Power up with this energizing yoga sequence from Hatha yoga and core strength vinyasa instructor Milena Shizika!Read More
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.
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.
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.