10 Ways To Make Healing Instantly More Playful And Uplifting

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I’m going to be spending some much needed time with my family and soaking in every single second for the next few weeks, as by the end of this summer I will officially be an empty nester (sob!!!)  So I today I wanted to leave an uplifting holistic healing article filled with tons of resources for you to enjoy over the next few weeks until my weekly blog posts return.

Here is my goal: I’d like to encourage you to see healing as fun.  Yes… fun!

After all, as you heal you should feel better and better and better, a sense of relief and even a sense of joy.  Feeling good is at the heart of play, and it’s why play is so therapeutic (for a detailed dive on the healing benefits of play, read this article I wrote for you!)

Trying out new and fun things… and why shouldn’t that apply to health and healing?  It should!  My motto is that life is hard enough… so let’s at least enjoy healing.  After all, healing is all about feeling better and better and better.  It is a powerful forward momentum in your life that should be uplifting.  

So, if lately your health care routines leave you feeling stuck, uninspired, or bored, maybe it’s time to introduce a fun new alternative into your healing journey!  It’s always a great idea to find a new way to exercise, fun ways to express your inner creativity, to introduce new healthy recipes inspired by seasonal fruits and vegetables, and to add humor and play into your life.  

But sometimes even new foods, creative expression, play, touch and exercise aren’t enough.  Maybe it’s time to consider a new adjunctive healing therapies… because believe it or not, there is always a new fun way to approach wellness. 

So today, let me introduce you to take you along with Stacey and I as we test out some unusual alternative healing modalities that you might want to consider.   It’s the top 10 videos from my “Trying It Out For You” series on YouTube!  

 


 

 

 1.  Nutritional IVs

 

Click the video above to come with me on a trip to a MedSpa for a nutritional IV.   I’ll tell you if it was powerful enough to make a difference in my sugar cravings or boost my energy level or make any other impact to me well being.  Although I am one of those who truly hate needles, I went for a nutritional IV to find out if they are worth the hype.  I take you along to get an IV and tell you my thoughts before, during, and after.

Was it worth the high price tag?  Watch and find out!

Bottom line?  All in all… for spending over a hundred dollars to try to temporarily boost certain nutrients for a few days, I could have purchased several months worth of the highest quality, pharmaceutical grade supplements that would have supported me for an entire season.  With a bonus of no needle punctures required, plus a much longer window of support, all for less cost.

Below is a list of common ingredients you can select in these nutritional IVs (including the vitamins that Stacey and I tried) and as I scan through them all, every single one of them is available as a pharmaceutical grade supplement in my online dispensary here. 

  • B-12:  helps boost energy
  • Glutathione (Stacey had this one): antioxidant, decreases inflammation
  • Vitamin B complex (I had this): B vitamins are supportive to many metabolic processes in the cells of your nerves, digestive tract, skin and more
  • L-Carnitine: boosts energy and mitochondrial function, fat burning
  • Taurine: essential for brain, eye and red blood cell function, may aid muscle function too
  • Vit D: essential for bone health, immunity, hormone balance and more
  • Vit C (Stacey had this one): pantioxidant that boosts immune function, promotes tissue repair
  • Glutamine (I had this one): Boosts digestive health, repairs leaky gut, decreases sugar cravings
  • Lysine:  An essential amino acid helpful for tissue growth as well as having anti-viral properties
  • Magnesium (I had this one too): essential for proper nerve & muscle function, promotes relaxation
  • Trace Minerals: helps electrolyte balance, boost energy levels and immune function, enhances conductivity

Many MedSpas will combine the above supplements to create their own nutritional cocktails, for example the popular Myers Cocktail is simple a combo of B Vitamins, Vitamin C and Trace Minerals (usually calcium and magnesium.)

 


 

 

 

2.  Float Therapy

 

There are tons of studies that show that floating in a sensory deprivation float tank — a body temperature tank of ultra-concentrated magnesium salts that allow the body to float effortlessly — is helpful in decreasing chronic tension headaches, significantly decreasing anxiety, and treating insomnia.

A study published in Biological Psychiatry: Neuroscience and Neuroimaging in June 2018 found that muscle tension was significantly decreased and blood pressure was measurably reduced after float therapy.   Another study published in the BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine Journal in March of 2016 found that anxiety symptoms were significantly reduced to the point that almost 40% of patients with generalized anxiety disorder reached full remission post-treatment.

What do I think?  What did Stacey think?  Click on the video above and we will share all the details with you!

Want to try this but don’t live near a floatation therapy center or want to experience an inexpensive at-home version of float therapy, here is the next best thing: draw a warm bath just before bedtime, making it close to body temperature (98 degrees) and add several cups of epsom salts to make a hypertonic magnesium solution.  Darken the room or place a warm washcloth over the eyes and soak for at least 15 minutes… up to 60 minutes… adding warm water when needed to maintain body temperature.  See if you feel more calm, with less muscle tension, and get a better night’s sleep!

 


 

 

3,  Halotherapy

 

Halotherapy is simply the inhalation of aerosolized dry salts… a very popular new therapy added to many spas. These salt therapy lounges can be very beautiful, with gorgeous Himalayan salt wall features and flowing loose salt over the floors to give the appearance of a salt cave, while sodium chloride crystals are aerosolized into the room’s air for inhalation.

These spas claim that halotherapy can improve respiratory allergies, fix chronic dermatologic skin issues like atopic dermatitis and psoriasis, and even decrease the frequency of upper respiratory infections.  There are some studies that back this up, one notable study published in the journal Meditsina Truda I Promyshlennaia Ekologiia in 2016 which showed that mild cases of chronic obstructive lung disease was clinically improved in about 40% of cases.

Another study published in the International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology showed that halo therapy decreased the size of tonsillar hypertrophy in almost half of the patients studied, and was particularly well tolerated by children compared to medical-surgical treatment for sub-obstructive hypertrophy.

Lastly, a study published in Pediatric Pulmonology in 2017 showed that asthmatic children had less bronchial hyper-responsiveness, although lung function tests did not show measurable improvement following treatment.

So I decided to take Stacey and give it a try.  Did we think it was worth the hype?  Click the video above to come into the salt room with us and find out!

 

 


 

 

 

 

4.  Cryotherapy

 

Just like a football player taking an ice bath after a big game, exercise enthusiasts swear by intensely cooling down the body with cryotherapy after strenuous exertion as a way to reduce inflammation and expedite recovery.

Cryotherapy centers are gaining in popularity, but do they work?   One study, recently published in Wiadomosci Lekarskie in 2018, found that cryotherapy treatments decreased back pain and increased the range of motion of the lower back in patients with degenerative spine disease.  Another study published in PLOS One in June 2011 showed cryotherapy after exercise reduced blood markers of inflammation.

Click on the video above and come in with Stacey and I while we give cryotherapy a try.  I tried it on my left knee, which has hurt me since I injured it playing soccer as a teenager decades and decades ago, and I loved it!  Definitely felt less knee pain for about 48 hours, then the benefits seemed to wear off.  Stacey was brave enough for the whole body cryotherapy and found it not only invigorating but she reported less aches and pains for at least two days afterwards too!  This one I give a two thumbs up to!

Want to try this at home, instead of spending money at a cryotherapy facility?  Go for it!  A study published in the International Journal of Sports Physiology Performance in March 2017 showed that a 10 minute ice bath (50 degrees Fahrenheit) was actually more effective than whole body cryotherapy (3 minutes at -110 degrees Celsius) in reducing muscle soreness and accelerating muscle recovery after exertion.

Can’t tolerate an ice bath?  Me either.  To approximate my therapy — targeted only over one joint instead of the whole body — use an ice pack (for no longer than 10 minutes) placed directly on areas of pain and soreness to decrease inflammation in targeted joints and muscles.  Better yet, use a grounded ice pack to synergistically combine temperature therapy and grounding therapy for the best results!

 

 


 

 

 

5.  Acupuncture

 

Acupuncture isn’t a new therapy, but actually a longstanding ancient healing modality that has many medically studied health benefits.  In fact, acupuncture is one of the most medically studies alternative healing modalities, so let me give you a quick run down on the conditions it has been found to be most beneficial for:

  • Headache & Arthritis:  This meta-analysis, published in The Journal Of Pain in May of 2018, studied over 20,000 patients in over 39 different trials that were double blinded, to see what chronic pain conditions acupuncture was best for (if any.)  They found that acupuncture significantly reduced pain for long periods of time and was an effective treatment of chronic musculoskeletal, headache, and osteoarthritis pain.
  • Neck Pain: A meta-analysis, published in the Cochrane Library Review in November of 2016, looked at neck pain from all causes, including whiplash, arthritis and mechanical neck pain, and found that acupuncture significantly decreased pain (over sham acupuncture) and found that disability from neck pain was reduced.
  • Opioid Use: This unique study, recently published in Medical Acupuncture in February of 2020, found that veterans who utilized opioids were in less pain immediately following ear acupuncture — although it’s important to note that the reduction in pain was short term, immediately following the treatment, and did not result in long term reductions in pain.  The ear acupuncture also did not result in a decrease use of opioids from baseline, but it did result in the acupuncture recipients not increasing their average dose as much as the non-acupuncture recipients did.  So over all, acupuncture patients required less opioids than non-acupuncture patients did.
  • Post Surgical Pain: This study, published in Medical Acupuncture in August of 2019, found a similar result as the opiod study above — that is, while participants who received acupuncture after shoulder surgery reported significantly less pain, there ultimately was no difference in the dose of pain medications required post-surgically. This study, published in HNO in January of 2017, looked at pain levels in patients after tonsillectomy surgery and found a significant pain decrease after a single treatment of acupuncture, lasting on average for 3 hours post treatment. As an aside, I would say I felt a noticeable improvement in my neck and shoulder pain (as I mention in the video) after acupuncture that agrees with this timeline — I enjoyed about 3 hours of relief before I noticed tension pain beginning to accumulate again.
  • Migraine: In a study published in Headache in March of 2015, acupuncture was shown to decrease migraine occurrence as well as any conventional drug therapy, with less side effects and no prescription necessary.
  • Fibromyalgia: Acupuncture was shown to significantly decrease pain and increase functionality in fibromyalgia patients (published Jan 2019 in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.)
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain: Medical studies (like this one, published in the Journal of Urology in October of 2018) found that acupuncture significantly reduces pain in chronic pelvic pain for both men (from prostititis) and women (published in Evidence Based Complimentary and Alternative Medicine in September of 2018.)
  • Chemotherapy Side Effects: This study (published in the Asian Pacific Journal Of Cancer Prevention in 2014) found that acupuncture significantly reduced side effects from cancer treatment, decreasing pain, anxiety, nausea, vomitting and insomnia during chemotherapy.  And this study (published in the JAMA Oncology in Dec 2019) found that both acupuncture and acupressure were associated with significantly reduced pain and decreased pain medication use in cancer patients.
  • Coma: This incredibly interesting study, just published in Alternative Therapies In Health And Medicine in February of 2020, looked at acupuncture therapy, vs sham acupuncture, vs no acupuncture at all in unconscious coma patients after traumatic brain injury. To me this is the best study showing that the positive results of acupuncture can not possibly be placebo.Researchers found that the Glascow Coma Score, The Glascow Outcome Score, and the wake promoting rates were all improved in the acupuncture group and that coma states were lessened, but larger and more rigorous studies are needed before routinely recommending acupuncture as part of coma treatment world wide.
  • Dementia: This study, published in the Western Journal of Nursing Studies in December of 2019, found that acupuncture and acupressure significantly reduced agitation, anxiety, depression and insomnia in dementia patients, as well as significantly improved activities of daily living.
  • Anxiety:  This review of the medical literature (published in Complimentary Therapies in Clinical Practice in May 2018) on anxiety found 13 studies that were rigorous enough in the use of acupuncture in anxiety disorders to suggest that there are significant and measurable reductions in anxiety with acupuncture therapy, as well as less side effects than medications that treat anxiety.

 

What did I think, when Stacey and I went in for a session?  Click on the video above to let me sneak you into an acupuncture session in a community based acupuncture clinic and we will share with you our honest feedback.

Want to try this at home? Consider acupressure.  Several studies have shown that acupressure (holding pressure over pressure points) is equally effective to professional acupuncture with needles.  Pre-surgical patients ranked similar relief with acupressure as with acupuncture in alleviating pre-surgery anxiety, and psoriasis patients actually improved more with short term acupressure therapy over traditional acupuncture therapy.

It’s super easy to hold or massage acupressure points… many important acupressure points are found in the hand and the feet, on the external ear, the scalp, neck, back, wrist and more.  In fact, many of the benefits of traditional massage are thought to be from stimulation of acupressure points, along with increased circulation by mobilizing muscle and fascial tissue.  So even if you don’t know specific acupressure points, even a simple foot or hand massage can relax your whole body, from head to toe.  And for a no-brainer way to apply acupressure, there are lots of inexpensive tools like Aculief (for headache therapy,) acupressure wrist bands for nausea relief, acupressure foot massagers, acupressure clips to use on ears, hands and feet, even whole body acupressure mats.

 


 

 

 

6. Nia

 

This time,  Stacy and I went to a local Nia class and to try out a new form of exercise.  Outside, in the fresh air and sunshine, grounded with bare feet, boy did we have fun.  Turns out, Nia is a very gentle, low key, easy way to get your body moving, while still feeling the tremendous perks that traditional exercise gives.  I barely felt like I exerted myself, yet my body felt completely mobilized, stretched out, energized and refreshed afterwards!  Click on the video above to go hear about our experience before and after class!

I highly recommend doing Nia outside, and if you don’t have classes near you, just put on a YouTube video (here’s a fun one!) and get grounded to the earth while you move your precious body!  The medical literature backs our experience up.  Even gentle exercise is life changing — reducing your risk of morbidity and mortality significantly… and that’s even if you have been sedentary for most of your life.

Truly it is never EVER too late to start moving your body and reaping the benefits.

New research published March 8, 2019 in JAMA Network Open shows that introducing physical activity later in life, even in your 60s (and as you’ll see in other studies below, in your 70’s and beyond as well) has a similar benefit of increasing lifespan as you would enjoy if you had been exercising since young adulthood.  Researchers looked at over 300,000 patients and found that exercising for an average of 2 hours a week was enough to protect longevity, significantly dropping their risk of dying from heart attack, stroke, cancer, and all causes of death combined.

And here is the interesting part: folks who were inactive but started to exercise in mid-life had every bit the protection to their lifespan as folks who were active from adolescence on.

This echoes what researchers found in a study published April 2017 in the Journal Of Geriatric Cardiology, where researchers looked at almost 3,000 adults, with an average age of 71, and evaluated their mortality rates in relationship to how much they exercise.  What they found is that adults who exercised routinely dropped their risk of dying from heart attack or stroke by almost 60%.

And again, the interesting part is how you are never too old to boost your health with exercise. Because even though the average study participant was in their 70s, if during the study they increased the amount they exercised even more, their risk of dying from a cardiovascular dropped by an additional 25%!

So truly, I mean it, it’s never too late to start exercising routinely, because even if you up your activity level starting when you are in your 70s you are significantly, measurably protecting your health and prolonging your life.  And it doesn’t have to be strenuous activity.  A study published May 2019 in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found that replacing just 30 minutes of sitting time a day with light physical activity decreased mortality rates significantly.

So now you’ve got no excuses not to put off that activity you’ve always kind of been curious about.  It’s never too late to lengthen your lifespan through exercise.  You can start today by doing Nia and having some fun!!!

 


 

 

 

7.  Labyrinth

 

Here is another, super easy, absolutely non-strenuous way to get a little movement into your day.  And it combines walking, grounding and intentional breathing all in one super fun healing practice.  Walking barefoot on the earth during walking meditation is the hands-down easiest way to drop out of your monkey mind, calm your thoughts, and center your awareness down in your heart (or even better — down at your feet!)

And being grounded naturally boost vagal tone, so along with your breath work, you are exponentially calming your central nervous system, releasing stress and anxiety, calming your heartrate, lowering blood pressure, boosting your circulation and oxygenation, releasing muscle tension, brightening your mood, and giving your body a head-to-toe fresh start.  In fact, grounding supports your vagal tone so well that it actually helped premature infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit to improve outcome.  Read this article on my blog right here to find out more about that important study.

If you are suffering from trauma, from insomnia, from anxiety, from depression, from anger, or from any other stressor (and who isn’t?) you can support your recovery and release by simply doing ten minutes of grounded walking.  Click on the video above, where I take you along into my favorite walking meditation — using a labyrinth!  I also share with you some super easy ways you can create your own labyrinth, so even if you don’t have access to a labyrinth (and even if you don’t have any of your own yard space to create one)  you can still do a walking meditation.  Literally drawing a spiral with a piece of chalk on a sidewalk square, or simply walking up and down a line on your driveway, or using tape to create a line or spiral in your garage, all of these ideas can create a grounded walking meditation path that will literally transform your day.

Any cement, sidewalk, concrete surface outside is grounded, so anywhere you can kick your shoes off and walk a line or a spiral on a sidewalk or concrete will get you grounded without ever getting your feet dirty!  For example. Walk up and down a sidewalk slowly.  Walk back and forth across your driveway slowly.  Draw a chalk spiral on your cement basement garage or basement floor to walk on.  Or get fancy and use tape to create a labyrinth in your garage or basement on the concrete floor that you can use forevermore!  This video shows how you can create a labyrinth out of masking tape, in just minutes.  

Of course, any dirt path outside would make a fabulous grounded meditation path, just slowly walk it up and back.  If you love the feeling of grass on your bare feet like I do, you can always walk on any safe green space in a grounded walking meditation.  Most garden paths and patio walkways are grounded, because slate, tile, brick, even gravel is all grounded when they are lying on the earth.  So almost any outdoor walkway is an instant grounded meditation spot when you walk it barefoot.  In this video I show you 15 different outdoor surfaces that will ground you, beyond just grass.  And if you are lucky enough to have your own yard, you can even spray paint a little spiral on your grass to use it for several days in a row.  If you love it you may be inspired to create your very own labyrinth path by laying stones or brick to create a personal labyrinth in your yard or garden.  I know this is on my bucket list to do one day!

If you can take ten minutes to do this walking meditation daily — grounded — I believe with my whole heart it can change your perspective on your entire life, fill you with a sense of hope and fresh positivity, and help you feel physically better too.

 


 

 

 

8.   Compression Therapy

 

There is a new trend that offers compression therapy in a spa setting, where you can sit for a 30 or 60 minute period of time, wearing a garment that inflates (similar to a large blood pressure cuff) on and off, forcing blood and lymphatic fluids up the limbs.  It’s called intermittent pneumatic compression (IPC) and it’s something I’m familiar with because we put these exact same inflatable boots on patients after surgery, to prevent blood clots.

It’s also the same idea behind therapeutic lymphatic massage, often prescribed to patients after removal of lymph nodes and/or with other causes of lymphedema in the arms or legs.

At the center where I gave it a go, you can choose to compress either your arms or your legs.  Stacey and I went for leg compression — click the video above to join us and see how it went!  No foot or leg massage I’ve ever gotten was as powerfully awesome as this full compression of both my feet and legs.  So if you are like me and love a strong massage, this might be a great option for you.

But does it provide long term benefit?  I’m not so sure.  From my medical experience, we are taught that this type of therapy has to be done daily to see benefit.  So I scoured the medical literature to double check and as expected, there is no research showing that a one time session has any benefit whatsoever.  While long daily term use has definite, and proven, therapeutic benefit to many conditions — from prevention of DVTs/blood clots to treatment for chronic venous insufficiency to lymphedema, and even as a novel treatment for knee arthritis — all of these treatments require daily IPC use for weeks at a time.

Are there any indications for doing this therapy just once?  I can think of two:  1.  As a workout recovery tool — after a strenuous run or a marathon or other competition, if you just need a strong massage to get the lactic acid mobilized and help support muscle recovery, I could see coming in for a single treatment.  2. Massage — if you love deep tissue massage and want to specifically focus on your feet and legs, or hands and arms… this will be an amazing tool for you, deeper than what the human hands can do in a traditional massage, and it’s way cheaper (my 30 minute compression treatment cost $25)

Can’t find a compression therapist near you?  KT tape has been shown to work in a similar way to IPC, and can be worn for long periods of time, is inexpensive, and discrete.  No more sitting imobilized for long periods of time anchored to a machine, KT tape allows you to get up and go, wearing the support without anyone even knowing you are.  This study — just published on Sept 9, 2019 in Clinical Rehabilitation, looked at using KT tape in breast cancer patients who had lymph nodes removed, and researchers found that KT tape was superior to IPC therapy in that it decreased swelling while at the same time enhancing range of motion in a way that IPC was not able to do.

 


 

 

 

9.  Grounding Through Water

 

Another great way to have fun while healing is to ground outside in areas that are naturally moist: by the ocean or river or lake… even the morning dew on a blade of grass!

There is a reason that doctor’s routinely gave out prescriptions for spending time by the sea when they had no idea what else to do to help an ailment in days of yore.  That’s because the earth has healing energy to give you, and if you add moisture to that you increase your own conductivity and healing accelerates.  Moisture + you + earth = expedited healing.

Click the video above, where Stacey and I take you along to experiment with grounding in water.  It was one of the last really warm days we had at the very tale end of summer 2020 (which, where we live, is in September!). I hope you enjoy it.  You can really see and feel the difference of how relaxed and centered we become after spending an hour grounding through water.

 


 

 

 

10.  Sauna

 

Here’s what I do whenever it’s too cold to ground outside and/or too cold to exercise outside, to get a similar health boost without the frozen nose and numb toes.  I head to my local YMCA and sit in the sauna to reap very similar benefits to exercising, but without the risk of slipping on dangerous ice or feeling my lungs burn from the frigidly cold air.  Then immediately after my sauna session, I am warm enough to embrace grounding outside for a few blessed moments while I cool down.  It’s win-win!

Click the video above to come and sit with Stacey and I for a healing session of sauna + grounding.

I love anything that boosts circulation — like grounding, sauna, steam room, hot baths, sleeping with a hot water bottle, massage, even (on occasion) exercise LOL…. it just feels intuitively right to get your blood flowing.  Sauna increases the circulation of blood all throughout your body — getting the blood pumping through your cardiovascular system, your muscles, your skin, your joints, your brain — so it turns out that routine sauna has many of the same health benefits that exercise does.

So when the weather is too harsh outside, if you can find a local sauna to go to, you can feel confident that you are still boosting your health and longevity even without hitting the treadmill.   And there are several recent major medical studies that back this up!

Medical studies have shown that folks who use a sauna two or more times a week have a significantly reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and death, and a reduced risk of all-cause mortality (meaning they died less from all causes put together) than folks who used a sauna once a week or less.  Published in Evidence Based Complimentary & Alternative Medicine Journal, April 2018 , researchers review 40 studies that included almost 4,000 patients and found that routine sauna use:

  • reduced risk of heart disease, heart attack and sudden cardiac death
  • lowered blood pressure
  • lower risk of stroke
  • reduced risk of dementia and other neurocognitive changes
  • reduced risk of pulmonary disease such as asthma and lung infections like influenza
  • decrease risk of rheumatologist and immune disorders
  • decrease in pain conductions such as arthritis and headaches
  • decreased risk of death
  • improved quality of life

And looking at cognitive function yielded even more exciting results. Turns out, sauna not only lengthens lifespan but protects against dementia to preserve quality of life, too!  Published in Age and Ageing (Dec 8, 2016) researchers followed more than 2,300 patients for an average of 20.7 years, and found that sauna users enjoyed a 66% reduction in dementia risk of all types (including Alzheimer’s) from this very easy-to-enjoy lifestyle intervention. It turns out, the circulation boost from sauna preserves memory function and protects us from developing memory diseases.  So, not only does sauna help you live longer (avoiding heart disease and all-cause mortality) but it also helps you avoid dementia and memory loss disease to enjoy that longer life more!

Why is sauna so good?  Sauna raises whole body temperature which activates metabolic changes like a neutralizing inflammation, reducing oxidative stress, increase nitric oxide bioavailability, increased insulin sensitivity, and improved vasodilation.  In other words, raising the core body temperature and increasing circulation makes the benefits of sauna very similar to the benefits of exercise.  So increased time in the sauna helps increase vascular perfusion of the brain, increasing endothelial function and reducing inflammation.  And not just in your brain, but throughout your entire body, too, which is one of the reasons it’s so cardioprotective as well.

So if you can’t exercise (or, ahem, like me, don’t particularly love to do it in the cold winter months) then one good alternative is sauna.  Sauna is also a great idea for disabled or mobility-limited folks, who might find getting outside to exercise more challenging.  Almost anyone can sauna and enjoy very similar longevity benefits as if they exercised!  As an added bonus, you can use your cool down period to get outside in the fresh air and get grounded.

Sauna to boost circulatory health and grounding to boost conductive health… that’s a win-win winter health care routine.  Interested in giving sauna a try?  Here are some tips:

  1. The recommended routine is to sauna at least once a week and up to three times a week, for a time period of at least 5 minutes and a maximum of 20 minutes.
  2. Hydrate before, during and after sauna.
  3. Be sure to cool down afterwards by grounding for several minutes in the fresh air outside.
  4. Touch the ground, or cement, the sidewalk, concrete, a tree, a bush, or a rock to get grounded.  Take five minutes to breathe deeply, let your core body temperature normalize, and then dive back into your day knowing you powerfully boosted your health.
  5. Don’t sauna if you have a fever, an active inflammatory condition like a rash or hives, or are intoxicated, and ask your physician if sauna is right for you if you have a serious cardiac issue or other health issues.

 


 

 

 

 

Never let healing get dry, boring or mindless.  Interjecting something new to once in a while can stimulate your body to recover in all new ways.  As I mentioned above, even brain injuries that are over ten years old can show significant improvement by treatments that are considered alternative.  There is a first time for everything, so breathe new life into your health and healing by trying something you’ve never tried before!

And no matter what holistic therapies intrigue you, keep moving forward with your health and healing.  If you feel that your healing journey has reached a plateau, know that there is always a fun new way to approach wellness with fresh forward moving energy.

xoxox, Laura