February 29, 2012

Wellness Wednesday – Detox Through Yoga

Filed under: News / Events — Jennifer @ 8:12 am

Give your digestive system a natural boost with this twisting, detoxifying practice. This sequence by Kathryn Budig, from the Yoga Journal To Go podcast series, is designed to cleanse both your body and clear your mind with a sequence that will heat and create space in the body, aiding in digestion and mental clarity.

For more Yoga Journal videos, visit http://www.yogajournal.com

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February 28, 2012

Traditional Chinese Medicine

Filed under: News / Events — Jennifer @ 8:07 am

With a history of 2000 to 3000 years, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has formed a unique system to diagnose and cure illness.  The TCM approach is fundamentally different from that of Western medicine.  In TCM, the understanding of the human body is based on the holistic understanding of the universe as described in Daoism.

The clinical diagnosis and treatment in Traditional Chinese Medicine are mainly based on the yin-yang and five elements theories.  These theories apply the phenomena and laws of nature to the study of the physiological activities and pathological changes of the human body and its interrelationships.  The typical therapies include acupuncture, herbal medicine, and qigong exercises.

With acupuncture, treatment is accomplished by stimulating certain areas of the external body.  Herbal medicine acts on zang-fu organs internally while qigong tries to restore the orderly information flow inside the network through the regulation of Qi.

These therapies appear very different in approach yet they all share the same underlying sets of assumptions and insights in the nature of the human body and its place in the universe.  Some scientists describe the treatment of disease through herbal medicine, acupuncture, and qigong as an “information therapy”.

February 27, 2012

Meditation Monday

Filed under: News / Events — Jennifer @ 7:53 am

Let’s share a moment of Wellness as Aveda’s Global Educator Spa & Massage, Marc Zollicoffer, guides you through a Heart Chakra meditation exercise for relaxation.

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February 24, 2012

Quote of the Week

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February 17, 2012

Quote of the Week

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February 16, 2012

A Moment of Wellness

Filed under: massage — Jennifer @ 8:01 am

A Moment of Wellness….Tips for Reducing Stress

After reading an article on WebMD,  there’s more resourceful information on how to reduce stress. “If you are one of the millions of stressed-out Americans, there’s good news. People can learn to manage stress. Start with these stress management tips:

  • Keep a positive attitude.

  • Accept that there are events that you cannot control.

  • Be assertive instead of aggressive. “Assert” your feelings, opinions, or beliefs instead of becoming angry, defensive, or passive.

  • Learn and practice relaxation techniques.

  • Exercise regularly. Your body can fight stress better when it is fit.

  • Eat healthy, well-balanced meals.

  • Get enough rest and sleep. Your body needs time to recover from stressful events.

  • Don’t rely on alcohol or drugs to reduce stress.

  • Seek out social support.

  • Learn to manage your time more effectively.”

February 15, 2012

Work Wellness – Positioning Yourself At Your Desk

Filed under: News / Events — Jennifer @ 8:26 am

At Rizzieri School for the Healing Arts we strive to educate our guests, and help them alleviate any issues that they may have with tension or pain.  To help ensure that you have the best posture at work to avoid any strain or sprains, here are a few tips to make sure you are positioning yourself at your desk properly.

First, make sure your workstation is set up correctly.  Here’s a check list:

  1. Your chair and keyboard should be set so that the thighs and forearms are parallel to the floor.
  2. The keyboard height should ensure that the wrists are straight and level.
  3. The keyboard should be close enough that you don’t have to stretch forward to reach the keys.
  4. The mouse should be close to the keyboard where you don’t have to reach to use it.

Now check your body position:

  1. Keep your hip, knee, and ankle joints open slightly (90 degrees or more).
  2. Keep your head aligned with your spine.
  3. Keep your upper arms close to your sides, hanging straight down.
  4. When typing, your wrists should be relaxed, not be bent up, down, or to the sides.
If you would like to consult one of our professionals, teachers, or students.  Please be sure to visit us at  8102 Town Center Blvd, Voorhees NJ.  We are Located in the new Voorhees Town Center on the first floor below the Rizzieri Aveda Institute (the former Echelon Mall). Please call Guest Relations to book appointments in our Clinics 856.810.7548

Resources: Repetitive Strain Injury: A Computer User’s Guide. Pascarelli, Emil M.D., John Wiley and Sons, 1994. Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety Website.

February 14, 2012

The Power of Touch

Filed under: massage — Jennifer @ 8:45 am

The Power of Touch

According to the New York Times, there is evidence that little touches really do mean so much.  We’ve often heard about how psychologists study nonverbal communication, including vocal tones, and facial expressions.  They both have the same meaning around the world.  There are many more signs and signals that are considered to be universal  human vocabulary that are nonverbal.

The first language that we learn is physical touch.  The energetic field that is transferred from one person to another can be such a powerful conversation.  “For instance, a high five can reduce stress.  A warm touch sets off a release of oxytocin, a hormone that helps create a sensation of trust, and to reduce levels of the stress hormone cortisol.”

It’s even evident that massage and skilled touch can mean so much to Alzheimer patients.  The intentional caring touch helps reassure those who are confused, calm those who are agitated.  It also helps increase body awareness, ground the disoriented person into the present time and space.  It’s incredible the amazing affects that can happen just from human touch and contact.



February 13, 2012

Tips to Save Your Wrists

Filed under: News / Events — Jennifer @ 7:50 am

Tips to Save Your Wrists

If you are having trouble with pain or discomfort in your wrist area, consult a physician or ask a massage therapist to help you assess if muscle tension is contributing to the pain.

If you work at a desk, you may want to look at your work set-up and use these suggestions to reduce pain and avoid more serious injury.  If your company has an ergonomics department, ask them to help you change your work station and body posture to work more safely.

  1. Your keyboard height should ensure that your wrists are straight and level, never bent back. If you can’t adjust your table height to accommodate this, you may want to move the keyboard into your lap.
  2. When typing or using a mouse, your wrists should not rest on anything, and should not be bent up, down, or to the sides.  Keep your hands relaxed hovering slightly over the keyboard and the middle knuckle aligned with the center of the wrist.
  3. Move your hands using your whole arms instead of resting your wrists on something, and stretching your fingers to hit the keys.  Move your hand to hit function keys instead of stretching to reach them.  This may take some getting used to, but can help a great deal in preventing pain and injury.

Be sure to stop and rest, as well as stretch throughout the work day.  When you are typing for awhile, rest your hands in your lap or let your arms hang at your sides.  Take a moment to shake them out and enjoy the refreshed energy moving through them.

It may make a big difference if you take breaks to stretch.  Bend your wrists forward and backward and circle them in both directions.  Make tight fists and relax them 10-20 times.  Ask your massage therapist for stretches specifically for the forearms.  Set up a reminder chime on your computer or some other reminder to take frequent stretching breaks.

Resource: Repetitive Strain Injury: A Computer User’s Guide, Pascarelli, Emil M.D., John Wiley and Sons, 1994.

February 10, 2012

Quote of the Week

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