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Doing Voodoo On Your Spine (Not)

In the fifteen years since integrating Reiki with my bodywork sessions, I’ve only had one client get creeped out by it. Oddly, she was a craniosacral therapist, and thus (I thought), should have known better. Craniosacral therapy, like other forms of “energy work,” is..subtle, and attracts attention from Quackwatch. The practitioner puts her hands on your head with surpassing gentleness […]

On The Bleeding Edge of Science

  Twenty years ago, a friend of mine stopped being able to walk. It happened intermittently. She’d be fine for a few weeks or months, then collapse. She had intense pelvic pain that doctors couldn’t find a reason for. Some thought she was faking it and sent her to the psych ward, or gave her a catheter without anesthetic “to […]

The Problems That Can’t Be Solved

Posted by on December 03, 2013 in Back pain, Brain, Mental Health, Nervous system, Pain, Post-traumatic stress, Stress | Comments Off on The Problems That Can’t Be Solved

My brother-in-law, Leif Weaver, passed away on November 14, after an eighteen-month battle with aggressive mantle-cell lymphoma. I loved him a whole lot. His memorial was filled with friends and family who were just as broken-hearted, many of whom had flown cross-country on a few hours’ notice to say goodbye. We spent the evening swapping hilarious Leif stories, hugging one […]

How To Make Your Body Disappear

Posted by on October 29, 2013 in Brain, Brain waves, Exercise, Listening, Meditation, Mental Health, Nervous system, Pain, Stress | Comments Off on How To Make Your Body Disappear

Some fun new research has discovered that turning your gym into an oversized, self-propelled boom box can boost your workout performance: …the results showed that most of the volunteers had generated significantly greater muscular force while working at the musically equipped machines than the unmodified ones. They also had used less oxygen to generate that force and reported that their […]

Touchy Topic Tuesday: Is Your Posture Hurting You in the Paycheck?

Posted by on October 22, 2013 in Nervous system | Comments Off on Touchy Topic Tuesday: Is Your Posture Hurting You in the Paycheck?

Interview with Sara Canuso, speaker, author, personal branding expert. Sara is the founder of A Suitable Solution: Elevate Your Power, Influence & Income. She coaches clients on how to build their personal brand through non-verbal communication. You have worked primarily with lawyers, helping them improve their image through non-verbal cues such as posture, body language and attire. How did this […]

Touchy Topic Tuesday: How To Solve A Problem

Posted by on October 08, 2013 in Belief, Brain, Meditation, Nervous system, Practicality | Comments Off on Touchy Topic Tuesday: How To Solve A Problem

“No problem can be solved at the same level of consciousness which created it.”–Albert Einstein Last week we discussed the effects of scarcity on the brain’s ability to think. The more pressing and immediate our problems, the less bandwidth we have available for coping with them. This holds true for money problems, relationship problems, time problems and health problems. We […]

Touchy Topic Tuesday: How To Avoid Being Swallowed

It’s impossible to overstate how big an effect your environment has on your nervous system. Living in urban environments, it’s easy to forget that human beings evolved, literally, in nature. Our nervous systems are attuned to cues that have been in place for millions of years–when to wake up (light gets blue), when to go to sleep (light gets rosy and […]

Why Einstein Was a Genius: He Did Brain Push-Ups

Why Einstein Was a Genius – ScienceNOW. Although the brain, weighing 1230 grams, is only average in size, several regions feature additional convolutions and folds rarely seen in other subjects. For example, the regions on the left side of the brain that facilitate sensory inputs into, and motor control of, the face and tongue are much larger than normal; and […]

Ben Affleck’s Hidden Power of Healing

Posted by on November 26, 2012 in Anxiety, Aromatherpy, Healing Spaces, Nervous system, Stress | Comments Off on Ben Affleck’s Hidden Power of Healing

Recently, I had a four-hour layover in Times Square. I was taking the bus up north to visit family, one of whom is critically ill, and my stress level was seismic. Times Square is not a restorative locale at the best of times; after ducking into Le Pain Quotidien for an overpriced lunch, and unwilling to stiff a long-suffering waitress […]

The Myth of the Chemical Imbalance

Posted by on September 12, 2012 in Antidepressants, Medicine, Mental Health, Nervous system, Psychiatry, Psychotherapy, Stress | Comments Off on The Myth of the Chemical Imbalance

by Sujatha Ramakrishna, M.D. It’s been over a decade now since the pharmaceutical industry started exposing the American public to advertisements such as this one: In that time I’ve encountered many patients who simply state, “I have a chemical imbalance,” when I ask them what brings them into the office. They don’t want to discuss their symptoms, or the details of […]