Exercising yields numerous health benefits, including helping to improve our blood circulation, keeping us in good shape and helping with stress relief. Many of us might therefore think that doing more of it can only be better. Unfortunately, that is not necessarily the case. 

More isn’t always better. Interestingly, Time Magazine shared that while light to moderate runners had a lower risk of death than people who did not exercise, some runners who ran at a faster pace for more than three times a week had a similar risk of dying as non-runners. This shows that more exercise doesn’t necessarily provide more benefits than moderate exercise.

In fact, too many workout sessions or trips to the gym could actually do more harm than good. According to a case study, over-exercising might damage the heart and arteries, or even cause exercise addiction, which is an unhealthy obsession with physical fitness. 

Signs of Over-Exercising 

Exercising can be like your favourite dessert – easy to overindulge in. Here are five common signs that you might be exercising too much. 

1. Delayed recovery time

The body requires time to recover after exercising. Muscular pain or soreness will usually go away after about three days; a longer recovery period should be taken as a sign of over-exercising.

2. Weakened immune system

A moderately active person will have a fairly strong immune system and rarely get sick. As such, if one is getting sick quite often or feeling fatigued a lot, they can be pretty sure that their body needs a break. 

3. Decrease in energy

Mental or physical dizziness is a hallmark sign of overtraining. If a person is not ill, but still feeling extra fatigued, that individual is probably exercising too much.

4. Unexpected weight loss and fat gain 

Over-exercise can alter the hormone regulation within the body. One of the signs is if one experiences an unexpected weight loss but notices an increase in body fat. 

5. Getting emotional 

Changes in mood such as depression, anger, confusion, anxiety, and irritability are common symptoms of physical and/or mental over-exhausted. This can be caused by the stress hormones released due to too much exercise. 

The load of exercise that one should undertake depends on the individual’s body condition like age, health, and choice of exercise. In general, Harvard Medical School suggests that untrained sports enthusiasts have “at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise or 15 minutes of intense exercise a day”. 

Excessive exercise is actually bad for the body; however, the key here is not to give up exercising completely but to exercise in the right amount depending on your individual body’s capability. Over-exercising is a real issue that can result in serious health and performance issues. Hence, keeping a close eye on the signs that you may be over-exercising is important. 

If you are looking to ease shoulder pain or lower back pain, try Meridian massage as the massage technique is ideal for reducing chronic muscle soreness and improve blood flow.

Meridian Massage is an ancient Chinese medical technique that incorporates various Chinese medicine and acupressure treatments to enhance health and relieve health issues.

It is also an alternative form of non-invasive medication to treat musculoskeletal disorders and help to relax body muscles.

The soothing and relaxing massage is effective for treating sports injuries, stress, insomnia, migraines, as well as improving our digestion, blood and lymphatic flow. 

An authentic meridian massage is performed by a well-trained therapist to stimulate the meridian lines within our body ‘paths’ where energy flows through. The paths are circulatory and exist in corresponding pairs circulating blood, nutrients, and energy throughout the body.

In total, there are 12 main meridian lines that connect with major internal organs within the body, located on the lungs, large intestine, small intestine, stomach, spleen, heart, bladder, kidney, pericardium, triple warmer, gallbladder, and liver meridian lines. In Western medicine, a particular study about Bioelectromagnetics defines the meridian lines as ‘special conduits for electric signals’.

Generally, meridian massage should be practiced consistently on a weekly basis to promote optimal blood flow and energy circulation within the body. For individuals who have new sports or musculoskeletal injuries, it is advisable for them to have a meridian massage within the week.

Meridian massage techniques consist of tapping, pushing, pinching, stretching, and kneading on the body to apply the medical effect on us through our body tissues. 

What makes a meridian massage different from a common massage is that all the massage techniques are applied in a systematic order based on the meridian lines within the body.

With the correct technique and precise application, a meridian massage can help enhance overall health and wellbeing as well as stimulating our body’s ability to heal itself. 

A Meridian massage is an ancient form of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).

The massage stimulates the acupressure points using various techniques to help clear any blockage and balance the flow of qi & blood in the meridians. 

Meridians are like rivers, carrying the flow of energy (Qi) just like a river carries the flow of water to different destinations in a specific direction. 

These meridian pathways work by distributing energy, nutrients, and blood across the body in just about the same way as the circulatory system. 

There are 12 major meridians in a body and these meridian lines are all connected to major organs.

There are 12 meridians in a body and these meridian lines are all connected to major organs.

The 12 Major Meridians

Lung Meridian

The lung meridian controls how energy is consumed and impacts the respiratory system.

Large Intestine Meridian

The large intestine meridian regulates the processing and extraction of water from waste. 

Stomach Meridian

The stomach meridian regulates the extraction of nutrients from food, nutrient distribution to the intestines and spleen, and the overall digestion of food. 

Heart Meridian

The heart meridian regulates the circulation of blood to all organs. 

Small Intestine Meridian

The small intestine meridian is responsible for digestion, water absorption, nutrient absorption, and bowel functions. 

Bladder Meridian

The bladder meridian regulates the removal of the toxins from the body. 

Kidney Meridian

The kidney meridian regulates the reproductive system, testosterone levels, produces bone marrow and blood. 

Pericardium Meridian

The pericardium meridian regulates the energy (Qi) that surrounds the heart, protects the heart, ensuring proper function and emotional balance. 

Triple Warmer Meridian

The triple warmer meridian regulates the metabolism of the body and promotes general wellness.

Gall Bladder Meridian

The gall bladder meridian regulates the removal and storage of toxins that are produced by the liver. 

Liver Meridian

The liver meridian regulates the female reproductive system, circulation of energy, and maintains the flexibility of the ligaments and the tendons.

Eventually, these internal meridians will come to the surface of the skin, where it becomes external.

Acupoints are located on the external pathways.

Hence, if there is an issue with a particular channel or organ, these problems can be addressed by treating various points. 

When these pressure points are being stimulated, it activates a series of networks along the meridian.

This activation is what then carries the effect of the massage from one end of the body to another providing the desired healing effect.

Getting a Meridian massage can definitely help to re-balance your system and enhance your overall health.⁣⁣

What is the Meridian System? 

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, it is believed that every individual has a distribution network for the fundamental substances of Qi, Blood, and Body Fluid throughout the entire body. This internal distribution is known as the Meridian System and it makes up a giant web, linking different areas of the body together. 

Like the flow of river water in nature, the Meridians provide pathways for Qi (vital energy) to flow through. These pathways allow the circulation of energy, nutrients, and blood throughout the body. 

What is Meridian Zenflow Therapy?

Meridian Zenflow Therapy is one of Danai Wellness’ services. The Meridian Zenflow Therapy is a massage that focuses on massaging the meridian points on the body. The massage consists of long flowing strokes along the meridians interspersed with precise pressure at the points of acupressure.

The man’s hands massaging – palm Acupuncture concept

Our massage promotes blood circulation, stimulates lymphatic movement and also detoxifies the body. This can result in a boost in metabolism and immune system while also improving sleep. 

How does Meridian Zenflow Therapy work?

Our massage is usually carried out using a proprietary and specialised Zenflow Magnetic Qi-Trident tool alongside a combination of different types of Traditional Chinese Medicine, essential oils and acupressure. 

Benefits of Meridian Zenflow Therapy

This wellness massage is designed to promote blood circulation and also boost immunity. Besides, the massage can also aid digestion and relieve constipation. The Meridian Zenflow Therapy also helps to reduce pain and tension and promote better sleep. Last but not least, this therapy is also essential to balance and regulate the body’s energy system. 

If you are curious to know more about our Meridian Zenflow Therapy and its abilities to improve your general wellbeing, do not hesitate to contact us or visit us at any of our branches. 

Beauty trends are evolving.

However, the one thing consistent with beauty trends is that it is heavily focused on outer beauty. Due to the current global health crisis, beauty trends have been redefined. The pandemic has everyone well-informed and cautious about their health.

The global health crisis that we are facing brings an evolutionary beauty trend that focuses on inner well-being. People are wanting to treat their body and mind right to sustain a healthy lifestyle which will be reflected in their everyday appearance. Beauty today is the glow from within that is achieved by embracing wellness and making it a top priority in our daily routine. 

Here are some ways through which you can incorporate wellness to glow from within:

  1. Eat A Well-Balanced Diet

Nutrient-dense eating is vital for healthy living. The food you eat today may either strengthen or weaken your immune system. Besides fighting off viruses, a well-balanced diet with antioxidant-rich foods will ultimately be reflected in our outer beauty by enhancing skin clarity, hair and nail growth.

  1. Stay Hydrated

Up to 60% of an adult body is made of water. Water is essential in maintaining a healthy body as it helps our organs carry out its day-to-day functions. Water also aids in reducing sugar cravings, migraine, bladder infections and helps in the filtration processes of the liver and kidneys, which is necessary for a healthy and glowy outer appearance.

  1. Detach From The Real World.

The real world can be mentally exhausting; try detaching from all your thoughts and worries by doing mindful activities. Mindful activities such as reading a book, immersing yourself in a movie, or practicing yoga can help take care of your mental health, which will eventually make you a happier person. 

  1. Boost Your Immune System
Physical therapist doing massage of male’s shoulder

Getting a massage such as the Meridian Zenflow Therapy or Ayurvedic Massage can help with blood circulation, which gives you a flushed, glowy look. These massages also help with relieving stress and enhancing mental well-being.

Beauty today is not centred around on what you put on your face or how you dress yourself up.

It is about what you consume and what you do to take care of your physical and mental well-being, which will eventually show on the outside.