Massage Therapy Styles and Health Benefits

Original Article by WebMD

Massage has been practiced for thousands of years. Today, if you need or want a massage, you can choose from about 80 massage therapy styles with a wide variety of pressures, movements, and techniques. These all involve pressing, rubbing, or manipulating muscles and other soft tissues with hands and fingers. Sometimes, even forearms, elbows, or feet are used. According to the American Massage Therapy Association, up to 25 percent of American adults had a massage at least once during 2016-2017. And, they have a wide range of reasons for doing so. More and more people […]

19 Signs You’ve Finally Reached Optimal Health

Article by William Cole, D.C.. | Article Found on MindBodyGreen

One of the first questions I ask new patients is “How would you rate your health?” It’s a good ice breaker because it gets right to the core of their relationship with their body. The most common answer is: “I’m in good health, doc!” But when I look at their list of medications and health issues—the ones that made them want to set up an appointment with me in the first place—I see that they are hardly in “good health,” much less optimal.

What they usually mean is that they […]

10 Ways to Shift Your Mindset for Better Weight Loss

Article by K. Aleisha Fetters | Featured on US News

Every diet and weight-loss strategy has its pros and cons, but for any one to really work, you’ve got to get your mind right.

“Shifting your mindset about how to lose weight is the biggest factor in losing weight,” says NYC-based therapist Kathryn Smerling. “We can’t shift our weight from the outside without realizing the correct inner resolve and intention.”

And most people try to lose weight with the worst state of mind possible: wanting to “fix” themselves. They jump into diets and exercise plans out of self-deprecation, all […]

4 Easy Portion-Control Tricks to Kick Overeating to the Curb

Whatever your diet strategy, you’ve got to master proper portions to lose weight and keep it off.

Eat too much and you’ll gain weight. It’s a simple fact, but it can be a difficult one to swallow.

After all, given America’s current portion-control problem, knowing how much you need to eat – and then actually capping your intake there – is a challenge. Research from New York University shows that virtually every food in supermarkets exceeds standard serving sizes. Some “single-serving” foods surveyed were seven […]

Strengthen Your Body Without Pain

by Dana L. Davis, MPT

More than 20 years ago in a tiny walk-up studio with creaky hardwood floors, several dancers and exercise enthusiasts would join several times each week for ‘ballet exercise’. In actuality, the movements of Joseph Pilates (Pil-lah-tees) (1880-1967) were in practice. The benefits from his method provided physical and mental balance, eliminated stress, and helped to build in each individual a strong and streamlined musculature.

Joseph Pilates’ exercise philosophy can benefit men and women of any age. It is especially beneficial to people who recognize the importance of providing a firm support system for the spine. […]

Healthy Tips for a Thinner Thanksgiving

Enjoy the holiday feast without the guilt — or the weight gain.

Thanksgiving only comes around once a year, so why not go ahead and splurge? Because gaining weight during the holiday season is a national pastime. Year after year, most of us pack on at least a pound (some gain more) during the holidays — and keep the extra weight permanently.

But Thanksgiving does not have to sabotage your weight, experts say. With a little know-how, you can satisfy your desire for traditional favorites and still enjoy a guilt-free Thanksgiving feast. After all, being stuffed […]