Yoga

5 Yoga Moves That Will Relieve Anxiety and Stress Instantly

Posted by on Oct 24, 2013 in Yoga | 0 comments

At Live Well Holistic Health we are dedicated to helping our clients find healing through methodologies that are thorough and lasting. Embracing the mind and body as an interactive unit, we believe in empowering our clients by suggesting protocols that they can do themselves to reduce stress, gain greater flexibility, and achieve overall balance.Yoga is an ancient system of exercise that calms the mind and eases tension in the body. A natural stress eliminator, Yoga also increases strength, flexibility, and balance while lowering blood pressure. Here are our top five Yoga moves that will relieve anxiety and stress instantly. As you practice them, it is important to focus on the rhythm of your breath, slowing it down as you inhale deeply from the belly and exhale slowly to create a circular rhythm. The healing power of the breath is not to be underestimated, so take your time with each inhalation and exhalation.

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Aging

Posted by on Jun 10, 2013 in Healing Holistic Health, Meditation, Yoga | 0 comments

Everyone is concerned with aging. We would all love to live to a ripe old age and enjoy our grandchildren. But we would not enjoy a long life if it included all sorts of health conditions and physical suffering. So the two topics here are: living longer, and living healthier. From extensive research on aging, (because even researchers want to live longer!), there are two factors that stand out. The first is stress. The sympathetic nerve reaction known as the ‘flight or fight response’ includes multiple physiologic changes intended to help you get through the emergency situation. The problem is that many people feel a fair amount of stress every day, enough to trigger at least some of the ‘fight or flight response.’ This daily sympathetic overload can cause hypertension, spasms in the neck, low back and jaw, exhausted adrenal glands and headaches, but also seemingly unrelated conditions such as high cholesterol, obesity and even cancer. From the research, it appears that stress makes just about everything worse in our bodies. So any predispositions toward diseases your parents and grandparents had will be encouraged to manifest if stress is a factor. The second factor that stands out is diet. Through the China Study, where huge population samples were analyzed for the effect of diet, and other important studies, it has been definitely shown that diet makes a huge difference in both life extension and disease avoidance. A diet rich in fruits and vegetables is key, but why? One reason is fiber. Keeping a clean colon is very important for health. Another reason is that vegetables and fruits keep us more alkaline, a state that helps resist the onset of disease. A third and extremely important reason is ‘antioxidants’. Antioxidants are the reason everyone is eating blueberries. There are many types of antioxidants, including vitamin C, selenium and the herb tumeric, as well as powerful ones you may not have heard of like glutathione and N-acetyl-L-Cysteine. But they all have one thing in common: They all destroy ‘free radicals’. Free radicals are atoms and molecules with free electrons that damage cell membranes and DNA through oxidation. Some are produced naturally by our bodies but they are greatly increased from fatty diets, pollution, cigarette smoke, herbicides and stress. It is extremely important that we get a rich supply of antioxidants from our food, fruits and vegetables having the richest supply by far. In addition, they are the source of most of our vitamins and minerals that are essential to health and healing. Two other dietary recommendations for life extension and disease prevention are reducing sugar and animal products, both meats and dairy. Both are acidifying and animal fats contain arachadonic acid which increases inflammatory prostaglandins. Inflammation, like free radicals, will lead to tissue breakdown and aging. We all know that genetics play a role in our life span as well. And we’ve all heard the stories of people smoking and drinking and living well into their nineties. But it’s all about playing the odds. By the manner in which we live our lives, and by the daily choices we make, we can either encourage or discourage those bad genes from manifesting. George Burns, the beloved entertainer, continued performing until he passed away at the age of 100. On stage in his nineties he would often make the comedic remark, “If I knew I was going to live this long I would have taken better care of myself.” I think he did just fine. Maybe he had no stress, good genes and a reasonably good diet. Many people are not so fortunate. Don’t chance it. Take better care of yourself. Another unexpected finding from sociology was that the longest lived people had, fairly consistently, some type of belief in a greater power. This gave them a sense of peace and calm, as though they were being looked after and that everything was basically O.K. My recommendations are to practice stress management techniques like yoga, meditation and deep breathing, eat more fruits and vegetables, less sugar and animal products, and in your own...

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The Hidden Causes of Back Pain

Posted by on Mar 18, 2013 in Ayurveda, Back Pain, Pain, Stress, Therapy, Yoga | 0 comments

As a chiropractor I am often asked why so many people get low back pain. Obviously, if someone has a car accident or a slip and fall, the low back can suffer from pulled muscles, vertebrae out of alignment and inflammation. But what about all the people who develop back pain without an obvious initiating cause? Countless times in my practice a patient would come in holding their back and tell me all they did was pick up a sock off the floor and ‘bam’, crippling back pain! One important cause of back pain, which often has to do with spasms of the large muscles that hold us upright, is stress. It is common for a person that worries and hurries a lot, skips meals and stays up late, to tighten up in the low back area. A person might think they have the same routine every day, so why, suddenly, does something like this happen? What they are not aware of are other contributing factors. One example is the weather. Big changes in weather patterns can add inflammation and tightness into the mix. Another example is specific emotions that, subconsciously, might be triggering an old frustration or hurt, i.e., ‘pushing your buttons’, again leading to tightness of certain muscle groups. The tightening up of low back muscles can gradually and subtly increase until the bending over to pick up the sock is ‘the straw that broke the camel’s back,’ or at least ‘threw it out’. Another less obvious factor that causes back pain is constipation and other bowel issues. Even individuals who say they are ‘regular’ can have some degree of constipation, with little awareness of it, and that is a huge number of people. Simple gas and bloating can also contribute to back pain. These bowel issues, even subtle ones, can also cause the back muscles to spasm, leading to a back going out. One other more obvious cause of back pain is worth mentioning. People who engage in an activity that utilizes muscle groups in ways they have not been used to, such as starting a yoga class, new types of exercises at the gym, or, more obviously, the seasonal raking of leaves or shoveling snow, even if they are being slow and careful, are commonly subjected to spasms and inflammation, leading to their backs going out. All of the above scenarios usually involve a complex of imbalances. These typically include spasms of various muscles, inflammation of the joint capsules and discs, and certainly vertebrae being pulled out of alignment. In my treatment of back pain I always include a variety of therapies and modalities such as myofascial release, vibration and far infra-red, that address all of these. In my experience it is rarely enough to give only a chiropractic adjustment. I always assume multiple factors. If you suffer from chronic low back pain with no obvious initiating cause, consider stress management techniques like yoga or gently stretching, meditation, warm bathes with epsom salts, and making sure the diet you are eating keeps your bowels clean, healthy and regular. There are plenty of natural herbal remedies to keep the bowels happy. Wisdom from ‘ayurvedic medicine’ suggests soothing the ‘vata dosha.’ This means avoiding too much exposure to cold, both environmentally and in your food, and favoring warm and calming activity and food. This is especially true for the skinny, worry-hurry ‘vata’ type people. In extreme cases enemas can be very helpful. Other tips if you have nagging low back pain are to avoid walking in high-heeled shoes, avoid jumping, jogging or strenuous exercise and minimize sexual activity. By all means practice mindfulness and avoid letting yourself get carried away by the activities you are engaged...

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Master Aromatherapist, Siddiqa Salter, is now at Live Well!

Posted by on Oct 18, 2010 in Aromatherapy, Siddiqa, Therapy, Yoga | 0 comments

We are excited to have Siddiqa here with us at Live Well on Wednesdays starting in October 2010.  Siddiqa is a Master Aromatherapist, body worker, energy healer, coach, counselor, breath worker, yoga teacher, and an all around vibrant being.  She comes to us at Live Well to share her gifts in a number of specialty treatment and teaching offerings.  Call us at (610) 896-1554 to schedule your session with Siddiqa! About Siddiqa Siddiqa Salter is a Master Aromatherapist specializing in Medicinal Aromatherapy consultations, workshops, certification courses, and holistic wellness retreats.  Her signature offering is The Total Body Bliss, a sublime experience in massage, energy work and essential oils. Siddiqa holds a Master’s Degree in Spiritual Psychology from the esteemed University of Santa Monica and weaves her heart centered counseling skills into all that she does.  Yoga is one her greatest joys and she holds numerous certifications in Kundalini, Prenatal and Hatha Yoga.  Siddiqa currently teaches yoga at Cerca Trova Yoga Center in Havertown, PA.  As a certified massage therapist, Rebirthing Breath Coach and Energy Worker Siddiqa brings a unique blend of modalities into her healing sessions.  She hosts a popular weekly show called The Renegade Aromatherapist on Soulgarden.tv where each week she delves into the teachings of the Plant and Tree Kingdom sharing how one can practically apply this medicine to everyday life.  She also teaches the Level 1 Wisdom of the Earth Medicinal Aromatherapy Certification Course that is a magical blend of both practical and esoteric teachings.  Ask about her upcoming course dates. For over a decade Siddiqa has devoted her life to helping people listen to the innate wisdom of their bodies, make healthy choices and live life vibrantly with 100% therapeutic grade essential oils, yoga, cleansing and positive mental awareness. To learn more about Siddiqa please visit her website at:  EssentiallySiddiqa.com SERVICES Medicinal Aromatherapy Consultation: Feeling tired, run down or frustrated with your health?  Want more from your life?  Ready to expand, uplevel and embrace yourself in the way Mother Nature intended?  A consultation is the perfect way to get started.  Siddiqa’s expert knowledge and pristine intuition enable her to create a customized essential oil protocol for your highest well-being.  True Medicinal Aromatherapy addresses the entire being not just the symptoms.  Anyone can sell you an essential oil but working with Siddiqa will empower you to discover your true health.  Her clients have experienced freedom from pharmaceuticals, digestive issues, menopause discomfort, depression, migraines, and a myriad of other physical and emotional issues.   Consultations are always about you, your life and your budget, never generic. 30 minutes $45 60 minutes $75 Medicinal Aromatherapy Session: Experience and in-depth consultation followed by a localized hands-on essential oil treatment that targets specific areas of need.  Siddiqa combines honoring your questions and concerns with her strong intuition to create a powerful custom designed healing session. This treatment is perfect for those wanting assistance with colds, flu, headaches, localized pain or discomfort, digestive upset, mental clarity, and energetic and vibrational up leveling.  Please wear loose comfortable clothes contusive to targeted essential oil application. Quick Fix: 30 minutes $55 Standard Session: 60 minutes $110 Total Body Bliss:  signature treatment This unique and intoxicating total body treatment is a wellness experience like no other.  After receiving your wellness consultation, relax on the massage table while being anointed with over 400 drops of the finest essential oils available today. Your body will be coaxed into a state of grace with the combination of essential oils, massage therapy and energy work.  Anointing with the plant essences is an ancient and sacred tradition.  Siddiqa is one of the only Master Aromatherapists in the world who anoints clients in this age-old way.  The Total Body Bliss is the ultimate experience in relaxation, detoxification, release and pure communion with the Plant and Tree Kingdom.  Be prepared to enter into the Divine! 1 hour 30 minutes $150 Private Yoga: An individualized session custom tailored for each client based on your physical level of strength, flexibility, knowledge, comfort and desired goals.  Sessions are totally focused on you so that you get...

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Thai Yoga Massage with Julie, new at Live Well!

Posted by on Aug 17, 2010 in Yoga | 0 comments

Julie Gayer Kris is a certified yoga instructor, yoga therapist and Thai Yoga therapist. Also certified in Reiki, Julie has been offering healing sessions since 1996.  Her treatments are simultaneously gentle and deeply transformative. Benefits include relief from back, neck and shoulder tension, freedom from joint pain, improved sleep and digestion, increased relaxation and a feeling of overall wellbeing.  Julie has worked at some of the country’s elite spas and centers in Hawaii, Seattle and New York City, and she is now here at the Live Well Holistic Health Center on Wednesdays starting this week! During a Thai Yoga Therapy Healing Session with Julie, you will experience a full body treatment including stretching, rocking, pressure points, massage and deep relaxation. Individualized to meet your needs, the session may include a consultation with stretches, breathwork or exercises designed specifically for you.  Many people have lovingly called this treatment “lazy man’s yoga”. In preparation for your Thai Yoga Therapy Session, please do not eat for 2 hours prior, and bring or wear comfortable breathable clothing that covers your legs.  Full pants are preferable to shorts, and for your utmost comfort, it is helpful to bring with you a pair of clean fresh socks. Your first massage treatment at Live Well Holistic Health Center is only $45 for an hour long massage, through September.  Call us at 610.896.1554 to schedule your treatment.  You’ll be so happy you...

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