If you've never heard of Maya Abdominal Massage, it's time to learn. This is an ancient Latin American technique of bodywork that uses slow, deep, penetrating movements and pressure that can release deep muscle tissue spasms in the entire abdominal area. This massage technique was reportedly handed down over the generations by a shaman and didn't become popular in the United States until a few decades ago. In 1983, Dr. Rosita Arvigo, a naprapath, from Chicago, started a 12-year period of apprenticeship with one of the last living Mayan shamans, Don Elijio Panti, in Belize. According to Dr. Arvigo's website, she watched the revered man in his 90s massage his patients to relieve them of menstrual cramps, headaches, tired legs, infertility, and digestive issues.
Contrary to popular belief, cupping therapy is not just a part of Traditional Chinese Medicine, but has been practiced the world over by different cultures in various ways. In recent times, this form of healing is attracting interest and curiosity mainly because of the many celebrities and famous athletes sporting the marks and bruises left behind by the therapy.
In a High-tech World, It Pays to Reach Out Physician and holistic health pioneer Rachel Naomi Remen once confessed that as a pediatric intern she was an unrepentant baby kisser, often smooching her little patients as she made her rounds at the hospital. She did this when no one was looking because she sensed her colleagues would frown on her behavior, even though she couldn't think of a single reason not to do it. The lack of basic human contact in our high-tech medical system reflects a larger social ill that has only recently started to get some attention--touch deprivation. The cultural landscape is puzzling. On the one hand, we are saturated in suggestive messages by the mass media; on the other hand, the caring pediatrician is afraid someone might look askance at her planting a kiss on a baby's forehead. What's wrong with this picture?
When booking a massage, consider your schedule, and try to avoid any strenuous physical exertion for at least 24 hours following your bodywork session. Exercising after a session can both increase muscle soreness and compromise the value of the soft-tissue work you’ve just received. “Strenuous exercise” includes activities such as running, weight lifting, high intensity aerobics, or power yoga classes. Light exercise such as moderate walking, gentle stretching, or swimming laps at an easy pace is okay for healthy individuals. One widely accepted view in favor of this twenty-four-hour recovery period is that sustained pressure on connective tissue makes it more gel-like. The technical term for this change is thixotropic effect. This state of increased softness lasts about twenty-four hours, so high-intensity exercise may pull or move the tissue back to old patterns or even induce new strain patterns.
Break your sugar cravings. First, ask yourself if your cravings feel emotional, habitual, physical, or a combination of all three. It’s essential to understand the source of the craving as each type requires a different strategy for breaking it. Emotional cravings are tied to your state of mind. An example is rewarding yourself with a cookie for making it through a tough day. A habitual craving occurs when sugar is associated with an event. Foraging through your co-worker's candy drawer at 3pm everyday can be a habitual craving. A physical craving feels visceral and out of your control. From my experience as a nutritionist, these are four physical reasons why you may be craving sugar and what to do about it.