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Archive for January, 2014

Wait! Don’t sit down, it can kill you!

Spending hours on end in a chair isn’t just murder on your back—it can literally kill you. And if you’re like the average person, you clock almost 55 hours a week on your rear end.  Yes, the weather is cold and you don’t want to go out, but you need to keep moving. Your life depends on it.

I did some reasearch on the effects of being too sedentary and here is what I found:

  1. Too much sitting makes the lower back, hamstrings (back of thighs) and hips become tight, making it difficult even painful when you do decide to walk.
  2. Sitting for long periods causes a lack of circulation and a build up of fluid in the legs. When you lie down the fluid travels to the head and neck making it difficult to breathe and can cause sleep apnea.
  3. Long periods of sitting produces more triglycerides, the type of fat that can raise stroke risk. Our fat burner mechanism is switched off.
  4. Blood sugar spikes are higher after eating which is a link to type 2 diabetes.
  5. “Senior moments” of forgetfullness are a result of the deterioration of our brains’ memory center.  Being sedentary along with diabetes/obesity can deteriorate the memory center faster. The good news – physical activity can improve your brain’s memory function.
  6. Too much chair time can make your blood flow sluggish and prone to blood clots which can become lodged in your lungs, making you at risk for a pulmonary embolism. The more you sit, the higher the risk!

You don’t need to become like Jillian Micheals or the Dwayne Johnson “The Rock” to offset the potentially dangerous effects.  However, the outdoors is your playground.  Go for a walk.  I live near Wharton State Forest so there are a number of hiking and biking trail that I enjoy traversing.  If you have a gym membership, use it.  If you have access to a pool, use it.  If your local school or high school has a swim tearm, call to find out if they have family swim times for the community.  The pool is a wonderful way to get the body moving and blood circulating. Water walking is extremely popular because of its effectiveness as exercise and as rehab therapy. If your gym offers a water fitness class, take it.  You’ll have so much fun. 

In addition to your workouts the simple tasks of cooking, gardening, washing dishes, cleaning, standing while on the phone and at the risk of making you blush, SEX. All will help to offset the detrimental effects of too much sitting. So start simple. Get up from the chair and walk around the house, turn on some music and do a little dance. If it’s not too cold out for you, take a short walk around the neighborhood. 10 minutes of movement each hour or at least one hour a day will decrease your risk and improve your health. It’s about total energy expenditure over the course of a day.

If you need help getting started with an exercise routine, you can contact a local personal trainer by asking around or contacting your nearest health club. If you are in the Southern New Jersey area you can also call me.  Not only am I certified as a massage therapist, watsu practitioner and Reiki master.  I have also been a Water Fitness instructor and in the fitness industry for over 15 years.  Feel free to call with your health questions.

I can be reached at 609-965-7229 and am happy to answer your questions.

 Thanks for reading !


Audrey S. Filardi

What is Reiki Energy Healing?

What is Reiki Energy healing?

Reiki energy healing has become a popular modality in complementary therapy. It is being used in hospitals, spas, wellness centers and clinics worldwide.

Reiki is an energetic healing system that dates back at least 2,500 years, there is evidence that Buddah used a similar technique. The Reiki system that is used today was developed in the 1920’s by a Buddhist scholar in Japan, Dr. Mikao Usui.

Reiki is a safe, gentle, hands on technique that uses life-force energy to treat physical ailments. It is more a holistic system for balancing, healing and harmonizing all aspects of the person
to include body, mind, emotions and spirit. You may have also heard it called “Laying on of Hands.” It assists and complements any other form of therapy one might be using. In its long history of use it has aided in healing virtually every known illness and injury including more serious problems such as multiple sclerosis, cancer and heart disease.

All living things have a life force energy that flows through them. In Oriental terms it is called Chi. Our Chi emits an energy field around our bodies. Don’t believe me? Put your hands palm to palm an inch apart without letting them touch. Close your eyes; now slowly move your hands apart and then closer together. Do this for a couple of minutes and just relax. Do you feel a sensation between your palms? It may feel like a pulsing or warmth. That’s because you are alive and giving off energy. Have you ever “felt” someone in the room with you before seeing who was there? It’s all energy. A comforting hug, a kiss, rubbing your child’s scrape. You can’t see it, but you can learn to feel it.

So how does Reiki work? When you receive a Reiki treatment you may have a particular problem to address. You lie on a table, clothes on. The Reiki practitioner hovers her hands over your body as she senses the areas where your energy field is interrupted. A physical issue usually has an energetic component to it or lack of energy around an area afflicted. The practitioner will hold her hands over an area of the body that needs healing and will act as conduit to assist in focusing the universal energy (energy around us from ALL living things) to your body. It may feel warm, tingly or cool. Sensations are normal. You may become emotional as it works to release blocked energy within your body. You may feel very tranquil and sleepy afterward while others may feel energized.

The wonderful attribute of Reiki is that the energy will go wherever your body needs it most. Reiki is so gentle that people with major injuries or illness that cannot tolerate touch can receive therapeutic healing work. It can even be done long distance, without the recipient being present.

You can tune into the energy around you by practicing the palms together, then imagine that energy in your hands is a ball as you move your hands, arms and body around without losing the “ball” of energy. The more you practice the stronger you feel the energy. Let me know how you make out with this exercise.

I will be offering a Reiki level 1 class in March if you are interested in learning this simple technique. You can even use it on yourself, your plants and your pets as well as your friends and family!

Audrey Filardi