Whether it is running, swimming, weight lifting or aerobics, fitness experts say the center of all exercise routines is the core - the abdominal, back and muscles around the pelvis - which is the seat of stability, strength and power. Adding in exercise routines to strengthen the core can help the runner go faster, the basketball player jump higher and the everyday exerciser more easily do routine tasks from loading the car to cleaning the tub.
Newest spa splurge: vaginal steaming
According to Korean medicine, the steam baths help treat stress, fight infections, clear hemorrhoids, regulate menstrual cycles, and aid infertility. Niki Han Schwartz, owner of Tikkun Holistic spa in Santa Monica, California, told The Los Angeles Times that vaginal steam baths helped her get pregnant at the age of 45 after only five steams (she'd been trying to conceive for three years).
Dr. Suzanne Gilberg-Lenz, an obstetrician and gynecologist at Women's Care of Beverly Hills Medical Group in the US, says the idea of vaginal steaming the pelvic area is "not insane," and can increase circulation to the region, which can trigger an immune response.
Where can you get one? The treatment is still hard to find, especially outside of Japan, Korea, and major American cities such as New York and Los Angeles, but it is available at a growing number of holistic spas.
Want to try it at home? A complete setup, including an open-seated stool, boiler, and herbs, can be purchased online at Rakuten.com