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Massages on Campus!!

Hello Everyone!

I wanted to let you know, health services offers chair massages every week.

The cost is a $1.00 a minute and runs from 12 noon to 1 PM.

You need to call Health Services 732-987-2756 for an appointment.

Any questions please contact Susan Caga, RN

Massages are a great way to relax, release tension your body is holding, and to detox your muscle. This is a great service for anyone to take advantage of as a mini break from your school or work day!


Yoga for your Heart

It’s No Stretch…….Yoga May Benefit Heart Disease

Yoga, an ancient Indian practice once viewed as only for the very fit and flexible, has become as American an activity as jogging, and aerobics.  Its newfound popularity could be a boon for people with high blood pressure, heart failure and other forms of cardiovascular disease.

A small but promising body of research suggests that yoga’s combination of stretching, gentle activity, breathing, and mindfulness may have special benefits for people with cardiovascular disease.

Yoga and the Heart


The word “yoga” comes from a Sanskrit term that means union.  It aims to join body, mind, and the day to day challenges of life into a unified experience rather than keep them separate.  There are different forms of yoga, from gentle, peaceful hatha yoga to the active “power’ form called ashtanga.  We focus here on hatha yoga because it is a good starting point.

Hatha yoga’s path to balance the mind and the body involves three interconnected threads: physical postures called “asanas,” controlled breathing and calming the mind through relaxation and mediation.  The three work together.

How could this improve cardiovascular health?  Getting into the various postures during a yoga session gently exercises the muscles.  Anything that works your muscles is good for your heart and blood vessels.  Activity also helps muscles become more sensitive to insulin, which is important for controlling blood sugar.

The deep-breathing exercises help slow the breathing rate.  Taking fewer but deeper breaths each minute temporarily lowers blood pressure and calms the sympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for generating stress hormones.  The postures and deep breathing offer a kind of physical meditation that focuses and clears the mind.  Meditation and the mindfulness of yoga have both been shown to help people with cardiovascular disease.

Possible Benefits

The words “may”  “might” “can” and “could” are liberally scattered throughout this article.  That’s because research into the connection between yoga and cardiovascular disease is still in its scientific infancy.  Several dozen studies have explored the possible benefits of yoga for people with heart disease, but these trials are mostly small or lack the scientific rigor needed to show cause and effect.

This body of work suggests that yoga may

  • Reduce high blood pressure
  • Improve symptoms of heart failure
  • Ease palpitations
  • Enhance cardiac rehabilitation
  • Lower cardiovascular risk factors such as high cholesterol and blood sugar levels and stress hormones
  • Improve balance, reduce falls, ease arthritis and improve breathing for people with chronic obstructive disease

Several randomized controlled trials under way should help pin down what yoga can and cannot do for people with cardiovascular disease.  Even if all of the trials provide unequivocal support for yoga, keep in mind that it will not offer magical protection against heart disease or a cure for it.  Instead yoga could be a useful method for coping with cardiovascular disease.

Trying Yoga

Beginning yoga can be a challenge.  Attending a general yoga class populated by fit 30-somethings who expect a good workout can be a disheartening introduction.

If you are a few gray hairs beyond 30, look for a yoga class that includes the full package…poses, breathing, and meditation, rather than one that offers just exercise with a yoga bent to it.

People with heart disease often have other health concerns, like arthritis, or osteoporosis, that limit their flexibility.  A good yoga instructor creates a safe environment for his or her students and helps them modify poses to meet their abilities and limitations.

Source: Harvard Health Publications

Thanks to health services for this great article!!


Nasty Bugs Lurking on Your Cell Phone

The office of health services post helpful health related information on the GCU Portal. In case you missed it, here it is on the blog : )

The next time you reach for the cell phone, consider this: A new study found that 92% of cell phones have bacteria on them…including E. coli, because people are not washing their hands after going to the bathroom.

The E. coli came from fecal material, which can survive on hands and surfaces for hours.

Phone Filth and Other Facts

The study found:
92% of phones had bacteria on them
82% of hands had bacteria on them
16% of hands and 16% of phones had E. coli bacteria on them

However, 95% of people surveyed said they washed their hands with soap where possible, which suggests we have a tendency to lie about our hygiene habits.

It is not just cell phones that dirty hands are touching, but other surfaces as well. They are spreading bacteria on everything they touch.

Bathroom Texting
People do tend to use their mobile phones everywhere they go. Perhaps we should discourage their use in the bathroom.

So are having unclean hands a modern day problem linked to new technology?
Humans have had infections since the beginning of time; it’s really an ancient problem. Bugs are evolutionary masters at getting from person to person.
Anything that you touch can become a source of infection, so hand washing is crucial.

Excuses, Excuses
People can be quick to excuse their nasty habits.
They say they are in a hurry, they say the water is too cold.
People don’t actually feel that their hands have gotten contaminated.
Everyone knows they should do it, so it’s not education that’s the answer. We need to find other ways to remind people that their hands are dirty and their hands get smelly and foul after using the bathroom. Disgusting people with the state of their hands is probably the most effective way of getting people to wash their hands.

Source: WebMd


Thank you Susan!