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Should I Avoid The COVID-19 Vaccine If I Have Dermal Fillers?

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Published June 22nd, 2021 by

COVID-19 Vaccine, Covid vaccination, dermal fillers, cosmetics, botox, immune system

Many of our patients have concerns about getting dermal fillers before or after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine due to recent reports of people with dermal fillers experiencing facial or lip swelling after their COVID vaccinations. One may wonder if these reactions are rare. The short answer is, NO. These are not unique occurrences, nor is this something new. These reactions can occur with the coronavirus vaccine as well as with other common vaccinations such as the influenza vaccine and the flu shot. Dermal fillers can be immunologically triggered by viral and bacterial illness, vaccinations, and dental procedures.

These immunologic reactions don’t occur often and are not usually serious infections. They are simply an indicator that your immune system is still working, recognizing something foreign in your body and reacting to it. However, when these rare interactions between dermal fillers and vaccinations do occur, it can be medically treated with an antihistamine, oral steroids, or sometimes it may even clear up on its own. If this reaction occurs, be sure to call your healthcare provider immediately to determine the right course of action to take. 

So, the question remains: Is it safe to get dermal fillers if I received the vaccine? The short answer is a resounding YES. Considering the very small percentage of patients that had a reaction to the Moderna mRNA vaccine, one should not be discouraged from receiving vaccines of any kind. Patients who have had vaccines should not be precluded from receiving dermal fillers in the future. As a strict rule of thumb, Dr. Horesh, cosmetic practitioner in the integrative medicine department at Omechaye in Hallandale, avoids administering dermal fillers two weeks before or after vaccinations, just to be safe.

So, If you’re planning to get plumped up and vaccinated when you can, be sure to discuss this with your healthcare provider so they can adjust your treatment plan accordingly.

Have you tried Zumba at Om'echaye?

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Published June 3rd, 2021 by

If you've ever stumbled across one of our Zumba classes here at Om'echaye Wellness and Fitness Center, you've probably noticed its striking resemblance to the dance floor of a popular nightclub. Considered as one of the more trendy and popular group exercise classes in the world right now, Zumba is an aerobic activity that combines Latin and international music with dance moves.

If up until now you've been unsure or perhaps intimidated about trying your first Zumba class, here are some benefits and advantages that are worth considering.

First of all, there is no question that Zumba is an efficient workout; by alternating between fast and slow rhythms, the choreographed routines incorporate interval training - which helps improve cardiovascular fitness. And like it or not, cardio is a vital component of a healthy lifestyle. It burns more calories than other forms of exercise and is important for long-term cardiovascular health.

In addition, raising your heart rate and regular fitness can lower your chance of heart disease, reduce blood pressure and cholesterol and help you reach and maintain a healthy weight. 

If you feel intimidated by the fast paced nature of these high energy classes know that they are adaptable for any fitness level. Rest assured that with the guidance of our charismatic, experienced and knowledgable Zumba certified instructors you will be able partake in this workout at an intensity level that is right for you.

In other words, there's no right or wrong way to do Zumba. Designed as a combination of salsa and aerobics, as long as you move to the beat of the music, you're participating in the exercise. And since Zumba involves movement of the arms, shoulders, all the way down to your feet you'll get a full-body workout that doesn't feel like work. Not to mention you can easily take these classes from the comfort of your home. Here at Om'echaye we offer Zumba classes both onsite and online. You may quickly find that taking a Zumba class becomes your preferred cardio activity and/or it turns you into a cardio-lover.

Taking part in a group workout can also make cardio fun, not to mention your social life will explode. Since Zumba is a group activity, you'll essentially be welcomed into a social environment every time you Zumba. You'll meet happy, supportive and positive people and many of our Zumba clientele report an improved quality of life with these combined perks but don't take it from us, drop by and see for yourself!

So with that being said, who's ready to dance? Call or text us to try a Zumba class today!

The Power of Meditation

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Published May 17th, 2021 by

"It is well known that stress has become a major contributing factor in the cause of disease, with some studies attributing up to eighty percent of disease to stress. From the Ayurvedic point of view, the cause of disease is attributed to “the mistake of the intellect”. This occurs when the mind begins to see itself as separate from the field of intelligence or consciousness from which it came from. The main goal in Ayurveda is to eradicate disease through purifying the mind and body, so that we achieve our full human potential. To accomplish this, stress would have to be eliminated from one’s day to day life.

Under stress, our heart beats faster; our blood pressure increases; our breath becomes shallow and rapid; our blood sugar rises; we produce adrenalin and cortisol; our immune system weakness; our digestion is halted. No wonder why chronic stress accelerates aging and makes us more vulnerable to serious illness, including heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, panic attacks, immune deficiency, depression, stomach ulcers, chronic fatigue, and migraines.

One of the most effective stress-relieving practices is meditation. A regular practice helps you go beyond turbulence, releasing stress, fatigue, and emotional turmoil. Meditation gives you the experience of pure, restful awareness. As you meditate, the bodily reactions are exactly the opposite of the stress response; your breathing slows, blood pressure decreases, and stress hormone levels fall.

I always recommend my clients to take between 15 to 30 minutes every morning and every late afternoon to close your eyes and focus on the breath, alternating with feeling the heartbeat and practice gratitude. This is a simple but effective technique that with regular practice, could become your best ally to balance your health and your life. If you are interested on a personalized meditation instruction, give us a call at 954-237-3500."

As told by Luz Pellegrino, Ayurvedic Practitioner & Mediation Teacher for an article piece on Hola Latino News, Issue 58 April/ May 2021. 



OMTalks #01 How Yoga Reduced My Stress and Increase My Concentration with Javier Wilensky

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Published April 13th, 2021 by


We are excited to announce the start of a brand new series of blog posts titled OM Talks, where we will be featuring interviews with people from different walks of life who have come through the doors of  Om’echaye Wellness and Fitness Center and wish to share and inspire others on their journey to a happier and healthier life.

Today’s interview features none other than Javier Wilensky, co-founder of Om’echaye Wellness & Fitness Center. Javier is deeply experienced and committed to the practice of Iyengar Yoga having taught thousands of students. His goal is to heal the bodies, expand the hearts, and balance the minds of his students. Through both humor and discipline, he inspires his students to stretch beyond their comfort zone to realign their bodies, relieve stress and pain, and move towards happiness. 

“Hello Javier, thank you so much for joining me today for this interview, in your own words please tell me how has yoga changed your life?”

My yoga journey began some 20 years ago back in my home country Argentina. Briefly, I was at a point in my life where I was working and studying a lot and it all began to take a toll on my physical and mental health. I was standing for prolonged periods of the time and as someone who suffered from ADHD I was very distracted, stressed out, and just all over the place. On top of all that suddenly at the ripe age of 21 I was diagnosed with sciatica, I was limping.

The path to recovery was long and difficult but I gradually began to improve. At around the same time, I turned to an astrologist for some guidance and she suggested I start a yoga practice, which I did and I noticed an instant shift happening within me. I found that I was able to calm down my mind, improve my focus and deepen my concentration. Little by little the lower back pain and sciatica that I used to have went away as well and I realized that I didn’t need all the drugs that I was taking. Yoga was really starting to grow on me, it was a great realization of self care and self love; it made me feel better about myself and it started to dawn on me that I wanted to continue my yoga practice for the rest of my life. Now, had you asked me if I wanted to teach yoga I would have vehemently said no! That was not my vision with yoga at the time, it was still a very personal practice for me.

Fast forward to living in Miami, Florida some years later I was finally at a point where I was practicing every day as I had envisioned for myself.   It was then that I noticed my diet becoming more balanced, at the same time I stopped drinking alcohol and smoking weed all together. Each day that I did yoga I was building up more confidence, happiness and security within myself and taking things into my own hands and creating a better life for myself. That’s when my path turned to one of teaching others yoga and the rest is history; suddenly it’s been over 10 years that Om’echaye Wellness and Fitness Center has been open to the public and I’m teaching various classes throughout the week, running a 200hr yoga teacher training course as well as leading various workshops in yoga. My life is not without its challenges but I wouldn’t have it any other way because I truly feel fulfilled in what I do. That is what yoga did for me, it made me be myself.

If you are interested in developing a regular yoga practice please visit https://www.omechaye.com/services/yoga-meditation to find out more about the physical and mental benefits of yoga as well as the right yoga class for you.

The Power of Ayurvedic Treatment

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Published April 1st, 2021 by

No one can argue of the seriousness of diseases and afflictions that cause so much hardship and
discomfort such as cancer, diabetes, and arthritis to name a few. While modern medicine has evolved
greatly with respect to treating the symptoms of disease and improved pain management, increasingly
both doctors and their patients are turning to complementary alternative medicine, such as Ayurveda,
to extend treatment approaches.

Over the next few editions of this column, we will be exploring the benefits of Ayurvedic treatment,
either in combination with other western approaches or as a lifestyle choice intended to balance the
factors that contribute to good health.
Ayurveda, the science of life and longevity, dates back over 5,000 years and it provides its followers with
a lifestyle approach to good health. This ancient therapy has stood the test of time and proven itself
nature’s panacea for all ailments of body and mind and is even recognized as effective by the World
Health Organization.

Ayurveda looks to the five elements that together comprise our Universe: Fire, Water, Air, Space and
Earth. These elements are the building blocks to what are called “doshas”, which constitute our
individual bio-energy. Collectively the doshas are called: Pitta, Vata and Kapha, and all humans have a
unique combination of these doshas. Illness and disease are the result of dosha imbalance and
rebalancing one’s doshas is what Ayurvedic treatments are all about.

Our upcoming articles will feature more detail on specific conditions, explaining the factors that
contribute to the imbalance and the Ayurvedic approach to a holistic healing. Treating imbalance with
Ayurveda is performed with natural medicines prepared from leaves, flowers, roots and seeds in a
process that resembles culinary art, addressing the root cause of disease to completely remove it
without invasive side effects.

Luz Pellegrino
Ayurvedic Practitioner & Meditation Teacher

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