Michelle Alva Blog / 11.07.2012

Rhythmical movement to music benefits our whole body, mind and spirit. Dance is used in many different cultures as a form of creative self-expression, social interaction and exercise or presented in a spiritual or performance setting. Dance serves as a way of connecting to how you feel and express yourself! Research has shown that exercise is a natural anti-depressant. When you are feeling depressed or stuck, you can use dance as a form of exercise to elevate your mood. During my transition through divorce, I used dance as a healing modality and sometimes even woke up at night to dance and move my emotions. Dance served as an outlet for me to allow my feelings to be expressed, instead of suppressing them. Rhythmical movement stimulates Oxytocin, the healing and pleasure hormone. Dance is such a great way to "pleasure" yourself in a sensual way! Dance helps us to move through...

Michelle Alva Blog / 06.06.2012

If you sit in a chair for more than 6-8 hours a day, you reduce your life span by 33% according a recent report by the National Cancer Society. According to a 2009 study published in Clinical Psychology Review, one out of every five individuals experience some form of sexual abuse. Too often we hold emotional and physical tension, pain and stress without knowing how to let go, heal and increase pleasure in our bodies. When we move, our bodies are happiest and healthiest! Daily exercise ensures optimal mental, emotional and physical health.  Belly Dance is a great way to have fun and exercise. Side to side pelvic and hip movements lubricate your hip joints and the muscles around your hips to help stimulate bone density. These rhythmical movements stimulate circulation of your hip joints, lymph fluid, blood and energy meridians. Your abdominal corset, low back and...

Michelle Alva Blog / 27.03.2012

Did you know that your body is naturally designed to love, digest, heal, energize, birth, breastfeed and sleep soundly?       So many pregnant women today are too stressed out to be in alignment with their true nature, which is peace and balance so that all systems work to support optimal growth and development for you and your baby. ¬†Nurturing Moves¬Æ teaches you to reduce chronic stress by teaching you to reconnect to your natural energy and innate power so that your baby may grow healthy and strong before birth and for a lifetime. We all posses an innate ability to heal, energize, de-stress and love to the fullest. All we need is to re-learn how to tap into this power. Nurturing Moves¬Æ serves as a highly effective, practical and fun way to bring us back home‚Ķ to the experience of our Divine Essence and peace. Nurturing Moves¬Æ is an...

Michelle Alva Blog / 23.03.2012

When was the last time you nurtured and appreciated your Belly? Did you know that the way you feel about your belly affects your digestion, stress level, sleep, libido, immunity and mood? Do you need more Belly Love?¬† The skin over your chest and abdomen has the most receptors for the love hormone. Relax, re-energize and raise your own levels of love hormone (aka Oxytocin) by adding a few simple mind-body-breath exercises into your "morning wake up" or "go to sleep" routine. Nurture yourself with these Nurturing Moves: 1. Breathe IN Belly Love with Diaphragmatic Breathing. Get in a comfortable position. Take the fullest inhalation. Feel the lengthening and expansion of your chest and abdomen. Exhale passively.¬† Let go of stress and tension when you exhale. Remember: LENGTHENING is the Opposite of STRESS.¬† Feel LENGTHENING in your belly to de-stress your whole body.   2. Clockwise "Circles Of Love"...