Meditation and Health

Meditation has been long said to be very beneficial, especially for stress reduction. Unfortunately, stress has become a normal part of our lives. Everybody seems to be stressed, all the time. This is very bad for our health.  According to Web MD,  75-90% of visits to the doctor are stress related.  Stress is major factor in symptoms such as headaches, heart problems, anxiety and depression just to name a few.

When we find ourselves in a stressful situation our bodies go into a Fight or Flight response. If we are constantly stressed we stay in this intense state of being which wears tremendously on our bodies. Please see below a great illustration on how Fight or Flight Response affects our bodies. Click here to see full article and this illustration on the American Institute of Stress website.

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What can we do to reduce stress?

One possibility is to take time each day to meditate. Numerous studies have been conducted and confirmed the enormous benefits of meditation. According to an article on National Center for Complementary Integrative Health  website there is evidence that meditation can reduce blood pressure, irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety, depression, insomnia, STRESS and PAIN. Lots of people imagine meditation as sitting still in silence, but there are many ways to meditate. The article on Bustle.com describes eleven activities that can be meditative, but don’t require you to sit still. Click here to read the article on meditation.

In the last few years I have adopted the practice of meditation. Sometimes, it involves sitting still, sometimes taking mindful walks and other times reading and contemplation. Myofascial Release sessions can also be very meditative to me. When I receive bodywork, I focus on being in the present moment, breathing and feeling my body.

Experiment with different types of meditation to find what suits you best. Consider meditating while you are receiving massage or Myofascial Release Therapy. It is very powerful to be in the present moment and could propel your well-being to new heights!

Myofascial Stretching Workshop on October 8, 2016

Please come join me for a Myofascial Stretching Workshop on October 8, 2016 at 9:00-11:30am at the http://consciouslivingyoga.com Conscious Living Yoga. Please see attached flyer for details. Email, call or Facebook message me to reserve a spot. Let’s release that tight connective tissue!! See you there, Elena.

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Myofascial Stretching workshop!

Optimism and Health

Today, I would like to talk about attitude and health. Studies confirm that attitude plays a huge role in our health and longevity. In the book “You are the placebo”, the author, Dr. Joe Dispenza lists several studies that have discovered how much impact an optimistic outlook has on our health. For example, in 2002 Mayo Clinic published a study which demonstrated that optimists live healthier lives both physically and mentally. Another study showed that optimists live on average seven years longer than pessimists. Being optimistic means simply, believing the best possible scenario. The body-mind connection is REAL!

According to the article “A simple exercise to boost optimism” in Psychology Today (see link below)  75% of optimism is determined by the individual’s efforts and the environment. This being said, we have a tremendous opportunity to control our optimism and to improve our lives for the better. There are a lot of ways to boost your optimism. The attached article focuses on visualizations.

In my Myofascial Release practice clients who are optimistic about their health get better faster and maintain a higher level of well-being. The body-mind connection is undeniable and how we use our mind, our thoughts is directly reflected in our bodies.  Today, I choose to think positive thoughts, to meditate and to find something good in every situation. I have to mention that I get bodywork twice a month and do self-care several times a week. The result, I am healthier than I ever been in my life. The combination of bodywork and optimistic outlook is the magic formula for my well-being!

Thank you for reading! Warmly, Elena

Click here to Psychology Today article 

5 Minutes Myofascial Release Technique

Often, in my praxis I work with clients who have had chronic pain for years and have tried Western medicine as well as Holistic modalities to ease their discomfort. It is incredible how Myofascial Release Therapy (MFR)  can change people’s lives. My clients experience the benefits of this powerful modality and the positive changes in their daily lives. Sustained pressure, up to five minutes, into the fascia is  the key element in this therapy.  University of Arizona in Phoenix is currently doing research on the effects  of sustained pressure of three to five minutes into the soft tissue. Their findings very much coincide with my personal experience as a therapist as well as a client. After three minutes of performing a technique the tissue starts to release, soften and unwind. It also activates the anti-inflammatory process and white blood cell formation which has tremendous significance on the healing process. Clients describe a sensation of butter melting or increased blood flow in the area being worked which is followed by the ease of discomfort.

Another, key component of Myofascial Therapy is the client engagement and awareness during the session. MFR therapy requires  the client to stay in his/her body and to communicate with the therapist regarding his/her experience. I find that encouraging clients to do mindful breathing and focusing on the area being worked allows for deeper releases. Feeling fascial releases, as a client, can be a thrilling experience. During MFR people become more body aware and learn about the amazing healing abilities of their bodies!

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Posture

Posture, posture, posture we all need to watch it. The problem with bad posture is that you don’t notice the effects of it right away. It is accumulative over time and then the damage is already done.

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New Myofascial Release Stretching Workhop!

The workshop in November 2015 was so successful that I have decided to do another one. This time it will be a two-part workshop. We will address the upper body on the first Sunday and the lower body on the following Sunday. Anybody can participate, at any level of physical fitness. It will be a lot of fun! Check out the flyer and sign up today to secure a spot!

 

Back pain, posture and abdominal muscles.

This is an interesting article that looks at people’s postures and back pain and the relationship to the abdominal muscles. It appears that people in some indigenous cultures hardly have problems with their backs.

click here to read the article on npr.org

Self-care Workshop utilizing Myofascial Release in Redding, CA

 

Come join me for a two hour Self-Care workshop on November 14th, 2015. Click on the image to see the whole flyer.

 

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Check out Cure Together study

A 3-year CureTogether study on neck pain found that patients rated Myofascial release, Yoga, and Massage as the most effective treatments for their neck pain. For more information go to CureTogether.

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