Feel Better, Perform Better With Active Release Technique By Coach PJ Rivera


Feel Better, Perform Better with Active Release Technique by Coach PJ Rivera.

Feel Better, Perform Better with Active Release Technique by Coach PJ Rivera.

We aspire to create a better version of ourselves. That’s why we keep on training.

As endurance athletes, we train to withstand pain. And in the long run, we developed a high tolerance for it. Just when we thought that the physical pain we feel is nothing more than just having delayed onset of muscle soreness, we overlooked the fact that our body needs to rest and recover. This is because the mindset of most athletes is that daily training is paramount to better performance. Even if the pain becomes uncomfortable that could result to bad form or bad posture.

Pain is our body’s way of telling us to get that much needed rest; that there’s a need for a fix. Most often, we disregard this call and we end up injured squandering away months of training and preparations.

For quite sometime now, I felt that there’s been a decline in the quality of my training and even in my race performance due to recurring pains. I thought the pain has something to do with my tapered training due to my workload. Little did I know that I badly needed a treatment.

This prompted me to set an appointment with Coach PJ Rivera, who is no stranger to the world of sports and fitness, as he himself used to be a member of a track and field varsity team, and one of the founders of Trimac triathlon team. After his stint with the team, he went to the US to study and master the Active Release Technique (ART). Upon his return to the Philippines to practice ART, Coach PJ joined the Philippine Olympic team as the official healthcare provider, and is now into coaching runners and triathletes on top of his clinic hours.

Coach PJ Rivera is a triathlete, and now practices Active Release Technique, which is perfect for athletes.

Coach PJ Rivera is a triathlete, and now practices Active Release Technique, which is perfect for athletes.

Having a smorgasbord of pains, Coach PJ had to address my primary complaints. And guess what, for someone who’s physically active as I am, there were scarred tissues in my hamstrings, or commonly termed as tight muscles. Then there’s the uncomfortable pain in my ankles, shins, knees and lower back whenever I train or during races. Coach PJ went through each of the muscle groups and the connecting muscles with precision to loosen up them up. During the treatment, he suggested workout routines to help strengthen the muscles.

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The treatment went on for about 45 minutes to an hour, as Coach PJ went an extra mile of doing a holistic assessment of my condition. That’s when I learned that the muscles surrounding my chest are a tad tighter which made breathing a bit difficult during any physical activity. And there’s more! I apparently had an onset of stiff neck, too! Had I not gone for the treatment that early, the pain could’ve been worse.

Thanks to Coach PJ Rivera, who did an excellent job in making sure that pain isn’t something too grand to think about. Now, I can train and race better!

With Active Release Technique, I can do more. Feel Better. Perform Better.

Malaysia Tourism Hunt: See Yah, Malacca!


If you’re planning an upcoming trip around Asia, make it Malacca! Here’s why.

Malacca is the centre of culture of Malaysia and was declared by UNESCO as the World Heritage City. Hence, there are parts of the city that were preserved and maintained to their original look and built.

After of almost an hour of driving from Port Dickson, we reached the Mini Malaysia & ASEAN Cultural Park. On our arrival, the ushers dressed in vibrant colours led us to an open auditorium. Once we were all settled, we were treated to a series of dances and performances reminiscent of the Malaysian multi-racial heritage.

The Mini Malaysia and ASEAN Cultural Park, Malacca

The Mini Malaysia and ASEAN Cultural Park, Malacca

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Malaysia’s multi-racial culture is reminiscent in different ways, even in the dances.

There are many exciting and challenging activities that you, your family and friends can get your hands on and enjoy at the Mini Malaysia & ASEAN Cultural Park. In our case, we did quite a few of those fun stuff and challenges – totally ethnic and local.

Malaysia is also known for its colourful batiks. So, our first task was the batik painting. Batik painting requires some amount of artistry and techniques for a more creative result. Colour combination counts a lot as it defines the overall look of your batik. One need not be a virtuoso to make a creative batik. Just think about your art class. And surely, you’ll have an amazing time putting those creative juices at work.

We were given a pre-drawn canvass ready for painting, a set of water colour and brushes. Batik painting is actually a fun and relaxing activity while you let your creative imagination take control. With a few painting techniques, controlled brush strokes, some colour mixing, we were done with our first batik masterpiece. Working on that task felt like I was in my Humanity class during my freshman year in college! Ahahah! 🙂 Task #1: Done.

Sarah and I completed this batik as part of the first activity at the Mini Malaysia & ASEAN Cultural Park.

Sarah and I completed this batik as part of the first activity at the Mini Malaysia & ASEAN Cultural Park.

Our second activity was Top Spinning. Locally, they call it "Gasing", sounds like "kasing" which is the Visayang word of the top.

Our second activity was Top Spinning. Locally, they call it “Gasing”, sounds like “kasing” which is the Visayan word of the top.

Having grown in the countryside, coconut grating by hand wasn't a difficult task for me. :)This is our final activity.

Having grown in the countryside, coconut grating by hand wasn’t a difficult task for me. :)This is our final activity.

Our second task was Top Spinning. In Malay, “top” is called “gasing”. When pronounced, it sounded like “kasing”, which is a Visayan word for top. Sounds familiar, eh? Like I have previously mentioned, there are similarities between the Philippines and Malaysia. Quite honestly, I felt intimidated because I wasn’t good at spinning the top. But I was able to pull it off, in just one try! Then the next challenge was coconut grating – the old fashioned way. Having done it so many times back home, I didn’t have any difficulty doing it. I recall one of the delegates asking me where did I learn to do it. After completing our activities, we had our cool treat of the local delicacies and the famous local favourite refreshment cendol (pronounced as chen-dol),which is similar to our sago’t gulaman.

Right outside the Mini Malaysia & ASEAN Cultural Park is a bazaar where local delicacies and souvenir/novelty items are sold.

Right outside the Mini Malaysia & ASEAN Cultural Park is a bazaar where local delicacies, souvenir and novelty items are sold.

We bid goodbye to the staff of the Mini Malaysia & ASEAN Cultural Park with new learnings and new experiences, and for me, I had the opportunity to re-learn and experience once more how it was to be a kid and how it was to be living a simple life in the countryside.

Our home for two days in Malacca - the elegant Swiss-Garden Hotel and Residences.

Our home for two days in Malacca – the elegant Swiss-Garden Hotel and Residences.

After a long day of activities and driving from Port Dickson to Malacca, it's time to get the much needed rest in this is very comfortable suite at the Swiss-Garden Hotel and Residences, Malacca.

After a long day of activities and driving from Port Dickson to Malacca, it’s time to get the much needed rest in this is very comfortable suite at the Swiss-Garden Hotel and Residences, Malacca. (Photo taken the glass panel in the bathroom)

We drove off to Malacca business district for the remainder of of the afternoon. Before we knew it, we’re right in front of the grand Swiss-Garden Hotel in the centre of Malacca business district. Our home for the next two days of the Malaysia Tourism Hunt.

For Mini Malaysia & ASEAN Cultural Park tours and enquiries, please contact:

Mini Malaysia & ASEAN Cultural Park Melaka
Lebuh Ayer Keroh, Melaka 75450
Phone Number: 06 234 9989

For Swiss Garden and Residences, please contact 06 288 3131, or visit http://www.swissgarden.com/hotels/sghrm

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Disclaimer: This tour was sponsored by the Malaysian government through the Malaysia Tourism Hunt program.

Treating Skin Problems With Skin Philosophie’s Laser Genesis And LimeLight Facial Treatments


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I know my skin is in good hands with Skin Philosophie by Dr. Kyla Talens.

For many people, taking care of the skin is more of a girl-thing. Some think it takes the masculinity away from men. But don’t you know that men do need to take extra care of their skin, too?

I have never been particular about my skin since I got into running because I find those skin care regimens quite cumbersome. Constant exposure to the damaging UVA/UVB rays and pollution, plus the dust particles that come in contact with my skin have resulted to excessively oily, rough and dull skin. Melasma, commonly known as the hyper-pigmentation or discolouration of the skin even started to develop. Though this condition is a far cry from being alarming as compared to other skin conditions, I felt that just having a good and healthy skin is paramount to my overall wellness.

I had an obviously oily, rough and slightly discoloured skin. The discolouration was more visible around my eyes. As a starter, my first treatment at Skin Philosophie Medical Aesthetics and Lifestyle Solutions (Skin Philosophie by Dr. Kyla Talens, or simply Skin Philosophie) was the Skin Philosophie Signature Facial. The treatment included a thorough cleaning and a very relaxing lymphatic massage of the facial muscles. Then there’s the diamond microdermabrasion to scrub off the superficial dead skin cells, white heads and black heads. For the dark spots around my eyes, Dr. Kyla used a very light pressure to gently and evenly lighten the skin. And finally, a layer of vitamin C to nourish the skin.

My active lifestyle has immensely exposed me to the sun. Hence, the diamond microdermabrasion wasn’t the right treatment for me. The water jet peel was more appropriate as this did not include the diamond microdermabrasion. Instead, a small amount of high intensity water jet streaming from a small tube is flushed on the skin, gently removing any superficial dead skin cells. The result is a more radiant clearer skin.

Facial cleaning, apparently, does not address other skin conditions like excessive oiliness, large skin pores and even premature ageing of the skin. Dr. Kyla recommended Skin Philosophie’s premium service Laser Genesis. Generally, the results are achieved after six sessions (that’s six months of treatment). For severe conditions, it can last up to ten sessions. In my case, I had eight sessions.

LimeLight® Facial treatment by Skin Philosophie addresses melasma, or the discolouration of the skin.

LimeLight® Facial treatment by Skin Philosophie addresses melasma, or the discolouration of the skin.

Now, you can tell how bad my skin condition was! After the first session, there was already an improvement on my skin. The oiliness and the greasy feel has lessened significantly. Six sessions later, the skin looks more rejuvenated, more refreshed. And the skin pores are visibly tightened and minimised. Now, I no longer have to frequently wipe off the oil build up in my skin. And there’s no more greasy feel. I don’t have to worry about skin breakouts anymore.

With Laser Genesis, there’s less to no downtime at all, except for a pinkish to very light reddening of the skin, specially in my nose area. And honestly, it doesn’t look bothersome at all. Only that, I can’t wash my face within the next eight hours after the treatment. So, I normally get my treatment on a day when I don’t have any early schedule the following day. In fact, I can already go back to my normal activities. I can resume my training and running the following day. As the skin is a bit more sensitive approximately within two weeks, I use a sunblock even if I train no later than 7 in the morning, or after 5 in the afternoon. I avoid direct exposure to the sun. And I have made it a daily habit to put on a sunblock. And I think with or without the treatment, it’s a must for everyone to use a sunblock nowadays.

People can really see the difference. Friends have noticed it. And I am reaping the benefits of having Laser Genesis treatments. During a radio interview (which was simultaneously broadcast through Facebook Live, and was later on uploaded on YouTube), I didn’t have to think about getting a fix before going live, and even during the commercial gap halfway through the radio show.

And as a bonus, Laser Genesis treatment did a very good job of minimising if not completely removing the thin facial hair on my upper and lower lips. And daily shaving is another item off my routine. That makes life a lot easier, don’t you think?

Extensive exposure to the sun for the past five years since I got into running has resulted to hyper-pigmentation or discolouration of my skin. During my recent visit to Skin Philosophie, Dr. Kyla recommended their newest premium service – the LimeLight® Facial treatment, which addresses melasma. And according to Dr. Kyla, it is best to treat such condition at an early stage so treatment doesn’t take that many sessions.

LimeLight® Facial treatment is done after a thorough cleaning of the face. It includes a series of laser shots being closely administered to the skin. There’s a bit of a tingling sensation with each shot, but it’s totally comfortable. Similar to Laser Genesis, no washing of face in the next 12 hours. A sunblock is highly recommended for possible exposure to the sun. And as I have aforementioned, using a sunblock should be part of our daily routine.

With Dr. Kyla Talens and RN Camille at Skin Philosophie, BGC.

With Dr. Kyla Talens and RN Camille at Skin Philosophie, BGC.

Experience Immaculate Correction. At Skin Philosophie, you are guaranteed of a premium service that’s right on your pocket delivered by Dr. Kyla Talens and the well-trained staff. That’s affordable luxury! Plus, high quality machines being used for Laser Genesis and LimeLight® Facial treatments are all imported from reputable manufacturers of medical machines from Europe.

Now, you can beat the holiday stress and look refreshed with Skin Philosophie’s premium facial treatments at half the price until 15 January 2017 only. Call (02) 856-7451, 215-8080; text/Viber 0917-8860646, 0925-8664433 for your appointment. Skin Philosophie is located at the 3rd Level, The Fort Strip, BGC.

Watch out for the opening of its newest branch at the 9th Avenue, BGC!

Under Armour Strengthens Women Empowerment


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Under Armour-affiliate trainer “Mama” Kat Geronimo led the express circuit training.

Gender equality has become a social norm. And in a country our like ours, men and women alike could perfectly qualify for certain positions or roles in almost all industries and sectors in the society. Yet, there are various stories of battered and abused women.

Under Armour, in its effort to further strengthen women empowerment in our society through fitness and healthy lifestyle, encourages women to engage in various physical activities to challenge and improve themselves, especially those in the corporate world and the working moms.

Dubbed as “Women in Armour”, the campaign aims to motivate the ladies to be consistent in their quest to live a healthy and active lifestyle through regular workouts.

As living a healthy lifestyle is a fundamental component to achieving an optimal mental and physical well-being, the event catered an intense circuit training and self-defense seminar.

The express circuit training was led by Under Armour-affiliate trainer “Mama” Kat Geronimo, a renowned celebrity fitness coach who mentors notable film and television actresses such as Marian Rivera, Danica Sotto-Pingris, Melissa Ricks, Megan Young, Bettina Carlos, Anne Curtis and Jessy Mendiola.

On the other hand, Filipina fighter Geli Bulaong supervised the mixed martial arts (MMA) self-defense seminar with 50 women attendees. Geli, who made history last November 6 as she became the first-ever URCC women’s flyweight champion by defeating Yan Qui Han via first-round technical knockout, conducted basic MMA drills and several self-defense techniques.

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One Of A Kind Marketing chief Tin Majadillas gives a talk on women entrepreneurship.

Participants of the afternoon affair were in for a special treat as they were given an opportunity to interact and talk to the country’s high-profile fitness connoisseurs.

“The Fittest Woman in Philippine Crossfit” Zoe Pond-McPherson hosted a fitness dialogue to flesh out every essential piece on embodying health and wellness.

Meanwhile, Beast House’s Gia Gapay discussed about the amatory art of pole dancing as a beneficial form of exercise for women.

One Of A Kind Marketing chief Tin Majadillas spearheaded the commercial aspect of the event as she tackled about women entrepreneurship, while fitness trainer Andy Leuterio also shared his expertise on making recreational sports and hobby as a business. 

The event culminated by unveiling the Under Armour corner at Maximus Athlete’s Shop Café, which is located along Pioneer Street in Pasig City.

under-armour-women-empowermentWith women playing a huge role in our society, be part of spreading the female empowerment and join Under Armour’s campaign on social media by using #womenofwill #strengthenwomeninarmour and #fiercelyunstoppable.

Also make sure to follow Under Armour Philippines via @underarmourph on Instagram and Twitter as well as Facebook at www.facebook.com/underarmoursea.

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