Summer Reading 2016 Recommendations

It’s that time of year when most of us find ourselves taking a vacation or slowing down to enjoy the summer sun. If your idea of relaxing by the pool or ocean includes diving into an interesting book, we have 2 books to recommend adding to your summer reading list

7 Simple Suggestions for Better Sleep

Sleep is an essential restorative activity for the health of both our body and our brain. Without sufficient sleep, we are more likely to develop serious problems like high blood pressure, obesity, depression, or diabetes. Lack of sleep affects some 70 million Americans, with people over fifty showing a greater

Tuning up the Body with Bowen Therapy

Bowen Therapy is a gentle form of massage that promotes muscle release using targeted manipulation interspersed with rest periods that give the body time to relax and heal. Bowen therapy works with the flow of energy, chi, or "life force” – similar to Shiatsu, acupressure, and acupuncture. This post offers

Six-Pack Diaphragm: Deep Breathing With a Pillow

Healthy breathing is both deep and full. How we breathe has a fundamental impact on the stress response —deeper, fuller breaths lead to a happier, calmer you. Deep breathing requires breathing diaphragmatically. How can we learn diaphragmatic breathing? With a little breath training. We are familiar with weight training

The Healthy Indulgence of Touch Therapy: Massage Infographic

Are you in the mood to indulge yourself, but need a compelling reason to get a massage? More and more scientific research supports the healing benefits of massage: various forms of massage, bodywork and energy work help with sleep, digestion, emotions and pain. Some studies even track restorative changes

Change How You Think in 2016

It’s January—the start of a new year brimming with potential. Many of us make ambitious New Year’s resolutions ranging from learning a new language to losing 20 pounds, and a fresh start may be all the motivation we need to meet those goals. But for some of us, the

What Exactly Is Meditation? Is It for Me?

There has been a lot of buzz about meditation lately, much of it coming from recent studies showing it reduces stress or from endorsements from celebrities like Barbara Walters, Oprah Winfrey, and Deepak Chopra who recount how helpful it is for them. There are many types of meditation, but

Stress Relief for the Whole Family

Stress relief is often presented as an individual endeavor, but what if individual stress relief benefited not just us but everyone around us? This concept is on par with the idea that if “we lower our stress, we enjoy a better life.” Sounds simple and easy right? Not so

Just The Right Touch: Massage Infographic

Why get a massage? Though the most common reason is relaxation, the word is out: massage and bodywork can be deeply healing. But the proliferation of therapies available these days can make walking into a spa or massage establishment as confusing as walking into a restaurant where the language, not

Chaos to Calm

The holiday season is just behind us, for some, these are the most stressful weeks of the year. Instead of allowing yourself to become anxious and overwhelmed, recover from this hectic season by establishing some stress-reducing habits. Here is some helpful information about how our fight-or-flight system works, along