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Ask any therapist about connective tissue, and you will immediately hear about collagen and elastin, or the formation of wrinkles or sagging skin when these tissues are no longer resilient. Much more can be said about Connective Tissue, and there are many types which serve very important functions throughout the body.
When you think about the word, Connective Tissue, you will understand that it implies a function which is “to connect”. That being said, some types of connective tissue are fluid-like, such as blood and lymph. Their function stays the same, for instance, in the case of blood, it has an extra-cellular matrix known as plasma and the red and white blood cells as well as platelets are “suspended” in this plasma by its connectivity.
The Body’s Main Types of Connective Tissues are:
• Loose Connective tissue – found in vertebra and holds organs in place and attaches epithelial cells to their underlying tissues.
• Collagenous Tissue – commonly known as collagen, elastin and reticular fibers and this type is responsible for tonicity.
• Dense Connective Tissue – found mainly in joints and ligaments and these collagen fibers is responsible for joining muscles to bones.
• Specialized Connective tissue – such as bone, blood, lymph and adipose tissue.
Whichever type of Connective Tissue is being discussed, the fact stands that certain processes needs to take place in order for it to serve its function properly, for the long term. For these processes to occur, such as the influx of oxygen and nutrients, removal of toxins etc, there needs to be a constant flow of blood and lymph, to and from these tissues.
It is just as important for structures such as bones, as new platelets need to be formed for it to be healthy and strong. Exercise is recommended for the most part, but not all patients or clients are able to commit to a regular exercise routine and some are not interested in a strenuous program.
Connective tissue normally degenerates through ageing and poor diet and/or lifestyle. The results can lead to many different and undesired conditions such as a decreased range of motion in a joint, pain, stiffness, hernias and also the visible signs of ageing for instance elastosis (loss of elasticity) and the formation of lines and wrinkles. Blood, and by that we mean fresh, well-oxygenated and nutrient-rich blood can really be seen as the elixir of life, and we must do our utmost to enhance its flow.
This is where Massage Therapists can play a vital role in a client’s quality of life, by providing that which is not possible for them to attain through exercise or proper self-care. Regular massage, whether it is superficial lymphatic drainage or deep tissue massage, is a sure-fire way to stimulate cell regeneration, improve blood circulation and to provide the workout the body needs to be agile and able to perform the daily tasks we expect of our bodies.
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Have you ever thought about what exactly is happening to your skin on a daily basis, and what is causing harm? Today, ageing is showing up faster than ever, and a huge part of the problem is everything you are exposed to during the day, and when you are out and about at night!
The Effects of Pollution on Skin:
There are many different types of pollution, namely: Air pollution, ultraviolet radiation, cigarette smoke, extreme temperatures, carbon monoxide from traffic and artificial light. Scientists have proven that continuous exposure to these culprits leads to faster ageing and your skin also becomes more vulnerable to diseases such as cancer.
Your skin is your main protective barrier to whatever is out there, looking to cause harm. Doctors also use your skin as a diagnostic tool to determine good health as your skin shows what is happening on the outside, but also on the inside. This includes physical and emotional manifestations of diseases and disorders in the making. For example, a grey skin tone can indicate a low oxygen level, yellow skin a liver or kidney related problem and so forth.
How to protect your skin from harmful pollutants:
Load up on anti-oxidants – These lovelies neutralize oxidative stress and offer protection against these poisons. Choose Vit A,C and E and get advice from your health specialist on what the correct dosage would be for your age, weight and dietary needs.
Take a good quality Omega 3 supplement – Omega 3 is probably your most essential nutrient, which you can only obtain by supplementing or eating oily fish in quite large quantities. It acts as an anti-inflammatory and protective measure for cells and their nucleic acids. If your skin is feeling dry, you are most like deficient in this very important nutrient.
Use a Broad-Spectrum UVA and UVB sunscreen, everyday, even when it’s overcast – Even fluorescent lighting can affect the DNA of cells, so don’t be shy when applying your sunscreen. Also remember that a sunscreen is time-dependant, so you will need to reapply every 3-4 hours, depending on what factor you are using. This being said, try not to use a product that contains a SPF level of 35 or more. The chemical content is very high in these, which causes and inflammatory response and even skin allergies or contact dermatitis.
Work on your circulation – all the time!
When your circulation is working well, your body can deal with all sorts of invasions and attacks. Your blood carries vital oxygen and nutrients to your cells, and if your circulation isn’t working well, the oxygen and nutrients won’t get to the very superficial skin cells. This is detrimental because these are the cells being exposed first.
How to improve your circulation naturally:
The Bellabaci Circuflow Kit, is a system completely focused on improving your blood and lymphatic circulation. The Circuflow Genie oil-lotion contains Homeopathic and Aromatic Synergies to gently nudge your body back to health. Other benefits experienced is the boosting of energy flow, restored immunity, balanced hormone production and repair of veins, arteries and superficial capillaries. Our kit also incorporates a Kese Mitt for spectacular micro-circulation, and a home Cupping Massage System which will treat your body up to 4 inches deep, improving blood flow and repair all over!
Treat yourself well with the Bellabaci Circuflow Kit and experience what pure wellness is meant to be!
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What are Omega 3 Fatty Acids?
Omega-3 fatty acids are a collection of polyunsaturated fatty acids, including eicosapentaenic acid (EPA) and docosahexanoic acid (DHA), found in fish, and alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which is found in plants. Unlike the saturated fats in foods like butter and meat, which can raise levels of unhealthy (LDL) cholesterol, polyunsaturated fats are healthier because they help lower cholesterol levels and reduce inflammation throughout the body. Continue reading