Michelle Alva Blog / 20.11.2013

Did you know heart disease is the number one leading cause of death in the USA? While 1 in 31 American women dies from breast cancer each year, 1 in 3 dies of heart disease. Much of the reasons why we die of heart disease is diet, belief and lifestyle related. We can prevent heart disease by quitting smoking, managing our blood sugar, getting our blood pressure under control, lowering our cholesterol, staying active, losing weight and eating healthy. A lot of these behavioral changes would be easier to accomplish if we valued and loved ourselves more. Too often we place other people in our lives before ourselves. We forget to make time to prioritize self-love, daily exercise, food that nourishes our heart and soul, and managing our stress levels. Sometimes we do not prioritize nurturing our emotional heart and this affects our heart health also. We can...

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...