Michelle Alva Blog / 03.11.2012

  What Does It Mean To Be Spiritual? Have you ever thought about what it means and looks like to "be spiritual"? Have you ever thought about how spiritual YOU are, or if your significant other is ‚Äúspiritual‚Äù enough for you? I hear friends say things like ‚Äúit‚Äôs so hard to meet a spiritual guy‚Äù, or ‚ÄúI met this great guy, but he‚Äôs just not that spiritual.‚Äù What does ‚Äúbeing spiritual‚Äù really mean? For the sake of simplicity, I will not address religion today, just pure spirituality. Definition of Spirituality Spirituality is the concept of an alleged immaterial reality; an inner path enabling a person to discover the soul or essence of his/her being. We get to discover the Divine being that we are beyond space, time, our mind, thoughts, emotions and body when we engage in spiritual practices. Thanks to the science of quantum physics, we now know what the sages knew...

Michelle Alva Blog / 23.10.2012

  Did you know that more than 8o% of all diseases are attributed to chronic stress? Add relaxing activities into your daily life, such as in the video above, to counteract the negative side effects of chronic stress and tension. Most of the reasons why we need to calm is because we overuse our minds to think thousands of thoughts which more often than not lead our bodies into fear and flight or fight mode. Too often we allow our thoughts to lead us into states of chronic stress, anxiety or depression. We all know today based on current scientific research that integrating the practice of daily forms of meditation alleviates the negative side effects of chronic stress, anxiety, depression and a host of other conditions. Link here for the researched benefits of meditation. Did you know that the way you live your life can actually BE a form of...

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 / 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 / 17.10.2012

  Awaken To U Yoga A Therapeutic and Energizing Style of Yoga That Bridges Ancient Wisdom, Quantum Physics and Modern Movement Science of Physical Therapy. Created by Michelle Alva, Licensed Physical Therapist and Yoga Therapist Creator Of The Alva Method¬Æ of Empowerment and Quantum Mindset Change Physical Therapy. Yoga is a thousand year old life science and philosophy that is designed to help us focus our body-mind so we may experience our natural energy, interconnectedness and power. Awaken To U Yoga combines the movement science of physical therapy with the spirituality and energetic wisdom of yoga, quantum physics, bio-mechanics, and energy medicine. It is a safe and sound yoga practice that has been created by a physical therapist and yoga teacher for the specific needs of of a modern yogi body living in a high tech world. Today we sit for too long due to computers, tv, cars...

Michelle Alva Blog / 13.10.2012

The Truth About Honesty at https://www.michellealva.com/the-truth-about-honesty/   Honesty is a fairness and straightforwardness of conduct. ‚ÄúBe yourself; everyone else is already taken.‚Äù ‚Äï Oscar Wilde It is our nature to be honest. To tell the truth actually makes us feel lighter. We feel relaxed and energized when we are honest. When we lie or avoid the truth, we are actually lowering our energy and make ourselves feel heavier or stressed out. Why do we lie? Why do we complicate our lives? Honesty is only achievable when we allow our own truth to be revealed to ourselves. The more we can live our lives from a place of what is our true heart's desire, the more honesty we can experience. Sometimes we fear being honest with ourselves because we might hurt someone else or we may be rejected if we are true. Acting from a place of love instead of...

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 / 03.10.2012

[embed]http://www.youtube.com/v/x5fJSv2KRhE[/embed] Pediatric Foot Massage Children that are touched in a positive way show less signs of violence, aggression and stress. They also have a healthier body image. Parents that touch with a loving intention and massage their children benefit their child for a lifetime. Massage is a great way to bond and nurture parent-child relations. We learn how to listen, communicate, trust and feel safe in the world through how we are touched. Massage can also be used as a form of play, relaxation, and strengthening family relationships. Children that are massaged regularly get a better night's sleep and so do their parents. In the video above, Michelle Alva, Holistic Physical Therapist, Infant Massage Instructor and Energy Healer shares three simple massage techniques to share with your child at any age. Timing the massage at the same time in the day adds extra benefit. For example, a...

Michelle Alva Blog / 21.09.2012

Men and women both possess qualities that are masculine and feminine. When you balance the feminine and masculine aspects within yourself, regardless if you are male or female, you get to experience the complete and powerful human being you were designed to be. We feel our wholeness and healthiest when we are able to bring out these aspects of ourselves. Being balanced means that we are in touch with all the parts of who we are, and express the whole spectrum of our being. This means that we allow ourselves to be action oriented, firm and logical, but we also allow ourselves to be vulnerable, nurturing and emotional. It is our nature to embody both masculine and feminine qualities, however in our past history and culture, we have witnessed an over-emphasis on the masculine energies which have dominated and brought us off-balance. Some believe that today...