Movement (also known as Vitamin M!) helps you breathe deeper, oxygenating your blood and your brain, and strengthens your heart muscle. Moving your body in a way that feels good is also the #1 most natural way to boost serotonin levels in the brain, which contribute to wellbeing and happiness. So go ahead and move that body!
In traditional Chinese medicine, a person’s emotional state is always one factor in the overall picture and is always treated along with any physical ailments. Have you ever had the feeling that your emotions or stress level were impacting your health?
This famous ‘70s song, written by Brazilian singer Morris Albert, has been covered by legendary vocalists including Ella Fitzgerald, Julio Iglesias, and Johnny Mathis and is instantly recognizable around the world.
As you may have noticed, feelings come and go. Like customers in a busy café. Or the ebb and flow of waves. Yet it’s very easy to hang onto the negative feelings, the ones that tell you that you’re not good enough, not worthy, or will never be as happy as you once were because of past mistakes and regrets.
Allow your feelings to come and go instead of holding onto them. They don’t define you. You have control.
The first step to injury recovery is a positive belief system, such as believing that your injury is going to heal quickly. Regular treatments and exercises are essential of course, but so is your mindset. If you doubt or fear your ability to recover, you will likely experience a longer recovery time. If you imagine a fast recovery, then you are more likely to recover faster. I encourage patients to pay attention to what they are thinking when in pain and to switch the mind to think positive thoughts during a recovery period!
Tuning in to how your body is feeling during daily activities can help prevent injuries and pain. If you’ve been sitting for a while, you’ll likely notice your muscles feeling as if they are tightening. This is your body’s intelligence guiding you to move.
Stress is inevitable, and it's only bad when it's too high, or present for too long. We are constantly being told to "be less stressed," but often it's not that simple. Rather than trying to avoid the unavoidable, what if we worked on improving our resilience?
Every experience, thought, feeling, and physical sensation triggers thousands of neurons, which form a neural network. When you repeat an experience over and over, the brain learns to trigger the same neurons each time. By practicing gratitude (write three daily positives), practicing kindness (do something nice), and practicing mindfulness, you will create more positivity and happiness in your life because "neurons that fire together wire together"!
Are scars the end point of the healing process? Even long-healed scars can have unexpected impacts on our health. Scar tissue can form adhesions that pull on muscles or organs, impacting our bodies normal functioning. Acupuncture can reduce both visible scarring and internal adhesions, reducing pain and restoring normal function.
To gain mobility and pain-free movement, we must work from a place of comfort and not pain. Only then will the brain relax, pay attention, and learn all the options at its disposal.
To be at peace with yourself in life doesn't mean there is an absence of chaos and storm, but rather that you can continue to walk your intended path in spite of them.
Have you ever woken up with a “crick” in your neck? When you didn’t injure yourself but it hurts to move, consider taking the time to be curious about your body’s message. Breathe and very gently and slowly move into and away from the pain, even a few millimeters, or visualize movement followed by periods of stillness, rest and listening.
The principles of healing with naturopathic medicine are based on the belief that the body has the capacity to heal itself, and all we have to do is remove the obstacles that are in it's way. What in your life would change if you trusted that your body knew what it needed to be healthy?
How you eat sets the stage for ideal digestion and assimilation of food. Before your meals, use your awareness and your breath (five-second inhale, five-second hold, seven-second exhale for a minute) to turn off the stress response and turn on relaxation. This will activate your parasympathetic nervous system and put you in a rest and digest state for increased absorption of your meal!
All emotions have neurological, pathological, and physiological effects on our bodies. Linger in emotions that make you feel good, while letting yourself move through and beyond those that don’t.
The cornerstone of traditional Chinese medicine is creating or restoring balance in the body and mind. Yin and yang are like matter and energy, cold and heat, kale and chocolate. How do you create balance in your life?
When we repeat painful or difficult movements, we are teaching and changing the brain. We are telling it, “I stand this way now and walk that way now. Forget all that other stuff. You can’t do it anymore.” An Anat Baniel Method℠ (NeuroMovement®) practitioner can help you gently experience the movements that your body needs. They can help your brain learn movements you didn’t know were available to you, or relearn movements that may once have come naturally.
A pile of broken bits of colorful glass can be made into a beautiful piece of mosaic glass art. How we experience life's moments can be based on our perspective. Try different ways of looking at a situation you encountered. You may be surprised by the results.
Most of us enjoy time for “zoning out”—perhaps watching Netflix after a busy day. But what about during a massage? On the contrary, research shows that body sense—“tuning inward” and feeling sensations (e.g. stretching, releasing, tingling) as they arise without judging them (e.g. "my muscles are too tight")—provides more health benefits.
Science tells us that happy people live longer and get sick less often. Society tells us to measure our success based on our job qualifications, the letters after our name, and the number in our bank account. What do you need to be truly happy, and how can you bring yourself a step closer to success?