Wednesday, April 26, 2017

What I'm Loving Now

Himalayan Salt Lamp Benefits: 
Do Salt Lamps Really Work?
I recently saw these lamps at the place where I regularly go for Acupuncture and Massage.  They are becoming increasingly popular in homes and in the workplace.  The practitioner said he felt it really made a difference in the energy and the vibe of the room.  Here’s a little information about what a Himalayan salt lamp is and how it works, etc. and whether you feel you would like to purchase one.  I did and have been enjoying it for a few weeks now:)

Thursday, March 16, 2017

What I'm Loving Now

So I recently felt rather stuck in my own body.  My whole right side had shifted and I was getting medial pain in my right knee.  I tried all the usual fixes:  ball release, foam rolling, massage, acupuncture.  It just seemed to be expanding into a greater network in my body encompassing more and more real estate.  I can laugh about that sentence now but it wasn’t funny when it was happening. Like most of you who make fitness a priority in your lives, we  feel out of control when our body is not working to the point of perfection.  Some of us are worse than others  - I put myself at the top of that list. 

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Exercising During Your Period

Your period and all that comes along with it is enough to make you want to ditch the gym and stay in bed with a hot compress and a bag of salt-and-vinegar chips. But that bag of chips isn't doing that belly bloat any favors—while a sweaty workout can. Here's what you need to know about exercising during your period.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Going Undercover

The modern bra has been around since the 19th century but most women are wearing it incorrectly. In fact, experts estimate that almost 90 percent of women are wearing the wrong size.

Almost no one is the size they think they are. You can get measured but, until you get fitted, you don’t know exactly what it is you need.  Sometimes women feel they’re embarrassed or ashamed to go for a fitting, so they go years and years wearing the wrong size.  If you’re going to have balance in your body, your breasts need to be up and at ’em -no matter what size you are. Most stores sell a certain range of sizes, and usually carry bras up to size D or DD. Some department stores and specialized boutiques carry a larger variety and more sizes.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

EW! Body Odor

Sorry if I have been knocking you out with my B.O. lately!  If you didn’t notice, that’s great.  My deodorant has stopped working:( I have used Crystal Deodorant for many years with much success.  Lately, I have been noticing a very strange odor coming from my underarms and I was really baffled.  Then I started to do some research and realized I was not alone.  So I will share my journey with you in case you or someone you know is having this experience.

Friday, December 2, 2016

What I'm Loving Now

I recently came across some information on magnesium which is a natural sleep aid. Even if you don’t have sleep problems, you will find magnesium therapy very interesting and useful.  I know that many of you do complain about sleep problems so that is why I am sharing this with you. 

Magnesium and calcium are fundamental nutrients that need to be in balance with each other in order for you to fully experience good health. Their importance on a cellular level is critical. Calcium and magnesium are like opposite sides of a coin. Calcium excites nerves, while magnesium calms them down. Calcium makes muscles contract. Magnesium is necessary for muscles to relax. Calcium is needed for blood clotting, but magnesium keeps the blood flowing freely.

Magnesium enables your body to work, effectively.  As the enabler of muscle relaxation, magnesium helps prevent and alleviate many health complaints such as headaches, constipation, cramps, and more. Equally important, magnesium helps restore cellular balance as a result of the body’s stress response. Magnesium plays a key role in reducing the risk and health complaints associated with stress.  Magnesium helps your muscles and nerves function properly; it keeps your heart rhythm steady, supports a healthy immune system and also assists in keeping your bones strong. This essential mineral helps regulate blood sugar levels, promotes normal blood pressure and is required for producing and storing energy. It’s easy to see why many researchers say that no single dietary factor is as critical as magnesium.

Do You Have a Healthy Magnesium Level?

Most people don’t get enough magnesium, including many who already take magnesium. There are two reasons for this: the amount of magnesium required by the body is greater than people think and some forms of magnesium are poorly absorbed by the body.  Based on this and the fact that magnesium calms and relaxes the body you can see why it is important for a good night’s sleep.   It should always be taken right before you turn in for the night. 

Magnesium can be taken in different forms:  lotions, gels, supplements, etc.  Magnesium CALM is a powder that you can mix with water, hot or cold, juices or other beverages.  One tablespoon in liquid before you go to bed would be the perfect solution to a good and restful night’s sleep.  I have gotten into the habit of doing this almost every night.  I prefer the Original unflavored and then I add my own flavoring (even though I think it tastes fine all by itself).  Do start slowly,  little by little,  because it does have laxative properties.

Sweet Dreams!

Monday, October 24, 2016

Digits in Distress

Many of our ADLs (activities of daily living), contribute to the pain that we feel in our bodies.  Allow me to explain and be the bearer of bad news.  We ALL perform the following activities on a daily basis: 

·         holding your cell phone
·         reaching for a carton of milk
·         handing money / charge card to clerk
·         clearing plates from table
·         Pulling leggings /exercise pants on
·         holding steering wheel
·         opening a jar

Some of us also do the following: 

·         work with weights (gripping them)
·         carrying bundles and babies
·         work at a computer keyboard
I recently felt some aches in the base of my thumbs and knew I had to figure this out.  I did not think it was arthritis since it was both thumbs and my thoughts went to what I was doing lately that would cause the distress.  Well, I was using my biceps a lot doing upper body work so that was definitely a contributing factor.  The movements that contributed to this would be the ones listed in the second grouping (above).  I hear this thumb / finger / hand / wrist / forearm complaint from lots of clients and students and I needed to do some research on it. 

While there are many reasons for pain in this region, we should start by exploring the role of referred pain from trigger points in the brachialis muscle and methods for treating it with self-massage.
Anatomy: The brachialis muscle lies deep to the biceps brachii muscle. It attaches above the elbow on the lower half of the anterior surface of the humerus.
The photo indicates the location of trigger points (X) and red areas indicate the common referred pain zones. The trigger points in the brachialis muscle refer pain to the dorsal side of the base of the thumb and the adjacent web space between the thumb and first finger.  Trigger points in the region of the brachialis produce referred pain that is felt in the base of the thumb at rest and often with the use of the thumb.

Perpetuating Factors: Trigger points can form and remain in the brachialis muscle due to elbow flexion movements that overstress the muscle and/or require the muscle to remain in a flexed position for an extended period of time.  Some examples include holding a child, lifting heavy tools, carrying groceries or boxes, and playing an instrument such as a violin or guitar.
If you were in my recent class, “Fascia Pilates:  Release & Restore w/ Massage Balls”  you did this release with me.  We were standing with the affected arm hanging as limp as possible with the muscle relaxed.  We took the knuckles of the opposite hand and pressed and scraped deeply from top to bottom on the medial side of the brachialis muscle and we kept repeating that movement over and over.  To be more specific, the part that we are targeting is the internal side of the arm near your ribs.  As you are continuing to press into the muscle, you will feel the tension and muscular tightness leave the thumb / hand area.  It will begin to feel free, loose and pain-free.  The movement can also be done with a small spikey ball or a spikey ball roller stick if your knuckles get tired.
Trigger-point charts help educate you about referred pain patterns. Some charts show which muscles refer pain to specific regions of the body, like the base of the thumb in this case.  Where you are feeling the pain is not necessarily the source.  That’s why it’s important to get to the root of the problem so that you will be on the road to eliminating the pain with an effective treatment plan.