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Having pointe shoes that fit well can make all the difference in you loving or hating pointe work, so it is important to get it right from the beginning. Ill fitting shoes can result in not only pain and discomfort while dancing, but also black toenails, blisters and stress fractures in the toes.

How Do You Fit Pointe Shoes Properly?

How Do You Fit Pointe Shoes Properly?All brands make several different shapes and styles of pointe shoes, which are designed for different people and different uses. This is often very confusing for first time buyers, so if at all possible get your dance teacher, or an experienced dancer to go along to the fitting with you. The fitters in various stores can range from exceptional to very average, so it is a good idea to get a name of a good fitter on the recommendation of someone you trust.While the person who fits your shoe should check all of the following things, it is good to know what to look for, and to feel, yourself. The fitter can look at how the shoe looks from the outside, but only you can feel what is going on inside.If possible, ask your teacher to come with you the first time you get your pointe shoes fitted, so that they can check the fit. If they cannot go, always check the fit of the shoes with them with them before you sew on the ribbons, break in the shoe or dance in them. If you get them dirty by wearing them around the house, they my not be able to be returned to the store, and it can get to be a very expensive exercise.Each part of the pointe shoe has a name. Try to learn the names for different parts of the shoe before you head to the store for the first time. That way you'll know what the fitter is talking about if she asks "Is that vamp too high?. There are many sites online that can help you with this.Always try the shoe on with any padding or Ouch Pouches that you will wear while dancing, and check the shoe in each of the following positions.A) Check the fit of the box The foot should fit snugly in standing; with the toes not too squashed in (They should be able to lie flat). There should be no bulging of the skin over the top edge of the shoe in standing. The top of the box should sit against the skin of the top of your foot. You should be able to slide the tip of your finger in to the shoe over your toes, just. If the box is too round for a flat foot, there will be more of a space here. You can flatten the box slightly, but it will also alter the width.B) Take a look at the length of the wings. The wings should come up to the side of the big toe joint. If they are too short, the box will pull the big toe in on an angle and may cause a bunion to form. If they are too long, it may be hard to work properly through the demi-pointe.C) Check the position of the heel of the shoe. The satin of the heel should come 7/8 of the way up your heel bone. Too high, and you may get problems with the attachment of your Achilles tendon attachment. Too low, and you will get frustrated with the heel of the shoe popping off when you rise.D) Watch the length of the vamp, the front of the shoe. If the vamp is too long you will not be able to rise through the demi-pointe effectively. If it is too sort for long toes however, you will feel like you are falling out of the front of the shoe.E) When you plie in a wide seconde position, the foot is at its longest and widest, so it is important to check that there is enough room in the shoe for your foot while dancing. Your toes should stay long in the shoe, and just touch the end of the shoe at the depth of your plie. If you have very short toes, you may need to pad up inside the box of the shoe to get a nice line of the shoe, and a correctly fitting box.F) It is important to check the fit of the shoe in an upright position before putting any weight on it. Place the tip of one shoe on the floor, with your weight on the other foot. Press down slightly to check the fit of the box. The foot should be supported in the box, and not sink down too much. Check the amount of satin at the back of the heel. If the foot has slid forward in the shoe, because the shoe is too wide, there will be more satin. If the top of the foot is bulging out, the box is too small. Make sure that both the big and little toe knuckle joints are supported by the wings. If they are too short the top of the wings will cut in and give an unsightly line to the toe of the shoe.G) Check the length of the shoe by peeling the satin of the shoe off the heel and folding it back under the shoe. Place the foot back en pointe, and check where the sole finishes. The end of the sole/shank should be just short of the end of the heel. If the shoe is too long (as in the picture on the right), there may be bagging of the satin at the back of the shoe, as the satin is cut to cup the heel. If the shank is too short however, the foot will tend to wobble more, and the satin will pull too low. This results in the back of the shoe often poping off when rising from demi to full pointe and can be very annoying.H) Look to see that the shank sits in line with the sole of the foot when the foot is en pointe. If the shank of the shoe is twisting, check the alignment of the foot first. As long as the box is sitting square and the foot is in good alignment, it should be ok. Often twisting of the shoe is due to the shank not conforming to the shape of the arch and can be remedied by breaking in the heel of the shoe before wearing. However, the shank may also twist on the foot if the box is too narrow, so recheck this area again.Once you have a good fit, you may try weight-bearing through the shoe by stepping up onto pointe. Hold onto the back of a stable chair or bench, and place one foot en pointe. Put some weight through that shoe and then bring the other foot up onto pointe. Make sure your toes are pointed long in the shoe and that there are no areas of severe pressure on any toe. Isolated areas of pressure may be solved by use of specific padding in the shoe, but should be avoided with a good fit if at all possible.

Stairlifts for your home

Stairlifts for your home

Do you struggle getting up your stairs? Are you thinking about the cost of installing a stair lift or moving from a house to a bungalow? You need to look at the cost involved in both but also why should you leave your home. Do you want your independence back and carry on with life as before?Look at which stair lift you need, do you need a straight or curved stair lift. The curved stair lifts are more expensive than the straight ones as they are a little more complicated and sometimes have to be custom made. Look at not only new stair lifts but re-conditioned especially if your budget is strict. A stair lift can assist you to move around your home without the struggle and avoid the stress of moving to somewhere you may not be as happy as you are settled in your current home. Also compare the cost of buying and installing a stair lift to all the costs of moving including all the fees and searches. Not only is it expensive to move house but the time it will take to not only find a home but the process of buying.You can research the market to not only find a suitable stair lift but the cost of buying the lift and the installation also the time of installing the stair lift. Most stair lifts can be installed within a day and very little disruption to your home. Try a stair lift to see how comfortable they can be and help you make the right choice for you.

Natural Pain Management.

Natural Pain Management.

Life in todays hectic society is going more and more in the direction of fast food restaurants, sugar in foods you would never think should be there, trans fatty acids, preservatives and pesticides which we consume in large amounts every year. We even go so far as to invent foods, such as artificial sugars, which your body (in my opinion) does not recognize as actual food. We are bombarded with hormones in most of our meats and dairy products. Girls are maturing physically at a much younger age because of this. With all this going on, its no wonder that our immune systems are on overload and physical ailments are growing in leaps and bounds. Pain in some cases, is what some peoples lives revolve around. Lets look at pain. It is your signal that injury, disease or too much strain has occurred on the body. Without it you wouldnt know that something needs to be addressed. Even mild pain can limit your activities, which in turn can lead to a loss of strength, endurance and flexibility. Chronic pain can be on and off or be consistent. If you are like most people, youll reach for over the counter drugs or prescription drugs. This is what the drug companies would love for you to do. My opinion is that if you handle your pain in this manner, you may not be really getting at the underlying cause of it. Drs. today are trained to diagnose, prescribe drugs and or surgery. If you suffer from pain there are many more options for you to explore than drugs or surgery. Here are some things you may want to consider.I highly recommend that you seek help from a nutritionist. With vitamins, minerals and herbs lacking in our daily foods, a good diet and exercise with supplements, and organic foods, may improve your immune systems ability to repair the body and therefore experience Pain Relief . There are other natural remedies that can enhance your nutritional handling such as acupuncture, chiropractic, massage, relaxation techniques such as deep breathing or yoga. I hope that helps.

Making Aging a Worthwhile Process

Making Aging a Worthwhile Process

Aging is an inevitable process that human beings go through. Wrinkles, memory loss, and risk of ailments like heart disease, osteoporosis, an other ailments may develop as people age. In addition to these changes, one's metabolism may slow down, which leads to the need to avoid consumption of certain food. Some internal organs like the kidneys, prostates, and liver may become less efficient. Because of this, many aged individuals may experience changes in hydration, endurance, and sexual performance. Aging, therefore, is a natural albeit sometimes difficult dilemma for many individuals. Health experts agree that with proper lifestyle and healthy diets, people can age gracefully without having to worry about health concerns. Drinking adequate amounts of water, exercising, and eating properly can make the aging process a smooth experience. Drinking water is essential in maintaining overall well-being and healthy aging. Water allows the body to effectively and efficiently absorb the nutrients that are consumed from food and flushes the kidneys of toxins. The internal organs perform better when they are properly hydrated. Furthermore, drinking water may also have an effect on one's outside appearance. It may make the skin become more clearer and give it a healthy and youthful glow. Regular physical activity is vital in healthy aging and retaining physical independence. Exercise and other physical activities may make the body stronger, tone the muscles, improve blood circulation, improve cardiovascular heart performance, and many more. These activities may also promote a sense of well-being and are often used to treat stress and anxiety. This is possible because exercising promotes the production of compounds called endorphins which may act as the body's natural painkiller. Health specialists calls this effect the runner's high because it makes one feel good and give a sense of highness. Other health benefits of exercise may include: Reduced risk of dying prematurely from heart disease Reduced risk for diabetes Reduced risk of high blood pressureReduced risk of colon cancer Improved weight control Improved maintenance of healthy bones, muscles, and joints Having a well-balanced and nutritious diet is necessary in making the aging process beneficial. Regular consumption of fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and the right amount of protein may reduce the risks of ailments that are associated with aging. Taking multivitamins and other dietary supplements may aid in vitamin and mineral deficiencies. However before taking any supplementation, individuals should seek the approval of doctors and other health professionals. Getting older is a part of life. How one feels when one gets old depends on many factors, which may include what health problems run in one's family and the choices one makes. If people take care of their body through regular exercise and healthy food consumption, getting old may not become a problematic issue. Individuals who want to engage in physical activities and take vitamins and food supplements should first ask for the approval of doctors and other health professionals. They may devise a program that suits certain individuals and give their insights on supplementation and other medications. With the proper lifestyle, the aging process can be an enjoyable, productive, and fulfilling stage in life.

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Adjustable Beds - Not Just For the Elderly!

In an ever increasing market for the ultimate Sleep System, most people still believe that the Adjustable Bed which was originally used in Hospitals and Homes for the Elderly are still that. A bed that can help the elderly in and out of bed! Although they are extremely helpful in these situations, they can also be very important for anybody in todays lifestyle.Now any sincere knowledgeable mattress salesman wont push the watching TV or reading in bed, its not something that we should recommend. But with todays lifestyles, this has become a normal way of life for some people. Sitting in bed watching TV, working to make the big deadline is OK, if thats your choice. But propping up two pillows every 3 minutes is probably not doing any good to your back or any other part of your body for that matter. If this sounds like you, maybe your next mattress purchase should have an adjustable base as well.There are many side affects from poor sleep and sleep habits that might also be a clue for you to check out the benefits of the adjustable bed. Some of the health issues are back problems, neck and shoulder pain, arthritis, circulatory problems, gastric reflux at night, snoring, breathing problems. Not only does an adjustable bed provide serious convenience with regards to helping people in and out of bed but there are many health benefits that can be taken advantage of for anyone.Tossing and turning at night on their mattress is the most common reason that people don't sleep well at night. The main reason people toss and turn at night is pressure points; traditional coil and spring mattresses put pressure on different areas of your body causing restricted circulation to those areas, when your body becomes uncomfortable you turn to a new position. Another reason for tossing and turning is improper spinal alignment. All traditional mattresses are flat but our bodies are curved, the traditional mattress fails to offer the lumbar region enough support often allowing your lower back and hips to sink below the rest of your body. This causes pressure and discomfort in that area which causes your body to turn to a new position.Adjustable sleep systems offer you several great benefits. Obviously, the adjustable base is only that, an adjustable base. To get all the benefits out of your adjustable base you need the proper mattress to work with it. Together they can create a totally pressure free environment while you sleep. Many studies have been done with the space program; the best known is the creation of memory foam. But there is more that was learned from the way astronauts sleep in space. Well our astronauts sleep in a totally pressure free environment experience all the time, floating in space. In studying the way astronauts sleep in space we have discovered a few interesting things. First off, their heads stay slightly elevated allowing for easier breathing. Secondly and probably more importantly, we see that their knees naturally bend and elevate slightly above the heart. This position takes pressure off the spine and allows for increased blood flow to the heart. Only an adjustable bed can mimic this extremely comfortable and healthy position. Keeping your body in our natural sleep position reduces the pressure on your skeletal frame more than 85% ensuring you will get the deepest most restful sleep possible.What to Look ForAn adjustable sleep system consists of two parts, the base and the mattress. The Base: There are really two types of adjustable beds, the commercial model used in Hospitals and regular consumer models. The commercial product is very heavy duty and usually has rails on the sides to help someone pull themselves up. These models are extremely expensive and are not very esthetically pleasing for home use, unless your health requires it. - Concentrate on the frame construction; you want the heavy duty construction with the look of an elegant piece of furniture. Preferably, a regular box spring appearance giving you the ability to dress it how you like it. - Look for quality motors at the head and foot. Make sure they are UL Listed and CSA approved. Preferably a Freefall Design so the head and foot sections lower by gravity only, this will ensure the motor gets extended life. Also ensure that its equipped with insulated rubber wheels for smooth, quiet operation.- A Polarized Modular electrical system is the way to go as it ensures you wont have any stray wires and with the plug-in feature makes service a snap. - Look for at least a 50 degree incline at both head and foot, 60 degrees is optimal. - Make sure the legs have threaded glides allowing you to adjust the height of the bed to your liking.- Now depending on your preference, make sure theres the availability of a massager. I dont know about you but I like the massager, it provides that little bit extra pampering you need at the end of some days. Some brands you have no choice, either you get it and pay for it or you cant get it. Having a choice is always nice.- Same goes for the remote, its nice to have the choice between wired or wireless.The Mattress: Your mattress is the single most important component of any bed, adjustable or not, even if your foundation was the corner of 4th and Main. The proper mattress should provide the proper support, pressure relief and spinal alignment even in this situation. - Many companies only offer coil and spring mattresses with their adjustable bases. This is not exactly the best case scenario. The coil and spring mattresses are not very pliable and don't really work well with an adjustable base and often need replacing every five years.- There are other very luxurious choices at a fraction of the price that you would benefit from with use of your adjustable base. All are designed to offer you pressure relief, proper spinal alignment and a more breathable sleep surface. Air Mattress Beds work well with the adjustable base when they are equipped with horizontal chambers, the chambers follow the contour of the bed nicely. Although this works well, its still not the optimal choice.- Try looking at a Memory Foam or Latex mattress, these mattresses are made from highly specialized foams and are more durable and pliable than coils and springs, as a result they will work in unison with the adjustable base to provide you with the ultimate adjustable sleep experience. Not to mention your mattress will most probably last for its intended life and these foam mattresses can go for twenty years.- The final tip is to stay away from the deal that promises, Mattress Included rarely does this mean your getting any quality in the mattress theyre giving you. Just FOAM doesnt mean Memory or Latex foam; check it out to make sure.So depending on your lifestyle or if your health dictates (I hope this isnt the case) check out all the health and convenience benefits of a quality adjustable bed, but dont forget the quality mattress!!

Summary

Having pointe shoes that fit well can make all the difference in you loving or hating pointe work, so it is important to get it right from the beginning. Ill fitting shoes can result in not only pain and discomfort while dancing, but also black toenails, blisters and stress fractures in the toes.