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...

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 / 06.04.2014

DO YOU EVER FEEL DRAINED BY NEGATIVE ENERGY ? Do you ever feel as though you are being drained or weighed down by certain people or situations in your life? Did you know that we all are actually the ones who are creating and magnetizing those people and situations into our lives largely influenced by our sub-conscious thoughts, emotions and beliefs? We each emit a certain frequency or vibration of energy and this serves as a magnet bringing to us people and situations. We can look at the weighed down and "negative" as a catalyst to help us strengthen our ability to to heal, grow, learn something about ourselves and transform to a higher vibration that is our nature! Choose to perceive things in a way that uplifts and heals you instead of weighing you down. Perceive negative as "opportunity to return to love." It is the mental...

Michelle Alva Blog / 26.02.2014

Do you sit for too long? Do you hold tension in your neck, shoulders and low back? Try these 3 Mindful movement exercises while sitting or standing daily to lubricate your spinal joints and give your heart and rib cage a gentle and relaxing massage. These movements are to be done mindfully, rhythmically and propelled by your inhalation and exhalation. This ensures your mind will stay focused and calm. Notice how simply moving mindfully brings you to a state of feeling "peaceful pleasure." Give yourself this gift daily! 3 Exercises To Relax, Heal and Open Your Rib Cage and Heart: 1. Slide Your Heart and Rib Cage Forward and Backwards. Pretend your moving in the direction of a compass. Move North and South. Inhale to move Northward, exhale to move southward. Use sound to augment the release of tension and stress. The sound "AHHHH" helps the heart to release...

Michelle Alva Blog / 10.02.2014

10 Ways To Get Romantic On Valentine's Day! written by Michelle Alva and David Jesse Make this Valentine's Day the most memorable ever! Romance is sparked by a sense of mystery, excitement and remoteness from every day life. Transform ordinary life experiences into extra special memorable experiences by adding in the following ingredients to your Valentine's Day and you don't need to wait til the 14th! Make every day a day of celebrating love, romance, passion, and pleasure. The following activities strengthen your romance and also your love and lust connection. Surprise your mate with one or all of these every day to spark passion into your relationship. Remember: Be the change you want to see! 10 Tips To Add Romance into the Mundane: 1. Morning wake up: Surprise your Valentine under the sheets with some tender morning kisses all over his or her body and feel free to pay special...

Michelle Alva Blog / 07.02.2014

Touch and massage are the oldest forms of medicine and are a great way to keep a strong connection between you an your mate. Massage makes for a beautiful exchange of love between couples and is an ideal form of foreplay! Benefits of touch and massage for couples: 1. Increases one's relaxation and love hormone, which reduces symptoms of anxiety and depression. 2. Increases your libido. This makes it more possible for you to achieve an orgasm. 3. Elevates your mood. You feel more joyful and happy when you are touched and massaged. 4. Improves your ability to focus. 5. Increases one's inner connection, sense of pleasure, and deepens one's connection to their significant other. 6. Powerful endorphins, our natural pain killer's are released during massage. Join David Jesse and Michelle Alva for an evening of relaxation and romance with Romantic PlayDate For Couples. Learn couples yoga, massage and Tantra-based breathing exercises all...

Michelle Alva Blog / 02.01.2014

Res.o.lu.tion- a firm decision to do or not to do something. I have had the opportunity of working for the past 18 years in the rehab, healing and wellness professions as a physical therapist, as a yoga teacher, and more recently in the past 4 years an energy healing practitioner who combines different science based and ancient wisdom approaches for my client's healing and letting go of stress and whatever is keeping them from seeing how clear and powerful they are. I have witnessed miracles in the healing sessions. People release pain in the abdomen, low back or shoulders, that they had been holding for over 6 years, sometimes for more than 10 years! This year I am deciding more than ever with more desire than ever, to play BIG, to BE the greatest version of myself...

Michelle Alva Blog / 19.12.2013

Are you settling for an average and not-so-exciting life or do you feel grateful and get excited about starting your day every morning? Have you noticed that many of us are going thru similar challenges or "upgrades" lately and maybe the fact that the new year is right around the corner has caused us to reflect on where we have been and question our lives and how satisfied we are. It seems we are in a  major growth spurt right now that for some of us feels chaotic at times. Have you noticed there is some major shedding going on? Do you feel more emotional at times, and then feel a surge of energy? The old is making way for the new (some of us are experiencing this with a lot of resistance) and we are realizing that some things we have been doing or...

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...