While there’s plenty of health news that just seems like its designed to scare the pants off us, there’s plenty that we need to pay attention to, too. This monthly update will answer a few questions and give you news that’s relevant to keeping you fit and healthy in Singapore.
Health Help: Q: Is regression therapy safe and can it help me cope with a past trauma?
Regression therapy is a drug-free, adjunct treatment approach used to access past memories by reverting to a younger state of mind. It allows early childhood memories to be recast in a way an individual would prefer them to have occurred. In doing so, past traumas can be resolved and certain behaviours can be modified.
This therapeutic technique involves hypnotherapy, a form of psychotherapy that uses relaxation techniques, focus and language to achieve a heightened state of awareness, called a hypnotic trance. During this guided state, you’ll feel more uninhibited; this can help unlock “blockages” in your brain, meaning you can explore painful thoughts, feelings and memories you had hidden in your conscious mind. Regression therapy allows the mind to re-enact “things I should have said”, releasing old traumas and offering a powerful sense of resolution. Once the trauma is revealed, your hypnotherapist can help you explore issues more deeply and can provide solutions that will remain in your unconscious mind, ready to utilise in day-to-day life.
But, don’t let the word “trance” scare you. It’s completely safe because it requires the client’s consent and cooperation to work effectively. In a trance, you’re projected into a safe space – the level between consciousness and unconsciousness. So, you mightn’t pay attention to your surroundings, but you’ll always be in charge of your actions, behaviours and statements. You can always bring yourself back to awareness.
– Gary Ow Clinical Hypnotherapist
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Rest and Digest
Looking to boost your immune system this winter? In addition to exercise, prioritising good quality sleep is an absolute must, says ALY KHAIRUDDIN, certified personal trainer, Pilates instructor and owner of FitNut Loft, a boutique fitness studio for women over 40.
“Of course, eating plenty of fruit and vegetables is important, but they aren’t going to get digested well if you’re always in a ‘fight or flight’ mode due to stress and lack of sleep,” says Aly, who is also a certified nutrition coach. “So, it’s important to prioritise good-quality sleep. Practising slow, deep breathing for three to five minutes a day can stimulate your parasympathetic nervous system, or your ‘rest and digest’ mode. Food can get digested well, with nutrients going exactly where they need to go in order for you to better fight off illnesses. Inhale into your belly slowly for four counts, hold for two counts, then exhale slowly for six counts.”
FitNut Loft 2 Pandan Valley, #01-201 8686 8299 | fitnutloft.com
Add Olive Oil To Your Clean Routine!
Did you know olive oil is more than just a tasty ingredient? It’s got benefits for your skin too! As a natural source of essential nutrients, olive oil can help enhance your skin’s appearance by improving acne and pigmentation, and preventing breakouts. The collagen-promoting properties of vitamin A can leave skin looking firm and radiant, while vitamin E’s got antioxidant properties to fight inflammation, and prevent and treat dry, itchy skin.
Also advantageous is olive oil’s role as an effective anti-ageing solution. It’s been shown to improve the skin’s texture and tone, while also combating early signs of ageing. All of these benefits and more can be found in traditional Aleppo soap, which you can get from Herbal Pharm, an online retailer that that carries health foods, supplements and natural beauty products.
Learn more at herbalpharm.com.sg
Health Help: How can I make my fitness routine more exciting and efficient in 2022?
One way to spice up your exercise routine, and even discover a new favourite workout, is by incorporating some of the latest fitness trends. Here are three trends to try if you’re looking to make things more interesting and effective.
#1 Exercise anywhere with bodyweight training
Bodyweight training is a popular type of strength training that utilises one of the most effective tools you have: your body. Using your own bodyweight as resistance gives you the flexibility to work out anywhere, anytime, making it a great solution for frequent travellers. You can discover simple bodyweight routines online or work with a personal trainer to devise the ideal set of reps for you. For a full-body workout, try a bodyweight circuit – alternating between exercises that target different muscle groups, with minimal rest in between.
#2 Make fitness a family affair
With so many gyms and personal instructors offering pre and postnatal exercise options these days, there’s plenty of opportunity to exercise with baby in tow. Of course, it’s best to seek the advice of your GP or midwife before signing up for antenatal Pilates, aqua-aerobics or cardio classes that have been tailored specifically for expectant mothers. Postnatal classes can be a fun way of bonding with your child while maintaining an active lifestyle.
And, for any parent looking to squeeze more movement into their day, just grab the pram and head out for a walking workout.
#3 Merge disciplines for a new breed of workout
Switching up your routine can be great for motivation, which is why many gyms are combining different fitness activities to create hybrid classes. For example, try combining aqua-aerobics with high-intensity interval training (HIIT) for a water-based workout that’s easier on the joints than a traditional HIIT session; or try BoxxMethod, a virtual app that combines HIIT with shadow boxing for a complete workout – minus the boxing bags. Look for the latest hybrid classes online or at a fitness studio near you!
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