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What are compression stockings?

Compression stockings or socks and hosiery that improve circulation to help control swelling and relieve tired achy legs.

Can I benefit from compression stockings?

People who have or are experiencing any of the following conditions can benefit from wearing compression stockings:

• Expectant mothers

• Tired, aching, fatigued legs

• Swollen feet, ankles, and legs

• Mild to moderate swelling

• Varicose and spider veins

• Stand or sit for long periods

• Frequent travelers

• Overweight

• Other conditions as recommended by a doctor

How much support do I need?

15-20mmHg

mild support designed to help relieve:
• tired, aching legs

• minor ankle and leg swelling

20-30mmHg

(medically referred) moderate support designed to help relieve:
• moderate ankle and leg swelling

• leg swelling during pregnancy

• other conditions as physician recommended

30-40mmHg

(medically referred) firm support designed to help relieve:
• moderate to severe ankle and leg swelling

• other conditions as physician recommended

Do insurance plans cover compression stockings?

Yes. The majority of Toronto workers have partial or full coverage for compression stockings through their workplace health plans. Most insurance plans require a medical physician's referral for reimbursement.



Himalayan Pink Salt

Historical Facts About Salt
Just what is salt? As common as salt is to our tables, we have come to accept its presence in our lives as ordinary. But in the not-too-distant past, wars were fought over its possession and civilizations rose and fell in pursuit of what came to be called “white gold.” In times past, common rock salt was given to the common people and the highly valued crystal salt, like Original Himalayan Crystal Salt®, was reserved for royalty.
Primitive man had no concerns about salt. He got his daily requirement of salt from consuming the blood of the animals he ate.
We know that blood consists of mostly salt and a full complement of minerals. In this way, early civilizations received the benefits of salt and its included mineral nutrients.
As humans became civilized and moved towards agriculture and the domestication of animals, the demand for salt increased. Besides being valued as a seasoning, we discovered the ability of salt to preserve food. This freed us from our dependency on seasonal availability of food as we could now preserve our food. This opened the possibility for traveling and carrying our food with us.



Himalayan Salts

One of the most valuable and purest salt available is the Himalayan Salt. The salt was produced 250 million years ago when the sun dried up the original prehistoric ocean. It is completely perfect and natural, equal to the structure of the earliest primitive sea. The salt is full of minerals and nutrients that are also found in our bodies.

The application of "Sole", also known as Brine water, was successfully done by health specialists and physicians by mixing Himalayan Salt with high quality purified or spring water. This Salt has encountered several pressures for years and due to this pressure the salt was formed. The more the firmness, the greater the perfection of the salt formation. These salt crystals, when looked at under a microscope, come in beautiful geometric patterns.

The Himalayan Salt comes in transparent, whitish, reddish or pinkish color and can be found on Salt Mountain and comes together where there is adequate pressure for it to form into a perfect crystalline constitution. The higher the transparency and neutral the crystal color, the higher its clarity. Like the diamond, the more geometric of the shape of the higher the energy content.

Healing Effects of Himalayan Salt

For thousands of years salt has been known as a panacea. Alchemists called it "the fifth element" –besides water, earth, air and fire- because its qualities were comparable only to ether, the actual fifth element. Why are we so drawn to the ocean? Because our subconscious mind instinctively wants to return to the specific vibration state of the ocean from which we once emerged. This is where we can return to recharge our batteries and regenerate. It was only couple of hundred years ago with the advent of industrialization, that we initiated our disconnection from nature and her ways. Fortunately, we are witnessing a trend to return back to natural, holistic methods for living and caring for our body, including a shift back to utilizing natural salts in this process. People everywhere are reconsidering the healing effects of natural crystal salt. We can find it in skin care lotions, for use as bath salts and is even used in inhalation or cleansing treatments for illnesses of the respiratory system and for a variety of other indications

Benefits of Salt Lamps:

• Helps clean and purify the air
• Reduces electro-magnetic pollution
• Known to improve mood and concentration
• Helpful for asthma and upper respiratory problems
• Has a soothing and calming effect
• Helps alleviate feelings of depression
• Reduces fatigue
• Assists with natural healing processes

Ionization effects:
2.0 – 3.5 kg --- Affects area 0.5-1.5 meter in diameter
3.5 – 6.0 kg --- Affects area 1.5-2.0 meter in diameter
6.0 – 9.5 kg --- Affects area 2.0-2.5 meter in diameter
10 -12.5 kg --- Affects area 2.5-3.0 meter in diameter
12.5 – 18 kg --- Affects area 3.0-4.5 meter in diameter
18 – 24 kg --- Affects area 4.5-5.5 meter in diameter
24 – 30 kg --- Affects area 5.5-7.0 meter in diameter

How do the Salt Lamps work:

Each lamp is handcrafted with care, resulting in its unique and beautiful form.

These lamps naturally produce negative ions, which helps clean and purify the air. Ions are small electrically charged particles contained in the air we breathe. Other natural ion producers are trees and waterfalls. These lamps are helpful for people suffering from asthma and/or upper respiratory problems by reducing the amount of airborne bacteria and dust.

Also, in today’s society we are bombarded with electromagnetic frequencies (EMF) from televisions, microwaves and computer monitors. These producers of electromagnetic fields create excessive amounts of positive ions that can be neutralized by the negative ions emanating from the lamps. As well, the soothing colors of the lamps can have a positive effect on the body and mind. Thanks to scientific research, it is well established that salt crystal lamps have biophysical characteristics with a positive effect on our well being.

Salt Lamp Care

Salt Crystal Lamps should not be used in rooms with excessive humidity, or outdoors. If exposed to dampness, leave the lamp lit for several hours to emit the surface humidity, and then remove any powdery material with a dry cloth. If the lamp does show signs of dampness, turn on the lamp or light the candle to dry them out. Ensure first that any electrical parts are dry before using the lamp.

Regularly wipe the dust off the lamp using a slightly damp cloth, or a soft brush. Always unplug the lamp before changing the light bulb for safety. The bulb may be changed by pinching the sides of the insert and withdrawing the light fitting from the base. Tea-light Holders can be replaced from the top of the Tea-light Holders.

Warning: In order to avoid scratches or salt deposits during humid conditions, do not place your Salt Lamp or your Salt Tea-light Holder directly on valuable furniture. You should instead place it on a waterproof base – a coaster or decorative plate – until you know how the lamp is going to react to the room. Do not use outdoors or in other humid environments.

Other known benefits of Himalayan Salt:
• Known to cure many skin ailments. See our Himalayan Bath Salts
• The pH 7 of salt helps cleanse the body. See Table and Brine Salt
Therefore it is available as bath salt, brine and table salt.



SANDBAGS
Where Do I Find the Sand and How to Fill a Sandbag?
These instructions will help you fill your sandbag without getting sand in the zipper (which can cause it to jam). Before you get started, you’ll need:
• 10 lbs of dry, sterilized playbox sand; this you can easily find at any building supply store
• 1 wide-mouthed funnel
• 1 scoop

Yogvani (TM) sandbags are made of two parts—a cotton cover of your choice with a sturdy carry handle, and a nylon liner. The nylon bag is told hold the sand and to keep sand and dust from escaping.

To fill your sandbag:
1. Remove the nylon liner from the cotton cover.
2. Insert the funnel into the zippered opening in the nylon liner.
3. Slowly scoop the pre-measured sand into the nylon liner, taking care not to spill on the zipper. Note: Hold the liner upright as you pour. It will be more stable once it’s partially full. If this is difficult, get help of a friend. One of you can hold the liner straight and one of you can pour the sand.
4. Once you’ve filled the liner, carefully remove the funnel. Check the zipper for sand, brushing away any that escaped.
5. Zip the liner closed.
6. Unzip the cotton cover. Put the sand filled liner inside the cotton cover.
7. Zip the cotton cover.

Use your newly filled sandbag to bring weight, awareness, and openness to your yoga poses.

Important!
Keep your sandbag dry.
Do not overfill your sandbag—it drapes and stays put when it’s filled just right.
Do not drop your sandbag—the weight can split the seams.