Michelle Alva Blog / 17.05.2015

Sensuality refers to "experiencing pleasure through the senses." Have you ever felt the pleasure of a peacock feather lightly brushed over your body? When you stroke a feather over your skin it causes you to heighten your sense of wherever you are being touched. This brings you more fully into the present moment and relaxes you.             A tender touch, the delicious smell of fresh roses, a romantic song played under a candlelit room, a deliciously aromatic meal prepared with love, a delicious glass of wine- all of these captivate our senses, if we choose to engage fully in the moment. A person that takes in more fully the experience of the NOW through their five senses is a sensual person. The opposite would be a person who is distracted from the moment because they are inundated with thoughts "in their head" all the time. A person who...

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 / 03.07.2014

What is Adrenal Fatigue? Adrenal fatigue is a term that's used to describe when your adrenal glands (the glands that sit on top of your kidneys and produce Cortisol, the stress hormone) are overworked.  Your adrenal glands play a key role in helping you control stress and maintain energy throughout the day. When these small but important glands malfunction, you may start to notice the telltale signs of adrenal fatigue. What are some signs of Adrenal Fatigue? Decreased energy A weakened immune system Lowered libido Mood changes Inability to handle stress Weight gain Feeling depressed How Can I Re-Energize and Restore My Adrenals In The Morning? Give your Adrenals a rest by activating your Parasympathetic Nervous System, the healing and restoring hormone called Oxytocin. This is the system that operates when you are in a state of love, gratitude and fully present in the moment without fear or worry. It is the opposite of the Stress...

Michelle Alva Blog / 22.10.2012

  Do you sit for at least 6 hours or more per day? Have you ever noticed how sitting still at a computer for an hour causes your neck, back and hips to feel stiff and tight? Movement is so important for our overall health. Our mind, blood flow, energy and hormones work better when we move. Watch the video above that will teach you these four powerful pelvic movements. It was filmed in Hollywood, Fl at the recent WITI Women In Technology International Networking Event. Michelle Alva, Licensed Physical Therapist, Yoga Therapist and Belly dance Teacher has created Nurturing Moves¬Æ, an approach that teaches you safe and healthy pelvic movements to counter act the negative effects of sitting for too long at a computer or desk. No doubt, the advancements of technology have drastically simplified and improved the way we live, work, and manage our daily chores. Television, computers,...

Michelle Alva Blog / 15.08.2012

Do you make decisions with ease and clarity or do you frequently feel confused and unsure on what are the right choices for you to make in your life? Too often we spend time going back and forth in our heads and postpone making any decision because of insecurity, resentment, fear, doubt or anxiety. Sometimes not making any decision at all feels right for us, yet this decision makes us feel drained and stressed out. Gain mental clarity, clear the confusion and discover a more focused you with the following 3 exercises: 1. Cultivate Awareness and Intuition. We spend a large portion of our day in our thoughts rather than allowing ourselves to feel our inner state that truly knows what is aligned with our soul's purpose and heart's desire. A great way to get in touch with the part of us that knows what is best is by...

Michelle Alva Blog / 10.08.2012

LET GO AND GROW Have you ever thought, “What if a tree were to keep all of it’s dried up leaves every fall season? Can you imagine what that would look like during the winter time? It would take a lot of extra energy from that tree for it to hold on to all of it’s dead leaves, for it’s nature is to shed, it’s nature is to allow those dried up leaves to detach and fall as the wind is so perfectly designed to assist in it’s shedding process. Nature is so perfect. The weather, the magnetic pulls, the birds that fly onto it’s branches to excite those leaves and help them along their shedding process. Nature supports the death process just as it support the re-birth process. Dead leaves are a sign of transition, new life is about to take place. How possible could it...