Health Info

Illness is the result of many factors working together over a period of time to undermine the well-being of the individual.  This is to say is to say that we become ill a little bit at a time.  Health comes in much the same way.  We build it, a little bit at a time.  Each person’s health problems will manifest themselves in different ways and through different areas of the body.  Although an individual’s main complaint may seem to be focused in one or two locations, we must remember that reflex association of all organs in the body.  Every organ works in unison with every other organ, and the health level of one is dependent upon the health level of the others.

This page contains the following health information: Structural BalancingYogaLaStone TherapyDietHydrotherapyMacrobiotics


Structural Balancing

Structural Balancing is an integrated system of deep tissue body work and movement education designed to release chronic tension and stress and realign the body.

Structural Balancing is a specific focus in each session with a series of 10 sessions. It is a system of bodywork that integrates and re-balances the whole body, returning it to a more aligned, relaxed, youthful state. To fully understand Structural Balancing, you must gain an understanding about connective tissue and how the force of gravity effects our movements. It is learning about the integrity of living inside your body optimally.

We recognize a lot of pain and tension is a result of overall imbalances in our body patterns – the way we move and posture. This results from connective tissue (fascia) which under continual stress, habitual patterns of movement, an accident, lack of movement, ongoing emotions and attitudes, becomes rigid and layers begin to glue together causing “knots” or pain and tension.

We don’t get this way over night. When we think of aging we think of shrinking and shortening. As different aspects affect our lives, more and more of these patterns becomes ingrained into our form and we lose freedom of movement. Gravity pulls on us and there we go… we get shorter and shrink. This is the average process, although we can redirect this process by becoming structurally aware and structurally balanced by therapeutic body work.

The healing process is like peeling an onion, it goes layer by layer. You can’t expect to undo something that took years or months to develop. Layer by layer, Structural Balancing approaches the body in a three part series: First is Superficial sessions (1-3) dealing with muscles near the surface have to do with breathing, standing up and reaching out. Second are the core sessions (4-7) dealing with the most intrinsic deeper musculature of the body, assisting us in fine motor movement of grace and fluidity with issues around control and surrender, gut feelings, holding back feelings and intellectual development. The last three sessions (8-10) are integrative of both superficial and core layers but also the entire body. These sessions are customized for the unique pattern of the individual.

The ultimate goal from Structural Balancing is living life with ease, balance and integrity. When your body’s in balance your whole life works better.
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Yoga

For over five thousand years Yoga has been developing as a rigorous spiritual discipline for seeking inner peace and physical health through exercise and meditation. Yoga allows an easy approach to a quiet mind and relief from everyday stress, producing a clear, bright mind and a strong, capable body.

Yoga exercises ease tense muscles, tone up the internal organs, and improve the flexibility of the body’s joints and ligaments. Yoga will release endorphins in the brain just as any other exercise program will, and produce a feeling of well being. Yoga postures, while exercising muscles and joints, also stretch, extend, and flex the spine, keeping the body strong and supple.

Improvement of suppleness and strength is only one of the benefits of yoga. When combined with breathing techniques, Yoga stimulates blood circulation throughout the body. Yoga can be practiced by anyone of any age. All practitioners can achieve a more limber body, increased physical coordination, better posture, and improved flexibility without incurring the potentially negative effects associated with high-impact exercises.

Yoga postures release stiffness and tension, help to renew energy, restore health, and promote graceful aging. Some Yoga postures sustain bone mass (very important for women). Relaxation and breathing exercises reduce stress and put you in touch with your inner strength.

Yoga is increasingly embraced by the medical community. Health professionals have long encouraged patients to practice yoga. Yoga is an integral part of many stress management programs endorsed and paid for by HMOs and other medical insurance companies. At Cedars-Sinai Medical Center’s Preventive and Rehabilitative Cardiac Center, yoga postures and breathing techniques are recommended to patients with heart disease.
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LaStone Therapy

Heat – instant and straight to the heart. Then a warmth as soothing as a mother’s embrace works it’s way into those tired, stressed tissues. This is only the first step in a unique, 90 minute message session.

LaStone Therapy involves the use of rocks – something not immediately comforting in its vision. But consider the smooth, sleekness of warmed basalt river bed stones as they glide effortlessly across the body, providing soothing, toxin-clearing acupressure and energy balancing.

The stones, all shapes and sizes, are applied warmed and chilled depending on the needs and pains of the client. The alternating temperatures help the rapid exchange of blood in the heart and lungs, bringing new, oxygenated, highly nutritional blood to the area in need of healing. Simultaneously, respiration is increased and decreased to reach a deeper state of relaxation, taking the client to levels of mind, body, and soul healing never experienced before.
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Diet

  1. EAT A VARIETY OF FOODS
    This will help insure that you get all the vitamins and minerals you need. Try to vary the juices you have each morning. Eliminate the habit of having the same vegetables in all your salads. There are so many fruits and vegetables to choose from, so why limit yourself? Let variety be your spice!
  2. EDIBLE FOOD IS NATURAL, PURE AND WHOLE
    The less food is natural, pure, and whole, the more “foodless” it becomes. Refined grains are impoverished. Canned foods are de-mineralized. Pickled foods, soft drinks and preservatives do not build health. A good rule of thumb is: “if it doesn’t spoil it’s not worth eating.”
  3. RAW FOODS BUILD HEALTH
    Try to have a least 50% of your foods raw. This sounds much more difficult than it really is. The following section on MEALS will help show you that by including vegetable salads or fruits with breakfast, lunch, and dinner, you will be easily eating half of your diet raw, or juicing them.
  4. WHEN YOU MUST COOK: BAKE, BROIL, ROAST, OR STEAM FOODS, BUT DO NOT FRY THEM.
    Fried foods not only lose much of their food value, but frying renders them very difficult for our bodies to digest. It is not only what you eat that is important but what you digest as well. In addition, authorities agree that fried foods may actually be damaging to health. Oils which have been heated to high temperatures change to “hard” fats, which in turn can become deposited in our blood vessels. Atherosclerosis and high blood pressure are often the consequence of a prolonged diet of fried foods. Remember, we live and die by our knowledge of what is good or bad for us.
  5. STEAMING VEGETABLES SAVES NUTRIENTS
    As we have already said, you should try to have a rich assortment of raw vegetables daily. But when you must cook a vegetable, how should it be done? Most people boil their vegetables to death, not realizing that air and water rob food of many of its most important life-giving elements. Instead, steam those vegetables in a container with a tight fitting lid. The nutrients you have saved will help to preserve your health.
  6. CHOOSE THE SAFEST COOKWARE POSSIBLE
    Did you know that aluminum is a very toxic substance’ in the human body? Authorities say that if consumed in excessive amounts, it will weaken the living tissue of the alimentary canal. Why not choose a safer cookware such as pyres, Coming ware, cast iron, or stainless steel? There are many harmful substances in the air we breathe which are almost impossible for us to avoid. Why add to this list by cooking with a metal that can injure our health?
  7. CORRECT FOOD COMBINATIONS AID DIGESTION
    Steak and a baked potato ? They taste good going in, but play havoc with your digestion. Steak is a protein and potato is a starch. Mixing the two at a meal is like mixing oil and water. They simply do not go together. Each is digested separately by the body, and eating them together not only produces gas but interferes with the digestion of both. An occasional steak and potato at the same meal will not upset the whole apple cart, but making a habit of this surely will. As a general rule, have your starches and proteins at different meals.
  8. PROPER PROPORTION AND PREVENTION OF DISEASE GO HAND IN HAND
    It is often a temptation to fill up on potatoes, rice, or corn, and meat, chicken, or fish when a meal is served. We mince at the salad as if it were an appetizer, not realizing that vegetables act to neutralize many of the waste acids we produce daily. We of course need the proper balance between acids and bases or alkaline substances in our bodies. If each day, 70% of our foods could be alkaline and 30% acid, the correct balance would result. Vegetables and fruits are largely alkaline try to have 5 different vegetables and 2 different fruits each day. Remember, it’s important to have most of them raw and in salads. Have 1 starch and 2 protein meals or 1 protein and 2 starch meals daily. Starches and proteins are acid producing, If you follow this plan, you will end up having had 30% of your daily intake of food acid forming, and the other 70% alkaline – proportion and prevention are partners!
  9. PROPER PROPORTION AND PREVENTION OF DISEASE GO HAND IN HAND
    It is often a temptation to fill up on potatoes, rice, or corn, and meat, chicken, or fish when a meal is served. We mince at the salad as if it were an appetizer, not realizing that vegetables act to neutralize many of the waste acids we produce daily. We of course need the proper balance between acids and bases or alkaline substances in our bodies. If each day, 70% of our foods could be alkaline and 30% acid, the correct balance would result. Vegetables and fruits are largely alkaline try to have 5 different vegetables and 2 different fruits each day. Remember, it’s important to have most of them raw and in salads. Have 1 starch and 2 protein meals or 1 protein and 2 starch meals daily. Starches and proteins are acid producing, If you follow this plan, you will end up having had 30% of your daily intake of food acid forming, and the other 70% alkaline – proportion and prevention are partners!
  10. CERTAIN FOODS DO MORE HARM THAN GOOD
    Have you ever heard that cigarettes, coffee, tea, soft drinks, white sugar and white flour products are filled with vital nutrients which build strong bodies? Or that we should try to purchase stale instead of fresh foods whenever possible? Or that insecticide covered vegetables and fruits are a must for health? Of course not’ It’s foolish to even suggest such things, find if so, why should we be foolish and make them a regular part of our diet? In addition, there are certain other foods that we should learn to cut down on so that we might be able to better follow Guideline number 1 and eat a variety of foods. It seems that many of us think that citrus fruits (lemons, limes, grapefruit, and especially oranges) are the only fruits in the world. There are many fruits to pick from, so let’s start picking. Cow’s milk and dairy products made from it tend to produce a lot phlegm and mucus in certain people. Goat’s milk does not nor does brown rice milk. Did you know that head lettuce is irritating to the bowel? Most people do not. It also has very little food value, whereas leafy and Romain lettuces are filled with alkalinizing minerals. What cereals do you make it a habit of eating? Wheat, wheat, and wheat, with an occasional oat thrown in for good measure? Wheat builds fat and oats often create mucous congestion in allergy sufferers. Brown rice, ryes millet, and yellow corn meal are excellent cereal; and are available in every health food store. And what about bread? Did you know that bread becomes very doughy in the colon, often lodging in bowel pockets and irritating them? Try eating less bread and more health food crackers such as rye crisp. Is there another protein besides meat? The way some of us eat we may never learn the answer to that. Learn some of the other protein foods and try to substitute them occasionally for meat. In fact, you should try more than 3 to 4 times a week. And what about pork? Pigs have never been known for their cleanliness. They will eat anything. Will you? The key here is to prevent illness rather than cure disease. Support whatever treatments and additional supplement you are given in this office by following these simple guidelines. They are your stepping stones to better health.

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Hydrotherapy

Hydrotherapy is a form of physiotherapy treatment conducted in a heated pool. The treatment is supervised by physiotherapists with hydrotherapy training. Specifically designed exercises help regain or enhance physical well being. Clients are individually assessed to develop a tailored treatment plan conducted individually or in a group setting. Patients do not need to be able to swim in order to benefit from hydrotherapy.

Movement in water is easier than on land. The effects of turbulence and buoyancy combined with warm water helps reduce pain and muscle spasm.

The benefits of hydrotherapy are many, specifically it will help:

    • Strengthen muscles
    • Mobilize joints
    • Relieve pain
    • Promote relaxation
    • Improve general fitness
    • Develop water confidence
    • Improve balance and coordination
    • Arthritic problems
    • Back and neck pain
    • Sports injuries
    • Work-related injuries

 

Hydrotherapy can also assist in recovery from stroke, brain injury, orthopedic surgery, and it can also help women before and after birth.
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Macrobiotics:
The Thirty-One Day Macrobiotic Cleansing Regimen

Step One -

Time: From the first to the sixth day

Main Food: one bowl of cooked whole brown rice, seasoned with one teaspoon of gomasio. Cook rice in twice as much water than you usually would. It will take approximately 40-50 minutes to cook out all the water.

Side foods:

      • Vegetables: You may add a small amount of any variety of stir-fried vegetables to the rice. Cut vegetables into thin, bite-sized pieces, then strir fry in hot vegetable oil until done but still crunchy. You may use any variety of vegetables – carrots, broccoli, onions, cauliflower, cabbage, asparagus, beets, mushrooms – but use only 2-3 kinds at each meal.
      • One cup of miso soup w1th each meal. To make soup. use one teaspoon miso to 1 cup boiling water. You may add any stir-fried root or leafy vegetable to the soup, but only 1-2 tablespoons total.
      • Seaweed: You may have one tablespoon seaweed per meal. There are several kinds available: nori, arame, kombu. wakame are a few. Nori may be sprinkled onto rice or soup. The others should be reconstituted first by soaking in water overnight. To cook seaweed, diceit and stir-fry in oil.
      • The meat of a white fish, fresh water fish or very tiny fish eaten whole. You may use tuna, sardines, or mackeral, but no more than one sardine or comparable portion of other fish.
      • One umeboshi plum with each meal. Try to make the plum last throughout the meal. If it’s too salty, rinse under tap water.

Meal Times:
Twice a day. All the foods described above.

Drinks:
Clean, natural water. About two cups per day.
Fresh vegetable juice, one 6 ounce cup per day. Use carrots as a base and mix with either celery cucumber, cauliflower or broccoli. If you don’t have juicer you may substitute V-8.

Massage:
Use a dry cloth, or just cold water or a bath brush (stiff like a vegetable brush); or take an alternating hot and cold shower, then briskly rub yourself down with a dry towel – really stimulate the skin.

Exercise:
Once in the morning and once in the afternoon, depending on your strength and condition.

Step Two -

Time: 7th to 10th day
Main food: 75% of the amount of rice consumed on day one.
Side food:
same as step one.
Meal times: still twice a day.
Drinks: Same as step one. Watch the condition of the urine. If it is too much or too frequent, reduce the amount of liquid.
Exercise: same as day one.
Massage: same as day one.

Time: 11th and l2th day.
Main food: 50% of rice consumed on day one.
Side food: none, except one umeboshi plum per meal.
Meal Times: still twice a day.
Drinks: same as step one.
Exercise: same as day one.
Massage: same as day one.

Time: 13th and 14th day.
Main food: 25% of rice consumed on day one.
Side food: none. One umeboshi plum per meal.
Meal Times: twice a day.
Drinks: Water and juice are still the same.
Exercise: same as day one.
Massage: same as day one.

Time: the 15th day.
Main food: Cook 25% of the rice consumed on day one. Strain the rice retaining the liquid.
Discard the rice and eat only the rice soup.
Side food: none. One umeboshi plum per meal.
Meal Times: twice a day.
Drinks: No more than two cups of water. Juice is the same. Watch the amount of urine and
consume your liquid accordingly.
Exercise: same as day one.
Massage: same as day one.

Step 3

Time: 16th to the 20th day – five days.
Food and drink: This is a complete fast except for liquids: drink 2 cups water and 6 oz. vegetable juice.
Exercise and massage: the same.

Step 4

Time: the 21st day.
Main food: One bowl of whole rice soup from 25% of rice from day one.
Side food: none. One umeboshi plum per meal.
Meal times: twice a day.
Drinks, exercise and massage: same as Step Three.

Time: 22nd and 23rd day.
Main food: 25% whole rice twice a day. One umeboshi plum per meal.
All else:
the same as Step 3.

Time: 24th to the 26th day – three days.
Main food: 50% rice twice a day. One umeboshi plum per meal.
All else: the same.

Time: 27th to the 3lst day – five days.
Main foods: 75% rice twice a day. One umeboshi plum per meal.
All else: the same.

Step 5

Return to Step One for a week to ten days. Then return to normal eating.
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