Healing from Trauma without Trauma

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We are all affected by trauma at various points in our life.  Whether that trauma be physical or emotional, it can affect every part of us: how we relate to others, how we carry our bodies, how we view ourselves, how we process pain, etc. Whatever the trauma is, however, and whatever the symptoms are,   

Trauma, Stress, and Nutrition

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Trauma, or even prolonged stress, wreaks havoc on our bodies in so many ways.  However, there are some easy, feel-good tips that can help support our bodies during these hard times. During chronic stress our bodies have trouble regulating the stress hormone, cortisol.   Because cortisol has a large influence on blood sugar, we lose the ability to appropriately regulate blood   

Twisting Stretch for the Breath

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This week we have a relaxing rotational stretch that will help open the breath and relax the muscles related to respiration. The diaphragm is a large muscle, spanning from the split in the front of the rib cage to the lumbar vertebrae (your low back). It acts as a plunger or pump that pulls air   

Flexible Feet

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Tight feet? You may not even be aware that your feet are constricted, but if you know your calves, hamstrings and low back are tight, there’s a very good chance you would benefit from some feet flexibility. We have 26 bones and 33 joints in our feet! They act like little trampolines and shock absorbers   

Grounding and Inflammation

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“Grounding” or “Earthing” is a term which simply means connecting to the surface of the earth.  We do this when we walk barefoot in our backyards, or when we lay in the grass or on the beach.  It is an activity that humans have done throughout history, but which we have become largely disconnected from.  How   

Release Tension in Your Low Back

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Are you one of the many Americans who holds tension and pain in your low back and you don’t know how to release it? You can stretch your low back easily using a couple small balls as traction. I recommend softer balls for this that you would find in the kid’s section at Target or   

Relax Your Upper Respiration Muscles

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This week’s diaphragm release will help to open the upper muscles that assist in respiration. I like this particular release because it’s easy to do just about anywhere–you could do standing in line at the supermarket or against a wall at work. These muscles can get tight with shallow breathing and can be a factor   

Trauma and the Senses

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When trauma occurs in our younger years, it often affects specific areas of brain development.  The stress and fear of a traumatic experience, for example, activates the Reticular Activating System (RAS), part of our brain stem.  This is the area responsible for filtering unneeded sensory input: we don’t need to be consciously aware of the   

Breathe into Your Side Body

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Much of our day-to-day time is spent looking forward at a screen or a road and we don’t do enough side bending or twisting. Our body becomes tight in these side areas and we lose our ability to expand those muscles when we breathe. In addition, due to repetitive body patterns as well as typically   

Relax Your Diaphragm, Release Your Hamstrings!

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Did you know that shallow breathing (and a tight diaphragm muscle) can actually be a factor in tight hamstrings? The fascial/connective tissue line connects the back of the diaphram down through the low back and into the hamstrings (as well as calves and soles of the feet). This may just be my favorite way to