Are Shiatsu Massage Chairs Worth It? It Seems So.

You’ve all seen the massage chair in the mall. The one that hums noticeably and gets you thinking, “I’d like to try that, but I’m a little conscious about it – and does it help at all?” It populates malls and occupies storefronts on numerous streets. It has a name, and it’s called the Shiatsu massage chair.

They’ve been around for a while, but they are steadily gaining popularity commercially. What is it? It’s a traditional Japanese massage technique that involves the kneading, pressing, stretching of the skin and muscle to end of physical and mental relief, among other techniques. Oils are used as well and play an important role in the massage.

If you are wondering whether this form of massage is worth it at all, the best way to confirm its use for you is to actually give it a try. A short session will not cost you much and you’ll more likely than not feel much better. If you’d like some theoretical persuasion, here’s a list of benefits associated with shiatsu massage:

1. You’ll Feel Much Less of That Muscle Ache

After a point, every one is likely to experience some form of muscle ache in their body, with the back and neck being the most common culprits. Shiatsu addresses this problem very well and there is much anecdotal evidence suggesting that Shiatsu is a great form of therapy for muscle problems. By focusing on both the tension points of the muscle, the massage chair can be a lifesaver if you frequently experience muscle aches.

2. It is Believed to Aid Blood Circulation

Shiatsu in modern times is a combination of traditional knowledge and modern medical principles, and focuses on certain spots in the body to encourage circulation. Scientific study is still being performed on this particular point, but many say that they feel rejuvenated and have healthier appetites after a shiatsu massage.

3. It Greatly Reduces Stress

A regular massage by itself is quite a bit the process of relief. It boosts us physically and mentally, but Shiatsu massages targeting of the nasty spots make it particularly effective at relieving stress and improving our overall well-being.

4. Got Arthritis? Shiatsu Maybe the Solution

While there is no cure for arthritis, a lot can be done to lessen the pain and ease the quality of living of those afflicted with it. The diseases involves the inflammation of tissue, which is the primary cause of all the muscle and joint pain you’ll experience. The Shiatsu experience pinpoints the sources of these inflammations. By applying pressure here, immense relief can be obtained and the chronic pain that is the signature of arthritis can be reduced considerably.

5. It Can Be Tailored to Your Needs

The Shiatsu practice has many benefits, as you’ve seen, but there is another far more curious benefit that it offers. In a shiatsu massage conducted by a practitioner, the latter studies the patient and carries out an individualized session that is based on the stresses and problems the patient is suffering. When buying a Shiatsu massage chair, it becomes a little more difficult to know which chair will address the particular problems you are suffering from. Buying guides and reviews put forward by Shiatsu Chairs go a long way towards understanding which chair is the one you should purchase.

6. You Can Target Individual Limbs

That’s right. You can target the pain you feel in individual limbs with the extensions available on different kinds of Shiatsu massage chairs. Some do not have the massage feature extend all the way down to the legs, while others (many, in fact) cover the entire body. This includes the arms, legs, neck, back and shoulder – a comprehensive massage that will feel like heaven. So if you’ve got a specific part of the body that’s bothering you, it’s simple enough to get that treated in a jiffy with a massage chair.

While the practice of Shiatsu is gaining ground in the Western world, it does still seem to be far from where it should be. You can get a really good sense of what a Shiatsu can do for your body and mind by having an experience in a good Shiatsu massage chair. Fortunately, there are plenty of options available and you can find good models available on a wide spectrum of the price range. If you’ve never had a Shiatsu experience before, it would be a good idea to experience a session at the nearest practitioner or with a good massage chair. If you like it, which might very well happen, you can then consider getting your very own massage chair. There’s no end to the good it can do for your body – which is a return that is worth much more than the early costs you afford to get the chair itself.

Bluetooth Pairing and Solutions to Common Pairing Problems

Cases abound of Bluetooth speakers working erratically, acting up or failing. Issues include audio hiccups, failure to pair and dropped connections. The situation typically involves your Bluetooth device say a tablet or a phone failing to “pair” with the speakers. The good news is that we have an idea of what is going on, and what to do so that everything works out as planned.

What is Bluetooth Pairing?

This is simply the process of establishing a connection between a pair of Bluetooth-enabled devices, in this case Bluetooth speakers and your tablet, phone or any other Bluetooth enabled gadget. The devices search for the Bluetooth connection and create a connection after you enter a passkey. You can also set up a connection with more than once Bluetooth device, a concept called multipoint pairing.

Why Does Pairing Fail?

Failure to pair is the most common problem that leads to audio hiccups and other issues. Here are some of the solutions:

1. Turn Your Devices to Discoverable Mode

The device and the speaker have to see each other for pairing to be successful. You have to go into the Bluetooth settings on the phone or tablet and switch the discoverable mode on. Use the controls on the speakers to make it look for the device.  Once it discovers your device, it might require you to input a numeric key to confirm pairing. The discoverable mode doesn’t take long; you need to make sure you pair the devices within the set timeframe.

2. Reset the Bluetooth Settings

At times, either your device or the Bluetooth speakers are already connected to another Bluetooth point. To solve this, place both devices within close proximity as you troubleshoot. Reset the Bluetooth connection on the device, and then do the same for the Bluetooth speakers. Create a new connection anew and you are good to go.

3. Turn Competing Bluetooth Devices Off

You might spend the whole day trying to connect to the speakers, even think that they are faulty when in real sense one of your friends has blocked your connection. Make sure you turn off any other devices in the area that might “steal” the signal. Another option is to find a space where other devices are out of range before you troubleshoot.

4. Minimize Interference

Just like other wireless signals, the performance of your Bluetooth is affected by various factors. The following factors can affect the way your Bluetooth connection behaves:

Walls

Having your phone in your pocket and moving from one room to the next can affect the signal. The walls reduce the active Bluetooth performance distance. The further you go, the harder it becomes for the Bluetooth to connect. Try to maintain the Bluetooth enabled device in the same room as the Bluetooth speakers for better connection.

Nearby Wireless Signals

If you have other devices competing for Bluetooth signals in your home, the rivalry for the signal becomes high. Other wireless signals might affect the way you connect to the speakers. Additionally, you might find that there are areas in the house with “signal pockets,” whereby the Bluetooth signal is poor.

Avoid Body Barrier

Your body makes a bigger “wall” as compared to a solid wall. In fact, it is one of the biggest offenders when it comes to blocking of signals. A group of people standing between the device and the speakers might obstruct the pairing signals.

Get the Driver

Pairing problems might be a result of a missing Bluetooth driver. Cross check to make sure you have the right drivers installed.

Final Words

If after you have done all this and the problem persists, read here to find out more about Bluetooth speakers and browse the profiles of each.  Understanding your speakers makes it easy to troubleshoot problems.

The Cyclist’s Complete Guide to Optimal Nutrition – Increase Your Vitamin Intake

The food we eat is the fuel we burn is an adage we already know all too well. So let’s talk about which foods you should eat to maximize your vitamin intake and improve your antioxidant absorption and peak metabolic function for peak performance in this little guide of sorts.

Regardless of whether you believe vitamin supplements are superfluous to a good diet or otherwise, the indisputable fact remains that peak cycling performance relies on a constant supply of vitamins and minerals.

And the indisputable fact is that the best way to get your vitamins and minerals is from the food you eat everyday. Simples, right? Not so fast.

Just as much as no two bikes are ever created equal, the same is true for food. Not every food is created the same when it comes to vitamins and minerals – even the foods we consider as “healthy”. Actually, you may be surprised just how “healthy” your diet really is.

Fortunately, we’ve got you covered – we’ve come up with a list of food groups that are guaranteed to maximize your performance. We’re going to be classifying the foods that are best for your nourishment based on their main classes. But before anything else, let’s take a look at why vitamins are important in the first place.

Water-Soluble and Fat-Soluble

Vitamins are further divided into fat-soluble and water-soluble vitamins. The latter vitamins (such as A, D, E, and K) are, as the name implies, soluble in fat, and are deposited into our livers in excessive amounts, and are vitamins that perform specific functions; their absence produces symptoms of vitamin deficiency.

The latter, on the other hand (such as vitamins C, the vitamin B family, niacin, and folate) are soluble in water, do not settle in our livers, and are easily disposed of via our urinary tracts. They play an important role in our metabolic processes.

The Top Tier: Proteins

The main thing you want are proteins that are packed with high amounts of protein at a minimum of fat. Chicken and turkey breast, rabbit, veal, and fish are all excellent sources of this protein. The absolute best part is that if you’re a pescetarian, you already have a rich, varied selection of fish and seafood to choose from (ALL OF THEM!). Lean cuts of lamb, and not the ones laden with that ambrosial fat we all love lamb for is excellent too. Additional sources include egg whites, feta cheese, and ricotta cheese.

The Top Tier: Carbohydrates

We know the drill – get your complex carbohydrates. Vegetables are a prime source of this, apart from being sources of vitamins as well. If you prefer cooked vegetables, go for veg like asparagus, cabbage, or any similar green leafy vegetable as well as broccoli, artichokes and chickpeas (an excellent protein source too). For the raw end of the spectrum, you may choose to include onions, beans, zucchini, turnips (or any similar tuber), spinach, aubergines, bell peppers, lentils, and mushrooms (a real treat for me personally). Fruit like apricots, pineapples, watermelons, citrus fruits, cherries, strawberries, apples and pears are also fantastic sources of carbohydrates, while cereals such as muesli, oatmeal (avoid the sweet, quick-cook ones), rice, and whole wheat pasta should be staples.

The Top Tier: Fats and Lipids

Get your lipids from the one of the best sources available to all performance athletes: nuts. Cashews, peanuts, almonds, avocados, and walnuts are all rich, fantastic sources of protein and essential omega-3 fatty acids. If you have to use oil for cooking, go for extra virgin olive oil or peanut oil for frying.

Getting your nutrition from these sources guarantee that you get the most out of your body in terms of performance.

Don’t take our word for it – gradually introduce them to your diet and see the difference in time.

An Absolute Honor

I am a beautician and make up artist by trade, it is a great job. I love make up and I was fascinated by it from a very young age. I used to make up my dolls, my family, my dogs and cats (much to their bemusement) and I always asked for make up for birthday and Christmas presents. I absolutely loved it.

Travel

I was successful. I travelled a lot to fashion shoots, I did a couple of those a month, usually for large magazines, I would do the make up for the models. I had also done a few fashion shows, I loved the buzz of the shows. I was so lucky.

It happened by accident. One of my good friends is a photographer and he called me one day to say that one of the make-up artists was sick, could I stand in. I was only a 10 minute drive away, so I agreed. That went so well that now I am requested by models, agents and bookers. It is hard juggling my time, so much so I hired an assistant as I double booked myself when I was managing my own diary.

Backstage

I was booked for another fashion shoot for a famous lingerie company. The girls were so beautiful and were buzzing around wearing next to nothing. I know the girls get knocked for being skinny but when you see them up close, they are so tall and lean, the clothes just look naturally good on them.

The fact that most of the girls were naturally beautiful also made my job putting the make up on them, a lot easier. In fact, it took very little effort.

In my experience, the models look after themselves. I am not saying they eat a ton of food and lift weights all of the time but most of them eat healthily and go to the gym, which means they usually have great skin and hair and so in terms of foundation, minimal amounts are needed as their complexions are fresh and clear.

Fashion

As part of my job, I had to keep up with fashion trends, colours, techniques, basically what is everyone wearing. I always put my own twist on things too, so some of the trends were actually created by me.

A lot of the fashion designers would have themes too. The most crazy theme I had to work with was a woodland theme. The models were all dressed in bronze. I had to make up their bodies in bronze and gold colours, as well as their faces.

Their hair was styled to look like branches. It was spread out high on top of their heads and tied to pieces of hardened cardboard. It took hours and those poor models had to sit there the whole time, it must be quite boring for them, the poor things.

Hair

I started to branch out (excuse the pun) and started to style hair. I found it easier to create an entire look that way. It was always a bit more difficult getting across the look you were trying to create with the make up, to someone else who had their own ideas about the overall look. So I always felt the looks could become a bit disjointed.

I bought a huge hair kit full of brushes, serums, styling tools, hair clips, bands and general adornments. The thing I spent most on was straighteners. I bought these with the help of Deziree Astra, there is lots of information on the site about straighteners etc. and was a big help.

Busy

I am glad I have an assistant, as my phone never stops ringing and I am on the go constantly. My assistant organises me and gets me from A to B without a hitch.

I really do feel like the luckiest girl in the universe. I get to fly all around the world, paid for. I attend lots of glamorous parties and mix with celebrities and beautiful people, I get free make up because manufacturers want me to use it and to give feedback and also they like it to be seen on the top models that I work with, it is great for their brand. The best thing of all is that I get paid to do a job I love, I am so happy and my job is perfect.