Michelle Alva Blog / 27.09.2016

In my past, it has been a struggle to be able to trust someone and accept myself completely. Growing up with two brothers, somehow the message I got growing up was that girls were supposed to be "nice" and this taught me to be quiet and not stand up for myself and say what I really wanted to say. Later on this translated over into my first sexual experience in my early teens. I was petrified at how this older boy took an interest in me and I actually did not want it to happen, however I froze and didn't say anything. I later on felt so angry, sad, terror and disgust--- for not running away, kicking or screaming for him to not touch me and also for what had happened-that I allowed to happen. This incident caused me to lose trust in myself, that I would discover...

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 / 16.12.2013

DO YOU FEEL STRESSED OUT DURING THE HOLIDAYS? A recent survey of more than 14,000 people by TripAdvisor revealed that about 40% of people will travel during the holidays? People are driving, flying and making plans for family from out of town to join. This means added stress for many of us on many different levels. There is much we can do to make sure this holiday season is pleasurable and peaceful, regardless of what we are doing this holiday season. 5 Tips On How To Reduce Stress Throughout Your Holiday Season 1. Practice Yoga, Meditation and Mindfulness AKA non-judgmental awareness of experiences in the present moment. According to a recent study published in Health Psychology, Mindfulness Meditation literally lowers the stress hormone, it helps us process our emotions in a more healthy way, and it helps us feel more compassionate towards others. All these come in healthy when...

Michelle Alva Blog / 30.01.2013

  DO YOU REALLY HAVE TOO MUCH STRESS, OR JUST NOT ENOUGH Play and Pleasure In Your Life? Did you know play is actually a great way to relieve stress and get to know yourself and someone else? Plato said "You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.‚Äù Let's define what play really is and try some easy ways to integrate play into all areas of your life. We can weave into our day playful experiences so that we actually start to live our lives as though everything including our work is experienced as a playful and pleasurable experience! What is the definition of play? Play is all about Being in the moment. Play is healing, sensual & brings us so much pleasure, excitement and creativity! We are truly "in the zone" when we are playing. HOW CAN I PLAY? The...

Michelle Alva Blog / 24.01.2013

Do you sit for at least 6-8 hours per day? Does your body feel tired, tense and drained at the end of your day? Did you know that sitting for 6-8 hours per day is detrimental to your health? Recent research reveals that sedentary behavior causes an increased risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes, certain types of cancer and pre-mature death. Try these 3 easy tips to de-stress at your desk: 1. Align Your Spine.                   An erect and neutral posture minimizes stress to your spine. Bring your ears, shoulders and hips in the same vertical line. Avoid slouched postures which cause excessive stress on your body and mind. Add a lumbar roll to your low back area to enhance posture and comfort. 2. Expand The Front Of Your Body and Breathe IN Life To The Fullest. Stand up and bring your hands behind your back. Inhale to extend your upper body...

Michelle Alva Blog / 11.01.2013

Did you know that how you welcome the new day in the morning as soon as you wake up greatly influences how the rest of your day goes? Do you wake up tired and grumpy or awake and excited for the endless possibilities in your day? Try these 3 easy tips to get your day started with your hormones flowing full of love, joy and peace! 1. Breathing IN Life To The Fullest. As soon as you wake up, turn your palms facing up. If you have space, bring the soles of your feet together and your hips and knees wide apart. Reach your arms overhead and take the DEEPEST, FULLEST Breath possible for you. Imagine the sun shining over you and filling you up with it's energy, life force and vitality. Breathe in the oxygen that nature feeds us to full capactiy. Feel the expansiveness and aliveness that...

Michelle Alva Blog / 08.10.2012

  Heal and Flow with the Force Of Nature and Integrative Healing Therapy. There is a divine force of love, an energy that flows through us constantly. When we allow ourselves to be fully engaged in the present moment, we can experience this force. Depending on your background and past experiences, you may have a different name to call this force of nature. It may be love, God, Buddha, Jesus, chi, energy, spirit, prana and/or life force. The name that we call it does not matter so much, as the only way to truly understand it is to experience this force flowing through your body. You can read books on the topic of dark chocolate and someone can describe to you the taste and texture of dark chocolate, but you can only experience the deliciousness of dark chocolate when you place an actual piece of chocolate in your...

Michelle Alva Blog / 05.09.2012

  [embed]http://www.youtube.com/v/co391PR7eZw[/embed]   Dance and music have been an important part of my life since I was born. I remember my dad would get us ready for kindergarten to the rhythms of samba, salsa and Olivia Newton John. As an adult I still use these to start off the morning right to get my daughter ready for school and for me to feel more energized. Seventeen years ago, I began my career as a physical therapist working with infants and children and realized the power of music and dance to get my young clients motivated to do their physical therapy and have fun with their parents. I also used dance and music as a yoga teacher and chose specific tracks to evoke a certain mood. I loved guiding my yoga students through a rhythmical vinyasa flow with a touch of empowered femininity. I learned how to belly dance about 10...

Michelle Alva Blog / 01.08.2012

Free Your Mind and Body with Aqua-Savasana- Mindful floating on water. Summer is the perfect time to practice yoga in the water and experience the magic of the ocean. A wonderful spiritual practice is when we experience and surrender the different sensations that mindful floating brings. I skipped along into the ocean this morning, and laid my body on it’s waters. I floated with a big smile on my face. I felt my heart swell up with gratitude as I felt the sun’s rays above and the rhythmical waters down below. I felt cradled by the warm waters and their soft current as it began to take me away from the shore.  I felt safe to let go and trust the gentle morning tides. I knew as I closed my eyes I would be wisped away wherever these gentle tides needed me to flow. I allowed my...