I can't believe Christmas is this weekend, it seems like it came up so fast. With one holiday or event right after the next it seems like the year has just flown by. I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone that has supported me throughout this hectic year. Without the support of my husband, family and friends I know that my transition from student to doctor, from fiance to wife, and from Seneca Falls to Niskayuna would have all been that much more stressful and chaotic. On behalf of myself, hope that everyone has a relaxing holiday and wish you all the very best in health and happiness for 2012!
This past week I had the chance to get a tour of the new HyperFormance clinic in Glenville, NY. The owner/ main instructor, Peter Guare, was able to take time out of his day to show me what his anti-aging clinic had to offer including Ki-Hara stretching, breathing instructions, and destress/detox therapy. I have had some experience with breathing instructions but had never heard of Ki-Hara stretching and was unfamiliar with what type of destress/detox therapy his clinic had to offer. I'd like to take today's blog to give you an overview of what I learned while visiting this clinic since I'm sure that many of you, like me, may have not heard about some of the different techniques/ therapies that the clinic has to offer.
Peter Guare, owner of HyperFormance, was diagnosed with asthma in his 40's. He asked the medical doctor why he suddenly started to have these asthma attacks at such a late stage in his life, his doctor had no explanation. At this point Peter started to look into alternative therapies. He began to learn more about the body and how it handles stress. He found out that the chronic stress from his lifestyle had brought on these attacks and was set on finding ways to help his mind and body heal itself. One of the techniques he found was called Ki-Hara resistance streching, a technique that top athletes use to build core strength and increase range of motion. Peter showed me a few stretches using the Ki-Hara methods. With this technique you perform both static and eccentric muscle contraction, making your body get the most out of work out or stretching program. It is amazing how the body will stabilize itself without even consciously thinking about it. It is hard to explain the different exercises and stretches but they are definitely something that can benefit almost everyone and if you have never experienced it, now is the time.
Peter also showed me his destress/detox room. The therapy involves a relaxation chair and an audio component. The massage chair helps to relax the body while the audio works on relaxing the mind. I have not had the opportunity to try this chair out yet, but the concept behind it is intriguing and I can imagine how an hour of massaging and pleasant audio can help the mind and body unwind and relax.
The last topic that we spoke about was the breathing techniques that Peter teaches. I have somewhat of a background about breathing techniques and from our discussion it is evident that Peter has a good grasp on the breathing anatomy. One of the things that stuck with me is that Peter continued to state (throughout all the techniques, including the Ki-Hara demonstration) that he really wanted to help people help themselves. He wants to give people the knowledge and tools to help them heal themselves. As a chiropractor I believe this is one of the best gifts that you can give to someone.
If you want more information about Peter Guare or his clinic, located in the Socha Plaza in Glenville, check out his website at http://www.humanhyperformance.com/page/page/2270575.htm.
As the holidays near we are starting to feel that shopping crunch. There is always that one person on your list that you never know what to get them. They either have everything or are just too picky to shop for. One unique gift idea is to get them a cleansing kit, its perfect for them to start the New Year with. This kit usually consists of protein, herbs, and vitamins that help to cleanse our bodies of toxins and waste. There are so many on the market today so I wanted to give you my feedback on the ones that I have personally done before.
The first kit is through Standard Process. It retails for about $230, so a little more on the expensive side, but what you have to remember is that sometimes you get what you pay for. Standard Process is a high quality whole food company, so they combine different foods to make up their vitamin pills. So instead of strictly getting X amount of vitamins B1, B2 and B3 (for example) you are getting a vitamin pill packed with foods where these vitamins are most nutrient dense. This allows you to take in all of the enzymes and cofactors that help to support the absorption and use of that vitamin.
I did this cleanse a few years ago and was very pleased with the results. The cleansing kit comes with enough protein and herbs/vitamins to last you for the full 21 days (the length of the cleanse). By the end of the 21 days I felt more energetic and became highly aware of all of the unhealthy processed foods that we are constantly bombarded with. The first week of this cleanse is by far the hardest to get through, the diet is very strict and is basically all vegetables and fruits (one cup of whole grain brown rice is allowed per day). After the first week or 10 days you are allowed to introduce lean organic meats back into your diet. The cleanse comes with a guide as to what foods are allowed during what weeks. The one drawback is that the food guide only has a few recipes, but if you are inventive and like to try new veggies and fruits this could be a great cleanse for you.
One thing that motivates people to do a cleanse is weight loss. I personally dropped about 10lbs during this cleanse, which is about 2x as much as I should have lost in that time span. You can expect to drop weight on this cleanse too, especially if most of the food you consume is NOT currently a high veggie/fruit diet. This cleanse is not one of the easiest I have done but it was by far one of the most rewarding. If you are interested, stop by the office and I can order this product for you (as you can only get Standard Process products through a health care professional).
The second cleanse that I tried was through Metagenix. It was a much shorter cleanse, 10 days I believe. Unlike the Standard Process cleanse there were many recipes included in their diet booklet, which was great. The diet was about the same as with Standard Process, you jump right into a vegetarian organic diet for the first half of the cleanse and then slowly add different foods and meats back into your diet. The beginning of this cleanse was also very tough for me, but not nearly as tough as the SP cleanse. I don't recall the exact pricing for this cleanse but I know that you also have to get this product through a health care professional. Once again if you research this cleanse and are interested, contact me.
These are the two official cleanses that I have experience with. I have also tried other natural cleanses, such as a 'grape cleanse' which was unsuccessful as I could not continue after the second day. The cleanse consists of strictly eating grapes only for about 5 days. The theory behind this cleanse is that the grape, extremely high in antioxidants and vitamins, will facilitate the cleansing of the GI track. There is more information on this cleanse online, but I do not recommend this cleanse (especially if you have never done a cleanse, are pregnant, or have a physically demanding lifestyle).
A cleanse can be a great way to jump start a person’s New Year’s goal of eating healthier and losing weight. The first two cleanses that I mentions are both amazing cleanses and I assure you that they make great gifts. Buy one for a friend and yourself, this way you can encourage and support one another. I personally will be trying out a new herbal cleanse next year (after the holidays are over), and will post about my progress and recommendations. If you have any additional questions about the cleansing kits I wrote about today, or one that you find when your are doing your research, feel free to contact me, (518) 390-2484 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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