Getting My Hair Done for Melbourne Spring Racing Festival

The Melbourne Spring Racing Festival has long been one of the most anticipated yearly events in Australia. Racing fans from all over the world come to experience the excitement and fun.

 

Seeing the world’s celebrities in their elaborate attires is an experience that can only be experienced during the spring racing festival in Melbourne. All races are scheduled Saturdays and Sundays. I am neither a movie star nor a celebrity but then, just being in Melbourne during the festivities is one great reason that I should enjoy it.

 

My best friend explained to me about the dress code that is being enforced during the festival. My best friend told me I have to wear something decent, which means no plunging neckline, no mini skirt, and the attire must not expose the midriff. According to her, there was a time when celebrities would come to the race scantily clad and leave almost nothing to the imagination. To the organizers, this showed disrespect to tradition and since then, a strict dress code was implemented.

 

Our first mission was to look for a dress that meets the racing organizers’ standards. It is my first time to be there and I do not want to be denied entry just because I want to show off wide patches of my translucent and lovely skin.

 

Of course, the shops were alive with ladies of all ages looking for a dress that will knock out everyone. My friend told me that we need to be properly dressed for the events that we would attend. I was thinking about the price but I told myself, why not splurge just once in your life? And I know I deserve to have fun after months of trying to straighten the books of our sister company in Australia.

 

I was stunned by the elegance of the gowns that were presented to us. They are really worth the sky-high prices.

 

For this occasion, I chose a white gown, which I believe will make me stand out among the other women under the sunshine.  So, I decided on a white midi dress.

 

Our next task is to choose the best hairstyle for the day. I have long black curly hair and I always wear it loose. I was excited about having a hairdresser work on my hair. My friend took me to Hairdressers in Melbourne CBD.

 

I was introduced to one of the hairdressers who was excited to work on my tresses. I was presented with several hairstyles, though, but they all looked great that I told the hairdresser to be the one to decide which will look good on me. We agreed on the bouncy curls style. We set an early morning appointment so that we will not be late in arriving to the races.

 

I can say that the hairdresser did wonders to my hair. My curly mane now falls down my shoulder in bouncy curls. With my black tresses falling down my back, my white dress seems to radiate a snow-white halo around me.

 

Even my friend was astounded by my transformation. I seldom wear makeup and if I did, it was very light that my mom told me I am wasting money on makeup because no one can really see it. I have been wearing my hair loose and this was the first time that I paid a hairdresser to do my hair for me. But I did not regret it. With my white dress and bouncy curls, I was aiming to make a few heads turn during the festival.

 

When we arrived, I seemed drowned in a sea of lovely gowns of all colors and styles and bobbing feathered hats as the spring breeze blows gently. I was happy that I invested in my dress and hairstyle; otherwise, I would have looked like a wilted flower amidst all the lovely roses.

 

I succeeded in making some heads turn and receiving hundreds of praises for my classic beauty. A few women asked who did my lovely curls. Of course, I did not hesitate to tell them and I foresee a busy future for the hairdresser who did my hair.

 

We took a lot of photos and I am sure my mom would never recognize her little girl in the crowd. I felt like I own the world that day. When we went home, my friend commented on how I was transformed.

 

Thanks for that hairdresser who did my hair. I realized how those curls have changed my looks. Perhaps, I will have my hair done this way the next time I attend an event as grand as the Melbourne Spring Racing Festival.

How I Got Rid of My Tech Neck

It seems that pain comes with aging. As I was approaching my 45th birthday, I experienced pain on my neck. At first, it was just a slight throb but when then started to give me sleepless nights and interfered with my work, I began to worry. But then I reminded myself this could not be life-threatening. Actually, there were no visible signs of what was causing the problem. Since there were days that my neck did not bother me, I considered it just part of my getting old.

Trial and Error Solutions

Thinking that rubbing liniment on my neck can cause the pain, I tried all kinds with the hope of getting relief. I even resorted to herbal medicine but to no avail. Even massaging the area had no effect anymore. During the last months that I was searching for a cure for my neck pain, I could no longer count with my fingers the oils and liniments I used and the pills supposed to give pain relief. But there was never a long-lasting cure. I get a few nights of uninterrupted sleep but not for weeks or months.

A Twist of Fate

One day, I visited a friend in Footscray, Victoria for a few days. On my second day with her, she asked me why she caught me several times moving my neck from side to side. I told her about my neck pain. She then told me about the Physio in Footscray and how it specializes in dealing with body pains, including neck pains. I was a little bit skeptical about going to a physiotherapist. I never had any injury on my neck that I could remember. I believe this was just an ordinary pain. Besides, I have this belief that therapy programs are expensive and several sessions are needed before one can get results. But my friend would not listen to my excuses. In the end, I found myself sitting in the waiting room of Footscray Clinic.

The Truth About My Neck

When I was called to the examination room, I was confident that there is nothing serious with my affliction. The doctor asked a lot of questions about previous injuries and about my job. I told him that I am a writer and I usually spend my waking hours in front of my computer. The doctor’s eyes lit up but when I told him I have been writing for almost half of my 45 years on earth, he looked worried. He told me that actually, I am suffering from a Tech Neck, or neck pain caused by maintaining a certain position while staring on one’s mobile phone screen or on the monitor of one’s computer.

Unbelievable But True

The doctor explained to me that looking down on my computer’s monitor might have caused the pain. According to him, as I strain my neck to look down on my computer screen. The unnatural angle I adapted can strain the muscles and give me pain. I realized what he said was true with regards to my looking down on my screen for long periods. I usually work for hours without taking a break because doing so might disrupt my train of thought and I would forget what to write next. I had been doing this for years but why is it that I got the problem just several months ago?

The doctor explained that this prolonged position has affected my cervical spine or neck. It might have curved down after long years of looking down and because of this, it might be difficult to remedy. The pain will become more intense as days pass by.

What I Must Do

The doctor advised me to undergo therapy at the clinic. I told him I’ll think it over first. I did some research on the danger of having tech neck for long and the prospect seems grim. If left untreated, it can result to shrinking of the discs on the spine. When space is almost closed, the pressure causes the pain. Other signs of this condition are the pain on the shoulders, headache, and painful and trembling hands. 

A Decision Made

I spent the remaining days of my visit with my friend thinking about what the doctor said. I realized that I was not prepared for a lifetime of pain so the next day, I talked it over with my friend. Well, I never had a real vacation all my working life because wherever I go, I always have my laptop with me. Maybe this is the time for me to have the rest I denied myself for so many years.

The doctor told me that because my case is not yet advanced, it might take fewer therapy sessions to remedy it. True to his word, the pain was almost gone after a few weeks. Now I bought a laptop table and chair that gives me a good view of the screen without looking down. Indeed, that visit to Footscray, Victoria, was a blessing.

Attending Drum Lessons Made my Life Better

Being in school is both fun and stressful. It is fun to attend classes because I get to learn new things. There are also different organizations and activities that I can join to and at the same time make friends with other students. Generally, it is a great idea to go to school during weekdays because it means discovering new things and people that all contributes to the development and molding of myself as a person. On the other hand, it is also stressful to be at school because the many school assignment, projects, exams and other academic responsibilities can be so draining at times. This is especially true when all of the subjects announce their deadlines of academic requirements. These are the reasons why I decided to look for other ways of helping my mind and body cope to stress. I want to relieve myself of stress so I can still enjoy the fun things at school while being able to satisfy the academic requirements without getting irritable and too stressed. I was in this state when I received a brochure about a school that offer drum lessons. One of the lines in the brochure says about the life benefits of playing drums

I read the brochure and found out that the school that offer the drum lessons is just a few blocks away from our house. I read further and learned that it won’t cost me that much but the benefits are more than what I will pay for. The fact that there will be long term life benefits has made me more convinced to try the lessons. When I was a little kid, I was able to experience one session of drum lesson with the other small girls in our neighborhood back in our first residential house. However, I was not able to attend more lessons because we had to move to where we are living now. Memories of me happily hitting the drum poured suddenly. So I immediately contacted the school that offer the drum lessons. I expressed interest in availing the lessons and would be happy to start immediately. I was told to go to their building the next day so I can be introduced to the students who were already taking lessons for days or weeks. I was so excited when I learned that I can start that soon. 

During my first day of taking drum lessons, I was introduced to a group of people who have the same age as me. Many of them are also females like me. There are also males and there are some who are a little younger or a little older than me. I can say that it was the best drum lessons I’ve ever had because I got to meet new people who also have a lot of interests that are similar with mine. I was happy when we got to introduce ourselves one by one because it was when I got to know basic information about them. As I attend more lessons, I was able to deepen my relationship and understanding of the other students in the drum school. But aside from the camaraderie and friendship, we all enjoy the lessons more whenever we are instructed to hit the drums and whenever we are told to follow instructions to achieve certain beats and rhythms. It was such a pure joy and precious moment to see the other students who are now also my friends enjoying every hit they do no the drums. The smiles in their lips and eyes are just priceless. It was like we are driving away the bad energies in our bodies including the stress and just inviting the positive vibes that make us very happy and relaxed.       

I can definitely say that attending drum lessons has greatly helped in making my life far better now. Because of the lessons I learned, I was able to cope with the stressful days at school. The actual of drums itself is helping me to release the stresses, which is great because I am able to handle stressful situations without getting too irritated and moody. The regular playing of drums has developed my patience and understanding of everything I do particularly the stressful and challenging ones. I became more patient and, thus, able to complete every task particularly those at school. 

Lastly, one of the long term benefits of attending drum lessons is the new friends I gain at the drum school. They are now the new friends that help me in the things I do at school and in life.

How Yoga Helps Reduce Stress in Your Life

No matter what everyone says, living a stressful life is not necessary. Your friends may say that this is normal, that they are all having the same struggles with the demands of life. However, continually being in a tense state can take its toll on your body particularly health and is also not good for your state of mind.

This is not the kind of life I choose to live. Much like my friends, I thought stress was just a part of life. However, when I started to feel tense all the time and worried about every tiny thing, I wondered if that was still normal. I would toss and turn in bed every night, unable to fall asleep and wake up just as exhausted. I was also grumpy and every little thing would get me upset. I wanted to get away from it all because even a few days off were just not enough to recover.

I finally decided that I needed to do something more proactive about achieving the quality of life I wanted. The day-to-day struggles are normal, but I couldn’t anymore leave them behind. I decided to try out yoga to fight stress. I was convinced that this practice will help me tune out and relax better. I quickly searched around for a place that offers yoga classes and enrolled myself immediately.

To prepare myself for my first class, I did a bit of research to know what to expect. I knew so far that we would be doing poses, breathing and relaxation exercises that would help me reduce my stress levels, lower my heart rate and blood pressure. The fact that anyone could do it was also very encouraging. I was not a very athletic person, but as there are poses perfect for beginners like me, I did not feel pressured to do more than I am physically able to. 

There are many different styles of yoga, and for people who look to manage stress, Hatha yoga is the perfect choice. It is quite common and is a bit slow-paced and easier, perfect for beginners like me. Not only will you feel less tense, but you will find a more positive approach to life and be able to handle situations better.

In order to enjoy the benefits of yoga, it requires the combination of the following:

  1. Postures 

Also called asanas, these poses release tension and negativity from your body. There are specific postures that are great for this purpose, the Bow Pose, Fish Pose, and One-legged Forward Bend being among them. It is, however, important to lie down in Yoga Nidra position to relax your mind and body for a few minutes and allow toxins to be flushed out of your system.

  1. Breathing Techniques 

Also called pranayamas, there are also various practices that you can try like Alternate Nostril Breathing (where you exhale longer than inhale) that are perfect for relieving yourself of tension. Moreover, focusing on each breath frees your mind of unnecessary thoughts that make you worry.

  1. Meditation

In order to relax your mind, try to meditate. Not only does it make you feel calmer and at peace, you can understand and later on control how your mind works and reacts in certain situations. You can later on “train” your brain not to get anxious and stressed so quickly.

  1. Yoga Philosophy

Applying the principles of yoga can help achieve a happier, balanced and healthier life. For example, the Santosha principle will teach you to become more content. The Aprigraha principle, on the other hand, will help you overcome the desire to have it all. This can, in turn, lessen the stress of working hard to earn enough and even comparing yourself to others.

It is the whole combination of these four factors that makes yoga popular to people who are sick and tired of being in a rat race. Life is short, after all, to always be pressured and worse, unhappy. I am glad to have finally taken control and made the decision to do something about it. Yoga was the way for me to do a complete change in my life, from being a victim of stress to being happier and healthier. 

Treating Body Pain through Dry Needling

Severe or chronic muscle pain leads us to take in heaps of painkillers which may hurt our kidneys and cause other side effects in the long run. Not many people know that there is now a safer natural method to relieve pain, and that is Dry Needling (also known as Myofascial Trigger Point Dry Needling). 

Dry needling is different from acupuncture, although the two share similar principles. The latter is an ancient Chinese practice and effective for treating maladies like hormonal imbalance, fertility, and immune system problems. The former is a Western adaptation that targets the muscles. 

As soon as I discovered the benefits of dry needling, I searched for a reliable physio in Werribee. Playing sports is a big thing here in Australia. To add, Australian women live active lifestyles. It’s not uncommon to hear stories of torn or overstretched muscles because of work or leisure activities. While pain medicines work, I rather want a natural method. Seeking the help of a good physiotherapist was the best decision I made so far. Dry needling, along with other therapy treatments, works out perfectly fine with me. If you want to learn more about this treatment, read on.

You may be scared with the thought of having needles inserted into various parts of your body. That’s fine since I was afraid at first, too. Perhaps, you are thinking of the kind of needles we commonly use in sewing fabrics. The needles used in the dry needling method, though, are filiform or thread-like. It’s also possible that your physiotherapist uses hollow-core hypodermic needles when treating muscle pain Physiotherapists identify the trigger points that cause pain to a group of muscles. Specifically, trigger points are a few tight bands of skeletal muscles found within a bigger muscle group. These are sensitive, tender, and cannot be manually touched by the therapists (hence the use of needles). A slight touch to trigger points can already cause or alleviate muscle pain to other areas. It is called a “trigger” point because of its cascading effect. 

Physiotherapists are professionals and highly trained. You have nothing to worry about mishaps unless you landed a hoaxer or unlicensed therapist. But under normal circumstances, physiotherapists studied the human anatomy as intensively as possible. Otherwise, they would not be certified and licensed. 

Firstly, your therapist will conduct an interview and assessment during the consultation. The disclosure of facts and insights is important in identifying the problem area. Following the assessment is the drafting of the treatment plan. Physiotherapists always tailor the program to the specific needs of the patient since different people have different thresholds, concerns, and preferences. Then, the actual procedure, the pricking of “dry needles” in the specific trigger points follows. 

As part of the safety protocol, therapists normally wear the appropriate personal protective equipment like gloves. The needles, of course, are sterilized and properly disposed of. 

Dry needling actually stimulates the underlying myofascial trigger points, muscular, and connective tissues. 

You may ask, what are the benefits of dry needling?

Physiotherapists can actually trigger release or inactivation of trigger points in order to help alleviate the pain or improve mobility. Research has shown that dry needling is effective in managing pain, reducing muscle tension, and stabilizing motor dysfunctions. The treatment also expedites a patient’s recovery to active rehabilitation. If you have sons and daughters suffering muscle pain due to sports injury, you may let them try dry needling.

Specifically, dry needling is effective in treating myofascial pain syndrome, which includes pain that results from muscular irritation. Your upper back muscles are prone to the myofascial pain that stemmed from sensitive trigger points. Suffice it to say, controlling these trigger points is the aim of your physiotherapist. The weakness of muscles and repetitive motions are some of the root causes of these kinds of pain.

If you still have further queries and concerns, it’s always best to talk to a professional physiotherapist. You may ask a few friends who had prior experience in the treatment to give you recommendations. Just remember that dry needling is only part and parcel of a bigger treatment plan. You may avail other treatments or routines as well. I preferred to have the massages and yoga as additional routines. The decision is yours to make, though. I am just glad that I did not have to drink several medicines for pain management. At my clinic also, I was taught how to live a healthier lifestyle to aid in pain management. Sometimes, muscle pains are brought about by improper execution or poor posture, or by too much consumption of trans fats, processed foods, eggs, and alcohol. 

Seek the nearest physio clinic near you. In Werribee, there are several of them. Find one that suits your style, and enjoy a pain-free life.

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Getting a Dental Check Up

I hate the idea of missing work and of barely being able to think anything because of severe toothache. What could be worse than not being able to dine at the best breakfast in Brunswick, your lovely hometown, all because you were too lazy for what-might-have-been a speedy dental check-up?

I had been that kind of person, that negligent and too-busy-too-care kind of person. I know that dental health is important, theoretically. I just didn’t know how crucial it really is until I’ve had my first taste of an agonizing pain due to a worse case of tooth decay.

I was so glad I found my way to one of the most sought-after dental clinics in Brunswick– My Dental Group. It has the most accommodating staff with state-of-the-art facilities. The root canal I had which was recommended by the dentist I’ve talked to was done with utmost finesse and accuracy. If you have a particular dental need, I suggest you choose from their wide range of dental services. From the newest Invisalign treatment to the traditional tooth extraction method, they have it. Reason why, many patients love so many things about My Dental Group including their stringent inspection protocols prior to conducting any operation or recommending any treatment. If you want to learn more about this, visit www.mydentalgroup.com.au or you may give them a call if you want.

Just to give you a brief overview, among others, the clinic offers root canal treatments, fillings, tooth extractions, fissure sealants, crowns, bridges, removable dentures, teeth aligners (braces), implants, onlays and inlays. For optimum dental appearance, there are cosmetic procedures for you including Invisalign (in lieu of the metal braces), advanced teeth whitening (Zoom whitening), and veneers.

If you’re clueless about what you want, I suggest you consult with them. You can trust them with your deepest, darkest dental secret.

As for my case, my chronic dental pain due to rotten tooth was now fully resolved. One lesson to learn here is to act immediately. Do not wait until the pain becomes intolerable or the decay is at its worst before you start regularly checking with your dentist.

Learn from my mistakes. I will share a few reasons why you should persist in your dental check-ups.

Having regular dental check-ups will save you money in the long run. Dental health is as important as your medical health, and so you should be willing to invest. I learn this the hard way, and so do some people. Others just seem to delay dental check-ups primarily because of lack of time and lack of money. Little did they know, that the increments of money invested in regular dental consultations and treatments are only minimal compared to the one-time big time cost if you remain adamant. Not to mention the hassle and the risk of complications.

Second, you should persevere in your dental visits because it allows you to be stress free and be more productive in the long run. Take it from me, tooth decay or bleeding gums will add burden to your life. There will be days when you will miss out a day of income or miss out Brunswick breakfasts with friends because you’re sulking in your room with a cold compress on your cheek. I should know all these horrors because I have been there myself. You should be wiser. Have a quick consultation now with My Dental Group clinic. You don’t need to worry since unlike other dentists, they won’t coerce you into availing treatments unless you consent to.

Third, your confidence is at stake if you insist on staying away from dental clinics. Mind you, that tiny black spot on the enamel of your front tooth can become the talk of your office. Your stinking breath can endanger your executive position. Your heavily misaligned teeth, your underbite, can lead to sleep apnea. Your health will be compromised, and so do your esteem. I guess I need not emphasize the long list of negative consequences of poor dental hygiene then.

Although you may have fears and worries, those things are perfectly understandable and they should not hinder you from seeking help from highly competent dental practitioners. If you want safer ways to optimum dental health, you should take my advice and book an appointment with My Dental Group. Even the kids love the doctors at this clinic. They are that gentle, at the same time, highly skilled.

Now that I’ve just mentioned why you need to see your dentist regularly, I might as well add a few pointers as to what you should look for in a dentist. First and foremost, you should prioritize dental expertise. Are they newbies or seasoned? Did they have former customer complaints on several cases of dental malpractice? You should be able to ask yourself these questions, so you would not end up wasting your money and endangering your health.

You can further filter your decision by also checking on the clinic’s list of services and their corresponding prices. An ideal dentist must be someone who understands the need for good dental services but flexible enough to allow you staggered payments. He can very well do so by tailor-fitting your treatment plan.

Also, you need to look for a warm and friendly dentist without of course compromising his expertise. Personality counts in the service industry. It’s part of the payment, and so you should be able to find that one dentist you feel comfortable with.

The insights I have provided here may sound quite personal. The great thing though, they are more realistic and highly encouraging. I have experienced the burden of expending huge amount of money for my treatment, of missing out several days of economic opportunities, of bailing out on good parties, and of risking my fragile self-esteem all because I did not see the relevance of regular dental check-ups. You should not do the same. You should be wiser than me now.

Finding Your New Home with the Help of a Property Specialist

After years of working hard and saving, I was excited to finally be able to afford to invest in my own home in Melbourne. Being one of the world’s most livable cities, I was very happy to put down my roots in this part of the world where I see myself living for the rest of my life. 

Buying property is easier said than done. After all, I do not know the market well – where the best places to buy are, how to scrutinize an apartment for sale, and simply how to negotiate the price. I did my homework, reading tips, articles and ads online for hours. But when a friend recommended hiring an agent, I realized that I could use the help of a professional to be able to navigate through the real estate market. Being a satisfied customer of Chilli Realty – Property specialist herself, I decided to check them out.

Because Melbourne has a huge market, there are easily a couple of areas where to consider. I was then looking for someone to help me narrow down and find exactly what I was looking for. These were the things that were important to me:

A Good Investment 

A property that would go up in value is of course, extremely important. No one wants to overpay for an apartment that would end up devaluing over the years. 

A Great Neighborhood

The location affects the value, of course, but I was also looking for somewhere to live in. Access to public transport and basic necessities within the vicinity are important, but having a nice small park nearby for some clean air and outdoor exercise would be a plus as well.

Price Factor

My new abode has to be within my budget, naturally. There are certain areas of the Melbourne market that have gone up in price significantly in the past years, so I wanted to invest instead in those up-and-coming places that are still affordable, but will go up in popularity in the future. 

Other than these items for consideration, I was pretty open to finding something for me in the city. My specialist was great in helping with the search, because of the following:

Access to the Real Estate Market

Although I had lived in the city for a long time and have probably seen most of it, understanding the market is another ballgame altogether. There were areas that I had never heard of, and probably never would have thought to invest in. But Chilli Realty had enough experience (50 years in all!) and contacts all over the city that they were able to introduce new neighborhoods that I might find attractive. Based on my preferences, they were able to narrow down a few places to concentrate on.

Access to Reliable Developers

There are certainly a lot of new projects popping out all over that it might be hard to distinguish which ones are actually of good quality and worth buying. My property advisors had great connections with these developers so I was able to look through some just in case I find my future residence there. It also helps because most of these pre-sold ones can be purchased at a lower price than when the project is over. Those in these hot-selling areas, on the other hand, might also be sold-out by the time you start hearing about them. 

Representation Services

Once I found a couple that seemed great for me, Chilli Realty also helped me with the negotiations. Being one of limited funding, I really wanted to get a good price on the apartment, and they were amazing during this time. I never expected that I could find my dream home for such a great value! Even more, they also provided help bidding in auctions for some properties. It was definitely a full service that I received and this made the buying process much better.

In fact, when I reflect back on the process, I cannot imagine doing it myself. It is simply impossible to look at all residences for sale in every single street of Melbourne. In the end, it might even cost more (in terms of time and effort) than simply hiring a professional who can narrow down the choices for you and at the same time, support you in the negotiations. They also have all the information and knowledge required to buy a property, so you also benefit from what they know. 

Just be sure that you ask friends or colleagues who have recently purchased real estate for a recommendation, just like I did. In order to find a great agent, read online, look at their credentials and experience. This will help you avoid falling trap to the deceptive ones out there. And before you know it, you will find yourself signing the papers for your brand new abode.

To read more of my stories, click here. Apart from my home investment journey, you will encounter other topics that concern healthy lifestyle and improved well-being. So, navigate my site and enjoy reading.

Getting Pregnant with Fertility Acupuncture

People think that getting pregnant is very easy. Unfortunately, there are couples who are simply not having any luck conceiving children. Many have tried so-called fertility pills as well as a variety of herbal preparations with varying success. Some have also gone through the expensive process of in-vitro fertilization; again, with varying success. In-vitro fertilization, despite the cutting edge technology involved, can only muster a measly 60 percent success rate with the median somewhere in the region of 35 to 45 percent. And while it takes two to make a baby, there must be alternative ways to get pregnant without necessarily creating a large gaping hole in your pocket and bringing a host of other health problems to you and your partner.

One of the fertility methods that is fast gaining recognition and popularity even those in Western cultures is fertility acupunctureI am not actually a fan of acupuncture, but after having experienced it myself, I guess you can say that I am now a firm believer. Yes, my husband and I were also having problems conceiving a child. Like other couples, we already went to a lot of obstetricians and even had my husband undergo several tests. I was given fertility medications, was told to manage my stress, and to watch my diet. Still, no sign of getting pregnant. We were contemplating on getting an IVF but after looking at the costs, decided to look for alternative ways.

That’s when someone introduced us to the idea of acupuncture in fertility problems.

Getting pregnant starts with healthy egg and sperm cells. The egg cell must be full mature and have all the correct characteristics needed of a healthy mature egg cell. The sperm cells must also be very healthy. They need to be very hardy as they will have to travel up the uterus and the fallopian tubes where they will meet the egg cell. This means that sperm cells must also be very strong and very mobile so they can reach the fallopian tube just in time for the release of the egg cell from the ovaries. Upon meeting, only one sperm cell will be able to penetrate the egg cell and thus, create a new human being.

Simple enough right? Unfortunately, the road to getting healthy egg cells and sperm cells are dictated by a host of factors primarily hormones released from the pituitary gland at the base of the brain. Without this, the ovaries will not be stimulated to develop egg cells to maturity. This is the function of the Follicle Stimulating Hormone. Once the egg cell is fully ripe, it is released by the ovaries and swept into the fallopian tubes where it waits for the sperm cells. It can only stay in this region for about 12 to 24 hours so, if it won’t meet a sperm cell during this time, it dies and is shed from the body. That is why timing is very important in getting pregnant.

Once the egg cell has been released from the ovary, the pituitary gland again releases another hormone – the Luteinizing Hormone – to help prepare the uterus for possible implantation of the fertilised egg cell. If fertilisation occurs – where the egg cell and the sperm cell unite to form a new cell – it travels down towards the uterus where it will implant itself. As such, the uterus must thicken its walls and increase the number of blood vessels to make sure that once the fertilised egg is implanted, it will be able to get the oxygen and nourishment from the extensive network of blood vessels. If there is no implantation, then all of these blood vessels and uterine tissues are shed. This is what constitutes our monthly menstruation.

So where does acupuncture fit in all of these? Since acupuncture believes that infertility is caused by an imbalance in the flow of chi in the body, it is crucial to restore this balance by removing any obstructions to the inefficient flow of energy. I have been trying to make sense of this and the closest, most plausible explanation I can get is that needlepoint stimulation sends signals to the brain to make it more efficient in regulating the different hormones of pregnancy – FSH and LH – which, in turn, regulates oestrogen and progesterone. Simply put, fertility acupuncture is all about improving the efficiency of the different processes of gamete development and maturation, ovulation, fertilisation, and implantation. This helps ensure greater chances of getting pregnant. Acupuncture also helps improve the flow of blood to all the reproductive organs to make them healthier through adequate oxygenation and nutrition and the elimination of metabolic by-products.

Acupuncture also provides excellent stress management thereby controlling the effects of cortisol on foetal development. Studies are unanimous in saying that unusually elevated levels of cortisol during pregnancy have long-term effects on the well-being of babies. Aside from this, stress also increases blood pressure which can affect the amount of oxygen delivered to the foetus. If this oxygen delivery is compromised, you may lose your baby.

There are many other benefits of acupuncture especially on reproductive health. I can say this now with confidence because we are now expecting our second baby, thanks again to fertility acupuncture. If you are looking for alternative and safe ways to get pregnant, visit a licensed fertility acupuncturist today.

A Homemaker’s Tips to Buying Hamptons Style Furniture for a New Apartment

One of the most exciting yet truly exciting aspects of being a homemaker is that you do get to choose the type of furniture or even décor to go with your house. Now, this is actually more challenging if you live in an apartment simply because the furniture may not be in sync with the rest of the décor. This is particularly true if you live or rent in an apartment unit that may have certain restrictions on interior improvements. Sure there are plenty of resources talking about tips on buying furniture but a great majority of these are more geared towards houses, not necessarily apartments. I for one live in an apartment together with my husband and 2 children so I know how challenging it can be to look for furniture that really brings out the natural aesthetic beauty of a new apartment unit, especially if you are considering Hamptons style furniture.

Before I share with you some tips that I always tell my friends whenever they ask me about choosing a Hamptons style of furniture, you may want to first check out hamptonsfurniturehq website for Hamptons style furniture so you will have an idea of what we are talking about. This is actually my secret. We purchase most of our furniture online and IWGH simply does a superb job at delivering quality furniture at affordable prices. But, that is just us.

Seriously consider the overall design and style of your apartment unit. If your apartment has more metal elements to it, you can perhaps place wood elements but only as accents, not as main furniture. You can also find inspiration from home improvement magazines or even home interior design ideas.

Do not forget to measure the dimensions of your apartment unit primarily its main parts like the living room, kitchen, dining area, bedroom, and bathroom. This is one of the most neglected aspect of choosing and buying furniture. On the average, the floor area of an apartment unit is substantially smaller than a standard-sized house or even a townhouse. So, it is very important to factor this in because you simply don’t want a very bulky Hamptons style furniture that will occupy much of your space. What you want is to still have freedom of movement but at the same time create a certain aesthetic appeal that is elegant and classic.

Always consider the colour of your apartment. This will become a basis for the selection of the colour of the furniture. Make sure that it really complements the colour of the rest of the apartment unit. Here’s a tip: you can go for neutral tones for a great number of your furniture then get one or two pieces with an entirely different colour or pattern that you really enjoy.

Reflect on your lifestyle. For example, I always look for safety, durability, and quality of the Hamptons furniture because we have 2 very young kids. I clearly don’t want my kids to be exposed to various chemicals that may be present in the finishing material of the furniture. If you have a pet, you may also need to take that into consideration.

Pay good attention to the quality of the furniture. You have to understand that wood furniture often comes in three types or makes – solid, particleboard, and veneer. We have always believed that only solid wood will provide you with the highest quality furniture you can ever find. And this is something that I Wanna Go Home is particularly famous for. As much as possible I don’t recommend going for veneer furniture because its core is still pretty much made of structurally weak plywood. Speaking of plywood, you don’t want to get a furniture made of this type of material.

If you are going to shop online, I would strongly recommend carefully reading the About Page of the online furniture company. This will give you an idea of the company’s satisfaction guarantees and customer service. Their history should also reflect commitment to service and dedication to the highest possible level of quality. You can also perform a search for store reviews. You can use Google’s Product Search feature to help you get an idea of how users look at or what they think of the online furniture company. Additionally, always check the company’s return policy as well as shipping costs.

There are other tips I can share with you in choosing and buying a Hamptons style furniture. However, at the end of the day, the decision will ultimately be yours. Just look at your furniture as a reflection of your personality as well as the vibe or atmosphere that you want to radiate from your apartment unit. This is very important since you will be living with your chosen furniture in your apartment. As for my family, we are loving every minute of it.

Things to Know About Mole Removal

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We all have moles, which we already have when we were born or we acquire as we grow old. Constant exposure to sun causes the development of moles that start from the accumulation of the pigmented cells. There are moles that don’t do any harm because they remain small in size even after several decades. However, there are also those that develop into larger ones and become a health risk because they are cancerous already. This necessities removal of the mole. When in Australia, you can rely on mole removal in Sydney because clinics in the city use advance treatments.

Many underestimate the advantages of having their moles removed. This is probably due to the fact that they don’t know moles can be a health risk. On the other hand, there are those who remove their moles not for health reasons but for aesthetic purposes. This is why they resort to different home remedies to get rid of moles. However, doing the removal on your own can be risky and may complicate the condition. Thus, it is important that you consult with a professional so the proper method to use to remove the moles can be determined.

Different Methods of Mole Removal

The use of laser is the most preferred mole removal method. For one, it is advantageous compared to other methods because there is no bleeding. In addition, it does not cause any severe pain, which makes it even preferable even for clients. However, laser can only be used for smaller in size and flat moles. They cannot be used to remove larger ones.

Another method is surgery. This involves the use of anesthesia because it involves cutting of the skin. There is also bleeding so, proper tools and procedure is imperative if you don’t want to risk your life. This is why you should always go to the clinic when thinking of removing something in your body such as moles that require the expertise of licensed professionals. Surgery is necessary for larger moles to ensure that they are completely and successfully removed. You can’t do it on your own at home using some over the counter tools.

What are the health benefits of having your moles removed?

Significantly Reduces Skin Irritation

Moles that are located in areas where you wear jewelries can cause skin irritation. This may happen when they are constantly rubbed with the metallic accessories. There are also moles that causes skin irritation when rubbed constantly with the different fabrics that you wear. Examples of these body areas are neck, wrist, chest and back. So, the best thing to do is to have the moles removed in these areas.

Greatly Boosts Self-Esteem

Being stressed can contribute in the weakening of your immune system and your overall health status. Having too many moles particularly large ones can be a source of constant stress. This makes a person low in terms of self-esteem. One possible reason is that they don’t feel confident because the big moles don’t make them look good and pleasing. So, removing the moles can result to a boost in self-esteem. This is particularly if a mole is located on body parts like the nose.

Effectively Removes Cancerous Moles

Moles, especially when they continue to grow, can become cancerous. This can put not just your health but also your life in great danger. When you are able to avoid the possible health risks of growing moles, then you are also avoiding huge expenses. In this way, you are ensuring that your life will be better and won’t be having unwanted events such as development of cancer and expensive visits and therapy sessions at the hospital.

Makes Shaving Easier

Shaving those thick hair growths on your chin and other parts of the face, or other parts of the body is essential if you want to maintain great looking skin. It is also essential in keeping your proper hygiene. However, the growth of many moles, particularly flat ones that protrude, can make shaving difficult. When the big moles get in the way of your regular shaving, it may result to cuts and bleeding that can again put your health at risk. With these, you should highly consider removing the protruding moles.

With these health benefits, there is no denying that removing the moles, flat or protruding already, can be very beneficial to your health. In addition, mole free skin can make your overall look more pleasing and appealing. So, it is just practical to go now and visit the nearest dermatology clinic for a consultation. When a specialist touches your skin, you are assured to get the best results after procedure. At the end of the day, you have spent for a worthy investment.

6 Effective and Safe Physical Exercises for People Over 50

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Staying healthy and physically fit is something that everyone needs to achieve throughout the course of their lifespan. From the moment you were able to learn how to crawl, stand up, walk, and run until the time that you will be using a cane or even a walker to support you in your mobility, there are simply some things that you can do to keep your body in tip-top shape appropriate for its age. Unfortunately, for many individuals who are already at the half century mark in their lives, keeping fit and staying healthy might be a little bit more challenging than it used to.

You have to understand that as you grow older, the different tissues in your body are no longer that tensile, no longer that elastic, and no longer that resilient as it used to be when you were still in your teens and 20s. Add to this the possible existence of cardiovascular, metabolic, and neuroendocrine disorders that may affect your ability to stay healthy. However, optimum nutrition and the appropriate exercises are needed for every age group. The key for those individuals who are already beyond the half century mark is to identify what physical exercises will best benefit them given their declining physiology.

Here are 6 very simple and truly enjoyable physical exercises that any individual beyond 50 years of age can safely perform. As always, it is best to seek the opinion of your medical doctor if you can perform any of these exercises.

Walking

By far the easiest and most practical way to keep fit, walking can also be enjoyable especially if you are going to take a walk with your loved one. However, you may need to either pick up the pace or walk for significantly longer distances every time you set out. A nice goal will to walk at a 5 mph pace, gradually increasing it to tolerable levels. Walking is excellent for cardiovascular endurance. Because the exertion is not that intense, it should not burden your heart so much even if you have a cardiac problem. However, it is always best to seek your doctor’s advice if you have a cardiac problem.

Tai Chi and Qigong

A Mayo Clinic study revealed that fall injuries account for more than 35 percent of all injuries experienced by individuals aged 65 and above. And while you may still be in your 50s, do not underestimate the need for balance. This is the essence of Tai Chi and Qigong. Many refer to them as one and the same. However, Tai Chi is more inclined to movements necessary to train in the martial arts. Qigong, on the other hand, has movements that are designed primarily for healing. Unfortunately still, many Westerners simply look at one as essentially the same thing as the other. Nonetheless, the graceful movements of both Qigong and Tai Chi can be used to improve balance, enhance focus and concentration, develop stronger muscles, and stabilize mental wellness. The exercises helps individuals to relax, improve posture, and coordinate their mind and body.

Pilates

One way to improve muscle strength while at the same time enhancing overall flexibility, economy of motion, and agility is to engage in Pilates. Originally intended to help dancers stay fit, Pilates has now a growing number of followers in the senior population because of its benefits in improving posture and the stabilization of the different joints of the body. Some studies have also reported Pilates as particularly effective in the alleviation of symptoms of certain chronic conditions such as low back pain.

Yoga

Some call it meditation exercises. However, yoga is more than simple meditation. It teaches you to be more conscious of what your body is telling you. It involves stretching and relaxation intended to provide you with a calmer mind, a more physically fit body, and more relaxed. Yoga has been shown to improve cardiovascular functioning as well as improve the flow of air into the respiratory passages and the lungs.

Biking

Considered a much more intense form of cardiovascular endurance training, biking has the added advantage of maintaining optimum muscle tone in the lower legs as well as improved circulation. This can help prevent venous stasis that can significantly affect overall blood circulation. Additionally, since the leg muscles continue to be worked out, they are able to continue providing support and balance to the rest of the upper body.

Swimming

Taking several laps on a swimming pool at least 30 minutes every single day should keep your heart staying healthy and fit. Additionally, your lungs will also be trained to expand with more air as you try to regulate your breathing. The muscles in your legs and your arms can be developed further and your swim movements make an excellent exercise for joint mobility.

Reaching the half century mark should not stop you from maintaining physical fitness, mental soundness, and emotional stability. However, it is often important to seek the advice of your primary care physician if you can perform the exercise that you want. If not, these 6 exercises listed here are generally safe.

Dying to Dye: From Blonde to Vibrant

dyeA huge portion of the global female population would want to be blonde, and spend money, effort and time just to get that light, golden colour. It’s not really common for a naturally blonde-haired girl to head to the best hair colourist in Melbourne CBD area to transform into a brunette, or a redhead. However, some girls are in for a challenging change and just want to add a more vibrant colour to their lives, literally or not. Sometimes, a little vibrancy can brighten up not just our crowning glories, but our personality and perspective. Sometimes, all you really need is a little change.

 

So, how do you add a splash of colour to your blonde mane?

 

Well, one might think that it’s as simple as buying your hair colour of choice, applying it to your tresses, rinse it, and wait. Actually, it’s a little bit more complicated than expected. Depending on the lightness and shade of your blonde hair, it can end up becoming green or some other weird colour without proper application and guidance. But, there is no need to worry. With this blonde hair colour guide, nothing can go wrong.

 

Dyeing Your Blonde Hair 

 

For people who have blonde hair, there would be a yellow base tone under the colour that can be seen. The cool tones in your hair are responsible for neutralizing this yellow and providing an ash blonde or golden blonde colour. These cool tones are essential, even for a shade of golden brown, as without these tones, the hair would just be a fluorescent colour of yellow from the base pigment.

 

So, to simply apply hair dye to blonde hair will be problematic. The dye would not take the yellow base of your hair into account.

 

For instance, brown hair should have a red or an orange base. Hair dyes in the shade of ash brown have green and blue pigments that can work with red tones, so when used after bleaching black hair, or to tone out mahogany or vibrant red colours to a darker shade, ash brown hair dye works fine. But, to a blonde, who does not have red or orange tones, this shade of dye can be overpowering and result in dark grey or worse, murky green hair.

 

So, for someone with blonde hair without any red tone, the use of ash dye can be a big mistake. This proves that simply choosing a dye can lead to a colour you did not expect when dyeing your blonde hair.

 

How to Avoid a Hair Colour Mistake

 

Anyone who wants to dye his or her hair should be careful in choosing what dye to use. Two easy ways to avoid unwanted mistakes are to fill your blonde hair and use a warmer shade.

 

When filling your blonde hair, be sure to pre-pigment it. Fill it with a gold or red tone to prepare it for the application of your colour of choice. With this, the necessary tone for the new hair colour is applied to your hair and you will achieve the correct colour.

 

You could also opt for a warmer shade of hair dye. With this method, however, the colour will be lighter and have less copper and red pigment than the actual hair colour you used.

 

Dyeing With a Warmer Shade

 

Aside from filling the hair with the appropriate tone, you could also use a warmer shade than the colour you desire. For example, you could use a natural brown dye if you want an ash brown colour. The natural brown dye has the extra red tones needed to achieve an ash brown colour if you are blonde.

 

If you want a cooler shade of brown, you could use a shade that is one tone warmer than the shade you are aiming for.

 

Mahogany and burgundy hair dyes are exception to this rule. These colours have red and violet tones that can result to more of a purple shade. The yellow tones in blonde hair can work with violet tones in such a way that shades are redder than how they are meant to be. If this is a problem, you could use a violet intensifier to your burgundy and mahogany colours, to intensify the purple shade.

 

Remember Hair Colouring Basics

 

Colouring your blonde hair also requires remembering the basics of hair colouring. General hair colouring tips include finding the right hue for your complexion, never treating your roots and your end the exact same way, applying the colour in small sections starting from the top and working your way to the sides, and proceeding to the back, combing your hair once done to ensure the colour is evenly distributed, keeping in mind that it is best to colour your hair when it has been washed 24 hour prior and rinsing out the colourant when you are done dyeing.

 

To Be Sure, Head to a Pro

 

Whether it’s your first time to dye your golden hair or not, it’s always advisable to go to an expert to have it done. Our locks are our crowning glory and we all want it to end up the way we visualized it. What are you waiting for? Get up and go to the best hair colourist in Melbourne CBD area and let them turn that blonde into va va voom!

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