Benefits of Foot Reflexology @ HeavenOnEarthSpa

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Foot Reflexology massage can be a deeply relaxing and therapeutic remedy for those suffering from Body aches & Sores, ankle injuries or even tiredness from everyday work and play. Many massage techniques to the foot, calf and upper leg,will not only help relieve toe pain, ankle pain and common forms of arthritis, but can also decrease stress and anxiety in the entire body. In addition, a variety of stretches can be beneficial. With pain and sensitivity in the foot, heel and calf areas, be sure to communicate your pain levels with your massage therapist during your treatment. It is also a good idea to rest after receiving the reflexology massage.

If you enjoy the therapeutic benefits of foot Reflexology massage, you should know that the benefits are compounded when utilized as a frequent therapy. The more you go, the healthier you feel. With a Massage at Heaven on Earth spa, you can enjoy these benefits as often as you’d like­­. To make things even easier, we are at many of locations nationwide. So you can relax, rejuvenate, and continue to grow healthier wherever you go.Foot-Reflexology2

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Go Green: 6 Surprising Health Benefits Of Green Tea, the Miracle drink..

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Green tea, native to China and India, has been consumed and hailed for its health benefits for centuries globally.  The green miracle drink made its way long ago into the mugs all across the world for its touted health benefits. From a weight loss aid to targeting pancreatic cancer, green tea has evolved into a medicinal drink that caters to a myriad of illnesses. The reality is there are surprising benefits to reap from this magical drink in just one cup.

Green tea can invite more positive changes when it comes to your health. Unlike green tea, black tea is processed in a way that allows for fermentation, which depletes the amount of antioxidants and polyphenols found in tea. Black tea also contains less catechins than green tea, which minimizes the benefits of the hot beverage.

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Here are surprising health reasons why you should go green and let it be your cup of tea:

Green tea is made from un-oxidized leaves and is one of the less processed types of tea (with white tea the least) and therefore contains one of the most antioxidants and beneficial polyphenols.

Green tea was used in traditional Chinese and Indian medicine to control bleeding and heal wounds, aid digestion, improve heart and mental health and regulate body temperature. Recent studies have shown green tea can potentially have positive effects on everything from weight loss to liver disorders to type 2 diabetes.

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Possible health benefits of green tea

Cancer

According to the National Cancer Institute, the polyphenols in tea have been shown to decrease tumor growth in laboratory and animal studies and may protect against damage caused by ultraviolet UVB radiation.

In countries where green tea consumption is high cancer rates tend to be lower, but it is impossible to know for sure whether it is the green tea that prevents cancer in these specific populations or other lifestyle factors.

One large-scale clinical study compared green tea drinkers with non-drinkers and found that those who drank the most tea were less likely to develop pancreatic cancer, particularly women, who were 50% less likely to develop the disease.

Studies have also shown the positive impacts of green tea on breast, bladder, ovarian, colorectal, esophageal, lung, prostate, skin and stomach cancer.

Researchers believe that it is the high level of polyphenols in tea that help kill cancerous cells and stop them from growing, however the exact mechanisms by which tea interacts with cancerous cells is unknown.

Other studies have shown a lack of preventative effects of tea on cancer. The amount of tea required for cancer-preventive effects has also varied widely in studies – from 2- 10 cups per day.

In 2005, the FDA stated that “there is no credible evidence to support qualified health claims for green tea consumption and a reduced risk of gastric, lung, colon/rectal, esophageal, pancreatic, ovarian, and combined cancers.”

Heart Disease

A 2006 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association concluded that green tea consumption is associated with reduced mortality due to all causes, including cardiovascular disease.

The study followed over 40,000 Japanese participants between the ages of 40 and 79 for 11 years, starting in 1994.

The participants who drank at least 5 cups of green tea per day had a significantly lower risk of dying (especially from cardiovascular disease) than those who drank less than one cup of tea per day.

Another study found that consuming 10 cups of green tea per day can lower total cholesterol, however, consuming 4 cups or less had no effect on cholesterol levels.

Type 2 Diabetes

Studies concerning the relationship between green tea and diabetes have been inconsistent. Some have shown a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes for green tea drinkers than for those who consumed no tea, while other studies have found no association between tea consumption and diabetes at all.

Weight Loss

Green tea may promote a small, non-significant weight loss in overweight and obese adults; however, since the weight lost in the studies were so minimal, it is unlikely that green tea is clinically important for weight loss.

Other studies have found that green tea is helpful in preventing dental cavities, stress, chronic fatigue, treating skin conditions and improving arthritis by reducing inflammation.

A cup of green tea a day, may actually keep the doctor away.

Sunscreen Facts You Need to Know!!

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There is a lot of buzz about toxic ingredients in sunscreen, and rightly so. Everyone should consider their skin to be sensitive and focus on sensitive skin sunscreen. Most people use sunscreen to allow them to stay in the sun longer without worry of skin damage. Some studies have reported there could be health concerns with the ingredients in sunscreen, outweighing the benefits of their skin protection. Many sunscreens include highly irritating ingredients. Of course, there are many types of sunscreen to choose from, with most people focusing on the higher number SPF to maximize sun exposure. However, there is more to it than just the SPF number when it comes to choosing the best sunscreen for you and your family.

What is Sun Protection Factor (SPF)?
The SPF indicates the amount of protection a sunscreen offers against UVB, which is the ultraviolet radiation that causes sunburn. According to the American Cancer Society, sunscreen is recommended in order to prevent skin cancer, specifically squamous cell and basal cell carcinoma. The problem is that many sunscreens do not block the harmful rays of the sun known as UVA radiation. UVA may not cause sunburn but can harm the skin cells and increase the risk of skin cancer.

You can use higher sunscreen with high sun protection factors, but it still may not block these harmful rays. Many sun worshippers believe if they normally get sunburn in two hours, an SPF 20 sunscreen will help prevent sunburn for an extra 20 hours, or 20 times longer exposure.

Sunscreen with UVA versus UVB
Most people see UVA and UVB on labels, but what are UVA and UVB and what is the difference between UVA vs. UVB? The UVA (ultraviolet A) penetrates the skin, causing wrinkles and other skin damage, while UVB (ultraviolet B) causes sunburns. Scientists used to report damage only with UVB and cancer, but now suspect UVA as well. UVA has also been called the aging rays, while UVB rays are the sun’s burning rays. The SPF (sun protection factor) number let you know how much protection you’ll get. For example, if you would normally get sunburn in 10 minutes, an SPF 15 extends that by 15 times. So you could last 150 minutes without burning. From recent studies, more than SPF 30 is not needed.

Most sunscreen either absorb ultraviolet light with a specific chemical or they block, reflect, scatter and absorb UV light. Rather than focusing only on the SPF to measure the effectiveness of the sunscreen for your skin, other factors should be considered.

  • How sensitive your skin is — As mentioned above, you’re better off always choosing safe sensitive skin sunscreen, no matter what your skin type. Usually, these types of sunscreen contain titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, which are two very important ingredients in sunblock. FDA has rated these two sunscreen ingredients as safe and effective towards sun block.
  • How often you apply it — If you apply the sunscreen in the morning and do not apply it after swimming or sweating, the protection is lost. Even if the product lists it as waterproof, it’s important to re-apply it.
  • Active ingredients used — Certain ingredients such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide sunscreen are the healthy sunscreen active ingredients, while some others may be of concern. For example, PABA was found to increase DNA defects. Padimate O, oxybenzone, dioxybenzone and others have not been tested for safety. Zinc oxide has been shown to protect against skin tumors in mice.

In 2009, a study by Center for Disease Control found the common UVA blocker oxybenzone in the urine of 2,500 people who regularly used sunscreens. Oxybenzone has been reported to have hormone-like activity and is not recommended by EWG. After testing 1,000 brands of sunscreen, EWG found many with potentially toxic ingredients, including oxybenzone.

FDA Label Regulations for Sunscreen
The final FDA rules established in 2012 bans “waterproof” claims, instead products can claim water resistant up to 80 minutes of exposure. Also claims of protection over 2 hours are not allowed without specific approval.

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What to Look For in Sensitive Skin Sunscreen
The two main ingredients to look for are zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. These offer broad-spectrum protection without potential harmful and irritating side effects. No matter what your skin type, choose a safe sensitive skin sunscreen that includes these two ingredients, but is free of parabens and other irritating ingredients. In other words, sunscreen should also be hypoallergenic, should not clog pores (noncomedogenic) and be considered as broad-spectrum, which means it protects against UVA and UVB radiation.

Natural Sunblock and Safe Sunscreen Ingredients

The best recommended ingredients for sun protection are zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. These two ingredients protect against both UVA and UVB. They are also the two important ingredients in natural sunblock.

Sunscreen is more transparent when applied. Unless it lists zinc oxide and titanium dioxide as ingredients, it will not act as a sunblock.

How to Protect Yourself in Summer or Winter

  • Keep sunscreen and lip balm with you at all time, in your car and purse.
  • Use a natural sunscreen preferably zinc oxide sunscreen.
  • Keep a broad-rimmed hat in your car and wear it during sun exposure, especially between the hours of 10 AM and 3 PM, when ultraviolet rays are strongest.
  • Lotion sunscreens are not waterproof, but may be water resistant. Re-apply since they do wear off.
  • Children have sensitive, delicate skin and should especially be protected with proper clothing to cover sun exposed areas. Baby sunscreen brands are available.
  • Wear sunglasses to help prevent damage like cataracts or vision loss at older age.
  • Your lips also need sun cream. Protect your lips with natural lip balm with shea butter.
  • Apply sunscreen approximately 30 minutes before exposure.
  • Make sure to apply to face, hands, neck, ears, hands and arms.

FDA Allowable Ingredients in Sunscreens, and Results for Safety

  • Padimate O — not supported by European Union (EU), may be delisted by FDA
  • p-Aminobenzoic Acid (PABA) — shown to increase DNA defects
  • Cinoxate — not tested for safety
  • Dioxybenzone — not tested for safety
  • Oxybenzone — not tested for safety
  • Homosalate — not tested for safety
  • Menthyl Anthranilate — not tested for safety
  • Octocrylene — increases reactive oxygen in skin, advancing aging
  • Octyl Salicylate — not tested for safety
  • Trolamine Salicylate — not tested for safety
  • Zinc Oxide — protects skin against tumors in mice

Difference between spa and ayurvedic treatment

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There is belief from a very long time ago in history that the minerals of water carry a healing power. Spa is a term that is related to treatment using water or other mineral containing fluids. This kind of therapy is also known as “balneotherapy” and believed to have its origin in Belgium. Later on it became popular in countries like England and Rome and with time the benefits of water soaking or bathing in medicinal water started to be appreciated all over the world.

Many treatment centers were opened which offered the services of medicinal treatment of fluids like herbal oils and mineral and herb treated water, and a people in huge numbers started to avail the benefits of the same. In modern times also, spas are very popular and offer a range of services for well being, tranquility and healing of various kinds of ailments.
There are a variety of spas based on the place where the treatment is done and the type of equipments or stuff used.

Day spa is a kind of spa which is more like a salon where beauty treatments are made.

“Destination” is another kind of spa which is visited more as a holiday destination and that involves intensive personal care.

“Town spa” is generally a place which is known to have natural resources like fountains etc which have medicinal qualities to heal certain ailments.

Mineral water spa, Foot spa, Fountain ( of soda) spa are some other types of spa classified by the use of materials in treatment.

Ayurveda Treatment

Ayurveda is an ancient form of treatment procedure which is rooted to India and makes use of natural herbs, exercise and meditation to treat the root cause of the condition. It is different from the conventional form of medication and believes in the treatment of a condition by balancing the energies (Vatta , Pitta and Kapha) of human body. Ayurveda is a more holistic approach of treatment, where it does not aim on subduing the problem , but treats the cause in a natural way so that the chances of re occurrences are greatly reduced. Though Ayurvedic treatment and spa treatments sound same but there are major differences as outlined below:

  1. Ayurvedic treatment is a science which studies the energy imbalances in a human body and works toward balancing them properly which leads to good health. Spa treatments do not follow a science and can be considered artistic.
  2. Ayurveda has proved to be useful in treating serious health conditions. Spa treatment cannot do that, they are meant mostly for relaxation and rejuvenation.
  3. Spa treatments are based on application of fluids , massages etc. only. Ayurveda is a complete form of treatment including exercises and medicines to be taken orally. There is normally a course associated with an Ayurvedic treatment that may span from a few days to a few months or year, which is not the same with spa treatment.
  4. Spa treatments are usually very costly unlike Ayurvedic medication.

10 Smart Ways to Be Stress-Free At Work

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Do you ever take a pause in your busy schedule and think if you really like the job you are doing? If you give it a serious thought, you may realize that it’s not about the work at all. All the grumbling, complaints and stress that you have in your job could be merely due to your lifestyle and working style. It might be true that once you are at work you really enjoy your job, but the travelling conditions, unorganized work style or your inability to manage time could be making your job very stressful for you.
Here we have listed down few simple lifestyle changes that can help you manage work related stress and make your life at work really stress-free.

1. Listen to Music On The Way to Work

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If you have a long commute to work and travel in car, bus or train, you can tune in to some nice soothing music. Research suggests that music can be regarded as therapy and can have its effects on mental health to improve our mood.

2. Use Essential Oils At Workplace

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Work related stress has become a burning topic and many experts are constantly searching for best strategies to manage it. Using essential oils in the workplace is one the effective approaches to reduce work related stress. There are several ways in which you can get the benefits of Aromatherapy in your office. You can use an essential oil diffuser on your desk, keep a small bottle for your personal use, or spray the air with essential oils and water.

3. Sit Upright in Your Chair

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Wrong posture of sitting such as slouching while working on computer is associated with neck, shoulder and back pain. Did you know that occupations that require sitting for a long time, have the highest prevalence of back pain? If your job involves sitting in front of computer for a long time make sure to adjust the monitor to your eye level and keep your hands close to the body while using keyboard. To prevent the hazardous effect of prolonged immobility, all you need to do is get up and move around. Make it a habit to get up after every 30 minutes or an hour, and move for at least 2 to 3 minutes.

4. Choose Fruits Juice Over Coffee
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You might be having several stressful moments at work, when everyone wants something from you urgently. And, this definitely calls for a cup of coffee. If this happens repeatedly, do you keep asking for coffee frequently? Coffee does stimulate your brain but according to experts more than 4 cups of coffee per day is hazardous to health. Bring in some healthy changes in your lifestyle by replacing coffee with water or fruit juice.

5. Put a Desktop Reminder to Drink Water

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Ask yourself how many glasses of water do you drink in a day? You cannot really recollect. In fact, some people actually forget to drink water. Water is essential to keep the body temperature normal. It also helps to flush out the toxins and wastes through urination, perspiration, and bowel movement. Research reveals that dehydration can affect brain and cause lack of attention and memory problems.

6. Park Your Car Away From Your Workplace

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With the busy work schedules it may be difficult at times to hit the gym or go for walk before going to work. But, what if we fit physical activity in the work schedule itself? If you look closely there are number of opportunities for some activity in your daily work schedule. One smart way is to park your car at some distance and walk few miles rather than simply stepping out of car into the elevator. So, now stop struggling to get the parking slot closest to the elevator.

7. Take the Staircase Instead of Elevator
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Climbing stairs is a recognized form of vigorous physical activity. Experts suggest that you burn 7 times more calories when you take the stairs rather than taking the elevator. This happens because with every step you climb you burn about 0.17 calories. However, if you have problems with your knee or heart, climbing stairs every day can be unsafe for you.

8. Stand When Possible
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Majority of office goers sit for nearly 6 hours in a day. Research has shown that cumulative impact of sitting all day for years is associated with a range of health problems, from obesity to diabetes to cancer. Although not possible in all workplaces, the popularity of the sit-stand desk and stand up workstation is booming. If you cannot have a stand up workstation, make sure you split your standing and sitting time equally. Make sure to stand while you discuss work with colleague or when you talk on cell phone.

9. Eat Foods That Lower Your Stress

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It’s natural to get stressed when you see work piling up in front of you. But, craving and eating food to overcome your work related stress is not a healthy solution. Research has found that in stressful situation we tend to crave for fatty, sugary, calorie-rich food because it’s not about physical hunger at all, it’s about the comfort we get through food. You must choose some healthy foods that satisfy your hunger as well as overcome your stress. Here are 5 foods that can reduce your stress Keep them handy when at work.

10. Do Some Desk Exercises

Toning-Exercises-You-Can-Do-Your-DeskExercise is a proven and effective means of reducing work related stress. But, how can you do any physical activity amidst your daily busy schedule? We are surely not referring to any vigorous activity. Instead you can do simple desk exercises as given below.
• Stretch one or both the legs and hold it for few seconds before getting back to ground. Repeat this few times
• Try the neck stretch by touching your ears to shoulders and holding for few seconds
• Stretch both your arms backwards as if you are trying to hold a pen between your hands
• To prevent wrist pain due to keyboard use, place your palms on desk and lower your body till you feel the stretch in your arms

At Heaven on Earth spa we provide Best Spa treatments, Reflexology, Body Massages & Beauty treatments without burning a hole in your pocket. Visit us , experience yourself & live stress-free.

HEALTHY REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD MAKE A SPA-APPOINTMENT TODAY.

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Following Are Few Benefits Of Spa Treatments & Products:
MANAGE ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION:Massages soothe anxiety and depression.
It reduces levels of the stress hormones, resulting in lifted spirits and often lower blood pressure.
EASE PAIN & STRESS: It helps people in pain feel and function better compared to people who didn’t receive any massage treatment. Massage has also been linked to decreased stiffness and pain, as well as better range of motion in people with osteoarthritis.
IMPROVES SLEEP: If you’ve ever dozed off on a massage table, you don’t need to be convinced that a massage can promote healthy sleep. Massage’s effect on delta waves, the kind of brain waves connected to deep sleep. BOOST IMMUNITY: Multiple studies have linked massage to better functioning of the immune system.

ENHANCEMENT OF BEAUTY: Spa therapies like facials and body polishes use gentle exfoliation techniques to remove dead skin cells and stimulate new cell growth which gives you healthy, glowing skin. Body wraps and anti-ageing facials firm up loose skin and treat the unsightly appearance of cellulite, revealing younger-looking skin.

BEAT PMS: Massages can kick PMS symptoms, like bloating and mood swings, to the end.

IMPROVES FOCUS & AWARENESS:Massage therapy helps reduce mental stress and relaxes the mind by increasing alertness.

REDUCES HEADACHES: Just like muscle and back pain, headaches can also be alleviated thanks to massage. A regular rubdown can reduce a person’s number of migraines.
IMPROVES BLOOD FLOW: Massage increases blood flow, which plumps up slack skin, encourages drainage of toxins out and away from cells so that more nutrients can travel in, adds vitality to a dull complexion and healthy hair HELPS TO DETOXIFY:
Exposure to pollution, erratic eating habits and frequent consumption of alcohol lead to accumulation of toxins in our body. Accumulated toxins interfere with the body’s metabolism and lead to hormonal imbalance and indigestion. It is therefore important to regularly detoxify one’s body.