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Over the years we have heard a lot of wonderful stories about how much you love your Teeter Hang Ups inversion table and the positive results you find in using our product. We love to hear your stories and invite you to keep them coming!
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Many people tell us they use inversion therapy as a restorative practice. Taking five or ten minutes for themselves on their Teeter Hang Ups can help relieve stress and make the transition from a hectic day into a peaceful evening. While using a Teeter Hang Ups can be relaxing no matter where you do it, here are some tips to make your space even more of an oasis:
- Chill Out
Dr. Gonzalez, a chiropractor and proponent of inversion therapy, provides the following tip: If you are suffering from minor aches and pains that have stayed with you throughout the day, place a cold pack on the place where your body aches before you invert or during your inversion practice (no longer than 20 minutes). The cold helps reduce inflammation and allows your Teeter to work its magic.
- Tune Out
A blaring TV, barking dogs or squabbling children may not be conducive to relaxation, so try slipping on headphones and listening to some relaxing music. Or go a step further and listen to a guided meditation as you invert, like Deepak Chopra’s The Soul of Healing Meditation. The first five or ten minutes can be completed while gently inverting.
- Stay in the Dark
When you are inverting, dim or turn off the lights. Often an inverted position means that you are directly facing the lights on the ceiling and nearby lamps. Having bright lights shine in your face can make it hard to relax, so flip a few switches and invert in peace and darkness.
- Comfortable Clothes
While we always suggest you wear lace up shoes when you are inverting, that doesn’t mean the rest of your wardrobe has to be stiff. When you are inverting, your clothes are likely to shift, so make sure you are wearing comfortable clothing but not anything too loose (as it may come up over your head!).Yoga pants or workout shorts are a great option and try tucking your shirt in before you invert, so you don’t have to worry about it creeping up around your neck when you are inverting.
- Move Gently
Inversion doesn’t have to be a static activity where you simply hang there and let gravity do all the work (although you certainly can if you like!). Conversely, don’t feel like you have to train your body to do 10 inverted crunches or inverted squats. Often, gentle movement while inverted can really help your body decompress. Look at these tips for doing inverted stretches.
The long days and warm nights of summer are finally here (except in the Northwest, where Teeter corporate offices are located… send us some sun please!). That means more time outside, more time grilling with friends and family, and maybe even time off for a road-trip or extended vacation. These summer pastimes are not without maladies of their own, however. Here are some tips to avoid these common Summer annoyances and mistakes:
In addition to slathering on the sunblock and avoiding prolonged exposure to sun, scientists have found that taking regular supplements of Vitamins E and C can help decrease your sensitivity to the sun and avoid getting sunburns. Since these vitamins help build up antioxidants in your body, and prolonged exposure to the sun creates “oxidative damage to skin cells.” (Huffington Post)
- Bug Bites
Prevent mosquito bites naturally by considering a few natural alternatives to DEET sprays and other harmful chemicals. Did you know that mosquitoes can only fly 8 m.p.h? Consider keeping a fan on at your outdoor gatherings. A light breeze to us can feel like a heavy wind to a mosquito and will deter him from entering your space. Keep your skin oiled. Mosquitoes do not like to have “greasy wings” (Nature Skills), and an oily skin may be a natural deterrent. Even better, if the oil is scented with cedar, conifer, or citrus smells – these scents are all unappealing to the mosquito. Pay special attention to the high-risk zones like wrists, ankles, necks, shins and forearms. Where your blood vessels are naturally closest to the surface of your skin is where you have the greatest chance of being bitten.
- BBQ Overload
Many of us are guilty of overindulging at a neighborhood BBQ and suffering from indigestion. To prevent that awful feeling, try slowing down when you eat, minimize your alcohol intake alongside your food and try filling up on fruits and vegetables first before hitting the ribs and brats. Still suffering from indigestion? Try sipping peppermint or chamomile tea to naturally sooth your stomach. A few bites of candied ginger may also help calm a rumbly tummy. If you experience frequent heart burn or indigestion, think about introducing some probiotics into your diet. Yogurt with active cultures can help you break down foods and balance the acids in your stomach.
Overall, summer is a time to enjoy the great outdoors and be with friends and family. Being mindful of your surroundings and taking simple precautions is a sure way to ensure you have a fun and relaxing summer!
Sources: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/18/sunburn-remedies-natural-relief_n_897103.html#s304241&title=Aloe_Vera_ http://www.natureskills.com/outdoor-safety/mosquito-bite-prevention/ http://www.huffingtonpost.com/andrew-weil-md/indigestion-natural-remedies-for-relief_b_812458.html
What is Magnesium Oil?
Magnesium oil is inexpensive and easy-to-use supplement claimed to improve sleep, ease aches and pains, relieve PMS, and improve retention of calcium in the body, among many other benefits. Some circles even proclaim magnesium oil as a “wonder supplement” that can benefit almost everyone who takes it.
How Does it Work?
Most proponents of magnesium oil suggest you apply it to your body in the form of a spray (it is absorbed better in this manner rather than via an oral supplement). The spray comes into contact with your skin and gets to work immediately. Often times we take vitamins and supplements and can never be quite sure that what we are taking is doing us any good, but proponents claim that the effects of magnesium oil are noticeable right away.
This blog writer was skeptical of the extraordinary claims made by those who love it, so I decided to embark on a personal experiment and try it every day for two weeks. Note that this is my personal testimonial and not an endorsement by Teeter.I was shocked to find that I fell asleep faster and slept more soundly on the nights I applied it right before bed (I sprayed 5 sprays on my lower back and hips and rubbed it in). After a particularly hard workout, I would spray the oil on my muscles and I experienced almost no soreness the next day!
A Magnesium Oil Deficiency?
Some studies suggest that as much as 68% of the US population is deficient in magnesium – a crucial supplement in our bodies. While magnesium is naturally occurring in many foods and even hard water, we frequently ingest alcohol, caffeine and carbonated beverages that work to leach magnesium out of our bodies and cause the deficiency. A daily dose of magnesium spray is said to help restore the lost supplement in our bodies.
If you have any health concerns or medical questions about using magnesium oil, please consult with your doctor first. It is important to note that you should not use magnesium oil while on some medications without first seeking the advise if your doctor.
This past January, Roger brought a new Teeter inversion table to the Great White North and all of our TSC friends bought out the entire stock! With such a warm response, Roger wanted to do something special for our TSC audience, so we’re offering even more customer-favorite features during our next round of shows.
Make sure you tune in to The Shopping Channel tomorrow at 11AM EST to catch the latest from Teeter Hang ups. Roger’s visit is one day only, so make sure you tune in to TSC Sunday, June 10th or call in with your testimonial by dialing (888) 2020-888. We’ll also be available live during the shows to answer questions via Facebook (facebook.com/teeterhangups).
In this final part of our series with Roger Teeter, we ask him how using a Teeter Hang Ups can help prevent upper back pain:
“Pain in the thoracic part of the spine is especially challenging since it is where all the ribs are attached and it is not as mobile as the lower lumbar spine or the upper cervical spine.
If you work in an office, you likely spend most of your day hunched in front of a computer. Sitting in poor posture can place up to 2 times your standing body pressure on your spine, according to medical research. Having an inversion table at your office is a quick and relaxing way to put your back pain on break, but when inversion isn’t an option, here are some other types of products that can help improve your health, posture and well-being while you work (Teeter does not benefit from or specifically endorse products listed below):
Overhead lighting, direct sunlight or dark rooms can all produce strain on the eyes. When possible, try to use table lamps and “task specific” light bulbs that allow your eyes to take in the right amount of light to focus on a computer monitor, desk or other work space.
Sometimes something as easy as moving your feet or your legs as you work can help improve your health, reduce stress and increase duration of concentration. Here is one neat gadget that looks more like a skateboard than a foot rest!
Depending on your specific needs, there are chairs that are specifically designed to support your back and enhance your posture where you need it most. There is even a chair that is endorsed by the American Physical Therapy Association.
From desks that let you stand to desks that actually incorporate a treadmill at the office, standing and moving as much possible while working can help reduce all manner of sedentary-related illnesses.
You could spend thousands of dollars buying products to help you achieve the optimal environment in which to work, but our all-time favorite way to immediately improve your work space is a good old fashion phone book! Prop a phone book or two under your monitor to make sure that your monitor is exactly at your eye level when sitting in good posture. This will reduce strain on your neck which will in-turn reduce strain on your shoulders and your overall posture.
Citations:  Nachemson, A and Elfstrom, G: Intravital Dynamic Pressure Measurements in Lumbar Discs. Scandinavian Journal of Rehab Medicine, supplement, 1970. Photos: Lamp: http://www.humanscale.com/ Footrest: http://store.yankodesign.com/ Chair: http://www.squidoo.com/haworth-zody-chair?utm_source=google&utm_medium=imgres&utm_campaign=framebuster Desk: http://www.beyondtheofficedoor.com
You’ve been working hard all spring and were rewarded with a 3-day weekend to kick off the beginning of summer! If you are like us, dear reader, sometimes it feels like you never have to go back to work again! Inevitably, we must face the Tuesday-morning blahs and return to our day-to-day routine with the accompanying responsibilities, chores and deadlines.
What do you do if you are experiencing a post-holiday blues? Here are three tips to help you recover.
Start off on the right foot…er…diet
Between BBQs, camping trips or making the rounds of parties, holiday weekends can mean that we temporarily suspend healthy eating habits. We can wake up Tuesday morning feeling, tired, bloated and sluggish from too many processed foods, alcohol or sweets. Make sure you drink a lot of water the day you return to “normal” and begin to include fruits, vegetables and whole grains in your diet. Resist the temptation to snack on the potato salad leftovers all week and focus on making food choices that support your body and can help you return to feeling great.
Often we spend so much time focusing on an upcoming vacation or three-day weekend that when the event comes and goes, we can temporarily feel depressed. To ward off the slump, make sure to plan a fun activity in the coming week or two and mark it on your calendar. It doesn’t have to be anything extravagant – a trip to the farmer’s market, a preplanned drive into the country, or dinner with friends can give you a light at the end of the week and help give you a lift while looking forward to something enjoyable in the near future.
Having a 4-day work week can make some of us feel frantic, trying to accomplish the same amount of work with only four days in which to complete it! Studies have shown that working to the point of exhaustion has diminishing returns. Work smarter, not harder. Take frequent breaks to refresh your eyes and your mind (even 90 seconds to take deep breaths and close your eyes can help) and find ways to automate your most mundane tasks to reduce stress and repetition.
If others around you are feeling hectic and stressed, take a moment to remind yourself that you are in control of your emotions and you do not need to let their stress bleed over onto you. You can work more efficiently if you stay focused on your work and not get caught up in any workplace drama created by tight deadlines.