After 10 years of exercising daily at The Bar Method, I began to explore other movement therapies. It wasn’t that I had become bored with my routine - rather, I had gone from being “super fit” for my age, to struggling with a repetitive motion injury in my hip. While I was able to figure… Continue reading Adding Pilates & Gyrotonic to the Movement Therapy Mix
“The only thing permanent about our behavior patterns, is our belief that they are so.” - Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais I have been going to various types of physical therapy weekly for thirty years. This “fearless experimenter” found that despite continually seeking new ways to improve my day-to-day health, I was striking out with my chronic… Continue reading The Feldenkrais Method: Finding Your Personal Power to Reduce Chronic Pain
Over the past several generations, stress levels and chronic disease levels have continued to rise. According to the American Psychology Association, On average, younger adults are more likely than older generations to report that their stress has increased in the past year. 47% of all Americans say they are concerned with the amounts of stress in… Continue reading Tai Chi & Qi Gong as Movement Therapy
As a teenager, I vividly remember my mother pacing the floors when she was unable to sleep. In fact, there she was, up and about, when I returned home late from a date. I never thought much about this at the time, until I reached the point in my own life where staying asleep seemed… Continue reading DIY – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Sleep – Sleepio
Hello 2016. After going through many phases of information overload in 2015 from the sheer number of therapies available, these therapies no longer overwhelm me. Instead, I now have the opportunity to venture beyond my ten year comfort zone at The Bar Method, try new movement therapies, and find the right fit. In an ideal… Continue reading DIY Movement Therapy: Finding the Right Cocktail
Looking around, there’s a yoga studio on every corner. With classes, retreats, workshops, and teacher training, one could assume that Yoga has become a mainstream form of exercise. If you had any doubts, just look at the wide assortment of Yoga magazines that vie for your attention in the supermarket checkout lines. A recent NY… Continue reading DIY Yoga Therapy: Flexing Your Muscles and Spirit
Do you recognize the feeling of “butterflies?” We feel “butterflies” because the gut’s enteric nervous system, our “second brain,” houses 95% of the body’s serotonin. This same system also partially determines our mental state and plays a key role in contracting certain diseases. In fact, our brain and gut appear to be connected in significant ways. According to… Continue reading Can Science Explain Gut Feelings?
Smoking, obesity and inactivity, together, account for 40% of the preventable premature deaths in the United States. New devices using biofeedback and neurofeedback may allow individuals to improve their positive behaviors which could decrease the number of premature deaths. What is Biofeedback? Biofeedback is a technique that uses various devices to gain information from the… Continue reading Can We Measure the Mind Body Connection?
Everyone knows the importance of keeping their body healthy; websites like Pinterest have sections dedicated to health, workout sensations Shawn T. and Billy Blank are making cardio workouts fun, and even the Food Network has changed their shows to cater to a healthier lifestyle.… Continue reading Neuroplasticity and Brain Fitness
Sometimes it’s fun to be on the ground floor of something big. That’s how I felt while attending the first Neurogaming conference created by Zack Lynch, where over 300 diverse professionals from 5 continents gathered at the Yetizen Innovation Lab. The quirky… Continue reading Will Neurogaming Speed Our Understanding of the Mind/Body Connection?