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It's getting HOT in here!

Oh, how I miss the Far Infrared Sauna! (Especially on colder days... and I say "colder" as a Floridian living in Georgia where we get "flurries" and I freeze.) A few years back when I was still living in sunny Florida, my friend had one of these babies in her spare bedroom and I was lucky enough to use it frequently. Let me tell you, it was well worth a weekly visit to have an "appointment" with myself to relax, detox and sweat it out. I'm now on a quest to find one in Atlanta, and a few options look promising so far.

{ my old sweat box }
My routine while the sauna was heating up was to "warm up" with T-Tapp's Primary Back Stretch exercise and body brushing sequence to get my lymphatic system going. I sat in the sauna for about 15 minutes, somewhere between 110-120 degrees. The trick is to work up to higher temperatures gradually. Holy hotness!!! I would drip in sweat, literally, but I can't tell you how refreshed I felt afterward. It really helped with my back and neck issues as well. You MUST drink a ton of water during and after to stay hydrated and assist in the detox. The FIR sauna was easily an addicting healthy habit for me.

Benefits of Far Infrared Therapy:
  1. Decreases joint stiffness.
  2. Relieves muscle spasms.
  3. Increases blood flow.
  4. Leads to pain relief.
  5. Affects soft tissue injury.
  6. Increases the extensibility of collagen tissue.
  7. Assists in resolution of inflammatory infiltrated, edema and exudes.
  8. Improves micro circulation by exerting strong rotational and vibrational effects at molecular level.
  9. Enhances the delivery of oxygen and nutrients in the blood cell to the body's soft tissue areas.
  10. Promotes regeneration and fast healing.
  11. Increases metabolism between blood and tissue.
  12. Enhances white blood cell function, thereby increasing immune response and the elimination of foreign pathogens and cellular waste products.
  13. Removes accumulated toxins by improving lymph circulation which are often at the core of many health problems.
  14. Stimulate the hypothalamus, which controls the production of neurochemicals involved in such biological processes as sleep, mood, pain sensations and blood pressure.
  15. Antidotes the negative effects of toxic electromagnetic sources.
  16. Also assists in energy expenditure (aka burns calories!) just by being in the sauna. Here's a quote from the Journal of the American Medical Association:
A moderately conditioned person can easily sweat off 500 grams in a sauna, consuming nearly 300 kcal, which is equivalent to running 2–3 miles. A heat-conditioned person can easily sweat off 600–800 kcal with no adverse effects. While the weight of the water loss can be regained by drinking water, the calories consumed will not be.

The list goes on and on...

What an A-M-A-Z-I-N-G invention!!!


Benefits of Face Brushing

You've heard me talk about Body Brushing and all the wonderful health and beauty benefits that come along with it, but what about Face Brushing? You can brush your face and neck and get the same type of benefits as body brushing delivers! Facial brushing removes dead skin and stimulates circulation , which firms and improves skin tone . Your skin will become softer and smoother ! It's like a mini facial massage every time you brush, a fabulous way to spoil yourself during your daily facial cleaning routine. In order to do the face brushing sequence you need a small natural-fiber bristle brush . The important thing to look for when selecting the appropriate face brush are natural plant fiber bristles. Do not use the type with plastic bristles because it will not have the same effect. I'm excited to announce that T-Tapp now sells  face brushes ! In addition to the Body Brushing Sequence,  Teresa Tapp created a special Face Brushing Sequence that has been proven

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Body brushing is incredible for the skin and healing of the body. Europeans have been body brushing for centuries...maybe that's why they look so fantastic! This blog post will go into some education about What is Body Brushing? Body Brushing is also known as skin brushing and dry brushing . It's done using a natural bristle brush, like the T-Tapp Body Brush pictured above ($11.00, ). Teresa Tapp, creator of the T-Tapp Workout and author of Fit and Fabulous in 15 Minutes , has developed a specific body brushing pattern that's proven to be effective for all ages and a variety of health and beauty concerns. Teresa's pattern involves brushing the entire body from the feet all the way up to the neckline. Once finished go back and brush the areas that need a little extra attention, such as the butt, thighs and abdomen.  It's best to body brush first thing in the morning , when the increased blood flow will help wake you up and the body is in a natur

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Last night I had the most fabulous meal with my sista at Pappadeaux in Atlanta. She's been keeping this place a secret from me! We get there around 8pm and find out that she knows the hostess from way back. (Our buzzer literally went off after about 5 minutes when there was over a 40 minute wait for a table. VIP!) The first thing that we ordered was the most delicious dip I have EVER put in my mouth, hands down! Lump Crab & Spinach Dip with crispy garlic cheese bread ...OMG. I could eat that by itself and call it a night. I saw a woman with this drink and had to order one for myself. It's called a Swamp Thing made from a mix of raspberry and melon liqueurs blended with frozen Hurricane & Margarita . Fantastic! Brain freeze though. I hate to admit that even though I'm a Florida girl, I've never had oysters before . She was shocked and insisted that we order some. Her favorites were the Oysters Baton Rouge - oysters on the half shell baked with a Parm