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 / 25.09.2013

How To Create Calm Amidst The Chaos Today more than ever we are bombarded with distractions that pull us away from the present moment. We function at our best when we are engaged in the present moment. For example, you are having breakfast with the tv on, then the phone rings while you receive a text. Does that relax you or bring you into a state of stress? We turn on the computer only to find that we have 10 tweets, 5 facebook messages and a whole bunch of new emails from 4 different email addresses. Is it just me, but did life get a little bit busier? At times I feel I am swirling in a tornado of social media outlets in a virtual reality of chaos. My personal relationships and present moment awareness of myself and my life sometimes is placed on the back burner to tend...

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 / 18.10.2012

Did you know sitting for too long can shorten your life span? A new published this study led by the University of Sydney has found that too much sitting can shorten your life. In the study, adults who sat 11 or more hours per day had a 40 percent increased risk of dying in the next three years compared with those who sat for fewer than four hours a day. Researchers took into account their physical activity, weight, and health status. The study of more than 200,000 people is published in Archives of Internal Medicine on April 2, 2012.   A Slouched Posture at work causes neck and low back pain and tension, headaches, a weak pelvic floor and corset muscle!       Counteract the stress of sitting with the exercise in this video above, which benefits your body, mind and stress levels. Do the exercise to energize and release tension and stress,...

Michelle Alva Blog / 28.06.2012

Do you ever find yourself in a situation where you feel weighed down or stuck without any way out? Too often we become attached to people, places or things and have a hard time letting go. Sometimes we hold on even if we are no longer growing or feeling uplifted. Predictability makes us feel more calm and safe, however, nothing is really ever edged in stone.  We never really know what is going to happen in the future, we only know the NOW...

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 / 30.05.2012

The Pelvic Floor Muscles are located between your pubic bone and tailbone.  They are hammock shaped. These muscles are very important because they keep our internal organs at an optimal posture inside our pelvis. They prevent incontinence.  A relaxed and strong pelvic floor allows us to feel "uplifted" from the inside out and experience the innate pleasure that sexual intercourse and lovemaking brings. A tight pelvic floor causes sensations of pain during intercourse. These muscles are deep and internal and tend to hold emotions if we were abused sexually or touched in a way we did not approve of. Sometimes we carry tension and pain in this area for years because of suppressed emotions like shame, guilt or humiliation from these past traumas.  The posture that you assume if you work at a desk 6-8 hours a day, may cause these muscles to be tight or chronically...

Michelle Alva Blog / 23.05.2012

Fear is useful when we are faced in a truly dangerous situation. It helps us to move ourselves quickly towards a place of safety. However, we often walk around in fear without even realizing it, because of things that happened in our lives in the past. Fearful thoughts lead to tense muscles, poor digestion and a decreased ability to focus and connect.  We more easily perceive pain, stress and fatigue with chronic fear. Empower yourself with these easy techniques to help you clear your mind of fear and stress. The exercises below are designed to help you release pent up fears that have been stored in your body for years. 3 Tips on How to Clear the Fear
 1. Become aware of fearful thoughts. 
What you are fearful about? Do you feel you are in any danger?  Are you in any pain or do you feel threatened by anyone...