Your Bone Bank - Deficit or Credit?

It wasn’t until I took a college anatomy class that I learned that bones continue to strengthen until around age 30. At this time our bones peak with strength and are the most dense. Afterwards, bone health changes and can weaken with wear over time. This is natural and to be expected, especially for women that are prone to more bone loss due to menstrual cycles, childbearing, and menopause. Mature adults can slow bone loss with exercise, a healthy diet, moderate sunshine time, and avoiding caffeine which leaches calcium from bone. Osteoporosis is one condition that many people, especially women, fear and are concerned about. By eating a healthy diet and practicing a healthy lifestyle this condition is avoidable. Get the facts and learn more about bone building.

Be Well! ~Tiffany

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Relief for Foot Pain

Our feet work very hard for us. Through an intricate group of bones, muscles, and tendons they support the weight of our body, motor us about, and keep us upright. Besides back pain the most common request I hear from a massage client is, “please work my feet”. Feet are often neglected, and frankly, I feel most of us take our feet for granted. Below are a number of ways to manage and relieve foot pain…once you know the cause of your pain. Foot pain can be neurological, physical, or stem from conditions such as Gout and Diabetes. Try one or more of these remedies and take good care of those tootsies!

  • Reflexology - Many massage therapists such as myself are well versed in this method. Reflexology focuses on specific pressure points on the feet and hands that can ease stress, manage pain, and restore balance to the entire body.

  • Pedicures - Visiting a local nail salon and receiving a pedicure is a wonderful way to care for your feet. Both men and women can benefit from having their nails professionally trimmed, cuticles managed, dry skin sloughed off, and best of all…a terrific foot massage! This is a very affordable way to pamper your feet.

  • Foot soak - At home, soak your feet in warm water for at least 30 minutes. Add 1/2 cup of Epsom salts and either peppermint oil (2-4 drops) or a peppermint tea bag for an invigorating soak. Moisturize well afterwards.

  • Exercise - Ensure that you wear quality footwear and walk at least 3-5x per week for 15-30 minute. Afterwards, while you stretch your entire body, make sure to include your feet. Point and flex your feet, spread your toes wide, and rotate your ankles. Strengthening your feet ensures balance, improves posture, and relieves pain.

  • Elevate - Our feet and ankles are prone to swelling. Elevating regularly supports circulation, relieves pressure, and relieves tired leg muscles, Relax in stretches such as ‘Legs Up the Wall’ or raise your feet while resting for best results.

Be Well! ~Tiffany

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Heal...Lose Weight...Feel Terrific! Tune in - Free Webinar!

I experienced a sudden and unexplained health crisis in my mid 40’s that nearly took my life. Within a matter of months I faced heart failure, liver failure, and found myself requiring dual hip replacement. A key factor to maintaining the health of my artificial hips is to maintain a lean weight. My surgeon had emphasized that an extra 5 pounds places 25 pounds of pressure on a joint. Hip replacement surgery is painful, requires a lengthy recovery, and is very expensive. I have no desire to ever face those surgeries again. My story and resource guide, Butternut to Bionic, outlines the tips and tools that I applied to recover from organ failure, three life changing surgeries, and my return to an active lifestyle. One of the resources that I discuss is the importance of following a healthy diet.

To stay lean I adopted a whole food plant based oil free diet. I feel amazing, experience little to no pain, and use very little medication. To successfully shift to this lifestyle I first watched the film Forks Over Knives and then read The Starch Solution by Dr. John McDougall. I followed his free 10-day program as outlined on Dr. McDougall’s website and then read The China Study to fully understand how starch would become the foundation of my meals. Spud Fit Taylor also attributes his health success to Dr. McDougall and has also inspired and motivated me. Today, Dr. McDougall interviews Andrew Taylor and discusses how plant foods heal and transform our bodies. Tune in! Register here.

Be Well! ~Tiffany

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Chef and Confessed 'Cheese Addict' REVERSES His Diabetes!

Success story after success story share the health benefits of following a plant based diet. Prior to watching Forks Over Knives and reading The Starch Solution, I experienced my own health crisis…heart failure, liver failure, arthritis, and then found myself requiring dual hip replacement. I confess that I have followed a variety of fad diets such as high protein, juicing, fasting, and elimination diets. NONE OF THEM WORKED FOR ME. The Starch Solution has changed my life and I feel great. Food has the power to cure or harm…what dietary choices are you making that are negatively impacting your health? Read more about this gentleman who turned his life around in 5 months and read additional Forks Over Knives success stories here.

Be Well! ~Tiffany

David Rivest Reverses Diabetes (pictured below)

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Finding a Qualified Massage Therapist

While receiving a therapeutic massage a number of significant health benefits take place. Heart rate and blood pressure is lowered, respiration deepens, circulation increases, tension in the muscles and tissues are released, posture can be improved, and immune function is strengthened. Plus, human touch offers relaxation and helps to manage stress and anxiety. It is suggested to receive a professional massage at least once every 4-6 weeks to maintain the aforementioned benefits. Personally, I feel my best when I receive a massage monthly.

Finding a qualified therapist can be challenging, especially for those of us living with chronic conditions. You may be looking for a therapist who understands the special needs of arthritis or artificial joints, certain skin conditions, or even diseases such as diabetes or cancer. You may also be looking for specialized work such as Deep Tissue, Myofascial Release, Reiki, CranioSacral, or Reflexology. Certification requirements, standards, and educational background of therapists vary greatly. Be aware that states such as Wyoming, Kansas, Oklahoma, Minnesota, and Vermont do not require a person to hold a license or education to practice massage whereas states such as Oregon and Washington require education equivalent to an Associates degree. To practice massage therapy in Utah, a minimum of 600 hours of training is required. I opted for extensive training and specialized certifications, earning 780 hours of initial training in 1997 and have continued my education for over two decades. My background has enabled me to work within a clinical setting at hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, and senior centers. I currently work at The Kura Door in Salt Lake City alongside some of the most highly educated therapists in the state. The Kura Door has won best in state awards for good reason and is unlike any other day spa in Utah. Visit this holistic Japanese day spa if you’d like to schedule an appointment with myself. The Kura Door is an experience that offers quality bodywork, a traditional Japanese Ofuro bath, a dry sauna, and a eucalyptus steam room. Here are a few tips to help you find a professional licensed massage therapist near you:

  • Search your states Division of Occupational Licensing, this ensures the credentials of a therapist and will also inform you if any violations have been reported against them.

  • Use the zip code finder with professional organizations such as ABMP or the AMTA. Both of these sites offer continuing education and the liability insurance that all massage therapists are required to hold.

  • Check with a local trade school for graduates practicing near you. I attended the Myotherapy College of Massage Therapy which supports the career growth of their students. Trade schools also run student clinics where the public may receive bodywork at discounted prices while students earn their ‘hands on’ practical hours.

  • Check with your physician or insurance company. Many health care providers and insurers partner with massage therapists and can refer you to a qualified practitioner.

    Be Well! ~Tiffany

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