Michelle Alva Blog / 27.01.2015

  Love is such a powerful feeling. It evokes connection, healing, boosts our immune system and helps us to grow.¬† A mother needs certain levels of love hormone to birth her baby naturally and to breastfeed. Love hormone helps us to focus and it makes us feel powerful and energized. The more we love ourselves the more we are able to love others. The more we are able to accept and love others the more we instantly are able to love and accept ourselves. Love works in either direction! On a scale of 0-10, how much do you love yourself?¬† 0 is not at all. 10 is I LOVE and value myself to the max. Do you take enough time to feel grateful for amazing You and connect to the powerful you that you are? When you love yourself more, you release more of the love hormone, oxytocin,...

Michelle Alva Blog / 21.01.2015

Emotional pain is defined as an experience of pain and discomfort brought about by our mental perception of an event or person's behavior as being hurtful. When we hold onto past hurts and do not forgive, we become resentful and accumulate more emotional pain and tension in our bodies. Our interpretations of an event cause the perception of those interpretations to be painful on an emotional and physical level, because one cannot be experienced without the other. We experience for example, heartache in our stomach, chest and throat area. It is so important to give ourselves the time and space to be available to our hurt emotions, so they may process and release naturally. Our nature is to be in constant motion just as our digestion is always happening, so too is our emotional digestion. We can digest, process and flow our emotions more efficiently when we...

Michelle Alva Blog / 20.12.2014

Stress is a perception that we are in danger, that something or a situation is of danger, unsafe and threatening to us. Our body is perfectly designed to move us away from things, situations, people and places in our lives that are dangerous and make us feel unsafe so that we may survive, be safe, calm and productive in our lives. Chronic stress, feeling threatened over a long term duration, is hurtful to our body and mind. We are not designed to endure chronic stress over time. We are designed to experience stress under a short term duration. If we feel in danger all day or perceive a person, place or relationship as threatening and not move away from it, our body experiences adrenal fatigue and the feeling of being overwhelmed and shut down in order to survive. Our bodies are designed to perceive stress, move away...

Michelle Alva Blog / 18.12.2014

There is a relationship that we often don't hear about that one underlies all relationships, the relationship we have with who we are, our Soulf, I don't mean your relationship with you body, do you exercise and eat healthy food? I don't mean the relationship with your mind, do you think healthy thoughts and have healthy beliefs that support your visions for your dream life? I mean the part of you that is able to witness your body, thoughts and emotions , do you accept yourself completely and wholeheartedly? There is a part of us that is not our body and not our thoughts, but the observer of our body and thoughts. This aspect we refer to as Soul or spirit, the aspect of us that is beyond space and time, the part of us that is the essence of who we are. To say we...

Michelle Alva Blog / 27.11.2014

Did you know that feeling grateful effects your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health? According to Robert Emmons, a leading researcher in the growing field of “positive psychology,” and author of "Thanks! How The New Science of Gratitude Can Make You Happier," has discovered that individuals who adopt an “attitude of gratitude” as a permanent state of mind reap many health benefits such as: engage in more protective health behaviors and maintenance get more regular exercise have improved mental alertness cope better with stress and daily challenges feel happier and more optimistic avoid problematic physical symptoms have stronger immune systems maintain a brighter view of the future Let's make this Thanksgiving Holiday an opportunity to kick start and celebrate the FEELING of Thanksgiving EVERY DAY of the year! Did you know that the feeling that you experience in your body-mind actually emits a certain frequency or vibration that causes you to attract the mirror...

Michelle Alva Blog / 11.11.2014

Ever since graduating Physical Therapy school about 20 years ago, there has been a relentless drive within me to understand how the mind, body and soul work together to heal the human body. Physical Therapy taught me to implement "the easiest and most effective" techniques to benefit my clients to the max. This journey has also been driven by my own desire to heal and transform from the traumas experienced in my childhood. I realize now how every "trauma" and hurt is a gift from the Divine, how it is actually all happening to bring us closer to our Divine connection. As Oprah said in her recent The Life You Want tour, "Everything That Happens To Us, Happens FOR Us." These past 3 years since my divorce, I have been even more called to reflect on a deeper emotional and energetic level in regards to intimacy...

Michelle Alva Blog / 26.10.2014

This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending the Oprah's The Life Your Want Weekend. Two days shared with thousands of like-hearted individuals in the Miami Arena. Oprah asked us "why are you here?" What is your intention in coming? So that we can get the most out of these two days. Her mission in life she shared with us is to bring out in each of us, the highest version of soul-connected selves. That to live a life of true "sustained happiness" we must live conscious and aware of what we truly are (a soul in a physical body, having a human experience) and to choose love instead of fear, to choose compassion instead of judgement, to choose what is truest for our hearts instead of what others wish for us that might not be aligned with our truest calling. It is so helpful to...

Michelle Alva Blog / 18.09.2014

Inside of us is a powerful well of resources designed to manifest our dream life so we may all live heaven on earth. There are certain activities and thoughts we can choose to create more of what we truly desire in our lives. According to Heartmath research, our hearts interpret how we are feeling and rather loudly as the heart is 50 times stronger electromagnetically than any other organ in the body. Therefore we can connect to how our heart feels throughout the day to gain insight on how we feel. When we feel relaxed and calm about something, the heart reflects that and calms. When we feel fearful and anxious, the heart tenses up and contracts. Our nature is to process and release. When we hold chronic stress in our body, and hold emotions such as resentment, guilt and shame, and don't forgive, our...

Michelle Alva Blog / 09.08.2014

How to Naturally Raise Your Oxytocin Levels for optimal growth, healing, relationships, and relaxation. Oxytocin is a neurotransmitter and a hormone that is used for so much more than just labor and childbirth.  In the past 20 years there has been more and more research studies that have revealed the many different functions and benefits of this very important substance.  Though most studies to date have been done on animals, we may still greatly benefit from a deeper understanding of the importance of stimulating the release of this vital “love, connecting, healing, and self-growth stimulating” hormone in our everyday lives and relationships. Oxytocin is low in many chronically ill conditions according to studies such as chronic pain, depression, autism, schizophrenia and alchoholism. What is Oxytocin? Oxytocin which means “quick labor/birth” is both a neurotransmitter (signaling substance in the brain) and a hormone (acts in the body through the...

Michelle Alva Blog / 01.08.2014

Nurture Our Breasts, Heart, Lungs and Lymph Yoga Series CLICK HERE to LISTEN TO FREE GUIDED AUDIO MEDITATION "DEEP HEALING AND TRANSFORMATION" by Michelle Alva, Holistic Physical Therapist, Intuitive Healer and Yoga Therapist The experience of combined breathing exercises, yoga asanas, conscious rhythmical movements, and meditation facilitates in you the feeling of your whole-integrated human being.  We learn how to quiet and calm the mind and body through these exercises which eventually leads to an even deeper and fuller experience of our true Divine Nature that is always whole and complete. Healing is most efficient when we are present and connected to our authentic self. The following exercises are opportunities to connect to your multi-dimensional Human Being while also enhancing your body-mind-spirit connection, especially to improve the flexibility, circulation, awareness, healing, and overall health to your chest, heart, lungs and lymph. Bring a loving intention to nurture, heal and honor your...