Posts filed under ‘Our Bodies’
This is an article a local doctor wrote. I thought it was a very interesting and wanted to share it. It presents some things you may not read in the paper or see on television. I do believe we all deserve to hear different sides to this — especially from within the medical community so we are better prepared to make our choices as we navigate our way through this flu season.
98 to 99% of people diagnosed with the swine flu actually do not have it (more…)
A great reprint of an article that Debra Goodman wrote for prenatal pilates professionals- but the info here is great for all who are pregnant. If you are in my area (Alexandria VA) be sure to check out the DC METRO resource page to see when I teach prenatal pilates classes. Hope to see you there! (more…)
Finding time to exercise with small children can be difficult. Fortunately there are many gyms now that offer childcare on sight- and this can be a wonderful thing for both baby and mom! Thinking of dropping your little one off in the care of strangers can be difficult, but I assure you, I if you do your homework and find the right fit, you will both be enjoying your days a bit more. When mama is happy … well, you know the rest. (more…)
Here is an article that I hand out to my prenatal and postpartum clients in Pilates Class. It is written for the Pilates professional- but the information is understandable for everyone- except for maybe one or two anatomical references. I believe that it is so important for prenatal and postpartum woman to understand what is happening to their bodies and take care when looking for an exercise program. Thank you to Debra for letting me reprint her already published article. For more on Debra Goodman and her work you can go to her website– www.debragoodman.com (more…)
What says relaxation more than a luxurious bath behind a closed door with a good book or magazine? Nothing we can think of! We like to look to our kitchens for inspiration when it comes to bath time. The skin is the largest organ of the body, so why not feed it as nutritiously as we would our stomach? Try the recipe below and see how you (or preferably someone else!) can create a delicious bath for yourself on Mother’s Day.
1 Tbsp. coconut oil
*we know you may not have this on hand, but do yourself a favor and buy some, you will hear about this product a lot from us and it keeps for a VERY long time!
1 Tbsp. honey
4 bags chamomile tea
Melt coconut oil and honey in a cup of hot water with 4 bags of chamomile tea and pour under running bath water. You will notice immediately the moisturizing properties of both the honey and the coconut oil. The chamomile will wash you away into a haze of relaxation, while the anti-aging properties of coconut oil will work in harmony with the anti-irritant properties in honey for immediate, glowing results.
This is gentle enough to use on babies and can even have a calming effect on cranky ones. Just lessen the amount of ingredients. Give it a try and let us know what you think!
It seems obvious to say “chew your food”, but have you really ever thought about what that means, or how important it is? For mothers, especially new mothers, chewing is often the last thing we think about when grabbing a bite to eat. Who has time? Well, we encourage you to make time. Chewing helps break down food for better digestion and assimilation into the body and allows the body to recognize when it is full. It is no wonder we have so many digestive disorders in this day and age with our “eating on the run”, eating in front of the television, and eating of the refrigerator.
Chewing does not only promote physical health but also creates a mindfulness around mealtime. By slowing down, we better enjoy the sensations of mealtime- color, texture, flavor and aroma. Try to eat without television, computer or blackberry and see how much more you can be aware of your chewing. We understand how hard chewing can be with all that we need to do in a day.. but let’s try to start by chewing each bite 20 times! Do you think you will feel a difference? Let us know.