Anyone who has ever seen me for a massage knows I give homework. Stretches, breathing practices or plain and simple rest are assignments designed to keep you loose and limber. Learning ways to manage aches and pains is invaluable and empowering. DIY foot massage is one of my favorite tasks to assign. All you need is a tennis ball and a little time.
Every year the Environmental Working Group comes out with its Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™, a list of the top 12 list of fruits and veggies most likely to contain the highest amounts of pesticides, and its “Clean Fifteen” list of produce that is least likely to contain toxic residue. If money is tight the lists are good shorthand for determining which products are most crucial to choose organic and which can be bought conventional.
Recently my friend Doron expressed a common dilemma: “Everyone says how great meditation is and why I should do it, but nobody says what it is or how to do it.” I’m sure you’ve heard, meditation and mindfulness practices provide a range of benefits for body and mind. Meditation can reduce stress and anxiety , as well many stress related conditions. It has been shown to help manage chronic pain, improve focus, productivity, and even test scores. Like Doron, you have probably heard the “why”, so lets get to the “what” and discuss “how” this can actually fit into your life. Continue reading