All posts tagged: therapy

Motivation Monday: The Power of Music

Happy Monday everyone! The start of the week is a great opportunity to set some goals and add an intention to set the tone for your week. I was feeling a little overwhelmed on Saturday morning thinking of all the errands, homework, research, laundry, etc. I was trying to accomplish before I was due to my Pilates studio lesson. I knew I would be in class for 5 hours so I was trying to make the morning as productive as possible. I noticed my anxiousness and in result tried to slow down and see what I could do to prioritize what needed to be done first. I sat down, made a list beginning with the tasks that were time sensitive. Once everything was on paper, I began to feel a little better. Next I made myself a nutritional breakfast knowing the day I had ahead and all the energy I needed to power me through the day. Lastly, I turned on our speaker in the kitchen and BLASTED my favorite playlist. Before long my list …

Motivation Monday: Family Therapy

This past weekend I spent back east with my side of the family. We celebrated, relaxed, got caught up, entertained. It was a whirlwind of people coming from all over to celebrate Easter and also times when we were able to go on walks by the water and revel in the tranquility. I didn’t know how much I needed a long weekend with my family until I got here. I was obviously missing them crazy amounts, but sometimes we get used to our busy lives and forget just how incomplete they really are if parts are missing. Sometimes we just need a change of pace, different scenery and to be around those that have zero judgement and unconditional love. That is what I felt this entire weekend and was in pure relaxation mode. We started in New York City where we met up with a dear friend (who is practically family) and got to indulge in an amazing dinner and stay at the most beautiful hotel that was recently renovated. If find yourself in NYC I …

Motivation Monday: SELF less CARE

I’m not sure where along the way it became perceived as selfish, but the mere thought of doing something for yourself seems hard to justify. Why is that? I wrote an earlier post on balance and how important it is for your overall health. In fact, the whole mantra of MSF is all about the connection between mind, body, and spirit for health. Not just taking care of your physical well being but your spiritual and mental health because it all connects…neglect one and the rest suffers. I view self care as not only selfless, but something that is necessary and we must make time for. You can think of it this way, when you’re in an airplane what is one of the first things the flight attendant goes over? Make sure you place your safety mask on yourself before others because you’re no help if you’re passed out. Something similar happens if we neglect our own self care. We become useless to others if we are overtired, sick or run down. Just like a yard …

Wellness Wednesday: Top 5 Reasons You Should Try Cupping

This past week I indulged in some self-care and got some cupping done. This is something I have done from time to time when I felt like I needed a little more than a typical acupuncture or massage session. Most people that saw my back after a session would have a similar reaction, WHY?! It looks like it could be painful because of the bruise-like appearance cupping leaves behind, and most westerners were not aware of this eastern practice until it made headlines in the recent Olympics. Michael Phelps (USA Olympic gold medalist swimmer) had some markings on his shoulders and stories began flooding news circuits about cupping and the benefits it can bring. Athletes in particular look to cupping when they are looking to recover faster and to find some relief in tense areas of the body. For me, cupping has always been a spiritual cleansing-like ritual. I feel lighter when I leave and do feel a sense of relief from tension and stress. After leaving my most recent session, I felt compelled to …

Feet First: A Look Into Reflexology

Some girlfriends and I recently visited a spa whose focus was on reflexology. The experience was too amazing not to share and is what inspired me to do this post. Reflexology has always fascinated me. Like I shared in earlier posts, there are numerous Eastern philosophies that I practice (yoga, meditation, acupuncture, etc.) and although I indulge in massage therapy and BEG my husband to rub my feet at night, I didn’t give too much thought as to why it feels so good to have that physical contact, especially on your feet. After this last reflexology visit, I felt so energized and refreshed that I needed to find some answers to my questions. What are the connections with points in the feet to the rest of the body? Are there any studies or science that support these Eastern beliefs? First things first, what exactly is reflexology? Put simply, it’s the act of applying pressure to areas on the feet, hands and ears which practitioners believe are points that connect to organs and areas throughout the …

Needle Therapy: My experience with acupuncture and fertility

Here is where it starts to get even more personal. I feel I connect with blogs and books that are honest, raw, and unfiltered. That is the approach I hope to take when writing my posts. If it is not authentic, why waste your time reading it? Well here it goes. Fertility. Who knew it was such a hot button topic for women and men? I honestly did not give it any thought until a close friend of mine recounted how hard it was for her and her husband to conceive their miracle baby. It got even more real when my husband and I decided to go off birth control and start planning for a family. The women in my family have been notoriously “fertile” and it seemed the minute they decided they wanted to be pregnant, they did so the following day. I was set up to think when the time was right for me, all I would have to do is stop taking the pill and a baby would follow nine months later. Instead, …