The Best Health Spas Integrate Exercise with Holistic Treatment

March 12, 2015 By: office Comments Off

“You’ll hate me in the beginning but you’ll love me in the end” -Running

Nike’s marketing department got it right. We all hate running at first. Delayed gratification can really feel like our snarkiest best friend, until numbers start shrinking on our waist or on the weight scale. And while delayed gratification has many benefits, sometimes you need a little instant gratification. And that’s when you hit the spa. Here’s the best part: A new study suggests that when Adult Weight Loss Retreats and other centers combine exercise with holistic treatments, there are maximum medical benefits. Say hello to the new approach to living healthy!

Young woman stretching.


Exercise isn’t just for weight loss, and holistic treatment isn’t just for illnesses. Often, exercise and holistic treatment overlap. The best adult weight loss retreat will offer combinations of exercise, traditional medicine and healthy food. This is sometimes referred to as Integrative Medicine.

    Traditional medicine, called CAM (Complementary and Alternative Medicine) in the medical community, falls into four categories:

  • 1) Manipulation: These include anything that takes a manual, hands-on-body approach, including massages, reflexology and hot stone treatments
  • 2) Mind-Body: Any medicine that links the body to the mind and visa versa falls in this group. Aromatherapy, meditation and dancing are some examples
  • 3) Energy: This includes anything that taps into energy fields, such as Reiki and Electromagnetic Energy
  • 4) Biological: This involves intra-body approaches, for example ingesting vitamins or herbs


Recently, China conducted a study in which they combined the traditional motions of Chinese and Japanese massages–rolling, rubbing, tapotement, pushing, and oblique-pulling–with core stability exercises performed every day for eight weeks. Core stability exercises used were plank, side-plank, bridge, straight leg raised, and modified push-ups. The second group of people received massages but did not combine exercise.

Both groups received massages for eight weeks, and then returned a year later. Even with a whole year of not receiving treatment, the group of people who did not combine core exercises with their massages were four times as likely to have back pain again. Only five out of 46 people who received both massages and core exercises every day for eight weeks had back pain again a year later.

When you combine shiatsu with core exercises, you have your back (and your back will thank you).

This regimen of combining exercise with traditional medicine for living healthy lives doesn’t stop at Chinese and Japanese massages. While few people have actually studied the difference between groups that only use alternative medicine and groups that use both alternative medicine and exercise, there have been countless studies that saw have proven they are extremely effective when combined.


    It is well-documented that exercise reduces anxiety and depression, due to increased endorphins. Several groups have studied the effects of both massages and aromatherapy, another alternative medicine offered at many Adult Weight Loss Retreats. The following has been found:

  • A) Special Needs Children: Aromatherapy and massage encourages tactile development, improves sleep patterns, increases endorphins, and provides pain relief. It has also been suggested as effective for neurological muscular disorders and for anxiety.
  • B) General Anxiety: When comparing anxiety “scores” before receiving aromatherapy and before receiving massages, to scores measured after either treatment, in both cases levels of stress significantly dropped
  • C) Weight Loss: In two different studies, aromatherapy, in particular the smell of citruses such as grapefruit and lemon, decreased abdominal fat. In these studies, massages were not included in the tests.

While aromatherapy is beneficial for anxiety in both children and adults, and has shown to release endorphins in children, it has no proven effects on depression in adults, unlike with exercise. Aromatherapy reduces anxiety, and exercise reduces fat, while aromatherapy aids fat reduction and exercise helps lower anxiety and depression. Can you smell the roses? When you combine aromatherapy and exercise, you give yourself the best of both treatments.


A different study recently conducted on Reiki has proven what many did not think was provable: Reiki. Reiki works with human energy, significantly lowers recorded EEG brain indicators for frustration, anger, worry, anxiety, sadness and fear, and significantly increase indicators of calm, relaxation and happiness. Reiki, for perhaps the first time, has been proven to have a very real impact on human emotions and brain activity. This could be due to both energy and psychological will, a combination that may help with weight loss too. While there is no scientific proof of Reiki’s direct effect on weight loss, this may simply be because Reiki is an emerging science.


Exercise and alternative medicine work hand-in-hand. Both are non-chemical, natural methods of treating the body’s illnesses and losing weight, and they achieve a maximum impact when combined. The best health spas for weight loss integrate alternative medicine with exercise, because the connection between the two is clear and valid.

So clear your head, cleanse your body, and let’s go to the spa!

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Yoga – A Man’s Workout

January 14, 2013 By: consultant 17 Comments

Hundreds of scientific studies on yoga show that it aids in overcoming sleep problems, sinusitis, stress, high blood pressure, type II diabetes, even schizophrenia. Here are some reasons why men should find out what all the Om is about…

• A study published in The Journal Of Urology found that men with Prostate Cancer who practiced 60 minutes of gentle yoga (stretching, breathing, meditation, guided imagery, and relaxation) for one year had eight times less growth of cancer cells than the men who did not do yoga.

• Men experience a lot of stress in their lives. This stress creates cortisol, which stimulates appetite and over eating. This hormone also helps turn those extra calories into belly fat, which releases disease-causing inflammatory chemicals (more prevalent in men than in women). Yoga reduces the production of Cortisol which in turn, controls abdominal fat.

• The majority of Americans who suffer heart attacks each year are men. New research shows that yoga can reduce many heart attack risk factors like high blood pressure, elevated total and LDL (bad) cholesterol and high triglycerides.

• A study reported in The Journal of Sexual Medicine found that men who practiced yoga for one hour each day for three months improved every dimension of sexual functioning – libido, erections, satisfaction with performance, and sexual confidence.

At Shane Diet and Fitness Resorts we know that it is much safer to learn by taking a class from a certified instructor.  We don’t recommend that you try to learn from a DVD or book.  The Instructor can look at your flexibility and form to guide you and show you how to use different props to protect you making the experience more ease-ful. To find a good class in your community, ask another man first.  If you don’t know any men studying yoga, ask a woman or visit the website of the International Association of Yoga Therapists.

Remember guys, this is not competitive so don’t rush the results. It is about the poses and breathing exercises helping your mind and your body.  Don’t worry about what the person on the mat next to you is doing. Yoga is a good complement to cardio and strength training. Simply doing a yoga routine 15 to 20 minutes a day everyday will give you discipline, balance and overall fitness while reducing stress and increasing mental focus.Time to find out what you have been missing!


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Weight Loss & Fitness: The Benefits of Yoga

July 14, 2011 By: office 23 Comments

The literal definition of the word Yoga comes from the Sanskrit word “Yuj” meaning to yoke, join or unite. This implies joining or integrating all aspects of the individual – body with mind and mind with soul – to achieve a happy, balanced and useful life, and spiritually, uniting the individual with the supreme. That seems to still be a fairly brief description when trying to find out why you should try yoga.


Yoga is a great way to exercise, lose weight, and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

If you poll the general population as to what they think yoga is, you will get a variety of answers.  Some will say it’s just stretching, or its people sitting really still and meditating for an hour, or it’s just for women.  Others might say it’s a total body experience and workout. Let’s explore that last statement.

Yoga has been practiced for more than 5,000 years and close to 11 million Americans enjoys the benefits of practicing yoga, which offers the greatest health benefits by enabling you to develop your flexibility, strength, and balance.

When some people think of yoga, they imagine having to stretch like a gymnast or be able to twist into a pretzel formation. That makes them worry that they’re too old, unfit, or “tight” to do yoga. The truth is you’re never too old to improve flexibility, and it’s never too late to start. Yoga stretches the body in all different directions, releasing the lactic acid that builds up with muscle use and causes stiffness, tension, pain, and fatigue. In addition, yoga increases the range of motion and fluidity in joints. Yoga stretches not only your muscles but all of the soft tissues of your body. That includes ligaments, tendons, and the fascia sheath that surrounds your muscles. And no matter your level of yoga, you most likely will see benefits in a very short period of time. In one study, participants had up to 35% improvement in flexibility after only eight weeks of yoga. The greatest gains were in shoulder and trunk flexibility.

Yoga is also a great way to build strength in the body. Many of the poses, such as Downward Dog, Upward Dog, and Plank pose, build upper-body strength. As we age, our bodies start to lose bone density, leading to Osteoporosis and Arthritis.  Building strength becomes crucial as people age to counteract the effects of bone loss. The standing poses, especially if you hold them for several long breaths, build strength in your hamstrings, quadriceps, and abdominal muscles. Poses that strengthen the lower back include Upward Dog and Chair pose. When practiced correctly, nearly all poses build core strength in the deep abdominal muscles.

Perhaps one of the most studied areas around the health benefits of yoga is its effect on heart disease. Yoga has long been known to lower blood pressure and slow the heart rate. A slower heart rate can benefit people with hypertension, heart disease, and stroke. On a biochemical level, studies point to a possible anti-oxidant effect of yoga. And yoga has been associated with decreased cholesterol and triglyceride levels as well as a boost in immune system function.

Yoga also benefits other chronic medical conditions, relieving symptoms of asthma, back pain, and arthritis. There have even been studies on yoga and its health benefits for insomnia and multiple sclerosis.

One of the biggest benefits that yoga has, that is sometimes noticed after the first class, is feeling less stressed and more relaxed. Some yoga styles use specific meditation techniques to quiet the constant “mind chatter” that often underlies stress. Other yoga styles depend on deep breathing techniques to focus your mind on the breath. When this happens, your mind becomes calm.

At Shane Diet Resorts weight loss program for adults, our schedule offers several different types of yoga classes, taught by highly qualified instructors.  The classes can range from a gentle stretch to more of the classic yoga format, enabling everyone to find a class that suits their needs. The only way to be certain of all that yoga can do for you is to try it for yourself and see.

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