Last year, we saw the caterpillars and then the furry white moths. Learn a few tips to stay itch-free this summer. And if you are one of the unlucky ones, our acupuncturist are here to relieve the irritation, cough and more!
Behind our new location at 12 Windorf Circle in Brunswick is a magical northern forest with trails galore. You will find pleasant easy walks that are well signed and blazed. Maps are posted at the trail junctions and can also be found online at Maine Trail Finder.
Women throughout their pregnancy can assemble their pantry for postpartum healing, and ask their own community to offer gifts of support, in the form of healing food! Join Muriel Webster, owner of Held: Postpartum Care Guided by Deeply Nourishing Whole Food, for an amazing conversation on postpartum healing through Nourishing Food.
It is classically thought that around age 28 women are in the prime of their life in terms of Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is a time of great health and fertility because women have a peak supply of the body’s resources including qi, blood, yin and yang at this age. After age 28 there is a natural slow decline in these resources as the aging process occurs.
Thinking about starting a running program? Here are a few tips from our in-house running guru, Melissa Belcher MSPT. Join Melissa and Lauren for their upcoming workshop, Injury Prevention for Runners.
The human movement system is a collection of organ systems that interact to move the body or its parts. Those organ systems are cardiovascular, pulmonary, endocrine, integumentary, nervous, and musculoskeletal. Physical therapists are experts in the human movement system just as physicians are experts in their respective specialties (neurologists, orthopaedists, cardiologists, etc).
It may be hard to see from the top of March, or the top of your favorite tall pile of snow, but Spring is just around the corner! Many of us spend much of winter indoors and begin to be more active as the warmer winds welcome spring. This pattern can lead to injury if we change the demands on our bodies too quickly. Start your spring prep by increasing your activity level with some yoga, take a walk outside to test the waters on warmer days! If you can’t make it out of the house to come to a yoga class try out some of these poses to get your body moving!
With a focus on movement it is beneficial to concentrate on the transitions between poses. As you transition through these postures breathe in and out through your nose and match your movement to your breath. Let the transition to the next posture be initiated by the change in your phase of breath and ride that phase all the way to the next posture. In this way your poses or postures are held in the spaces, pauses, between your breath cycles and your transitions are where your postures grow and move. Ride the breath back and forth between two to three postures and attempt to keep your base of support (hands, feet or both) locked in place as you flow.
Cat Cow: Inhale to cow and exhale to cat
Table child’s pose: Exhale into child’s pose and inhale back up to table/cat
Down dog plank: Exhale to downward facing dog and inhale to plank
Warrior II, exalted warrior, forward angle: Inhale in warrior ii and exhale to arch forward or backwards
Warrior I to humble warrior: Inhale to warrior i and exhale to humble warrior
End all of this movement by finding a comfortable position and observing how your body feels. Observe your breath and notice the effect of movement on your body, mind and spirit.
Qigong is a form of exercise used to benefit your health. Originating thousands of years ago in China, Qigong is made up of three components which produce effects that gently stimulate Qi and strengthen body systems. There are thousands of styles of Qigong. When Qigong is prescribed or implemented in context of medical treatment it can be a tremendous asset to health care.
Within the human body, fluid balance is a delicate process. If the lymphatic system doesn’t transport the fluid effectively, we end up with swelling. This is a specific type of swelling called lymphedema. If you have swelling and it’s getting in the way of your life or causing you discomfort, we can help!