Self-Treatment for Back Pain!

22 05 2015

Relieve your back pain naturally

Mobilize the spine with an incredible tool available on Amazon, the Maxi-Backsie. Under $25 and well worth every penny. Provides a gentle stretch to the spine while providing a deep massage to the stabilizing muscles that surround the spine.

We love it because when you pause on the points that hurt (“the magic spots”) and wait 2-5 minutes until they soften and have several releases you are experiencing the beneficial technique of myofascial release self treatment. In the upper back cross the arms like a genie and windshield wipe them to find all those magic spots. Once under the bra line windshield the knees. Leave the feet on the ground or curl them in to the chest to make sure you get them all – you can even treat your sit bones and sacrum…….

Oh, and did we mention you are also treating the super important chinese medicine bladder meridian and Yu points? We love tools that cover all the bases! ❤️
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The Top 10 Workout Songs for May 2015

12 05 2015
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While every month brings with it a crop of new tunes, May’s releases bring an unusually high number of fast songs and remixes. Both are ideal for your workout as quick tunes naturally lend themselves to momentum and remixes give proven hits a second wind.

On the uptempo end of things, you’ll find songs above 140 beats per minute (BPM) from pop phenom Meghan Trainor, rockers Florence + The Machine, and breakout star Katy Tiz. In the remix department, you’ll find a club cut from Kelly Clarkson, a collaboration between Maroon 5 and Nicki Minaj, and a version of “Uptown Funk” that dials up the intensity of an already boisterous track.

Just as a remix can breathe new life into a familiar favorite, a few new songs can liven up an entire playlist. So, take a listen to some this month’s highlights, see what moves you, and put the winners to work.

Here’s the full list, according to votes placed at Run Hundred–the web’s most popular workout music blog.

Natalie La Rose & Jeremih – Somebody – 105 BPM

Meghan Trainor – Dear Future Husband – 158 BPM

Mumford & Sons – The Wolf – 153 BPM

Maroon 5 & Nicki Minaj – Sugar (Remix) – 121 BPM

LunchMoney Lewis – Bills – 126 BPM

Florence + The Machine – Ship to Wreck – 142 BPM

Tove Lo – Talking Body – 120 BPM

Kelly Clarkson – Heartbeat Song (Nebuer Remix) – 135 BPM

Katy Tiz – Whistle (While You Work It) – 162 BPM

Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk (Dave Aude Remix) – 124 BPM
To find more workout songs, folks can check out the free database at RunHundred.com. Visitors can browse the song selections there by genre, tempo, and era—to find the music that best fits with their particular workout routine.





Giving Up Resistance Through Awareness

2 05 2015

I love Louise L. Hay, her story, her message and her famous book, You Can Heal Your Life. If you haven’t read it I encourage you to rent it from the library or order a copy today. This is one book that you will appreciate, time and time again. Every page is packed with helpful information, exercises and reminders to the soul. One of my favorite pieces, I would like to share with you it discusses how we can learn to move through learned behaviours and reactions by being aware. The first step is recognizing resistance.

You Can Heal Your Life

Hope you find this excerpt as helpful as I do:

Lessons Can Be Learned Through Awareness

If you think the hardest thing for you to do and how much you resist it, then you’re looking at your greatest lesson at the moment. Surrendering , giving up the resistance, and allowing yourself to loearn what you need ot learn, will make the next step even easier. Don’t let your resistance stop you from making the changes. We can work on two levels: 1. Looking at the resistance, and 2. Still making the mental changes. Observe yourself, watch how you resist, and then go ahead anyway.

Nonverbal Clues

Our actions often show our resistance. For instance:

  • Changing the subject
  • Leaving the room\Going to the bathroom
  • Being late
  • Getting sick
  • Procrastinating by:
    • doing something else
    • doing busy work
    • wasting time
  • Looking away, or out the window
  • Flipping through a magazine
  • Refusing to pay attention
  • Eating, drinking or smoking
  • Creating or ending a relationship
  • Creating breakdowns: cars, appliances, plumbing, etc…

Assumptions

We often assume things about others to justify our resistance. We make statements such as:

  • It wouldn’t do any good anyway
  • My husband/wife wouldn’t understand
  • I would have to change my whole personality
  • Only crazy people go to therapists
  • They couldn’t help me with my problem
  • They couldn’t handle my anger
  • My case is different
  • I don’t want to bother them
  • It will work itself out
  • Nobody else does it

Beliefs

We grow up with beliefs that become our resistance to changing. Some of the limiting ideas are:

  • It’s not done
  • It’s just not right
  • It’s not right for me to do that
  • That wouldn’t be spiritual
  • Spiritual people don’t get angry
  • Men/women just don’t do that
  • My family never did that
  • Love is not for me
  • It’s too far to drive
  • It’s too much work
  • It’s too expensive
  • It will take too long
  • I don’t believe in it
  • I’m not that kind of person

Them

We give our power to others and use that as an excuse as our resistance to changing. We have ideas like:

  • God doesn’t approve
  • I’m waiting for the stars to say it’s okay
  • This isn’t the right environment
  • They won’t let me change
  • I don’t have the right teacher/book/class/tools
  • My doctor doesn’t want me to
  • I can’t get time off work
  • I don’t want to be under their spell
  • It’s all their fault
  • They have to change first
  • As soon as I get _______, I’ll do that
  • You/they don’t understand
  • I don’t want to hurt them
  • It’s against my upbringing, religion, philosophy

Self Concepts

We have ideas about ourselves that we use as limitations or resistance to changing. We are:

  • Too old
  • Too young
  • Too fat
  • Too thin
  • Too short
  • Too tall
  • Too lazy
  • Too strong
  • Too weak
  • Too dumb
  • Too smart
  • Too poor
  • Too worthless
  • Too frivolous
  • Too serious
  • Too stuck
  • Maybe it’s just all too much!

She then continues on listing delaying tactics, denial phrases, common fear statements.  It is quite eye-opening to read the list and recognize how many of the statements come up in daily life. Throughout the book she continues to touch on things that really resonate with me and I think you will find that many hit home for you too. The beauty of the book is not only does she make it easy to see where we are sabotaging ourselves through unloving thoughts she provides various ways to easy begin to self-correct these debilitating thoughts and helpful exercises to examine our thoughts and begin to become aware of how we treat ourselves.

One of my favorite exercises is where she encourages us to write down the words I SHOULD on a piece of paper. Sit with piece of paper until you come up with 5 or 6 things that you feel like you should be doing.  Once completed she asks you to read aloud each statement but instead of using I SHOULD replace it with “If I really wanted to, I could”. After reflecting on this for a few minutes repeat the exercise but after each statement add “then why haven’t I?” You may be surprised at how you answer that. I was.





What is Alcoholism? Through the eyes of Chinese Medicine….

24 04 2015

According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence alcohol is the most commonly used addictive substance in the United States- 17.6 million people, or one in every 12 adults, suffer from alcohol abuse or dependence. Although the disease is often progressive and can be fatal……..it is also treatable.

Alcoholism can be defined as a chronic disease that carries with it a universally recognizable set of symptoms, including:

  • impaired control over drinking,
  • preoccupation with the drug “alcohol”,
  • use of alcohol despite adverse consequences,
  • and distortions of thinking, most notably denial.

In TCM terms, excessive alcohol induces dampness and heat accumulation that blocks orifices in the head region which can cause unconsciousness and speech disorders. Long-term consumption of alcohol is said to damage the mind, impair the stomach, exhaust the blood and jing and lead to health problems.  Jing, by the way, is the most vital substance in the body that cannot be replenished…..once it’s gone, it’s gone.

So before we go down a scary road of health concerns, let’s make the decision to begin our journey on the path to recovery. With a few simple lifestyle changes and lots of hard work you will beat this dis-ease.

Let’s start with……

Herbal Recommendations

Kudzu or the Kudzo Flowers  – use as a tea (one ounce per serving twice a day for 3-5 weeks).

Milk thistle – 100 mg taken 2 or 3 times a day.

Aloe Vera  – 2 tablespoons daily.

St.John’s Wort Chinese herb900 mg per day for 6 weeks. Skip one day a week. Stay out of the sun.

Nutrition Therapy

Food to avoid:  alcohol, lettuce, raw fruits (with the exception of pear), dairy, sugar, eggs, preservatives, highly processed foods, margarine, lard, vinegar, salt, antibiotics, greasy fried foods, chocolate, excessive coffee, lamb, cold, cold food like ice cream or smoothies…… even iced water.

Good food choices:  Pear; foods rich in omega-3 oils: sardine, tuna, pork, flax, beef & liver; all the spices: turmeric, basil, bay, marjoram, cumin, fennel, dill, parsley, mint, lemon balm, nutmeg, oregano, rosemary, chives;

Sprouts; seaweed; chlorella (detoxifying so buy a good brand); spirulina (regenerating, again be careful the brand); wheat grass; spinach; kale; celery; dandelion; swiss chard; beets; broccoli; kohlrabi; brussel sprouts; cabbage; cauliflower; raw goat milk; kelp; mushrooms; adzuki beans; kidney beans; mung beans; legumes in general.

  A fabulous soup recipe!

2 lbs Carrots*
1 bunch of Asparagus*
I bunch of Celery*
2 cups of Almond Milk
1 table spoon of cinnamon
2 table spoons of nutmeg

Boil separately the Asparagus and the Carrots.
Blend Asparagus, Carrots, and Almond milk. Add water for right consistency.
Pour into pot.
Chop celery and add to mixture.
Add nutmeg and cinnamon.
Simmer for 2 hours.

*Carrots, Asparagus, and Celery have strong effects on the body to drain damp heat.

LifeStyle Changes

Consider adding Tai-chi, Qi-gong, Yoga and/or Meditation to your weekly routine.  Counseling (Group or Individual) and/or LifeLine Therapy (or some other form of emotional release technique) is recommended.  Zen Shiatsu and/or Acupuncture treatments regularly until desire results are achieved.  Alcohol destroys the body’s sensory system, Zen Shiatsu and/or traditional acupuncture therapy will help you bring it back to life.

Acupressure Points for Treating Alcoholism

SP-6

Spleen 6 is an acupuncture point on the lower leg that is commonly used to invigorate blood, harmonize the Liver and tonify or strengthen the Kidneys (the place that stores the all important Jing).

LI-11

Large Intestine 11 is another good point to self treat.  Located at the outside edge of the elbow crease pressure can be applied easily with the opposite hand. Helps to regulate qi and blood. Grasp, apply pressure and hold. 60 seconds to10 minute stints throughout the day…..every day. Watching TV? Pressure on the points. Have a quick break at work? Thumb pressure on LI-11. You will quickly find you can even treat both arms (or ankles) simultaneously. The benefits will be worth the effort and trust me, it quickly melds into a favorable habit.

Thanks to traditional Chinese medicine and a few lifestyle changes you will overcome a serious illness, heal your body and start your new healthy life.

And, don’t forget to hydrate….drink your water…..good water!

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Journey to Handstand, an Instagram Yoga Challenge

16 04 2015

In March, Kerri Verna @beachgirlyoga and Kino MacGregor @kinoyoga hosted a thirty day yoga challenge to help instagram participants learn the basics of building up the strength to learn how to successfully hold beautiful handstands in various positions and arm balances (and to promote the launch of their cody app). Sponsored by ALO Yoga @aloyoga participants had the chance to be chosen for a weekly $250 gift card if they participated daily. Hundreds, maybe thousands of us rallied and started posting daily selfies. Sometimes graceful….sometimes not. To this date 99,509 posts have the hashtag #journeytohandstand (a contest requirement).

Being someone who has ‘done’ yoga here and there throughout my life but never ‘practiced’ yoga and who can hold a handstand for a few seconds I thought the contest was going to be fun and easy. Boy, was I wrong. What the hosts made look graceful was something entirely different when I attempted. And on film, nonetheless.

A week in, my wrists and shoulders were sore and I had a whole new respect for yoga and THE Handstand. Completely humbled I continued on inspired daily by other participants posts and words of encouragement. It was gratifying to watch everyone’s progress and to be a part of their very public journey.

Not to mention, I learned a ton about my i-phone, all the great settings including built in filters and the time-lapse feature, a few fun photo/video apps and a ton more about myself.

Here’s a peek at what that month looked liked for me #shamelesscontestselfies:

(Unfortunately, I deleted a few of the terrible ones before I decided to write this post – there was one where I looked just like Cousin It!!!)

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The Top 10 Workout Songs for April 2015

8 04 2015

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Spring is in full swing, the weather is warming, and April’s top 10 songs will bring the heat to your workout as well. This month’s picks provide a steady rhythm with most of the mix clocking in between 122 and 130 beats per minute (BPM). Within that range, you’ll find chart returns from both Carly Rae Jepsen and Ricky Martin and the latest from Ariana Grande and Andy Grammar.

On the warm-up and cool down fronts, you’ll find an upbeat tune from Jason Derulo and a remix from Skrillex and Diplo’s Jack Ü side project featuring Missy Elliott. Lastly, while pop and dance hits generally rule the gym, the most popular workout song of the month actually came from Kid Rock. At 132 BPM, the title track from his new album First Kiss is also the fastest song in this month’s playlist.

While some months’ selections vary wildly, April’s favorites make a virtue of their consistency. Along those lines, the mix features plenty of quick tunes, an emphasis on good vibes, and a few surprises to keep things interesting—everything you need to get up and moving.

Here’s the full list, according to votes placed at Run Hundred–the web’s most popular workout music blog.

Jason Derulo – Want to Want Me – 115 BPM

Carly Rae Jepsen – I Really Like You – 122 BPM

Ricky Martin – Adios – 128 BPM

Zedd & Selena Gomez – I Want You to Know – 130 BPM

Madonna – Living for Love (Dirty Pop Remix) – 129 BPM

Ariana Grande – One Last Time – 126 BPM

Deorro & Chris Brown – Five More Hours – 128 BPM

Andy Grammer – Honey, I’m Good. – 123 BPM

Kid Rock – First Kiss – 132 BPM

Jack Ü & Kiesza – Take Ü There (Missy Elliott Remix) – 80 BPM

To find more workout songs, folks can check out the free database at RunHundred.com. Visitors can browse the song selections there by genre, tempo, and era—to find the music that best fits with their particular workout routine.





The Secret to Healthy Living – Eat Alkaline Foods!

2 04 2015

Stumbled upon an interesting article a few years back and it has been saved in my ‘drafts’ folders since waiting patiently until today when I stumbled upon it again. :0) After making sure all the links are still good I am happy to share this fascinating information with you. Unfortunately, Americans tend to eat a diet that is high in acidity so it is especially important that we add alkaline foods to our diet so we don’t develop dis-ease.

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What is the Acid Alkaline Diet?

The 7 Most Alkaline Foods. Recipes provided.

The top 7 are:

1. Spinach

2. Kale

3. Cucumber

4. Broccoli

5. Avocado

6. Celery

7. Bell pepper  

 

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