Natural Treatment for Endometriosis: Dr. Melanie’s Story

August 21, 2019 | Naturopathic Medicine

Endometriosis is a painful condition that effects 1 in 10 women.  Natural treatments for endometriosis aim to treat the underlying cause.  Many women suffer from endometriosis on a physical and emotional level, and may feel that long-term relief is hopeless.  Natural treatments, including diet and supplementation, have worked for many women, including Dr. Melanie who suffered with endometriosis and other medical issues until she found a naturopathic doctor to give her a new life without chronic pain.Dr. Melanie’s StoryI had always dealt with painful periods.  I thought this was the norm. In my late 20’s the pelvic pain increased and became constant. At first, I was diagnosed with yeast infections even though cultures came back negative. Then I was told I had fibromyalgia and I was told it was “all in my head”. The numerous pelvic exams and pelvic ultrasounds left me on the couch in pain for days.  I then talked to … Continued

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Benefits & Uses of Reiki

July 19, 2019 | Reiki

Reiki Energy Healing sessions are going Mainstream; it’s visibly reaching our lives through our workplaces. Salesforce.com, which employs 35,000 people worldwide, now reimburses their employees and spouses $100 each per month for Reiki services. It’s spreading because Reiki works.ReikiReiki (ray-key) is a technique that helps the body in releasing stress and tension by creating deep relaxation. The word Reiki comes from two Japanese words – Rei which means “the Wisdom of God or the Higher Power” and Ki which means “life force energy.” Put together, Reiki is “spiritually guided life force energy.”The History of ReikiUsui Shiki Ryoho is a Japanese Healing Art. This form was founded in Japan and the basis of the practice is referred to as self healing/self treatment. A little over 100 years ago a Japanese man, Mikao Usui, began a personal search that ended with his having contact with the energy Reiki. His practice grew and eventually … Continued

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Yoga for Hip Mobility

October 17, 2018 | Yoga Movement Therapy

Maintaining a balance between strength and flexibility in the hips is essential for general movement throughout the day, decreasing your risk of injury, and/or reducing pain. If you are an athlete, avid runner or naturally tight in this area of the body, practicing hip opening poses on a regular basis can be helpful in maintaining healthy mobility. Check out one of my favorite yoga flows to improve your hip mobility!

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The Problem with Acid Blockers

October 16, 2017 | Acid Reflux

The topic of proton pump inhibiting drugs, or PPIs, otherwise known as acid blockers, has been a topic near and dear to my heart recently because my father, who is very medically indoctrinated, has been on a PPI for YEARS, and is now very sick with some of the side effects, such as extreme fatigue, stomach distension, and small intestine bacterial overgrowth, or SIBO.  He was also diagnosed with bladder cancer, and a 2011 study showed that PPIs are linked to cancer, although the form of cancer analyzed in that study was esophageal cancer. So in researching this topic for the benefit of my father, I discovered that PPI’s were never intended to be used long term anyway, even by the standards of the drug companies who make them.  Yet my Dad and countless other PPI users have been on them for years.  If you know even basic physiology, it’s not … Continued

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Reiki Healing for Body & Mind

September 7, 2017 | Reiki

“Reiki is a key that opens the door to your heart and helps you heal your life.” – Marsha Burack, author of Reiki: Healing Yourself and OthersWhat Is Reiki?Reiki, pronounced “ray-key” is comprised of two Japanese words, “rei” – translates as universal, God, Spirit, Divine, love, consciousness, a higher being or power. “Ki” is the life force energy or life-giving energy. Therefore Reiki is most simply translated as universal life force energy, or spiritually guided life force energy. As a master Reiki practitioner, I guide a Reiki session by engaging the recipient’s energy through breathing techniques, hand gestures, subtle movement, and various other ways to allow the receiver to heal themselves through their own pure life force energy.

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SWEAT SWEAT SWEAT! 6 Health Benefits of Infrared Saunas

August 11, 2017 | Infrared Sauna

Sweat.  Not cool. If I could avoid getting sweaty, I totally would.  I’ve never liked steam saunas.  I don’t understand the attraction to actually wanting to sweat.  My personal record was about five minutes, which was a major triumph of the will for me.  The infrared sauna is totally different.  I sweated more in that 30 minute session than I ever have before (including 101 degree temperatures during cross country season), and I found that I was really enjoying it!   Because the infrared sauna uses dry heat, it warms from the inside-out, instead of the other way around.  No suffocating, sticky blanket of sweat like in a steam sauna or when exercising.  Just soothing, dry heat.

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3 Therapeutic Massage Methods for Fibromyalgia Pain Relief

August 2, 2017 | Therapeutic Massage

Fibromyalgia is a condition that affects over five million Americans. It is characterized by intense pain in the joints and muscles, chronic fatigue, and muscle cramps. It can lead to long term issues such as depression, insomnia, and migraines.Massage therapy is an important part in relieving symptoms caused by fibromyalgia.  When working with a client with fibromyalgia, I use a combination of various techniques of body work in order to remove tender points, ease muscle soreness, and increase relaxation.Thai MassageThai massage is gentle assisted stretching of the body. Stretching with the assistance of the body worker can help to gently relax the muscles. It’s also helpful in regaining range of motion and increasing fluid flow throughout the body.

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3 Essential Oils | 12 reasons why you should be using them

May 26, 2017 | Essential Oils

Just Plain Relief: Veriditas Just Plain Relief is an essential oil wellness blend made from helichrysum and peppermint.  Helichrysum is used to soothe, regenerate and accelerate healing and has one of the highs Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) counts in the plant kingdom.  Peppermint opens up the lungs and veins, and pairs with the Helichrysum to penetrate deep into tissues of the body and enhance superficial circulation.  Suggested uses:Roll directly onto affected area.  Allow the oils to penetrate deeply into the skin.  Use as often as every two hours.For best results, do not dilute with massage oils or lotions.  Do not apply to broken skin.Why you should use it:Icy/hot soothes muscles or acute injuries such as sprains, strains and bruises.*Promotes a healthy inflammation response for joints and muscles.*Pocket-sized for you to use anytime, anywhere.   Rose Regenerative Facial Oil:  I love this product!  It is a blend of lavender angustifolia, rose … Continued

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