Explore the health and wellbeing issues concerning heat waves and hot stone massage.
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Host: Everybody enjoys some summertime fun in the sun. But as human beings, we definitely have a limit to the amount of sunshine we can soak up. And when the first rays of summer intensify and drag on into a searing heat wave, we really need to take care. Heat stroke or hyperthermia may be your only reminder of that weekend way. Here’s a few tips on what to look out for. Heat stroke occurs when the body’s cold temperature rises to such a point that it starts to shut down systematically. If someone has very red, hot, dry skin, high temperature, a swollen tongue and rapid pulse, chances are, they’ve become I'll with hyperthermia. A trip to the hospital is in order. Liam Donaldson: They get dehydrated. They lose water and salts from the body and therefore their blood becomes more concentrated. It doesn’t flow so easily and it can cause a heart attack or a stroke. Host: People of all ages are prone to heat stroke but in particular, babies, the elderly and the chronically I'll should take every means possible to stay cool during a heat wave. Everyone should drink plenty of water, stay out of the sun and position themselves in a well-ventilated area when a heat wave strikes. If you must go out, don’t go shirtless. Your body will continue to burn when you’ve stepped out of the sun. Slather yourself in a high sun protection sunscreen and, remember to wear a hat. Take it slow. Physical exertion can increase your chances of heat stroke by dehydrating you further. Liam Donaldson: Make sure you have a fan, make sure you drink plenty of water, not alcohol or coffee because that can actually make you more dehydrated. Keep the windows open at night, if you possibly can because that keeps all the heat out and the cool air in. Host: It’s best to keep out of the sun altogether when the weather becomes this extreme. Aside from heat stroke, getting sun burnt will increase your risk of skin cancer later on in life. Keep a bottle of water with you and sip it regularly. Remember to reapply your sunscreen every two hours for maximum efficiency. And if you feel drawn to the beach for a cool off, keep it to the late afternoon or early mornings. Play it cool in the heat. Mention the word massage and most people put out their hand for one. Life can be hectic and experts agree that regular massage should be included in your wellness regime. But have you ever experienced the hot stone massage? For 3000 years, different cultures have recognized the heat retentive power of stone and have used it to heal the body. After heating a selection of smooth stones in 120-degree water, the therapist then moves the stones in Swedish massage maneuvers all over the body. The warmth relaxes the muscles more quickly than a conventional massage, allowing the practitioner access to deep tissue. Heat from the stones encourages more blood flow to the area, speeding up the delivery of healing nutrients and encouraging the quick dispersion of waste products. Feel the energy flow right to the very tips of your toes with hot stone massage. For areas of inflammation, practitioners may use cold stones instead of hot ones.