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5 Health Benefits of Massages

Massages are a great way for you to relax and unwind, but did you know that massages have health benefits apart from soothing body aches? Here are five ways a good massage can be beneficial to your health:   Massage Health Benefit #1: Manages depression and anxiety Studies have shown that getting regular massages makes a significant impact on a person’s feeling of depression or anxiety. Massages affect the body’s biochemistry by lowering the levels of the stress hormone called cortisol. It also increases the levels of neurotransmitters that combat depression.   Massage Health Benefit #2: Improves sleep There’s a reason why people tend to fall asleep during massages. Massages increase delta waves, the brain waves linked with deep sleep. Massage Health Benefit #3: Reduces PMS If you have severe premenstrual syndrome or PMS, getting a massage can help alleviate symptoms like mood swings, water retention, and pain. Massage Health Benefit #4: Strengthens the immune system Massages also help defend the body against disease. Research shows that massages can significantly boost the cells and hormones that fight illness, while reducing levels of cortisol that keep these disease-fighting cells from functioning properly. Massage Health Benefit #5:  Alleviates headaches Headaches can also be relieved by massages the same way it relieves muscle pains. Getting regular massages has been shown to reduce the occurrences of migraines and their intensity.             So go ahead and treat yourself to a massage after a week of hard work, but why stop there? Discover the Art of Detox with Vietura’s weekend de-stress package, which includes colonics that help you get rid of the unwanted toxins and waste products in your body. Top it off with a massage treatment and a relaxing stay in Sofitel with its world-class facilities for 3 nights. Book for your weekend de-stress package here. This article is brought to your by Vietura Aesthetic Lifestyle. 

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Featured Reads: Without Reservations by Alice Steinbach

Without Reservations: The Travels of an Independent Woman is another travel memoir worth adding to your reading list. This book, published in 2000, is by Pulitzer winning journalist named Alice Steinbach, and chronicles her journey across Europe, branding herself “an independent woman”. Alice Steinbech at fifty felt that her life was in a standstill, with her being divorced, children all grown and gone. Seeking a major turnaround in her life, she puts her work as a journalist on hold. She sought to find this change, this metamorphosis, by moving to France. Through her detailed accounts of her Parisian experience, she takes the readers along for the ride. Steinbech also forms friendships with colourful characters, despite her intention to spend time alone in order to find out for herself what a woman’s independence really stands for. It is through these relationships that she realizes that being alone does not necessarily encourage independence in a person, and instead cultivates an inherent need to be in contact with other people. Without Reservations does not aim to lecture, and instead allows the reader to derive lessons from Steinbach’s journey herself. This book is a light, enjoyable read and is easily relatable to women who are on their personal journeys of personal wellness. We at Vietura believe that holistic balance can be achieved with lifestyle coaching, aesthetic procedures, and integrative medicine. Let Vietura be your partner in wellness and get in touch with us about our Longevity Program. This article is brought to you by Vietura Aesthetic Lifestyle, the top Aesthetic Center in the Philippines. 

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Five Foods for Great Skin

Apart from your usual beauty treatments and cosmetics, adding healthy food options to your diet can also help you get great skin. Load up on these items and you’re on your way to healthy, glowing skin: Food for Great Skin #1: Arugula, Spinach, and other greens These ingredients are rich in naturally occurring anti-oxidants. Add these to your salad for more radiant skin. Food for Great Skin #2: Avocado Because they are rich in healthy fats and Vitamins C and E, snacking on avocados can help brighten and hydrate your skin. Food for Great Skin #3: Fish like herring, salmon, and trout These fish are high in omega-3 fatty acids, as well as essential oils, that help keep the skin smooth. Food for Great Skin #4: Mediterranean diet This diet is filled with olive oil, fruit, vegetables, and fish. Incorporating this to your meal plan gives your body antioxidants that reverse sun damage, as well as good omega fatty acids, resulting in a more radiant complexion Food for Great Skin #5: Tomatoes and carrots Snack on these during the day to load up on beta carotene and lycopene that aid in the repair of skin cells and protection of the skin against the sun. Carrots and tomatoes also contain phytonutrients and antioxidants that fight damaging free radicals.   With the right food, you are well on your way to getting healthy, glowing skin! This article is brought to you by Vietura Aesthetic Lifestyle.

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Find the Perfect Sport That Fits Your
Body Shape

Your body shape is mostly dictated by your genetic make up. This determines where you store fat, what illnesses you may be susceptible to, and what exercises you need. You can maximise the advantages of your body shape, but you must first identify what your body shape is. After you’ve identified your body shape, learn more about the exercises you need and the sport that would best fit your body shape. Here are the three major body shapes and the perfect sports for each:     Triangular body shapes Triangular body shapes have broad shoulders and narrow waist. These individuals have muscled legs and arms with minimal fat covering their bodies. They have strong athletic bodies and are neither underweight nor overweight. Sports for triangular body shapes For triangular body shapes, their narrow hips and wedge-shaped bodies allow them to be a candidate for any sport, as they respond well to cardio and resistance training. Sports like tennis and other racquet sports come fairly easily. Cycling, a Spinning class or indoor rowing should be included to build tone in the lower body, too.   Apple-shaped bodies Apple shapes have narrow shoulders and narrow hips. They have a slender and thin shape, having thin arms and legs, and have minimal fat and muscle on their body. They are long and lean and have a hard time gaining weight. Sports for pear-shaped bodies For apple body shapes, the goal for this body type is to gain tone or muscle mass. While their long arms and legs are well-suited to activities like long-distance running, women in this category are looking to build muscle time and are advised to lessen the cardio and increase resistance training. Swimming is good because the water provides resistance and the body will often provide extra fat insulation for skinny bodies that do regualar pool workouts.   Pear-shaped bodies Pear body shapes are prone to accumulating fat around their bottoms and thighs. They gain weight more easily than other body types, especially around the hips and buttocks. They are heavier individuals but that doesn’t mean that they are overweight. Sports for pear-shaped bodies For pear body shapes, doing aerobic exercises with high intensity exercise of short duration works best. They need to focus on exercises that build upper body muscle and tone the lower body. Boxing, cycling, jogging, brisk walking five days a week helps get the heart rate up and encourages the body to burn fat for fuel.   Luckily though, pursuing a sport does not totally depend on what shape your body is. Yes, it is helpful to identify your body shape to help you predict which sport may give you a bit of an advantage. But more than this, being good at a particular sport require specific skills such as spatial awareness, good hand-eye coordination, speed, timing, and concentration. And at the end of the day, it is hard work and persistance that contribute to successfully achieving a healthier version of you. Before starting any exercise plan, request medical approval first, especially if you are taking any medication or have any underlying health conditions.   Vietura offers training programmes which are personalized to your body type and personal fitness goals. Visit us at Vietura to learn more. Book an appointment now.  This article is brought to you by Vietura Aesthetic Lifestyle.  

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Book of the Month: Eat, Pray, Love

Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia is a heartfelt memoir by Elizabeth Gilbert that chronicles her journey of self-discovery as she travels around the world after going through a tough divorce. ­­ Elizabeth Gilbert seemed to have it all. She had a successful career as a writer, a nice home, and a marriage. However, she was deeply unhappy with the latter, and chose to divorce her husband. Elizabeth jumps into an unsuccessful rebound relationship after that, leaving her to feel more alone than ever. She then makes the difficult decision to leave the trappings of her old life behind to travel around the world. Her first stop is Italy, where she finds pleasure in its food, wine, and conversation (“Eat”). Elizabeth then heads for India to seek communion with the divine through meditation (“Pray”). Her last destination is Bali, Indonesia, where she seeks to find balance between the two and finds love in a Brazilian businessman. While this is not the first book of its kind, many readers are able to relate easily with Elizabeth. Gilbert’s writing treats the reader as a close friend with her honest and sincere account of her journey, from the emotional disaster that was her marriage, to her spiritual journey in these countries. More importantly, Gilbert makes her readers feel as though they are travelling right alongside her, eating, praying, and loving along with her. It is no wonder that Eat Pray Love is a well-loved book across the globe, making it to various best-sellers lists, and even getting Oprah Winfrey’s approval. Though we may not be able to travel physically, our minds and hearts are able to do so freely. Eat Pray Love takes us on that journey of in pursuit of learning and enlightenment. This article is brought to you by Vietura Aesthetic Lifestyle.

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