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General Health - Exploring the Health Benefits of Psychocalisthenics

By Suzie Sawyer DipION MBANT NTCC

Known as Pcals for short, psychocalisthenics has long been accepted for its positive effects on health, both for the body and mind. It is an easy to learn set of 23 exercises that only takes 16 minutes to do and leaves you feeling energised and balanced. 

Pcals can be described as a series of movement and breathing exercises designed to activate the flow of vital energy through all the muscles, organs, glands and tissue. The exercises will help to improve emotional balance, maintain a healthy body weight, assist with mental clarity and promote a general feeling of wellbeing. Most importantly, alongside a good diet and appropriate supplement programme, you could be taking the first steps to improving your health for good. 

One of the major advantages of Pcals is that once you have attended a short training course, your entire exercise programme can be carried out in the comfort of your own home, making it the perfect addition to your daily routine. 

Psychocalisthenics was developed by Oscar Ichazo, philosopher and founder of the Arica School of Knowledge, and you can also continue your learning of Pcals to practice Advanced Psychocalisthenics, which dramatically increases the power and strength of Pcals. 

While one of the benefits of doing Pcals is improved flexibility of the joints and muscles, as well as improved overall health, it makes sense to support the body nutritionally. The following tips may be helpful: 

Eat a low-glycaemic diet – make sure your diet is high in whole foods and whole grains that provide longer lasting energy for the body and help to keep blood sugar levels in balance 

Avoid stimulants and refined foods – caffeine, alcohol, white bread, pasta and rice, sugary snacks and fizzy drinks are low in nutrients and deplete natural energy levels 

Eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetables per day – these provide important antioxidants that help manage the ageing process and support the immune system. Consider supplementation with a broad-spectrum antioxidant formulation for additional support 

Maintain flexible and comfortable joints – while undertaking exercise such as Pcals will help maintain flexibility, MSM is important for the creation of collagen and cartilage, for joint, bone and connective tissue health and can be taken supplementally. If your muscles feel particularly stiff, a warming balm containing MSM will help to ease them. 

Eat oily fish – such as salmon, haddock, herrings or sardines, which are high in the essential omega 3 fatty acids that help maintain healthy, flexible joints. You should consider supplementing with a pure fish oil supplement if you are not eating oily fish. Alternatively, if you are vegetarian or vegan, take a plant-based omega 3 oil, such as flax seed. 

For further information about psychocalisthenics, or for details of training courses around the country, you can email nora.metafitness@gmail.com or telephone 01252 781890. You can also visit www.metafitness.com.

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