One Minute of Movement (Your Body Will Thank You)

In a typical day, you’re likely to be stationary for prolonged periods, for example, at work and while sleeping. If your job is behind a desk, that often means you’re sitting with flexed hips and a craned neck. What happens during this inactivity? Your body produces a network of fibers that reinforce that stationary position. How do we know it’s there? Well, first, there’s that stiffness that many of us are familiar with when we first step out of bed or take a much needed break from sitting at the computer. If you do nothing to relieve it, the stiffness is reinforced and could become semi-permanent, effectively limiting your potential for movement.

Our best tactic for relief is to s-t-r-e-t-c-h and MOVE. Bend, straighten, twist, shake. It feels good for a reason! Start gently, march a few steps in place. Then shrug and roll your shoulders. Swing your arms to the front, back, and across your body. Bend and straighten elbows and knees. Rotate hips, wrists and ankles through all of their natural rotations. Gently twist, bend, and straighten your trunk. Slowly turn your head left to right, up-down, forward-back, ear to shoulder (right and left sides), and a slow rotation. Allow your muscle and connective tissue the freedom to to move in whatever direction feels best. Your body will be happier for it!

a short on coconut water

Let’s take a brief moment to talk about coconut water and all the buzz around it these days …

Actually, the buzz has been going on for quite a long time …

Coconut water (or coconut juice) is fat free, naturally sweet, and chock full of vitamins, minerals and electrolytes.  And the latter is one of the most important things about coconut water – one serving of coconut water has 250 mg of potassium (the recommended daily allowance is 2,000mg).  And potassium is important because it effects every single cell in the body – to regulate water level to prevent dehydration or water retention; it also is key in preventing muscle cramps and spasms because it works with muscle cells to release contractions.  It is such a rich source of electrolytes that in some parts of the world, specifically in less developed countries, coconut water was sometimes used as an IV hydration fluid when sterile saline was not available!

So, now I give my patients an addition to their daily intake of bananas for a quick go to for potassium — coconut water.

Massage for Infants and Children

Touch is a critical element in helping newborns to build up immunity and emotional security. 

Children and Massage: A Powerful Combination by Shirley Vanderbilt

How much water should you drink?

The amount of water you need is dependent on many factors, such as the condition of your health, how active you are, and what climate you live in.  Water makes up 60 percent of your body weight and is a chief chemical component.  Every system in the body requires water.  It flushes out toxins from vital organs such as the liver and gall bladder, carries nutrients to your cells, and allows the ears, nose and throat tissues a moist environment.  Decrease in water may lead to dehydration which happens when the body doesn’t have enough water to carry out its normal functions.  Mild dehydration leads to loss in energy and fatigue; severe dehydration requires emergency medical attention.

So, how much water do you need to drink?

The average, healthy adult living in a temperate climate need, according to the Institute of Medicine, determined that an adequate intake (AI) for men is roughly 3 liters (about 13 cups) of total beverages a day. The AI for women is 2.2 liters (about 9 cups) of total beverages a day.

My advice … drink eight 8oz of water (8 glasses) a day.  Keep it simple. 

5 Easy Ways To Live Happier Everyday

1. Eat Fruits and Vegetables

0709C06 Pineaples and Rambutan

Pineaples and Rambutan by syntheticaperture, on Flickr

Fruits and vegetables contain the highest amount of micronutrients and support easier digestion, improved bodily function, and a healthy lifestyle.

2. Stretch and Do Yoga Often

Business Club Yoga

Photo by: University of Hawaii - West Oahu (Business Yoga Club)

 Stretching everyday, even for just 15 minutes –  improves your circulation, relieves stress, makes you more flexible and contributes tremendously to your overall well being.

3. Laugh

Two Girls Funny Happy Shaving Cream Fight

Two Girls Funny Happy Shaving Cream Fight by Pink Sherbet Photography (D Sharon Pruitt), on Flickr

Laughter is said to be the best medicine. Laughing is thought to reduce stress, connect you to others, and make you feel great.

4. Gratitude 

Gratitude Journal

Gratitude Journal by limevelyn, on Flickr

Write down 10 things that you are grateful for when you wake up every morning. You will be amazed at the results.

5. Be Positive

Mantra Mar 14

Not only are positive comments more 12 times more likely to get Liked on Facebook, they are also great for your health. In fact, thinking, saying and doing positive things, can benefit you overall health in unbelievable ways.

How to Turn Your Massage Session into a Healing Meditation

There’s a deeply relaxed state we reach in those moments before falling completely asleep or when we are just about to naturally awaken.  We often experience this meditative state while receiving bodywork, too, and it’s a beautiful moment for healing to take place.

Here are a few tips to help you tune into that experience during your massage session:

1)  As your massage begins, give permission to your body to release tension. Offer your mind this time to let go of your thoughts until after your session.

2)  Visualize calm and loving energy, perhaps in the form of light, flowing gently into the area that is being massaged. Feel the energy fill each cell and wash away any debris.

3)  If thoughts enter your mind during the session, direct them toward feeling happiness in your body, mind, and heart. You might gain motivation to increase that happiness.

4)  As your session comes to a close, direct gratitude inwardly for having offered this time to bring healing to yourself.

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Honolulu, HI 96813

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Haleiwa, HI 96712

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