What is Cupping Therapy?

Cupping therapy is a form of alternative medicine where suction is used to promote blood circulation, reduce inflammation and increase relaxation. Think of it as a ‘reverse massage’, where the skin is being ‘pulled’ rather than ‘pushed’. Although cupping has been trending lately, the technique goes back to the ancient Egyptians, Chinese and other Middle Eastern cultures. However, just because something has been around for a while, doesn’t mean it’s safe or beneficial. Click here to read more about cupping therapy, what side effects are associated with the technique, what questions you should ask prior to treatment, and if it’s all really worth it.

 

Cupping Therapy

The 5 Major World Religions

Have you ever wondered what a Hindu believes in? How about a Jew, a Muslim, a Christian or a Buddhist? Here are the five major world religions and all the facts you were too afraid to ask. Along with a brief synopsis of where they come from, you’ll learn what their practitioners believe in, how old these mantras are, and how many people around the world follow their creeds. The more you know!

 

Push Yourself

Comfort. To some, it is inner peace, a state free of pain and suffering, an assurance that keeps us safe. To others, it is the moment we stop growing, the moment we turn down opportunities, the moment we stop living our lives. Comfort is a luxury many people hope for, but it is also a sign of stagnation if we let it take over our lives entirely. In the experience of Yubing Zhang, “life begins at the edge of your comfort zone”. So push yourself, because you never know what heights you will achieve.

 

7 Signs of Depression in a Loved One

Depression can often manifest itself in several different ways; an element that makes this condition difficult to diagnose, even for mental health professionals. Things like disinterest or lethargy from a loved one, may actually be a symptom of this common mental illness. According to Dr. Norman Rosenthal, the key is to identify these changes of mood and behaviour in your friends and family, and seek help as soon as possible to tackle this serious issue head on. To learn more about the 7 signs of depression in a loved one, click here.

 

7 Signs of Depression

Why Are You Always Tired?

Have you ever woken up in the morning only to feel tired for the rest of the day, even when you know you’ve had enough hours of sleep? As it turns out, there are several factors that affect our ‘tiredness’ levels throughout the day, including the amount of exercise we do during the week, our alcohol consumption the night before, our daily diets, and more. To learn more about why you’re always tired, watch the video below.

 

What is Buddhism?

Although many would classify Buddhism as a religion, it is better to think of it as a ‘way of thinking’ or a guide that encourages spiritual and emotional development. Buddhism is a tradition that began in Nepal and slowly spread through much of East Asia. Today, there are close to 495 million Buddhists in the world who ascribe to ideals such as moderation, enlightenment and the overcoming of suffering. To learn more about this fascinating belief system, watch the video below:

 

Baycrest Alzheimer’s Research Initiative

For the month of April, the Thumper team has been donating a portion of every sale to the Baycrest Alzheimer’s Research initiative. Our goal is to continually support the fight to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease and to improve the care of those who currently have this horrible stream of dementia. We can all do our part to help the millions of people who suffer from Alzheimer’s in North America. So whether its increasing awareness, spending time with a grandparent or parent who has the disease, or even donating directly to a fund, we hope you will join us in supporting this universal cause. Thank you.

 

Baycrest Alzheimer's Research Initiative

Producing Art Reduces Stress

A recent study conducted by Girija Kaimal, an assistant professor of creative art therapies at Drexel Univeristy, has suggested that creating art has the potential to reduce stress in adults. According to Kaimal, we are all creative creatures, and although our skills in art may be limited, the act of producing art reduces stress and lowers cortisol levels in our bodies. So the next time you’re feeling overwhelmed or anxious, consider taking out some pencils and brushes. Click here to read the entire article.

 

Producing Art Reduces Stress

The Benefits of Dark Chocolate

You may have received a lot of goodies this year as Easter treats. But, before you go ahead and toss out that chocolate bunny thinking, “I probably shouldn’t“, check and see if it’s dark. Any chocolate that has a 70-99% cacao content is considered dark chocolate and thus contains a ton of nutrients that are good for your body, such as: flavonoids, anti-oxidants, magnesium, copper and manganese. Several studies also suggest that dark chocolate may be a contributor to reducing poor heart health, bad cholesterol, and high blood pressure. If you’d like to learn more about the health benefits of these cacao-rich treats, click here.

 

Dark Chocolate

Massage For Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis is a type of heel pain where the plantar fascia (the ligament that goes from your heel to your toes), is strained over time. This condition typically occurs in athletes, people who walk on hard surfaces over an extended period of time, and in people who have high arches or flat feet. It is a common problem that luckily has several at-home treatments that can significantly reduce discomfort and pain over time. However, if you’re looking for immediate relief, there’s no better way to release tension than by massaging the ligament itself. Click here to learn about massage techniques for Plantar Fasciitis and a video tutorial on how to do it.

 

Plantar Fasciitis