Archive for November, 2009

NOVEMBER 24, 2009

Anyone Fancy A Symphony Of Cicadas??

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I was teaching a class at a resort spa during sunrise, cocooned within a rainforest sanctuary and overlooking the Andaman sea. As the students were deep into relaxation and lying comfortably in Savasana ( Corpse pose ), the calling of an insect broke the silence. I could not determine the sound until about 20 seconds later when the whole symphony just filled the air. It was the beautiful sounds of the female cicadas, calling out to the male for mating purposes. It was loud but soothing to our ears. It was the perfect moment that the cicadas decided to  ‘ sing for us ’. Only about 5 minutes later, when I cited…..slowly and gently…….return to the here and now….my students opened their eyes with a smile on their face, feeling utterly relaxed. They sat up and looked around them, appreciating the nature which surrounded us.

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For those of you who are wondering how cicadas look and sound like, please click on the links below:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mah26og11ms&feature=related – a clear look at a cicada

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RT5jvEKHK2E&feature=related – symphony of cicadas

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NOVEMBER 11, 2009

Dry Brushing – a diy massage, exfoliation and detoxification

Posted by Dorothy under Natural Highs2 comments

Do you dry brush? Have you heard of dry brushing?
If your answer to both questions are NO….you should read on.

What is it?
Dry brushing is a way of brushing the body with a dry brush. It differs from scrubbing yourself with a loofah while showering.

What is a dry brush and how to choose one?
It is a brush with soft bristles, preferably made from natural materials ( ie vegetable fibre ) because most synthetic brushes are too hard and will injure the skin. The brush for the face is slightly softer than the body brush. You should be able to find it in health stores or special body care stores.

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Face Brush and Body Brush

What are the benefits?
The skin is the largest eliminative organ in the body and is responsible for one quarter of the body’s detoxification each day. It is also known as our third kidney. Therefore dry brushing helps exfoliate and unclog by removing the dry skin, revealing the new layer of clean, bright and smooth skin which the body processes every 12 hours. If it is done often, the skin will be seen as glowing, cellulites will be reduced and muscles will be toned.

Other than that dry brushing helps with blood circulation as it is a form of massage and it also stimulates our nerve endings, benefiting the nervous system. The health of our liver and kidneys will be improved because the body is no longer concentrating the entire detoxification process on those organs.

Most importantly, it helps clean the lymphatic system which creates a stronger immune system.

How is it done?
The best time to do it is before you hit the shower in the morning.

The basic rules :

Face -  brush gently from the middle to the sides .
Body – brush strokes towards the heart, but as for the stomach, chest and armpits,
use clockwise and anti clockwise strokes

Make sure that you avoid areas of broken skin, acne or rashes.
After that, shower as usual and massage some good moisturizer into your skin.

How to care for your brush?
Wash with soap and water at least once a week and leave it to dry. Please do not share your brush with anyone else.

This 5 minutes routine will leave you energized and invigorated. Your morning showers will never be the same without the dry brushing routine. You will definitely FEEL the difference after one first session and SEE the benefits after a week. I bet you will be singing James Brown’s “ I Feel Good ” after your morning showers.

Have a therapeutic brushing time:)!!

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NOVEMBER 5, 2009

The Quick Fix

Posted by Dorothy under Natural Highs2 comments

“ Sorry, Im still not fully awake….I haven’t had my caffeine fix this morning ”

Does this verse sound familiar to most of you? Some say or hear it so often it sounds like a mantra to them. Most of the time, your cuppa gives you an invigorating feeling, but is it good for you and how long does it last till you grab your next caffeine fix again? There is no doubt that caffeine has its benefits, but more harm has been proven. I have listed below a few known effects of caffeine:

a) Instant stimulant legal drug

Caffeine stimulates the central nervous system and prompts the adrenal glands to release adrenaline, a hormone released in response to stress. Your heart beats faster, glucose is released into the blood stream and you feel energized. But overtime, your adrenal glands will not function normally and same goes to your liver which becomes conditioned to metabolise caffeine more quickly, meaning you’ll need even more cups of coffee to get the same lift. On the other hand with the heart rate increasing, some may experience palpitation, anxiety and irritability.

b) Diuretic

This effect varies for different people as everyone has different levels of tolerance.What happens is that caffeine elevates the rate of urination and can therefore cause dehydration.

c) Gastritis

Caffeine increases gastric acid secretion in the stomach resulting in an inflammation of the stomach lining.

Therefore, to be on the safe side, let us try not to rely on caffeine but rather ensure that you have ENOUGH SLEEP, REGULAR EXERCISE and most importantly a POSITIVE OUTLOOK. With that we promise that from time to time, we will fuel you with info on ways to energize your energy levels in this section which we have categorized as “ NATURAL HIGHS ”.

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