Love massage? You now have a scientific reason to go for it now.
Massage does improve vascular function in people who had not exercised, says research, suggesting that massage has benefits for people regardless of their level of physical activity.
Massage therapy improves general blood flow and alleviates muscle soreness after exercise, according to researchers.
"Improved circulation and relief of muscle soreness are common claims made for massage's benefits, but no studies have substantiated such claims till date," said Shane Phillips, an associate professor of physical therapy at University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC).
"Our study validates the value of massage in exercise and injury, which has been previously recognised but based on minimal data," added Nina Cherie Franklin, a post-doctoral fellow at UIC.
The researchers had set out to see if massage would improve systemic circulation and reduce muscle soreness after exercise.
Healthy sedentary adults were asked to exercise their legs to soreness using a standard leg press machine.
Half of the exercisers received leg massages, using conventional Swedish massage techniques, after the exercise.
As expected, both exercise groups experienced soreness immediately after exercise.
The exercise-and-massage group reported no continuing soreness 90 minutes after massage therapy.
The exercise-only group reported lasting soreness 24 hours after exercise.
"We believe that massage is really changing physiology in a positive way. This is not just blood flow speeds - this is actually a vascular response," Franklin added.
For people with limited mobility or those with impaired vascular function, further research may show that regular massage offers significant benefits, the authors said in a study reported in the journal Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.Read more here:pink formal dresses
The fifth annual Recycle, Repurpose, Refashion Show was again a complete sellout. The brunch and fashion show was held at Casa Del Sol on Saturday, with special speeches and entertainment from the International students who have been helping out at CrossRoads MarketPlace. The students from Pakistan are Sabira Batool, Neetesh Kumar and Asghar Saeedi. Saeedi also danced and modeled traditional Pakistani formal wear. Batool modeled in the fashion show. Also appearing in the fashion show were Aizhamal Sydykova from Kyrgyzstan and Tapiwa Magate from Zimbabwe. Sydykova suggests if you like lovely mountain terrain and alpine sports and can't afford Switzerland, try Kyrgyzstan.
Well-known local women and girls modeled apparel from the thrift store and jewelry and accent items from the Fair Trade store. Only Saeedi and Mayor Lynn Horner modeled men's clothing this year, but both were enthusiastic.
The theme for this year's show was "Bloom where you're planted." Fairy gardens decorated the tables and a small bottle of seeds was the favor. The menu was Quiche Lorraine, fruited spinach salad, dinner roll and cream puffs in a pan. Items were available for sale and at auction. The items sold, the dinner and the venue were donated, so that all the money raised by the affair will go to the women of Guatemala to help them with creating small gardens to be used to feed their families and trade or sell for other necessities.Read more here:orange formal dresses
Maria Droste only hosts one fundraiser a year - but they do it in style. At the counseling center’s 10th annual fundraising fashion show on Thursday night, Waltham-based designer David Josef’s creations were the main event as attendees dined and participated in live and silent auctions.
“Without the fashion show we couldn’t keep our doors open, this event literally keeps our doors open and makes it possible to do what we do,” Executive Director Michael Shanahan said. “To do the services we provide we do get some money, but the fees we charge are very low... this is key for us.”
Almost 400 people gathered at the Lantanta in Randolph on April 23 to support the three full-time staff members and team of volunteers that make up Quincy-based Maria Droste Counseling Services at the annual Darlene Sheehan Fashion Gala. Local officials, including Quincy Mayor Thomas Koch, joined donors and local residents for a sit-down dinner, fashion show, auctions and raffle with over 60 gift baskets up for grabs. Shanahan estimates the event pulls in nearly $100,000 annually.
The nonprofit organization, founded in 1982 by the Sisters of the Good Shepherd, provides counseling services to the mentally ill and people with substance abuse problems.
“It’s a great time and it’s certainly an organization that deserves this,” three-time attendee Rosemarie Pages said.
Maria Droste has 10 to 15 volunteers with a range of therapy specialties, from drug therapy to holistic services like massage therapy and Reiki.
Many of the center’s clients are people who would have otherwise lacked the means to seek therapy. Services are provided to people with or without health insurance and the group tries to find help for everyone regardless of their ability to pay.
“Absolutely not,” Board Member Geraldine Good said when asked if Maria Droste could survive without the annual Fashion Gala.
A 15-year member of the board, who previously served as president, Good remembers talks of potentially having to dissolve the agency due to lack of funding before the annual fundraiser got the group back on its feet.
“What an amazing event, this has grown so tremendously,” she said. “We’ve had a great benefactors but it’s really because of everyone who pulls together this event that we’ve been able to keep going.”Read more here:year 12 formal dresses | formal dresses for women