Benefits of massage

Relaxation chairHawaiian lomi massage is a unique healing massage that has been handed down through Hawaiian families from generation to generation. Based upon the ideology that all parts of the body – the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual – are all interconnected, lomi massage works to improve the long-term health of its receiver by addressing specific physical ailments as well as reducing overall stress that can lead to injuries and other chronic health issues.

While other forms of massage such as Shiatsu or Swedish massage focus on relaxation techniques designed to provide a sense of well-being, lomi massage is a rhythmical massage that works gently but deeply into the muscles to release tension and bring a free energy flow to specific ailments or throughout the entire body. The result is a therapeutic massage that helps heal injuries, alleviate pain and provide health benefits that last long after the actual physical massage is finished.

Lomi-style massage originated in Hawaii and was first practiced by village experts called kahuna and passed down from generation to generation within the family. Unlike traditional massage techniques that are applied with the fingers and hands, Lomi is a deep-tissue massage that uses the blunt pressure of the palms, fists, elbows, knees and feet. The Hawaiian Lomi Chair™ was designed under the supervision of Benson Medina, the grandson and student of Emilyl Ka’ahunui, a Hawaiian lomi kahuna.
Across town, Portland’s Hawaiian Lomi Group is honing the design and features of its Hawaiian Lomi Chair, Arguably the Mercedes-Benz of the massage chair contingent, the recliner retails for about $3,000 and re-creates the movements and patterns of the Hawaiian lomi massage, an ancient technique that uses the blunt pressure from the palms, fists, elbows, knees and feet to deliver a deep tissue massage.

One crack at the chair proves that this is not your grandfather’s Barcalounger. A variety of rollers simultaneously kneads, pushes and pulls different parts of the body. They can be customized for each member of the household.

“Are there midgets in this chair?” a first-time user asks, pleasantly alarmed by the power of the lomi chair’s rollers, which have more than 40 functions.

“That’s about as many as the chair will get,” says Lomi Group designer Tim Loveday.

“What you have to be careful of is failure rate. That’s why we stay away from the bells and whistles that a lot of manufacturers add,” Loveday says. His parents launched the company after learning of the benefits of lomi massage from Hawaiian friends.

Interestingly, lomi massage was banned by the Hawaiian government in the late 1800s because the missionaries considered it heathenish. It wasn’t legalized again until the 1970s, when elders who had protected the secrets of the massage practice were finally able to openly pass down the tradition.

In a move to make the chairs as attractive as they are effective (the lomi chair is frequently prescribed by physicians for conditions from garden-variety tension to multiple sclerosis) the company has recently brought designers on staff. “Our goal is to make our chairs as comfortable as a La-Z-Boy and attractive enough to be in your living room,” says Loveday, who hasn’t lost sight of what separates the man chairs from the boy chairs.

Best quality cattle meat

We all run through “what if” scenarios in our heads at times, wondering what would happen if we changed something. Would the outcome be different? Better?
As cattle producers enter the relatively new frontier of grid or value-based pricing, those what-ifs tend to be many and often. What if I’d kept the cattle on feed longer? What if I’d used this ration instead of that one? What
if I’d used this bull instead of that bull? What if I’d chosen a different alliance to participate in?
So many questions can be daunting at times. But there are tools out there to help you analyze different scenarios and play the game before sending cattle to market.

Best meat grinderDiana Bodensteiner helps producers participating in the Chariton Valley Beef Alliance in Iowa play the “what ifs.” Having the best quality meat comes the best amazing machine in She helps producers gather data, input the data and run analyses to determine the best grid
program for them. As data coordinator, Bodensteiner says, “Producers are starting to understand that selling on the grid is going to make them more money, and they understand that they need to have good quality cattle to fit a grid. But it is taking a little bit to get people to realize that there are different grids out there that are more suited to one type of cattle than another.” Daryl Strohbehn, beef specialist at Iowa State University, agrees, “People tend to become complacent about their marketing options. They find out that one works or doesn’t, and they go with it.” Running data through a calculator helps analyze different grid options without having to physically run the cattle through the program.

What can you learn?
Besides determining the best grid for your cattle, running data through a grid calculator can help you adjust certain management and marketing practices. For instance, Bodensteiner says, a larger operation may decide
that sorting cattle into different groups in using machines for grinding meat and marketing those groups on different grids may be a better option than lumping cattle into one group and selling on one grid.
Also, the more detailed the information you keep on the animals and the more detailed carcass data you get back, the better your grid comparisons will be, she says. “If you’re just starting to get carcass data back, you need to go someplace where you are going to get a tag transfer so you know how each animal performs. And you need to get measured information on ribeye sizes, fat thickness and actual marbling score. The more information you have, the more it’s going to tell you when you put it into a grid calculator.”
By plugging in data on animals already harvested, you’re relying on history to predict the future. “Predicting the future with a set of data is only as good as how well that historical data fits what you’re currently working
with,” warns Strohbehn. “That’s where the intuitive nature of the user has to come in. Obviously if they have a set of cattle that are quite different than what most of their database is, then the database
does not serve them at all.” In those instances new data need to be collected.

Grid calculators are intended to shed light on grid pricing, but are not intended to check if grids are calculated correctly. “These definitely are not something to check on packers’ methods of computing prices,” says Clem Ward, Oklahoma State University agriculture economist. “There are so many different ways to calculate grids.” He suggests finding out specific grid calculations from your alliance or packer. To be successful analyzing grids, Ward adds that producers must know carcass characteristics of the cattle harvested and placed on a grid, others know how the grid is calculated, and know how changes in genetics and management might change the price outcome from using a grid. Most grid calculators are intended to help producers with the latter. Results from grid calculator comparisons along with other performance and carcass data can help shed light on many more management changes that might need to be made to be successful at marketing cattle on grids. That, however, may require the help of someone with more experience, such as an Extension specialist, says Bodensteiner. Check with your state’s Extension program or alliance program to see if they have grid calculators available to help you look at what impact management
and breeding changes might have on how your cattle perform in a particular program. And check out the conclusion to this article, along with more specific information on some grid calculators in an October article on Beef Quality Connection.

Mission MXB crossbow

One of the lightest yet most powerful crossbows, the Mission MXB crossbow can take you anywhere and bring down any game you have in your sights; literally.
A truly silent yet nimble killer, the crossbows – yes, crossbows as Mission offers a wide range of crossbows that will suit any beginner and even the most seasoned veteran hunters.
Namely, Mission offers four packages in varying levels of difficulty: Beginner, Basic, Hunter, and Pro.
The Mission series crossbows include everything you need to get started with hunting, yes that includes the scope, a nylon case in which you can safely store your crossbow from and its accessories when not in use or when you’re traveling to your desired hunting ground, a quiver, and even three (3) balanced bolts.
While there are several crossbows by Mission, we will be focusing on the MXB 360 for this article, actual results regarding ballistics may vary on weather and other accessories you might have equipped on your crossbow when in use.

Design, Comfort, and Power of the Mission MXB Crossbow
Like most crossbows, the MXB 360 was designed with the highest regard for safety while not compromising anything especially when it comes to power and accuracy.
It has a skeletonized rail and stock system that makes this crossbow lighter than its counterparts, it also has an anti-dryfire system which offers assurance however this is not something you should forget as having an easy anti-dryfire system means you get used to it easily.

The MXB 360 is the perfect hunting companion for any hunter, and because of its light weight, many hunters will find it easy to navigate and move around in the field without tiring you out fast.
What’s unique about the MXB 360 is that unlike other crossbows, the MXB 360 crossbow is always ready for action since it’s posed ready for use; this means the Mission MXB is always pointed away from you, avoiding any accidents.
A unique feature of the Mission MXB is that it’s a really quiet crossbow that many hunters have mistaken it for vertical bow!

The Mission MXB is a very user-friendly crossbow as many have found it to be very easy to cock, the Positive Cocking Control or better known as the PCC, has a deep groove that secures the rope when cocking.
Admittedly, the cocking mechanism for the Mission MXB may seem perplexing at first but the truth is, it’s not – you’ll eventually get the hang of it with each use of this crossbow whether in the woods or in your local shooting range.
Like most crossbow packages, the Mission MXB crossbow also includes a scope, now as we’ve mentioned Barnett Vengeance 480 Barnett wildcat before, the Mission crossbow line has 4 varying degrees of difficulty for to suit every hunter, the same is true about the scope included in the Mission MXB crossbows, regardless of which difficulty you choose; the scopes provided with the Mission crossbows are accurate enough to sight any animal in your sights; like literally. The scopes are also perfect for low light hunting which is perfect for those dawn and even night hunts.

Coleman lay z spa inflatable hot tub

Surround yourself with relaxing jets of water together with your friends with your favorite food and drinks or perhaps even by yourself while enjoying some fancy drinks while watching that its nice much sought after movie or TV series with the Lay-Z Spa from Coleman.

What’s in the Tub?
The Coleman Lay-Z Spa
A Water testing kit
A DVD detailing the complete setup of the inflatable hot tub
Integrated Rapid heating system
Insulated Cover
filter cartridges
Ground Cloth
Inflation Hose
A Chemical floater
A Heavy-duty repair kit

Product Details and Features
32 x 22 x 24 inches
88 pounds
2700 gallons (when filled)
4-6 person capacity
Fast and easy setup
Digital control panel
Made of strong and durable materials that make it puncture-resistant yet still comfortable for you to sit and soak in it all day
Heater and bubble jets

Why spend on an expensive spa treatment when you can experience the exact same thing in the comfort of your own home? Complete your summer experience with your very own inflatable hot tub.
With 120 jets and a bright green color, this inflatable hot tub is the perfect addition to your garden, deck, or anywhere you want it to be.
A very budget friendly hot tub, the Coleman Lay-Z Spa is great for a small family in the suburbs or even for yourself where you can invite your friends over during the weekend, the Coleman Lay-Z has some really unique features including a rapid heating system and hydromassage which had a lot of customers rushing to get their hands on it.
The Coleman Lay-Z Spa takes about 30 minutes to completely inflate this inflatable hot tub and another 10 minutes to completely deflate it.
Below are more features of the Coleman Lay-Z Spa:

Rapid heating system: Worry no more in getting the right temperature for your hot tub as you have the rapid heating system for that, simply sit back and let the rapid heating system take care of that.

Digital control panel: Forget about fumbling with the buttons to set the temperature or to turn off your hot tub, the digital control panel has got that covered for you. The digital control panel has everything you need to help you maximise the use of your hot tub, and since it sits outside your hot tub, you won’t have to worry about it wet hands touching the controls.

Inflatable Cover: Don’t worry about your hot tub losing heat while you cook some food, wait for your friends or do some last minute errands before your pool party starts. In coleman lazy spa review also includes a ground cloth alongside with the inflatable cover can help retain the heat in your hot tub while you do other things, the ground cloth also helps protect your hot tub’s lifespan by providing a padded cover in case the surface where you will be putting your hot tub.

The cushioned bottom and walls of the Coleman means you can soak and relax with your friends all day long, it’s sturdy enough to support both the amount of water and a couple of people for a fun and relaxing party during the weekends.
With this hot tub being sought after by many consumers, you can be assured that this hot tub is perfect for any summer or any fun activity you have in mind during your free time.

Tension Headache Disorder

Most headache pain is the result of muscle tension and active myofascial trigger points (TrPs) in the muscles of the head, neck and upper shoulders. Headaches that are chlamydia treatment caused by TrPs are well defined as to pain pattern and location of the TrP.
There are three areas of the body in which these muscles or groups of muscles are located: the head, neck, and upper shoulders.

Upper Trapezius Headache

The trapezius is the muscle most often beset by myofascial TrPs. The upper trapezius headache is by far the most common form of headache. Active TrPs in the upper fibres of the trapezius muscle (UFT) typically refer pain along the posterolateral aspect of the neck to the mastoid process just behind the ear and on to the temple on the same side as the effected muscle. When severe, the headache will centre on the temple and just behind the back of the eye. Occasionally, pain will also extend to the occiput at the back of the head by the base of the skull and rarely, mild pain is referred to the lower molar teeth. Basically, TrPs in the UFT are the most frequent cause of “tension neckache” and “temporal headache”. (See Figure 1)

Figure 1. Referred pain pattern and location (Xs) of TrPs in UFT muscle.
The upper trapezius is the primary muscle involved in elevating the shoulders, bending the neck and head laterally toward the same side, and aids in extreme rotation of the head to the opposite side. It is involved in supporting weight in the hand with the arm hanging, such as in carrying plastic shopping bags.

Activation of TrPs in the UFT depends in part on many different factors, including such skeletal variations as a short leg, a small hemipelvis, or short upper arms, as well as from the stress of sustained elevation of the shoulders, as when holding a telephone receiver without elbow support, or sitting in a chair with inadequate arm rests, or elevating the shoulders while typing on a computer keyboard. Acute trauma, as in a “whiplash” from the side, and chronic trauma such as compression of the muscle by tight bra straps, or carrying a heavy bag with a shoulder strap, or wearing a misfitting heavy coat, can activate UFT TrPs. The upper trapezius is also a muscle of emotion and is often held slightly elevated and tense during emotional distress.

Sternocleidomastoid Headaches

The sternocleidomastoid muscles (SCM) are primarily involved in rotating the the head to the opposite side and lifting it toward the ceiling. Together, the left and right SCMs flex the head and neck and act as auxillary muscles of inspiration (i.e., breathing in). The SCM is actually split into two divisions— the sternal and the clavicular divisions.

The SCMs frequently contain multiple myofascial trigger points in either their sternal or clavicular divisions, or both. Referred pain from the two divisions present quite different patterns. In each division, TrPs also evoke different autonomic phenomena or proprioceptive disturbances.

Active TrPs in the sternal division may refer pain to the occiput at the back of the head and base of the skull, to the vertex at the top of the head, across the cheek and over the eye, and/or to the throat and sternum. (see Figure 2A) Sternomastoid headaches are usually one-sided, ocurring consistently on the same side as the effected muscle. Autonomic concomitants of TrPs in the sternal division relate to the same-side eye and nose. Eye symptoms include excessive tearing, reddening of the eye, drooping of the upper eyelid and visual disturbances such as blurred vision or dimming of perceived light. Nasal symptoms include cold runny nose or nasal congestion.

Figure 2A. Referred pain patterns and location of TrPs in the sternal divsion of the SCM.Figure 2B. Referred pain patterns and location of TrPs in the clavicular divsion of the SCM.
Active TrPs in the clavicular division may refer pain deep into the ear of the effected side and across the forehead above the eyes. (see Figure 2B) Referred autonomic symptoms may involve localized sweating or blanching of the forehead. Referred proprioceptive symptoms are likely to include postural dizziness, vertigo, and disturbed balance.

SCM TrPs are usually activated by episodes of mechanical overload, for instance, by protracted neck extension in overhead work such as painting ceilings, hanging curtains, writing on a blackboard, or sitting in the front row of a theater with a high stage, etc; by overuse in sports such as wrestling; or by accidental injury such as whiplash in a motor vehicle accident or a fall on the head, etc. Hauling and pulling heavy objects or working with the head constantly turned to one side or tilted to one side can overload the SCMs. Paradoxical breathing, often associated with stress, or a chronic cough can also overload this accessory muscle of respiration.

Masseter Muscles

These jaw muscles are the primary muscles of chewing and are the most commonly involved in TMJ pain. Although active myofascial TrPs in the masseters primarily result in referred pain to the lower jaw, molar teeth, and related gums; they may also refer pain across the temple to the eyebrow area of the head as well as to the ear on the effected side. Headache pain from masseter TrPs is frequently described as “sinusitis”.

TrPs in the masseters are usually caused by problems which disturb the biomechanics of the jaw, producing strain on the muscles. Such factors include: gross trauma from a blow to the jaw; the microtrauma of bruxism (i.e., habitual clenching of the jaw); chronic overload from occlusal imbalance or too much gum chewing; and holding the jaw in other than a rest position for prolonged periods.

Other Muscles

There are nine other muscles that can cause headache pain. These are smaller muscles that develop active myofascial TrPs less often but also refer pain to the head in very specific paterns.

Muscle with TrP
Medial Pterygoid
Lateral Pterygoid
Facial Muscles
Splenius Capitis
Splenius Cervicus
Posterior Cervicus

Where Pain is Felt
side of head, teeth
inside of mouth
jaw, cheek
jaw, neck at base of skull
localized to muscle
forehead, top of head
top of head
shoulder at neck, behind eyes
back of head, temples
temples along side of head

General Comments

Headaches caused by TrPs will vary in intensity and frequency depending on the activity level of the effected muscle. If the muscle, for whatever reason (e.g., stress, physical activity) is overloaded or fatigued, this will increase the intensity and frequency of the headaches. If the opposite happens, headaches will decrease.

Treatment of myofascial headache syndromes should focus on identifying and treating TrPs, not treating the pain itself. Treating TrPs involves releasing them thro-ugh such techniques as ischemic pressure and trigger point massage, vapocoolant spray and stretch techniques, trigger point needling, etc. and subsequent isometric stretch of the muscles involved. Identification and correction of underlying biomechanical or postural problems or stress-related factors that might be precipitating or maintaining TrPs is also very important.

Important Disclaimer

Although the majority of headache problems are myo-fascial in nature, not all headaches are caused by muscle problems or TrPs. Headaches may also be caused by other factors which may require prompt, careful medical evaluation. Sudden, extremely severe headaches with neurological symptoms such as dizziness, vertigo, nausea, slurred or difficult speech, or difficulty in moving should be viewed as emergency situations requiring im-mediate medical evaluation. Copyright Myosymmetries International Inc. May 2000