-The Alchemy of Habits: Turning Muscle into Connective Tissue  (video link)

-The Unexpected Physical Consequences Of Technology

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-Benefits of Massage

-How Massage Heals Sore Muscles

-Liberate Your Fascia, Liberate Your Life: Understanding Fascia

-Healthful Resolutions: Eating Your Produce

-Water, Consciousness & Intent

-Five Good Reasons to Laugh More


The Alchemy of Habits – Turning Muscle into Connective Tissue

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The Unexpected Physical Consequences Of Technology
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Benefits of Massage

Source: Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals

In an age of technical and, at times, impersonal medicine, massage offers a drug-free, non-invasive and humanistic approach based on the body's natural ability to heal itself. So what exactly are the benefits to receiving regular massage and/or bodywork treatments?

- Increases circulation, allowing the body to pump more oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs.

- Stimulates the flow of lymph, the body's natural defense system, against toxic invaders. For example, in breast cancer patients, massage has been shown to increase the cells that fight cancer.

- Increased circulation of blood and lymph systems improves the condition of the body's largest organ - the skin.

- Relaxes and softens injured and overused muscles

- Reduces spasms and cramping

- Increases joint flexibility.

- Reduces recovery time, helps prepare for strenuous workouts and eliminates subsequent pains of the athlete at any level.

- Releases endorphins - the body's natural painkiller - and is being used in chronic illness, injury and recovery from surgery to control and relieve pain.

- Reduces post-surgery adhesions and edema and can be used to reduce and realign scar tissue after healing has occurred.

- Improves range-of-motion and decreases discomfort for patients with low back pain.

- Relieves pain for migraine sufferers and decreases the need for medication.

- Provides exercise and stretching for atrophied muscles and reduces shortening of the muscles for those with restricted range of motion.

- Assists with shorter labor for expectant mothers, as well as less need for medication, less depression and anxiety, and shorter hospital stays.



How Massage Heals Sore Muscles

Liberate Your Fascia, Liberate Your Life
Understanding Fascia
By Dr. Divi Chandna • January 24th, 2013

I see patients every day with chronic pain. It is as if their whole body keeps reacting in pain. It usually starts in one area of the body and then quickly spreads to other parts. Treatments with massage, acupuncture and physiotherapy help but never seem to sustain pain relief. I can relate to this because I have been there.

In my years of looking for treatment and understanding why this happens, I have stumbled across the answer – the fascia.

Our fascia is an interconnected layer of connective tissue that weaves through our entire body. It encases our muscles, joints, bones and vessels. The fascia can be visualized as one piece of saran wrap that literally coats our whole inner body parts. Because it is something that we cannot see with our eyes, I encourage you to close your eyes and imagine the visual of fascia.

When we start to understand the concept of fascia, we can truly grasp why our body may start to feel pain in our right shoulder and then before know it, our left hip and our left toe! It seems to transcend our understanding. Before we understand it, we can get confused, frustrated and end up feeling like a victim in our own body. Because the fascia is one continuous layer that literally encircles and encases our whole body, we can understand why and how this pain patterns develop.

The next piece of understanding (which was a huge breakthrough for me) is to understand that our fascia actually holds onto emotional memory. This is not studied in Western Medicine, and I went through all of medical school not ever being exposed to this. All of our old sadness, trauma and past history is locked as memory in the fascia. Many times our past fears, angers, sadness and confusions lie here in the fascia. This is why when we feel certain emotions like anxiety, anger and confusion; we will literally feel it in our body almost instantly. Our bodies hold onto the memory even if time has past and we are not directly involved in that situation.

Energy in Motion

Many massage therapists and other body workers see this affect in their offices. Clients who are ready to feel and release those emotions will literally cry on the table. This is not an uncommon occurrence in yoga classes as well. The emotions want to be liberated from the body. They do not want to be stuck in the body creating pain. When we are ready to release them and have no desire to hold onto them, we are allowing our body to release what it does not need.

Emotions literally means e = energy in motion. The emotion is energy that wants to liberate and move out of the body. When we hold onto the old memory, the trauma, the past, the guilt, the anger and all of those feelings, we are holding onto the energy. When we are ready to liberate it from our mind, we are able to release it from the body.

This can truly transform your life. Personally, I used yoga to liberate many of those old traumas and emotions that were stuck in my body. As I did this regularly, those energies left my body and the chronic pain that I was suffering from literally left. There are many techniques that promote this type of release – Yoga, Rolfing, Feldenkrais, deep massage and others.

Are you ready to liberate your body, your fascia and your life? Our bodies are connected in every which way to our minds, emotions and feelings. Have fun in the liberation! As you do, you will feel lighter, freer, and more alive and centered (not to mention out of pain!). Have fun!

Dr. Divi Chandna is a practicing family physician and certified medical intuitive. She spent years teaching yoga, meditation and mind-body medicine courses. She has written books and speaks internationally about health and wellness. Dr. Divi believes that health is inside of us all and with some work and guidance we can all access that place of complete health.

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Healthful Resolutions:
Eating Your Produce
Published: 1/22/2013    by Dr. Andrew Weil

Each Tuesday in January we present healthy resolutions for the New Year. Consider including them in your healthful lifestyle routine!

Whether you're in top physical shape or struggling with a health concern, anyone can reap the benefits of fresh produce. Vegetables and fruits are rich in flavonoids and carotenoids with both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity; and both promote healthy digestion, can fill you up with few calories and little to no fat, and are among the healthiest snack options when on-the-go.

Dark leafy greens and cruciferous vegetables are especially good choices, as are berries and other low-glycemic fruits. Aim for four to five servings of vegetables and three to four servings of fruit per day - go for a wide range of colors, choose fruit and vegetables that are fresh and in season, and buy organic whenever possible.

Water, Consciousness & Intent
~Dr. Masuro Emoto~


Five Good Reasons to Laugh More

By Allen Klein

August 4, 2013

Every month, members of The Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor ( sends out an e-zine containing information on the latest humor/laughter research. This past January, the e-zine contained an extra treat.  The Editor Bob Nozik listed the five top humor/laughter scientific findings from last year.

Editor Bob Nozik listed the five top humor/laughter scientific findings from last year. I would like to share some of this important information with you.

1 – Heart Health

The top story was about the work of Michael Miller, MD, from the University of Maryland. Miller found that laughter causes blood vessel dilatation. The importance of this is that laughter can improve circulatory and cardiovascular health.

2 – Immune System Benefits

Dr. Lee Berk’s study showed that laughter causes endorphin release. The findings have yet to be published but since endorphins help keep our immune system healthy, this could be an important never-before-documented discovery.

3 – Children vs. Adult Laughter

For years, it has often been claimed that adults only laugh 15 times a day while children laugh 300 to 400 times.

Dr. Rod Martin found that a review of the literature does not support this claim. In fact, indications are that adults might actually laugh a bit more than children.

4 – Good Exercise

Another study, from Dublin, Ireland, shows that laughter causes a rise in blood pressure. Other studies show that blood pressure drops for a time when we stop laughing. Which is very much like aerobic exercise.
So put away your running shoes and start laughing.

5 – Laugh to Lose Weight

At Vanderbilt University researchers found that laughter burns a bit more than one calorie per minute. Fifteen minutes of laughter every day could lead you to lose up to four pounds per year.

(Of course, if you are eating a bowl of ice cream while laughing, I’m not sure what it would do to the statistics in this study.)