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The TRX® Class is open to both “newbie” and those familiar with suspension training.  All exercise selection as well as work intervals will be decided by the instructor at the time of the class based on the experience of the attendees.  Attendees always have the choice to modify or “intensify” the exercises to better suit their fitness needs

Additional exercises will be inserted into the classes to enhance cardiovascular endurance.  Typical exercises included in these workouts are BOSU and Trampoline

 

Male Menopause and Female Menopause

Male Menopause and Female Menopause: the benefits of Pilates

Male Menopause

Male menopause” is the more common term for andropause. It describes age-related changes in male hormone levels.

Male menopause involves a drop in testosterone production in men who are age 50 or older.

If you’re a man, testosterone is a hormone produced in your testes. It does more than fuel your sex drive. It also fuels changes during puberty, fuels your mental and physical energy, maintains your muscle mass, regulates your fight-or-flight response, and regulates other key evolutionary features.

Declining testosterone levels can cause many symptoms like cause depression, reduced muscle mass, increased body fat, and erectile dysfunction.

To treat your symptoms, your doctor may recommend lifestyle changes.

The most common type of treatment for symptoms of male menopause is making healthier lifestyle choices. For example, your doctor might advise you to:

  • eat a healthy diet
  • get regular exercise
  • get enough sleep
  • reduce your stress

These lifestyle habits can benefit all men. After adopting these habits, men who are experiencing symptoms of male menopause may see a dramatic change in their overall health.

Female Menopause 

  • Menopause is defined as the absence of menstrual periods for 12 months. It is the time in a woman’s life when the function of the ovaries ceases.
  • The process of menopause does not occur overnight, but rather is a gradual process. This so-called premenopausal transition period is a different experience for each woman.
  • The average age of menopause is 51 years old, but menopause may occur as early as the 30s or as late as the 60s. There is no reliable lab test to predict when a woman will experience menopause.
  • The age at which a woman starts having menstrual periods is not related to the age of menopause onset.

After menopause, symptoms can occur due to lowering of estrogen and Progesterone levels in the body. Progesterone retains fluid in the ligaments and connective tissues, providing flexibility to muscles, tendons and ligaments.

Not every woman will experience all the symptoms of menopause. Some of the most commonly reported symptoms include hot flashes and night sweats. Other symptoms that are related to lowering of estrogen levels include vaginal dryness, drier and rougher skin texture, weight gain, lost of muscle tone, bones lose mass and become more fragile, increased blood pressure.

Cognitive and mood symptoms as well as generalized physical symptoms can accompany menopause in some women. These vary among women and can include mood changes, stress, tiredness, fatigue, irritability, and difficulties with memory. Hot flashes and night sweats can contribute to sleep disturbances.

In June 2016 has been held a study to investigate the effects of an 8-week Pilates** exercise program on menopausal symptoms and lumbar strength and flexibility in postmenopausal women. Menopausal symptoms were measured through a questionnaire, while lumbar strength was measured through a lumbar extension machine, and lumbar flexibility was measured through sit-and-reach and trunk lift tests performed before and after the Pilates exercise program, respectively.

The results showed a significant decrease in menopausal symptoms. Also, the results presented a significant increase in lumbar strength and flexibility after 8 weeks of the Pilates exercise program. They concluded that an 8-week Pilates exercise program is effective in decreasing menopausal symptoms and increasing lumbar strength and flexibility.

Last but not least, if you are experiencing male or female menopausal symptoms, improve your life with the right supplements:

Glucosamine is a common ingredient found in these supplements, occurring naturally in healthy cartilage. It may help relieve pain, improve joint mobility and slow the progress of osteoarthritis damage.

Calcium and vitamin D, a powerful combination of essential nutrients. While calcium aids in bone health, growth and repair, vitamin D maintains bone structure and helps reduce the loss of calcium in your body.

Ascorbic acid, better known as vitamin C, repairs muscle tissue, including collagen for making tendons, ligaments and cartilage.

Vitamin B12 is used to treat fatigue, memory loss and depression. It’s an important vitamin for your metabolism and the proper development of your blood cells, brain and nerves. Vitamin B12 combats depression and gets you up and going again while Pilates helps to reduce stress

Magnesium does so much for your mind and body, from regulating your blood pressure to building strong bones. It keeps your heart rhythm steady and calms your nerves. This mineral also helps with digestion, relieves muscle aches and increases your energy levels.

**Effects of 8-week Pilates exercise program on menopausal symptoms and lumbar strength and flexibility in postmenopausal women

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4934971/

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How to Maintain a Strong Lymphatic System

 

How to Maintain a Strong Lymphatic System

Ignoring the health of your lymphatic system means your immunity is going to suffer, and you’re more likely to deal with common illnesses and even long-term health problems. Here are five ways to boost your immune system and, moreover, support a healthy lymphatic system:

 

 

  • Reduce Inflammation and Improve Circulation

Eating a healthy diet, exercising, not smoking, getting enough sleep and reducing stress are all critical for lowering oxidative stress and halting the body’s natural detoxification processes. The circulatory system and lymphatic system rely on one another.

While blood circulates around the body via blood vessels, some fluid naturally leaks out and makes its way into tissue. This is a normal process that brings nutrients, water and proteins to cells. The fluid also gathers cells’ waste products, like bacteria or even dead or damaged cells like cancer cells.

Tissues located around the body can become inflamed and painful when circulation slows and inflammation builds. A healthy lymphatic system nourishes muscle, joint and other tissue because lymph vessels have tiny openings that let gases, water and nutrients pass through to surrounding cells (called interstitial fluid).

To keep circulation pumping and the lymphatic system functioning optimally, it’s important to load up on all the essential nutrients, like vitamins, minerals, electrolytes and antioxidants, you need.

  • Follow an Anti-Inflammatory Diet

The more nutrient-dense your diet, and the less chemicals entering your body, the better your lymphatic system can work. Some of the key high-antioxidant foods to focus on include:

  • green leafy vegetables
  • cruciferous veggies (broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, etc.)
  • berries
  • omega-3 foods like salmon and wild seafood
  • nuts and seeds (chia, flax, hemp, pumpkin, etc.)
  • unrefined oils like extra virgin olive oil and coconut oil
  • herbs and spices (ginger, turmeric, garlic, for example)

 

  • Exercise

The lymphatic system works best when you move your body, which helps keep fluids circulating and nutrients reaching your cells. There’s a reason why being stagnant causes you to feel more achy, stiff and prone to becoming sick.

Any type of regular exercise and movement (such as simply walking more) is good for keeping lymph fluid flowing, but some exercise seems to be particularly beneficial like “rebounding.“

Just five to 10 minutes of jumping daily can really get your heart rate up and help keep your lymphatic system running smoothly.

  • Massage Therapy with Foam Rolling

Foam rolling and massage therapy are both usual for preventing swelling, pain and fluid buildup with tissue. Foam rolling, also called self-myofascial release, is a type of self-massage that many people do before or after exercising. Its purpose is to help tissue repair more easily and break up muscle and tissue adhesion that can cause tightness and injuries. Foam rolling also increases blood flow to your muscles and is used to help with quicker recovery and better performance.

“Lymphatic drainage massage” is a type of specialized massage therapy that helps cells release toxins and breaks up lymph congestion. Studies have found it’s beneficial for lowering pain intensity, pain pressure and pain threshold. Massages can activate the lymphatic system and help flush excess fluid from within tissues.

You can even massage yourself to help reduce pain in swollen lymph nodes, muscles or joints.

  • Infrared Sauna Treatment

Never heard of infrared saunas? This simple treatment is one of the best ways to naturally detox the body and support an overall healthy immune system. Infrared sauna therapy works by increasing sweat production so more toxins are removed from tissue. It can also improve blood flood and help with tissue healing, which is critical for lymphatic health.

Studies show that regular infrared sauna treatments can improve the quality of life for people living with chronic pain, chronic fatigue syndrome, depression and congestive heart failure. People who use sauna therapy love it because it’s relaxing, healing, cost-effective, can be done within your own home and really works. Infrared saunas use heat lamps that generate infrared light waves, which make their way into tissues and promote cell regeneration along with sweating.

  • Use Supplements that Support Your Lymphatic System

 

 Omega-3 fish oils and turmeric are also beneficial for improving blood flow and lowering inflammation. Supplements that can further help lymphatic drainage and detoxification include burdock root, digestive enzymes, activated charcoal and milk thistle.

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Top 5 Benefits of Rebounding

Top 5 Benefits of Rebounding

There are several body, mind, and health benefits of rebounding. One of the most obvious reasons to take up rebounding is that it only requires a small amount of your time for a large impact on your health. Studies have shown just working out 10 minutes on a mini-trampoline is like running for 30 minutes. But what is the trampoline doing for you that is just so good? Here are the top 5 benefits of rebounding that will make you want to jump up and start re-thinking the way you work out!

  • Weight Loss                                read more
  • Cardio                                              read more
  • Lymphatic System                 read more
  • Balance & Mental Health  read more
  • Keep Your Body Young       read more

Cellulite And Lymphatic System

Eliminate Cellulite And Stimulate Your Lymphatic System

Ever noticed that slim people also get cellulite? Cellulite is not just an accumulation of fat cells, it’s a combination of wastes, toxins and fat that had accumulated below the skin due to poor circulation especially of the Lymphatic system which runs just below the surface area of the skin. The good news is that by stimulating the circulation and removing excess wastes from the Lymph fluid the appearance of cellulite can be dramatically improved within a couple of weeks resulting in a stronger immune system.

Bouncing on a mini trampoline for at least 15 minutes per day will help to stimulate the drainage systems of your Lymphatic system resulting in smoother skin.

The Lymph fluid flows in one direction under the surface of the skin from the hands and feet through the main filters (lymph nodes) upward to the base of the neck where the subclavian veins release it back into circulation as plasma in the blood.

It is estimated that about 2-3 liters of Lymph fluid move through the Lymphatic system everyday and there are about 600-700 Lymph nodes that work by releasing Lymphocytes to destroy harmful toxins and to purify and filter the Lymph fluid. The Lymph nodes may be as small as a pin, others as large as an olive and are primarily located in the neck, under the armpits, in the abdomen and around the hips and upper portion of the legs. The Lymph fluid is a crucial part of our immune system and it is essential that is able to do its job as efficiently as possible for us to maintain good health and vitality.

By stimulating our Lymphatic system and circulation and preventing a buildup of wastes and toxins, we can actually reduce the bumpy look of cellulite that often appears under the surface of the skin.