How to Give Yourself a Spa-Like Bath at Home

You don’t have to go to an expensive spa to relax and achieve momentary bliss. You can have the same luxurious bath experience in your own home, and on your own terms, without spending a fortune or going somewhere public to get it.

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For post-race celebrating 🙂

Use a plastic or acrylic cup or glass. You can thank me the first time you knock it to the floor.

If you need to clean, wet the shower/tub down well and let it sit for a few minutes. Ideally clean right after someone showers. This will help any grunge soften. Then apply your cleaner and let IT sit for a bit. If you follow these tips your cleaning will take less time and elbow grease. And speaking of grease, a degreasing dish washing liquid like Dawn is remarkably effective on tubs or showers. After all, most of the grunge is soap (made from fat) and body oils.

Should Doctors Be Allowed to Listen to Music During Surgery?

If you’ve had surgery under anesthesia in the last couple of decades, your doctor was probably listening to her favorite music while operating. There’s growing debate in the medical field about whether music in the operating room really helps surgeons focus or creates a potentially dangerous distraction.

Source: Should Doctors Be Allowed to Listen to Music During Surgery?

Understandably, the music won’t necessarily be liked/preferred by all:

Personally, if I’m having surgery – I don’t care what music my surgeon listens to, if at all, if its going to help them do the best job they can.

The Music That You are Listening to is Impacting Your Mental Health

A study conducted at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Music Research at the University of Jyväskylä, Aalto University in Finland and Aarhus University in Denmark was done to see what is the link between your music listening habits, your mental health and your neural responses to the different types of musics through a combination of behavioural and neuroimaging data.

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Don’t most people seek out music that reflects their mood, not the other way around?  Years back, I remember a news piece on a setup that would apply electrodes/whatever and based on your brainwaves – construct music for playback.  The subjects enjoyed the result…

Ever wondered if the categorization of the music has less to do with the lyrics and more to do with ambient noise, structure, beat etc?  It is about how a person is using music, not what they are listening to.  Additionally, listening to ‘extreme’ music makes you more positive (study):

…psychologists have found that rather than increasing anger or aggression, listening to loud and chaotic music actually helps listeners feel inspired and calm.

Music May Help Treat Epilepsy Someday

The brains of people with epilepsy appear to react to music differently from the brains of those who do not have the disorder, a finding that could lead to new therapies to prevent seizures, according to research presented at the American Psychological Association’s 123rd Annual Convention.

Source: Can Music Help People With Epilepsy?

Hey, macarena…  Ok, I’m dating myself with that one.  If I said “bass drop”, is that current enough?

What Happens to Kale When it Hears Itself Being Eaten?

Advances in sensors and communication systems, such as those pinpointing the amount of water and fertilizers needed in just one corner of a plot of land, are allowing farmers to use technology to produce more food. Now there’s a surprising new tool to add to the precision agriculture arsenal: sound.

Source: What Happens to Kale When it Hears Itself Being Eaten?

The fact that plants hear is nothing new, but the idea of using sound to trigger their defense mechanisms is.  While there’s the benefit to agriculture (and subsequently our health), I have to figure that the trade-off will be taste, nutrition, and possibly resources (more defense would mean more water/etc).

No Playlist

Should you lift weights to heavy metal? Should you cardio dance to hip hop tracks? Should you run the streets listening to podcasts? NO.

Should you work out to techno? To Beyonce? To 50 Cent? To enlivening hard rock? To soothing Sade? Should you jazzercise to jazz and cardio dance to hip hop and do Pilates to Enya and spin class to, I don’t know, that fucking horrible shit they always play in the glass room with all the exercise bikes in there—some sort of boy band shit, maybe?

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I’ve previously written about my habit of not listening to music while training.  For most activities, like running or cycling, I find it to be rather dangerous because you can’t hear what’s going on around you.  When I’m cycling, I particularly dislike pedestrians and/or runners who won’t be able to hear my bell/etc.  Occasionally, cyclists too.  At one point, I would find a song at a desirable tempo stuck in my head before going running.  I don’t remember when I stopped, but I think I’ll try it again now that running is feeling easier and I’m doing a consistent time.

For other things like yoga or cooking, it’s a different matter.  Yoga, I tend to zone out for the most part.  I’ve always found it meditative.  Cooking – sometimes a fast tempo helps with the dicing/mincing/etc 😉

Whatever works for you, be safe.

Was Beethoven’s Music Literally Heartfelt?

Could it be that when Ludwig van Beethoven composed some of the greatest masterpieces of all time that he was quite literally following his heart?

The striking rhythms found in some of Beethoven’s most famous works may have been inspired by his own heartbeat, says a team of researchers from the University of Michigan and University of Washington that includes a cardiologist, medical historian, and musicologist.

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Not the first article about people investigating heart rhythm impact

Lettuce Turnip the Beet

My last marathon cook session, I noticed my legs were getting sore from standing.  The floor in the kitchen is tile, so it might be less forgiving than linoleum?  I started moving around more, which evolved/devolved into dancing to whatever music turned up on my randomized playlist.  My legs felt better, and it was fun to listen to tunes I hadn’t listened to in years. Elliot Smith, Operation Ivy, Tears for Fears, Amy Winehouse, Jamiroquai… I’m a huge fan of Parov Stelar, Caravan Palace – not so much.  Tom Waits, Tool, earlier Zero 7 stuff…  There isn’t much I won’t listen to – anything from a complex beat to effects or a great voice.  I can’t always say why it sounds good, just that it does…

Practice your chopping/dicing/mincing to speed/thrash/death metal or punk.  But mind proper technique – only took me a few fingers to figure it out 😉

Some people take it to another level, pairing music with meal prep!