Pregnancy is an exciting time for expecting moms, but it’s also filled with it’s fair share of aches, pains, and inconveniences (I’m looking at you, sciatica!).
Fortunately, prenatal massage is a wonderful way to manage your normal pregnancy aches.
And these massages aren’t just good for mama – studies show moms who receive regular prenatal massages may pass on health benefits to their babies as well, including healthier baby birth weights and on-time deliveries.
Many spas advertise prenatal and postpartum massages, but how do you know you’re really getting a high-quality massage that’s tailored to your specific needs as an expecting mother?
Here are three key ways to ensure you’re getting the best pregnancy massage for your money.
Qigong is actually an umbrella term for a variety of Chinese healing arts, all of which cultivate the “qi,” or internal energy, of the person. This serves to promote healing and vitality throughout the body, mind, and spirit of the individual.
The central premise in the practice of Qigong is to improve the energetic essence of the person practicing it, primarily using movement and self-awareness to do so.
Let’s answer a few of the most common questions people have about qigong, and dispel a few myths while we’re at it.
Whether you’re interested in acupuncture, qigong, massage, or yoga, you’ve probably noticed that holistic health care is a growing field.
More consumers in the U.S. are seeking access to holistic health care options every day.
In fact, a 2008 survey from the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine found that 38% of adults are already using some form of alternative or contemporary medicine.
But in spite of this trend, some institutions limit the public’s access to alternative health options in favor of conventional medical treatments.
People are interested in exploring their options outside of the box of conventional pharmaceutical medicine, and like all consumers they want access to a variety of options.
There’s no question that the safety of vaccinations has become one of the mostly hotly contested issues within health and wellness today. Whether you have a friend whose life was saved by a vaccine, or an acquaintance who suffered from serious side effects of a vaccination, chances are you’ve heard some strong opinions on both sides of the issue. Let’s see what the research has to say on this controversial issue.
Sitting is the new smoking, and as it turns out, the studies that show a link between time spent sitting and mortality are teaching us that this rule applies independent of leisure time physical activity.
Translation: You can’t make up for 8 hours spent sitting every weekday with 45 minutes of vigorous physical activity – it’s your overall time spent moving that reduces your mortality risk.
In case you haven’t been reading the news for a while, here’s a little newsflash for you: California legalized recreational marijuana use as of the beginning of 2018.
Following in the footsteps of Washington, Oregon, Colorado, Nevada, Alaska, Massachusetts, Vermont, and Maine, the state now allows adults to use cannabis for non-medicinal purposes, opening up what some are predicting will be “the world’s largest market for legalized recreational marijuana.”
With the wave of states choosing to legalize the plant’s recreational use come many questions about it’s safety and whether or not it could cause the use of more illicit drugs to become more common.
The beginning of a new year is a time when we all think about ways to improve our life—a new movement regimen, a healthier kitchen cupboard, a new hobby.
But what about improving your mind?
Have you considered that the thoughts you consume and generate can lead to just as many positive changes as all of the “planning” in the world?
Today we’re going to share some books that are incredible kick-starters for better wellness and balanced health.
Here are some of the must-read wellness titles of late 2017 and early 2018, according to wellness experts around the world.
It’s not an uncommon sight these days to see people with small tubes of antibacterial hand sanitizer dangling from their purse, keychain, or backpack. (In fact, you might even carry one with you each day.)
And we all probably have at least one friend that we’d confidently call a “germ-o-phobe.”
But where did this compulsive fear of germs come from, and are germs really a proven danger to our health?
Lungs, heart, spleen, kidneys.
Like any good student, you probably memorized all your vital organs in grade school.
But you probably never heard about a little-known but enormously important organ whose relatively recent discovery is changing the way scientists and practitioners view pain and restrictions in your body.
That special organ is your body’s fascia, and unlike the other isolated organs you learned about in grade school, your fascia surrounds, penetrates, and connects every structure of your body from head to toe. (There is still some debate as to whether fascia is indeed an organ or a tissue type.)