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What Did Your Mother Tell You?

Are you tired; do you drag yourself through your day; run on too little sleep; demand too much of yourself? Look in the mirror, Wonder_Womanwhat do you see?

You are probably hunching, which means you’re not taking full breaths.  In turn, your cells are not receiving enough oxygen, your nervous system is heightened, and larger amounts of the coritsol hormone are continuing the escalation of stress reactions.  The end result is potentially an overworked heart, increased blood pressure, and reduced bone health since your body will try to pull calcium out of your bones to calm itself.

Fear not, there is a simple cure for all this.  So simple you will be amazed.  Picture your mother in her Wonder Woman suit because it’s her advice that will save you now – stand up straight!

That bears repeating since it’s so easily dismissed and is very powerful.  Stand. Up. Straight.  With improved posture, your lungs bring in more oxygen, but that’s just one benefit.  When you stand tall (or sit up straight, as well), your body gets the signal that there is no threat.  The part of your nervous system that releases cortisol during stress is not activated. This allows the restful side of your nervous system to help you relax.

This is really empowering because simply by correcting your body’s alignment and standing or sitting with your best posture, you can have a positive effect on your physical health. Yes, sometimes it’s just that simple! I invite you to look in the mirror a lot. How is your posture?  You may not even need a mirror to know.  My mother always said she could tell when I was doing yoga regularly because I stood up straighter.  She would tactfully ask when I last went to yoga class, but I knew she was reminding me I was slouching.

Look in the mirror, make corrections to your stance, and you will find that you breathe easier and feel better.  Now you have an excuse to look in the mirror all the time – it’s not vanity, it’s for your health!


Massage for the Young and the Older

By incorporating massage into a regular healthcare regimen, many older adults find a better quality of life and additional relief from athree generation women multitude of health issues.  American Massage Therapy Association’s (AMTA) 18th Annual Consumer Survey found that approximately 9 million people over the age of 55 had a total of 39 million massages in the previous 12 months. The primary reason this population received massage was for medical purposes.

Massage therapy has been demonstrated to help treat chronic pain, particularly in joints, such as the shoulder or knee, while also improving stability and posture. [This study] suggests that regular massage may produce physiological changes that contribute to improved balance and postural control,” says Jo Ellen Sefton, Director of the Neuromechanics Research Laboratory at Auburn University. “This may be a way to decrease falls in older adults.”

Some children may have similar concerns to older adults and a more gentle approach is needed.  I’ve completed level 2 training in craniosacral therapy, a light-touch approach that can release tensions deep in your body to relieve pain and dysfunction, even if you’ve had it for a long time.  If you’re interested in learning more, I have information on my website and brochures in my office.  You can also ask me for a free demo during your next massage.


Put Your Health First

Each new year we resolve to make differences in our lives which may be quickly forgotten.  Even if we do maksmiling girle great strides, sometimes those healthy practices are diminished by daily distractions.  Consider finding just one thing that you have done already and renew your commitment to it.

For example, I have practiced yoga since the 1980’s, enjoying weekly yoga classes with only short breaks in those decades.  All three of my pregnancies were enhanced by yoga. Recently, I renewed my commitment to practice 15 minutes of yoga each and every day.  I had found other ways to keep the daily aches and pains at bay, but I was missing the meditative aspect of yoga that is too easy to ignore with just stretching.

What have you done in the past that was nourishing to your whole being?  What makes you feel happy, at peace, makes you sing or whistle in enjoyment?  Is it walking, a particular food or diet, a spiritual practice, a community group, that makes you smile, laugh, and feel like life is good?  We all want to give to others, but the way to make the world a better place is by nurturing yourself first.  When you feel well, you will naturally extend your best self to all those around you.  And believe me, they will feel it and share in your joy, and it will be effortless for you.

Consider the idea that taking the best care you can of yourself creates a circle from which you easily take better care of those around you.


Purposeful Living with Ed Hubbell

You’re invited to explore who you are, and live it on purpose with Ed Hubbell. Learn how to use self-exploration, visualizatioEd Hubbelln, guided meditation, and qigong to learn to transform your past and explore your future.  Ed has decades of wisdom and training in Oriental Medicine and has worked with several Grand Masters and medicine men and women from all over the world.

Classes are Thursday April 16, April 30, and May 14 from 7:15 – 9:15 at One Big Roof, 433 Broadway, Suite 203 in Saratoga Springs, NY.

Register before March 31 and save $30 for a cost of $295 or pay full price of $325 after that.  Contact Ed at ed@FusionHealingArts.com or call (518) 538-5454

Join me Saturday March 28 from 2 – 3 pm at One Big Roof to hear Maria Billis lead you to Experience the Top Essentail Oils for Rejuvenation, to Release Negativity and Fear, Bring Overall Imbalance, Restore Feelings and Foster Emotional Health.  Reply to this email to RSVP.lavendar thieves peppermint


Put a Little Spring in Your Step

Colder weather means we spend more time indoors. But spring is now on the way!  Now is a great time to restore healthier function to all your body’s systems.  The massage essential oil body wrap is the perfect treatment to help you relax, restore the glow to your skin, and feel renewed.massage cupping close up

Along with traditional massage therapy certification, I have international certification in medical massage cupping therapy.  This adaptation of this ancient technique creates suction that gently reaches deep into your body to soften tight muscle tissue, restore lymphatic flow, and quickly facilitate elimination of accumulated debris. It smooths and tones your skin and leaves a permanent softness.  I use leading edge technology to produce consistent results with a soothing method to relieve new complaints and old issues.


Put Your Health First

Each new year we resolve to make differences in our lives which may be quickly forgotten.  Even if we do make great strides, sometimes those healthy practices are diminished by daily distractions.  Consider finding just one thing that you have done already and renew your commitment to it.

For example, I have practiced yoga since the 1980’s, enjoying weekly yoga classes with only short breaks in those decades.  All three of my pregnancies were enhanced by yoga. Recently, I renewed my commitment to practice 15 minutes of yoga each and every day.  I had found other ways to keep the daily aches and pains at bay, but I was missing the meditative aspect of yoga that is too easy to ignore with just stretching.Publication1

What have you done in the past that was nourishing to your whole being?  What makes you feel happy, at peace, makes you sing or whistle in enjoyment?  Is it walking, a particular food or diet, a spiritual practice, a community group, that makes you smile, laugh, and feel like life is good?  We all want to give to others, but the way to make the world a better place is by nurturing yourself first.  When you feel well, you will naturally extend your best self to all those around you.  And believe me, they will feel it and share in your joy, and it will be effortless for you.

Consider the idea that taking the best care you can of yourself creates a circle from which you easily take better care of those around you.


Snow is Falling

“Snow was falling,
so much like stars
filling the dark trees
that one could easily imagine
its reason for being was nothing more
than prettiness.”
― Mary Oliver

Hang in there, Spring is on its way!


The Antidote to Back Pain

Back pain is the leading cause of disability in Americans under age 45.  Four out of five Americans between ages 20 and 64 will have back pain at some point.  The culprit of all this pain is a chair. Whether we are sitting in our living rooms or in our cars, spending any time in a curved, seated position makes us more prone to back pain. Luckily, there is one exercise that keeps you limber enough to do all the sitting you like!squat position

The squat stretches your entire low back and reduces stress on the discs in your lower spine.  It also adds some stretch to the pelvic area which allows your hips, knees, and ankles to have a more comfortable range of motion.  To begin, place your feet shoulder width apart and squat down.  Ideally you want to have your feet flat on the floor, but if you’re not there yet, try folding a towel under your heels.  Try staying there without holding onto anything to keep your balance for 30 seconds.  When you’re ready to get up, try standing straight up which strengthens your leg muscles.


Body Balance Empowering Performance

If you haven’t heard about it yet, I’d like to introduce Deb Dittner’s new book, Body Balance Empowering Performancebook cover. The response has been amazing and Deb’s passion showed through to provide nutrition information as simply as possible so that you can make educated decisions for your best health ever.

I was privileged to be her editor as she has also been a wonderful aid for my own health.  Deb was the nutritionist for the Glens Falls Phantoms hockey team last season. This book is written for hockey players but has general enough information that it’s helpful for a much wider audience.  

Since most professional hockey players are young men who are busy, travel alot, and don’t make much time for cooking, this message easily translates for those of us who are also busy, like to eat out, and prefer to make mealtime preparation easy and healthy.

The recipe section is filled with a variety of tasty, nutrient dense foods.  The recipes are simple and can be quick to prepare.  The comments on the recipes so far is that people seem to want more!!  Deb has heard our request to start writing again and is creating a book of simple, healthy, whole food, nutrient dense recipes.  Deb has created a contest of sorts.  Submit your recipes to be included in her next book Body Balance Recipes (title is tentative for now). Of course, the recipes need to be relatively short and simple, nutrient dense, colorful, healthy…and yummy!!  You will be featured for your contribution and receive a signed copy When the next book is released.


Got Holiday Stress? Breathe Thru It!

The holidays can be hectic, but there is a simple and FREE way to calm things down – breathing.  Slow, deep, simple breathing tells your nervous system that you are ready to relax and creates many changes in your body to support that desire.

That hardest part is remembering that breathing is what you need!  If you’re forgetful like me, set a reminder on your phone with a unique chime. That one sound will be your signal to take 30 seconds to breathe.   That’s all the time it takes. Really! But don’t rush it, the slower the better.  Take 3 full breaths and pause before inhaling or exhaling.  Even at that pace, it only takes 30 seconds.  You will feel so much better.  It is truly miraculous.  If you think about it, breathing is the foundation of yoga and meditation.  Without awareness of your breathing, it’s just sitting and stretching. 

There are essential oils to help deepen your relaxation, meditation, or just add to your greater health.  If you’d like your own kit of therapeutic grade pure essential oils to diffuse while doing your deep breathing, visit www.Lesley.VibrantScents.com  Did I mention that if you buy the premium starter kit now you also get a FREE diffuser?