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Muscle Pain? Cupping is here!

Published July 2nd, 2020 by Ana Lopez

Cupping

 Cupping promotes healthy circulation, lymph flow, and energy flow in the local area. It is used mainly to treat pain syndromes, bi in Chinese Medicine, specifically those caused by wind damp. (Wind damp pain is the variety that responds well to heating pads, hot showers, and warming creams.) Muscle pain and tension in the shoulders and low back respond beautifully. Cupping can not only be used to relieve muscle tension and pain, it can also speed recovery from training regiments.

SUCTION AND SILICONE CUPS

Muscle pain and strain from training (athletes and weekend warriors) can be alleviated with a few sessions of cupping. Suction and silicone cups on the market make cupping a comfortable and relaxing experience. You can adjust the suction to the patient's comfort level. There still may be bruising, which arnica or Traumeel cream can be applied to. Cups applied to local tension in the shoulders or back can feel wonderful. You only need a few minutes for relief, and for some signature cup marks. 

GLASS CUPS

Fire cupping involves glass cups, and a lighted alcohol swab on hemostats. The lit cotton is inserted into the cup, removed, and the cup quickly placed on the skin. The heat only causes suction, it does not make the cup warm or hot. Glass cups have a smooth edge that can be moved across lightly lubricated skin (light layer of massage oil) to have a deep tissue massage like effect. This therapy is deeply relaxing. The benefit to the glass/fire cupping is that it can be gently moved over the skin surface. The plastic suction cups are constructed with a thinner rim and cannot be comfortably moved while on the skin. 

BRIEF HISTORY

Cupping is thousands of years old. We have just been made more aware of it by the recent media exposure and new methods of applying the cups. Cupping practices span many different cultures. You may remember your grandparents applying this sort of therapy if you are from South America, Europe, Asia, India, or the Middle East.

There are also variations in cupping methods. The pictures here are all dry cupping. There is a form of cupping, called wet cupping, where the skin is pricked by small needles first and then the suction cup is applied. This bleeds specific points or regions. It is said to reduce and remove stagnation or stagnant blood. 

Cupping does not hurt, and it can be applied at your comfort level. It is often a relaxing experience with lasting effect. 

Our Acupuncturist Michelle is here to help you, able to work on both, Acupuncture and Cupping techniques and Custom Chinese herbs, book your appointment today through (954) 456-6945

 

Teaching From The Heart Is For All

Published June 16th, 2020 by Ana Lopez

The practice of Yoga is believed to have started with the very dawn of civilization. The science of yoga has its origin thousands of years ago, long before the first religions or belief systems were born. For many, the practice of yoga was restricted to Hatha Yoga and Asanas (postures). However, among the Yoga Sutras, just three sutrasare dedicated to asanas. fundamentally, hatha yoga is a preparatory process so that the body can sustain higher levels of energy. The process begins with the body, then the breath, the mind, and the inner self. 

This practice has been gaining more popularity every year, and the further we study this practice, the more mental and physical benefits we discover; but going beyond enjoying practicing through on-site or virtual classes there is an Om'echaye Yoga Teacher Training Online Course that goes much further than just that, and despite what some might believe that build a career through yoga is intimidating the reality of it it's that you can start from where you are, as in your practice and your place in this world. 

Because there are so many different kinds of yoga practices, it is possible for anyone to start. “Whether you’re a couch potato or a professional athlete, size and fitness levels do not matter because there are modifications for every yoga pose and beginner classes in every style,” says Dr. Natalie Nevins. “The idea is to explore your limits, not strive for some pretzel-like perfection. It is a great way to get in tune with your body and your inner self.”

Helping others through yoga means helping them to find a balance in life, to take control of their feelings, to become aware of their physical and emotional reactions. Even if you see a student once a week of only a few times, you may set off a chain reaction that results in them seeking out a teacher wherever they are in the world to continue their journey, even if they don’t do it straight away.

We asked our Yoga Teacher Leader and Founder Alex why people should join to the Teacher Training Course and what can they expect from it;

"One of the definition of yoga is that Yoga help us to change the situations of the mind, it helps us to change the way which our minds work, bringing clarity, harmony and calmness.

In this society in which we are over stimulated, we need to bring more balance into our lives, and more sense of calmness, the teacher training is a great opportunity to really get into the point were we get less anxious, less affected by the external world and the media. It's a moment to connect with ourselves and realize who we really are, and when this happens the magic will follow, this teacher training it's a journey deep inside each of us and with the tools you obtain from us you'll start a process of growth and transformation, we actually don't have to change ourselves, just realize who we really are and connect with that reality, let's remove the dust from the mirror and look at ourselves. 

This will be our 8th Teacher Training course and it's a different yet very enriching experience every time, I've been a teacher for over 20 years and I feel blessed for finding passion every day in my work, transmitting a positive message is what I want to do every day and I feel that the Teacher Training Course is a way to achieve that goal, we are creating a system in a safe but challenging training so we can get the best out of ourselves. Come and join us in this year were we are focused on finding the best outcome out of this"

Our Yoga Teacher and also Founder from Om'echaye Javier Wilensky also gave us a few words on what does it means this journey to him and to his students: 

"I started yoga 20 years ago and teaching 10 years ago and the flame that yoga brings into my life has never decrease, on the contrary, It's been increasing more and more. The Teacher Training goal it's mainly for you to become a teacher, but the beauty of the process is to find yourself and increase your self discipline and energy through out the day.

From the Yoga Community and our philosophy will change the relation you have with yourself, you'll learn to see the world with a different lens, in harmony and happiness. The Guidelines of Yoga will create a way and encourage you to change the things you need to change, all the work you'll do to yourself will become an inspiration for yourself and those who surround you, it doesn't matter if you decide to teach or not, people will search for your advice because you will have a wider way to look at life, experience, situations; you will become your best self" 

This Journey begins this week, and you still have time to join us for a life changing course, contact us for further information

Namaste.

Sources:

Interview With Javier Wilensky & Alex Cohen at Om'echaye

The Ostheopathic Organization

BOOST YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM THROUGH EXERCISE

Published March 12th, 2020 by Ana Lopez

Taking care of yourself starts from prevention, there are many things you can do to improve you overall health, at Om'echaye we believe that the 360 experience is meant not only to make you happy, but also to make you healthier. If you’re over age 65, here’s what you can do to strengthen your immune system and prevent the flu and its complications.

DANCE: Believe it or not there are 4 ways dancing will help you build a strong immune system:  

  1. It fights disease: Most people know about the physical benefits of dance. However, fewer are aware of how it can support the immune system’s ability to fight off germs. The benefits of exercise start to accumulate once physical activity becomes a routine habit. Studies show moderate to vigorous exercise reduces the risk of upper respiratory tract infections, including the common cold. Regular dance sessions have also been shown to lower blood fat and bad cholesterol and improve cardiovascular health.
  2. Anti-ageing benefits: Did you know dancing has been described as the kale exercise? A 2017 Frontiers in Human Neuroscience report looked at brain scans of elderly dancers and found it improved balance and brain structure. The study concluded dancing as a promising candidate in counteracting age-related decline in physical and mental abilities. Dance has been shown to slow down the physical and psychological signs of ageing, such as reducing the uncomfortable effects of menopause to improve gait in the eldery.
  3.  Lowers stress and depression: A study published in 2013 concluded dance reduces symptoms of depression and lifts the spirits. This correlates to an increase in serotonin and endorphins and decreased cortisol (stress hormone) levels. “You appear to get a much bigger release of endorphins when you dance than during other forms of exercise; it also connects with the emotional centers in the brain,” according to dance psychologist Dr.Peter Lovatt.
  4.  Improves cognitive function: Dance has been proven to have many positive effects on cognitive function. Researchers have shown that dance can work wonders for your brain, especially for the elderly. A 2011 study highlights the ability of dance to improve verbal fluency, delayed recall, and recognition memory function. Dancing has also been shown lower one's risk of dementia to by up to 76%.
    Did someone said zumba?

EAT HEALTHY:

Eating a healthy, nutrient-rich diet is another way to boost your immune system so that it can fight off viruses. This includes eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, which contain vitamins and antioxidants to promote good health.

You should also reduce your intake of sugar, fat, and processed foods, and choose lean meats. If you feel that you’re not getting enough vitamins and nutrients from your diet alone, ask your doctor if they recommend taking a multivitamin or herbal supplement.

GET ACTIVE: 

If dancing is not your thing, you can start with cardio and weight workout. Even when strenuous physical activity can become harder with age, that doesn’t mean you should stop moving completely. Regular physical activity can strengthen your immune system and help your body fight off infections and viruses.

Aim for at least 30 minutes of physical activity for three days a week. This can include walking, biking, yoga, swimming, or other low impact workouts.

Exercise increases blood circulation and has an anti-inflammatory effect on the body.

BE IN CONTROL OF YOUR THOUGHTS AND EMOTIONS:

Chronic stress can affect your immune system, decreasing its effectiveness. When under stress, the body increases the production of cortisol. This is a hormone that helps the body deal with stressful situations. It also limits bodily functions that aren’t essential in a fight-or-flight situation. Meditating, being grateful and taking a moment for feel and hear yourself can relief some of this negative feelings, If you don't know where to start, come for meditation and sound healing class and let our certified meditation instructor guide you through it.

 As many longtime yogis can attest, asana practice provides a gentle, natural means of supporting the immune system on a day-to-day basis—, no matter how hectic your schedule might be. Yoga helps lower stress hormones that compromise the immune system, while also conditioning the lungs and respiratory tract, stimulating the lymphatic system to oust toxins from the body, and bringing oxygenated blood to the various organs to ensure their optimal function. "Yoga is unlike other forms of exercise that focus only on certain parts of the body," says Kathleen Fry, M.D., president of the American Holistic Medicine Association in Scottsdale, Arizona. "Yoga works on everything."

SOURCES:

www.Healthline.com

www.syndneydancecompany.com

www.yogajourney.com

Using olive oil instead of these foods could add years to the life of your heart, study says

Published March 9th, 2020 by Ana Lopez

The health benefits of the Mediterranean diet are renowned: Lots and lots of veggies, fruit, fish and olive oil have been shown to strengthen bones, improve brain health and reduce the risk for some cancers, diabetes, high cholesterol, heart disease and stroke.

People living around the Mediterranean Sea are well-versed in the daily use of olive oil.

Residents of the United States? Not so much. They mostly choose to cook with butter, margarine and soybean or canola oil.

Now a new study of Americans shows that replacing a mere five grams of margarine, butter or mayonnaise with the same amount of olive oil was associated with up to a 7% lower risk of coronary artery disease.

To put that into context, five grams is about a half pat of butter or margarine and one teaspoon of mayonnaise or fatty dairy products.

Even better, people who used even higher olive oil intake -- more than seven grams, or 1/2 tablespoon a day -- had a 15% lower risk of any kind of cardiovascular disease and a 21% lower risk of coronary artery disease. It didn't appear to have an impact on stroke risk, however.

The preliminary research was presented Wednesday at the American Heart Association's Prevention, Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health Scientific Sessions 2020.

Replace, don't add

"Don't just add olive oil to your regular diet. Substitution is what's important here," said study author Dr. Frank Hu, who chairs the department of nutrition at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

"The main thing is to replace unhealthy fats with olive oil and that can improve cholesterol, reduce inflammatory biomarkers and improve cardiovascular health," he said.

The results echoed a 2013 study of over 7,000 people, one of the largest ever done. It found people who followed a Mediterranean diet supplemented with extra virgin olive oil for five years had a 30% lower risk of heart attack or stroke.

They also showed a slower rate of cognitive decline and were better able to control their weight. That's encouraging, considering the high calorie count of olive oil -- about 120 calories in each tablespoon.

Cooking with olive oil

Rumors that the "smoke point" or burning point of olive oil would release harmful compounds were squashed by a 2018 Australian study, which found that EVOO -- extra virgin olive oil -- was actually more chemically stable at high temperatures than other common cooking oils.

Extra virgin olive oil (but not regular olive oil) produced the lowest levels of trans fats and other potentially harmful byproducts when heated to temperatures even higher than those commonly used for sauteing, deep-frying and baking. Coconut oil took second place.

Canola oil, an American favorite, was the most unstable, creating over twice as many harmful compounds than extra virgin olive oil and well above the "limits permitted for human consumption," the study found.

Of course there are many ways to enjoy olive oil -- whether it's extra virgin or not -- other than just in a frying pan. Olive oil is perfectly suited for "emulsifying" two ingredients together -- mayonnaise is one example. Salad dressings and vinaigrettes made with olive oil are another. Pesto is made with olive oil. And roasting vegetables, salmon and other foods with a sprinkle of olive oil brings out the flavors, say experts.

"We're talking about moderate changes in eating behaviors," Hu said. "Instead of using butter for your bread, dip it in olive oil. Instead of using a store-bought salad dressing, use olive oil and vinegar instead.

"These small changes can have significant health benefits in the long run."

Source: CNN 

Author:  Sandee LaMotte

Comprensión de la Tridosha

Published March 3rd, 2020 by Ana Lopez

De acuerdo con la Ayurveda, el primer requisito para la autocuracion y curacion de otros es la comprension de las tres dosha. El concepto de vata, pitta y kapha es unico en la Ayurveda y tiene el poder de revolucionar los sistemas curativos de Occidente. Sin embargo, el concepto de estos tres principios y las palabras sanscritas vata, pitta y kapha son dificiles de traducir a terminos occidentales.

Vata es el principio del movimiento. Lo que se mueve se llama vata y por ellos puede traducirsco como el principio corporeo del aire. Pero el elemento aire de la atmosfera no es el mismo que el del cuerpo. El aire corporeo o vata se caracteriza por la energia sutil que gobierna el movimiento biologico. Este principio de movimiento biologico engendra todos los cambios sutilels en el metabolismo. Vata esta formado por los elementos eter y aire. Vata gobierna la respiracion, el parpadeo, el movimiento de los musculos y tejudos, las pulsaciones del corazon, toda expansion y contraccion, los movimientos del citoplasma y las membranas celulares, y el movimiento de los simples impulsos nerviosos. Vata tambien gobierna los sentimientos tales como nerviosismo, miedo, ansiedad, los dolores, temblores y espasmos. Vata se asienta en el intestino grueso, la cavidad pelvica, los huesos, la piel, los oios y los  muslos. Si el cuerpo desarrolla vata en exceso, se acumulara en estas areas.

Pitta se traduce como fuego, aunque el termino literalmente no tenga ese significado. El fuego de una vela o chimenea se puede ver, pero el calor-energia del cuerpo, la pitta dosha, que se manifiesta como metabolsimo, no es visible. Pitta gobierna la digestion, la absorcion, la asimilacion, la nutricion, el metabolismo, la temperatura del cuerpo, el color de la piel, el lustre de los ojos: tambien la inteligencia y el entendimiento. Psicologicamente pitta despierta furia, ira, odio y celos. Los lugares de pitta son el intestino delgado, las glandulas sudoriparas, el estomago, la sangre, el tejudo adiposo, los ojos y la piel. Pitta se forma por los elementos fuego y agua.

La traduccion de kapha es agua biolgoica. En principio se forma por dos elementos: agua y tierra. Kapha consolida las sustancias del cuerpo generando los elementos para su estructura fisica. Este dosha mantiene la resistencia del cuerpo. El agua es el constituyente principal de kapha y el responsable de la fuerza biologica y la resistencia natural de los tejudos del cuerpo. Kapha lubrica las articulaciones, provee humedad a la piel, ayuda a sanar las heridas, llena los espacios del cuerpo, da fortaleza, vigor y estabilidad, apoya la retencion de la memoria, da energia al corazon y a los pulmones y mantiene la inmunidad, Kapha esta presente en el pecho, la garganta, la cabeza, los senos paranasales, la nariz, la boca el estomago, las articulaciones, el citoplasma, el plasma y las secreciones seromucosas del cuerpo. Psicologicamente, Kapha es responsable de las emociones de apego, avaricia y envidia: tambien se expresa en tendencias a la calma, el amor y el perdon. El pecho es el sitio de Kapha.

El equilibrio de la tridosha es necesario para la salud. Por ejemplo, el principio del aire puede encender el fuego del cuerpo, pero el agua es necesaria para controlar el fuego. De otra manera, el fuego del cuerpo quemaria los tejudos. Vata mueve a kapga y a pitta, pues estos son inmoviles. La tridosha gobierna las actividades metabolicas: anabolismo (kapha), catabolismo (vata) y metabolismo (pitta). Ciamdp vata esta desequilibra el metabolismo se perturba, resultando y catabolismo excesivo, que provoca el proceso de deterioro en el cuerpo. Cuando el anabolismo es mayor que el catabolismo, hay un incremento en el crecimiento y reparacion de los organos y tejudos. Kapha en exceso crea enflaquecimiento (catabolismo).

Durante la ninez, el anabolismo y el elemento kapga son predominantes, pues es el timepo del crecimiento fisico. En la etapa adulta, el metabolismo y el elemento pitta son los mas importantes pues en esta epoca el cuerpo es maduro y estable. Durante la vejez, el catabolismo y vata son mas eidentes: el cuerpo empieza a deteriorarse.

Como determinar la constitucion individual y lograr el balance perfecto? Descubrelo en consulta con nuestra especialista ayurvedica Luz Pellegrino

Fuente: "AYURVEDA, la cienccia de curarse uno mismo".

Autor: Dr. Vasant Lad

Primera edicion en espa;ol: Noviembre de 1988

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