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  • Massage and Energy Healing For Children

    When we think of stress and anxiety, we seem to narrow the focus on it being an adult thing. Infants and children are just as prone to stress and anxiety as adults, however, the expression of that stress and anxiety looks different coming from children then it does from adults. With many years of life experience, adults have found various ways of coping with stress that better suit societal norms. Children, on the other hand, lack the constraints of the external world where exact expression of their feelings have not yet been compromised or oppressed. As a mom, I...

  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome: Know The Symptoms

    Approximately 1 in 10 women of childbearing age in the United States have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, or PCOS. Understanding what is going on in the body, why it’s happening and how to make positive changes are key to reducing PCOS symptoms. The Female Menstrual Cycle As the name implies, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, or PCOS, is a condition in which one or both ovaries have many cysts. To understand why a cyst forms, you first need to understand the female menstrual cycle. At the start of each menstrual cycle your pituitary gland produces follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH). This hormone is meant...

  • The Time Is NOW for What, Where, Why and How of Emotional Freedom Techniques

    Wouldn’t it be nice to know a universal self-help technique that brings you peace and calm naturally and has the flexibility of use anytime or anywhere? It’s here for you; Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) Tapping. The What? With stress, anxiety and fear swirling at the epicenter of our lives right now, we need a go-to source of peace and calm to get through our own personal hurdles. I’ve been introducing the innumerable benefits of EFT Tapping for the last eight years but never before has it become more important to inform you as readers how to use EFT Tapping...

  • Pitfalls of a Broken System

    A pitfall is a hidden danger or unsuspected difficulty. Often, we are blinded by trust or our desire to just feel better and so we are not really seeing how things are, until we look back. I am speaking from firsthand experience as I had no idea that the medical providers that I was trusting with my health had no idea what I was dealing with, let alone know how to properly treat it. If I had, I might not have lost all that time, all that money and all those dreams. What compounds this brokenness even further is...

  • The Unexpected Benefits of Acupuncture

    When inquiring about acupuncture, there are three main questions that patients ask, “Can it help?”, “Will it hurt?”, and “How does it work?” The answer to the second question, “Will it hurt?” is you may feel a light prick or you may feel nothing at all. Different areas of the body have different levels of sensitivity. The answer to the third question, “How does it work?” can also be explained simply by describing the concept of Qi and how acupuncture facilitates healing by opening channels of blocked energy in the body. The third question, “Can it help?” is the...

  • Is it Normal to Feel Sore After a Massage?

    Generally, people who seek out alternative healing methods such as massage and body-work, expect to feel better, not worse, after receiving treatment. Most intend on feeling highly energized and rejuvenated following a massage. However, typically this is not the case for most people. Depending on a person’s physical and mental health as well as the type of body-work received, a person can feel achy, sore, and tired after a session. Although post-massage soreness is normal, there is a distinct difference between therapeutic or healthy pain compared to injurious or unhealthy pain associated with body-work. Therapeutic Pain Versus Injurious Pain...

  • Men: Don’t Wait To Get Help For Vein Problems

    Anatomically, men’s leg veins are no different from women’s leg veins. In fact, looking at ultrasound imaging of a leg, one would be hard-pressed to tell if it belonged to a woman or a man. Venous disease can affect both men and women, yet men tend to present with the worst vein problems, such as leg ulcers (open wounds). Why is this the case? Anecdotally, phlebologists have observed that women tend to get help for their vein issues as soon as they can, while men will often wait until the problem becomes too painful to ignore. The result is,...

  • Respiratory Infections Can Be Treated Naturally

    According to the NIH, lower respiratory infections are a greater burden of disease worldwide than HIV, malaria, cancer and heart attacks. People who suffer from COPD, cystic fibrosis or asthma are especially prone. Treatment can be especially difficult when we don’t even know whether it is a virus, bacterium or fungus that we are battling. To make matters worse, the standard of care in allopathic (western) medicine has us taking pills. This systemic approach has the harmful drugs passing through the entire body and all of the organs while treating an invader that is primarily on the air-side of...