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Three Reasons to Schedule a Massage this Spring

Posted on March 27, 2018 at 8:20 AM Comments comments (77)

It is officially spring (although it might not feel like it quiet yet!). That means pollen swimming through the air is around the corner and so is an increase in spending time outdoors.


If you're feeling stiff and stagnant after our long and hard winter a massage can be greatly beneficial. Spring is the perfect time to start doing more activities outside and it can be hard if your body is tight and sore.



Massage is also wonderful for seasonal allergy relief! If you have sinus problems in the spring we offer a mini cold stone facial that can be added to any massage. This will help with puffiness as well as sinus drainage and pressure relief. 

Massage is also great for lifting your mood and decreasing stress! Massage increases your seratonin and dopamine levels and if the long winter has been hard on your psychologically massage is a wonderful way to start healing!


Plants for Oxygen Production in the Home

Posted on March 20, 2018 at 8:05 AM Comments comments (8)

Our homes are our sanctuaries- the place we go for relaxation and wellbeing. So, let's talk about the air quality in homes. Unfortunately the stagnant air in a home is often riddled with pollutants that have no way out. Outside of opening all the windows and letting the breeze run through your home what can you do to create more oxygen in the home? Indoor plants!

Plants absord some of the pollutants found within the home at the same time that they take in CO2. Then through photosynthesis the plants emit O2, helping to purify the stagnant air. The microbes found in the potting soil of the plant are also responsible for purifying the air. Below I will give some examples of the best plants to have in the home and what they are responsible for removing from the air. 

Snake Plant

Removes: benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene and toluene.
Produces O2 at night and is best placed in the bedroom. 

Peace Lily

Removes: ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene

Money Tree

Removes: benzene, formaldehyde, xylene and toluene
Keep away from pets and small children as the leaves can be toxic is eaten.

English Ivy
Removes: airborne fecal matter, toxins related to smoking cigarettes in the home

Bamboo Palm
Removes: benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene
Best placed next to furniture or things in the home that emit formaldehyde

This last image gives you a list of NASA's recommended home plants:

Heart Openers for Desk Workers

Posted on March 13, 2018 at 8:10 AM Comments comments (1)

So many of us are tethered to a desk for work and posture doesn't get enough attention. If your upper back and neck are tight there are some move that can help counteract the effects of sitting for long periods. 

Cat and Cow - This pose helps open up the chest and also elongate the spine.

Cobra Pose- another wonderful chest opener. If you activate your traps it can also be a great back strengthener.


Pigeon Pose - This is great for your hips and psoas. If you need support simply put a small pillow or book underneath the hip.

FIsh Pose- Heart opener and throat opener. Great for neck pain.

Crescent Moon- This can be practiced seated at your desk or standing. It's not often that our side body gets stretched but it wonder for the ribs and neck. 

Camel Pose- a deep stretch for the low back and chest. It should be approached very slowly- there's no need to rush and touch your legs, the stretch is just as effective as shown in the second picture. 


Raw Vegan Cheesecake

Posted on March 6, 2018 at 8:50 AM Comments comments (4)


Like with regular cheesecake you only need to learn one recipe in order to have the ability to come up with a million variations. 

This recipe is super basic and can be manipulated in several ways. We will give you some suggestions! Enjoy!

Crust:


1/2c pitted dates
1 cup walnuts (this can be substituted with any nut of choice except for cashews- pistachios, pecans, almonds or a mixture of all of them)

Filling:

1.5 cups soaked cashews 
Juice of one lemon (or try lime!)
1/4 cup melted coconut oil (any liquid oil works here- toasted walnut or olive oil are also very nice)
1/2 cup coconut milk (canned or homemade! homemade is simply 1 cup of coconut flakes blended with 3-4cups of water)
1/4-1/2 cup maple syrup (honey, agave, and dates are also great substitutions)

Simply blend the crust ingredients together and press in a pie tin. Place in the freezer as you blend all of the filling ingredients together and then pour the filling on top of the crust. Place the final product in the freezer for at least 2 hours before serving. 

Variations:

Blueberry- add 1/2 cup of freeze dried blueberries to the filling
Key lime - substitute lemon juice for key lime juice
Pumpkin- add 1 tsp pumpkin spice to crust and 1/2 cup pumpkin puree to the filling
Chocolate- add 3 tblsp of cacao nibs to the crust and 1/4-1/2 cup raw cacao to the filling
Vanilla bean- add 1 tsp vanilla to the crust and 2 scraped vanilla beans to the filing

What is your favorite cheesecake flavor? Let us help you recreate this classic into something more wholesome and healthy!


Cupping Marks vs. Bruising

Posted on February 20, 2018 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (4)

Cupping marks cannot be called bruises simply because of the way bruises are caused. Bruises appear when the body experiences some kind of blunt injury or trauma. The impact can break the blood capillaries present under the skin, which is why you see the redness. The body responds to the injuries with a rush of healing fluids to the area that also contribute to the bruising or redness. When the proteins at the injury site begin to coagulate, blood circulation reduces and the patient feels pain. 

Cupping marks are caused by suction from the cupping set instead of the pressure in case of trauma, and works to bring toxins to the surface. The most important differentiating factor is the cupping marks do not cause pain and if there is any discomfort, it is minimal and goes away quickly. It is also common to use silicone cupping sets for relaxation. These sets (like the one shown below) allow the cup to glide across the skin like a massage instead of focusing on one particular area.


Cupping Marks:

The most common misunderstanding regarding one of the most powerful and beneficial after effects of Cupping, is the marks that sometimes result. 

When injuries occur deep in the muscle, bleeding often occurs causing deep bruises. There will also be edema in the area involving the coagulation of sticky proteins. The combining presence of these elements usually results in stagnation of circulation to the area - resulting in pain, dysfunction, and chronic conditions.

The vacuum formed by Cupping draws up the old non-circulating stagnant blood and sticky fluids from the area, bringing them up to the surface and away from the injury so that healthy free circulation can be restored to the affected area, thus creating space for oxygen, living cells and nutrients for faster recovery.

Where there is dead, static blood, lymph, cellular debris, pathogenic factors, and toxins present in the body, Cupping can leave marks which indicates that the stagnation or disease has been moved from the deeper tissue layers to the surface.

Usually, the practitioner will see the greatest amount of deposits being drawn to the surface in the first few treatments - this is a good thing. The deposits will lessen in intensity as the deeper issues are resolved and the stagnations and toxins have been dredged up and flushed out via the bodys' own circulatory systems, expulsion from the pores and sweat. Sweating is a great after treatment followup for your clients to help get rid of the garbage you've released.

Bruises:

A bruise is a common skin discoloration that results from the breakage of tiny blood vessels leaking under the skin after a traumatic injury. Blood from damaged blood vessels beneath the skin collects near the surface to appear as what we recognize as a black and blue mark. This mark is from skin discoloration by red blood cells and their contents. A bruise is also known as a contusion.

Bruising on the back of the hands and arms (called actinic purpura or solar purpura) occurs because skin there is often sun-damaged and thin.

Bruising occurs more commonly with vitamin C deficiency (ascorbic acid deficiency or scurvy).

Alcohol abuse can cause people to bruise more easily.

Sprouting Nuts and Seeds and Why

Posted on February 19, 2018 at 9:10 AM Comments comments (2)
Sprouting is the act of germinating a seed. This makes the nuts and seeds more easily digestible and allows for you to absorb all of the nutrients available. Seeds and nuts also have naturally occuring "anti-nutrients" aka enzyme inhibitors, phytic acid, polyphenols, and saponins. These are necessary for the seeds and nuts so that they do not prematurly germinate but they can cause problems when digestion occurs. Sprouting increases the digestibility of many of the components of seeds making them higher in fiber, protein, B12, Magnesium, and Zinc. 

The process of sprouting is super simple. You simply take your nut/seed and soak them for the required amount of time followed by time with the nut/seed staying moist but also aerated. The second step allows the seed to germinate and will produce a small tail like in the picture above. 

THE SOAK & SPROUT GUIDE

NUTS

Almonds: needs 2-12 hours for soaking. Sprout for 2-3 days if truly raw. The length you choose depends on what you want to use them for; for example, 48 hours of soaking will allow the skins to fall off.

Walnuts: 4 hours soaking, do not sprout

Brazil Nuts: 3 hours soaking, do not sprout

Cashews: 2- 3 hours soaking, do not sprout

Hazelnuts: 8 hours soaking, do not sprout

Macadamias: 2 hours soaking, do not sprout

Pecans: 6 hours soaking, do not sprout

Pistachios: 8 hours soaking, do not sprout

BEANS & LEGUMES

Chickpeas: 8-12 hours soaking, 2-3 days for sprouting

Lentils: 8 hours soaking, 2-3 days for sprouting

Adzuki Beans: 8 hours soaking, 2-3 days for sprouting

Black Beans: 8-12 hours soaking, 3 days for sprouting

White beans: 8 hours soaking, 2-3 days for sprouting

Mung Beans: 24 hours soaking, 2-5 days for sprouting

Kidney Beans: 8-12 hours soaking, 5-7 days for sprouting

Navy Beans: 9-12 hours soaking, 2-3 days for sprouting

Peas: 9-12 hours soaking, 2-3 days for sprouting

GRAINS

Buckwheat Grains: 30 minutes-6 hours soaking (time varies), 2-3 days for sprouting

Amaranth Grains: 8 hours soaking, 1-3 days for sprouting

Kamut: 7 hours soaking, 2-3 days for sprouting

Millet: 8 hours soaking, 2-3 days for sprouting

Oat Groats: 6 hours soaking, 2-3 days for sprouting

Quinoa: 4 hours soaking, 1-3 days for sprouting

Wheat Berries: 7 hours soaking, 3-4 days for sprouting

Wild Rice: 9 hours soaking, 3-5 days for sprouting

Black Rice: 9 hours soaking, 3-5 days for sprouting

SEEDS

Radish Seeds: 8-12 hours soaking, 3-4 days for sprouting

Alfalfa Seeds: 12 hours soaking, 3-5 days for sprouting

Pumpkin Seeds: 8 hours soaking, 1-2 days for sprouting

Sesame Seeds: 8 hours soaking, 1-2 days for sprouting

Sunflower Seeds: 8 hours soaking, 2-3 days for sprouting





Elderberry

Posted on February 12, 2018 at 8:45 AM Comments comments (5)

Elderberry is especially popular during the winter months. Elderberry is a fruit that has been used for century and there is evidence that it may have even been used by prehistoric man. It is one of the top antiviral herbs on the planet! Elderberry is wonderful for those experiencing symptoms for cold/flu as it boosts the immune system and helps lessen inflammation. It's high Vitamin C content is what is responsible for boosting the immune system. Becuase of it's anti-inflammatory effects it is also beneficial to use for those suffering from sinus infections. It has also been used effectively to treat diabetes as it has blood sugar lowering properties. 

Juice Cleanse Benefits

Posted on February 7, 2018 at 9:25 AM Comments comments (7)
Drinking juices is like taking an instant shot of nutrients. The lack of fiber allows the body to easily absorb the nutrients of each fruit and vegetable found in the juice. Juicing can also help you reach the daily dose of fruits and vegetables that are suggested with a healthy diet. We offer 1,2, and 3 day juice cleanses and find that each of them has their own benefits. Our most popular is the 3 day juice cleanse. This cleanse allows you to detox and also gives you a chance to break away from your regular diet. It can give you a moment to reflect on whether or not you have addictions to certain foods: sugar, carbs, fats. This realization can then help you make changes in your diet once you have completed the juice cleanse. The juice cleanses also allow the stomach and gut to rest and repair. A lot of people are on anti-inflammatory medicine becuase of heartburn or acid that is accompanied with their regular eating habits. Juicing eliminates the typical ingredients found in ones diet and let's the body heal and repair rather than work in overdrive. The same goes for the liver- less=more with the liver. It gives it time to more efficiently process that things that are put into the body. Juice cleanses also result in a hydrated body and increased energy. 

Astragalus

Posted on February 5, 2018 at 8:15 AM Comments comments (5)
Astragalus is a plant in the legume family that has been used in Chinese Medicine as a stress reliever, mentally and physically. It is an adaptogen that has many benefits. We will briefly go over a few of them in today's blog post. 

1. Anti-inflammatory- Astragalus contains polysaccharides which have anti-inflammatory capabilities. It is super important to find ways to increase the intake of foods/herbs/and adaptogens that are anti-inflammatory. Inflammation is often said to be at the root of all diseases so finding ways to lessen inflammation within the body is key.
2. Boosts the Immune System- this is where astragalus really shines. It has been used for centuries as a way to boost the immune systems and studies have shown that astragalus controls the t helper cells which regulate the immune system. 
3. Slows or prevents the growth of tumors- The saponins, polysaccharides, and flavonoids founds in astragalus have been successful at decreasing or eliminating tumors in the body. 
4. Protects Cardiovascular system- The flavonoids found in astragalus are antioxidants which are helpful in reducing plaque build up in the arteries. 
5. Alleviates symptoms of chemotherapy- Astragalus has the ability to reduce common symptoms related to chemotherapy including nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. 

Herbs for Anxiety

Posted on January 22, 2018 at 8:50 AM Comments comments (4)

Experiencing persistent anxiety is life changing. It can make you feel like you need to avoid situations and can also make daily tasks like falling asleep seem nearly impossible. Anxiety presents itself in a multitude of ways. It may make you shy away from social situations or ramp up your stress if you're put into situations that make you uncomfortable. 

There are many pharmacueticals that are prescribed to alleviate these symptoms but we'd like to offer some information on herbs that can be used in their place. Also, in terms of diet it is best to remove sugar and processed foods and to replace them with anti-inflammatory foods. This includes foods that are fermented: yogurt, kimchi, saurkraut, kombucha, and kefir. It also includes things like raw fruits and vegetables, legumes, seeds, and occasionally things like wild caught fish.  

Kava is a root that has been used to treat anxiety for quiet some time. It is used for many things but most commonly it is taken to relieve anixety, insomnia, stress, and restlessness. It works by stimulating the dopamine receptors leading to feelings of euphoria and calmness.

Ashwaganda is an adaptogenic herb. Adaptogens work by bringing the body back to balance. Ashwaganda contains alkaloids that support neurological health. It works to reduce stress levels and cortisol levels which in turn reduces anxiety. 

Magnesium
is not an herb but if there is a deficieny in the body it can lead to feelings of anxiety as well as loss of sleep. Magnesium deficiencies affect the central nervous system which is what leads to an increase in anxiety and sleeplessness. When taken it can help relax the muscles, improve mood, and help relieve restlessness. 

Valerian Root is used most commonly as a sleep aid but it can also be beneficial for anxiety. It works by increasing GABA which is an inhibitory neurotransmitter and in large quantities can become a sedative. Pharmaceuticals that are commonly used to treat anxiety (xanax, valium) work in the same way- increasing GABA. 

CBD oil is one of the many compounds found in cannabis oil (there are over 60!). Most people only know of THC as it is the compound that causes the psychoactive effects of cannabis. CBD does not have the same psychoative effects of THC and has been used to treat many things related to mental health: anxiety, depression, and insomnia to name a few. 


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