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2700 N Hwy 17, Suite H
Mount Pleasant, SC 29466


After 17 years of practice as a licensed massage therapist in Charleston, SC, Aija  (Atmah Ja) has assimilated a range of techniques—making her a specialist in the field of mind-body medicine, yoga, and meditation. Aija is one of the few therapists to offer cupping in Charleston, SC after having first encountered “fire” cupping while apprenticing with a Thai medicine man in Chang Mai,Thailand. While cupping has been around for centuries, it is currently trending because of its ability to produce dramatic healing effects in a shortened period of time!  


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Anti-aging and Exercise, how HIIT Affects the Mitochondria similar to Laser Therapy

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Well this year came in with a glorious snow fallen bang, didn't it, and I have been loving the winter wonderland!

Its been an exciting new year with our historic snowfall – so let's take nature's cue and have a big bang in our lives –right? Our love affair with nature is that it is not a constant; it is an ever changing variable that is the backdrop of our mood and energy levels. So with the dynamic global changes and weather patterns we have the opportunity to really move mountains!!!!!

As we welcome the NEW YEAR – I look forward to sharing and creating a more dynamic conversation with you.

For me, the bar is high for health and wellness and I elevate the bar for you!

My desire in all of my sharing is for everyone to experience the highest degree of health and wellness in the body and understand OUR own impact on illness, degeneration and disease as we are the “movers and shakers” of our body, literally making it every day by what we EAT AND THINK as the two most powerful variables! These are things I share all of the time.

For all of us Aging is a BIG DEAL. Of course we desire to maintain a youthfulness of body, mind and spirit –and so how do we achieve this as the years tick upward and onward and the aches and pains shift from occasional to chronic?

New studies on health, aging and exercise are focusing on the Mitochondria and this is precisely what we target with Laser Therapy!


Do you remember the mitochondria from our way back biology days?... It is the energy source that creates food or energy for each cell to function. Well as we age, the energy-generating capacity of our cells' mitochondria slowly decreases. (Using laser therapy enhances mitochondrial function and regenerates/rejuvinates cellular tissue.)

But what the study found is that high-intensity interval training yielded the largest benefits at the cellular level. The younger volunteers in the interval training group saw a 49% increase in mitochondrial capacity WHILE the older volunteers saw an even more dramatic 69% INCREASE!!!!!!

Here's what the study found about high intensity training, exercise …

  • Encourages the cell to make more RNA copies of genes coding for mitochondrial proteins and proteins responsible for muscle growth.
  • Boosts the ribosomes' ability to build mitochondrial proteins, increasing muscle protein content.
  • Reverses the age-related decline in mitochondrial function and proteins needed for muscle building.
  • Increases in mitochondrial protein synthesis and muscle hypertrophy.

Exercise's ability to transform these key organelles could explain why exercise benefits our health in so many different ways. Muscle is somewhat unique because muscle cells divide only rarely. Like brain and heart cells, muscle cells wear out and aren't easily replaced. Functions in all three of those tissues are known to decline with age. "Unlike liver, muscle is not readily regrown. The cells can accumulate a lot of damage," Nair explains. (Laser therapy helps to eradicate cell damage) However, if exercise restores or prevents deterioration of mitochondria and ribosomes in muscle cells, there's a good chance it does so in other tissues, too. Understanding the pathways that exercise uses to work its magic may make aging more targetable.

SO what exactly is high interval intensity training?


Exercise is done in bursts of short interval phases of rest and activity. The body pushes everything to the maximum effort say 30 seconds to a few minutes at 80-90% of maximum heart rate with a recovery period that may last equally as long. “A high-intensity workout increases the body's need for oxygen during the effort and creates an oxygen shortage, causing your body to ask for more oxygen during recovery,” says Eric Salvador, NASM, NSCA, head instructor at The Fitting Room in New York City. “This afterburn effect is referred to as excess post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC) and is the reason why intense exercise will help burn more fat and calories than regular aerobic and steady-state workouts.”

From an adaptative perspective we are requiring the body to stay fit for survival and CELLULARLY IT RESPONDS!

Awareness Advice from the trenches ~
I have seen a lot of injury from people coming from HIIT classes. You become exhausted quickly and lose proper form. The exercise may be too strenuous and you can't keep up and get injured. Build yourself up to your maximum and give yourself a break if you are a beginner. If you are doing HIIT at home on your own, on the contrary, you may need to push yourself a little more to get your heart beat faster to achieve the full impact.

So getting vigorous exercise seems to be the most effective way to bolster health. "There are substantial basic science data to support the idea that exercise is critically important to prevent or delay aging," says Nair. "There's no substitute for that."