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 / 29.08.2013

  Are you "present" and aware of yourself throughout the day, or do you numb out your feelings and emotions? Some of us have had past hurts and traumas which make it painful and scary to be fully engaged in the moment. For when we show up completely whole and present in the moment, it actually stimulates our healing response and causes us to bring to the surface and release our past hurts and traumas, if we have any.¬† That is why for some of us, we can't be "relaxed" and simply enjoy being present in the moment. For some of us, simply "being" ourselves makes us feel antsy and unsettled. These are the folks that need to reach for that cigarette, for that extra drink, or those who shake their leg when they are sitting still for too long. The ones that seem restless and uneasy and...

Michelle Alva Blog / 28.06.2013

Did you know you are a powerful being able to manifest and create a life that you truly desire? Did you know that your thoughts and actions in every moment greatly influence your existing reality? When you are focused and completely engaged in the moment you get to experience the power of BEING PRESENT. Eckhart Tolle wrote about it in his best selling book, The Power Of Now. This is the state of being where you get to experience your true nature and innate power. If most of our day is spent with our mind somewhere else such as with chronic worry about the future or resentment about the past, then we are not fully engaged in the present moment. This leaves us with the feeling of being scattered, drained, weak and tired. Today you see people walking around and driving while texting or talking on...

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 / 04.07.2012

According to a recent study by the American Cancer Society, women who reported more than six hours per day of sitting were 37 percent more likely to die during the time period studied than those who sat fewer than 3 hours a day.   Try these 3 essential exercises (Part 1 of 2 series of exercises) to release the tightness and stress of chronic sitting. These exercises are designed to impact your mind, body and energetic body.¬† They integrate the use of your postural, movement and respiratory system to bring you to a state of mental, physical and energetic balance. Your body loves to move, extend, lengthen and expand! This ensures your energy is flowing at it's best! Take time to walk, climb stairs, dance and do a form of physical exercise that you love!¬† This ensures that you are living your life to the fullest!     3...

Michelle Alva Blog / 23.05.2012

Fear is useful when we are faced in a truly dangerous situation. It helps us to move ourselves quickly towards a place of safety. However, we often walk around in fear without even realizing it, because of things that happened in our lives in the past. Fearful thoughts lead to tense muscles, poor digestion and a decreased ability to focus and connect.  We more easily perceive pain, stress and fatigue with chronic fear. Empower yourself with these easy techniques to help you clear your mind of fear and stress. The exercises below are designed to help you release pent up fears that have been stored in your body for years. 3 Tips on How to Clear the Fear
 1. Become aware of fearful thoughts. 
What you are fearful about? Do you feel you are in any danger?  Are you in any pain or do you feel threatened by anyone...