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Reiki for healing

Reiki is a spiritual, vibrational healing art used to promote balance in the human body with its roots in Japanese origin. The word Reiki comes from the Japanese word (Rei) which means “Universal Life” and (Ki) which means “Energy”. It is believed that a person’s “ki” or energy should be strong and free flowing. When this is true, a person’s body and mind are in a positive state of health. When the energy becomes blocked, it could lead to symptoms of physical or emotional imbalance.

A Reiki session is typically 60-90 minutes. Prior to the session, The Reiki Practitioner and client will usually discuss any particular problem or issue they are experiencing and ask them what they are hoping to achieve from their session. The last Reiki session I went to was a little over a year ago. Prior to the session, the practitioner mixed cards which I then pulled out from the deck. These cards were supposed to be relevant to my life. The cards I pulled are the ones shown on the photo to the right. We also went over the different chakras of the body and meanings associated with each.

 

During the session, the client will rest comfortably on a massage table on their back with their shoes removed. The Practitioner may apply a light touch during the session, hold their hands slightly above your body. A recipient of Reiki might feel a warming sensation or a tingling during the session or nothing at all but sheer relaxation. I had a large sense of emotion during the session and while the practitioners hands were hovering over me, I felt a heavy push of energy from her hands. The practitioner went over each chakra & my throat chakra felt specifically heavy. I also did Reiki a year prior to that a few times with a different practitioner and I felt very relaxed during the session and almost fell asleep.  This Reiki practitioner in particular was supposedly psychic. During the session she was speaking to me about whatever came to her while putting her hands over my body. A lot of it did not make sense at the time, but looking back, some of the things she was saying makes more sense now. I felt very overwhelmed after the session.

Reiki is a tool for stress reduction, relaxation and wellness. Reiki is not a cure for a disease or illness, but it may assist the body in creating an environment to facilitate healing.

It is interesting, I was watching this video on Reiki and it asks if you have a headache, stomach ache, or pain elsewhere most people’s reaction is to place their hands on the corresponding area.”Reiki amplifies and intensifies the power of touch”.

Our bodies are made up of energy. We exist in a universe of energy. This concept may be hard to understand for some people at first because we aren’t really taught this in school. However, everything in this world is essentially energy. For example, the difference between hot and cold water is energy right?

This photo was taken at Goddess Sanctuary & Spa in Mineola, Long Island. They also have Full & New Moon Meditation classes. If you go to my Instagram, @dshamptonorganics to this photo you can see some informative comments of people commenting about their (positive) experience with reiki.

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CBD Pills

Finally tried CBD pills. What is CBD? Cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are the two main ingredients in the marijuana plant. Both CBD and THC belong to a unique class of compounds known as cannabinoids.

THC is best known for being the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. CBD, however, is non-psychoactive, meaning CBD can’t get you high. While disappointing to recreational users, this unique feature of CBD is what makes it so appealing as a medicine.

 

Naturally containing less than .3% THC, the hemp plant contains a multitude of nutrient rich terpenes, phytonutrients and cannabinoids.

Research seems to indicate that introducing hemp-derived cannabinoids such as CBD might help one’s ECS function more properly and efficiently and help regulate vital biological functions such as sleep, appetitie, pain, modulation, mood enhancement, sexual activity & more.

After taking a pill, I my body felt more relaxed and zen. For me, it seems like a good pill to take before bed.

Ananda Hemp works directly with the DEA and Kentucky Department of Agriculture in strict accordance with section 7606 of the 2014 Farm Bill. This allows them to sell and transport their products in all 50 states, legally. They are vertically integrated hemp producers in the USA and rigorously test and certify all products from seed to sale.

I also have used CBD oil topically (as seen in photo on the right). My friend made my a topical oil lotion mixed with coconut oil and some other ingredients beneficial to the skin. I am not sure if I noticed a difference, but something like this might need to be applied many times a day or may need to be of higher potency. For example, Voltaren gel, a topical prescription pain cream is recommended to be applied 6x a day.

I know some people personally who use this to treat chronic pain. Does anyone else take CBD pills or use a topical oil? How do you like them?

Here is the link to Ananda Hemp for CBD pills.


References:

1. Mead, Alice. “The Legal Status of Cannabis (marijuana) and Cannabidiol (CBD) under U.S. Law.” Epilepsy & Behavior 70 (2017): 288-91. Web.

2. Ananda Hemp

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The Warrior Mindset: Become Your Own Therapist with Subconscious Rewiring

I attended a very informative event this week “The Warrior Mindset” with Counselor and Cognitive Behavioral Therapist Kelly Armatage, at The Farm Soho. This was hosted by Vitamin R,  who hosts wellness events open to the public throughout the city.

Vitamin R also brings innovative leadership experts to corporations to improve their culture and improve employee wellness.

Throughout the two hour class, Kelly went over methods to help the class think like a Warrior, rather than think like a Victim.Some of the key differences between thinking like a Warrior and a Victim include:

Victim

  • Believes others are to blame for the pain

  • Live in frustration, sadness, anger, self-hate

  • Habits: over-giving, anger, codependency, lack, fear, passive-aggression, conflict, toxicity

  • Loves drama

  • Not aware of their power, thoughts, emotions and habits. Spiritually unaware.

Warrior

  • Are responsible for their life experience.

  • Resonate in confidence, compassion, self-love

  • Habits- self love, assertiveness, understanding, co-operation, respect, goal achievement

  • Have a CREATOR approach towards life

  • Knows there is a reason and life lesson behind all adversity

She taught us that we can learn how to think like a warrior because our thought patterns are learned and can be relearned. A neural pathway is a learned behavior. It is a highway in the brain that have been used so many times. People get a “high” when they carry out an act that is trained by their neural pathways. This could be a bad habit, like binge eating, or a good habit, like eating healthy. Our habits are trained on a neural pathway.

Kelly went through two different mind exercises with two volunteers in the class. The first volunteer went through a Cognitive Rewiring Technique to help her have optimistic thoughts on about a job search that was stressing her out. The second volunteer also was seeking a new job and went through a technique created by Kelly called the A.S.K Technique. This technique can be found on her website here.

Some other key points that I liked that were spoken about in the class were:

  • Heal the past with acceptance. Acceptance of the past creates acceptance of yourself today. Forgive yourself and your past. Do not judge yourself or your past.
  • Everyone is doing the best they can. You have the choice to either teach people how to treat you OR you can get distance from them.
  • When you remove resentful energy toward people, people will THEN change around us.
  • Manifest from the heart, not the mind. Once your heart opens, you will start to have things happen that you want to happen.

After the class, I had a feeling of empowerment and felt a sense of control over my life.

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Sound Healing Meditation

I had an amazing experience at Sound Healing Meditation class by Rick Batyr Music last weekend at Point Lookout Yoga Club on Long Island, New York. This class used gongs, drums and Tibetan singing bowls, which date back to being used in ancient history.  These instruments are ‘stuck and sung’ in specific rythmic patterns to create vibrational sound harmonics. These vibrations from the sound frequency impact the sympathetic nervous system. During the class, your brain waves synchronize to the vibrations of the instruments being played. The harmonic vibrations engage the relaxation reflex and slow down the respiratory, brain and heart rate and create a deep sense of well being.

I was extremely relaxed during the class. I have been to meditation classes before where my mind has difficulty not wandering and staying focused on the meditation. During this class, my mind was clear of distracting thoughts. I felt relaxed and at ease. I really like the bong sounds. It was hard to have a wandering mind when something that loud and vibrational was being played. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀

There was also a Reiki practitioner in the class who did Reiki during the meditation. Reiki, meaning “universal life energy” in Japanese works with the goal of improving the flow of life energy in a person. Reiki practitioners are trained to detect and alleviate problems of energy flow on the physical, emotional, and spiritual level.

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Nychamptonshealth: Could you tell me more about what you offer as a service?

Rick Batyr: I am a musician/sound healer/teacher, with a background in studying shamanism, reiki, meditation and the science of sound.
I perform live group sound meditations using gongs, singing bowls, percussion, synthesizer and field recording’s from nature all combined with the above practices. The sonic landscapes I create has helped many to detach from the ego self which allows you to gently slip into a deeply relaxing meditative state. The intention behind all my work is to honor each individuals unique vibration, guiding them into a state of self awareness, joy and compassion.

As a musician I create fully produced meditation music combining traditional sound healing modalities with artful sonic exploration. Each song infuses many forms of sounds, blurring the lines of genre and taking the listener on a healing journey.

Nychamptonshealth: How did you originally get involved in what you do?

Rick Batyr: Using music as a therapeutic tool began early on for me (A drummer in my teenage years). I would always turn to music in times of stress, playing music and being immersed in sounds would simply take me away into a sort of trance like state.
When I was about 16 yrs old I began meditation and spiritual practices. From that turning point the next 10 years focused on self discovery, growing spiritually and delving into the science and spiritual use of sound. In the studio I was creating bin-aural beats, studying music from around the world and learning how the brain responds to sound.
After graduating in 2000 with a degree in audio engineering I began working full time in Manhattan for major recording studios and artists and would often attend group meditations around there. The deeper I went down the spiritual path, the further I started to step away from the commercial side of the music industry.
When my wife Mariko began to train me in Usui Reiki it all seemed to collide together. Reiki broadened my awareness of energy and brought another layer to the energetic use of music that I was discovering. With the years of studying the science of sound, along with these new spiritual tools, I was set on a path to share the healing power of music with the world.


Nychamptonshealth: Why do you like meditation/sound meditation and what differentiates the two? Why is sound special?

Rick Batyr: I love meditation. In its simplest form its great for heightening your awareness, acting mindfully and balancing stress/emotions. On the deeper level It allows you to step beyond the ego , heal and explore the more complex levels of the inner self, enhance creativity, and connect to divine source.
When you add carefully crafted music to meditation, it greatly enhances the experience on multi-dimensional levels. The Meditative use of sound dates back thousands of years, in many forms throughout the world. Music and rhythm is ingrained into our being from the the earliest days of our existence (16 weeks in utero) . Listening to the beats of our mothers heart, hearing the swish of air into the lungs,etc. We are designed to respond and resonate to sound. We are all divine instruments that constantly need to be “tuned up” as we change and evolve. Using music helps to quiet the mind during meditation, lowers blood pressure, improves sleep, enhances your listening and focusing abilities. Sound can help to reveal our inner emotional, energetic, physical/mental patterns and blocks.

Nychamptonshealth: Could you further explain Reiki and how you use it in your classes.

Rick Batyr: My wife Mariko Zervos Batyr (www.zersai.com) has been practicing and teaching Reiki for many years, With a deep connection to her Japanese heritage, she has this incredible ability to bring fourth Usui Reiki in the most respectful, egoless and pure manner I have seen. Learning Reiki from Mariko truly opened me up to a new layer of understanding energy as a healing modality. Since music is also energy, I began using reiki energy while conducting sound healing sessions, as well as during the writing process of my recorded albums. Before I begin a sound healing session or compose music I give all my instruments reiki, with the intention that as I play that energy is carried out into the listener along with the sound waves of the music.

 

Nychamptonshealth: Could you further explain chakras and how you use them in your classes?

Rick Batyr: The chakra system is often misunderstood in the west. Here, we boil an ancient yogic practice down to a single set of 7 chakras that govern the body, when traditionally the original practice used many many more sets of chakras. Since the chakras mainly deal with our energetic non physical bodies the locations and notes that pertain to the chakra system can fluctuate based on the individual. With that said I do not use one specific note or frequency for every single person as many chakra systems in the west teach. If you believe, as I do, that every human being is beautifully unique in his/her grand design, then applying the same prescription to everyone just simply does not work. I use mostly metal singing bowls because they provide complex overtones and harmonics that crystal bowls do not. It is those overtones and harmonics when struck in certain patterns or scales begin to create a wall of sound that encompasses many notes and vibrations that help to cover not just the main western whole tones associated with the chakra system but many of the sounds in between those notes. As the conductor of these deep sonic journeys I feel its my responsibility to cover as many modalities and sounds as possible regardless of personal beliefs, so that I can assist as many as possible with this work.

To attend one of Rick’s classes on Long Island, or New York, check out his website below or Instagram. All of Rick’s music can be purchased digitally online at:

Itunes : https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/rick-batyr/id592838841
my website: www.pranasoundstudio.com
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/1JwmuVJOLocdS9Vckg3RyN
Facebook: www.facebook.com/pranasoundstudio

Instagram: @rick_batyr_music

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Hormone Balancing Body Scrub

What we put onto our body is just as important as what we put into our body. The epidermis, or skin, is the largest organ in the human body and everything we put on topically gets absorbed into our body. In today’s western society, many people have hormonal imbalance due to toxic environmental factors and the food we eat. There are many skin products on the market which also have ingredients that can disrupt your hormones.  Also, artificial hormones are given to beef and dairy cattle to make them grow faster. When we eat the meat or dairy from an animal, we are consuming vitamins as hormones or steroids that were fed to the animals, disrupting our endocrine system in our own body. This causes many health problems and disease when ingested over extended periods of time. Some (more intuitive) symptoms from hormonal disturbances include PMS, period cramps, breast tenderness, irregular periods (for women) hormonal acne and more.

This scrub is made with Ylang Ylang essential oil and Primrose Oil. Both help regulate the hormone balance in one’s body. Below I listed all of the ingredients. I also went into further depth of the benefits of Primrose Oil and Ylang Ylang.

Ingredients

  • Coconut Oil- 1 cup
  • Avocado Oil- 3 tbsp
  • Sea Salt- 1 cup (or until desired scrub texture)
  • Primrose Oil – 3 tbsp
  • Ylang Ylang Essential Oil- 10 drops
  • Citris Bliss Blend Essential Oil – 10 drops

Ylang Ylang:

  • Helps balance hormones
  • Promotes healthy skin and hair
  • lifts mood while having a calming effect

Primrose Oil:

Primrose oil, obtained from the seed of the evening primrose plant. This oil is best known to help balance out hormonal levels.

Hormonal Health: This helps with hormonal related problems including PMS symptoms like menstrual cramps, breast pain, acne, depression, irritability, unclear thinking or menopause disorder. Primrose could also help with Polycystic ovarian syndrom (PCOS) which is an endocrine disorder that could occur in women who are of reproductive age. This can impact a women’s fertility and could lead to ovary cysts, irregular menstrual cycles, acne and other irregular symptoms.

Evening primrose is a rich source of Omega-6 fatty acids, which is one of the main reasons it helps with hormonal function in the body. This includes gamma linolenic acid (GLA) which is essential for the proper functioning of the body. In particular, those who have lower levels of GLA are alcoholics and diabetes patients. This deficiency can cause rheumatoid arthritis symptoms and cardiovascular disease. Taking primrose can help with alcohol withdrawl. The human brain is prompted by GLA, which makes prostaglandin (a type of hormone). This helps in managing alcohol withdrawal symptoms like seizures and depression. It indirectly protects the nervous system and liver.

Skin Health: Evening primrose oil is considered the best remedy to cure eczema and many other skin-related problems. GLA, mentioned in the previous paragraph, a fatty acid content in this oil is essential for skin health. The oil is safe to apply to sensitive skin to help with skin hydration.  Primrose can also boost blood circulation, which prevents and treats tired looking skin and under the eyes when applied topically 2x a day. This oil also helps to nourish hair, scalp and nails.

For more, check my Instagram at @nychamptonshealth


References

“Evening Primrose Oil Treats PMS Pain & Infertility.” Dr. Axe, draxe.com/evening-primrose-oil/. Accessed 27 Feb. 2017.

“Essential Oil Usage Guide A-Z.” Essential Oil Usage Guide A-Z, doterra-oil.blogspot.com/p/essential-oil-usage-guide-z.html. Accessed 27 Feb. 2017.

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Organic Homemade Body Butter

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Ingredients:
  • 1c Shea Butter
  • 1/2c Coconut Oil
  • 1/3c Olive Oil
  • 5 drops Tea Tree
  • 30 drops Eucalyptus essential oil

Directions: Mix oil and heat in double oil until melted. Put in fridge for about an hour to solidify. Storing in glass instead of plastic is essential when it comes to oils. Phthalates, a group of chemicals found in plastics to make them softer. They are Endocrine (hormone) disruptors & are oil soluble.

I realized I’m not a fan of olive oil on my skin (some people like it.) Next time I will try another base oil (sesame, jojoba, almond etc.)⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Essential Oil Breakdown: You can trade out Tea Tree and Eucalyptus for different essential oil of your choice. Eucalyptus is an antiseptic and can help with skin infections, bug or mosquito bites and cuts. It helps relieve muscle pain. It is also cooling and refreshing. It is a stimulant and can remove exhaustion and mental sluggishness. It can be effective for helping with stress. Rubbing this all over your body in the morning and breathing it in all day sounds good to me! Tea tree is well known for its antiseptic and anti-fungal properties. It can be effective with toenail fungus and athletes foot, so this could be a great hydrating foot cream. Tea tree has also been shown to fight against MRSA, a type of staph infection which is resistant to many antibiotics. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

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Biomagnetism-Holistic Treatment

Biomagnetic Therapy is using high-strength magnets to balance and alkalinize the body systems. This therapy was developed in 1988 by Mexican doctor Isaac Goiz. He clinically defined the location of biomagnetic pairs where pH disturbances occur in the body as a result of infection from common pathogens including viruses, bacteria, fungus, parasites and other toxins.

A large number of illnesses are associated with alterations in the PH level in organs and tissues and with the presence of viruses, bacteria, fungi, toxins and parasites. By contrast, a balanced PH level contribute to restore and maintain optimal health.

What is PH?

According to Phountain Health, A PH number measures for 0-14. 0 is acid, 14 is alkaline and 7 is neutral.

In order to have good healimage16th, one should have the right acid/alkaline balance in the body. Humans should strive to have a PH level between 7-8. The pH level of internal fluids affects the cells in the human’s body. Acidic imbalances in the internal environment can lead to health problems.An acidic body is common in today’s society due to stress, poor diet, not exercising enough and in some cases, over exercising. When our body becomes acidic, essential minerals such as potassium, sodium, magnesium and calcium may be taken from our vital organs and bones to combat or buffer the acid. When the pH in ones body gets out of balance or too acidic, we may experience l ow energy, fatigue, poor digestion, excess weight, aches and pains, or more serious health conditions.
The process of re-balancing the acid/alkaline in your body begins with proper diet and nutrition. This includes eating alkaline foods such as vegetables and low sugar fruits, hydration from drinking plenty of alkaline water, and proper supplementation.

Biomagnetism is also capable of reestablishing the acidic-alkaline balance in the organism and restore health. Biomagnetism targets the fix the cause of the problem and not just one’s symptoms, as drugs usually attempt to fix one’s symptoms. The problem trying to fix only a symptom is, one symptom might be fixed by a drug for a select period of time and since the underlying problem has not been resolved, another symptom due to the same elemental problem can pop up in one’s body.

BioMagnetism uses pairs of magnets of opposite polarity to depolarize areas in the body that are unbalanced due to pathogens or other factors that resonate energetically, in consequence causing harm.

Biomagnetism is a preventative therapy as well as a healing therapy. It is able to detect, diagnose and correct an abnormal condition before its symptomatic occurrence.

How does Biomagnetism work?

Living organisms maintain their systems, organs and tissues in an amazing energetic equilibrium.  Cells need the appropriate environment to be able to live and correctly carry out their many functions.

The ionic balance of + and – charges present in the cells and their environment plays an imperative role in ensuring a well functioning cellular environment. Pathogenic phenomenons occur when there are distortions in the balance of the PH level.

What to expect during the session?

During a session of the Biomagnetic Pair, the practitioner places pairs of magnets of opposite charges (+ and -) on specific areas of the patient’s body which is determined by the practitioner through a trained process. The objective of the specific placement of the magnets is to balance the patients pH level.

The patient will then lay still and relax after the magnets have been placed on their body. The session will take about 1 hour. During the session, I felt calm and relaxed.

How many sessions are needed?

According to Biomagnetism.net, the number of sessions necessary to achieve full healing will depend on many factors like the kind of illness, how chronic it is and the patient’s response. Everyone’s body is unique. Differentiating results could be due to age, build, metabolism, lifestyle, nutritional state, mental state, toxin burden, and immune system. Additionally, how long one has been ill and the damage that has occurred in the body and previously administered medications will also vary the results of biomagnetism.

Sometimes the patient will start to notice positive changes in their health after one session. On average, with a sequence of three or four sessions, one per week, one should see a great improvement in the majority of cases. For chronic cases, four, five or more sessions may be the necessary protocol.


My personal experience

I have received biomagnetic therapy five times. The first time I received it, I had a very intense acupuncture a few days prior to the biomagnetism session. Two days after the biomagnetic therapy treatment, I became very sick with the flu. It was the sickest I ever was with the flu. I am not sure if this was some type of herx reaction (herxheimer reaction) due to the biomagnetic therapy combined with the acupuncture or if it was just a coincidence since it was January and flu season. I do not recommend getting both of these treatments so close together since both are supposed to balance the energy in your body, moving things around at too dramatic of a rate. That being said , fever is actaully good for us since it is the bodies natural way of killing of harmful substances in the body. In western culture it is popular for people to try and hop on antibiotics to get better quickly. However, it is smart to ride out the fever so your body can kill of bacteria and other harmful pathogens. In Europe “Hyperthermia” is a popular treatment which is a self-induced fever popular amongst Lyme and Cancer patients.

Recommendations where to go:

For more check out my Instagram at @hamptonsorganics


References

“Alkaline Water.” Alkaline Water, www.phountainhealth.com/alkaline_water.php. Accessed 21 Feb. 2017.

“Biomagnetism | What Is Biomagnetism? How Does Biomagnetic Pair Work? What Can Biomagnetic Pair Cure? Biomagnetism Course Content.” Biomagnetism | What Is Biomagnetism? How Does Biomagnetic Pair Work? What Can Biomagnetic Pair Cure? Biomagnetism Course Content., biomagnetism.net/. Accessed 21 Feb. 2017.

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“Thermotherapy” Heat Therapy to get through the Winter

This article was published in Andrea Ashley Magazine Winter 2017 Isuue https://andreaashley.ca/magazine

During the winter months, many of us struggle to get through the days which have a limited amount of sunlight and cold weather. The cold weather has a strong effect on our bodies. It tightens muscles, causes more muscle pain, muscle spasms, muscle knots, joint pain and less circulation. “A cold breeze blowing across an already-energy-deficient muscle will throw it into shortening, and shortened muscles can be a primary and key cause of pain,” says Jacob Teitelbaum, MD director of The Annapolis Center for Effective Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Fibromyalgia Therapies. Also, changes in temperature or barometric pressure, a measure that refers to the weight of the surrounding air can trigger joint pain (Goodman).

Below are some of my favorite methods I use to get through the cold winter months in New York.

Biomat: A BioMat uses far infrared rays which penetrate deeply into the body and address imbalances at the cellular level. You can adjust the heat on the mat to your liking and then simply lay down on it. It feels as if you are being warmed up from the inside and is ideal on cold days. It can be used to help with a wide range of health issues, including relieving minor muscle pain, joint pain and stiffness, increasing blood circulation, reducing stress and more.

Sauna: There are many benefits of using a sauna including detoxification, muscle and joint pain relief, increase of circulation, reduction of inflammation, lowering of blood pressure, weight loss and skin purification. “It causes you to sweat and can help release endorphins,” says David Geirer, MD, a sports medicine specialist in Charleston, South Carolina. “And the heat also increases blood flow to the muscle and the periphery of the body, which helps sore muscles feel better temporarily.” Physical therapist Patrick Walsh states that heat therapy is usually reserved for treating older injuries or chronic muscle or joint pain, like arthritis. (MacMillen). Stretching in the sauna gets a deeper stretch and muscles will loosen up quicker. It can be like a mini hot yoga class.

Steam room: The steam room can help with winter congestion, colds and sinus infections. Breathe in the steam with eucalyptus essential oil on a towel to help with any type of respiratory infection.
Hot Detox Bath. There are many types of detox baths that can be taken. My favorite in the winter time in order to relieve pain and muscle cramps is a hot epsom salt bath. It is great for detoxification and also good for after a hard workout. Epsom salt helps to detoxify your body by making you sweat out toxins. Also, you will absorb some of the minerals and trace minerals found in the salt such as magnesium. Stay in bath for 25-35 minutes and make sure to have a water bottle next to you to stay hydrated since the salt pulls out water from your body. Submerge your whole body up to your chin to receive the most benefits. Take the bath before bed time since it makes you tired, but make sure to shower after bathing to get off any excess sweat and bacteria. This bath can be taken one to two times a week and more once your body adjusts (Morrison 138).

Essential Oil Diffuser:
Essential Oil Diffusers provide an excellent method of calming and moisturizing to build a healthy, natural, warm, and pure living environment. Use eucalyptus essential oil to help with congestion, to control coughing, or to sooth a sore throat. This oil is perfect for boosting concentration and for keeping your energy level elevated. It is great for dark, cold or rainy winter days when extra stimulation is much needed.
Heat Pads: Selective heating, also known as local hyperthermia, of affected joints with hot packs can be very beneficial in treating chronic aching and dysfunctional joints and muscles. The best type of heating pads are clay heating pads which is heated up in the microwave. Stay away from electrical heating pads because they expose you to Electromagnetic Fields also known as EMF (Storl 193).

Hot tea: Cold fruit smoothies are refreshing on a hot summer day, but in the winter our bodies crave something warm. Consuming a hot drink will heat up your whole body. My favorite tea mix in the winter acts as a natural antibiotic. Whenever I feel like I am getting sick, my go-to tea remedy is a mix of raw manuka honey, black pepper, turmeric, coconut oil, ginger, lemon, apple cider vinegar, garlic, oregano. Also, warm water and lemon is easy to make with many health and detoxing benefits.

For more, check out my Instagram at @nychamptonshealth


References
Goodman, |. By Brenda. “Weather and Arthritis Pain.” Weather Pain | Weather Forecast and Pain. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Jan. 2017.

MacMillan, Amanda. “Do Saunas Help or Hurt Sore Muscles?” Outside Online. Outside Magazine, 06 Oct. 2016. Web. 09 Jan. 2017.
Storl, Wolf-Dieter. Healing Lyme Disease Naturally: History, Analysis, and Treatments. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic, 2010. Print.

Jeffrey A. Morrison, M.D.,  2011. Cleanse You Body, Clear Your Mind, New York, New York, The Penguin Group
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Acupuncture

Acupuncture is the insertion of fine needles into the body at specific points. It is known to be effective in the treatment of specific health problems.

Traditional Chinese medicine explains acupuncture as a technique for balancing the flow of energy or life force. This energy, known as “qi or chi” should run smoothly through pathways, or meridians in your body and out of it. By inserting needles into specific points along these meridians, acupuncture practitioners believe that your energy flow will re-balance. These points have been mapped by the Chinese over a period of two thousand years. Recently, electromagnetic research has confirmed their aimage2ccuracy.

In comparison, most Western practitioners view the acupuncture points as places to stimulate nerves, muscles and connective tissue. Practitioners think this stimulation can boosts your body’s natural painkillers and increases blood flow, explained by the May0 Clinic.

The medical field in the U.S. does recognize and approve acupuncture. Depending on your insurance, some companies will pay for acupuncture treatment. Call your insurance and ask. You can also try sending them a form and receipt for your treatment. The World Health Organization (WHO) currently recognizes more than 40 medical problems that can be taken care of with acupuncture. The below conditions are are suitable for acupuncture treatment according to the WHO as well as vast amounts of research in China, explained by the Cleveland Clinic.

  1. Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders. Toothaches, pain after tooth extraction, gingivitis, acute or chronic earaches, acute sinusitis, acute rhinitis, hay fever, runny nose and acute tonsillitis.
  2. Respiratory Disorders
  3. Gastrointestinal Disorders
  4. Eye Disorders
  5. Neurological and Muscular Disorders
  6. Gynecological Disorders
  7. Stress Disorders
  8. Immune System Disorders
  9. Sports Injuries
  10. Pain

Personally, whenever I have had a minor new injury and have gotten acupuncture, the injury is completely better with 1-4 treatments. It has helped me with muscle pain and tightness. For my muscle tension and tightness, the effectiveness is similar to an intense deep tissue massage. I like the “dry needling” technique for muscle pain and tightness relief, which is more popular in western acupuncture culture. This is also known as intramuscular stimulation, Myofascial Acupuncture, Tendinomuscular Acupuncture, or some version of Sports Acupuncture.


Recommendations: I have been to several acupuncturists and can highly recommend the below in New York City and Long Island.

  1. Liming Zhao, Garden City Acupunture: 81 Poplar Street Garden City, New York     (516) 741-7206. Also working out of Syosset, New York
  2. Ralph Salerno, Twin Dragon Acupuncture: 3 Gaymor Rd, Happauge New York
  3. Dr. Rongsheng Lin: 128 Mott Street, Manhatten, New York (718) 886-8727

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References:

“Acupuncture.” Mayo Clinic. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Feb. 2017.

“How Does Acupuncture Work? What Is Acupuncture?” Cleveland Clinic. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Feb. 2017.

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Dry Skin Brushing-Lymphatic Drainage

Why you should Dry Skin Brush

Dry skin brushing is a process of dry brushing skin with a natural brush to stimulate lymphatic flow, improve circulation, and exfoliate skin. The largest organ in the body is the skin. It is responsible for 1/4 of the bodies detoxification. It is important to eliminate through the skin.

The lymphatic system consists of various sizes of lymph vessels and nodes. The system is part of the immune system, as the lymphatic fluid carries cells that fight off viruses, bacteria, and other harmful substances. The lymphatic system does not have a pump of its own, like the blood vessels which have the heart. It depends on supplementary help to move the fluid around the body. Exercise is a great way to assist the lymphatic system as well as dry skin brushing.

The lymphatic system mobilizes waste and fluid back into the body’s drainage system so that the waste and fluid can be more effectively eliminated. As well, it increases immunity, promotes healing, and balances fluid metabolism in body.

This massage is especially useful for those individuals that feel that their system is sluggish, or those who seem to get regular colds and flu. It is also recommended for people who lead sedentary lifestyles, or those who want to reduce puffiness or swelling.

Manual stimulation directly applied to our epidermis to maintain overall health and wellness has been practiced by many since ancient times. From the Ayurvedic practices of India (which are still active today) to the Greek athletes using skin scrapers for circulation to various Native American tribes who used the sand from riverbeds for both strengthening the skin as well as beautification. These ancient societies were aware that the pores of the skin that need our focus as well as the lymph glands, just beneath our skin, that become sluggish with toxic waste.

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How to Skin Brush 

1. Purchase a natural (not synthetic) bristle brush with a long handle so can reach all areas of your body.

2. Stand in a bathtub or tiled surface to catch any dead skin with no clothes on.

3. Begin brushing by starting at your feet and moving in long sweeping motions toward your heart.

4. Brush several times in each area, overlapping as you go.

5. Take care as you brush over more sensitive areas, like breasts. Your skin will become less sensitive the more you dry brush.

6. It is best to dry skin brush before exercise or before showering.

7. After getting out of the shower, pat dry skin and apply a oil (ex: coconut oil).

8. Dry skin brush everyday for best results. Clean your brush with soap and water once a week. Leave to dry in a clean, sunny spot to avoid any mildew accumulation on your brush.

Benefits of Skin Brushing

Cleanses the lymphatic system
Removes dead skin layers
Stimulates the hormone and oil-producing glands
Tightens the skin preventing premature aging
Increased energy and blood flow
Tones the skin
Strengthens the immune system

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References

Lymphatic Skin Brushing for Breast And Body Health.” Lymphatic Skin Brushing for Breast And Body Health. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 Feb. 2017.

“Start Dry Brushing to Reduce Cellulite + Toxins.” Dr. Axe. N.p., 04 Jan. 2016. Web. 01 Feb. 2017.

 

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Golden Milk & the power of Turmeric

Golden Milk is an ancient southeast Asian health elixir.⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀                                             ⠀

image1-2📝Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of hot almond, coconut or hemp milk
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp ginger powder
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • Pinch of Nutmeg
  • Pinch of Cardamom
  • Pinch of Black Pepper (to activate the anti-inflammatory agents in turmeric)
  • 1/2 tsp of coconut oil to guarantee maximum absorption.
  • Optional: pinch of cacao to add more of a hot chocolate taste

 

 

More info on Turmeric: In New York, Turmeric has been a recent growing trend. I have seen it being added to juices and available in shot forms at places like Juice Generation. Most people must not be aware that it must be mixed with Black Pepper, in order to activate its anti-inflammatory agent Curcumin. You can also buy Curcumin vitimins, but having anything in its freshest form will be most effective.

Scientists have discovered that the root cause of most chronic illnesses is due to oxidative damage and/or inflammation. Curcumin’s powerful anti-inflammatory properties explain why it can help prevent and treat many different health conditions. Inflammation is a common factor for many diseases including heart disease, cancer, diabetes, arthritis, asthma, Alziemer’s, obesity and more. The body’s inflammatory response is a primary component of most chronic diseases.

Other ways I get my  Curcumin (from Turmeric) dosage:

  1. I take Terry Naturally- Extra Strength vitamins daily.
  2. I put a mix of Turmeric, Black Pepper, Cumin and Cayenne Pepper spices on foods I eat (mostly chicken)
  3.  I cut the turmeric root and put it in hot water and add black pepper amongst other ingredients as a detox tea. Other ingredients can include ginger (which is also anti-inflammatory), coconut oil, lemon, apple cider vinegar, oregano, garlic.

References

Lemerond, Terry. “Inflammation the Wonder Spice Solution Research Confirms Healing Power of Curcumin.” 15 Feb. 2008: 1-30. Print. The Nutrition Healthy Living Guide

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Honey Dijon Brussel Sprouts

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Directions:

  • Steam or Boil the Brussel Sprouts until cooked
  • Mix dressing in a pan & add brussel sprouts.
  • Mix brussel sprouts & dressing in pan for a few minutes

Honey Dijon Dressing Ingredients:

  • Mustard- 2 tbsp
  • Honey- 1 tbsp
  • Olive Oil-1 tbsp
  • White Vinegar 1.5 tbsp
  • Black Pepper
  • Salt (Sea salt or Himalayan)

Note: make sure vinegar is gluten free if this is of concern