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SCIENTIFIC PHYSICAL CULTURE.

This, unlike most other revivified ideas, is not of an evanescent nature, but being of an up-to-date necessity, has come among us to stay not only here, in "God’s own Country," but throughout the world. In the old and new worlds from the Orient to the Occident this cult is advancing side by side with medical science in its heroic £#ud continuous struggle with disease, deformities, and premature 'death, and strange to say, though a serious competitor in the actual gains thereby, pecuniary or honorary, achieved by medical me)n of skill and scientific knowledge, still these very men, both in the past as in the present, uphold this science as nature’s truest and surest ally in

procuring the desired benefit to manblind, showing thereby how ancient history repeats itself even to the ideas of the modern Aesculapius. By scientific physical culture is not meant muscle formation a le Sanclow, Pagel, and other strong men, but a systematic building up of one’s whole body by a suitable course of exercises (wifih or without apparatus), deep breathing, and massage, all of which have been calculated theoretically a)nd proved practically

to strengthen the nerves and muscles, through those vital organs, the lupigs, heart, liver and kidneys. Massage, whilst much practised throughout the United Kingdom, the [ Continent, and America, is little known or used in the colony, though I of such vast importa*nce in all cases I of disease, and being in itself a seriles of internal muscular movements, benefits tlhose who, through old age or sickness, are unable to exercise otherwise. In the hands of the novice or quack, massajge is positively, injurious, hence it is that doctors refrain from recommending it to their patients, and is doubtless the chief reason of its great value being less quickly understood. In the hands of a properly certificated masseur or masseuse massage forms a most important branch of scientific physical culture, infusing as it does new life iinto the body after exercise, and curing diseases in the way of muscular atrophy or partial paralysis, rheumatism, sciatica, neuralgia, etc, all such nerve and blood complaints, thereby rebuilding one’s whole organic structure, whilst improving,the face, figure, and general appearance, and ensuring good health and long life. Of such a nature is the Vanda White School of Scientific Physical Culture, superintended by Mr and Mrs Vanda White, who have settled in our midst, and are treating private cases requiring massage aftid teaching pupils in physical culture at their own house, “Luxcamore,” Deveron street, off Don street, Invercargill. As will be seen by advertisements, circulars, etc., the terms are very moderate —within the reach of most people—and being both experts in their profession of over ten years’ experience, and highly certificated, they a re kept busy in filling a long felt wafcit, and one so highly recommended by the medical profession here and elsewhere.

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SCIENTIFIC PHYSICAL CULTURE., Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 50, 2 March 1907

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SCIENTIFIC PHYSICAL CULTURE. Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 50, 2 March 1907

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