Thirsty?

Thirsty?

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Our need for hydration is greater now that the intense, cold, dry air has reached most of us. The desire for hot chocolate, hot coffee, hot tea – hot anything is in demand, but drinks with caffeine, http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/water-consumption-caffeine-6830.html, deplete the body of water. Layering our clothes for added warmth can also create increased sweating, another way we dehydrate the body during winter. Many people with stuffy noses or chronic sinusitis may be mouth breathers, loosing precious moisture with each breath. Warming our feet next to a fire or cranking up the thermostat may feel good, but also sucks the moisture right out of us through our skin. We need to drink more water!

How much water should we drink? There are many opinions about this topic!

Sally Fallon, author of Nourishing Traditions, says this, “Conventional wisdom calls for six to eight large glasses per day, but Oriental medicine teaches that this is a dangerous practice that puts undue strain on the kidneys. In fact, when we drink plain water with few electrolytes, the body tries to excrete it as quickly as possible in order to maintain homeostasis in the blood.” She goes on to state, “A good rule is to avoid drinking too much liquid from one-half hour before a meal to two hours after and sip beverages slowly with meals…water to which a squeeze of fresh lemon or lime juice has been added will quench thirst and aid digestion better than plain water.”

Surendar Selvan, wrote in her article, How Much Water Should You Drink in Cold Climates? “Don’t trust your thirst mechanism at extremely cold temperatures.” She believes our thirst mechanism is weakened in cold temperatures and we have to drink more than our body tells us. She also explains that water helps you to maintain body temperature and reduces the risk of hypothermia and frostbite. http://www.medindia.net/news/healthinfocus/how-much-water-should-you-drink-in-cold-climates-108770-1.htm

Please consult with your doctor for more information that is specific to your personal needs.

I believe in taking a practical approach; drinking more water between meals, not drinking an excessive amount of caffeine, keeping the thermostat around 68-70 degrees, wearing light weight layers in your clothing choices and unless you are used to outdoor physical exertion in cold temperatures walk inside a mall or join a gym.

How do you stay hydrated during cold weather?

Movement sculpted in space

Movement sculpted in space

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I have heard it said that when a sculptor works she takes away what is not needed; revealing exquisite form in space. This dynamic also applies to creating graceful, fluid movement in the human body.

Posture is defined as: the way in which your body is positioned when you are sitting or standing. However, we are continually moving from one posture to another. The manner in which we move our body becomes important, and I believe movement is more important than posture. Posture is static, whereas movement is dynamic.

When we experience pain in our body, often the originating cause is a misalignment in the way we move. A chronic neck pain could be created from constricting and tensing your muscles while doing common activities such as chopping vegetables. Jaimen McMillan, co-author of The Fourfold Path to Healing, explains, ‘Imagine a magnet underneath the board pulling the knife across the space between you and the vegetables… movement is a release rather than an effort…allowing the cutting to precede with ease.’

If we practice ‘movement as a release’ in our daily activities, then we too are sculpting a beautiful way of moving in the world. For more information go to http://www.spacialdynamics.com/whatIsSpacialDymanics.shtml

How is your body feeling?

I will be giving a workshop on Spacial Dynamics Saturday, January 31st, 9:30 am at Unity of Wilmington. To register click here.

“Marshmallows?” “Yes, please!”

“Marshmallows?” “Yes, please!”

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While visiting my daughter in New York for Christmas, I had my first sensational experience with a HOMEMADE marshmallow atop a steaming mug of chocolate! The out-of-the-bag marshmallows are vapid in comparison. This marshmallow was huge! It completely filled the top of the cup with a melting, moist, gooey texture that added just the right touch of sweetness below to the rich dark chocolate. Seriously, I was in heaven!

So…I decided to look into making marshmallows from scratch. I was pleasantly surprised. They are not that difficult to make and I even found a HEALTHY version. One chef created a recipe using honey instead of sugar, gelatin (containing collagen – basic building block of skin, hair, nails, bones and joints), probiotics (supports a healthy digestive and immune system) and marshmallow root (for soothing sore throats, congestion, UTIs, heartburn and indigestion). http://wellnessmama.com/6423/healthy-marshmallows/

The other recipe I liked is traditional and quick; it produces wonderful results. http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/homemade-marshmallows-recipe.html You can also experiment with different flavorings such as mint, lemon, almond and cocoa in addition to vanilla. And… if you really want to get fancy; use cookie cutters to make stars, snowmen, or angel marshmallows. Let your culinary creativity out of the box and start a new holiday tradition. Have homemade marshmallows for your hot chocolate and taste a little bit of heaven.

What are your family traditions for the holidays?

Healing tones…”Maestro, If You Please”

Healing tones…”Maestro, If You Please”

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I love music! Music transports me into different rooms of my soul. Music cradles me in love and healing. I use music to enhance the healing process during a massage. Silence, also a part of the healing process, is heard in the space between the notes. I believe it is the balance between silence and sound that creates the healing experience.

Nature inherently creates sound healing through the movement of energy in wind, water, electricity, expansion (heat) and contraction (cold). Sound tracks abound using the natural world as inspiration. Musicians all over the world are now composing multitudes of healing scores which are used in many hospitals.

Matt Peroutka, Certified Music Practitioner, describes his experience with one patient, ‘I noticed that a woman was waving. She was lying in bed and conducting. Me. It’s common for our PACU (Post-Anesthesia Care Unit) to have a small sponge mounted on the end of a paper stick when they are not allowed to eat or drink. For this woman that sponge was her baton and I was her orchestra.’ http://www.mhtp.org/Data/Web/mhtpnews0514final.pdf

I leave you with a beautiful sound track featuring Tibetan bells and vocals. Make yourself comfortable, close your eyes and become uplifted through sound. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EpKCuiffHg4

How do you use music?

A rainbow of healing light

A rainbow of healing light

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Explosive colors and lights are displayed all around us during the winter season. Now is the time to enjoy the hearth-side, tree lights, window and house displays.  Many streets use decorative lighting from dramatic scenes to soft luminaries.

Why?

I believe color is healing to our soul. As snow falls and winter landscapes shape a world that is naked and decreasing in sunlight daily, bursts of colored lights can illuminate our surroundings and energize us from the inside out.

“Color is simply a form of visible light, of electromagnetic energy. All the primary colors reflected in the rainbow carry their own unique healing properties.” http://healing.about.com/cs/colortherapy/a/aa_colortherapy.htm. Color is used in massage rooms and hospital rooms to create an atmosphere conducive for healing.

Color creates different responses in different people. What colors give you a feeling of expansiveness, or a feeling of creativity, or a mood of introspection and solitude? Some colors create an environment of peace and serenity while others create a space of nurturing and safety. Often times the colors we are most attracted to relate to areas of our life that need some balance.

How have you used color to improve your day?

“Whatever it is, it’s welcome”

“Whatever it is, it’s welcome”

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“When the seasons shift, even the subtle beginning, the scent of a promised change, I feel something stir inside me. Hopefulness? Gratitude? Openness? Whatever it is, it’s welcome.”
Made from scratch

Made from scratch

Bone BrothWhen my children were young I was blessed to be a stay-at-home mom. I loved to cook! I felt that made from scratch meals brought the whole family together in a very contented and fulfilling way. It also gave me a creative outlet; planning, shopping, and preparing healthy, tasty dishes for the people I loved. Then I took my cooking to the next level. I started studying nutrition and researching about the health benefits of herbs; one of my discoveries was bone broth.

While making bone broth is time consuming, the health benefits are enormous. Sally Fallon shares in her cookbook Nourishing Traditions, ‘Properly prepared, meat stocks are extremely nutritious, containing the minerals of bone, cartilage, marrow and vegetables as electrolytes, a form that is easy to assimilate…also seems to be of use in the treatment of many chronic disorders, including anemia and other diseases of the blood, diabetes, muscular dystrophy and even cancer.’

The aroma of homemade broth is tantalizing and you can use your broth as a base to make other dishes. You can add it to grains and legumes instead of water; use it in gravies, sauces, casseroles and soup. And it is great as the first food to eat when recovering from a stomach virus or flu. For more information go to http://nourishedkitchen.com/bone-broth/

What are some of your favorite nutritious dishes?

Why wear silk?

Why wear silk?

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Our bodies need to stay warm and dry with the weather turning cold and damp. When we are cold we naturally contract our muscles and tend to move less. This in turn creates aches and pains in our bodies. Staying loose and flexible becomes more of a challenge during winter.

Layering in our clothing choices becomes one solution, but how? If our clothes become too cumbersome we feel heavy and sweaty. We can even get a chill from trapped moisture and feel lethargic in thick wool sweaters and leggings.

Silk is a wonderful alternative keeping our body warm while providing freedom in movement. Benefits of wearing silk are: it preserves the body’s heat in the cold, it has moisture wicking properties keeping you dry and comfortable, it repels mold and mildew, it is hypoallergenic, and it is light and smooth making silk easy to layer under clothes.

“Silk contains natural protein and 18 essential amino acids. Studies have shown that amino acids calm the nervous system and fight against the effects of aging, especially on the skin. Silk also contains cellular albumen which helps speed up metabolism of skin cells therefore will reduce sign of aging. Silk pillows and sheets therefore are good for your facial skin and body.”  For more information go to http://www.redkora.com/silk-fast-facts.html

And… when I am wearing silk I feel lighthearted!

 How do you stay warm?

Energy work – what is it?

Energy work – what is it?

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“IN A FEW DECADES SCIENTISTS HAVE GONE FROM A CONVICTION THAT THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS ENERGY FIELDS IN AND AROUND THE HUMAN BODY TO AN ABSOLUTE CERTAINTY THAT THEY EXIST.”

-James Oschman Ph.D.
Energy Medicine, The Scientific Basis, 2000.

All around our visible physical body is the presence of an invisible energy body. And like the physical body our energy body can become out of balance too.

Using specific techniques, a trained therapist can bring balance back into the client’s energy field. Sometimes the therapist will lightly touch the physical body. Sometimes the therapist will work directly in the energy field itself. Common experiences felt during energy work sessions are total relaxation, warmth, release of emotional and/or physical pain, a feeling of calm, spontaneous laughter, and an overall sense of well being. Clients leave with sparkles of light in their eyes.

What is actually transpiring is still largely unknown. I started using energy work shortly after beginning massage school over twenty years ago and have integrated the work into my massage treatments. What I observe when I use energy work is an amazing element of soothing and healing energy is felt by the client; described by some as “feeling loved.”

How do you experience healing in your life?