Feb 19 2018
Many years ago during a meditation class, the my teacher Will Johnson interrupted my ponderings with the statement.
“The spine is not a Roman column and the ribs are not an internal shield.”
I was struck by the simplicity of these images.
Clients commonly come to Rolfing with challenges that have hindered total enjoyment of all that life has to offer. The phone consultation usually begins with their description of a chronic injury or pain. I will answer their inquiry as to whether Rolfing can fix the problem that is plaguing them. The path that I can provide to a pain free, functional body organizes itself around these three principles: alignment, stability, mobility.
A ten session series of Rolfing provides an eloquent path to a strong, well ordered and flexible body. It represents a body of work, a process during which one has shifted structurally towards a more expanded, easeful place. In most cases by the end of ten sessions preexisting pain has decreased or entirely disappeared. While liberating shortened, adhered fascial wrappings, muscles are repositioned so that they work in synchronicity with other muscles to provide healthy joint movement. Read More
Jan 29 2018
Asthma is a health challenge that can make it hard to breathe. The bronchioles (small airways within the lungs) become irritated and inflamed. As the bronchiole tissues swell, excessive mucous is produced and the airways narrow. Symptoms include coughing, shortness of breath and a tightening of the chest.
Indoor Air Quality And Asthma
Asthmatic episodes often begin with exposure to an indoor allergen or volatile chemical. Both airborne allergies and chemical sensitivities can trigger asthma.
Allergies are an immune system reaction, usually to biological material – pollen, pet dander pet saliva, dust mites, bacteria and mold spores.
Airborne chemicals (VOC’s) can also cause irritation to the bronchioles and trigger asthma. Cleaning products, construction adhesives, perfumes, dry cleaning, tobacco smoke, new carpeting and upholstery can release volatile organic chemicals into the air (off gassing) and trigger asthma.
To compound these problems, newly constructed homes are often tightly sealed and do not allow for air exchange. Consequently, the air that is inside the home remains in the home. Outside air is not able to enter and dilute the chemicals that are in the indoor air. Over time, these airborne chemicals build up, becoming concentrated and problematic for asthmatics who are chemically sensitive.
Moisture also creates a health risk for asthmatics. Moisture is released into the air when we shower, cook and even when we breathe. When humidity builds, dust mites and molds proliferate.
Prevention is always better than cure!
If you have asthma and suspect environmental triggers, here is what you can do:
- Learn what your triggers are. For example, if you developed symptoms when you change the bed linens or vacuum the rug, you could have an allergy to dust mites. Use dust mite protectors on bedding and if possible, remove carpeting. Keep a log of when you become asthmatic, where you are, and what you are doing. Also keep a record of places and times you are well. Detective work can help you to learn the irritants that trigger your asthma.
- Avoid cleaning products, nail polish and building materials that off gas VOC’s.
- Maintain low humidity. Use exhaust fans in the kitchen and bathroom that vent to the outdoors. Use a dehumidfier in damp places including the basement.
- Filter your indoor air to remove chemicals and particles. A premium HEPA air cleaner removes allergens including pollen, pet dander pet saliva, dust mites, bacteria and mold spores from the air. Additionally, a high quality carbon filter removes chemicals including formaldehyde, nitrous oxide, sulfur dioxide and toluene form the air. Austin Air combines the best quality HEPA and carbon materials to offer the most effective air cleaner on the market today.
- If you do have asthma, consider Five Element Acupuncture to help you strengthen your respiratory and immune system so that your body will be less vulnerable to health challenges as they arise.
Having an Austin Air cleaner in your home, and implementing the suggestions above will greatly improve the air that you breathe. Make a commitment to breathing easier in 2018!
Jan 12 2018
It’s been six years since Austin Air has raised it’s prices. As of February 1, 2018 the cost of Austin Air cleaners and replacement filters is going up. But I have good news! There is still time to catch the old prices!
Here is the comparison list of the old and new prices
Replacement filter prices are also going up in price.
To take advantage of the old pricing you can purchase in our online store before January 31, 2018 at The Air Cleaner Store.
Call us at973.820.8719 or contact us with any questions.
Jan 8 2018
Smoke and soot are the waste products of combustion. Typically, we think of forest or house fires as causing smoke and soot. Smoke and soot are also produced when we drive our cars and heat our homes. Other sources of smoke and soot include incinerators, the generation of electricity by burning coal, manufacturing plants, barbecues, fireplaces tobacco and volcanoes.
This past autumn, wild fires in the state of California were a huge problem. The waste products from wildfires include solids, liquids and gasses. When these byproducts become airborne, they create health risks including allergies, asthma and cancer. While all smoke is problematic, when homes and commercial buildings burn, synthetic carpets and building materials create highly toxic smoke and soot.
You can’t always see these dangerous substances. Volatile organic chemicals (VOC’s) and microscopic particles are often not visible to us. While people with a history of respiratory problems or cardiac issues have the greatest risk, the very young and the very old are also especially vulnerable. The bottom line is that no one should breath toxic air.
A premium HEPA air cleaner with activated carbon will help protect your and your loved ones from airborne smoke and soot. What makes an air cleaner up to the up to the task?
Their are three essential elements: Read More
Dec 4 2017
Last month, we featured the psoas (hip flexor) muscle and some of its’ mysteries. If the psoas muscle goes into spasm frequently enough, over time the muscle will take on a shortened position. A shortened psoas will not extend or lengthen to accommodate changes in position and movement. This pattern of muscular shortening can be experienced as hip or back pain often during the transition from sitting to standing or from standing to walking.
Here are some psoas stretches from several different disciplines. Always stay inside the pain free range.
- Hip Circles – This Yi Jin Jing Qigong exercise is a wonderful hip opener and stretches all the muscles of the hip including the psoas.
- Stand erect with the feet apart and parallel.
- Choose a point ahead of you to focus upon.
- Place the palm of your hands on the small of your back and with the middle finger tips touching.
- Bring the pelvis forward (12 o’clock and move counter clockwise through the clock until you’ve made a complete circle.
- As you circle, breath in as you move your hips back and breath out as you move your hips forwards.
- Repeat up to 12 times, than reverse to a clockwise motion.