Tag Archives: Health & Fitness

Hormone Spotlight: Peptide YY

To continue with our Hormone Spotlight segment, we’re going to have a look into Peptide YY. Hormones are the building blocks that ensure our body stays in a homeostatic state. Over the course of the month we’re going to have a look at 4 different hormones that affect hunger, appetite and satiety. Read More

Hormone Spotlight: Cholecystokinin

To continue with our Hormone Spotlight segment, we’re going to have a look into Cholecystokinin. Hormones are the building blocks that ensure our body stays in a homeostatic state. Over the course of the month we’re going to have a look at 4 different hormones that affect hunger, appetite and satiety. Read More

Macronutrients Explained

A balanced diet requires adequate water intake s well as the consumption of food in varying amounts from five nutrient groups. These groups can be divided into macronutrients & micronutrients, we are going to look at macronutrients.

Proteins

Proteins are the building blocks to life. The body needs protein to repair and maintain itself. Every cell in the human body contains protein. It is a chief component of the skin, muscles, organs and glands. Protein is also found in all body fluids, expect bile & urine. Protein is needed in the diet to help the body repair cells and make new ones. The nutrient is also important for growth & development during childhood, adolescence & pregnancy. When proteins are digested, amino acids are left. The human body needs a number of amino acids the break down food. Amino acids need to be eaten in large enough amounts for optimal health. Read More

Hormone Spotlight: Ghrelin

To continue with our Hormone Spotlight segment, we’re going to have a look into Ghrelin. The building blocks that ensure our body stays in a homeostatic state. Over the course of the month we’re going to have a look at 4 different hormones that affect hunger, appetite and satiety. Read More

Hormone spotlight – Leptin

Hormones… The building blocks that ensure our body stays in a homeostatic state. Over the course of the month we’re going to have a look at 4 different hormones that affect hunger, appetite and satiety. Read More

Intermittent Fasting 101

Intermittent Fasting 101

There’s a ton of incredibly promising intermittent fasting (IF) research done on rats. They lose weight, their blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugars improve… but they’re rats. Studies in humans, almost across the board, have shown that IF is safe and incredibly effective, but really no more effective than any other diet. In addition, many people find it difficult to fast. Read More

Inter-Event Massage Explained

Inter event massages combine elements of both the pre and post event massage. It serves as a preparation for the next event, and an evaluation on how the athlete is coping.

Is an Inter-Event Massage Appropriate?

The purpose of an inter-event massage is to prepare for the next event as well as to assess for any injuries. It is not a complete recovery massage, but it will help the client flush out and prepare the tissue for further work. Because you want to maintain the energy in the muscles and avoid overworking and weakening them, consider the speed and depth. Read More

Pre-Event Massage Explained

Event work can be rewarding yet extremely challenging and has an air of excitement to its work. The downside means there can be poor working conditions with low or non-existent monetary rewards and working long hours. Event massages challenge your ability to respond quickly to a multitude of situations.

A pre-event massage can take place anywhere from a few days to a few minutes before the event. Because it’s primary focus is to prepare the athlete to perform a specific task. Understanding the demands of the sport usually help you decide which muscles you should be targeting. Read More

Four points for effective client positioning

Positioning isn’t all just about client comfort. It helps you access soft tissue structures that would otherwise be difficult. How you move a client from one position to another, how you support the limbs and stabilise the body, how you communicate your instructions – all of these can enhance or detract from the experience of the treatment.

Comfort

Comfort relaxes the client, softens the tissue and allows you to work effectively and deeply. An uncomfortable face hole will inadvertently cause tension in the rest of the body. (You can look to use a face cushion) Comfort can also come in the form of music, the rooms décor, the aroma, the sound of your voice, the feel of the towels and temperature of the room. A useful way to find out if you’re treatment space is meeting the needs of your client is to receive a massage first hand using your equipment in your own environment. Read More

How may subjective information influence treatment planning?

During the initial consultation, discussion with the client can help the SMT identify a number of things which can significantly influence treatment panning.

The subjective assessment can include a collection of the following information:

-Client related details, e.g. personal details, occupation, lifestyle, contraindications and previous medical conditions. Read More