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...

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...