Posted February 26, 2009 by Acupuncture & Massage College & filed under Health & Fitness, Uncategorized

COME JOIN US FOR A Day of Exercise and Fun TAI CHI and CHI KUNG with Dr. Richard Browne … Read More

Insufficient Sleep May Be Associated With Risk Of Heart Disease

Posted December 01, 2008 by Acupuncture & Massage College & filed under Health & Fitness, Uncategorized

Sleeping less than seven and a half hours per day may be associated with future increased risk of heart disease, according to a new study. Additionally, a combination of overnight elevated blood pressure and insufficient sleep may also be associated with an increased risk of heart disease. … Read More

Obesity and hypertension—two epidemics or one?

Posted November 21, 2008 by Acupuncture & Massage College & filed under Health & Fitness, Uncategorized

Obesity is weighing heavily on America. Government and private sector health experts now estimate that 65 percent of America’s adults are overweight and 31 percent of adults are obese and at risk for chronic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension. The link between obesity and hypertension is well known, but the exact nature of the association between the two disorders remains unclear. … Read More

TAI CHI May Protect From Shingles

Posted April 11, 2008 by Acupuncture & Massage College & filed under Health & Fitness

Shingles, a painful skin condition, may be prevented by Tai Chi, an ancient Chinese martial art, according to researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles. Tai Chi is commonly used as a low-impact exercise for older people. Study findings indicated that elderly people who performed Tai Chi enjoyed better immune responses against the shingles-causing virus, compared to those who just received health education. Shingles most commonly affects people over the age of 50. Participants in the study included 112 healthy volunteers, aged 59-86. Half of them had three Tai Chi classes each week for 12 weeks, while the other half had health education classes without Tai Chi lessons. Six months later, those who had received the Tai Chi lessons had almost twice the immunity levels against shingles, compared to the control group. The researchers found that the Tai Chi group managed to develop a level of immunity comparable to younger people who have received the standard vaccine against the shingles-causing varicella zoster virus. The study was recently published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. “These are exciting findings, because the positive results of this study also have implications for other infectious diseases, like influenza and pneumonia,” said lead author Michael Irwin, the Norman Cousins Professor of Psychiatry at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA. “Since older adults often show blunted protective responses to vaccines, this study suggests that Tai Chi is an approach that might complement and augment the efficiency of other vaccines, such as influenza.” The results, said Irwin, confirm a positive, virus-specific immune response to a behavioral intervention. Tai Chi can improve health and fitness levels for people of all ages. Unlike more strenuous physical activities, Tai Chi's slow, balanced movements are accessible to individuals that may have some physical limitations. Tai Chi practitioners define one of the discipline's health benefits as the ability to restore a yin-yang physiological balance to chi, or life energy. Muscle movements in Tai Chi exercises stimulate the flow of chi through the body and the major organs. Tai Chi exercises cultivate growth and storage of chi leading to longer life, better health and faster recovery from accidents. Tai Chi’s aerobic effect increases metabolism and physical conditioning occurs with regular practice. Tai Chi can also help elderly practitioners reduce their risk for falls and boosts the sympathetic nervous system function, which is related to cardiovascular health. Different tai chi exercises have one thing in common; they have a psychological benefit gained by the mind-body link in Tai Chi exercises. Practice directs the mind to focus on the moves, reduces distractions and results in peace of mind. … Read More

Depression + Hostility = Heartbreaking Combination

Posted February 12, 2008 by Acupuncture & Massage College & filed under Health & Fitness

Think depression means only having the blues? Think again. … Read More

Strengthen Your Body With QI GONG

Posted February 05, 2008 by Acupuncture & Massage College & filed under Health & Fitness

Happy Mardi Gras! Tomorrow Fat Tuesday will be gone, and it is the perfect time to lengthen and strengthen with a little Qi Gong. … Read More

Smoking Cessation

Posted January 10, 2008 by Acupuncture & Massage College & filed under Health & Fitness

A good smoking cessation program will combine stress management techniques with tips for dealing with cravings. Smoking cessation is important for your health and offers many health benefits. Soon after smoking cessation, blood pressure returns to normal and circulation improves. Following smoking cessation, breathing becomes easier and your sense of taste and smell return. Smoking cessation can lead to living longer and risk of cancer decreases with each smoke-free year. … Read More

Moderate Exercise for Health

Posted January 09, 2008 by Acupuncture & Massage College & filed under Health & Fitness

Only a moderate amount of exercise for health is required to counteract the detrimental effects of inactivity in individuals. While the harmful health effects of choosing a sedentary lifestyle can be high, beginning a moderate exercise for health plan can be beneficial at any time. Individuals who choose to incorporate a moderate exercise for health program do not require a high-intensity workout to get the benefits of exercise. A moderate exercise for health program can result in many cardiovascular health benefits. Individuals who participate in a moderate exercise for health plan reduce the risks of developing such conditions as stroke, heart disease or diabetes. A moderate exercise for health program can reverse the negative effects of inactivity. Combining moderate exercise for health with a weight loss program can reduce high blood pressure, decrease high blood sugar, reduce high levels of triglycerides, and increase amounts of HDL, or “good” cholesterol. Research from Duke University Medical Center shows that even a modest amount of brisk walking weekly is enough to reduce the risk of metabolic syndrome (MetS), an increasingly frequent condition linked to obesity and a sedentary lifestyle. Metabolic syndrome is usually characterized by elevated levels of cholesterol, obesity and insulin resistance, which is the inability of the body to effectively metabolize carbohydrates and sugars. A combination of moderate exercise for health and weight management is necessary to address the metabolic syndrome epidemic, which is increasing in prevalence. The study appears in the December 15 issue of the American Journal of Cardiology. A moderate exercise for health program can consist of walking just 30 minutes a day, six days a week. Individuals who do not participate in a moderate exercise for health program and who do not change their diet can expect to gain an average of about one pound every six months, which can add up to an additional 20 pounds over a decade. Acupuncture & Massage College is offering a health and fitness class on Tuesdays from 7:30 to 9:00 pm that includes yoga, meditation and qigong. For information or to register for the class call (305) 595-9500. … Read More

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