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   

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   

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   

Childhood Trauma Leads to Adult Health Issues

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BBC News recently did an amazing radio piece on how childhood trauma affects our health as adults. In one of the studies that they reviewed, adults were studied who had experienced Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).  There were twelve such Adverse Child Experiences that they surveyed, from emotional neglect, to divorce, to physical or sexual abuse   

Tensegrity and Your Body

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A structure, such as the one shown below, is said to have “tensegrity”.  This tower is made of bars that do not touch each other, but that are held together in tension via a network of cables. The term “tensegrity” comes from combining the ideas of tension and integrity.  In other words, the integrity of the structure is a   

Your Physical Balance is Your Emotional Balance!

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Have you ever seen a counselor or therapist? Did you ever try supplementing any of your talk therapy with other forms of touch and movement therapy like bodywork/massage or yoga? Touch and movement therapy can be a fantastic way to take your health and stability to the next level, physically and emotionally. The New York   

Is a J Shaped Spine the Way out of Back Pain?

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NPR recently featured the work of acupuncturist, Esther Gokhale, and her method to restore the spine to ‘primal posture’. Gokhale believes that the American S-shaped spine is what causes our back pain and that we should attempt to restore our bodies to a J-back posture where the back is flat and then the low back   

What is the extra shoelace hole for?

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Articles about the extra shoelace hole appeared all over social media a few weeks ago. These articles contend that the extra hole provides greater ankle stability–particularly when running. While I understand the thought process, I would never encourage anyone to lace their shoes that high because it would affect the rest of the body’s alignment   

Proper Sitting Posture

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Sitting for hours with proper posture is challenging! It can be hard to find a good sitting posture because of the ergonomics of the chair/sofa/work station that we’re sitting at. It can also be difficult if we have forgotten how to access certain places in our body that support good posture throughout the day. That