Relief for Headaches & Physical PAIN

Relief for Headaches & Physical PAIN

by John Ezaki, BS, LMT

 

THE NEUROMUSCULAR EYE MASSAGE ROUTINE can be a big help with headaches that may be coming from spending hours on your computer or phone. This can also cause your eyes to feel tired or it can be hard to focus when first waking up.

These headaches can appear:
• Above your eyes
• Behind your eyes
• On your temples

If you are suffering from any of these symptoms, consider treating yourself to a Neuromuscular Eye Massage routine. This massage consists of relaxing the muscles that help your eyes focus, and releasing the muscles that lay over the occipital lobe, the part of the brain that controls your vision.

Our eye sight is a blessing because it gives us an important part of our human experience. Freedom from pain caused by over use of the eyes is also a blessing. A simple, gentle eye massage that improves the circulation of blood and energy helps with these headaches.

This massage can also improve:
• Vision
• Dry eyes
• Eye strain
• Eye overuse

A FULL-BODY NEUROMUSCULAR THERAPY TREATMENT naturally brings the body back into alignment by balancing the nervous system with the muscular and skeletal systems.

General benefits Include:
• Reduction or elimination of pain
• Greater flexibility and strength
• Increased ease and efficiency of movement
• Balanced musculoskeletal & nervous systems
• Improved posture
• Increased circulation
• Decreased body toxins
• Increased energy and vitality

TREAT YOURSELF TO A NEUROMUSCULAR EYE MASSAGE ROUTINE OR A FULL-BODY THERAPY TREATMENT…
IT IS AN AMAZINE GIFT TO YOUR “SELF!” – YOUR EYES AND BODY WILL BE SO THANKFUL.

Call John Ezaki, BS, LMT for an appointment today @ 610-462-6103
Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center

 

Salt Cave Now Open

WELCOME to “SALT of the EARTH”

Lehigh Valley’s First Therapeutic Salt Cave

 By Linda Printz

Approximately 8 years ago, a dream was planted in my heart. I am a licensed massage therapist and wanted to help my massage clients who suffered from allergies, asthma, and other breathing and skin issues that seemed to be ever increasing. I wanted something non-medical, something natural, holistic and without dreaded side effects that come with so many medications. My research led me to the Himalayan Salt Caves that have been popular in Europe for many years. At the time, salt caves were relatively unknown here in the United States. Fortunately, this wonderful health alternative has grown, and I have now been able to realize my dream. I am blessed, humbled, and beyond excited to be opening the doors to the Lehigh Valley’s first Himalayan salt room; Salt of the Earth Massage Therapy and Himalayan Salt Cave located at the Twin Ponds Integrated Health Center, Breinigsville, PA.

While salt therapy may seem new to the health scene here in America, Europeans have been enjoying the health benefits of halotherapy for centuries due to the naturally occurring salt mines located there.

WHAT IS HALO (SALT) THERAPY?

Dry salt therapy, also known as Halotherapy, is a holistic approach that mimics the microclimate of a salt cave. Dry salt air is dispersed into the air of the “cave” by a unique process generated by a halogenerator. When micro-particles of dry salt are inhaled into the respiratory system, it does its job by absorbing and removing allergens, toxins and foreign substances in your lungs and throughout your respiratory tract.

This type of treatment is a safe and effective way of using salt’s natural antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and super absorbent properties to provide relief for many conditions, such as:

Respiratory:

  • allergies
  • asthma
  • common cold
  • bronchitis
  • hay fever
  • rhinitis
  • CF
  • sinusitis
  • hay fever

Skin

  • eczema
  • acne
  • psoriasis
  • dermatitis

Therapeutic salt sessions can also help those with:

  • fibromyalgia
  • cystic fibrosis

Many have reported:

  • sounder sleep
  • decrease in anxiety, depressive symptoms & more

WHAT IS A SALT SESSION LIKE?

Salt sessions are 45 minutes in length and by appointment only. You will arrive 10-15 minutes prior to your scheduled session to be greeted and fill out an intake form. You will be provided with clean socks, as no shoes are allowed inside the cave to protect the sterile environment. Once inside, you can choose to relax in a zero-gravity lounger, or lie directly upon the warm salt for added benefits. Wear clean and comfortable clothes; (the salt may leave a fine salt dust residue that can be brushed off easily.) The salt will not harm your clothing. A luxurious soft blanket and tapestries are provided for your added comfort. Our starry nighttime sky and soothing music will help you to relax and destress as you breathe in the therapeutic salty air. To ensure a comfortable and relaxing experience for all guests, please refrain from talking and no electronics are allowed inside the cave. During our special children sessions, adults and children are allowed to use indoor voices and have fun playing in the salt with provided shovels and pails!

ARE THERE OTHER SERVICES OFFERED IN THE CAVE?

Yes! Massage therapy and reflexology are available for a total body and mind wellness experience! The cave is also available for private, group, family, corporate, bridal parties, girls (and guys!) night out, couples and specialty groups upon request. We will also soon be offering yoga and other movement classes, Reiki, sound therapy, meditation, energy sessions and more in the cave! Stay tuned!

SALT of the Earth Massage Therapy & Himalayan Salt Cave is a one-of-a-kind halotherapy practice due to its location within Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center.  Over 25 practitioners of various professions using a holistic approach work out of this Center.  Each are dedicated to your wellness.

“One of the best perks of my career is meeting new friends and clients and helping them to achieve an improved sense of well-being and health! I am excitedly looking forward to meeting you! Get ready to get salty!”

 COST:  $25 per 45 minute session for guests 16 and older; $8 per child with paying adult. All children under age 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Call for appointment. Gift Certificates are available.

Call Linda Printz today at 484-225-0448

Email: SaltEarthCave@gmail.com

Facebook: @SaltoftheEarthMassageSalt Cave

Instagram: saltcavemassage

                                               

You are invited to…

Salt of the Earth GRAND OPENING

January 12, 2019 – 1:00-4:00 pm

 

Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center

628 Twin Ponds Rd.,

Breinigsville, PA 18031

                                               

 

 

Spices: More Valuable than Gold… Then & Now

by Michelle Costantini, BA, ALC, AFNC

In the 1300s, when tariffs were at their highest, a pound of nutmeg in Europe cost seven fattened oxen and was considered a more valuable commodity than gold. By the 1400s, when navigational equipment had improved to the point that long-haul sailing became possible, the kings and queens of Europe set out to change the balance of world trade by funding spice-hunting missions of their own. The search for a cheaper way to obtain spices from the East led to the great Age of Exploration and the accidental discovery of the New World when Christopher Columbus, while searching for a quicker route to India, bumped into the Americas.

THE HISTORICAL USE OF SPICES:

The very first and only true medicines ever used were those derived from the vegetable kingdom. Before spices became money, they were medicines: turmeric, cloves, cinnamon, coriander, ginger and black peppercorns. Their healing properties and use date back to the world’s first civilizations.

Sanskrit writings of 3,000 years ago describe the therapeutic uses of spices and ancient medical texts from China are filled with remedies using spices for hundreds of ailments.

Throughout the Middle Ages they were used as both medicines and condiments. Most spices were hot and dry and so they were appropriate in sauces to counteract the moist meat and fish. Inventories and account books of pharmacies show that spices like pepper, cinnamon and ginger were sold in many varieties and in different medical prescriptions. Today spices are not only used in medicine, but religious rituals, cosmetics and perfume production. 

WHAT IS A SPICE?

A spice is the edible, aromatic, colorful and dried part of a plant such as the seed, the fruit, the root, or the bark. They are distinguished from herbs, which are the leaves, flowers, or stems from plants. For example, fresh cilantro is an herb whereas coriander, its seed, is a spice.

Sometimes, spices may be ground into a powder for convenience. Many spices have antimicrobial properties. This may explain why they are more commonly used in warmer climates, which have more infectious diseases, and why the use of spices is prominent in meat, which is particularly susceptible to spoiling.

HEALING POWERS

Spices get their healing powers from their volatile oils. These compounds supply the spices with their pungent aromas, they also contain many unique phytonutrients that aren’t found in fruits and vegetables.

Examples:

Curcumin: contains potent anti-cancer properties found only in turmeric. Studies show it can fight dozens of other diseases

Piperine, the compound that makes you sneeze when you eat black pepper, protects brain cells and has a dozen other healing actions

Eugenol gives clove its distinctive aroma and is a natural pain killer

Rosemarinic acid makes rosemary one of the most powerful antioxidants on earth

Gingerol, a compound in ginger, tames nausea

 

The US has 3 times the rate of colon cancer as India, which is well known for its        spicy cuisine.

India has one of the world’s lowest rates of Alzheimer’s disease.

Greece (uses a lot of garlic, onion, rosemary, and marjoram) has low rate of heart disease.

Spain (consumes the most saffron) has low levels of the bad LDL cholesterol that clogs arteries and increases the risk of heart disease.

Exploration continues in the 21st Century as scientific research proves only what has been known for centuries: spices not only enhance flavor but most of all improve health.  If you consider your health “a higher commodity than gold,” then you want spices in your diet. 

Ancient Knowledge for Today’s FOOD l  NUTRITION l  LIFESTYLE

Call for a Private Consultation, Workshops & Lectures

Michelle Costantini at michelle_costantini@yahoo.com, or 720-745-3453

Freedom, Chains and Baby Elephants

by Betsy Wetzig, BA, CCPT

Perhaps you have heard about the baby elephants of India which are trained to stay in one place by chaining a foot to a post on a short chain.  Because of this training, as adults, when placed by a post they just stay there without any chains.

Lots of life coaches and therapists have correctly recognized that people can also have similar internalized chains or blocks to their behavior.  It helps to make positive mental changes, like making “to do” lists.  However, the root of the problem functions in our psychosomatic system, i.e. a system which is both deeply physical as well as mental.

Notice the baby elephant was given physical as well as mental triggers.  He not only learned to restrict his movement a certain way.  He learned that frustration and a bad feeling (physical feelings and reactions) could happen if he moved the “wrong” way.  He patterned his “movement” and linked the safe, good-feeling, way to his specific movement way, by limiting his movement.  He patterned himself (physically and mentally) into his blocking behavior.

For people, our way of knowing/being/doing and even habituated stress responses are. embedded in our movement-mind-body’s Coordinating Patterns .  The good news is these Coordination Patterns and their Dynamics are easily utilized for releasing internally patterned chains and blocks.   Simply stated, Coordination Patterns® & Dynamics’ Training** was designed by movement researcher and Twin Ponds own, Betsy Wetzig to utilize this movement-mind-body link and its mechanisms of our style and behavior for health and well-being.

In fact,  this training can help people do all sorts of marvelous things better, like… walk younger, do Pilates or yoga, golf, write a play, prevent pain and injury, forgive, communicate,  handle stress, and create a well-functioning team or family.  Betsy gives workshops, classes and private sessions at Twin Ponds, and even internationally. She recently added work with the Multimaster Pilates Toning Table for power assisted exercise, re-patterning, and rehabilitation. 

*¹Based on the work of researchers and kinesiologists, Valerie Hunt and Josephine Rathbone.

Breaking a Sweat Exercising?

atm_class1[1]Do it Easier and Better with The Feldenkrais Method®           

By Carolyn J. Reese

The best exercise for me, so I thought, was to move fast and push myself as much as possible.  Then I learned how important it is to exercise slowly and gently so that my body/mind system can work together more efficiently. Yes, when the body moves, the mind changes for the better! This new way of exercising has greatly helped with my arthritis and Post-Polio Syndrome. It is called…The Feldenkrais Method.        

WHAT OR WHO IS FELDENKRAIS?  The “who” is Moshe’ Feldenkrais, a physicist, mechanical engineer and one of the first Western black belts. After reinjuring his knee, having surgery and going to rehab, the doctors told him that he might spend the rest of his life in a wheelchair.

His understanding of how the laws of gravity and motion affected the mechanics of movement allowed him to develop short exercises that helped educate his body in easier, more efficient movement patterns. He eventually used this knowledge to teach patients effective techniques for self-rehabilitation.

THE FELDENKRAIS METHOD, based on the principles of physics and biomechanics, was developed from his experience and understanding of human physiology and the connection between mind and body. 

With this discipline, commands are carried from the brain to the muscles, tendons, joints, and skin, and then reports on their condition are sent back to the brain. The purpose is to improve movement patterns rather than treating specific injuries or illnesses.

The Feldenkrais Method claims to be successful in training the nervous system to find new pathways around areas of damage.

At first, lying on the floor in a relaxed way and moving slowly, I mean really slowly, didn’t make much sense!  Little did I know that the slower I moved, the more my brain was engaged (mindful) and the more my body responded. Even visualizing a movement changes the brain and helps the body!  Being a “senior,” has given me years of incorrect exercising and therapy, but now with the Feldenkrais way of exercising, I don’t have to worry about hurting myself the way I used to and my body is retaining the improvements I made.

The Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement classes consist of a series of verbally directed and carefully structured movement sequences involving the body and the imagination. The movements are performed in a variety of positions – lying down, sitting, standing – which address a range of functions necessary for the safe, effective and powerful use of one’s body.

This safe and easy way of exercising can help with:

  • Reducing pain, back and neck aches, headaches
  • Re-educating the brain and nervous system to develop new ways of moving and perceiving the body
  • Orthopedic problems in bones and joints (poor posture or habits of movement that may cause pain)
  • Stroke patients, head trauma, Multiple Sclerosis, Cerebral Palsy, neuropathy
  • Degenerative arthritis, Fibromyalgia
  • Recovery from surgery
  • Segments of our society: athletes, children, elderly, martial artists, artists, musicians, movement teachers and health care providers

“…the Feldenkrais Method can undo many of the aches and pains that plague us, and I currently recommend it to patients whose movement has been restricted by injury or chronic pain.  I also believe the Feldenkrais Method can help older people achieve greater range of motion and flexibility, and help all of us feel more comfortable in our bodies.”        –Andrew Weil, MD 

This style of exercise is not only revolutionary, but an enlightening experience! 

Attend a Feldenkrais Class or experience a private session of Functional Integration call Carol Siddiqi 610-618-0467

 

What Your Brain Needs You to Do

by Meg Deak

Do you get laser focused on the things you need to do,
and then get that wired/tired feeling?

Are you so intent on what you’re doing,
you have trouble seeing the forest for the trees?

Is it hard to get to sleep?

When you are focused – paying attention, thinking, planning, even worrying – your brain is processing in a brainwave state known as Beta. The electrical activity of Beta ranges from 12 to 38 HZ, or cycles per second, which is pretty fast.

Now focusing is a really great thing, especially in our ADHD world. The trouble comes when we get stuck in that gear. We can’t or won’t stop thinking. Too much of a good thing is too much. When our brains are processing fast, it takes a lot of energy. When something revs up for a long time, it’s likely to burn out.

Your brain needs to slow down, take mini-breaks.

treeAlpha Is the next level of processing, or awareness. Slowing down the brain’s electrical activity to between 8 and 12 HZ, opens your awareness and takes it inside. It’s like widening a lens that has been focused on an ant, walking up a tree. You open up to take in the whole tree, and then become aware of the forest.

Notice the crossover around 12 HZ – at the high end of Alpha and the low end of Beta. There’s the sweet-spot, where we get into a relaxed, focused state. Imagine being able to see the big picture in a usually stressful planning meeting.

Next, we move down into Theta, 3 to 8 HZ, which is a story all its own and best saved for another time. Hint: think learning, creativity and psychological health.  

Delta is the deep, sleep-through-a-thunder-storm kind of sleep. Its slow brainwave activity of .5 to 3 HZ is the state where the body heals and repairs itself. Large quantities of DHEA, the growth hormone, are released; it’s natural anti-aging.

So, what does your brain need you to do?

Let it slow down:

  • Take a mini-break every 90 minutes, where you get up and walk around, look out a window.
  • Close your eyes and gently hum on one long tone.
  • Turn off the music, TV, computer, phone for at least ½ hour. How long can you live in the silence? An hour? How about 2?
  • Learn to meditate

If you have trouble meditating, or find yourself unable to slow things down, try ourvibroacoustic-005 Vibroacoustic Sound Chair with Brainwave Entrainment. Our system uses specialized audio recordings with a uniquely-designed sound/light system and vibro-acoustic chair to help change your brainwaves.  These changes allow you to reach deeper states of relaxation and awareness.

Increase your brain’s efficiency, manage stress, sleep better, remember what it feels like to be deeply relaxed – these are all within reach. Call Meg at 610-504-4830 to see how we can help.

 

Achieve Strong Bones

vegetables-1584999_1280Are you aware of the condition of your bones?

Are you an Osteoporosis statistic?

Osteoporosis, a disease in which the density and quality of bone are reduced, is a common condition around the world. One in 3 women and one in 5 men are at risk of an osteoporotic fracture which is estimated to occur every three seconds.

The good news is there are many steps that can be taken to prevent and help osteoporosis. It is now a treatable condition with a combination of appropriate nutrition and lifestyle changes.

POSITIVE BONE INFLUENCES:
Nutrients & Balanced Diet
• Calcium – 1,200 mg daily
Dairy, almonds, broccoli, kale, canned salmon with bones, sardines

• Vitamin D – 600-800 IU or more
Tuna and sardines, egg yolks, fortified milk – sunlight is the primary source

• Magnesium – 400-800 mg daily
Green vegetables, almonds, black beans, kidney beans, nut butters, whole wheat bread

• Vitamin K − 50-100 mcg
Leafy green vegetables, spinach, kale, broccoli, peas, green beans

• Eat an alkalizing diet – healthy pH value ranges from 7-14
Fruits, nuts, legumes and vegetables

• Eat raw cultured dairy: Kefir, yogurt, and raw cheese contain calcium, magnesium, vitamin K2, phosphorus, and vitamins B12, A, C, and D

It is always best to eat fresh, organic and unprocessed foods for overall good health. Talk with your doctor and ask for recommendations for your specific needs before making any dietary changes or taking any supplements.

Staying Physically Active
Exercising if you have osteoporosis means finding the safest, most enjoyable activities for you given your overall health and amount of bone loss. There’s no one-size-fits-all prescription.

NEGATIVE BONE INFLUENCES:
• Sodium (increases calcium excretion through the urine) – no more than 2,300 mg / day
• Smoking and excessive alcohol use (no more than one drink per day)
• Stress should be minimized

GUIDANCE AND ACCOUNTABILITY

THE FOLLOWING MODALITIES CAN HELP YOU ACHIEVE STRONG BONES:
Many times people know what to do yet still fail to follow through. With the right Guidance and Accountability led by a practitioner, privately or in a group – you can receive the warm feeling of friendship, closeness and loyalty that makes your health transformation not only fun but rewarding.

Low Level Cold Laser Treatments
John Ezaki, 610-462-6103
Jeanne Mancinelli, 610-393-9676
Linda Printz, 484-955-7306

Food, Nutrition & Lifestyle Changes
Ayurvedic Nutrition & Cooking, Michelle Costantini,  720-745-3453
Health Coach & Cooking Instructor Christina Moyes, 610-704-8083

Physical Movement Trainings
Pilates Power-Assisted Table,  Betsy Wetzig 610-398-9652
Feldenkrais Method® of Movement,  Carol Siddiqi 610-618-0467
Tai Chi,  Barbra Kopystecki, 610-888-8600
Yoga Karen Klubertanz, 484-554-4801

Stress Management
Effortless Meditation™ Greg Schweitzer, 610-670-6700
Health & Life Coach Dr. Mehri Ulas, 484-240-9730
Neuroacoustic Chair & Brain Entrainment,  Meg Deak,  610-504-4830

Visit modality pages at www.TwinPondsCenter.com for more information.

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5:30-7:30 pm 1st Friday of Every Month

Simple Weight-Loss Workshop: 6 Simple Steps to Jumpstart Your Weight Loss! 2:00-5:00 pm January 28th