The Power of Myth

We have only to follow the hero’s path, and where we had thought to find an abomination, we shall find a god.

And where we had thought to slay another, we shall slay ourselves.

Where we had thought to travel outward, we will come to the center of our own existence.

And where we had thought to be done, we will be with all the world.

Joseph Campbell
The Power of Myth

How to stretch

In the easy stretch spend 10 – 15 seconds holding the stretch. Push the stretch until you feel a mild tension. Remember to relax as you hold each stretch. The feeling of tension should slowly reduce as you hold the stretch position. You should feel the stretch, but without pain. If the tension does not subside, ease off slightly and to an amount of tension that is comfortable for you. The easy stretch reduces muscular tightness and tension and prepares the tissues for the developmental stretch.

The developmental stretch
Now move slowly into the developmental stretch. Do not bounce. Move a little bit further until you again feel a small amount of tension and hold the position for 10 – 15 seconds. Stay in control. The tension should decrease, if it does not, lessen the tension slightly. If the stretch tension increases as you hold the stretch or it is painful, you are stretching too far. The developmental stretch fine tunes the muscles and increases your flexibility.

Breathing
Your breath should be slow, rhythmical, and under control. If you are bending forward during a stretch, exhale as you bend forward and breathe slowly as you hold the stretch. Don’t hold your breath while stretching. If a position changes or prevents a natural breathing pattern, then you are not relaxed. Ease up on the stretch to resume your natural breathing.

Counting
In the beginning, silently count the seconds as you hold each stretch, this will help you to hold the proper tension for the right amount of time. In a while, you will be able to stretch by how it feels, without having to count the time you hold the stretch.

Warming up
Before you stretch, you should do a few minutes of warming up (ie. walking, swinging arms) to loosen the muscles and related soft tissue. This will get the blood moving. It is important to warm up and stretch properly.

It is possible to injure yourself while stretching when:
• you are in too much of a hurry (not relaxed)
• you push too far, too soon (overstretching a cold muscle)
• you are not paying attention to the feeling of the stretch

If you are running, cycling or doing some other activity: warm up by doing the activity you are about to do, but at a lesser intensity for about 2 – 5 minutes. THEN STRETCH.

Cooling down
You should cool down after exercise by doing a scaled down version of the main workout. Get your heart rate back down towards a resting rate. Then stretch to prevent muscle soreness and stiffness.

Stretching © 2000 by Bob and Jean Anderson. Shelter Publications, Inc.

Lactic Acid

Muscle tension
Muscles, in the course of their work, use oxygen and nutrients and produce carbon dioxide and waste products. The principle waste product of muscle metabolism is called lactic acid. Nutrients and wastes are transported to and from muscles by the blood circulation, and so the efficiency of this transport system is dependent upon good blood flow. Poor or insufficient blood flow causes an accumulation of lactic acid producing tension in muscles.

Muscle pain
There are many types and causes of muscle pain, but all of us are familiar with the stiff achy feeling of a muscle which is reacting to an unusual level of exercise, a chronic strain or build-up of stress-related tension. This achiness is caused by the development of lactic acid residues in the muscles tissue, compounded by the fact that a tight muscle clamps down on its supply blood vessels and impedes drainage of its own tissue.

Massage
Massage acts on the tight achy muscle in several ways. It helps relax tension and spasm and promotes the release of lactic acid from the tissue. This relaxing action automatically enhances the function of the supplying blood vessels. In addition, massage actively increases the rate of blood flow to and from the area.

Epsom salts
Because of the high magnesium content, epsom salts bath can be helpful any time you are suffering from achiness and muscle strain. It is an excellent idea for the evening after you have had a massage because it helps to clear out released lactic acid. Without this, there may be a temporary generalized soreness following the massage treatment of a particularly tight area.

Instructions for taking a bath
Epsom salts are readily available at your local pharmacy. Use 2 to 4 cups in a full bath, the temperature of which is as hot as you can comfortably tolerate. You must soak in the bath for a minimum of 20 minutes, without adding any bathing solutions or oils and without using soap, as these substances will alter the chemistry of the water. After soaking for 20 minutes, you may wash or rinse off as you wish.

To replace the fluid you lose as perspiration, keep a glass of cold water beside you and sip it during the bath. If you like, you may also wring a towel in cold water and wrap it around your neck. As with any hot bath, make sure you get out of the tub slowly and carefully.

Liar's Poker

“I have this theory,” said Andy Stone, seated in his office at Prudential-Bache Securities.

“Wall Street makes its best producers into managers. The reward for being a good producer is to be made a manager. The best producers are cutthroat, competitive, and often neurotic and paranoid. You turn these people into managers, and they go after each other. They no longer have the outlet for their instincts that producing gave them. They usually aren’t well suited to be managers. Half of them get thrown out because they are bad. Another quarter get muscled out because of politics. The guys left behind are just the most ruthless of the bunch. That’s why there are cycles on Wall Street – why Salomon Brothers is getting crunched now – because the ruthless people are bad for the business but can only be washed out by proven failure.”

Michael Lewis, Liar’s Poker

Top 50 Superclubs

List of Top 50 superclubs as voted by international DJs:

1 Space (Ibiza)
2 Fabric (London)
3 Pacha (Ibiza)
4 The End (London)
5 Warung (Itajai)
6 Panorama Bar (Berlin)
7 DC10 (Ibiza)
8 Amnesia (Ibiza)
9 Pawn Shop Lounge (Miami)
10 Zouk (Singapore)
11 Stereo (Montreal)
12 The Arches (Glasgow)
13 Turnmills (London)
14 Space (Miami)
15 Digital (Newcastle)
16 Ministry Of Sound (London)
17 Womb (Tokyo)
18 Guvernment (Toronto)
19 Cocoon (Frankfurt)
20 Pacha (New York)
21 D-Edge (Sao Paolo, Brazil)
22 Cavo Paradisco (Mykonos, Greece)
23 Sirena (Maresias, Brazil)
24 Crobar (Chicago)
25 Fuse (Brussels, Belgium)
26 Pacha (Buenos Aires)
27 Basics (Leeds)
28 Club Kristal (Bucharest)
29 Coco Rico (Riccione, Italy)
30 Cielo (New York)
31 Rex Club (Paris)
32 Robert Johnson (Frankfurt)
33 Yellow (Tokyo)
34 Tenax (Florence, Italy)
35 Weekend (Berlin)
36 Privilege (Ibiza)
37 The Cross (London)
38 Sankeys (Manchester)
39 Home (Sydney, Australia)
40 Pacha (Sao Paolo, Brazil)
41 The Key (London)
42 Babyface (Shanghai, China)
43 Honey Club (Brighton)
44 Se One (London)
45 Alter Ego (Verona, Italy)
46 Spundaue (Los Angeles)
47 Trilogy (Dubai)
48 Venue (Athens, Greece)
49 T Bar (London)
50 Ageha (Tokyo)