Benefits of Cupping

From red carpet celebrities to Olympic level athletes, they have all been seen with cupping marks along their back and shoulders. No longer an obscure and frightening treatment, cupping is now gaining popularity for its health benefits. Let’s explore the benefits of cupping – what it is, how it works and how it can help you. What is Cupping? Cupping has its roots in ancient Chinese medicine. The technique involves placing glass, bamboo, or silicone cups on the skin and creating a vacuum-like seal by suctioning out the oxygen. Drawing up the superficial muscle layer into the cup stimulates the Continue Reading

March Produce Picks for Healthy Eating

What’s In Season? Your March Produce Picks for Healthy Eating! We’d all like to eat healthier but it can be a challenge when you aren’t sure what’s even in season right now. Produce that’s traveled halfway across the globe just isn’t going to taste as good as food that’s in season close to home, and the cost to you and the environment increases when we buy food that’s been imported. Here’s a guide to your best March produce picks! Citrus Citrus fruits including grapefruit, oranges, lemons and tangerines are all in season right now. Try mixing them into a smoothie Continue Reading

Ditched Your New Year’s Resolution? Now It’s Time for A Lifestyle Change!

Are you frustrated because January is almost over and you’ve already fallen short of your New Year’s resolution? Don’t be – you’re in good company! Only 8% of those who set New Year’s resolutions are successful at keeping them. Now that you’ve admitted you need help reaching your resolution, it’s time to embrace a lifestyle change! 1) Make It Positive Instead of focusing on what you’re going to stop doing, look at what you’ll be giving yourself. A lifestyle change is not the end of anything, it’s the beginning of something. It’s much easier to focus on self-care when it makes you feel good – Continue Reading

Why Getting Enough Sleep Is Vital To Your Health

Sleep – we all love it, seek it, and wish we could get more of it. There is no better feeling than waking up well-rested and refreshed. Sleep is vital to your health for reasons that go far beyond rest and rejuvenation. Sleep restores you mentally, physically, and improves your quality of life. Beyond the extraordinary times of life where sleep is elusive (new babies, travel etc.), getting a little less than optimal sleep per night can add up to more than irritation into chronic health problems. Studies show sleep deficiency alters activity levels in the brain. If you don’t Continue Reading

How To Prevent and Treat Muscle Cramps

Previously we discussed the difference between a muscle spasm, a muscle cramp, and muscle guarding. Now that we know what they are, we can talk about what you really want to know-How to prevent and treat muscle cramps. What works for one doesn’t always work for the other and in some cases can even increase pain. How to Prevent and Treat Muscle Cramps The nature of muscle cramps is a topic of hot discussion with scientists. Muscle cramps have been attributed to: Exercise, injuries, or overuse of muscles. Mineral deficiencies – particularly – calcium, potassium and magnesium. This is especially common in later Continue Reading

What Is The Difference Between A Muscle Spasm, A Muscle Cramp And Muscle Guarding?

What is the difference between a muscle spasm, a muscle cramp, and muscle guarding? It’s been a hot, hot summer and many of us found ourselves less active than usual due to the heat. As temperatures begin to cool off we see an increase in activity and with that comes an increase in muscle cramps – or are they muscle cramps? Let’s find out more! WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A MUSCLE SPASM, A MUSCLE CRAMP, AND MUSCLE GUARDING? Muscle Spasms A muscle spasm is a sudden, involuntary contraction of a muscle. Most common are spasms of skeletal muscles and this is Continue Reading

How to Practice Kindness and Generosity Through Simple Gestures

As John Lennon said – “All you need is love.” We can all agree that given the events currently unfolding in the world – we can all use a little more love, kindness and generosity in our lives. These past few months have been traumatic for all of us with the amount of hate and violence we have witnessed. It seems that the world has forgotten that your love for someone else is not contingent upon whether they love you or not. How can we be mindful of bringing back the love, kindness and generosity which we all crave? The Continue Reading

Women Need Mindfulness More Than Men Do

Summer is in full swing for most of us. For a time that is meant for relaxation and rest – it often looks like this for most women – (especially moms!) – it should come as no surprise than that a recent article from Harvard Business Review says that women need to practice mindfulness even more than men do. While women are proud of our ability to multitask it isn’t doing us or anyone else any favors. Multitasking makes our mind constantly switch back and forth between different tasks, negatively impacting our productivity, creativity, and accuracy. Our mind becomes overloaded by all Continue Reading

Stretch Out Your Stress

Stress is a killer. Literally. All that time spent sitting at a desk, dealing with job stress and the health complications associated with it along with the reality of life and it’s messiness – they can all take a toll on you – physically and mentally. Stress doesn’t just weigh on your mind, it also creates tension in your body. Luckily, there’s things you can do to alleviate both the mental and physical stress creating a happier, healthier you. Desk Stretches Stretching releases endorphins that improve your mood and combat feelings of stress, anxiety and depression. Stretching will also release lactic acid and Continue Reading

Scan Your Skin and Stay Safe in the Sun This Summer

I think of myself as a mind-body/stress management/health coach – helping clients deal with pain, distress and life’s imbalances using manual and mind-body therapies. But, really – I am in the skin business. I don’t always think of myself this way until I find something on a client’s skin that looks different or new.  Then I snap a photo for them, or circle it with a pen, and send them to their dermatologist. Well, this time it was my turn.  My dermatologist, at my annual full-body screening, found something on the back of my arm that looked suspicious.  She took Continue Reading