Stay Healthy in Gloomy Weather

We’ve been having nothing, but damp, rainy and cloudy weather here on Long Island for most of September.  Some clients have been coming in with the typical achy knee, back or something or other, the usual for rainy weather.  Lately, however, I’ve been seeing a higher number than usual of clients with congested sinuses, headaches, vertigo or simply just feeling “under the weather”.

Feeling “under the weather” or getting aches and pains and congested is due, in part, to our environment as affected by the weather of late. Through more than twelve years of practicing holistic therapies and having worked on hundreds of people, I’ve noticed that folks that have a delicate type of health constitution or who suffer from migraines, headaches, mental/emotional health concerns seem to get exacerbation of their symptoms when the barometric pressure goes down.  The weight of air at any given time is the barometric pressure and a barometer is what is used to measure this weight in the air. When it goes down it’s stormy, rainy, windy and/or damp.  When it goes up the weather is good, cold and/or dry.

According to Bio-meteorology which is the study of  the impact of weather and climate on living things including plants and animals, it’s believed that birds are able to detect changes in barometric pressure due to expansion and contraction of sealed air sacs or cavities in their bones.  I remember three years ago when I was participating in a human cadaver dissection class at the Oregon Health and Science University, I noticed that the human skull is full of air sacs and cavities and I think its here where dampness plays out it’s role.

It’s interesting to me that in Chinese Medicine dampness is a pathogen that obstructs and slows metabolic processes in the body. Symptoms of dampness in the body are a heavy feeling, sluggishness, congestion in the body and a slew of other not so good stuff including headaches.  It’s really hard to get rid of dampness in the body and when the body is surrounded by dampness in it’s environment it’s even more difficult and it’s the reason why I’m seeing more clients lately.  Certainly you can schedule an appointment now as getting a CranioSacral Therapy,  Acupuncture or a Massage treatment is the way to go for quick relief, but there are some things you could do yourself that may help you stay healthy in this gloomy weather.

Start with your diet.  Do all you can to avoid damp forming foods like dairy products, cold quality foods like apples, bananas, potatoes, salt, watermelon and wheat to name a few.  Daikon, Job’s Tears, lemon, aduki beans, turnips, lots of onions, garlic, parsley and scallions are but a few damp reducing foods you may want to consider adding to your diet.

Physical exercise is a must as it boosts your metabolism and helps your mood.  If you belong to a fitness club spend some time in the dry sauna room, this will help a whole lot.  If you don’t have a hot sauna, get into baking meals, the oven heat will help dry the air. Or, turn on a dehumidifier.

Supplements are really important too.  I highly recommend Magnesium.  It’s an absolute gem for our well being.  Magnesium is an essential mineral involved in metabolic activity and is closely involved with calcium metabolism. Calcium helps keep bones strong by helping calcium stay in the bones and reduces risk of osteoporosis.  Magnesium helps keep the heart healthy and maintains normal levels of adrenaline, phosphorus, potassium and insulin.  I like Magnesium Citrate rather than Magnesium Oxide as it is easier to be absorbed by the body.  Also it’s always good to choose foods that are high in Magnesium like Brazil and cashew nuts, brown rice, halibut fish, oats, raw broccoli and tofu to name a few.

Laughter therapy is coming up in popularity since studies done quite some time ago indicated that laughing really does augment the healing ability of the body.  Make the choice to sit down at your kitchen table and have “who can make the funniest joke contest” with your family or simply pick out the funnies comedy movies you can and watch them.  The physical gestures of laughter, the mouth opening wide and the head moving ever so slightly or animated as in a hardy laugh will help your sinuses open up as well as help out all those air sacs in the skull.  It’s really easy and you’ll have fun with your family.

There is a great deal of information out there on what you can do to help yourself stay healthy in a natural way, but please use common sense and ask your doctor or other trusted health care professional for advise before trying something new, especially if you already have chronic health issues.

 

 

 

 

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What Is CranioSacral Therapy?

CranioSacral Therapy is a very special and interesting alternative health modality because it is a light touch that manages the work of balancing the body’s metabolism for healing to occur and it has a rhythm of it’s own that can be palpated anywhere on the body.   CST has it’s roots in Cranial Osteopathy and so there is attention to the bones of the head, however, the focus of CranioSacral Therapy as developed by Dr. John Upledger, is the fluid and structures affected within the CSS and it’s reflexive restrictions on the fascia all over the body.

The CranioSacral system is a physiological system, just like the respiratory, cardiovascular, digestive, etc.  It has a rhythm cycle between 6 to 12 counts and is comprised of a tough membrane consisting of the dura mater, the entire spinal column and the delicate membranes: the arachnoid membrane and the pia mater. It maintains the environment where the brain and nervous system develop and function. Read more here.

Since the CranioSacral System (CSS) influences the functioning of the central nervous system, CranioSacral Therapy (CST) can benefit the body in many ways.  It enhances the immune system and alleviates a wide range of specific medical conditions as well as emotional/mental diseases like PTSD, anxiety, depression, etc. CranioSacral Therapy significantly raises vitality and jump starts the body’s own healing mechanism for self repair.  Thus it’s an excellent alternative medicine modality and compliments any biomedicine regimen.

Craniosacral Therapy is an extremely gentle therapy therefore it’s quite safe for during pregnancy, newborns, children, the elderly, as well as adults and people in fragile or acutely painful conditions or where any other manipulative work would be contraindicated.  Although results of CST are remarkable and sometimes extraordinary, some considerations will render the therapy contraindicated and biomedical clearance recommended.  These include conditions where a variation and/or slight increase in intracranial pressure would cause instability. Acute aneurysm, cerebral hemorrhage or other pre-existing severe bleeding disorders or where the intracranial fluid pressure is of concern.

A CST treatment is an amazing and sometimes life changing experience. Although a series of treatments are best, a positive and significant result can be obtained from just one treatment.   Read what some recipients of Healthy Living Therapeutic CranioSacral Therapy are saying about their experience.

CranioSacral Therapy is beneficial for a wide range of medical problems related to pain and dysfunction including the following:

  • Migraines/Headaches
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Scoliosis
  • Neurovascular/Immune Disorders
  • Traumatic Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries
  • PTSD
  • Neurological problems
  • Fibromyalgia and connective tissue disorders
  • Chronic neck and back pain
  • TMJ
  • Stress and tension
  • Anxiety/Depression
  • Vertigo
  • Motor-coordination impairments
  • Autism/Learning disabilities
  • Pre/Post Surgery
  • Anything you can think of-It’s worth a try

An Upledger trained therapist is the best choice when considering who to go to. Although an excellent CranioSacral Therapist will have a strong anatomy and physiology uderstanding, it’s not important who they are with regard to their title. It’s a matter of sensitivity in their palpation skills,  experience with CST and intuition. Neither an occupational, massage, or physical therapist, a DO, MD, dentist or DC will necessarily have an advantage in learning these techniques because the CSS functional anatomy is new to all of them. The main question is, do they have a license to put their hands on people and can they do the work.  Click here to schedule an appointment with a Healthy Living Therapeutic Therapist.


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Job’s Tears Fat Burning Salad

Health salad ingredientsThis salad is a really great food to help you loose weight or to simply help you have a healthy body and the ingredients are full of rich nutrients and minerals.  It’s main ingredient, Job’s Tears a type of barley, is called yi yi ren in Chinese.  Yi yi ren is used often in chinese herbal formulas to help reduce dampness in the body which causes swollen joints as well as disharmonies of the digestive system and more.  The other excellent ingredient that really helps to break down fat in the body is Daikon radish.  Daikon is also rich in vitamin c, B6 and has many flavenoid antioxidants.  Cilantro helps reduce bad cholesterol (LDL) while increasing good cholesterol (HDL) and is loaded with vitamin A and minerals. Sesame seed oil is high in linoleic acid one of the two essential fatty acids (EFA’s) that our bodies can not produce.  There is medical research out of Japan that indicates that sesame seed oil lowers cholesterol and is beneficial to the heart and kidneys. Lemon and vinegar are both good to alkalize our blood which is a good thing to balance our pH levels.  Usually we tend to be more acidic.  This is really really a great food to eat regularly.  Diakon radish is a bit pungent so feel free to use a little or as much as you want of it, but when everything is mixed together all the flavors blend beautifully and knowing that you are eating for your health feels great!

Job’s Tears (yi yi ren) Health Salad

1 c. Job’s Tears

1 medium Diacon radish (shredded)

½ diced onion (small)

1 lemon (juice)

salt or soy sauce to taste

pepper to taste

2 to 4 tbs. rice vinegar

toasted sesame oil

chopped Cilantro

Preparation:  Bring to boil two quarts of water and pour in the Job’s Tears.  Cook on medium heat for 20 minutes or so, until the grain is tender.  Drain and collect the water for regular drinking.  It is good for your body and also if you have problems with digestion.  Keep refrigerated.  Put cooked Job’s Tears in a large bowl and put in the chopped ingredients of above items as well as the lemon juice, toasted sesame oil and other condiments.  Mix thoroughly and enjoy.  Keep refrigerated.  It will keep for one week, but eat every day to feel the benefits.

 

 

 

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Avoiding The MooMoo Switch

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Me and my friend Kelly at the OB Health Fair May, 2011

Talking to a girlfriend of mine last week about how much weight I had gained in the last two years and how I was pushing the limits of a size Large, she remarked that it was the “MooMoo Switch”. I had never heard of that before and I didn’t get it at first, but she explained that it was that time where one perpetually wears stretchy pants and big shirts before there is no recourse but to buy the bigger size.

 

I thought it was funny and cute, but later on, the horror of looking like a cow hit me hard and I was compelled to take action and retract from the MooMoo Switch. I did a review of what got me to being thirty pounds overweight and why. Although I never completely stopped doing exercise, I did an about face and put myself on track to increased exercise and following through with a more focused conscious path to eating for healthy weight loss.

I invite you to follow me as I share my recipes, workout routines, and more to either help yourself on your path to a healthy weight for your body type or to let me know your tips to help me on my path with inspiration or tips for success. The picture to the left is my friend Kelly, Registered Nurse and CranioSacral Therapist and me, the author of this blog. Take a good look so you can see transformation before your eyes.

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A New Year, A New You!

January was prickly wasn’t it? Well, the year is still new enough to try something new in your life to make a change you want to see. So, get a planner, notebook or a scrap of paper and write down something you want to see in your life to experience or live, the next time January comes around. Get ready for a new you in 2012 or maybe just next month.

The only way you are really going to achieve true happiness is if you are happy with yourself so start chipping away at yourself to create a most beautifully sculptured life or just start something new like learning a new instrument, taking a class at a nearby community college or simply getting a CranioSacral Treatment which is effortless on your part, but a profound changing experience.

Only you can make the change you want to see in your world.  Start today by following the steps below.  I know you can do it!  First consider that for something to be truly lasting consists more of what we can feel than what our eyes can see.  It’s deep.   Go for it!

Choose a goal in mind that will actually change your life, but that is  reasonable.  You will be surprised how little actions or just changing your mind can change a life.   Start now with the following steps:

1.  With your paper and pen in hand write down what and where in your life you want to see a change.

2.  Write what actions or thing you believe can make this change.

3.  Challenge your mind and think hard until something else comes up in your mind that can change this.

4.  Choose one item from either #2 or #3 that you can do yourself and is only dependent on yourself.

5.  Make a list with #4 as the heading and start numbering starting with 1, with all the things that have to happen in order to reach your goal.

Once you have done this start immediately gearing up your mind to take your to do list (item #5 above) and commit yourself to accomplishing all items to your end goal.  Keep your to do list on your fridge or any private space that you can see daily.  Take another little pad or piece of paper and write down the first item on your list and then under that write what you need to do to accomplish that item.  Start working, stick to it and don’t go to item 2 until item 1 is completely accomplished and you can honestly cross it off.  Keep doing this until you reach your goal.  Don’t worry about the time, just make sure you do everything on your to do list.

You will be very happy at the completion of your goal.  Just make sure what you choose to do, does not affect others negatively or bring harm.  If you would like help, you can check out Meditation services and it will help you clear your mind of unwanted thoughts and keeping focused.  Good Luck!

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Welcome To The Holistic World of Healthy Living Therapeutic Spa

Hi Everyone,
Thank you for visiting our blog. This blog is in the process of being developed to serve your mind, body and spirit. Discussions will be posted on all subjects relating to healthy living in our world, in our bodies, in our spirits and in our minds.

You will be informed on the subject of genetically modified foods, organic foods, exercise, acupuncture, massage, skin care and anything and everything that can help you make decisions to improve your life on any or many levels of life.

We welcome your comments and questions and look forward to being of service.

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