As a chronic disease patient, navigating the healthcare system can feel like fending for yourself in an unfamiliar big city - most other people seem to know their way around while you stand by, lost and confused. You are not alone. Some 117 million people, or about half of all US adults, are living with… Continue reading How to be the CEO of Your Own Health: A Patient Guide
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
After going through many phases of information overload in 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 world, I would… 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?
By Bonnie Feldman, Ellen M. Martin, Melinda Speckmann Digital games can help us stay sharp by exercising different parts of the mind, including short and long-term memory, speed, accuracy and efficiency in processing information and solving problems. The market for brain games is still in its infancy, with emerging companies taking three different slants toward… Continue reading Using Digital Tools to Channel our Minds: Staying Sharp
Can meditation practice train the mind as physical training does the body? As I am preparing for the mhealth summit presentation “Using the Digital Tools of Play to Personalize Health” I am wondering if meditation, like gaming, will become a driver of wider acceptance of mind-training interventions for cognitive wellness. Meditation has been in the… Continue reading Is Meditation for Cognitive Wellness the Next Big Healthcare Trend?