Surprising Health Benefits of Quilting

You know that quilting makes you feel good, but now there’s scientific evidence to back up what you’ve always suspected-not only does quilting make you happy, it’s actually good for your health. Researchers at the University of Glasgow published their findings in the peer-reviewed Journal of Public Health after conducting qualitative research using a local quilting group as their source. The end result? “Quilting seemed to possess some distinct properties for enhancing well-being that would not be replicable through outdoor/physical activity.” In other words, that’s dry research speak for saying quilting gives you a workout you’re not going to find in your local step class.

The biggest perk? When you’re happy and doing something you love, your brain gets saturated with dopamine and serotonin, otherwise known as happy chemicals-especially when you’re doing “meaningful work” using your hands. According to Kelly Lambert, PhD and a member of the neuroscience department at Randolph-Macon College, quilting complements these conditions perfectly.

Get Healthy and a Stunning Quilt

Next on the health benefits list is a decrease in stress levels. Dr. Lambert says quilters “feel a sense of accomplishment that increases your ‘reward chemicals’ and decreases the chemicals related to stress or anxiety.” Of course, lower stress levels are linked to a variety of good things from a lower risk of heart attack and stroke to lower body fat. In a time when stress levels are breaking through the roof for most people, who wouldn’t benefit from a little cultivation of mindfulness?

If you’re more into quantitative proof, a clinical psychologist published research in the Journal of the American Medical Association showing evidence that quilting leads to decreased blood pressure, heart rate and perspiration. Finally, according to Harvard neurologist Marie Pasinski, MD, quilting is a soother for the brain. The Glasgow research echoes these sentiments, with the participants saying that quilting was a (relatively) easy way to embrace creativity, and the use of different colors and textures gave them a “sense of wellbeing.”

Straight from the Source

The Glasgow participants specifically cited, time and again, bright colors and how they elevated their moods-particularly during those dreary British winters. Most of the group also said there was something captivating about quilting and that they got into a flow, much like a runner’s high. It’s relaxing and at least for a little while, their anxieties were put on the back burner. However, quilting also requires problem solving skills, like when new patterns and shapes are required. From newbies to quilt masters, everyone said that at some point they always find a new challenge.

Finally, getting that tangible end result is a built-in reward that offers plenty of satisfaction and the feeling of achievement. During the social aspect of quilting as a group, the women said they felt inspired and all those compliments don’t hurt when it comes to getting a self-esteem boost. Quilting is “uniquely good for you” concluded researchers-a sentiment that’s obvious for quilters, but it’s quite the rush to get a nod from the world of academe (kind of like nailing that tumbling blocks pattern on your first try).

Jillynn Stevens, Ph.D. is a writer with a vast array of subject matter expertise. Along with publishing articles for large and small businesses, she researches, writes and publishes reports on various public policy issues.

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Fall in love with your smile with help from Santa Barbara Dental Spa

Dear Friends,

A Beautiful Smile Makes the Best Valentine’s Gift!

The professional dental staff and estheticians at the Santa Barbara Dental Spa would like to wish everyone a Happy Valentine’s Day. Perhaps the best thing we share when we are with our loved ones is a smile. A simple smile can convey so many deep feelings, but far too many people who are self-conscious about their smile can’t fully share their emotions. They are concerned that their yellow, stained or cracked teeth will create a bad impression and aren’t willing to fully express themselves. Even though they are uncomfortable about their appearance, these people are reluctant to go to a dentist because they are afraid of what might happen.

It doesn’t have to be that way anymore. Santa Barbara Dental Spa is committed to making dentistry painless and relaxing. We provide patients with the best Oral Health care and a beautiful smile utilizing the latest technology in a soothing, spa atmosphere. Our Santa Barbara dentist, Dr. B.K. Rai, specializes in Smile Evaluation and Smile Enhancement, as well as full mouth reconstruction. Dr. Rai routinely treats many patients with bite problems including grinding of teeth and TMJ related symptoms. In addition, Dr Rai is certified to perform dental procedures under sedation to make your visit completely painless and stress free.

Spa dentistry means that we not only want our patients to have a healthy mouth and body, and a beautiful smile, but we want them to enjoy the process! When you think of a visit to the dentist, it probably conjures up that unmistakable dental office smell, the whine of the drill, and a cold, clinical ambiance. Well, get ready to replace that vision with a peaceful, stress-free environment where you can be pampered while taking advantage of the latest and most comfortable techniques of modern dentistry. When patients visit us their experience includes a relaxing environment, stress-free dental procedures, and wellness services.

Our high-tech dental procedures include water laser tools, procedure education equipment, new advanced ZOOM whitening equipment, digital x-rays, and illuminated tools for improved lighting during procedures. But you might not even notice all of these because our complementary Spa Services include our chair massager, aromatherapy warm neck pillows, heated hand towels, soothing music, and soft room lighting, along with 3-D goggles and headphones.

Give your loved ones the gift of your beautiful smile this Valentine’s Day, and set up your appointment today for a Smile Makeover.

Dr. B.K. Rai DDS  + Everyone at Santa Barbara Dental Spa

Santa Barbara Dentist Dr. Rai

About Santa Barbara Dental Spa: Located at 2017 Chapala Street A, Dr. B.K. Rai and the entire staff at the Santa Barbara Dental Spa are committed to providing patients with the best oral health care and beautiful smiles. Dr. Rai routinely utilizes the latest high-tech dental technology in a soothing, spa atmosphere to treat patients with bite problems and provide mouth reconstruction including dental crowns, bridge work and cosmetic implants. Visit the website and Facebook page or call 805-560-9999 for more information or to schedule a free consultation.

Say No To Pests This Valentine’s Day in San Luis Obispo

Dear Friends,

Imagine yourself all dressed up and ready to go out for a night on the town to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your loved one when suddenly you spot a rodent scurrying across the floor of your house! That’s a terrible way to start what should be the perfect evening. Don’t let that happen to you. Call Brezden Pest Control at 800-464-9446 now and let us give you a free estimate of what it will take to have our rodent control and exclusion services in your home.

The San Luis Obispo area is a great place to live, but unfortunately the very climate that makes this area so inviting can also welcome many unwanted pests into our homes and gardens. The Central Coast of California is home to earwigs, bats, ants, bed bugs and other creatures that can make our lives miserable if they decide to make their home in our home.

My wife, Maria, and I founded Brezden Pest Control in 1980, so we know what it takes to provide effective rat controlbird controlant control, and termite treatment services. For example, if you call us about a rat problem, our technician will perform a thorough inspection of your property to determine the extent of the infestation and why and how the rodents are entering your home. Depending on your home and the degree of infestation, we might recommend using baits in tamper-proof bait stations, snap traps, live traps, or exclusion. Our technician will also provide suggestions about what you can do to prevent further rodent infestation.

We also recommend a new natural insulation that combines eco-friendly insulation and pest control to keeps bugs out and warm air in. Thermal Acoustic Pest Control, or T•A•P insulation, from Pest Control Insulation Systems is a blown-in cellulose insulation that is installed on top of existing home attic insulation. The product incorporates two common technologies, borate-based pest control and premium cellulose insulation, which results in a patented, Energy Star-labeled, pest control insulation with fire-retardant, sound-deadening and pest-controlling properties.

Brezden Pest Control is proud to be the premier pest control company in and around San Luis Obispo County. Don’t let unwanted pests spoil your Valentine’s Day. Whether you need help with pest control or dead animal removal, call us now for a free estimate and let Brezden put your mind at ease so you’ll enjoy time with your loved one.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

John and Maria Brezden, and the Brezden Pest Control team.

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Q1: Do Bats pose a health risk?
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Q2:  How can I tell if I have mice in the house?
A2:  Mice are nocturnal, so although they may have claimed your home as their own it can be hard to spot them. Some signs of mice activity include torn paper bits, hair, and leaves, all of which mice use in nest building.

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About Brezden Pest Control – Brezden Pest Control was founded in Cayucos by John and Maria Brezden in 1980. As the business grew, it expanded to serve all of San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles, Los Osos, Cayucos, Cambria, Five Cities, Atascadero and Santa Maria. Professional pest control services which Brezden provides include dead animal removalpest inspectionrodent control, and termite treatmentVisit the website and Facebook page or call 1-800-464-9446 for a free estimate or advice on holiday pest control.

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Dear Friends,

Easter can be a fun time of eggs, candy and flowers, but it can also be dangerous for people who suffer with allergies. There are so many opportunities for danger if that bunny leaves something more than yummy treats. Riviera Allergy Medical Center (RAMC) provides advice year-round to help allergy sufferers cope with the potential allergy triggers that can hide in innocent packaging.

Dr. Ulrike Ziegner, allergy treatment specialist, recommends following these tips below to help keep Easter safe for people who suffer from allergies, asthma, and food sensitivities.

    • Safe Egg DecoratingKids With Food Allergies has some great egg decorating ideas so your kids won’t have to miss out on all the fun. Instead of using real eggs they suggest painting wooden, plastic, Styrofoam, ceramic or other types of non-allergy inducing eggs. Be sure to look at their ideas for safe Easter baskets and Easter activities, along with some yummy recipes.
    • Watch Out for Flowers and Pollen: The Easter lily is a beautiful flower, but it can also be an allergy trigger. In addition, this is the time when spring pollen starts appearing in various types of tree pollen, causing additional sneezing and wheezing.
    • Traveling Concerns: People like to visit each other around holidays. Make sure you take any allergy medications along in case they have a dog, cat, or even a bunny that might induce an allergic reaction. Ask what ingredients went into any baked good items, or take safe treats along for your child.
    • Easter Candy: It’s hard to resist a brightly-decorated basket of tempting treats. Make sure you inspect all candies for nuts, milk, wheat, eggs or other triggers that can affect your child. has a listing of Allergy-Friendly Easter Candy that is made in dedicated facilities. You can also consider a basket filled with plastic eggs that contain small toys, stickers, Legos, or other items your child will enjoy. Throw in some crayons and a rubber ducky, top it off with a brightly colored stuffed animal, and the basket will be a real treat.

Ask Riviera Allergy Medical Center about other safe practices you can follow, and learn about actions to take in case of an allergic reaction. We can show you how to recognize an allergic reaction and anaphylaxis. Dr. Ziegner can advise you on whether antihistamines or an epinephrine injector are appropriate for your allergic reactions, and will offer sound suggestions on how to manage and possibly even prevent them.

Dr. Ziegner and the entire staff at Riviera Allergy Medical Center want to wish you and your family a safe and allergy-free Easter!

Dr. Z and Staff

1711 Via El Prado, Suite 101
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
Phone: 310.792.9050
Fax: 310.792.9048
Riviera Allergy