3 Surprising Health Benefits of Ziplining

Need a dose of excitement, adrenalin and exhilaration in your life? From exercise, eating healthy to spiritual and mental wellness, people today are thinking about better ways to take care of their exhausted bodies and anxious minds. While there are many ways of pursuing a healthier mind and body, would you believe that ziplining is one of them? Finding reasons to strap on a harness and go ziplining in nature is easy, but there is also a range of health benefits.

#1 An excellent exercise for relieving stress

Did you know that the best way to relieve stress is by doing something new and exciting? While getting a good amount of clean, pollution-free air is good for cleansing the lungs, it is also good for cleansing the mind. Delivering more than just breathtaking views, as you experience the thrilling rush of zipping from the treetops, it’s a great way to clear your mind and focus on the moment, leaving all the stresses of the world behind. An absorbing experience that affords you to focus on the now, instead of yesterday and tomorrow, ziplining allows you to view your world from a new perspective, while you’re travelling at speeds of up to 50 miles per hour.

#2 Burn calories while high in the air

Did you know that you can burn about 229 calories with just 30 minutes of ziplining? As surprising as this may sound, you do a lot of physical work when in the air. A cardiovascular workout good for both the heart and the metabolism – not only will this adventure help to reduce the dangers of high blood pressure and heart disease, but your body breaks quite a sweat, which burns calories, all while having the best time of your life.

#3 Increases self-esteem and a sense of accomplishment

While it’s true that one of the best ways to reduce stress is by venturing into something new and exciting, there’s also a huge sense of accomplishment. Many people are afraid of heights, but there is no better way of conquering a fear than by diving right into it. When you’ve completed a zip line tour, you will feel mentally and emotionally stronger than ever. Yes, there is no greater sense of accomplishment when you land at the bottom and look up to see where you’ve come from. You will experience a sense of pride and joy, which will leave you confident and hungry to brave other fears.

Adding that little extra to peoples lives…

Fun, easy and safe for anyone between the ages of 7—70 years, ziplining adds that little something extra to people’s lives. With its popularity reaching many countries, ziplining can now be found in Constantia Nek in Cape Town, Sunlaws Estate in Centurion, Melrose Park in Johannesburg, Pretoria East, Honingnestkrans in Pretoria North, and at Timberlake Organic Village on the Garden Route. As the largest tree canopy tour family in the Southern Hemisphere, Acrobranch offers a healthy, memorable adventure.

Lights, Camera and Action! About Becoming a Fantasy Makeup Artist

Are you someone who loves the spotlight, but also working in the spotlight? Yes, we mean the fashion, commercials and movie industry. Essential to the TV, film, theatre and fashion world, fantasy makeup artists, also known as special effects makeup artists, make models look like zombies, brides look like Godzilla, and actors look anything but the part they are playing. If you’re a natural and think you’ve got what it takes to land yourself in the spotlight, then a behind-the-scenes career as a fashion, theatre, commercial or movie makeup artist might be just the thing for you.

Anything is possible when you’re a fantasy makeup artist

Foremost, a fantasy makeup artist ensures that actors are camera ready. They help the writers and directors tell the story. The hours are crazy, and you’ll spend most of your day and night mimicking effects that range from period drama makeup, ageing makeup, bruises, wounds and other injuries that require elaborate fantasy prosthetics. Fantasy makeup artists have their jobs cut out for them – but it’s not all work and no play. This is a very exciting and lucrative career with many local and international opportunities that include credits.

South Africa’s film and commercial industry is thriving

As a country in the business of making movies that cost half as much as they look, South Africa’s film and commercial industry are thriving, with both local and international production companies using local resources and hiring local crew. With movies shot in South Africa that range from Invictus, Blood Diamond, Lord of War, Black Sails, District 9, Safehouse, 10, 000 BC. Dredd, Resident Evil, Momentum, and The Lost Future to Blue Crush and so many more – there has never been a better time to get into special effects than right now.

This is an exciting career where you get paid top dollar and get travel and expand your creative skills. If you have the passion, creativity, drive, talent, and your fingers on all the latest fashion-forward makeup styles and trends, then you need to look at the short and long special effects fantasy courses at Face to Face Make and Beauty School.

Why Abacus Math Is So Important In Early Education

In today’s cut-throat, competitive world, every parent wants to see their little one grow up and achieve greatness. The moment they take their first breath, we’re already planning their future. Yes, it’s the desire of every parent to give their little one a head start in life, and while the many studies worldwide have proven that the first five years of a child’s life are the most important in terms of brain development and character building, one way to give your child a head start in life is to introduce them to Abacus maths.

Abacus maths and its incredible benefits

An arithmetic method based on the principles of abacus calculation, abacus math is the fastest way of calculating and learning math. Invented around 500 BC by the Chinese, Abacus Math, also called a counting board or calculating table is faster than a calculator. After working on an abacus for a while, the mind develops a virtual picture of the abacus. This helps your child to perform calculations in their mind at an accelerated speed without a calculator. Sound too good to be true? If you think this is impressive, check out some other benefits this ‘master learning technique’ brings to the educational table:

• Speeds up logical reasoning
• Advances reflexes
• Amplifies photographic memory
• Betters endurance of stress and pressure
• Betters reading and writing skills
• Boosts and faster calculation skills
• Builds stronger mental formation skills
• Develops confidence and self-esteem
• Enriches comprehension in math
• Fine tunes mental visualisation skills
• Heightens thinking ability
• Hones concentration and observance
• Improves problem-solving abilities
• Provides a solid learning foundation for addition, subtraction,
multiplication and division

The bottom line

Determined by our external environment, rather than by our genes, every human has the same chance of maximising their intelligence. The reality is we are all born with an immature brain and it’s not who we are or where we come from that determines our intelligence and our future – what determines our intelligence and our future is how we use our mind and the learning tools we use in early childhood development. The bottom line is children who attend Abacus math classes not only achieve higher academic performance in arithmetic, but they also achieve academic excellence in all subjects.

While we all want our little ones to be successful in life, it’s important to accept that your child is more than ready to learn from the age of one, and as a parent, it’s your duty to afford them the opportunity. If you’re a parent of a young child living in Johannesburg and are looking for a preschool curriculum at the forefront of childhood education, turn to FasTracKids.

How Trauma Therapy Can Heal the Wounds of the Past

Did you know that over 10 Percent of South Africans have been touched by trauma, in some way or another? A strong, continual negative emotional response to an extraordinarily stressful event that shatters your sense of self, making you feel helpless, anxious and depressed, trauma can put the brakes on life. Often, in very harmful ways.

A type of damage to the mind and body’s natural equilibrium that occurs as a result of a severely distressed nervous system, trauma surpasses one’s ability to cope with everyday life. Not only can trauma make it difficult to enjoy life, but it can manifest itself as physical pain or disease. Here’s how trauma therapy can heal the wounds of the past, and give you the gift of the present and future.

Acknowledgement

Trauma therapy is the most effective form of healing the wounds of the past. But many patients who suffer from trauma struggle to admit, recognise or even accept their past. It’s hard to re-live something that you so badly want to forget, but learning from the experience can help to heal your emotional pain. The first step to healing is acknowledgement. It is about acknowledging the pain inflicted upon you, embracing it, and accepting that you are no longer a victim. In trauma therapy, your therapist will help you open up, at your own pace, and without judgement.

Learn to let go of negative emotions

Just because you acknowledge your experience and pain, doesn’t mean you agree with it. Taking back your power is a huge part of healing from trauma, and trauma therapy shows you that you have the power of your trauma. Letting go means no longer allowing your bad memories and feelings to rob you of living a joyful life. Whether you’re someone who suffers from rejection, sexual abuse, physical assault, abuse, bullying or a medical trauma, learning to let go of pain, anger and fear are critical to achieving well-being. But, just like anything in life, it’s not a short road.

There is no magical pill that can heal trauma – only time, acknowledgement, and the know-how to make peace with your past can set you free from the grips of what is holding you back.

Top Tips to Help Your Kids Make and Keep Friends in Preschool

Learning to make friends with other children is an important part of developing social skills, and while your little one may have thrown tantrums by smacking, scratching or biting during their naughty two’s, your toddler is now ready to learn, share, cooperate and make friends. But younger children don’t just walk up to another child in the playground and say, “hey there, want to play?” Learning to make friends involves conversational skills, body language skills, and basic friendship skills, such as offering to help or share. And these skills do not come easily to all children – they need help with them. That said, here are 4 brilliant tips for making and keeping friends in preschool.

#1 Set up playdates

For a little person whose best friend is a soft toy called Peanut or Cuddles, the first day at preschool can be a mix of dread and insecurity. While you can’t make friends for your little one, you can help them by setting up play dates with other kids who will go to the same school. You can do this by asking your little one who they like at their school, ask what they like to play with that friend, and set up a playdate in the park or at your home.

#2 Model friendly behaviour for your children

Little people are wired to play, but social skills don’t come naturally. Younger children often have trouble taking turns, sharing, and controlling their anger, especially when they don’t get their way. However, you can change this behaviour by showing them how you interact with your friends, your family members and your partner. Teach them how to be kind and show them how to be caring and how to give by making sure they see how you talk to others when they need your help.

#3 Read books about friendship

In children’s literature, friendship is a common theme, and reading books about friendship is a great way to teach young kids about how to make friends and keep them as lifelong friends. When reading the books, stop to ask questions about what you’ve just read and if they agree and what they would do differently if they found themselves in the same situation.

#4 Teach your child good manners

Manners can go a long way in making friends, and if there is anyone who can teach them the best, its mom and dad. Along with the basic please and thank you, teach them empathy, consideration, and concern. Coach them on what they would do if someone takes their toy away, when another child is nasty to them, when they want a toy that another child is already playing with, and what they should do when a friend has an accident or gets upset. All of the above can help them make friends for life.

As one of the leading preschools in the Johannesburg area, we understand the concerns parents have when their little ones start preschool. While one of the main objectives of preschool is to teach kids how to become independent – with a little help from yourself – not only will we help your child make friends, but we’ll help them make friends for life. To learn more, contact us today.

4 Budget-Friendly Things to do in Johannesburg over the Easter Holidays

Looking to keep the kids entertained over the Easter holidays? While the Easter holidays can be a great time to bond with your little ones, it can also be stressful. Yes, not all parents get time off over Easter, and with kids as demanding as they are today, you will need to find at least one or two cool things do with them.

I think every parent can relate to the words: “Mom. I’m bored!”, or “Dad, we do nothing fun!” Yes, unlike the December holidays, the Easter holidays are a tough one. Fortunately, Johannesburg is a big, busy city with a wide range of fun, interesting and instructive activities for them to get hooked on. However, if you’re a working parent on a budget, here are some suggestions to get you going.

#1 Get rock climbing at City Rock

Think your little one and their friends might enjoy a morning or afternoon of rock climbing? Get your kids off the couch and moving at the biggest indoor climbing gym in Africa. Situated in Randburg, Johannesburg, City Rock offers climbing courses for kids over the age of 5, teens and adults. Prices vary according to whether or not you want to rent gear.

#2 Let the kids run wild at Yeesh

In Woodmead and Bryanston, Yeesh, is an indoor play and activity hub centred on a giant two-storey soft play structure. Suitable for children up to 12 years, Yeesh has slides, trampolines, jumping castles and soft play obstacles. Encouraging active, physical play in a safe environment, Yeesh also boasts a Paint Pot craft corner and a Little Bakers corner where they can ice or decorate a biscuit or cupcake. Each area is supervised by a trained child-minder—giving you the time to relax at their upmarket Coffee Bar while enjoying their FREE WI-FI.

#3 Encourage environmental awareness at the Johannesburg Zoo

In the leafy northern suburb of Johannesburg, the Johannesburg Zoo is one of the most popular attractions for kids of all ages. A 55-hectare zoo, dedicated to the accommodation, enrichment, husbandry, and medical care of over 320 species of animals, including the Big 5, the zoo offers day trips, zoo trots, zoo tours, and so much more.

#4 Zip, zoom and climb in the safety of a harness at Acrobranch

A zip line treetop adventure dedicated to offering kids the adventure of a lifetime, Acrobranch is nationally celebrated as a world-class state-of-the-art ziplining adventure venue, unlike any other. In Melrose and Centurion, each zip line takes place in a different environment with a different experience. Strapped safely into harnesses and helmets with safeguards and cables in place, professional guides lead kids through a mid-air obstacle course that takes place between the treetops. A morning or afternoon of fun, thrills and laughs, both adventure parks offer a zip line obstacle course that features cargo nets, Tarzan swings, balancing beams, tightropes, zigzagging, lily pads, barrels, rope bridges, and so much more.

And there you have it, some awesome things to do in Johannesburg over the Easter holidays that the kids will love, and so will you!

Top Suggestions to Prepare Your Little One for Preschool

The summer holidays are over and back to school is in full swing, which means the time has come for your little one to venture beyond the comfort of your loving arms. While your sweet cherub may be ready to experience learning and socialising on a whole different level, an unfamiliar environment can be scary. To help the transition to preschool, here are some suggestions that will prepare both you and your tiny tot.

Get going on a school routine

A school routine is vital for young kids, and we’re not just talking about waking up early and getting to bed early. While a young child should have at least 8 to 9 hours of sleep a day, it’s also important to practice homework, play, eating, and screen time. This will help your little one get the required mental and physical rest they need to adapt to their new preschool routines for 2019.

Spark some excitement

Many toddlers are afraid of being away from home, and you can hardly blame them. It’s difficult getting them out of their comfort zone, especially if they’ve spent the past two or three years at home with you or the nanny. This is where you need to get them excited about what lies ahead at preschool, and a great way to do this is to get them to spend some time with their new teachers in a comfortable and calm environment so they feel safe. Another great way to get them pumped for preschool is to read them bedtime stories about other young toddlers starting preschool. Talk to them about how the characters felt when they first started preschool and how easy it was for them to meet new friends and do new, fun things. After, ask them how they are feeling about starting preschool, listen to their fears, and reassure them they are just excited.

Encourage age-appropriate independence

Being able to raise a confident, independent young adult is an enormous achievement for any parent in today’s world. Keeping in mind that the first milestones toward independence are confidence and accomplishment, encourage your little one by getting them to do age-appropriate tasks around the house. Some suggestions would be to encourage them to pack their toys away when playtime is over, clean themselves after meals, choose their own clothes for the day, brush their teeth all by themselves (under your supervision), and get dressed all on their own. When you encourage independence, you communicate to your child they are safe and that you believe in them, creating a sense of confidence and accomplishment.

2 Brilliant Reasons to Quit Your Job and Become a Chef

Sick and tired of making your boss rich while you struggle to make ends meet each month? Or are you someone who has had just about enough of the corporate world and are looking for a career change that will inspire you to get out of bed in the morning? If you’re someone who has a flair for experimenting with different flavours, techniques, ingredients and cuisines, then you should look at becoming a chef – and here’s why.

#1 Job growth and prospects

While there are many industries that are struggling, new growth in the culinary industry is just getting started. People love food and as long as people need to eat, explore new flavours and cuisine, restaurants will always make money. A lucrative industry where you do not need a higher education to get started, a chef position doesn’t just limit you to open up your own catering business or working as a chef in a restaurant in South Africa.

As a chef, the world is your oyster. You can travel the world and find jobs in restaurants, health spas and clubs. If you love the ocean, you can work on a cruise liner or a super yacht in France, America or the Caribbean. Whether you want to open your own restaurant, become a private chef for celebrities or private parties and functions, or start your very own catering business while blogging about it, you can do it all. Yes, food is big money, and people have no problem paying for it, which means this is one industry where you can really earn big.

#2 Freedom of creativity

Not only is this industry financially rewarding and exciting, but it allows for freedom of creativity. A people-oriented industry that will allow you to use your skills and showcase your creations, the life of a chef can be fulfilling. And did we mention that it makes no difference whether you’re covered in tattoos? If you can cook, bake, souffle, and create gastronomy, people will view you like a celebrity. Being a chef today differs from how it was a decade ago. Thanks to chefs like Gordon Ramsey, Marco Pierre White, Wolfgang Puck, Nigella, Rachael Ray and Jamie Oliver, today’s chefs are treated like rockstars.

But to become a chef, you must complete a City & Guilds chef course through an established and highly recognised culinary academy such as Chefs Training & Innovation Academy. Considered as a golden passport into just about any restaurant in the world, a City & Guilds qualification from Chefs Training & Innovation Academy lets people know you got your education from one of the best culinary schools in the world and a high-paying job as a chef will not be hard to find in any country you desire.

You only live once, and life is too short to spend it in a job that is making you miserable. Whether you’re a beginner or a chef wanting to add to your recipe repertoire, you’ll love the diverse range of chef courses at Chefs Training & Innovation Academy. Make a change today and become a chef by enrolling in one of our exciting chef courses in Franschhoek, Cape Town or Centurion.