There are very efficacious drugs available to treat arthritis, but along with the efficacy usually comes a multitude of side effects, many of which can be serious. Fortunately, there are a number of ways to treat arthritis—both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis—without drugs.
One of the questions I get most frequently as a personal trainer is: “How do I sneak exercise into my daily routine?” And the answer is: I don’t think you should. Exercise is one of the most important components for health and vitality. It should be given priority and preference. I could tell you to do squats while you wait in line at the grocery store or lunge your way to the mailbox, but honestly, I recommend taking a close look at your schedule and figuring out where you can carve out a few minutes a day to totally dedicate to exercise.
When you get in your car and drive to a neighboring state, your driver’s license is still valid and recognized there without any need for another license. This is because states have a provision that allows licensed drivers to move freely from state to state. But is your massage license still valid when you cross a state line or move from one state to another?
One area of the body that is especially vulnerable to overuse is our shoulders. Let’s explore ways to support the physical and metaphorical “wings of our heart” with gentle movement, stretching, and strengthening.
In 1980, at Harbin Hot Springs in Northern California, I floated someone in a warm pool and applied the stretches and principles of the land-based Zen shiatsu I had learned years earlier with its creator, Shizuto Masunaga, in Japan. I had no idea that what was coming into being that night would help millions of people of all ages in spas, clinics, and backyard pools around the world, and would become a new way to bring people together to come to know and celebrate their connection.
Employer Q&A with Nathan Nordstrom, BCTMB, director of Hand & Stone massage therapy training
Nathan Nordstrom, BCTMB
I can’t believe 2019 is right around the corner. It’s always a great time of year to reassess our lives and what’s important to us. Usually it’s around this time of year that we realize we should be spending more of our precious time with family and friends and taking care of our health. This typically means eating and drinking better or exercising more. Many find the goals they set for the New Year quickly dwindle as the year gets busy and we get back into our same bad habits and routines.
Are you a weekend warrior, self-proclaimed athlete, or someone who just generally likes to push themselves a little too hard at the gym? Sports massage might be just what the body ordered.
Your brain really can be renovated, and it can happen at any time. When you learn a new skill, you change your brain by making new neural connections. When you learn to play an instrument, speak a new language, juggle a ball, go for a walk, eat wild salmon, and so much more, your brain begins to change.