As we celebrate 2018, it’s not too late to resolve to have as healthy a year as possible. Many times, we make New Year’s resolutions that are unrealistic or complicated, so we are unable to keep them beyond the first month. Simplicity is always best. Find something simple to add to your life.
CranioSacral Therapy, in which we use a soft, gentle touch to release restrictions in the soft tissues that surround the central nervous system, works to remove irritation from the nervous system and allow it to work the best it possibly can.
Not only is CranioSacral Therapy helpful for adults but also for children, teens and young adults for wellness and symptom relief. Some of the most common benefits include improved mental clarity, focus and improved sleep patterns. It can also help to reduce stress, impulsivity, anxiety, headaches and neck tension. [Read more…]
The lymphatic system is the most recent body system to be discovered. It was first formally described in 1652. This relatively recent discovery does not indicate that this is evolutionarily a new system. Instead it was identified so late because this system is naturally difficult to visualize. Our lymphatic system is comprised of transparent lymph vessels, lymph nodes, lymphatic organs and lymph fluid. Lymph is fluid that has naturally been lost into the tissues via the cardiovascular system and is generally clear. Since the lymph vessels are transparent and the fluid within them is clear, it made it difficult to isolate and name this system. Despite being our newest system, it is an incredibly important to our survival.
I have had countless experiences where I am asked about my profession and when I announce that I am a CranioSacral Therapist, I am met with a bewildered response. Many have not heard of CranioSacral Therapy. It sounds intriguing and exotic. However, what is it? I always start with my CranioSacral elevator speech (short and concise). CranioSacral Therapy is a light touch manual therapy that assesses and helps to release strains and irritations on the nervous system. It is a manual therapy that was developed by Dr. John Upledger and it is based on neuroscience and osteopathic principles. This explanation satisfies many persons’ basic questions. However, CranioSacral Therapy is so much more.
When I reflect on my journey to the present day, the word that comes to mind is trust. I trusted all along the way. I am the resident CranioSacral Therapist at MAAIM but I am so much more. I am a wife, mom, educator, vegetarian, ferocious reader, lover of bad jokes and overall happy human being. I have been with my husband for 25 years and am the mom to two brilliant, precocious, hilarious and kind hearted 4 years olds (yes, twins). Our family’s journey began where my passion for science started.
Breast health is a huge concern within Women’s Medicine. Any mention of breast disease often invokes extraordinary fear in any woman. With one in eight women being affected with breast cancer, our focus should not only be on a cure and treatment but also prevention. [Read more…]
Inflammation is an everyday occurrence in our bodies. It generally gets a bad reputation; however, it is necessary to protect our bodies and to allow them to heal. Inflammation occurs with injuries but also in normal daily activities. In both situations, cellular and tissue breakdown can occur (to different degrees). In order to start healing, an inflammatory cascade begins. [Read more…]
Q: Holiday meals can be heavy. What can I do to help?
A: Holidays meals can absolutely be heavy in calories and fats. This in moderation can be managed by most of us. However, in excess, this can lead to indigestion and, in some cases, pain. [Read more…]
Happy New Year! Often coming with the New Year is a resolution. We commonly try to clean up our diet and add a fitness regime. This year, why not try a “clean up” regime for your brain?
Your Central Nervous System (brain and spinal cord) controls everything that you do, feel, experience, and interpret. [Read more…]
When was the last time you thought to breathe? Breathing is an automatic body action that has some conscious control. Everyone knows how to breathe, right? Unfortunately not. Go ahead, try it. Sit up straight with your feet on the ground. Place one hand on your abdomen and the other on your chest. Now breathe. Chances are you are feeling a slight expansion and retraction in your chest. If this is indeed what you are feeling, you aren’t breathing correctly. [Read more…]