Oct 13, 2014
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What benefits can massage therapy provide you with?

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The list of benefits that one can gain health wise from getting a massage on a regular basis is far to long to list here. Obviously, the biggest one is to get some form of relaxation and an effective way of getting rid of some stress. However, not all people get the same benefits from getting a massage from a massage therapist and to some people a single treatment can mean a whole lot more than to other people.

What is massage therapy?

At its core, massage therapy is the manipulation of the body’s tissues in an attempt to relieve some tension, pain or stress that shouldn’t be there or that can at least be reduced. But beyond that, there is the simple act of skin on skin contact that a lot of people don’t get enough of nowadays. For example, there are many studies that have proven that skin on skin contact is essential to human beings. But not just in humans, most animals find that it is also essential and babies in particular are in great need of this because it is very important for their development and even survival. Heck it is even important for the mothers to have contact with their babies after they have given birth as it has shown that it can reduce significantly depression felt after the act of giving birth. Overall, skin on skin contact is hard wired into our beings as being very beneficial to reducing stress and even depression and other mental disorders.

So how does massage therapy fit into all of this? Well, it is obvious that there is skin on skin contact with massage therapy, it’s like that by definition. In doing so, it can help people balance out their anxiety and stress with some relaxation and giving a peaceful inner state of mind. That stress that a lot of people feel consistently can also lead to potential physical pain issues and muscle stiffness that otherwise wouldn’t be there. And the opposite is also true. An accumulation of physical pain can lead to mental issues if it is not resolved in a timely manner. Think about it. How do you feel when you have a certain type of physical pain afflicting you? You probably feel pretty bad mentally as well. Now just think if you had chronic pain like that and it was afflicting you every moment of every day, how do you think you’d feel? It’s not that hard to imagine that mental issues could crop up at any given time.

What does massage therapy actually do?

Massaging the muscles has more of a good effect than just feeling good. In fact, that good feeling one gets is just an extension of getting the muscles massaged. When the muscles get massaged, it loosens them up and eliminates any kinds of pressure points that can be affecting them. Also, the fascia is the tissue that envelops the muscles and it also can get stiff and restrict the movement of the muscles and cause pain. Working on loosening that up can also be a great source of relief.

The ligaments and tendons are also great sources of potential stress and pain. Tension is also accumulated in the tissues connecting muscles together as well as the tissues connecting muscles to bones (i.e. ligaments and tendons) and any problem in the free range of those tissues can cause a great deal of pain.

Where is the best place to get a massage?

If you’re convinced that getting a massage is the right step for you, a website like Massage Trois-Rivieres is a fantastic place to begin finding information about getting a treatment.

 

 

 

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Oct 10, 2014
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Looking to buy gold? Follow the tax laws or else…

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When most people think about rich people living a wealthy lifestyle, they usually envision them living in large mansions, driving expensive cars and owning a huge Scrooge McDuck-ian vault filled with gold. For as long as humans have been able to mine this metal, it has been a symbol of wealth and more than that, it spoke to the social status of the person who owned a lot of it.

Most people who are looking to invest some of their hard earned money understand that there is an inherent risk that comes with investing in the stock market. On the other hand, while its potential for growth is perhaps slower, nothing equals gold when it comes to stability and long term value. Buying gold or other precious metals is a win-win scenario that only the smartest of people are keen to explore as an opportunity. But more than anything, people who buy gold do it more as an opportunity to make sure that the economy (as unstable as it can be) has no effect on the value of their money.

Why is gold so valuable?

The reason gold is so valuable is the same reason professional athletes and superstar actors are paid so much money to do what they do; scarcity. It is said that all of the gold on earth put together is equivalent to approximately two Olympic sized swimming pools filled to the brim. That’s not a lot when you think about it and it is also the reason why it is so valuable and why its value will never drop (too much anyway).

But why should you buy gold?

It seems that it is a fashionable thing to say to buy gold and buy as much of it as you can. However, many of those people also sometimes spread misinformation about it. Things like there is absolutely zero risk associated with it or that it is completely tax free to own gold are things that can lead to bad investments in precious metals.

The first thing to know is that gold should not be seen as much as an investment but more as a form of money in and of itself. Little known fact is that most of the world’s currencies used to represent set amounts of gold so in fact, back then gold was literally money, more so than currencies themselves. However, when the American government decided that their paper currency would no longer represent precious metals, this system fell apart and inflation has been on the rise ever since.

Tax rules associated to the purchase of gold

The logo of the IRS

The logo of the IRS

Before starting this section, it is worth noting that it is smartest to consult a company that deals in precious metals purchasing or gold IRA accounts before making any large purchase of the metal. Asking an expert on the matter is the best way to get the most value out of your investment.

That said, there are things that one can do to further understand the tax ramification associated with buying gold. Currently, gold is seen by the IRS as a collectible item and is therefore subjected to taxation. It also doesn’t matter what precious metal you choose to buy, whether palladium, silver or gold, the taxation rate is the same for all.

There are tax deferred options available to American citizens such as gold IRA accounts. Whatever tax options are followed, storing the metals is also a thing that is important to consider. Should you decide to collect coins and bullion purchased for yourself by yourself, it is possible to store the pieces at home, preferably in a safe. However, those who opt for a custodian run precious metals account, it is necessary to store them in a gold depository.

It is your choice

At the end of the day, investing in gold or no is entirely up to you. It is important to remember that while there are a lot of regulations and rules that need to be followed, many companies specialize in helping individuals purchase precious metals and therefore should not be seen as a barrier to entry. Do your homework and research the rules in depth and you will be sure to make a smart investment in precious metals.

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Feb 28, 2014
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Tips to know before even thinking about buying gold

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Many investing experts agree that buying gold should be a part of every one’s portfolio if they are seriously interested in protecting and growing their wealth. But the reason many people overlook gold and precious metals as an investment is because it doesn’t have the fast appreciating potential that other forms of investing have. Instead, it should be viewed as a wealth protecting asset because it is something that will always have value. It doesn’t matter what the rest of the market does, gold will always have good value and won’t fluctuate like certain currencies and stock can.

Buying gold: Why do it

While many people think that diversifying their portfolio means buying different stocks related to different markets, what most experts mean by diversifying is to buy not only shares of a company but put money in different assets as well. From the day that the gold standard was abandoned in 1971, the price of gold has only risen, which stands in contrast to the stock market on the whole. This means that even if the stock market is doing poorly, there is a good chance that gold will still be on the rise.

Protection against the worst case scenario

Inflation is a popular word that gets thrown around a lot. However, most people use it as a scare tactic instead of presenting it from the point of view of an opportunity. Inflation occurs at the same time that a currency loses it’s value. However, when this happens, the value of gold is almost always unaffected, since its price is dictated by a whole other set of rules. So, if gold was purchased before the inflation occurred, that same amount of the precious metal will be worth inversely as much as the currency deflated.

Gold keeps its value, no matter what people think

Paper money as a currency only works for as long as everybody keeps believing in its value. Think about it this way, if everybody starts to distrust the economic system that uses a given currency, the value immediately drops. Because many currencies aren’t backed anymore by gold (as they used to be), the trust people have in its value is the only thing holding it together. On the other hand, nobody will ever argue against the value of gold. There is no trust to be had, it is a mineral that humans cannot fabricate (like paper money) and therefore cannot affect its overall value. That means that it will always be worth something regardless of the number of economies that collapse or banking systems that close down.

What to do with the gold once you’ve bought it

Say your gone through the process. You’ve done your research, you’ve found the best place to buy gold and your on the verge of placing an order. What do you do with the gold? Do you store it yourself? Thankfully, most gold dealers offer options to their customers. They offer safe shipping and delivery options for those who are more inclined to store it themselves. On the other hand, they also offer to connect buyers with precious metal custodians who will take care of storing the metals for clients (for a fee of course).

Also, there is the option of investing in stocks related to gold and gold mining. Because the value of gold never drops too drastically, companies involved in its extraction and processing usually follow the same trend. This is another option that some people who are more inclined to purchase stocks instead of physical assets might be willing to look into.

Doing the research

All in all it is vital to do a proper amount of research and know what the best path to follow is for you. There are so many options out there and so many different companies dealing in gold that it is imperative to gain a deep understanding of this type of investment before sinking any money into it.

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Feb 14, 2014
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Bring The Fresh: Splattering the competition

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In the summer of 2010, two world class internet marketers came together to make one of the most complete courses in internet marketing: Bring The Fresh. Those two internet marketers are named Kelly Felix and Mike Long and their course is all about how people can build websites for very little money and rank them in the search engines. It is designed with the complete newbie in mind. With that being said, it does contain information in various sections that will be profitable for even more advanced pupils.

The most impressive thing that this program has achieved is an almost unanimously positive reaction across the search engine optimization community. It is rare to find a program that almost only gets positive reviews and if you do a quick search online, you’ll be hard pressed to find an exception to this. This is because Kelly and Mike were driven to make sure that the Bring The Fresh course not include any fluff, only highly actionable information that brings results.

What makes Kelly Felix and Bring The Fresh worth listening to?

Now a lot of SEO program creators out there make up a fake image for themselves in an attempt to make themselves seem more knowledgeable than they actually are. So it’s good to wonder if Kelly is one of these hucksters. The good news is that he is not. In fact, Kelly knows a lot about ranking websites in the search engines and this was reflected for a long time when he was ranked for the insanely competitive term “bad credit”. After that, he worked on another very successful internet marketing program called the Rich Jerk which he later sold for millions of dollars.

But good knowledge isn’t free, right?

Most programs are either ridiculously over priced or try to make you believe that they are losing money selling you thousand’s worth of information for pennies on the dollar. In both cases, the value tends to be lower than the price the program sells for.

Bring The Fresh manages to actually provide much more value than the price it sells for. The cost of a lifetime membership is significantly less than one hundred dollars. What’s more is that the format in which the information is delivered isn’t limited to one or the other. Kelly and his team understand that some people prefer video while other people like better a pdf file for learning. That’s why they’ve included both for the convenience of the many members that have paid the price of entry.

“How to” is just half the battle

One other great thing that Bring The Fresh offers its members is motivation to stay focused and persistent in their efforts. Because consistent effort is vital to success in any online business venture, there are videos that discuss and lay out plans to stay focused and motivated. Top that off with the fact that Kelly has made available a member’s forum for the members to interact with each other and share their successes, people have all they need to stick to the plan laid out.

Hard work pays off

When I say that the information in Bring The Fresh is top notch, I don’t mean that it’s going to bring in millions of dollars overnight. In fact, the plan laid out requires almost daily work on the part of the members and those who aren’t willing to go through with it will fail. On the other hand, the people who diligently work and stay persistent with their efforts will be rewarded and are the ones that will ultimately succeed.

 

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