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www.massagetherapy.com—your resource for all things bodywork 5 B O D Y T A L K C O M P I L E D B Y B R A N D O N T W Y F O R D Walking Cuts Risk of Life-Threatening Conditions New research published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine indicates regular walking in groups can cut the risk of stroke, coronary heart disease, and other life-threatening conditions. The study followed 1,843 participants in 14 countries for a total of 74,000 hours of group walking. The participants included healthy individuals, as well as those with conditions such as fibromyalgia, heart disease, obesity, Parkinson's disease, and type 2 diabetes. People who joined regular walking groups showed significant reduction in blood pressure, body fat, resting heart rate, total cholesterol, and weight. Walkers also experienced improvement in general fitness, lung power, mood, and physical conditioning. Read the full study at http://bit.ly/1J8HIFF. What is Zero Balancing? Relaxing, yet energizing, Zero Balancing integrates fundamental principles of Western medicine (osteopathy, Rolfing) with Eastern energy concepts (acupuncture, meditation). The technique focuses on healing by addressing the energy flow of the skeletal system to correct imbalances between energy and structure, providing relief from pain, anxiety, and stress. A typical Zero Balancing session takes about 30–40 minutes and consists of gentle acupressure focusing on joints and bones, performed through the client's clothing. Definition from www.massagetherapy.com, "Glossary of Massage and Bodywork Techniques." Massage Therapy Improves In Vitro Fertilization Rates A recent study published in Alternative Therapies found that patients who received deep relaxation (andullation) massage therapy prior to embryo transfer during in vitro fertilization had higher rates of pregnancy and birth, suggesting that stress reduction from massage therapy improves embryo implantation. The findings further support the use of massage therapy as a safe and effective complementary therapy for assisted-reproduction techniques. Read the full study at http://bit.ly/1IvgXZW.