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Since the dawn of time, humans have been seeking out hot springs and warm thermal waters to ease their bodys aches and sore muscles. Today, most of us still love a warm soothing bath to take away the stresses of the week. But for those with real pain, a soothing hot-tub soak can do wonders for your body as well as your mind. Truth is, you cant underestimate the powers of a whirlpool bath to help ease what ails you.
History shows us that hydrotherapy has always been a popular way to unwind and feel better. Hydrotherapy is based on the idea that water can improve blood flow and revitalizes ones health. If youve got specific targeted pains, at-home spas can direct low-pressure water to the sore spots providing immediate relief. Temperature, of course, plays a role, with warm water loosening up tight muscles. Luckily, many of todays finer homes are equipped with a Jacuzzi or whirlpool tub, yet not everyone takes the time to use it for its optimal health benefits. Theres nothing better than massaging away aches and pains, all without leaving your home. Floating in the warm water also takes stress off your joints and helps relax muscles. This is a wonder for older people suffering from arthritis, fibromyalgia, and other rheumatologic conditions.
Ever lie in bed wishing you could fall asleep? Next time, try a warm soak in the tub a few hours before hitting the hay. A 2012 study published in the Brazilian Journal of Rheumatology determined that hydrotherapy improves sleep quality, physical function, and psychological health in patients with fibromyalgia. Keep the water warm but not hot as this can be draining to your body. And dont stay in for more than about 15 minutes, at which point you may start to feel tired. Add some soothing lavender bath salts or essential oils, put on some tranquil music, and youre set for a serious snooze. And really, who couldnt benefit from a better nights sleep?
But perhaps the greatest benefits of a home spa are the psychological ones. In modern times, we are busy and stressed out. An at-home spa allows for the me time so many of us crave. By allowing yourself time to unwind and relax you are able to reconnect with your spirit and with what really matters in your life. So go ahead and indulge in a soak its good for your health!
Whisk vinegar and sugar together in a bowl until all the sugar is dissolved. (This may take a few minutes.) Very slowly whisk salad oil into the vinegar sugar mixture until incorporated. Add remaining ingredients and whisk all together. This should make about 1 cup of dressing.
CANDIED ALMOND INSTRUCTIONS
Whisk egg whites and sugar until frothy, add almonds and mix well. Spread on lightly oiled cookie tray and bake at 350 for 10-15 minutes until golden brown. Cool and remove from tray and place in small bowl.
Prepare the dressing and candied almonds and allow to cool. Place all of the salad ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Drizzle 1/3 cup dressing over the salad ingredients and toss lightly being careful not to break up the berries completely. Add more dressing to your taste. Serve on chilled plates or in chilled bowls. Top each salad with a 4-6oz grilled chicken breast.
Makes 2 entre size salads
5 oz cleaned baby spinach with stems removed
2 oz feta cheese4 fresh strawberries6 fresh blueberries6 fresh blackberries6 fresh raspberries1 oz toasted candied almonds
CANDIED ALMONDS INGREDIENTS
2 egg whites4 tbsp sugar6 oz slice blanched almonds
1/6 c raspberry champagne vinegar1/3 c white sugar2/3 c salad oil of choice
(not olive oil, canola works well)1/2 tsp poppy seeds1/4 tsp dry mustard1 tsp honey
pinch salt (to taste)
Summers here and the fish are biting. Whether you choose a sparkling
lake packed with bass or a flowing river filled with salmon, there are plenty of fish to be found in your neck of the woods. All you need to do is plan ahead, hit the best spots, and pack all the
right equipment for a relaxing and fun day on the water.
When most of us think of fishing, we think of a rod, reel, line, hooks, and baits or lures. This type of angling requires little practice and its perfect for beginners and young children. Youll need to check with your state laws to be sure you have the proper fishing license before heading out for the day; children 10 and under usually are not required to have a license to fish. You will also want to know if there is a catch-and-
release policy or if you are allowed to keep the fish you catch for eating. Anglers usually have to adhere to a bag limit on the number of specific types of fish they can keep, so be sure to know this ahead of time as well. You can fish from the shore of a lake or river or choose to rent a boat and fish farther out from shore.
If youre looking for a different kind of fishing challenge, consider fly-fishing. In this artistic style of fishing, an artificial and nearly weightless fly is used to catch or lure the fish above or just on the surface of the water. Because fly-fishing is often complex and it often requires wading into the water to reach fish, its often beneficial to hire a professional guide to show you where and how to fly fish. Hand nets can be used to help land the fish and pull it in to shore. Spear fishing is another form of the sport. Instead of a pole, the fisherman is in the water and tries to catch the fish by spearing it underwater. Again, check your state laws as spear fishing is not always allowed and regulations may exist.
For those making a day of it out on the lake, be sure to pack essentials for a fun day: a cooler for drinks and food, sunglasses, sunblock, hats, waterproof shoes, a blanket for a picnic, and towels for drying off. And dont forget all the fishing gear. So grab your family or friends and enjoy some time together in the great outdoors. Youll be amazed how much fun fishing can be!
A Museum Devoted To Contemporary Art, Architecture & Design
The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art is an educational institution dedicated to presenting exhibitions of contemporary and modern art, architecture and design. Global in its focus, SMoCA is a gathering place to experience contemporary art and culture. Our aim is to connect visitors to the dynamic art and ideas of our time and explore the possibilities of innovation, creativity and expression.
A Museum Should Exist at the Heart of a Community
The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA), situated on a twenty-one acre, beautifully landscaped park in the middle of downtown Scottsdale, presents the best of contemporary art, architecture and design from around the world and from around the corner. Our nine to twelve exhibitions per year rotate continually so that a visitor will always experience the most current works of art that represent the thinking of the best and the brightest.
Our diverse and exciting programming embraces the worlds of music, literature, dance, performance and film. We create education opportunities for all ages and for all backgrounds and interestsSMoCA frequently collaborates with institutions and communities both in Arizona and outside of the state. The City of Scottsdale, Arizona State University, the Phoenix Art Museum, the Warhol Foundation, the Graham Foundation and the Tremaine Foundation have all assisted the museum in its creation of exhibitions and programs. Thousands of individuals, business, and groups have also given time, money, ideas and energy to help the Museum grow and prosper over a fifteen year history.
Tim RodgersDirector, SMoCA
Spinach Salad with Seasonal Berries and Grilled Chicken Breast