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I come across so much fun stuff online and wanted to share some great links. http://www.superfoodsliving.com/why-nourish-with-coconut-the-wonder-fruit – This is an excellent infographic about the wonders and benefits of coconut oil. Infographic: Yoga for Starters – Namaste – This infographic provides information on different types of yoga as well as some basic poses and their benefits. University of [...]

If you are interested in aromatherapy the below is a great, basic resource to introduce you to aromatherapy and some oils to get you started. Want to learn more? Check these out: 10 Popular & Beneficial Aromatherapy Blends What is Aromatherapy? Complementary Therapy: Aromatherapy

If you are looking to incorporate more natural options into your health and wellness or looking for suggestions for specific parts of your body Dr. Mercola’s natural health tips (below) is a great place to start. Learn more about some of the items below: Coconut Oil (brain) Natural cleaning product (lungs) Curcumin via turmeric (joints) [...]

Headaches come in a variety of forms. They can often include neck pain or be triggered by tension so it is no surprise that massage and trigger point therapy are included on the list of remedies. Have you ever suffered from severe and/or recurring headaches or migraines? What is your preferred method(s) of treatment? . [...]

Vitamins Cheat Sheet: What They Do and Good Food Sources [Infographic] – I am terrible at taking vitamins and prefer getting nutrients through whole foods. This resource shares good based sources for vitamins. 8 desk-friendly workouts to combat sitting disease – Can’t seem to get away from your desk? Give these moves a try to take [...]

Should You Use Ice or Heat for Pain? (Infographic) – When I am injured I can never remember if I need ice or heat. This is a handy resource to reference when you need a reminder. What Meditation Isn’t – If you have any hesitations about trying meditation this post may help address any misconceptions [...]

You can live longer and prevent the leading causes of death in the US by adopting a healthier lifestyle. Eating better, exercising, and reducing stress can make huge strides in improving your wealth and wellness. With all of the incredible “super” foods available the chart below can be a great resource to get started. Check [...]

Holistic Medicine

“Holistic medicine is a form of healing that considers the whole person — body, mind, spirit, and emotions — in the quest for optimal health and wellness.” (Source) Holistic physicians may use all forms of healthcare including conventional medicine and alternative therapies. Holistic medicine can include the below as well as chiropractic care, homeopathy, naturopathy, aromatherapy, [...]

A Guide to Fall Food

It seems that the world (well, the USA) becomes pumpkin crazy at the first hint of fall. Although pumpkin is a tasty and healthy food, fall has many other healthful and delicious foods in season. What fall produce do you look forward to each year? Via

Have you tried flax seed yet? High in fiber and healthy omega-3 fatty acids, flax seeds have a lot to offer. You can add them whole to cereal and oatmeal or blend ground flax into smoothies to enjoy the protective benefits. Check out all of the benefits below as well as some tasty ways to [...]

When I came across the info graphic below I had to share. Check it out to learn more about the history of essential oils and tips on how to use essential oils. There is also a really handy oil use guide to help you choose the right oils to blend for specific conditions.

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The Best Band Assisted Hip Stretches {Video Tutorial} – Anyone else out there have tight hips? This video is a fantastic guide for band assisted hip stretches. Infographic: What Can Acupuncture Treat? – This info graphic uses information from the World Health Organization listing which conditions acupuncture has been proven to treat and which have [...]

Nuts pack a major nutritional punch, taste great, and their unsaturated fats (in moderation) can be good for heart health. Although almonds and pistachios have been deemed the healthiest picks, cashews are my favorite. For those allergic to nuts, pumpkin seeds are delicious and one of my favorite salad toppers. What is your favorite nut [...]

Naturopathy

If you are interested in alternative or complementaty medicine then you may be interested in naturopathy, which is a unique approach to health and wellness that seeks to enhance our body’s natural ability to heal itself.

According to the Mayo Clinic, “Traditional Chinese medicine explains acupuncture as a technique for balancing the flow of energy or life force — known as qi or chi (CHEE) — believed to flow through pathways (meridians) in your body. By inserting needles into specific points along these meridians, acupuncture practitioners believe that your energy flow [...]

School has started and cold season is upon us. Am I th only one who associates school with illness? Maybe it is because there was non-stop illness in our hours from September until December! Do you see your favorite natural cold remedies below? Where does it fall in the scale of effectiveness? I personally love [...]

Even as an adult my mother will still correct my posture. Year of rounding my shoulders to appear smaller and now a mother often carrying a toddler my posture is less than desirable and my bay feels the effects. Poor posture affects our spine negatively and results in neck and back pain. Being aware of [...]

Although the graphic below is to promote the use of standing desks it does share some interesting statistics on the sedentary nature of our society. The graphic below states “Even 1 hour of daily exercise can’t compensate for the negative impact of incactivty on insulin levels if the rest of the day is spent sitting.” [...]

Last winter I saw a friend posting that they were using oregano essential oil to treat their families for cold and flu symptoms. I wanted to do some research before flu season this year to search ways to protect our family. Oregano essential oil, Origanum Vulgare, has a powerful, camphor-like aroma. Oregano essential oil is [...]

Improving posture while working is key to improving your health. Poor posture combined with prolonged sitting causes back pain, digestion problems, reduced circulation and difficulty breathing. If you notice these issues create a healthy office with regular stretching, a standing desk (to reduce amount of time sitting), and ergonomic office setup.

Back Pain 101

80% of American will experience back pain in their lifetime. Although there are some unavoidable causes of back pain, such as trauma, there are several avoidable causes of back pain. Bad posture Misalignment Weak core Inactivity The below graphic includes some back pain prevention tips for standing, sitting, and sleeping posture as well as exercise. [...]

If you have ever wondered about the science behind the “runners high” check out the graphic below. It explains our brain’s physiological response to exercise and the resulting stress relief. Since stress does all kinds of nasty things to our bodies and many of us suffer from “sitting disease” exercise is a crucial component to [...]

There are so many reasons to start meditating. Meditation: Improves your health Boosts happiness Improves self-control Improves your productivity Gives you perspective You can check out the links to the scientific studies here. Meditation can take as much or as little time as you desire. I know I could easily give up 5-10 minutes of [...]

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27 Non-Toxic Recipes for DIY Cleaning – This is a great resource if you are looking to reduce the amount of toxic chemicals in your home. It is also handy in case you run out of your favorite cleaning item and want to make something with ingredients you have on hand rather than running to [...]

Hand Washing 101

For my family the beginning of school is also the beginning of the cold season. I have already gotten my flu shot; and I am refreshing my hand washing knowledge especially since I am teaching my toddler about the importance of hand washing. Help reduce illness in your home and workplace by check out the [...]

In a highly tech oriented society we have to be particularly aware of how these devices affect our posture. Tablets offer a high level of mobility however they can cause you to put your neck in awkward and uncomfortable positions especially with prolonged use.  As indicated in the graphic below be sure to maintain good [...]

The term “alternative medicine” often refers to Eastern medicine. If you have ever wanted to learn more about Eastern medicine verus Western medicine (conventional medicine in the US) the below resource is a great starting point. Learn more about other therapies: Complementary Therapy: Meditation Complementary Therapy: Cupping Complementary Therapy: Reflexology Complementary Therapy: Reiki Complementary Therapy: [...]

In case you needed more reasons to try meditation check out these below. Read more about meditation: Complementary Therapy: Meditation Elements of Meditation Types of Meditation Mindfulness Meditation Meditation Health Benefits: What The Practice Does To Your Body Explore more infographics like this one on the web’s largest information design community – Graphs.net.

Yoga for back pain

If you have never been to a studio or class it can be hard to know where to get started with yoga. Below is a list of yoga poses and descriptions that alleviate acute back pain. Click on the image to enlarge.

Sciatica is a leading form of back pain sometimes caused by herniated disc compressing spinal nerves causing pain in the low back down the leg. If the cause of the Sciatica isn’t nerve compression from a herniated disc, then the cause is almost always a tight muscle called the Piriformis. If a tight piriformis is [...]

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40 Ways to Relax in 5 Minutes or Less – Who can’t use ideas to relax?! Check out these technology-free and quick ways to unwind. I am fond of 1 (sip green tea), 7 (Meditate), 14 (give yourself a hand massage), and 29 (write it down, my favorite bedtime strategy). 7 Benefits of Raw Honey [...]

How would you classify garlic, as a folk remedy or a superfood? The infographic below, along with the sources cited below, have a  lot of good things to say about garlic and its benefits. I am not sure if I could consume it raw (per the directions below) but I could probably manage it lightly [...]

Chronic pain, both muscle and joint pain, affect a large portion of Americans. Texting in considered a significant contributor to neck pain which is also likely due to posture and poor ergonomics. Massage therapy and structural alignment can help ease pain and treat underlying postural and alignment issues that are causing the pain. Do you [...]

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How Changing Your Breathing Can Change Your Life – Somewhat related to meditation, this post details the benefits of spending time focusing on your breathing. Sitting and screen time: How they affect your health – I know I spend more time sitting and in front of a screen (computer, TV, and phone) more than I [...]

Water and Hydration

Summer has arrived in the Carolinas! This is a friendly reminder to stay hydrated. Check out these posts about the importance of hydration and how to make hydration more fun. How to Make Healthy Flavored Water At Home – I get tired of plain water when drinking several liters a day (I have a personal [...]

Good posture is important to our health and function of our bodies. Health.com posted a list of 10 Ways to Have Great Posture as You Age that include: Open up (Stretch!) Easy exercises Sit straight Strengthen your core Say om Support your spine Lift weights Vitamin D Eat healthy Consider medication Read more here.

Hydration is important throughout the year (all seasons) but we need to be particularly diligent about hydration as temperatures rise. This graphic details the dangers and negative impact that dehydration has on our bodies and minds.

Sometimes you need to practice gentler yoga poses or a way to (somewhat) discreetly fit yoga into your day. This sequence from SparkPeople is a great way to practice yoga in your office or anywhere you have a seat. Head over to SparkPeople to get more details about each pose.

Grab the comics or hit up YouTube for some funny videos and laugh for your health! Both the Mayo Clinic and University of Maryland Medical Center have posted articles about the health benefits of laughter. Get health and fitness tips at Greatist.com

Foam rolling is an effective method of stretching muscles and tendons while also breaking down soft tissue adhesions and scar tissue. You can find foam rollers in many sports departments and sporting good stores. If you aren’t ready to buy one yourself you may also be able to find one to try at your local [...]

Lemon essential oil is fresh and energizing fragrance that can aid in concentration. The distinctive lemony fragrance is due to limonene, a naturally occurring chemical, which is also found in lemongrass. Lemon EO is extracted from the rind through cold pressing. The oil can range from a pail yellow to deep yellow and has a [...]

We have discussed meditation on the blog here (Complementary Therapy: Meditation), here (Types of Meditations), and here (Elements of Meditation) before. According to Psychology Today, “Mindfulness meditation is unique in that it is not directed toward getting us to be different from how we already are. Instead, it helps us become aware of what is already [...]

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Your Body on Sugar – In a society where we have an overwhelming selection of processed foods it seems that sugar (particularly refined) is in many (if not most) foods. An excess of sugar in your diet can have a negative impact on your mental and physical health. Get Ready for the Long Haul – [...]

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Hip flexor muscles can help you stand up to pain– This post by USA Today has a great infographic about how to prevent sitting injuries. Since we live in an increasingly sedentary society where many of us sit at work for 8+ hours a day we have to be mindful of the ill effects that [...]

High heels look nice but can do nasty things to your body. If high heels have already wreaked havoc on your body, and if you just can’t give them up consider having a structural assessment to determine and plan treatment for any resulting postural issues. by washingtonpost. Explore more visuals like this one on the web’s [...]

Unplugging from our technology and living in the moment seems to be more challenging each day. I find my phone battery dying early in the day from constantly checking email, social networking, and taking pictures. Unplugging can do a great deal for mental and physical health use these tips if you find yourself attached to [...]

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Swiss Ball vs Office Chair – Information to consider when considering switching your office chair for a Swiss (exercise) ball. I often use a Swiss ball in place of an office chair and find that I have improved posture when sitting for long periods. Be sure to get the correct size ball for your body [...]

Sweet Potato Muffins

I have a “muffin” recipe that I have been loving lately and thought it would be something fun to share. I tried them at a dinner party and they have been a go to snack/dessert ever since! Base recipe 1 cooked sweet potato 1 ripe banana 1 cup oats 1 cup shredded (unsweetened) coconut 1/4 [...]

Earlier in the year we shared a post on office ergonomics, the applied science of equipment design to create a work space that fits you and the work you are doing while maximizing productivity by reducing fatigue and discomfort. This info graphic is an excellent complement to our previous post because it offers detailed information [...]

Herbs that Heal

Although herbal remedies are rarely studied to the extent of medications they are thought to have healing powers. Since I am not comfortable with ingesting essential oils for their healing properties (this should be done under the supervision of a certified aromatherapist) I love the idea of utilizing foods, including herbs, for their healing properties. [...]

Fruit for Health

Too often I learn about “super foods” that have tons of health benefits but are not accessible or budget friendly enough to be a feasible addition to my diet so I was thrilled to find this resource highlighting the “super” qualities of some more ordinary and accessible foods. Many of these items are staples in [...]

According to the National Institute of Arthritis and Skin Disease, approximately one-fourth of U.S. adults experience at least 1 day of back pain in a three month period. One of the risk factors for back pain is weak back and abdominal muscles caused by poor posture. Good posture enables us to maintain positions (sitting, standing, [...]

Super Food: Ginger

Ginger is one of those foods that I wish I loved but just don’t care for it. Ginger ale, pickled ginger, ginger chews, even some Asian foods just have more ginger than I can tolerate. Even though my palate doesn’t like ginger I can not deny all of the great things that ginger can do [...]

Sleep is incredibly important to overall health and wellness. When life gets busy and stressful and sleep become illusive we sometimes need a reminder of why sleep is so important and how to facilitate better sleep. Presented by Livelovespa

You never know when you may get hit with a cold or sinus infection. Using essential oils in vaporized form can help you breath easier and these DIY shower vapor disks are just the trick for turning a hot shower into an even more therapeutic and relaxing experience. Supplies: – Small mixing bowl – Muffin [...]

Spring Check-in

Time for a spring check-in  Now that spring is here its time to check in with your body. If you haven’t had a massage in a while, you might be feeling a few aches and pains that you shouldn’t be feeling. If so, then its time to check in with Healing Touch Charlotte to schedule a [...]

Healing Touch Charlotte is now offering chair massage! Chair massage is an excellent way to relax and relieve tension when you are short on time. If you have 15 minutes on a lunch break or in between errands, you have time for a massage. Chair massages are $1 per minute and by appointment only. Call [...]

I wavered on classifying this as a superfood or a folk remedy post. Ultimately, I decided on folk remedy because, according to the University of Maryland, most studies on the health benefits of turmeric have been completed in test tubes or on animals and may have a slightly different effect on humans. Turmeric comes from [...]

I recently came across this fun tool on Yoga Journal’s website. It is a tool that lets you find yoga poses based on the anatomic (area of the body) or therapeutic (desired effect) focus as well as a sequence builder. This is a great opportunity for self-guided practice that focuses on your specific needs and [...]

Tea Time

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Yoga: Sun Salutation

A Facebook friend recently shared an image with instructions on how to complete a sun salutation that I wanted to share. Sun salutation is a great way to begin you practice or, when repeated, can be a simple practice on its own. When I am  short on time or can’t make it to class I love [...]

There have been several posts on aromatherapy recently. We have covered specific oils and their benefits as well as some oil blends that you can create for specific uses. In many of these posts you have been instructed to dilute some oil prior to applying it to your skin in order to avoid skin irritation. [...]

Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that is characterized by widespread muscle and joint pain and fatigue. Other symptoms that commonly occur with Fibromyalgia include:  Anxiety or depression Decreased pain threshold or tender points Sleep problems (waking up unrefreshed) Problems with memory or thinking clearly Morning stiffness Headaches Tingling or numbness in hands or feet  Source  Tender point [...]

Eucalyptus oil is obtained from the leaves of the eucalyptus tree, scientifically classified as Eucalyptus Globulus. Eucalyptus oil originated from Australia, first used by the aborigines, where locals began bottling the oil in the 1780s.  Eucalyptus oil is known for its distinctive odor and its properties including anti-inflammatory , antispasmodic, decongestant, deodorant, antiseptic, antibacterial, and stimulating qualities. [...]

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Lemongrass is a slender-leafed, tropical grass with a fresh, citrus scent. It has been cultivated and distilled since the1880s, starting in Kevala, India. Lemongrass essential oil is extracted through steam distillation of dried lemongrass. Lemongrass is known by the scientific names Cymbopogon Citratus or Andropogon Citratus. As the name implies, lemongrass smells like lemons, but [...]

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Your first massage appointment is very exciting. The opportunity to ease tension is always something to look forward to. But, like any new experience, it can also be a little nerve-wracking when you don’t know what to expect. Here are some pointers for your first appointment: Show up a few minutes early Massage therapy is [...]

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Office Ergonomics

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This blend is inspired by THIEVES® oil blend. According to Young Living Oils, THIEVES® was named based on the legend of four thieves in France who used a similar blend to protect themselves while robbing victims of the plague. Whether or not the legend is true this blend includes oils with antibacterial, antiseptic, and antiviral [...]

A Day for Lovers

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Referring to Coconut oil as a super food almost feels misleading. Although coconut oil is reported to have health benefits when consumed as food (although studies are limited) it is also nourishing as a moisturizer and skincare product. Benefits of coconut oil: Supports your immune system – Studies have shown that intake of coconut oil [...]

S.M.A.R.T. Goals

Resolution: a decision or determination (from Dictionary.com) The New Year is usually a time for resolutions. Eat healthier, meditate, exercise more, etc. Personally, I prefer to review my goals each year, determine which I am still committed to and revise them, rather than creating a list of resolutions. Goal: the result or achievement toward which effort [...]

Yoga for Hip Opening

Since I am not a yoga instructor I keep an eye out for yoga resources from certified yoga teachers and fitness professionals. Below is a list of yoga poses that can be used to for hip opening and easing low back pain. This list was originally posted (here) on Shape.com by yoga instructor Heidi Kristoffer. [...]

Neti Pots

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Healthy Holiday Tips

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Foam Rolling

  Foam rolling is a form of self-myofascial release that stretches muscles and tendons as well as breaks down soft tissue adhesions and scar tissue. Foam rolling can provide similar benefits as deep-tissue massage, helping prevent injury and improve performance by increasing flexibility and decreasing muscle tension. It can be effective on many muscles, including: lats, [...]

More muscle talk! I have recently been dealing with some lower back pain so the common culprits (like the sciatic nerve) have been on my mind. The piriformis is a muscle in the gluteal region (yep, that’s your butt). The piriformis muscle is a flat, band-like muscle near the top of the hip joint. This [...]

The sciatic nerve is the largest, thickest nerve in the human body. This nerve begins with its nerve roots in the lumbar spine and continues through the glutes (yep, your butt), with nerve endings down the back of the thigh. The nerve divides above the back of the knee into the tibial nerve and the [...]

Cupping is one of the oldest methods of Chinese medicine. Cupping is a technique that is considered useful in the treatment of problems of qi and is sometimes performed as an alternative to acupuncture. This therapy is mainly recommended for the treatment of pain, gastro-intestinal disorders, and lung diseases; and is performed on fleshy areas [...]

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. ‘Tis the season for Christmas lights and other holiday activities, and I wanted to share a few in the Charlotte region! WBT Holiday on Ice – It’s an outdoor ice skating rink in the heart of Uptown. Runs from November 22nd through January 5th.  Please check the website [...]

The iliotibial band is the ligament that runs down the outside of the thigh from the hip to the shin, helping stabilize and move the hip and knee joints, as well as preventing dislocation. When the IT band isn’t working properly, movement of the knee (and, therefore, running) becomes painful. The IT band can tighten [...]

Now that we have discussed meditation we want to go a bit deeper. Although there are different types of meditation there are some elements of meditation that they have in common. Some of the most common elements in meditation include: Focused attention – Focusing your attention is one of the most important elements of meditation [...]

Types of Meditation

Meditation is often used as a term for the many ways to achieve a relaxed state of being. There are many types of meditation and relaxation techniques that all share the same goal of achieving inner peace. These types of meditation and relaxation techniques can include: Guided meditation – Also known as visualization or guided [...]

Meditation has been practiced for thousands of years and was originally  meant to help deepen understanding of life’s sacred and mystical forces. Meditation is now commonly used for relaxation and stress reduction. Meditation produces a state of deep relaxation and a quiet, peaceful mind. When meditating, you eliminate the stream of jumbled thoughts that may [...]

Tea tree oil is obtained by steam distillation of the leaves of the tea tree plant, also known as Melaleuca alternifolia, and is native to Australia. Indigenous Australian people have used the oil to treat wounds and skin infections since they first used the leaves and to cover their skin as a homeopathic remedy. Tea [...]

Source: http://www.americanfoodroots.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Bake_these_pumpkins_in_Toronto.jpg Fall is in the air and pumpkins are everywhere. Pumpkins are more than a great fun, fall decoration and pie filling; they have many incredible health benefits. Pumpkin is high in beta-carotene, which has been shown to protect people from a variety of cancers and can also help to prevent heart disease. Pumpkin is [...]

Frozen Shoulder

Image Source: http://www.frozenshoulder.com/images/shoulder_capsule_image.jpg Frozen shoulder, also known as adhesive capsulitis, is a condition characterized by stiffness and pain in your shoulder joint as a result of swelling of the articular shoulder capsule, restricting its mobility. Symptoms usually begin gradually and then worsen over time and then resolve, often within one or two years. Risk of [...]

Source: http://api.ning.com/files/2k9*hoDYZHnomv-C43u77HNj4QiYMon7i0fkPeX*pyc9-Svo610RAjsv1CvDMwBLzlP*G7J2Wh*kAPop9igyLYsgsEZGSCVZ/rotatorcuff.jpg The rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons in the shoulder that connect the upper arm (humerus) to the shoulder blade (scapula). The tendons in the rotator cuff provide stability to the shoulder while the muscles allow the shoulder to rotate. These muscles and tendons also help hold the ball of [...]

Image Source: http://nirvanareflexologyspa.com/photos/footchart.jpg Image Source: http://nirvanareflexologyspa.com/photos/handchart.jpg Reflexology is a treatment that uses pressure on specific areas on the feet, hands and ears to relieve a variety of issues and balance the flow of energy in the body. Reflexology is often relaxing and can be an effective way to relieve stress. Reflexology traces back to ancient [...]

Lavender is my go to essential oil. Whether the issue is a cut, burn, or headache I reach for a bottle of lavender oils as my first choice for easing discomfort. Lavender is an herb that is native to the mountainous zones of the Mediterranean where it grows in sunny, stony habitats however it can [...]

Swedish massage is usually considered a light, relaxing, stress relief type of massage, and is a type of full body massage that incorporates techniques of effleurage, petrissage, friction, tapotement, and vibration. Effleurage is a long, smooth stroke that slides over the skin and is usually very fluid feeling. This gliding stroke is often used to [...]

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Water. It makes up for more than half of your body weight and it is essential for good health. Balance between water and electrolytes in our bodies determines how most of our systems functions, including our muscles and nervous systems. Our bodies use water to control body temperature, heart rate and blood pressure; lubricate joints; [...]

Source: http://www.runnersworld.com/injury-treatment/understanding-your-fascia?page=single Fascia is a sheet of connective tissue covering or binding together body structures, and is very widespread yet likely the least understood network of the human body.Fascia is made up primarily of densely packed collagen fibers that create a full body that wrap and divide every one of our muscles, bones, nerves, blood [...]

Source Aromatherapy, also known as essential oil therapy, is the therapeutic application of plant essential oils to improve physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Use of aromatic, perfumed oils dates back thousands of years to ancient Egypt, China, and India. In Egypt, such oils were used after bathing and for embalming mummies. Thousands of years ago [...]

Work is an inevitable part of life and many of us work sitting at desks for most of our day. Our highly sedentary work lives can take a toll on our bodies. We can combat some of these discomforts by getting out of our seat whenever possible, hydrating well, and by stretching. Here are some [...]

Our Team is Growing!

We are excited to introduce Jessie Scott as the blogger for Healing Touch Charlotte. Jessie has a Bachelors degree in health science as well as a certificate in Therapeutic Massage. Jessie completed the massage therapy program at SPCC in Monroe, NC and worked as a Massage Therapist while pursuing her Bachelors degree. Jessie has also [...]

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