Oxify promises a range of health benefits through its treatments at Clifton Moor <i>(Image: Pic supplied)</i>

Oxify promises a range of health benefits through its treatments at Clifton Moor (Image: Pic supplied)

York residents are finding new oxygen treatments a breath of fresh air.

Since Oxify opened its fourth treatment centre on Clifton Moor last month, people have enjoyed £10 taster sessions and more.

Father and daughter team Michael Todd and Sarah Todd from Retford, Nottinghamshire, opened their first centre there in 2021.

Oxify’s treatment is non-invasive and involves breathing oxygen in a pressurised environment. This allows the body to absorb up to 16 times more oxygen to benefit the body’s cells. It claims to an effective treatment for stress relief, skin rejuvenation, chronic fatigue, sports recovery and the symptoms of Long Covid, amongst other issues.

Michael had previously worked in printing for 30 years, running his own business, and Sarah had a career in hospitality management.

Oxify opens at Clifton Moor with new treatments

In late 2020, Michael read a magazine article entitled ‘Who Wants to Live Forever’ which cited research at Tel Aviv University showed Hyberbaric Oxygen Therapy (HbOT) can reverse cell aging.

Michael told the Press: “I was intrigued and decided to find out more. The more I researched the more excited I was about the huge therapeutic benefits offered by HbOT.”

He bought a chamber and installed it in Retford in 2021, creating the Oxify business.

Michael continued: “The excitement of HbOT is that, without drugs or surgical intervention, it provides a lasting remedy for many debilitating and intractable ailments.

“The rejuvenation of cells through the supply of enriched oxygen means that the range of conditions it can help is exceptionally wide ranging.  The market for the Therapy is huge from sportsmen preparing or recovering through to sufferers from Long Covid and Chronic Fatigue.“

Since opening Retford, ‘huge demand’ led to new centres in Leeds, Manchester and now Kettlestring Lane.

Freeklime 'bouldering' centre opens today at Clifton Moor

“We are on a mission to help as many people as we can and to make HbOT well known and recognised as a huge benefit to unwell and healthy people alike,” he explained.

“Our biggest challenge is to educate. Whilst the benefits of HbOT are widely known about in other countries it is relatively unknown in the UK. We are determined to change that!!”

Over the next year, Oxify plans to offer shares through Crowdfunding. It also plans to open 20 more centres over the next 18 months.

Since opening in York on May 9, Oxify reports consistent bookings.

Michael said: “Our taster sessions for those new to HbOT have been brisk - which shows us that the community in York and the wider York area are open to HbOT and enthusiastic about this innovative and non-invasive treatment, and we have welcomed new customers to our York centre with repeat bookings already.

“It's been a real pleasure to work with our York staff and we look forward to growing our number of centres to reach more and more people."

For details and to book, go to: www.oxify.co.uk

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NOTE: This PR was first published in the Bohol Chronicle’s Sunday print edition.

Freediving is an exciting sport that combines underwater exploration and holding your breath. But it’s important to remember that safety should always come first. There are potential risks involved, especially shallow water blackouts, which can be life-threatening. Understanding the importance of safety measures and the risks associated with freediving is crucial for a fun and secure experience.

Imagine diving deep beneath the surface, surrounded by the peaceful beauty of the underwater world. Each dive reveals a secret realm filled with vibrant marine creatures and stunning coral formations. Freediving allows you to experience this incredible connection to the vast underwater domain. But in the midst of this captivating journey, it’s crucial to stay aware and prioritise your safety and well-being.

During the ascent part of a dive, shallow water blackouts pose a significant danger to freedivers. As they rise from deep water, the pressure surrounding them decreases, leading to a decrease in the concentration of oxygen in their lungs. If a diver has consumed too much oxygen during the dive, the oxygen concentration in their lungs may become so low that their body cannot effectively utilise it. This can result in a loss of consciousness and potentially lead to drowning. It is crucial for divers to be aware of this risk and take necessary precautions to ensure their safety.

Having a dependable dive buddy is incredibly important for freedivers. A well-trained buddy keeps a close eye on the diver and watches how they respond as they come up. If a shallow water blackout occurs, the buddy can provide immediate help, rescue the diver, and use life-saving techniques like proper breathing and emergency procedures.

There are other risks to be aware of during freediving. Barotrauma is a common problem caused by not equalising pressure in the ears, sinuses, or lungs properly. It can lead to injuries like ruptured eardrums or lung problems. Learning proper techniques, practising equalisation, and seeking advice from experts can help reduce these risks.

Hypoxia is another concern. It happens when a diver holds their breath for too long and doesn’t get enough oxygen. It can lead to confusion, loss of control, and blackouts. It’s important for divers to know their limits, not push themselves too hard, and get proper training in breathing techniques.

To ensure safety in freediving, it’s recommended to get professional training and certifications. Qualified instructors can teach important skills, safety rules, and how to handle emergencies. Divers should stay updated on safety guidelines, practice drills, and know the local diving rules and environmental factors.

In conclusion, freediving is an amazing adventure that lets you explore underwater wonders. But remember, safety always comes first. Learn about the risks of shallow water blackouts, barotrauma, and hypoxia. Take safety measures, have a trustworthy dive buddy, and get proper training. With these precautions, you can have an exciting and safe journey beneath the waves.

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This past Sunday in the church I serve, we had a conversation about the celebration of Pentecost, which signals for us the birth of the church as God sent the Spirit in dramatic fashion.

In the book of Acts, Luke tells us that, when that huge Festival had come, the disciples were all together in one place in the city of Jerusalem. And, suddenly, from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting.

So, naturally, our Pentecost conversation was swept up in images of crowded rooms and wind and breath.

Did you know the word “conspire” means to breathe together? Take a breath. Now blow it out again. There! If you are sharing space with another person, you have just launched a conspiracy. You can hear the word “spirit” in there too — to conspire — to be filled with the same spirit, to be enlivened by the same wind.

That is why the word appeals to me today. And, in my thinking, the word “conspiracy” badly needs redemption after a few years of its association with malevolent intent and misinformation.

What happens between us when believers come together to worship God is that the Holy Spirit swoops in and out among us, knitting us together and empowering us through the songs we sing, the prayers we offer, the breath we breathe.

It can happen with two people and it can happen with 200. It can scare us or comfort us, confuse us or clarify things for us, but, as far as I can tell, the Holy Spirit never bullies. We are always free to choose whether or how we will respond.

Of all the ways we talk about God, I suppose the Holy Spirit presents the biggest challenge.

Most of us can at least begin to find words for the other two: God the Father, creator of Heaven and Earth, who makes the sun blaze and the rain fall, whose creation reflects God’s nature, majesty and power. God the Son, who became human like us, we describe in the roles of savior, redeemer, teacher, helper, and friend.

But how would you describe God the Holy Spirit to a 5-year-old?

Even Jesus had a hard time with that one. “The Spirit blows where it chooses,” he said in John’s gospel, “and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes (3:8).”

And, if we have a difficult time talking about WHO the Holy Spirit is, we have an equally difficult time talking about our personal experiences of the Spirit.

Many people I know can’t say if they have ever really had an experience of God. At least they can’t articulate how they recognize it. But, when people start talking about their lives, it seems clear to me they have.

They did not have a name for it, so they wrote it off to coincidence or hormones. Just in case you have had some things happen to you that you do not have a name for, I want to suggest at least one way I believe the Holy Spirit blows into our lives.

One breeze of the Spirit is to give people a way back into relationships. Maybe that has happened to you. You are estranged from someone you really care about — because of something you said or did or perhaps you were the one offended — it really does not matter.

The point is, you are tired of it, so you start plotting ways to get through. You draft letters, rehearse phone calls, only none of them sounds right.

You are still hanging on to your hurt or your anger. Then, one day, for no apparent reason, something inside of you says, “Now.” You grab the phone. The person says, “Hello?” And the rest is history.

On both ends, hearts open and the right words come out. A reunion gets underway. You can call that anything you want, but I prefer to call it a breath of God’s Spirit.

I think that’s why the past three years with COVID-19, the threatening respiratory virus that was transmitted by breathing — taking respiration with others present — was culturally and socially so devastating. It separated us. It made us keep a “safe” distance and mask up. And, for all the blessings of Zoom and livestreaming, THERE IS NO SUBSTITUTE for gathering and embracing and singing and learning together in actual sanctuaries and classrooms with real people present.

Pentecost hits a nerve for post-pandemic Christians. It’s made us quite aware of just how much we need to breathe together. In the time of the pandemic, breathing together was exactly what we avoided. We didn’t want to infect anyone else or be infected.

Yet the quarantine, as it dragged on — along with all of its financial, psychological, social consequences — the isolation costs us something spiritually, too. We needed Conspiracy — to breathe together — and we were denied it.

So take a breath. Now, just keep breathing. This is God’s moment-by-moment gift to us. We can call it air or we can call it Spirit or we might name it by its Hebrew word, “Ruach.”

Life is a real, live conspiracy where we breathe in and breathe out the Spirit of God — within community, singing, praising, serving, praying. Happy Pentecost.

Warren Hoffman is a 43 year veteran of pastoral ministry and considers himself a native of Alpena. He is married to his ministry partner and beloved, Laura Hoffman.

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SOMETHING NEW — Representatives of the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, family and friends helped Alexis Moreland, owner of Cosmic Flow of Toronto and her staff to mark the opening of her new business with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

TORONTO — Alexis Moreland wants everyone who steps into Cosmic Flow, her new business in the city’s Gem City Plaza, to leave feeling better.

Moreland knows that whether their minds are focused on work, relationships or other concerns, many people don’t take time to truly relax.

“We’re often overstimulated. We don’t give ourselves time to recharge,” she said, adding that her goal is to remedy that through a variety of techniques and products.

That includes dry float therapy, in which a visitor lays on a hard surface lowered by a hydraulic system until it is replaced by a soft, water-filled mattress warmed to body temperature.

While laying in a dimly lit room, the visitor can choose soundproof headphones or relaxing music to help them attain a peaceful state.

In practice in the U.S. since the 1950s, float therapy often involves individuals being placed in a saltwater-filled sensory deprivation tank.

Its supporters say it helps to relieve tension and improve sleep.

But Moreland said she has taken a water-less approach to eliminate the need for clients to undress and shower and allows them to benefit from the experience during a shorter period of time.

“They can come during their lunch breaks and do 20 minutes,” she said.

Moreland said Cosmic Flow also offers the services of Christi Dempewolf, who practices reiki, another technique that is aimed at reducing tension.

Clients lay on a massage table but unlike massage, reiki involves the application of only a light touch intended to transfer energy from one person to another, she noted.

Recipients of the touch have said they feel heat, tingling, pulsing or nothing at all, but the ultimate goal is relaxation and about an hour normally is reserved for the sessions, said Moreland.

She added visitors to Cosmic Flow can engage in an elemental breathing session led by her mother, Toni.

Participants of the sessions are engaged in a pattern of breathing which, combined with music and meditation, is designed to help them to relieve stress.

Cosmic Flow offers classes in yoga, another long-time practice often pursued for mental wellness as well as body flexibility.

Taught by Alicia Troski and Annie Cutri, regular sessions are offered for beginners and those more experienced in yoga.

Moreland said regular sessions are posted on Cosmic Flow’s website and Facebook page. Appointments for sessions at a variety of hours can be made through the business’ app or by calling (740) 512-0958.

She said Cosmic Flow sells incense, oil burners, votive candles, jewelry and other items used for relaxation or to express spirituality or individuality. The store is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Cosmic Flow is located at 1336 Franklin St., not far from state Route 7’s southern exit to Toronto.

(Scott can be contacted at [email protected].)

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As technology has advanced, data-driven approaches to training have become increasingly popular, with riders relying on metrics such as heart rate, power output, and cadence to optimise their performance. Those can, indeed, be incredibly useful tools. But today, we would like to look at an idea that proposes that a genuinely successful training program extends beyond the numbers on a screen. Rather, increasing evidence indicates that over time, a training regime is only sustainable and truly effective when athletes learn to listen more deeply to the feedback their bodies provide.

With that in mind, let’s explore the significance of mindfulness and understanding one’s body, discovering why we might need to go beyond data to achieve meaningful progress.

The limitations of data-driven training

Data can certainly provide valuable insights into our performance and guide us toward more effective training strategies. It helps us set goals, track progress, and identify areas for improvement. Nevertheless, relying solely on data has its limitations. Each cyclist is unique, and genetics, mental state, and external stressors can significantly impact performance on any given day. It is crucial to acknowledge that the body is not a machine, and understanding its signals goes beyond numerical measurements.

Learning to listen to your body

Mindfulness plays a vital role in fostering a deeper connection with our bodies and tuning into the valuable feedback they provide. By being present in the moment, we can cultivate a heightened awareness of our physical sensations, emotions, and energy levels. This practice allows us to identify early signs of fatigue and muscle tension, prevent injuries, and adjust our training accordingly.

An ongoing field of study

This idea isn’t just based on anecdotal evidence, either. Numerous studies have demonstrated the benefits of mindfulness in sports performance. Let’s take, for example, a 2020 study from Neural Plast titled “Mindfulness Training, Sport Performance, and Executive Functions” that arrived at some seriously interesting conclusions.

The study aimed to investigate the effects of a mindfulness training program on athletes’ endurance performance and executive functions. It also explored the potential electrophysiological activation associated with mindfulness training by assessing event-related potentials (ERPs).

Forty-six university athletes were recruited and assigned to either a five-week mindfulness training program or a waiting list control group. The participants’ mindfulness levels, endurance performance measured by a graded exercise test, executive functions assessed through the Stroop task, and N2 component of ERPs were measured before and after the intervention.

After adjusting for preintervention scores, the study found that the mindfulness group showed higher postintervention mindfulness levels, longer exhaustion times in endurance performance, and higher Stroop task accuracy scores compared to the control group, regardless of task condition.

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Complementing data with body feedback and mindfulness strategies

So, if better endurance performance and improved cognitive function sound appealing, where does one start? Here are some simple strategies to try out:

Body Scans: Performing regular body scans during and after rides can identify areas of tension or discomfort. This self-inquiry allows you to address any imbalances or potential injury risks promptly.

Breath Awareness: Paying attention to your breath while cycling can help you regulate your effort level and manage stress. Deep, controlled breathing not only enhances oxygenation but also fosters mental clarity and relaxation. Remember, breathing only through the nose will stop the production of cortisol and keep the body in a harmonious state.

Visualisation Techniques: Utilising guided visualisation exercises to imagine successful rides, mentally rehearse challenging segments, or visualise optimal body mechanics is a great technique to enhance focus, confidence, and performance.

Intuitive Training: Integrating intuitive training sessions into your program, where you ride based on how you feel rather than predetermined metrics, is a powerful way to tap into your body’s innate wisdom and adapt training to your current state.

Recovery Practices: Prioritising recovery and rest days, by incorporating activities such as yoga, meditation, or gentle mobility exercises, is necessary to promote physical and mental rejuvenation and reduce the risk of burnout and injury.

Balancing data and mindfulness

Of course, incorporating mindfulness practices into your cycling routine does not mean disregarding data altogether. Instead, it means balancing objective measurements and subjective experiences. Here are some examples of what we mean:

Data-Informed Mindfulness: Use data as a tool to inform your mindfulness practice. For example, use heart rate variability (HRV) measurements to gauge your body’s readiness for intense workouts or track sleep patterns to ensure proper recovery. By integrating data-driven insights with mindfulness, you can make informed decisions about training intensity and volume.

Mindful Data Analysis: When reviewing training data, approach it with mindfulness and self-compassion. Instead of fixating on numbers, focus on the overall patterns and how they align with your body’s feedback. Remember that progress may not always be linear, and there will be fluctuations in performance. Learn to trust your intuition and listen to your body’s signals.

Reflective Journaling: Maintain a training journal where you can record both objective data and subjective experiences. Reflect on how you felt during rides, any notable sensations or emotions, and how they align with the data. This practice encourages self-reflection, enhances self-awareness, and facilitates a deeper understanding of the relationship between data and your body.

Ultimately, while data-driven training has its merits, sustainable progress in cycling requires more. By cultivating a deeper connection with your body and listening to its signals, you can fine-tune your training program and make adjustments that go beyond what data alone can provide. It is also a great way to ensure you never get bored and are always discovering something about yourself and your relationship with your bike. That’s a win-win, in our opinion!

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Smoke from raging wildfires in Nova Scotia and New Jersey has spread to much of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic over the last week, prompting Pennsylvania and New Jersey to issue air quality warnings.

Hazy skies distant from the wildfires may be easy to overlook since the immediate threat of fire is not present, but exposure to the air could cause short- and long-term health issues.

Wildfire smoke contains a mixture of gases and microscopic particles from the materials consumed by flames, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. That includes vegetation, building materials and other matter that may be harmful when burned and carried long distances by the jet stream.

When the National Weather Service issues Code Orange Air Quality Alerts, as happened in much of the Delaware Valley this week, that means air pollution in the atmosphere may be dangerous for sensitive groups. People diagnosed with heart disease, lung disease and asthma are particularly at risk since wildfire smoke can aggravate their conditions.

The most common symptoms from inhaling wildfire smoke are coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, headaches and stinging eyes. Some people may experience exhaustion, sinus issues and rapid heartbeat.

The CDC says that older people, pregnant women, children and others with respiratory and heart conditions are most likely to feel the effects of wildfire smoke. Even among healthy people, exposure can lead to reduced lung function and inflammation.

The Environmental Protection Agency says particle pollution — the mixture of solid and liquid droplets suspended in the air, also called particulate matter — is the most dangerous component of wildfire smoke. Some of these pollutants are so tiny that they can easily enter indoor settings.

Particle pollution is defined based the on size of the particles, most commonly PM2.5 and PM10. Fine particulates are invisible to the eye but exist within the plumes of smoke and haze seen during wildfires. PM2.5, the main pollutant emitted during wildfires, can be in the atmosphere for a variety of reasons unrelated to a fire, but it tends to be more toxic when spread by wildfires due to the materials that are burned; this is especially true when homes and public infrastructure are destroyed.

The fire in Nova Scotia that started last Sunday tore through about 200 structures, and the smoke from the wildfire reached parts of Massachusetts within a day. The effects of the chemicals released into the air may linger beyond the duration of a wildfire, keeping people at higher risk to experience symptoms even as air quality improves.

In places where wildfires are common, including California and large parts of Canada, research shows that repeated exposure to wildfire smoke increases the risk of developing lung cancer and brain tumors.

“Many of the pollutants emitted by wildfires are known human carcinogens, suggesting that exposure could increase cancer risk in humans,” said Jill Korsiak, a McGill University researcher who studied the long-term effects of wildfires on more than two million Canadians.

There is also growing evidence that short-term and long-term exposure to wildfire smoke can lead to cognitive issues, including "brain fog" and difficulty paying attention, especially among young people.

Due to the emerging scientific evidence on health risks related to wildfire smoke, the EPA has proposed changes to the maximum recommended exposure to PM2.5 and other particulate matter covered by the National Ambient Air Quality Standards.

How to limit exposure to wildfire smoke

There are a number of tips people can follow to reduce how much wildfire smoke they inhale.

For those who are high-risk, it's recommended to stay indoors as much as possible during air quality alerts. It's also suggested to keep windows and doors closed and to run an air conditioner if AC is available.

People who are in the immediate vicinity of a wildfire should heed evacuation warnings when they are issued. Paying attention to public health messages and air quality warnings will help guide how much outdoor time should be restricted during these events, even when the wildfires are happening at great distances.

If smoke is clearly visible in the air, it's best to remain inside as much as possible. Keeping an air purifier at home can be useful during wildfires. Masks designed to filter out particulate matter, like N95 masks, are also good to have available.

When exercising, it's best to do so indoors rather than going for a run outside or playing outdoor sports. People inhale air at much higher rates during exercise, which increases the amount of particle pollution taken into the lungs.

Anyone who is concerned about wildfire smoke or experiences troubling symptoms should contact a health care professional. This includes reaching out to ask questions about medications taken for conditions that increase smoke inhalation risks, like asthma and cardiovascular disease.

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SUNRISE, Fla. — It’s pretty common to hear about “fitness freaks” in pro sports, but Brandon Montour takes it to the next level. He may just be a freak of nature.

Paul Maurice discovered this just three days into his first Panthers training camp back in September.

The first-year Florida coach was running his new team into the ice. Every player was huffing and puffing, hurting and bent over between drills.

“And he’s still smiling,” Maurice said of the 29-year-old Montour. “It pissed me off a little bit at first. … That’s why I started watching him a little bit closer. Is he finishing the drills? Why is he still fine?

Turns out the veteran defenseman wasn’t cheating. He was simply showing off the results of the exhaustive work he does every offseason.

And maybe, not that Maurice knew it at the time, Montour was giving a hint of the breakout season to come — one that has now helped Florida land in its second-ever Stanley Cup Final.

“He’s a gifted man. Huge tank. He can go a long time,” Maurice said. “He works his butt off in the summer to give himself that chance.”

Montour showed the hockey world that 20-gallon tank during Game 1 of the Eastern Conference final, when he skated 57 minutes, 56 seconds in a dramatic Panthers win that finally came 13 seconds before what would have been the fifth overtime.

According to the NHL’s puck and player tracking, that equated to 8.96 miles of skating. That’s the longest one-game distance recorded in the two seasons since the league began compiling what it considers to be trustworthy distance data.

“I loved to run as a kid, but I never ran nine miles,” Montour said, laughing, during a sit-down with The Athletic on Saturday.

In that same victory, Montour fired eight shots, blocked three and was on the ice for all three Panthers goals and none of Carolina’s. And what Maurice also (sarcastically) said “ticked” him off about it: Montour showed no signs of fatigue on the bench. No breathing hard. No accelerated heart rate. The tank was full, and he could have kept going and going.

“His recovery is incredible,” Maurice said.

It’s had to be. In the playoffs, Montour is averaging the second-most ice time (27:35) among defensemen who have played at least seven games. He also has the most goals (six) and shots (59). Those scoring numbers are a continuation of a regular season — his second full one with the Panthers — where in 80 games he established franchise defenseman records with 16 goals (tied with Jason Garrison and Aaron Ekblad), 57 assists, 73 points and 242 shots.

He ranked in the top seven among NHL defensemen in each category.

The tracking data from NHL Stats is even more revealing.

In the postseason, Montour — a player discarded by his two previous NHL teams — ranks second in total distance skated among all players at 64.64 miles. Only Dallas’ Miro Heiskanen skated more, 72.99 miles, but he played three more games than Montour before the Stars were eliminated.

Montour has skated 12.17 miles in the offensive zone (18.8 percent), 20.89 miles in the neutral zone (32.3 percent) and 31.59 miles in the defensive zone (48.9 percent).

Montour ranks second, again to Heiskanen, at even strength (54.27 miles versus 61.52) and leads all skaters on the power play at 9.27 miles.

His speed also shows up in the league’s tracking. He has posted the fourth-fastest max speed among defensemen during the playoffs at 22.95 mph — only behind the Rangers’ Braden Schneider (23.35) and K’Andre Miller (23.31) and the Panthers’ Josh Mahura (23.13). Montour’s top speed during the regular season was 22.59, so he’s upped that.

Montour is the only defenseman to have recorded three different speed bursts over 22 mph in the postseason. A burst is defined as one sustained speed, so once a player goes over 18 mph, all of his speeds are part of one burst until he drops under 16 mph. Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon leads the playoffs with 12 bursts over 22 mph.

Montour also leads defensemen in the playoffs with 28 bursts in the 20-plus mph range. He was fourth in the regular season with 125, trailing the Avs’ Cale Makar (155), the Sharks’ Erik Karlsson (138) and the Sens’ Jake Sanderson (130).

In terms of shot speed, only two players have topped 100 mph in the playoffs: Montour (100.3) and teammate Radko Gudas (101.73). Montour is second in shots over 90 mph (13) behind the Oilers’ Evan Bouchard (15).

None of it is any surprise to Maurice. It’s what he’s seen since Day 1.

“The most unique thing that I saw in the first month was when we tested the first day, our veterans tested hard, and they don’t need to,” Maurice said. “Your top five guys, they’re in pretty good shape or they’re not top-five guys, probably getting paid pretty well. They don’t need to go hard on the bike the first day of camp. They’re not getting cut. All they need to do is not be in the red zone.”

Montour got off the bike like it was nothing.

“His testing scores were off the charts,” Maurice said.

In Montour’s mind, none of this is abnormal.

Even before establishing himself this season as a star (the seventh-year defenseman bested last season’s career highs by five goals and 36 points), Montour was a gym rat.

He points back to when he was a freshman at UMass in 2015: He played in the longest college hockey game in history against Notre Dame. He assisted on three goals that night, including the winner 11:42 into the fifth overtime. He has no idea how many minutes he logged, “but it was a lot.”

“Summer times I enjoy working out, and obviously if you enjoy it, it’s a lot easier,” Montour said. “It’s not like this year happened because training-wise I changed something. It was nothing like that. I did what I always do.”

“Monty’s had it since Day 1,” said Dallas Eakins, who coached Montour in the AHL in 2015-16 and part of 2016-17 after the Ducks had drafted him in the second round in 2014. “(He) can skate pucks out of problems because he’s such an excellent skater. He can close fast. He’s got a wicked, wicked hard shot. And every year that he showed up here in Anaheim, if he wasn’t the most fit guy, he was second.

“When you see a kid that’s fit like that every year, it says a lot to me. It shows to me that the kid has a plan and the kid’s executing that plan.”

So how does a player like this end up on his third NHL team before 30?

Montour had 25 goals and 89 points in 104 games in his one-plus season in the AHL under Eakins, then broke into the NHL in 2016-17. After he scored 11 goals and 38 points in 107 games in his first two NHL seasons, the Ducks signed him to a two-year, $6.775 million bridge deal to avoid arbitration. But he was still raw. He had to learn how to play the position over time. And then-general manager Bob Murray wasn’t prepared to pay Montour what he might have made on the next deal after that, having more trust in other Ducks defensemen.

So with Montour sitting at five goals and 25 points in 62 games in 2018-19, Murray dealt him ahead of the deadline to the Sabres for defenseman Brendan Guhle and a 2019 first-round pick.

Montour played parts of three seasons for the Sabres before Panthers GM Bill Zito stole him for a third-round pick. Sabres GM Kevyn Adams recently told the Daily Faceoff’s Frank Seravalli that he recognized Montour’s raw talent, impressive speed and high compete level but that the arc of Montour’s trajectory didn’t align with the Sabres’ rebuild.

Montour gives much of the credit for changing that to Maurice, who has given him a lot of rope to run free but also the confidence to know that if he makes a mistake, he’ll be right back out there.

When Ekblad went down with an injury in the third game this season, the team’s faith in Montour became critical. After averaging 17:54 last season, he ended this regular season at a career-high 24:07. He also was a full-time quarterback for a first-unit power play for the first time in his NHL career.

“Before, I’d get a glimpse of it and sometimes was a little afraid to make mistakes,” Montour said. “Paul’s done a good job of just putting me in spots where he provides the confidence in myself to make plays.

“He’s always told me that the amount of ice time I get and the amount of times I touch the puck, you’re bound to make some mistakes. … Obviously you want to limit that, but I took that to heart, and I play kinda care-free.”

You can see it in the smile that’s always on his face. Teammates say he lightens the mood in the room even during tough times.

“When I see Monty, all I see is commitment,” Eakins said. “An unbelievable teammate, full of passion and having an effing ball out there. And that’s what this should be about and nothing else.

“This is a guy that if he was walking up to the front of his house in South Florida, if he looked down the street and saw a bunch of kids playing street hockey, he’d go grab a stick and jump in there with them. That’s what he is.”

Montour has played most of the season with veteran Marc Staal, who didn’t know much about his partner until camp. He quickly recognized the speed, the shot and the creativity.

“I had no idea how much all of that together would create problems for other teams,” Staal said. “Just how dynamic he was, was pretty eye-opening. … He came into camp in incredible shape and doesn’t let anything faze him. He doesn’t overreact to a mistake, doesn’t get too frustrated when things are going wrong or too high when things are going well.

“He just goes out there and plays, and it’s been a lot of fun.”

Hockey isn’t Montour’s only passion.

He’s big into art and has tattoos that hold a lot of meaning, including a headdress and feathers, all over the left side of his body — an odd coincidence, he said, considering his injury history.

“Here’s what’s weird,” he explained. “One of our trainers did a study on my medical history, and all my injuries that I’ve had have all been on my left side. How funny is that?”

He was a star box lacrosse player growing up and still watches the sport avidly. In 2014, the year he was drafted by the Ducks, he won the Minto Cup with the Six Nations Arrows.

“It’s a big deal for lacrosse players. Consider it like the CHL for lacrosse,” Montour said. “And it was with a team I was real proud to be on, from our reserve.”

Montour was born in Wayne Gretzky country — Brantford, Ontario, where his father, Cam, and mother, Tammy, grew up. Cam’s an Indigenous Canadian and Montour grew up in Ohsweken, which is a village inside Canada’s largest First Nation reservation — the Six Nations of the Grand River.

The family ultimately moved to Tilbury, Ontario, because Cam got a job in Michigan.

Montour lived there until moving back to Ohsweken in high school.

“My parents built a house back on the reserve by our family,” Montour said.

Montour never went to school on the reserve, instead going to school in Brantford.

“But my heritage is so important to me, and it’s a pride of the people back home,” Montour said. “The Grand is so tight-knit, and it’s not even just myself. Like I’m sure it’s the same for (Vegas’) Zach Whitecloud (who’s also indigenous and was raised in the Sioux Valley Dakota Nation in Manitoba). Any aboriginal kid that is having success, whether it’s sports or whatever it is, people see that and want to root for that. I just want to see these kids grow up and do something good with their lives.”

Each summer, Montour returns home and along with former Ducks teammate Adam Henrique, who also hails from Brantford, mentors kids on the reserve. The two players host a golf tournament with part of the proceeds going to Six Nations and the minor hockey teams in the Brantford area.

“We give back as much as we can,” Montour said.

Panthers forward Sam Reinhart, who also played with Montour in Buffalo, isn’t surprised to see him flourishing.

“He’s so athletically gifted,” Reinhart said.

Eric Staal, who likewise played with Montour in Buffalo, isn’t surprised either.

“You could see the dynamic-ness of him, the explosiveness,” Staal said. “He’s elite, in phenomenal shape. His work ethic on the ice was noticeable right off the bat. But I never saw the offensive instincts until coming here. This guy is amazing to watch.”

Montour signed a one-year, $3.85 million deal with the Sabres after that two-year deal originally signed in Anaheim expired in 2020. After Florida acquired him, Zito got him re-signed to what’s turned out to be a bargain three-year deal worth $3.5 million annually. There’s one more year left on that contract and, especially if Florida goes on to win the Cup, Montour could break the bank this summer on an extension or at some point next season.

Eakins went on to coach the Ducks from just after Montour was moved until being let go in April, and it drives him crazy that this breakout is happening outside of Southern California.

“I get managers have to make tough decisions,” Eakins said. “They’ve got a salary cap to manage and things. But players make money because why? Because they’re producing. They’re putting up points and they’re being valued when in the market. And I always think that’s a tough one. I guess I’m more skewed on a long-term organizational development. We drafted the kid. We put a lot of time into him, and now he’s in the Stanley Cup Final somewhere else, and that stings.”

Montour’s just proud that he’s shown that 29 years old isn’t too late to become an NHL star. Even with the great season, it wasn’t until the Round 1 playoff upset of a Bruins team that had an NHL-record 65 wins and 135 points in the regular season that Montour started becoming a household name.

Until Matthew Tkachuk in Game 4 against Carolina, Montour was the only Panthers player in history to score multiple goals in a series-clinching win (Game 7 against the Bruins).

“I always had the confidence,” he said. “It was just a matter of putting a full season together. I got opportunity here, and I just wanted to use it to my advantage. I knew what I could do. It’s just a matter of executing it and running with that.”

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HGH GutHGH gut is a term that may sound foreign to some, but it is not as uncommon as one might think, especially in the world of bodybuilding. Also called bodybuilder gut, bodybuilding bubble gut, growth hormone gut, steroid belly, and Palumboism, this condition has serious health consequences.

This article will explore the causes, implications, and treatments associated with HGH gut. We will also distinguish it from another condition often confused with it—bubble guts.

What Is HGH Gut?

HGH gut is a complex, rare condition connected to human growth hormone (HGH) use. This hormone stimulates growth, cell reproduction, and cell regeneration in humans. HGH is often misused in bodybuilding and other sports to speed up muscle growth.

However, the overuse or misuse HGH can result in an unnaturally distended abdomen. Although this phenomenon is often referred to as HGH gut, the condition is commonly known as Palumboism, named after a famous bodybuilder.

Dave Palumbo and Palumboism

During the 1990s, Dave Palumbo was a prominent figure in bodybuilding. In 2004, he was charged with distributing illegal HGH to other athletes. He later admitted to using them himself.

As a result of Palumbo’s unique physique, characterized by a distended abdomen due to HGH misuse, the condition was coined Palumboism.

Palumbo’s unusual physical appearance sparked considerable discussion about bodybuilding with HGH and using it in other sports, as well as the potential health dangers it poses.

HGH Gut Causes

HGH gut is primarily due to excessive doses of HGH, steroids, and insulin taken by athletes, especially bodybuilders, with the goal of rapid muscle growth.

In the United States, using HGH without a prescription is illegal. Regardless, it’s still commonly abused in professional bodybuilding and other sports. This can lead to serious health problems.

The Dangers of Misusing HGH & Insulin in Bodybuilding

Not only do human growth hormones help bodies grow and keep them in good shape, but they also help repair cells and control how the body uses energy. As a result, bodybuilders take extra doses of these hormones, thinking they will help them build muscle and lose fat faster.

However, misusing HGH can cause several health problems. These include muscle and joint pain, carpal tunnel syndrome (a painful hand and arm condition), insulin issues (potentially leading to type 2 diabetes), swelling due to fluid retention, and a higher risk of getting certain types of cancer.

Another hormone that some bodybuilders misuse is insulin. Although it’s a natural and vital hormone that the pancreas produces to help control blood sugar, bodybuilders sometimes take extra insulin because it can help build muscle. But misusing insulin can cause a host of other side effects.

Increased insulin use can result in insulin resistance, also known as hyperglycemia (lowered blood sugar levels). Over time, this leads to prediabetes, followed by type 2 diabetes. And if left untreated, it can cause serious damage to the body, especially the nerves and blood vessels.

Symptoms of increased insulin resistance in the body include weight gain, shaking, irritability, excessive sweating, anxiety, and/or dizziness.

Carbohydrate Loading and Water Manipulation

Carbohydrate loading, commonly referred to as “carb-loading” or “carbo-loading,” is a strategy athletes and bodybuilders use to help store more energy in muscles and the liver. The tactic involves eating more carbs and exercising less a few days before an endurance event. But eating too many carbs can cause weight gain and mess with insulin levels in the body, which might lead to Palumboism.

Another popular technique bodybuilders use to create highly-defined muscles or “shredding” is water manipulation. It involves drinking a lot of water while reducing carb intake and performing “glycogen-depleting workouts” like running, which removes extra water underneath the skin’s surface while retaining muscle fullness. However, this muscle-peaking method can cause dehydration, mess with the balance of salts in the body, and make Palumboism look worse by making the gut stand out more.

Effects of HGH Gut on Women Bodybuilders

HGH gut is not exclusive to male bodybuilders. In fact, female bodybuilders who misuse HGH can also develop this condition.

Like their male counterparts, women may also experience an enlarged abdomen, including other HGH gut side effects.

Can Legal HGH Cause HGH Gut?

Although a doctor can prescribe HGH for medical reasons, it can still cause Palumboism if misused. In fact, taking the hormones legally under a medical practitioner’s guidance can still cause side effects, like unsightly belly bulging (as previously mentioned) and abnormal enlargement in other parts of the body or organs.

So, it’s essential to follow directions if you are prescribed HGH. And if something doesn’t feel right, be sure to contact your health practitioner immediately.

Side Effects of HGH Misuse

Misuse of HGH can have several side effects aside from any noticeable physical changes. These may include:

  • Joint and muscle pain
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Increased insulin resistance, potentially leading to type 2 diabetes
  • Swelling due to fluid retention
  • Increased risk of certain cancers

HGH Gut Treatments

Treating this condition is no easy task. And reversing the effects becomes challenging once the abdominal muscles and organs have expanded. But the strategies below may help reduce that bulging belly:

  • Discontinue HGH and insulin use: The first step in managing “roid” gut is slowly cutting back on HGH and insulin use to decrease abdominal distension. But it’s vital to consult a doctor before making such changes to avoid other health complications. With proper guidance, a qualified medical practitioner will recommend a treatment plan based on your health condition.
  • Seek medical attention: In severe cases, immediate medical help is required, with the doctor prescribing specific drugs to reduce the effect of human growth hormones. However, surgical intervention might be necessary in extreme cases.
  • Diet modification: A diet rich in protein and low in processed carbohydrates can help control insulin levels naturally, reducing the need for synthetic insulin.
  • Regular exercise: Daily cardiovascular exercise can not only help reduce overall body fat, but it can also assist in reducing the appearance of HGH gut.

Preventing and Controlling HGH Gut

While no specific natural remedy can reverse an HGH gut, adopting healthier lifestyle habits can help. Making the changes mentioned below can prevent the condition and limit its progression:

  • Healthy nutrition: A balanced diet consisting of proteins, carbohydrates, and fats can help maintain a healthy weight and encourage natural muscle growth.
  • Natural bodybuilding: Concentrate on natural bodybuilding techniques like strength training and aerobic exercises. Be sure to include adequate rest periods in between.
  • Performance enhancers: Avoid performance-enhancing substances like steroids and hormones unless prescribed by a healthcare professional for a medical condition.
  • Hydration: Drinking ample water supports digestion and optimal body function.

HGH Gut vs. Bubble Gut

While both HGH gut and bubble gut may appear similar due to the pronounced abdominal distension, they are distinct conditions.

HGH gut, primarily seen in bodybuilders, is caused by misusing and overusing growth hormones and insulin.

On the other hand, bubble gut, or borborygmi, is characterized by unusually loud rumbling or gurgling abdominal noises. The cause of these sounds is excess gas or fluid in the stomach due to various factors, including diet and specific medical conditions.

Bubble gut doesn’t usually lead to a visibly distended abdomen like HGH gut. The former is more of an auditory symptom of underlying digestive processes or issues rather than a physical deformation.

To Use or Not Abuse? That’s the Question…

The misuse of HGH and its subsequent side effects, including HGH gut, underline the risks involved in the pursuit of quick muscle growth. In addition to the physical changes, the potential health risks make using this hormone a dangerous practice. So, it’s always best to follow natural methods for muscle gain and prioritize long-term health over rapid and temporary results.

HGH gut is a serious condition primarily stemming from misusing human growth hormones and insulin, especially in conjunction with steroids. This practice, often prevalent in professional bodybuilding, carries significant risks and adverse side effects.

Ultimately, prioritizing health over quick muscle gain and practicing natural bodybuilding techniques is highly recommended. And remember to consult a medical professional if you are considering using performance-enhancing substances or if you experience any symptoms associated with HGH gut.

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After almost a year’s building work, the swimming pool is ready. Swimmers will be able to enjoy two new activities in addition to a refurbished gym. 

As for the new features, children aged 6/7 and over can learn to swim like mermaids and dolphins do. The Aqua Mermaid and Aqua Dolphin activities will be supervised by an experienced coach and will enable the youngest participants to tone their whole body and feel more confident both in and under the water. The classes are run on Wednesday afternoons and are strictly for children who already know how to swim (a swimming test will be carried out beforehand).

Two new classes

For experienced sportsmen and women in good physical condition, an Aqua Power+ aquagym class, taught in and out of the water using weights, elastic bands and mats, and with upbeat music, aims to provide a cardiovascular workout. Less physically demanding, the Aqua Relax class focuses on stretching and breathing exercises set to gentle music.

In addition, the gym at the sports complex has been converted into a new area for gentle activities, with classes in pilates, yoga, stretching and more, supervised by a specially recruited coach. The size of the facility means sessions will be run in a “cosy” setting for a maximum of 6 to 8 people per session.

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For prices, times and schedules, visit www.mairie.mc

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Yoga is a powerful practice with many positive impacts on physical and mental health. It involves deep breathing techniques, stretching poses, and meditation to help you relax and reduce stress. It can also help improve your posture, enhance muscle and joint flexibility, and increase your motion range. Even if you’re not a professional athlete, physical therapy yoga can help you lead a healthier lifestyle.

Impacts of Yoga on the Mind

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1. Improves Concentration

Yoga requires you to focus on your breath and body movements, making you more aware of your surroundings. When distractions and worries enter your mind, you can practice returning to the present moment. Your mind becomes more attuned to the present, which can boost your concentration and help you stay focused. This is especially beneficial for employees who must remain productive and on task throughout the day. Students can also benefit from these concentration-boosting benefits to help them stay focused while studying.

2. Reduces Stress and Anxiety

When you’re stressed, you may experience tension and discomfort in your body. Yoga helps to reduce this physical and mental stress by calming the nervous system. The deep breathing exercises you practice during yoga help to reduce heart rate and blood pressure, allowing you to relax. The physical poses also aid in releasing muscle tension, while meditation can help you regain inner peace. Regular yoga practice increases your stress resilience, allowing you to cope better with challenging situations and stay calm even in the face of adversity.

3. Enhances Your Moods

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Your body produces endorphins during physical therapy yoga, hormones that give you an uplifting, energized feeling. When you start your day with this practice, you can experience better moods throughout the day. Combining deep breathing, physical poses, and meditation also creates a sense of harmony between body and mind, allowing you to gain inner peace. This can give you an overall feeling of joy and contentment that helps to boost your mood.

4. Boosts Self-acceptance

Accepting who you are is key to developing healthy relationships with yourself and others. Yoga can help encourage you to accept your body and mind as they are, without judgment or criticism. It fosters a more compassionate attitude towards yourself, reducing self-doubt and improving overall mental well-being.

Impacts of Yoga on the Body

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1. Enhances Flexibility and Range of Motion

The physical poses used in yoga involve stretching your body in different directions, which helps improve your flexibility and motion range. When your body is more flexible, you can complete everyday tasks easily without feeling strained or uncomfortable. Flexibility also reduces the risk of injury, allowing you to enjoy running or playing sports without getting hurt.

2. Improves Posture

Yoga encourages proper alignment of your body, allowing you to stand tall with a straight back and shoulders. When practicing postural poses like Warrior I and II, you engage your core and back muscles to achieve a well-balanced posture. As you become more experienced in the practice, these postures become ingrained in your muscle memory, allowing you to maintain better posture without even thinking about it.

3. Boosts Core Strength

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Yoga requires you to engage your abdominal muscles for various poses. Poses like boat pose, plank, and cobra engage your core and hold it in position for extended periods, helping to build strength. This improves your stability and balance, improving your performance during physical activities like running or playing sports. A strong core also reduces the likelihood of lower back pain, allowing you to move freely without much discomfort.

4. Strengthens Your Immune System

A strong immune system makes you less prone to illnesses. Physical therapy yoga can increase blood circulation, allowing cells to receive more oxygen and nutrients. Increased oxygen helps boost the production of white blood cells, which help in fighting infections. It also helps reduce inflammation, allowing your body to heal and recover quickly from injuries and illnesses.

Leverage Physical Therapy Yoga for Better Health and Well-being

These are just some of the many mind and body benefits you can gain from yoga. This practice can help you to become more physically fit, mentally calm, and emotionally balanced. The beauty is that you can practice in the comfort of your home or office with online classes. Find a suitable yoga instructor, join their class, and start your journey towards a healthier and more peaceful life.

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England Test captain Ben Stokes and head coach Brendon McCullum during a training session at Lord's ahead of the game against Ireland
England have won 10 of their 12 Tests since Brendon McCullum (left) became head coach with Ben Stokes (right) as captain
Venue: Lord's Dates: 1-4 June
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England's match against Ireland kicks off an Ashes summer that is incredibly important for Test cricket.

The Test format is increasingly being squeezed, but another chapter in the ultimate contest is a real opportunity for everyone to be reminded exactly what it is all about. An Ashes series that is every bit as compelling and thrilling as we think it might be can breathe some life into the longest form of the game.

The collective sense of anticipation we are all feeling for the battle between England and Australia is higher than at any point since the famous series of 2005, when Michael Vaughan's side regained the urn in an epic contest.

The excitement comes from the way England have been playing over the past year under Ben Stokes and Brendon McCullum, not only winning 10 of their past 12 Tests, but doing so in such buccaneering style.

It has brought high rewards but also comes with high risks, and this Australia team will be the best team that Stokes' England have come up against. That brings a sense of trepidation.

We have the two-week build-up of England's four-day Test against Ireland at Lord's followed by the World Test Championship final between Australia and India at The Oval. These two matches will give us a better picture of where the two teams are at.

Last time England played Ireland in a Test, they were given a real scare in being bowled out for 85 before recovering to win.

This time, against an Irish side who are placing more importance on their upcoming World Cup qualifying tournament, Stokes' men should be looking to put them away with ruthless efficiency to set a marker for what's to come.

Australia could arrive at Edgbaston on 16 June buoyed by their crowning as the best Test team in the world. Similarly, they could be trying to pick themselves up from the disappointment of a final defeat.

Amid all the unknowns of how the series will unfold, what we know for certain is that Australia have not won the Ashes in this country for 22 years - a remarkable statistic when you consider how dominant they were from 1989 to 2001.

That shows what a big ask it is for the visiting team to win an Ashes series, albeit if the tourists will start with an advantage when it comes to retaining the urn because they are the holders.

The first Test will be so important. Australia don't really rate Bazball and think they will blow England away. If they get hammered in the first Test, how will they respond?

Similarly, if England try to get after the Australians and it doesn't work, they won't change their approach - they will probably go even harder.

If Australia leave Birmingham knowing England are serious challengers, having to rethink their plans, then that really sets up the summer. If England recklessly give away the first Test, it could be tough to turn around.

Whereas there are lots of questions to be answered in one of this summer's Ashes series, there is a degree of certainty about another. We know that Heather Knight's England will start as massive underdogs as they look to regain the urn for the first time since 2015, even if the all-conquering Australians are without influential captain Meg Lanning.

Australia barely lose a game. They are world champions in the 50-over and 20-over formats, and won Commonwealth gold last summer when England fell apart in the semi-finals.

I like the multi-format style of the series, with points on offer for the one-off Test, three one-day internationals and three T20s. This year, for the first time in the UK, the women's Test will be five days, meaning more chance of a result, therefore more likely that one team opens up a big lead. That really raises the stakes.

There is a huge, unprecedented platform for the Women's Ashes this summer. Already more than 70,000 tickets have been sold, a record for a women's international season in this country. Venues like Lord's, Edgbaston, The Oval and Trent Bridge are all being used.

This comes on the back of the England women's rugby union team winning the Six Nations in front of a record crowd at Twickenham, and the Lionesses doing marvellous things for women's football in this country, both through success on the pitch and the number of eyes they are attracting to the game.

There is a massive opportunity for the women's cricket team to do the same thing, but they face formidable opponents in Australia. If England can somehow pull off a series win, it would be a remarkable achievement.

It seems a long way off now, but the end of the summer will see England's men building up to their defence of the 50-over World Cup, won so memorably at Lord's in 2019.

Though Jos Buttler's team were also crowned T20 world champions last year, it has been a strange time for the 50-over side, who have seen lots of their series crammed in as games were rescheduled from the Covid era.

They have won only one of their past five series - against Bangladesh in March - but have rarely had their first-choice team available. That should change when they take on New Zealand and Ireland in September in preparation for the World Cup in India in October and November.

There are some unanswered questions. Might Jofra Archer come into consideration - England haven't completely ruled him out of the World Cup despite the stress fracture in his elbow. Can Stokes be coaxed out of one-day retirement? That feels unlikely, but why wouldn't he want to be at the World Cup?

For now, all the focus is on Test cricket at the beginning of a six-month period that contains two Ashes series, a World Test Championship final and a World Cup.

What more could a cricket fan want? Let's hope it lives up the hype.

Jonathan Agnew was talking to BBC Sport's chief cricket writer Stephan Shemilt

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The practice of yoga holds its existence since the pre-Vedic period.. The ancient practice, which originated in India, involves a combination of physical poses, breathing techniques, and meditation. It has been proven to enhance flexibility, strength, balance, and focus, making it an ideal complement to any sport. Yoga has been gaining popularity among athletes worldwide due to its numerous benefits and it is widely practiced across all geographical regions.

Assistance in flexibility:

No matter what kind of sports you play, flexibility is a must and this is where yoga helps athletes to improve their flexibility, which is essential for preventing injuries. The different poses and stretches in yoga help to lengthen the muscles and increase the range of motion in the joints.

This increased flexibility can help athletes to perform their sport-specific movements more efficiently and with less strain on their bodies. In India, wrestlers to cricketers have incorporated yoga into their training routines, and they have seen significant improvements in their flexibility and overall performance.

Building strength and balance:

Yoga helps to improve strength and balance, which are crucial for athletes. Many of the yoga poses require a significant amount of strength to hold, and this strength translates into improved performance in sports. Additionally, the practice of balancing poses helps athletes to develop stability and control, which can enhance their ability to change direction and maintain balance during their sport. For instance wrestlers practice strength training to develop a strong core and yoga helps to achieve this immensely. By incorporating yoga into their training routines, wrestlers have seen significant improvements in their strength and balance.

Increased focus:

Yoga helps athletes to develop better focus and concentration. The practice of meditation and breathing techniques in yoga can help athletes to quiet their minds and improve their ability to concentrate on the task at hand. This improved focus can help athletes to perform better under pressure and to maintain their composure during intense competitions.

In India, many athletes, including boxers and martial artists, have incorporated yoga into their training routines, and they have seen significant improvements in their focus and concentration.

Injury recovery & role of yoga:

Injury is a part and parcel of any sporting activities and in many cases when athletes are injured the recovery has to be focused on both the physical and mental aspect. Yoga helps athletes to recover from injuries and prevent them from occurring in the first place. The practice of yoga helps to improve circulation, which can speed up the healing process of injuries.

Additionally, the practice of yoga can help athletes to identify and correct muscular imbalances, which can lead to injuries if left untreated. It is a common practice as all sporting facilities have incorporated yoga into their training routines, and they have seen significant improvements in their injury recovery times and prevention.

From building balance and flexibility to enhancing mental strength, the benefits of Yoga are innumerable, since it is not just the body that gets trained but the mind as well. Millions of athletes world over has embraced yoga and this mind-body practice has become an integral part of any athletes life today.



Views expressed above are the author's own.


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A resident of Cowra in central west NSW I have an interest in news and community events that range from court and sport to village shows and community meeting. As regional editor I enjoy helping to collect and relay news for communities covered in print and online by the Cowra Guardian, Canowindra News, Boorowa News, Grenfell Record, Cootamundra Herald, Parkes Champion Post, Forbes Advocate and Young Witness. Email [email protected]

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With the forecast predicting the hottest day of the year so far, the risk of heat-related illnesses is high.

A heat warning from Environment Canada is in effect, with a forecast high of 33 Thursday and an overnight low approach 20, providing little relief.

"Extreme heat affects everyone," Environment Canada warns. "The risks are greater for young children, pregnant women, older adults, people with chronic illnesses and people working or exercising outdoors."

Ottawa Public Health says that early heat waves can be especially dangerous because our bodies have yet to acclimate.

"It takes our bodies up to two weeks to adjust to hot weather," OPH says. "Take it easy until your body has adjusted by drinking more water & taking extra precautions."

Just two weeks ago, Ottawa was dealing with frost advisories. The low on May 18 was -3.1 C.

After a long winter and some colder weather earlier this spring, it's natural to want to get outside and enjoy hot, sunny weather, but there are ways to do so safely.

There are four major problems to watch out for in the hot, sunny weather: dehydration, heat exhaustion, heat stroke, and sunburn.

Here are the signs to look out for in yourself and others:


Signs include:

  • Thirst
  • Dry skin
  • Fatigue
  • Light headedness
  • Confusion
  • Dry mouth
  • Increased heart rate
  • Increased breathing rate
  • Less frequent urination

Dehydration is caused by the excessive loss of water and salts from the body due to illness or from prolonged exposure to heat. Severe dehydration can easily become a life-threatening condition for infants and the elderly.

It can be prevented by drinking fluids, such as water, juice or sports drinks, and by avoiding strenuous activity outdoors during intense sunlight hours of 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

If you or someone you know is experiencing dehydration, move to a cool, dry place, lie down and rest, and drink plenty of fluids.


Signs include:

  • Headache
  • Blurred vision
  • Nausea or upset stomach
  • Vomiting
  • Sluggishness or fatigue
  • Thirst
  • Profuse sweating
  • Moderate increase in body temperature

Heat exhaustion is a non-life-threatening condition caused by the excessive loss of water and salts from the body due to prolonged exposure to extreme heat. Continued exposure may lead to heat stroke, which is life-threatening.

Children and the elderly are most susceptible to heat exhaustion.

It can be prevented by taking frequent breaks from the heat. If you're outside, wear light-coloured clothes and a hat and avoid strenuous activity between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. when the sun is the hottest. Drink plenty of fluids through the day, but avoid caffeine and alcohol.

If you or someone you know is experiencing signs of heat exhaustion, move to a cool, dry place and lie down, apply cool water to the skin and reapply often and have a fan. Keep hydrated and apply ice to areas such as the head, neck, armpits and groin.


Signs include:

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Disorientation, agitation or confusion
  • Sluggishness or fatigue
  • Seizures
  • Hot dry skin
  • Increased body (inner) temperature
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Rapid heart beat
  • Hallucinations

Heat stroke is a life-threatening condition. It occurs when the body cannot cool itself, usually by sweating and the body's core temperature becomes too high.

It can be prevented by taking frequent breaks from the heat. If you're outside, wear light-coloured clothes and a hat and avoid strenuous activity between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. when the sun is the hottest. Drink plenty of fluids through the day, but avoid caffeine and alcohol.

If you or someone you know is experiencing signs of heat stroke, call 9-1-1 immediately and move to a cool, dry place and lie down. Apply cool water to the skin and reapply often and have a fan. Keep hydrated and apply ice to areas such as the head, neck, armpits and groin.


Signs include:

  • Skin is red, tender and warm to touch
  • Blisters
  • Severe reactions such as fever, chills, nausea or rash
  • Fever or chills
  • Peeling skin several days later

Sunburn occurs when skin cells that are not protected from direct exposure to the sun are burned. Damage can range from a mild burning sensation to severe blistering of the affected area, depending on how long unprotected skin is exposed.

Research shows that repeated overexposure to the sun may lead to various forms of cancer including melanoma.

Sunburns can be prevented by wearing sunscreen that protects against UVA and UVB rays with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or more (do not use sunscreen on babies under 6 months of age), by wearing a wide-brimmed hat and tightly-woven clothing such as long-sleeved shirts and pants, and by avoiding sun exposure between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., when the UV index is 3 or higher.

Sunburns can take several hours to a day before the full effects are apparent.

If you get a sunburn, treat it with cool compresses or by taking a cool bath to help minimize pain and swelling. You can apply aloe gel if needed; avoid use of creams or lotions that can hold heat inside the skin or contain numbing medication. Pain medications may help to reduce pain and swelling.

Severe sunburns require medical attention. 

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It was barely 5:30 in the morning. Great-grandmom Linda Arvey was already breathing heavy, working hard in her garage.

"Head up, head up!"

Her husband stood close, urging her to complete one last grunting repetition on the squat rack in the gym of their northern York County home.

She slowly stood up straight, safely slipping the 225 pounds of barbell and weights off her back.

She popped out her mouthpiece. She loosened her weight belt and wrist straps with the forearms of someone who throws cinder block for a living.

She looks like she could crush cans with her hands.

She sounds like a content, make-you-a-hot-tea-when-you-don't-feel-well grandmother, because she's that, too.

"You guys being here, my adrenaline has kicked in a little bit," she said, laughing to a couple of workout guests. If anything, one of the most decorated 70-something powerlifting women in the world is quick with a laugh.

Arvey, who affectionately goes by the nickname "Kilo-Gram," wants to be a motivator and an inspiration. She's always loved a new challenge. And if lifting heavy weights can increase her heart rate and lower her blood pressure and make her feel energized, even better.

This is, after all, the woman who grew up on a dairy farm and worked as an operating room nurse.

The one who recovered from debilitating fibromyalgia.

Arvey can't ever seem to stay still now, soon to be 73. Her days are packed with early morning workouts, part-time bookkeeping jobs, leading Bible studies and roasting her own coffee beans.

She's written a children's book. She's learning to tap dance. She tends to her 13 grandchildren and six great-grandkids when time and distance allow.

Her husband jokes about rarely seeing her, except, of course, during those early-morning workouts, which prep her for a handful of competitions each year.

The couple traded running and riding bikes and cross-fit classes for powerlifting five years ago, after husband Al suffered a heart attack.

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“That’s the fun part, to see what your body can do and push it to its limits and not let age be a determinant," Linda Arvey said. "Like, 'Oh, I can’t do this because I’m this old ...'

“When we started this we didn’t know what we were going to do, but it’s been a real encouragement for other people."

As in watching this 5-foot-4, 180-pound, gray-haired great-grandmother deadlifting and bench pressing more weight than all the other women at a meet − more than some of the men.

To Al's counting, she currently holds more than 100 national records (in various weightlifting federations, weight classes, age groups, etc.) and 41 world records. She's ranked No. 1 in the world in her age group in the "full-power" trio of deadlifting (370 pounds)/squats (302) and bench press (165).

No other competitor in her class is within even 180 pounds of her total, according to openpowerlifting.org.

Certainly, part of her standing may reflect the limited pool of competitive senior citizen female powerlifters.

But, mostly, this is about Arvey's life-long willpower and determination. Once again, she's become really good at what she's doing, and quickly.

"She’s just a phenom," her husband said. "She was born to lift, I guess."

"Linda's a huge motivation," said Wilkes-Barre powerlifting champ Gary Teeter, who's gotten to know her as a fellow competitor and a powerlifting judge. "She sets the bar, that's what she does."

Of course, this didn't come completely out of nowhere. She's always loved physical undertakings, never afraid to launch new endeavors.

There was the childhood farm she lived on near Mechanicsburg. She talks of happily walking barn beams and slinging bags of grain and doing pullups on a makeshift bar − after milking the cows and mucking stalls.

Years later, in between nursing jobs, she ran a sub shop, then sold candy and coffee at a farmer's market, then helped Al operate a T-shirt and mug stand at the York Fair.

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She even overcame a long, debilitating bout of fibromyalgia, almost miraculously so, she says. The pain used to wipe her out for days after the most basic chores such as vacuuming. She credits her faith and God for healing her without warning.

It all led her to weightlifting. Her powerlifting son in North Carolina helped with her form when she was dabbling with weights five years ago. She began four-day-a-week workouts to see how good she could be. She was hooked after just one competition.

"It's the crowd, the people. They chant your name," she said with another laugh. "'C'mon, Gram! Go, Linda! Kilo-Gram!'

"People love the deadlift. Once you start picking up the deadlift bar the crowd goes crazy. It's the crowd energy and the adrenaline."

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She's lifted in competitions around the country. She recently blew away the field at a York Barbell event and is preparing for the world games this fall in Virginia Beach.

Older women chat her up for advice. Hulking male lifters want their photo taken with her.

She doesn't have to worry about style or looks.

“They’re going to know your age, your weight, how bad you look in a singlet," she said of powerlifting. "There’s no pretense …"

Which is how she likes it.

She is, after all, the grandmother who lifts in her garage with this sign on the door: "Shut up and squat."

The one who grunts and grimaces and sweats while doing one-legged leg press repetitions.

The one who celebrated her husband's 77th birthday with "game night" in the backyard − an axe-throwing competition with their grandsons and their wives.

She finds most satisfaction in learning how she may motivate others to push their own limits. From her 16-year-old granddaughter who's recently embraced powerlifting to the long-accomplished, 58-year-old Teeter to fellow grandmothers. One recently told Arvey that she hired a trainer after they met and talked.

"A lot of people make excuses in life but few people take them away," said youngest son Mason Salisbury, also a powerlifter. "If she thinks you can do better she’ll tell you straight-out.

"She's never stopped trying, she never quit. She never took the easy way out. ... She gets up every day and just gets after it. It rubs off on you when you see someone getting after it like that."

Take the man who runs her place of worship, Connect the World Ministries in Camp Hill. Steve Espamer refers to the Arveys as decades-long friends and says that Linda owns "a heart the size of Pennsylvania" for quietly helping so many in need with her time, finances and prayer.

And now, of all things, with powerlifting. He laughed on the phone in disbelief.

"She’s like a grandma, you know. My grandma never did that. Did yours?"

Frank Bodani covers sports and human interest stories for the York Daily Record and USA Today Network. Contact him at  [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @YDRPennState.

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It is usually assumed that respiratory muscle performance is ample for most people undertaking endurance sports or who are active. Intermountain Health exercise specialist Jeffrey Beck says there are exercises which help expand the chest cavity to improve breathing. Beck suggests doing one set of ten repetitions of the following exercises every day to help enhance the flexibility and strength of the muscles surrounding the lungs, which will optimize breathing and promote thoracic expansion.

Seal Clap:

  • From either a seated or standing position, raise your arms straight out to the sides, thumbs pointing upward.
  • Exhale through the mouth as you bring your arms together out in front of you until your hands are about one inch from each other, being mindful of rounding the upper back at the movement's apex.
  • Return to starting position as you inhale through the nose, arms wide and chest fully open by pinching your shoulder blades together.
  • This constitutes one repetition.

Opening/Closing The Door:

  • Place your left arm behind your back and extend your right arm out in front.
  • Inhale through the nose while pulling the right arm back and twisting the torso in a fashion similar to pulling a door closed.
  • Exhale through the mouth as you extend the right arm forward again while twisting the torso accordingly as though you were pushing a door open.
  • This completes one repetition and can be done from a seated or standing position.

Chest Squeeze:

  • Put your arms at a ninety degree angle out to your sides at chest level.
  • Exhale through the mouth as you bring your arms together out in front of you, focusing on contracting the pectoral muscles at the movement's apex.
  • Return to starting position by inhaling through the nose, fully opening up the chest cavity by pinching your shoulders blades together.
  • That's one repetition and can be completed either seated or standing.

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Safely exercising with asthma, important guidelines for asthmatics

Are you having asthma? Do you wish to exercise and stay healthy? Then, don’t worry! We tell you how to exercise when you have asthma. Read on to know more about this, and ensure to improve your quality of life. After all, it will be imperative for you to take utmost care when you have this fatal respiratory condition. So, here are some vital things that you should follow without fail.

Asthma can be described as a severe condition that takes a toll on the airways in the lungs. It leads to swelling and inflammation of the airways. Thus, one will have symptoms such as coughing and wheezing. This can make it tough for one to breathe. You will be shocked to know that aerobic exercise is one of the reasons behind the trigger or worsening asthma-related symptoms, and this is called exercise-induced asthma. But, the fact can’t be denied that exercise can improve lung health. Remember to consult the doctor before undertaking any fitness program.

How exercising is beneficial for asthma patients?

Exercising can reduce or prevent asthma symptoms. Exercising can improve airway and lung function as one’s endurance increases. It reduces inflammation of the airways, strengthens the muscles, and helps with cardiovascular fitness too.

Types of exercise suitable for asthma patients: One should exercise under the guidance of a fitness trainer and do moderate-intensity activities. One can opt for swimming, walking, gymming, and breathing exercises such as nasal breathing, and diaphragmatic breathing. But, do not over-exert at all. Exercise at least 5 days a week for half-an-hour and you can slowly increase the exercise time. It is the need of the hour to take enough precautions for asthma patients to ensure safety while exercising.

These are some of the essential tips for asthma patients to exercise with caution

Don’t forget to take medication on time: It is possible for asthma patients to exercise and improve their quality of life. If a pre-exercise inhaler fails to control your symptoms, the doctor will prescribe another medication such as oral drugs or additional inhalers that decrease airway inflammation and help you to breathe freely.

Keep the inhaler handy before exercising: Your doctor will suggest a rescue inhaler as a pre-exercise treatment that cannot be skipped. These inhaled medications will allow the relaxing of the airways to make sure you breathe properly during physical activity.

Try to warm up and cool down after exercising: Doing this can help your airways to adjust and you won’t have any problem. You will have to warm up and cool down whenever you exercise and that should be a norm.

Do not exercise in cold weather: Cover your nose and mouth with the help of a scarf when it’s cold outside if not exercising. Cold weather can give a tough time to the lungs.

Stay away from sports with continuous activity: Basketball, football, and long-distance running can impact the lungs if your asthma is not managed properly.

This article on 'Things Asthmatics To Take Care While Exercising' is by Dr Sanggita Checker, Consultant Chest Physician, Wockhardt Hospitals Mira Road

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Showing your pelvic floor muscles TLC should be a key part of your fitness and wellness routine—that includes working them out! If you didn't already have the best exercises for a strong pelvic floor on your radar, you certainly should, and we have you covered.

Your pelvic floor is a group of muscles situated at the bottom of your pelvis. When your pelvic floor muscles contract, they hold up your pelvic organs; help you hold in urine, stool, and any gas; and secure your pelvic joints. When you relax these muscles, you're able to go to the bathroom, comfortably insert a tampon, or even give birth. If your pelvic floor muscles are weakened, you may experience bowel or bladder issues and discomfort such as constipation, the urgency to pee, leaking stool or urine, and pelvic pain when exercising.

Building up the strength of these muscles is not a question—it's a necessity. We spoke with the experts who share what causes a weak pelvic floor, along with some of the best exercises you can do in order to strengthen it.

What causes weak pelvic floor muscles?

weak pelvic floor muscles, pelvic pain concept

Celestine Compton, PT, DPT, physical therapist and clinical content lead, tells Eat This, Not That!, "Muscle weakness in any part of the body typically stems from dysfunction, disuse, or injury. In the case of pelvic floor muscles, dysfunction can stem from a number of factors including obesity, experiencing a large volume of strenuous activity during the teenage years, participation in high-impact exercise or sport, or a history of reproductive, gastrointestinal, or urinary system issues like endometriosis, IBS or chronic UTIs."

You can injure your pelvic floor muscles during pregnancy, while giving birth, or even due to an injured pelvis, tailbone, or hip bone. A sedentary lifestyle, weight gain, and menopause could also result in a weakened pelvic floor. If you notice any changes in your bladder or bowel, it's crucial to speak with a healthcare professional as soon as possible to pinpoint what's going on and the proper tools you need to get better.

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Why is it important to perform pelvic floor exercises?

When it comes to exercising your pelvic floor muscles, Dr. Barbara Frank, Harvard-affiliated OB/GYN and Attn: Grace medical advisor, explains, "One problem is people keep their pelvic floor tense all of the time and that is a recipe for disaster and pain," she explains. "If they don't relax and loosen, you can't pee or poop … Any exercises that also include holding in your core, strengthing the core are great for the pelvic floor."

Dr. Frank says you should perform Kegels on a daily basis and core training a few times a week. When you feel like your symptoms have gotten better, then you can decrease Kegels to just a few times each week. It's important to listen to your body.

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What are the best exercises for a strong pelvic floor?

illustration of Kegel exercises

Roll out your exercise mat, get comfortable, and gear up for these expert-approved exercises for a strong pelvic floor.

1. Quick Flick Kegels

"This targets the fast twitch fibers of your pelvic floor that are responsible for holding in pee or gas with coughs, sneezes, or jumps," Compton explains.

You'll start by lying flat on your back. (Compton notes you can also perform this exercise while seated, kneeling, or standing as you improve coordination and build more confidence in performing this movement.) Next, bring your pelvic floor muscles up and inward; imagine attempting to stop yourself from peeing midstream. For two seconds, hold this "maximum strength contraction," as Compton calls it. Then, quickly release. Rest for three to six seconds between reps so your muscles are able to completely relax.

2. Duration Hold Kegels

"This targets the slow twitch fibers of your pelvic floor that are responsible for supporting your pelvic organs and stabilizing your pelvis for extended periods of time," Compton tells us.

Start this exercise by lying flat on your back. Bring your pelvic floor muscles upward and in the same way you did for the previous exercise. For a total of 10 seconds, hold this moderate to maximum strength contraction. Then, quickly release your pelvic floor muscles. Rest for three to six seconds between reps so your muscles are able to completely relax before doing the exercise again.

3. The Knack

According to Compton, "This targets your pelvic floor muscles' ability to hold in pee or gas and effectively manage increased pressure in your abdomen as with coughing or lifting heavy weights."

You'll start once again by lying flat on your back. Bring your pelvic floor muscles upward and in. Hold this "maximum strength" contraction while you fake cough one to three times or make loud sounds as if you were coughing or sneezing. Then, release your pelvic floor muscles, and rest for three to six seconds.

4. Diaphragmatic Breathing

woman practicing mindful breathing

"This exercise helps to maintain your pelvic floor and core muscle resting tone, range of motion, and strength and is one of your many core stabilizers," Compton explains.

Start your diaphragmatic breathing by lying flat on your back, sitting down, or standing. Put both hands below your ribs, on your stomach, or right above your public bone. Breathe in as air fills up your lungs and your abdomen expands into both hands. Every time you inhale, think of your pelvic floor "lengthening" as if it were the bottom of a balloon being inflated. Then, breathe out as your belly comes back toward your spine. Repeat this exercise.

5. Walking or Yoga

Last but not least, stretch it out with some yoga, or lace up your sneakers and head out for a walk. "Your pelvic floor needs to work in order to stabilize the joints of your pelvis," Compton tells us. "The more regularly you can engage in exercises like walking or yoga, the more your pelvic floor is forced to activate in a functional way and for prolonged periods." Engaging in these physical activities will establish lifelong habits that help your pelvic floor build up and preserve its endurance and strength.

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Are you struggling with chronic pain or discomfort that just won’t go away? Perhaps you’ve tried various treatments and medications, but nothing seems to work. If that sounds familiar, then Align Health Physiotherapy in Abu Dhabi may be the solution for you. This innovative approach to physiotherapy focuses on aligning your body and mind for optimal health and wellness. In this blog post, we’ll explore the different types of Align Health Physiotherapy, its pros and cons, what to expect during a session, how it works, and whether it’s safe. Get ready to discover the power of Align Health Physiotherapy!

What is Align Health Physiotherapy?

Align Health Physiotherapy is a holistic approach to treating chronic pain and discomfort in the body. This form of physiotherapy focuses on aligning the body and mind for optimal health and wellness. Its goal is to identify any imbalances or misalignments in the body that may be causing pain or dysfunction, then work towards correcting them.

During an Align Health Physiotherapy session, your therapist will use various techniques such as manual therapy, exercise prescription, education on posture and movement patterns, breathing exercises, mindfulness practices and more to bring balance back into your body.

Unlike traditional physiotherapy approaches that often solely focus on treating symptoms after they occur – Align Health Physiotherapy takes a preventative approach by addressing underlying causes before they become bigger problems. By doing so you can experience long-lasting relief from chronic conditions including neck pain, back pain or joint stiffness.

Align Health Physiotherapy offers a unique perspective on healing through physical therapy that combines traditional methods with innovative techniques from other fields like mindfulness meditation.

The Different Types of Align Health Physiotherapy

Align Health Physiotherapy is a broad term that covers various types of physiotherapy techniques and practices aimed at aligning the body, mind, and spirit. Each type has its unique approach to restoring balance and harmony, depending on the patient’s needs.

One of the most common types of Align Health Physiotherapy is manual therapy, which involves hands-on techniques such as massage and joint mobilization. It can help relieve pain caused by muscle tension or stiffness in specific areas of the body.

Another popular technique is acupuncture, which uses fine needles placed at strategic points to stimulate energy flow throughout the body. This method can be effective in treating conditions such as chronic pain or headaches.

Meditation is also a form of Align Health Physiotherapy that focuses on calming the mind to promote relaxation and reduce stress levels. This technique can help improve mental health conditions such as anxiety or depression.

Other forms include yoga therapy, chiropractic care, reflexology, craniosacral therapy among others. These methods aim to restore physical function while integrating emotional wellness for an all-rounded treatment plan tailored specifically for each individual patient.

There are many different types of Align Health Physiotherapy available based on your condition and requirements. The team at Align Health Center will work with you to determine which therapeutic approach works best for you!

Pros and Cons of Align Health Physiotherapy

Align Health Physiotherapy is a treatment option that offers numerous benefits for patients with various physical conditions. Understanding the pros and cons of Align Health Physiotherapy can help you to decide whether this type of therapy is right for you.

One key advantage of Align Health Physiotherapy is that it can help to alleviate pain, stiffness, and discomfort associated with various musculoskeletal conditions such as back pain, neck pain, sports injuries among others. In addition, it enables patients to regain their strength and mobility after an injury or surgery.

Another pro is that physiotherapists at Align Health use natural techniques such as exercises, stretches and massages which are non-invasive procedures compared to other treatments like surgeries or medication. This helps avoid unnecessary risks linked with invasive surgeries.

However, a disadvantage could be the lengthiness of treatment. Patients may need multiple sessions over weeks or even months before seeing significant improvements in their health condition.

All in all, despite potential drawbacks like long-term commitment requirements from individuals; overall results from align health physio should make up for any inconvenience experienced by those who pursue this holistic approach towards wellness!

What to Expect from Align Health Physiotherapy?

If you’re new to physiotherapy, it’s natural to be curious about what happens during a session. Align Health Physiotherapy in Abu Dhabi is dedicated to helping you improve your physical wellbeing by addressing any underlying issues or injuries that may be causing pain or discomfort.

During your initial consultation at Align Health Physiotherapy, the therapist will evaluate your medical history and conduct an assessment of your physical condition. This evaluation will help them create a personalized treatment plan for you.

The actual therapy sessions involve hands-on techniques such as massage, stretching exercises and joint mobilization. These techniques are designed to improve mobility, flexibility and strength while reducing pain levels.

Your therapist may also recommend specific exercises or lifestyle changes that can complement your treatment plan. It’s important to follow these recommendations closely in order to see maximum benefits from physiotherapy.

Expect a supportive environment where the focus is on improving both body and mind through personalized care plans tailored specifically for each patient. With patience and dedication along with guidance from professional therapists of Align Health Physiotherapy, patients can achieve significant improvements in their health conditions over time.

How Does Align Health Physiotherapy Work?

Align Health Physiotherapy works by treating the root cause of musculoskeletal pain and physical dysfunction. The therapist will conduct a thorough assessment to identify any underlying issues that may be causing discomfort or limiting mobility. Based on this assessment, a personalized treatment plan is developed.

The treatment may involve manual therapy techniques such as joint mobilization, soft tissue massage, and stretching exercises. These techniques aim to loosen tight muscles and joints while improving circulation and range of motion.

In addition to hands-on therapy, Align Health Physiotherapy also incorporates exercise programs tailored to individual needs. The exercises prescribed are designed to improve strength, flexibility, balance, and coordination.

Another key component of Align Health Physiotherapy is education about proper posture and body mechanics. Patients are taught how to move correctly in order to avoid further injury or strain on their bodies.

Align Health Physiotherapy takes a holistic approach that addresses both the physical and mental aspects of health. By treating the whole person rather than just symptoms, patients can achieve long-lasting results and improved quality of life.

Is Align Health Physiotherapy Safe?

The safety of any healthcare treatment is a valid concern, and it’s no different with Align Health Physiotherapy. However, you can rest assured that this therapy method is completely safe when performed by qualified professionals.

During your initial consultation, the physiotherapist will assess your medical history to determine if there are any underlying conditions or risk factors that may affect the treatment’s safety. Once they have determined that it’s safe for you to undergo Align Health Physiotherapy, they will guide you through each step of the process.

Align Health Physiotherapy involves gentle manual manipulation techniques aimed at correcting misalignments and restoring proper function to your body without causing discomfort or pain. The aim is always to work within your comfort level while still achieving maximum results.

If at any time during the course of treatment, you experience pain or discomfort beyond what was previously discussed as normal during treatment sessions, be sure to bring up these concerns with your therapist immediately. They can adjust their techniques accordingly or suggest alternative treatments if necessary.

Align Health Physiotherapy has proven effective in treating various musculoskeletal disorders and improving overall well-being without posing unnecessary risks.


Align Health Physiotherapy is a powerful tool for those seeking to improve their physical and mental health. With its various types and methods of treatment, it can be customized to meet the specific needs of each individual patient.

Not only does this practice focus on treating existing injuries or conditions, but it also emphasizes prevention and overall wellness through education and lifestyle changes. By aligning the body and mind, patients can experience improved mobility, reduced pain, increased strength, and better cognitive function.

If you are in Abu Dhabi looking for a physiotherapist or osteopath that prioritizes your well-being above all else while providing effective treatments tailored to your unique needs – Align Health Physiotherapy is definitely worth considering!

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If you’re suffering with low mood, you might decide to seek out a formal treatment such as counselling or cognitive-behavioural therapy. But this can take time, and motivation, to organize; and, once organized, can take time to start working.

While you wait, here are 12 simple ways to lift your mood. You may already be doing some of these things, and you certainly don’t need to be doing them all. Just try the ones that feel most natural, or that are easiest for you.

As your mood begins to lift—and sooner or later it surely will—you can make more and bigger changes to your routine. And if you can hold on to those habits once your mood has lifted, you will, I promise, feel better than ever before.

1. Spend more time with sympathetic friends and relatives. Talking about our feelings helps us process them, put them into perspective, and obtain advice and support. Don’t be afraid to tell people that you need their time, or feel guilty for taking it. If you’re uncomfortable talking to relatives and friends, or are unable to do so, you can phone a helpline instead. Even if you don’t want to talk about your feelings, spending time with others, for example, playing sports or cooking a meal, can help to lift your mood.

2. Do more of the things you normally enjoy, even if they no longer seem appealing. Re-read your favourite childhood book, re-watch your favourite romcom, go shopping or to the cinema, prepare a delicious meal, renew with an old friend—anything that removes you from your negative thoughts is likely to make things that much better.

3. Get out of your home at least once a day, even if only to fetch milk or walk in the park. Bright daylight, fresh air, and the hustle bustle of everyday life can all be helpful, as can the sights, sounds, and smells of nature. If you can, try to take some mild exercise such as a 30- or 60-minute walk—if possible, through some greenery, on a stretch of coastline, or past some beautiful buildings. Close your eyes and listen to the birds and the wind.

4. Fight off negative thoughts. Make a list of all the positive things about you and your life (you may need help with this), keep it in your bag, pocket, or wallet, and read it to yourself every morning or as needed. However bad you may be feeling, remember that you have not always felt this way, and will not always feel this way.

5. Don’t bite off more than you can chew. Try to reduce your stress levels. Simplify your life, even if it means doing less or doing only one thing at a time. Break down large tasks into smaller, more manageable ones, and set realistic deadlines for completing them. Don’t blame yourself for “doing nothing;” you are merely giving yourself the time and space that you need to get better. Look upon it as an investment into yourself. For now, you are your main task, you are your priority.

6. Practice deep breathing. Low mood is often associated with stress and anxiety, which respond well to deep breathing. Deep breathing simply involves regulating your breathing: Breathe in through your nose and hold the air in for several seconds. Then, purse your lips and gradually let the air out. Exhale as far as you comfortably can. Carry on with this cycle until you are feeling much more relaxed. Try it now and see if you notice the difference.

7. Listen to some good music. Music boosts levels of dopamine, a feel-good chemical messenger in the brain. From a more psychological point of view, music can help us to recognize, express, and process complex or painful emotions. It elevates these emotions and gives them a sense of legitimacy, of context and perspective, of order, beauty, and meaning. I don’t think that music has to sound uplifting to be uplifting, so long as it helps us to work with our emotions.

8. Get as much sleep as you can. Sleep, said the Dalai Lama, is the best meditation. Sleep enhances mood and cognitive function—one reason why we "sleep on it" and "sleep it off". A single night’s sleep, or even a nice nap, can make a world of difference to the way we feel. For most people, there is no such thing as too much sleep.

9. Be patient with yourself. Improvements in mood are likely to be gradual rather than sudden, and you may even get worse before you start to get better. The road to recovery is a bumpy one, and there are going to be good days and bad days. A bad day that comes after a good one may seem all the worse for it. Don’t blame yourself for the bad days, and don’t despair. As with an English spring, the bad days will gradually become fewer.

10. Avoid making or acting upon important decisions. Now is not the time to split from your partner, quit your job, or spend large sums of money. While in the throes of depression, thinking errors are likely to impair your decision-making. Check your reasoning with people you respect and carefully consider their advice—especially if you don’t agree with it!

11. Seek professional help. Tap into your family doctor or a mental health professional for advice and support. Maybe ask your doctor for counselling and take things from there.

12. Establish whom to call in an emergency. This may be a relative or friend, your doctor, or a helpline. Think of a backup in case your preferred option is unreachable. Save their contact numbers into your phone so that they are always at hand.

Neel Burton is author of Growing from Depression. The new 4th edition is out on 1 June.

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