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 / 15.05.2012

If you hold tension, pain and stress in your shoulders, neck or jaw you might be stressed out or in need of improving your posture throughout the day. Some of us accept tension and chronic stress as normal. Many of us walk around carrying a lot of physical and emotional stress with no idea how to let it go. Your body is so powerful, it can clear tension, it just takes practice and the right techniques. Your body is actually very capable of releasing tension and stress. Here are 4 tips to begin the process: 1. Align your spine.           When your spine is in a neutral posture, you avoid strain and tension. Your muscles feel the most ease when you are with an erect spinal posture. Make sure your ears stack on top of your shoulders, and over your hips. Maintain the natural curves of your spine. Too often we...

Michelle Alva Blog / 07.05.2012

Many of us feel stressed out, drained and overwhelmed without knowing how to lighten up the load of chronic stress. 5 Ways to Decrease Stress and Free Your Mind NOW: 1. Let go of judgements. Release any negative self-talk about your your body, your thoughts and what you may perceive as “quirky”. You are so beautiful BECAUSE you are unique! Scan your body in the mirror and notice if there are parts that you are not so excited about. Forgive yourself for judging yourself NOW. The more we love the less we stress. Fake it till you make it! Loving your body is great for your overall health. Unconditional love is the healthiest way to reduce stress. It causes you to release tension, pain and stress! If you are overly judgmental of yourself, you are “stressing yourself!”  Let go and love your body now. 2. Acceptance. Accept yourself...