August 11, 2010

Why Your Muscles Get Sore

Filed under: Facts and Tips — Rizzieri School of Massage @ 10:15 am

Delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) is muscle soreness you feel one to three days after a workout. In the past, scientists thought lactic acid buildup or muscle spasms caused muscle soreness. Now we know muscle cell damage causes sore muscles. Muscle damage occurs most frequently during eccentric exercise–the muscles contract as they lengthen. Eccentric contractions are common during downhill running, skiing, and most weightlifting exercise. Heavy workouts can cause damage to the fibers and calcium storage depots within the cells. Calcium is a chemical trigger that causes muscles to contract. Unfortunately, high concentrations of calcium cause muscle breakdown. Following muscle damage, calcium leaks into the muscle and causes the muscle proteins to break down. This causes pain and muscle inflammation. After a few days, the muscles form protective proteins and become susceptible to more muscle soreness. Scientists think muscles grow and increase strength in response to muscle injury, so there’s gain in the pain. (The New York Times, Nov. 16, 2004)

August 6, 2010

Essential Oils

Filed under: Facts and Tips — Rizzieri School of Massage @ 10:05 am

Rizzieri School for the Healing Arts recommends essential oils!

Essential oils are obtained from flowers and plants by steam distillation or expression. They are all natural and can help replace some of the synthetic products that you use.

According to the World Health Organization, some 80% of the world population relies on plant-derived medicine for their primary health care. In American society, many individuals incorporate plant properties into their lives through the use of essential oils and naturally derived products.

Why choose to put something synthetic on or in your body when there are safer natural alternatives? Derived from renewable resources, plant materials are biodegradable and for the most part nontoxic when used correctly.

Here are some ways you can incorporate essential oils into your everyday life. Most perfumes are made synthetically. If there is an Aveda aroma you like, buy it and splash it on your wrists and neck for a pure smell. If you are having a hard time sleeping, use a couple drops of chamomile on your pillow case at night. The calming smell will help you relax.

Aveda Singular Note Aromas are for sale at the Rizzieri School for the Healing Arts

6001 W Lincoln Dr. Marlton, NJ 08053
Corner of Route 73 and Greentree rd
(second floor)