Summer is a time of heightened activity and it can easily become overwhelming if we’re not taking adequate time to recover. The best way to calm the busyness in any season is to literally make time to do nothing. Our nervous system needs down time to reset after all we ask of it, so take a moment out of your day with this brief yet effective body scan to do just that. Dim the lights, lie down, and relax while our massage therapist, Krystal Meyer, leads you through a restorative body scan.
I always tell my clients that restoration is never just about the food. Yes we can use food to restore gut health, and yes your body is amazing at healing, but we do need to think about not just the food but the state in which we eat! If we are eating in “stress mode” (fight, flight or freeze), then our digestion and absorption will be impaired. If we are eating with a sense of calm and inner peace (rest and digest), we will improve our ability for our nutrition to take healing action!!
Restoration is an important part of overall health and vitality. Especially with our modern busy lifestyles, it can be easy to forget to nourish and provide space for self care. Part of maintaining and restoring health involves focusing on your adrenal health. The adrenal glands are two small organs that sit on top of the kidneys, but don't let their size be deceiving. They are responsible for producing a multitude of hormones and in particular, the stress hormone, cortisol. We all experience daily stress to some degree and research has shown that chronic stress is detrimental to one's lifespan and overall health status.
Statistics report that as many as 18% of all women experience trauma related to childbirth, one third of whom experience Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Yet despite its widespread nature, the experience of birth-related trauma can be an isolating one, as mothers are encouraged to focus on their babies and quickly “get over” their birth experience. Trauma can affect a mother - and a partner’s - ability to connect with their baby, carry out normal activities, and impair breastfeeding.
With Summer here, many of us are ready to get out of town, if we haven't already. For those of us with chronic illnesses, traveling can be a bit tricky. But we shouldn’t have to miss out on the fun, even though our definition of fun might look different than others. Here are a few things that can make traveling with chronic illness less stressful.
As we grow into adults we build skills that help us function in the world socially, professionally, and interpersonally. Because of increasing demands, though, it’s easy to forget practicing what came to us so naturally as children, but it’s so important to experience the joy of being alive. It fuels our resiliency through life’s inevitable challenges and offers healing to our whole selves. Play is medicine, and it is our birthright.
More playtime in the kitchen with those you love is always a great way to encourage a healthier relationship with nutritious foods! By creating time together around food, and making it FUN to be together (smiles and laughing is the goal) we actually can expect more adventures with our eating. Both kids and adults are much more likely to expand food choices and try new varieties of foods when involved in the process of preparing it. From picking to washing, to chopping (age appropriate of course), to mixing and cooking, and finally to plating the food items, there are so many ways to engage your loved ones in the kitchen! When is the last time you played with your food with your friends and family?!
Stress is becoming an epidemic in our culture. In fact, according to the World Health Organization, stress is the number one health epidemic of the 21st century. While a stress response is a normal function for our bodies and we definitely need it in certain circumstances, being constantly stressed is not healthy and can make us sick. As hard as we try we cannot stop stressful things from happening in our lives. But we can learn to dance differently with it.
In the spirit of Men’s Health month, let’s explore the topic of erectile dysfunction and how a man’s health and nutrition habits could be helping or harming it. Erectile Dysfunction (ED) has been thought of as an “older man’s” problem, but that isn’t necessarily the case. 25% of men under age 40 also deal with ED. It may be challenging to acknowledge that you need support in this department, but the benefits outweigh the effects.
We now carry Frogsong Farm’s Body Balm! This highly absorbent and delicious smelling aloe-based rub has the same CBD content as Frogsong’s trusty Rubbit™ salves, and only contains three ingredients. Because it is so light, this Body Balm is a great alternative for those who need relief from their aches and pains but don’t want to feel “greasy” in the process!
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Hear how anxiety and depression can be treated from a holistic approach by practitioners that work collaboratively. Learn how a multidisciplinary team approach which includes mental health, acupuncture, nutrition, fitness, body work and naturopathy can work together to get to the root cause of symptoms for quicker and long lasting relief from anxiety and depression.