain you feel may have you wanting to rest, but lower back exercises are better for you. Exercises for lower back pain will not only strengthen the muscles in your legs, back and stomach, but will also support your spine and relieve pain.

Knee rolls

Knee rolls help to stretch and mobilize your spine. Adjust your massage mat to the specific area of your body where you feel the most pain as you lie on your back. 

Relax your upper body and gently tuck in your chin. Keeping your knees together and bent, roll your legs and pelvis to one side. Make sure your shoulders remain on the floor. Hold this stretch while you take one deep breath before returning to...

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camexpo show

The newest must-have item in the health world

Pranamat ECO has wowed audiences at CamExpo Show in London this year.

London, England September 27th, 2015 – Since its market release, the Pranamat ECO has been making waves in the health and wellness industry, and has left quite an impression at the recently finished CamExpo Show in London. As one of the premiere trade shows for health professionals in the UK, CampExpo has attracted some of the biggest names in the industry, serving as an excellent platform for Pranamat to share its groundbreaking product with the world.

The mat boasts all-natural materials, which differentiates it from most of its competitors ...

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