December 1, 2010 Newsletter

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Whitney Max Pet Care

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$10 Off of Massage
The Importance of Massage:
Muscles under strain, such as stress or exercise, can bein to become “sticky”, causing pain and limiting their ablity to perform optimally.  Massage is one of the only techniques which will restore them to their proper performance.  Reguar massages will enhance and increase the effectiveness of the athlete’s workout.

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Acupuncture can be used to treat any sort of pain, whether it be a headache, backache, neck pain, anxiety, stress, or gastrointestinal disorders; acupuncture can even help you quit smoking or lose weight.


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5 Tips for Guilt-Free Holiday Partying xmas  

The holidays are here and they are bringing lots of parties with them! If you have a get-together or two on your calendar, putting a few of these pointers to use could mean you finish out the season without gaining a pound! Here are some practical tips to avoid overeating at holiday parties:

Create a Game Plan

Plan what you are going to eat and drink the night before the party. While the spread may vary somewhat, you will always have some general idea of what will be on offer and be able plan accordingly. Doing so will help you allocate your calories how you want to rather than “winging it” at the get-together. For example, if you know you want to have a cocktail then you know you’ll need to say no to dessert, or vice versa.

Take a Pew

Whenever possible, sit down to eat. The old joke that calories consumed when standing do not count is, sadly, not true; but they may not “count” in the sense that your brain isn’t registering what — and how much — you are eating when you are standing. Taking a seat and paying more attention to what’s passing through your lips will help you notice the sense fullness when it arrives, too.

Keep Temptation Out of Sight

We naturally tend to eat more when food is in sight.  Even smelling savory fare could break down your willpower. Try to find an area of the room that ensures the buffet is out of your line of sight and then occupy your mind (and mouth!) by talking to as many people as possible. Distraction can be your best weight-loss ally.

Don’t Skimp on Snoozing

Get plenty of sleep in the nights leading up to the big get-together. The amount of sleep you get can have a direct influence on how much you eat, whether.  Considering how busy as the holiday season can be, getting your eight hours can often be a challenge, but it’s worth shuffling your schedule to ensure you to get plenty of shut-eye:  Research has shown sleep deprived people are more likely to overeat during the day than those who get adequate rest.

Start Over This Second

Don’t keep telling yourself that tomorrow is another day each time you slip-up. That is the holiday-season equivalent of saying “I’ll start my diet next Monday.”  When you realize you’re overeating or drinking too much at a celebration, put a stop to it right away. Rather than looking at tomorrow — or January 1st — as the “start over” day, look at the next moment as the “start over” moment. 

Carina Weston

Did You Know…bfastMissing a morning meal is the worst thing you can do.  It slows metabolism and depletes your body of the fuel it needs to function optimally.  But what you eat matters as much as the fact that you eat something.  Simple, unrefined carbohydrates signal the brain to release serotonin, a neurotransmitter that brings on calm when you most want to be full of energy.  Also, your body digests simple carbs quickly, sending blood sugar soaring and then plummeting, resulting in an energy crash.  Try to start each day with a breakfast that contains at least 5 grams of protein which activates the production of norepinephrine, a neurochemical that increases heart rate and alertness.
Quick Tip…

Have leftovers for breakfast!  This will give you a high energy meal to start your day.  Keep it healthy!
Julia Morichelli


Acupuncture  acu By redistributing, moving energy, and influencing signaling pathways, the body in effect is reprogrammed through acupuncture.Signaling mechanisms such as nociceptive and pain systems that are overactive or malfunctioning are effectively modulated and down-regulated.  Histamine, seratonin, leukotrienes, and prostaglandins are more important mediators of the acupuncture effect.

The motor and sensory pathways that are stimulated by specific acupoint combinations initiate a system response that effects complex signaling patterns.  For instance, in an acute or chronic pain condition, the acupuncture treatment stimulates a cascade of immune visceral and somatic responses that then activates analgesia to inhibit pain patterns 
Dorothy Low L.Ac, Dipl.OM.


Come and receive 50% off of an acupuncture treatment today!

Pilates pBenefitsHave you ever attempted Pilates exercises?  If not, now is the moment.  There are numerous benefits of Pilates.  It is a minimal impact workout, that will be simple to master.  Pilates will help you get fit, remain flexible, and get you beautifully shaped.  Pilates reduces blood pressure and stress, enhances flexibility, strengthens breathing, tones muscles, and adds more energy in your daily life.  Pilates is a great work out for all ages and body types.  It can be strenuous for those who are able but can also be quite low impact for those who need to watch out for joint or ligament pain.  Come in to Pro Fitness Network for Pilates today! 

MassagemHave you ever started a new workout routine and felt sore in the same place over and over?  This may have held you back from advancing and making the most of your weight training.  The cause of chronically sore muscles is a combination of lactic acid build up and muscular imbalance.  Deep Tissue Massage Therapy is a great solution.Deep Tissue Massage helps to balance the musculature so that the body can perform optimally.  Massage will help balance the muscle groups by releasing chronically tight and constricted muscles and getting to the root of the disequilibrium.  Deep Tissue massage also hydrates the tissue, increase blood flow, and makes the fascia more open and supple.  All of this  makes people stronger, faster, and more energetic. 

Come in and receive $10 off of a massage today!

Meet Our Clients and Their Businesses 

petWhitney Max Pet Care
Provider of professional dog walking and pet sitting for the discerning pet owner.  Whitney serves Pasadena, South Pasadena, and San Marino.  She is fully bonded, ensured, Red Cross certified in pet first aid, and a member of Pet Sitters International.  She also has a business license from the City of Pasadena and is highly recommended by her long time clients.
Whitney’s business philosophy is “good work for good people and their pets.”  Her goal is to ensure that human and animal clients are 100% satisfied.  She makes all client visits herself and hires no independent contractors.  Unlike other local pet care services, no strangers will be entering your home or caring for your pets.  Whitney maintains a smaller number of clientele so she can focus on providing a higher level of service and commitment to your pets.

All Pro Fitness Network clients receive 2 FREE dog walks ($40 value) when signing up for Daily Dog Walking Service!

Whitney Max Pet Care
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Did you know that a massage strengthens your body, helps you heal faster, and increases your overall physical performance?  Whether you’re a weekend runner, enjoy taking an occasional exercise class or are a seasoned pro, a fitness massage is a vital part of your training routine to keep you performing at your best.

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This brings us to Day 172 of 365 Things To Do In Pasadena and Pro Fitness Network.  Pro Fitness located next to Oba Sushi Izakaya on Glenarm in Pasadena offers Fitness, Swedish and Deep Tissue Massage.

I have first heard of Pro Fitness when my trainer at Women’s World recommended that I get a fitness massage to help me with some knee problems that I was experiencing.  I have been taking Group Power and Spinning classes and the repetitive motion of some of the exercises caused muscle strain.  In fact, even repetitive activities, such as sitting at a computer for long periods of time, or driving a lot can cause tight, sore muscles or even injury.

Pro Fitness - Massage RoomMuscles under strain, such as stress or exercise, can become “sticky”, causing pain and limiting their ability to perform optimally. Massage is one of the only techniques which will restore them to their proper performance. Regular massages will enhance and increase the effectiveness of your workout.

So… following the advice of Katina, my trainer, I scheduled an appointment with Vanessa, one of the  therapists at Pro Fitness Network in Pasadena.  I met with Vanessa about 15 minutes before my appointment and was very impressed with the way she tried to pinpoint the problem areas for us to work on.  She took her time to truly question and understand what was bothering me and focused on working on the specific areas in question.

I never really realized before that a massage is a great way to treat knee injuries because it can relax the surrounding muscles and tissues by taking the strain and pull off of the knee itself.  It also brings fresh blood and nutrients to the area which will facilitate healing.

Other Massage Benefits:

  • It helps to remove waste products such as lactic acid and encourage the muscles to take up oxygen and nutrients which help them recover quicker. It will also increase blood flow to tissues, allowing for faster healing and improved performance.
  • Stretching – Massage can stretch tissues that could not be stretched in the usual methods. Bundles of muscle fibers are stretched lengthwise as well as sideways. It can also help lengthen the sheath or fascia that surrounds the muscle, thereby releasing any tension or pressure build up and allowing the muscle to return to it’s optimal length, relieving pain and enhancing performance.
  • Breaks down scar tissue – Scar tissue is the result of previous injuries or trauma and can effect muscles, tendons and ligaments. This can lead to inflexible tissues that are prone to injury and pain. Massage can break up the scar tissue, allowing more fluidity and less pain.
  • Improves tissue elasticity – Hard training can make tissues hard and inelastic. Massage helps reverse this by stretching the tissues and lengthening the muscle thereby enhancing results of the workout.

Whether you are looking for a relaxing massage or a fitness massage in Pasadena, Pro Fitness owned by Carina Weston is definitely a place to check out.  Carina herself has suffered a devastating injury breaking her neck in 5 places.  It took her 2 years of intense physical therapy including rehab, weight training and massage therapy to fully recover.  She is committed to working with the best therapists in Pasadena to provide an overall well being to her clients.

Mention 365 Things To Do In Pasadena and you will receive a $10 discount on your first scheduled massage ($65 instead of the regular $75/hour).

Pro Fitness Network
183 East Glenarm
Pasadena, CA 91105

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I have been struggling with my weight for years and, like so many others, have tried every diet, and purchased and done everything under the sun to lose weight. So for me to be able to write this review about something that actually works for me is MAJOR! I am extremely happy to have discovered Pro Fitness Network in Pasadena.

I’ve been working with Carina, my personal trainer, for only a little over 4 weeks so far, but I can already tell that my body is changing. My clothes are looser, my body firmer, and although tired, I actually feel “good” when I leave my workouts.  Carina is so cheerful and positive, you can’t help but smile everytime you walk in and see her smiling face! She was very thorough in my initial intake, my personal needs and level of physical health. So my training is specifically geared to what I am physically able to do and what I want to achieve. She will make changes to the workout as my fitness level changes. I like personal attention, but don’t like someone “hovering,” so semi-personal training with Carina is perfect for me!

When I first contacted Carina, I also told her that I wanted help with weight loss, but that I definitely did not want to count calories. She very kindly (and patiently) explained to me that I needed to know what I was consuming so that I could be aware of all the contributing factors to my being overweight. She suggested I meet Julia, the nutritionist, see if it was something for me, and if I didn’t like it, I could pass.  Wow! I’m so happy I decided to give it a try! Julia is great!!! She is experienced, knowledgeable and fun to work with.  She’s given me tons of information, and various simple but efficient techniques and ideas that really work! Now, after having been introduced to the BodyBugg and learning to log my calorie intake, I’ve lost 6 pounds in just three weeks! It’s much easier than I thought it would be, and actually kind of fun!  I find I’m actually starting to memorize measurements and calories quickly –  it’s something that becomes automatic!

I also had some problems with lower back pain when I started, so Carina recommended Vanessa to me, an excellent massage therapist!  After my first massage, I didn’t want to get up from the table! My body was SO RELAXED and the pain in my back (and everywhere else in my body) was gone!  She relieved the pain, and even gave me exercises I could do at home myself. I really look forward to regular appointments with her!

What I appreciate most about ProFitness is the attention each one has given me, and the knowledge that I’ve gained in such a short time. Carina, Julia and Vanessa have made it easier for me to understand my body and what I need to do regarding my own health. What’s also great is that they work in conjunction with each other, making whatever adjustments are needed to give you the best service/care possible.

There is so much “out there” about health, nutrition and weight loss, and it can be hard to figure out what is best for you personally.  But Pro Fitness Network has helped to clear the confusion for me.  Now I KNOW I can reach my goals, and actually ENJOY getting there!  Thank you! (I plan to update my progress in a month!)

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