Conversations on Wellness

For most of us, the achievement of wellness is a journey down many paths, not all of them leading us to where we want to go. We created this blog in order to share with you some resources and ideas that we have found helpful for ourselves and our clients. We hope that you, too, will share your resources and experiences.

The Marvel of Gyrotonics® and Gyrokinesis®

by Rita Offer, PhD, LMT Note:  After seeing some shockingly good results—actual realignment of the body—in a client who had begun to do Gyrotonics, I asked Rita to write about her experience with Gyrotonics and Gyrokinesis.  Sandy Levy, MS, LMT I have been doing Gyrotonics and Gyrokinesis for five-and-a-half years now, and would hate to

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Are Pain and Sleep Connected?

by Jen DeLorenzo, PT, CFMT, TPS, NBC-HWC*     Ahhh, I slept like a baby last night. What image does this conjure in your mind? How would you describe a baby sleeping? ….Peaceful, quiet, tranquil. How many nights does this reflect your slumber? In Virginia, the rate of insufficient sleep (<7 hours per night) is

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Open-Heart Meditation

By Sandy Levy Many people come to us with pain they believe is caused by stress, for which massage therapy can be very helpful. Meditation is also well known to reduce stress, and has the added benefit of requiring no more than a quiet place and a few moments. I have found that the so-called

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Another Look at an Old Remedy

by Sandy Levy Note: The following is offered as a report of my research and experience, and not as medical advice. Please check with your physician before using this product. Castor oil packs should not be used by pregnant women or where there is a malignant tumor. You may know of castor oil as an old-fashioned, awful-tasting

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Kids Need Massage Therapy, Too

By Sandy Levy Kids need massage for all the reasons that adults do and more, because they cannot even survive and  grow without loving touch.  Like adults, some children suffer from injuries and from general muscular tightness and pain—think heavy backpacks, and too much computer time! When a young child needs massage therapy, the best provider

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Foot Fitness

By Sheri Bergen Do your feet ever hurt after a long walk, or after an event in high heels or tight-fitting dress shoes? After a long day mine did, that is until I trained in Yamuna Body Rolling and discovered Yamuna’s Foot Wakers, two rubber hemispheres that can change the way our feet move and

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Live Dirty, Eat Clean

by Sandy Levy “Live Dirty, Eat Clean”  is the mantra of Bethesda, MD gastroenterologist Dr. Robynne Chutkan.  In The Microbiome Solution, subtitled: A Radical New Way to Heal Your Body from the Inside Out, Dr. Chutkan, who heads The Digestive Center for Women, writes not only from her experience as a physician but from her experience

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A Simple, Cheap Remedy for Colds and Flu?

By Sandy Levy Note: The following is offered as a report of my experience, and not as medical advice.   You are likely to own a bottle of this purported remedy, because it is 3% hydrogen peroxide,* the same H2O2 you have probably used on cuts and scrapes or, as a doctor suggested to me,

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Massage Therapy’s Effect on Stress and the Immune System

By Sandy Levy We doubt that our clients will be surprised to learn that massage therapy relieves stress and enhances the immune system, but it is good that we are beginning to understand the underlying biology.  Mark Hyman Rapaport, M.D., of Emory University, reports that in the healthy people he studied, even one session of Swedish

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Magnesium Oil: A Supplement with Obvious Effects

By Sandy Levy Deciding whether a given supplement is effective, or doing anything at all, is often impossible without expensive tests, and even then one might wonder. This is not so much the case with magnesium oil, which is not an oil but a slippery brine made of magnesium chloride and water, and which is

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