Blog Archives: January 2015 — December 2015

(MLD) Self Care this First Friday Night!

June 02, 2015
Ginny Vickers
What is Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD)? MLD is an effective treatment which uses very light, slow, rhythmic strokes – think of it as gently stretching the skin. This helps the body increase lymphatic circulation and decrease excess fluid (edema). The most medically approved application for lymph drainage (and the reason I became certified in it) is because of its effectiveness in treating lymphedema due to cancer treatment such as surgery and radiation. However, it is incredibly beneficial in many other ways! So what is the ...

1 Minute Mindfulness Meditation

April 20, 2015
Jennifer Jensen
Need a minute for yourself, your health, your sanity? Follow along to learn a simple one minute mindfulness exercise to bring you into the present moment, quiet the mind and connect with the world around you. First…. Choose a sound which grabs your attention as a reminder to integrate a minute for your meditation. One that brings a smile to your face. It can be a random sound, for instance, a plane passing overhead, or perhaps the ringing of the church bells each hour. Alternately,  you may choose to make it intentional by setting a gentle ...

12 Things that Happen during an Intense Workout = )

April 13, 2015
Sarah Jensen
No matter how fit you are, a hard workout is meant to change both your body and your mind. Leaving behind nothing but sweat and self pride. If this sounds like your workout experiences we bet you will relate to the Be Well List. You look at the clock and realize you are only 5 minutes into class. You (brilliantly) tie your shoes so you can have a break. You hope no one notices your workout face, or your Darth Vader Breathing. You focus on the music playing for motivation or distraction. Three words: Weird, Sweat, Stains. You can’t ...

Forgiveness = Happiness

April 03, 2015
Mary Pillsbury
Forgiveness is a tricky emotion. We may think by holding onto anger or frustration that we are protecting ourselves. In reality, when we hold onto emotions, we often end up with a tightness inside us or a wall up infront of us.  Imagine replacing it with happiness, trust and self confidence.  Imagine that feeling inside to be light and open. Through the practice of meditation and journaling, the ability to let go of a layer that has been holding you back, becomes easier. Allowing you to open up to new possibilities, and a new way to look at a ...

Massage Relieves Pain After Exercise

March 21, 2015
Jennifer Jensen
Maybe you are training for the Boston Marathon, maybe you are dusting off the treadmill, or perhaps you have just signed up for 6 weeks of Unlimited Classes with the Be Well Challenge? = )  In any case, Massage Therapy will help achieve the goals you have set this Spring by relieving muscle fatigue and reducing inflammation caused by exercise. Research through the Buck Institute for Research on Aging and McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario indicates that massage therapy reduces inflammation of skeletal muscle acutely damaged through ...

Busting Out of the Snow Banks!

March 13, 2015
Sarah Jensen
I am sure you’re itching to come out from behind the snow banks, buckle down on your diet & start exercising again. What I have found works best is to take it in small steps. Start with changing your eating for just a few days — with a 3-day juice cleanse — adding in exercise 3-5 times a week —- and it is remarkable what positive transformation will follow = ) Truth be told though it really all boils down to that nutritional intake, fueling your body for success!  The romance of unhealthy foods is powerful, as evidenced by the 65 percent of ...

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