Advantages of Custom Software Development for Different Businesses

Every software company strives to maintain a close relationship with its customers by offering customized solutions to their various requirements. Hence, the role of custom software development has grown in prominence in recent times. During a period when business organizations are making all kinds of efforts to become the industry leaders, a stereotypical product with the same age-old functionalities may curtail their advancing chances.

For securing exclusivity in business goals, custom-made or user-friendly software is the most excellent choice at the moment. The major goal of custom software development is to generate an as precise end-product as demanded by the customer. A tailor-made product must be developed after understanding the requisites and preferences of the client.

Customized packages are devised by making use of the most recent technology. They are exclusively developed to satisfy the customer’s business needs. Any difficulty or disliking of the customer that grows out of the building process can be rectified during the formulation of the software with his/her permission and this is the most important advantage of such package development.

As soon as the system is built and delivered to the client, there may be no requirement to make changes to it since it is already developed to perfection. In case of a ready-made package, a business concern may need to carry out a stringent procedure of reconstituting their goals (usually called configuration) so as to comply with the application (which usually turns out to be very expensive since you are dependent on the product provider for development).

Businesses may need to get in touch with the manufacturer of the product for alterations in the presently existing system to match the necessities. This consumes plenty of precious time, energy and financial resources. The tailor-made product is built eyeing specific requirements of the end users and therefore, the complete custom application development costs need to be paid by one client which does not take place in case of the ready-made software.

After the development stage, custom-made system can be implemented right away because the customer hardly requires any modification in the delivered product. The time invested at the time of building custom system may be greater. However, this must not be an impediment in selecting a customized package for an organization’s particular function. However, the question arises why the software development life cycle goes up during the building phases.

This is because of the fact that the procurement of the ideal tailor-made product demands strict inspection to ensure proper comprehension, analysis and precise execution of thoughts into the final product. In addition, ready-made package may result in lower levels of expenses than custom software development; but, the high expenditure in the latter case takes place only due to profound research and mounting customer demands since the end product needs to be an output sought by the client.

A committed custom application development company always communicates with the client through teleconferencing, telephone, electronic mail or chat, regardless of being onshore or offshore. This is the most crucial activity since the requirements can be transmitted and understood regularly and no possibility for ambiguities is brought forth. Customized software demands frequent communication before as well as after the development stage.

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Top Ten Massage Techniques Explained

There are many types of massage, each with their own benefits to relieve stress, pain or enhance general wellbeing. Massage is an ancient art with many variations depending on the country of origin. I explore some of the most popular, explaining the treatment and their individual benefits.

Swedish Massage

Swedish massage, the most popular worldwide, is also known as ‘Classic massage’ and is the foundation for most other types of Western massage. It involves using firm but gentle pressure to promote relaxation, working on areas of specific muscle tension. It is performed on bare skin using oils or lotions. The therapist uses their hands, forearms or elbows to manipulate the superficial layers of the muscles. Swedish massage shortens recovery time from muscular strain by flushing the tissues of lactic acid, uric acid, and other metabolic wastes by increasing the level of oxygen in the blood, it increases the speed body cells can eliminate their waste materials.

The five basic strokes of Swedish massage include:

Effleurage (sliding or gliding)
Petrissage (kneading)
Tapotement (rhythmic tapping)
Friction (cross fiber)
Vibration/shaking

Deep Tissue Massage

Deep Tissue Massage, as the name implies, focuses on the deeper layers of muscle tissue. Unlike Swedish massage, which is used for relaxation, deep tissue massage focuses on a specific problem, such as: Chronic pain. It treats the connective tissue of the body rather than just the surface muscles. It is similar to Swedish massage but with slower movements and deeper pressure. Deep tissue massage helps to refresh and relax muscles, increasing the blood flow and therefore the oxygen flow around the body. A deep tissue massage is very slow using long, flowing strokes to ease in and out of the muscle. The aim of deep tissue massage is not to leave you feeling relaxed and blissful; rather, it helps to tackle particular physical, muscular problems to relieve pain and restore normal movement.

Sports Massage

Sports massage was designed for athletes, but is suitable for anyone with chronic pain, injury or range-of-motion problems. It focuses on the prevention and healing of injuries to muscles and tendons. Sports Massage differs from therapeutic massage in that it is a deeper form of soft tissue massage using specific techniques to treat physically active individuals.

The different types of massage include: Post-event – to bring body tissues to normal state. Restorative – during training allows athletes to train harder and minimise chance of injury. Rehabilitative – aimed at alleviating pain due to injury. A sports massage is a good choice if you have a specific problem sustained through sport. It stimulates circulation of blood and lymph fluids which allows for optimal metabolic exchanges, enhanced recovery after intense training, better performance and decreased onset of muscle soreness as well as reduces the possibility of injury.

Indian Head Massage

Popular in Asia Indian Head Massage has been shown to be good at relieving stress, insomnia, headaches, migraine, tension, and sinusitis. The West has caught on to its benefits using it as a quick de-stressing program.

Indian Head Massage is a very relaxing treatment which, as the name suggests, focuses on massaging the head. Indian Head Massage (Champissage) also includes massage of the shoulders, upper arms, neck, scalp, face and ears. The treatment uses a range of different movements including deep kneading and compression movements over the neck, shoulder and scalp areas. Performed sitting upright in a chair, it helps to clear the mind as it revitalizes and improves alertness and concentration levels, whilst improving joint mobility and flexibility in the neck and shoulders.

Reflexology Massage

Reflexology, also known as zone therapy, is based on the concept that there are “reflex” areas on the feet and hands that correspond to specific organs, glands, and other parts of the body. The underlying theory is that if pressure is applied to a specific reflex area, it affects the organ represented.

This seated treatment involves applying pressure to “Zone” areas on the feet and hands with specific thumb, finger and hand techniques without the use of oil or lotion. Reflexology stimulates internal organs, boosts circulation and can restore bodily functions to normal. Reflexology promotes healing by stimulating the foot, which increases the flow of vital energy to various parts of the body as well as releases endorphins (the body’s natural pain killers)

Hot Stone Massage

A hot stone massage is a full body treatment that uses smooth flat water heated stones placed along both sides of the spine (the chakra centres). The aim is to relax muscles and relieve tension very quickly. Differently weighted stones are used for different amounts of pressure.

Hot stone massage combines the proven benefits of Swedish massage with the deep heat and pressure provided by using warm basalt stones and soothing oils to relax the muscles, allowing for a deeper and more intense all-over massage. The stones are used as tools to deliver effective tissue and muscle massage at light, medium or deep pressure levels in the treatment of sore muscles, back pain, stress and other common ailments. Benefits include the restoration of the body’s natural balance, deep muscle relaxation, improved circulation and the sensation of all over comfort and warmth.

Shiatsu Massage

Shiatsu massage is a traditional hands-on therapy originating in Japan used to achieve the harmony of chi in the body. Shiatsu works on the whole being, from the physical to the spiritual.

Shiatsu, also known as acupressure, is a finger pressure massage which involves acupressure techniques (without the needles) using hand, thumbs, elbows and knees incorporating pressure, holding, rubbing, heating or stretching movements which can be deep and firm. Usually performed on a floor mat or futon, Shiatsu is a deeply relaxing experience which stimulates the body’s own healing systems and brings the body into balance, energetically and physically. Shiatsu massage is best known for relief of stress-related symptoms such as headaches and general muscle tension as well as increasing mental and spiritual awareness.

Neuromuscular Massage

Neuromuscular massage therapy is a deep form of tissue massage for reducing muscle pain through the stimulation of circulation to the nervous system. The theory behind neuromuscular massage is that when a muscle spasms – it is not in the entire muscle, but in a centralized area within the muscle. When blood flow to that area is decreased it may then reverberate to other areas of the muscle, causing pain.

This treatment involves using static pressure focused on a specific area called a trigger point and does not involve massage of the whole body. By applying pressure to the trigger point for several seconds, the lactic acid build-up at the trigger point is dispersed. This relaxes the muscles by increasing the blood flow and oxygen available to them, which releases lactic acid and thus the cause of pain, via the nervous system. Muscle pain and soreness are neutralized by repeated concentrated pressure over the trigger points.

Pregnancy Massage

Pregnancy massage is similar to Swedish massage with several positional adjustments. It is used to ease some of the discomforts associated with pregnancy such as swelling in the legs, muscles and joint aches or reduced flexibility and circulation.

The massage is usually carried out with the mother on her side using special pillows to position her body for the greatest comfort. Also known as pre-natal massage, the treatment helps with relaxation, reduces stress and relieves strained back and leg muscles to correct the posture and reduce back strain. Pregnancy massage aids the circulatory and lymphatic systems, which allows healthy blood flow to the mother and her baby.

Aromatherapy Massage

Aromatherapy massage uses highly concentrated plant oils, known as essential oils, which are added to the massage oil or lotion. This technique combines the natural therapeutic properties of essential oils and the healing power of massage therapy. It can be very effective in relaxing and healing the mind, body and spirit and is often described as a very relaxing and rejuvenating experience. The oils are the most important part of the treatment, chosen for their therapeutic effect, and not just the fragrance to “therapeutically” stimulate the nasal/olfactory senses. These are administered as incense, oil diffusers, or scented oils applied directly to the body, depending on the need.

What Do I Have to Do to Get a Good Massage?

If you want to make sure you get a good massage and not waste your time and money, the key is to ask the right questions.

A few questions can make the difference between bitter disappointment and massage heaven.

If you have any goals for the treatment, make them known. Make sure that your massage therapist can accommodate your goals. If for instance, you like a firmer massage and you make an appointment with somebody who’s typical massage is a light Swedish, you could be setting yourself up for disappointment.

The better a massage therapist gets at a modality, the more they will pull it out of their bag of tricks. If a therapist is good at therapeutic techniques and deep tissue, they’ll usually tell you their massages are deeper or firmer. Somebody who typically does lighter work will tell you their massage is geared more toward relaxation, or they may say that they do more of a Swedish massage which is described as long, relaxing (and generally lighter) strokes.

A good tip is to talk to your therapist about their massage. You may ask them~
How would you describe your typical massage? Is it a firmer touch or a lighter massage?

You may think that asking somebody how long they’ve been doing massage therapy is a good measure of talent, and it can be, but not always. I’ve had lots of massages from long practicing massage therapists who’s massage lacked talent and/or effort. People get burned out with all kinds of jobs. Massage therapists aren’t any different. The rub is, you don’t want to end up on their table if you can help it.

A massage therapist once told me that she refused to lift any limbs anymore. She said it’s too much effort. This was from a woman who had been doing massage therapy for over 10 years. Seriously? Who wants to pay somebody good money if they can’t even be bothered to lift your arm?

Clearly, talent is not just about how long a massage therapist has been practicing, it’s much more about wanting to do your best and loving what you do. I’ve had really good massages from new graduates with great attitudes.

Talk to your massage therapist about how long they’ve been doing massage therapy, if they still enjoy it, and why. See if you can sense some joy and enthusiasm when they speak about their work.

A good massage therapist will make it their business to not only give good massages, but to get good massages.

At first, you may be wondering what this has to do with them giving you a good massage, but it has plenty to do with it. If your massage therapist is making it their business to find out who else is really good then going out there and finding out why, chances are you’ve found a good massage therapist.

Talented massage therapists learn how to give a really good massages from getting really good massages. Lots of them.

Ask your massage therapist if they get regular massages.

If you’re going to a resort, hotel or massage clinic, you may not be able to talk to your therapist directly when you make the appointment. This is too bad, but can’t be helped. However, most times the person setting appointments will be required to know the different modalities the therapist is qualified in so that they know what appointments they can schedule.

A talented therapist will make it a priority to regularly continue their education and learn new modalities. If the therapist knows a lot of modalities, you can probably assume they believe your experience is important enough to spend time and money gaining skills and talent to make your experience better.

When booking an appointment through a scheduler, ask them if they can tell you what modalities your therapist offers or is educated in.

The Higher End Resort Spas have many highly trained therapists. Ordinarily, they have strict minimum requirements for therapists, usually beginning with several years experience and certification in several different modalities. High end Resorts very often encourage their therapists to improve their skills by paying for continuing education and regularly bringing in trainers to teach employees signature and specialty treatments. This makes your chances of getting a better trained massage therapist better than going to the local massage clinic where this kind of training is the exception.

Treating yourself to a massage at a higher end Resort Spa can really be a wonderful experience~ it’s all about being pampered. The facilities are usually nothing short of amazing, and in addition to being able to choose from several different kinds of massages, you can get waxed and scrubbed and wrapped and soaked get just about everything else you can dream of. Everybody should treat themselves to an experience of a Five Star Spa. Splurge.

If you visit one of these Spas, I suggest you plan on spending the day. Complementary with your treatment you will find many luxurious activities and amenities~ the steam, the soak, the yoga class, meditation class, the organic snacks and herbal tea, the pool…you just sort of float around all day in your robe like you’re in heaven. The only thing you might need is a good book to enjoy by the pool. I suggest you take advantage of it all, because you’ll pay for it.

To give you some idea of the typical price for a treatment at a high end Spa, for example, at The Boulders Resort and Spa in Carefree, Arizona, the price tag for their 50 minute signature massage treatment is $140 plus a 20% service charge. That’s $168 for one 50 minute massage, with includes the gratuity and the use of the facilities. And that’s the least expensive of all the massages they offer.

If you’re paying that much, you want it to be GREAT, right? Right. Ask some questions about your therapist. Tell them what your goals are. If there’s a question about the massage therapist that they don’t know the answer to, ask if they can find out and call you back. Or ask if the massage therapist can call you back.

Another way to find a great massage therapist is to find somebody who’s been in private practice or in business for themselves. If an independent massage therapist has built a clientele and has a private practice, chances are there’s a good reason. A good massage brings return clients. Usually you can find a really good therapist in business for themselves for less than half of what you pay at a resort.

There are many of benefits from getting a good massage. The physical benefits include decreased pain, greater flexibility, improved immune function, faster healing, increase in endorphins, decreased depression and anxiety and lowered blood pressure from blissful relaxation…

And nothing feels as heavenly or can make you as happy as a really good massage…

Asking the right questions can mean the difference between a frustrating waste of time and a really wonderful experience.

Understanding Medicare

What Is Medicare?

Medicare is a national, tax-supported health insurance program for people 65 and over and some persons with disabilities. If you or your spouse have worked full time for 10 or more years over a lifetime, you are probably eligible to receive Medicare Part A (Hospital Insurance) for free. Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) is available at a monthly rate set annually by Congress ($121.80 in 2016 for incomes $85000.00 or less for an individual). Some seniors are eligible to receive the medical insurance portion (Part B) free as well, depending on their income and asset levels. For more information, inquire about the Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB), Special Low Income Medicare Beneficiary (SLMB), and Qualifying Individual programs through your county social services office.

How Does Medicare Work?

Medicare is actually two separate types of insurance–hospital and medical. It is not intended to cover all your medical expenses. Hospital insurance (Part A of Medicare) covers medical treatment and surgical procedures performed in a hospital. It also covers hospice, home health, and limited skilled nursing care. Medical insurance (Part B of Medicare) covers part of the cost of doctor bills, outpatient care, medical equipment, and lab and diagnostic tests. With the Medicare modernization act of 2003, Medicare Part C (Medicare Advantage) and Medicare Part D (Prescription Coverage), also became available, through private insurance companies.

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How Do I Get Medicare?

If you are receiving Social Security benefits prior to turning 65, you should automatically receive notification of your enrollment in Medicare shortly before your 65th birthday. Other individuals must apply by calling or visiting their Social Security office to receive Medicare. If you are not yet receiving Social Security or if you have not received a Medicare enrollment notice, you should contact the nearest Social Security office for information. Applications for Medicare can be made during a seven-month period beginning three months prior to the month of your 65th birthday. IT IS BEST TO APPLY DURING THE THREE MONTHS PRIOR TO THE MONTH OF YOUR 65TH BIRTHDAY. If an application is made during that time, coverage will begin on the first day of your birth month. Applying later will delay the start of your benefits. You can also apply for Medicare from January 1 through March 31 every year after your 65th birthday. Your coverage then starts July 1 of the year you signed up and you will pay a 10 percent surcharge on the Part B premium for each 12 months you were eligible but not enrolled.

What If I Am Still Working? If you continue to work after age 65 or your spouse is working and you are covered by an employer group health plan (EGHP), you may want to delay enrollment in Part B of Medicare. Enrolling in Medicare Part B will trigger your open enrollment for Medicare supplement insurance at a time when you do not need supplemental coverage. The penalty for late enrollment in Part B does not apply if you are covered by an EGHP because of your or your spouse’s current employment. If you do work after age 65, you may apply for Medicare Part B at any time prior to retirement, but you must apply no later than eight months after your formal retirement in order to avoid paying a premium penalty. Even if your employer offers a retirement health plan, you will want to sign up for Medicare Part A and probably for Medicare Part B when you retire. Most retirement plans assume you are covered under Medicare and will not pay for services that Medicare would have covered. Veterans may be eligible for special medical programs. However, eligibility and benefits are very restrictive and are subject to change. The Department of Veterans Affairs advises veterans to apply for both Parts A and B of Medicare to ensure adequate medical coverage.

What About Costs Medicare Does Not Cover? Medicare pays for only a portion of hospital and medical bills. As with many private insurance plans, the government expects beneficiaries to pay a share of their bills. Medicare Parts A and B both have deductible and coinsurance requirements. The deductibles for 2016 are $1288.00 per Benefit Period, for Part A. The Part B deductible is $166.00 per year. Private insurance is available to cover all or some of these out-of-pocket costs. These insurance plans are called Medicare supplements (also called Med Sup or Medigap plans).

Medicare Supplement Insurance

Medicare Supplements are standardized by the Federal Government. They are lettered A, B, C, D, F, G, K, L, M & N. Each standardized Medigap policy must offer the same basic benefits no matter which insurance company sells it. Cost is usually the only difference between Medigap policies with the same letter sold by different insurance companies. Plan A pays the Medicare hospital and physician coinsurance, the first three pints of blood, and 365 days of hospitalization beyond Medicare. Plans B through N provide these benefits and add further benefits such as coverage for Medicare deductibles, excess charges and limited preventive care, and foreign travel. ONLY ONE MED SUP PLAN IS NECESSARY. You should only buy one Med Sup plan. No one should try to sell you an additional Med Sup plan unless you decide you need to switch policies.

Open Enrollment in Medicare Supplement Insurance At age 65, all consumers – including those already receiving Medicare due to disability – have a six-month “open enrollment” period. For six months beginning when you are both age 65 or older and enrolled in Medicare Part B, companies must sell you any Medicare supplement plan they offer. After this limited open enrollment period, companies can pick and choose whom they will cover. Other Options If you have an individual or “bank group” insurance policy, becoming Medicare eligible does not require you to cancel it and purchase a Medicare supplement. Doing so may save premium costs but it is important to compare benefits before deciding what will work best. If you are eligible for employer retirement insurance, review the plan carefully to understand what benefits are available and how it works with Medicare. Be aware that employer plans are not standardized and are not subject to the requirements governing standardized Medicare supplement policies. Some Texas residents are eligible to enroll in approved Medicare Advantage plans. These plans are offered by private insurance companies. Each year Medicare Advantage companies decide where they will offer their plans, what benefits will be offered, and what the premiums will be. There are several Medicare Advantage plans available in several counties in East Texas. Depending on plan choice, a member may be responsible for paying co-payments for certain covered services.

Should I Purchase Long-Term Care Insurance?

In the past, families often stepped in to help when older family members were no longer able to care for themselves. Today, with older people living longer, families often living long distances apart and more women working outside the home, fewer families are able to provide this care. A wide range of long-term care services is now available–day care, respite care, home care, and nursing care. These services are expensive and often exceed a person’s ability to pay. People often mistakenly assume that Medicare will cover their long-term care costs. MEDICARE ONLY COVERS LONG-TERM CARE UNDER VERY, VERY LIMITED CIRCUMSTANCES.

Things to Be Considered While Purchasing a Spiral Staircase

Those days are over when people did not have enough choices in staircase. There was a typical style of staircase which was constructed in every home to be able to have access to other floors of your home. Now there are various designs and style to choose from which not only accommodate with the style and design of your home but also itself look stylish and elegant. One of the most elegant and beautiful looking staircase is designed in spiral shape. These types of staircase save a lot of space making your home look spacious and beautiful. But there are certain aspects that must be kept in mind before selecting on to a particular staircase.

Styles and designs –

Spiral staircase can be of various styles and designs to accommodate with the theme of your home. Spiral staircases are also available in various materials which eventually give you a wide range of prices in staircases. These staircases can also be made according to your own personal choice and design so that they fit perfectly according to the theme and design of your home. While designing a perfect staircase for your home you need to put in a lot of effort. Be careful while choosing the material as it not only affects the price but also has a great part in making in a high quality staircase.

Space –

Spiral staircases are available in various sizes. From very small staircase to big staircase, there is a whole lot to choose from. In case you have a small home then a compact staircase would look nice as it will make your home look spacious and big. Whereas, if you have a villa then you can have a bigger and beautiful staircase to help you add up to the beauty of your house. One of the most important things that need to be considered is the number of people living in your home as in case you have a lot of people living in your home then you need a bigger staircase as you cannot afford it to be overcrowded all the time.

Material –

Spiral stair cases are constructed in a variety of material. Each material has its not pros and cons but the most important thing is that material of the staircase has a great influence on it prices therefore you need to keep in mind your budget while selecting a particular material for your staircase. Out of so many materials metal staircase is the most commonly used and demanded material for spiral staircase as it does not require much maintenance and is also long lasting. Metal staircases are strong and can be cleaned easily therefore you don’t have to put in a lot of effort to make them clean and look new. Metal staircases can be designed in almost every way in order to make them adjust in the theme of your home. Material affects the quality of the stair case so you need to careful while selecting a particular material for the staircase of your lovely home.

Certain measures need to taken in order to choose the perfect and durable staircase of your home. One thing that must be kept in mind is that before selecting the design you must select the material as it is one of the most important thing and the entire staircase is dependent on that.