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review 2014-03-28 22:53
Review: Vital Face by Leena Kiviluoma
Vital Face: Facial Exercises and Massage for Health and Beauty - Leena Kiviluoma

Quick review for a quick read. This is an excellent, detailed guide to exercising the head muscles, complete with descriptions of the anatomical structure, function, and motions that one can arrange in a personal program to improve function, relieve aches, and improve appearance among other benefits.

I personally liked the full color illustrations, photographs, and detailed diagrams provided in the text. It was a referesher for me in terms of the anatomy, but having a career interest in movement science/health and wellness - this enlightened me to some of the motions and ranges that could be done with the muscles in the face, jaw, and neck. The massage techniques for the neck, the tips on improving posture, and even improving eye health and applying heat/cold therapy were also much appreciated. I think Leena Kiviluoma did a fine job with compiling the information in this guide. Recommended not only for those interested in improving their health, but also can be useful for research and health education. Will definitely return to this and recommend as a reference.

Overall score: 5/5 stars

Note: I received this as an ARC from NetGalley, from the publisher.

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review 2013-02-15 00:00
Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain
Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain - John J. Ratey,Eric Hagerman Now if only this books came with a cattle prod to wake me up in the morning so I would exercise, it would be perfect.
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review 2012-01-08 00:00
Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain - John J. Ratey,Eric Hagerman I listened to this after basically running out of fiction to listen to, lol. I only bought it because it was a special on Audible, but I'm glad I listened to it. There were a lot of very technical terms presented and explained, and some very technical biological processes described. It took me quite a while to get through it, but that's not necessarily because it was boring; it just wasn't the fiction that keeps me coming back wondering what's going to happen next. But the subject matter was really fascinating.

It's amazing how closely the mind and body work together. Of course, we all know at this point that exercise is good for the body. Even if we don't necessarily do anything with that knowledge, lol, we know. What was interesting to me were how many brain-related issues can also be positively affected with exercise: addiction, ADHD, dementia, menopause, pregnancy, depression, anxiety... the list seemed to go on and on. The brain's ability to "fix" itself, given the proper conditions, is incredible. In many cases, claims were made that exercise can eliminate the need for certain medications, or at least reduce the level of medication. Study results were presented to support the claims, and while the author admits that there's still a way to go on correlating specific outcomes to specific components of brain processes, the evidence was compelling.

While I joke that I ran out of fiction, it's also time for my yearly "I really have to start getting some activity in my life" thing. I think, or I hope, that all of the information provided in the book will help me stick with it this time. It seems that exercise has so many benefits beyond just the rocking body, well into old age.
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