Bodywise Health Options uses a holistic approach to health and wellness, and receiving a session with Denise is an extremely positive experience. As a registered nurse, massage therapist and health educator in nursing, yoga, rehabilitation, anatomy and massage, Denise Stoner has worked with people and their bodies in all phases of health for over 25 years.

She has helped hundreds of clients and students resolve a variety of health issues, including carpal tunnel syndrome, low back pain, joint dysfunction and chronic headaches. Denise is a pioneer in the complex process of integrating holistic health concepts into workplace wellness. This approach is marked by her innovative and empowering occupational health programs. If you have an ongoing issue with pain or discomfort, it would be well worth your while to look a little deeper into Bodywise.

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Here’s what one of her clients says: “After six surgeries and radiation therapy for breast cancer, I was left with scar tissue and inelastic skin and an extremely stiff right shoulder. I was unable to comfortably put my hands over my head, or reach behind me with my right arm. After just one session with Denise, where she used a massage technique called Bone Rocking, I can now lie on my back, with my hands over my head, and touch the backs of my hands to the floor. Until now, I have been unable to do this for five years.”  Denise’s clients recommend her without reservation. Check here for more information.

This pose brings your body into alignment and can help with back pain.

Mountain Pose – Tadasanametaphysical

Instructions:

1. Come to stand with the big toes touching.

2. Lift up all your toes and let them fan out, and then drop them down creating a wide solid base. You can separate your heels slightly if your ankles are knocking together uncomfortably.

3. Bring your weight evenly onto all four corners of both feet.

4. Let the feet and the calves root down into the floor.

5. Engage the quadriceps and draw them upward, causing your kneecaps to rise.

6. Rotate both thighs inward, creating a widening of the sit bones, and tuck your tailbone in between the sit bones.

7. Tone the belly, drawing it in slightly.

8. Widen the collar bones and make sure the shoulders are parallel to the pelvis.

9. The neck is long, the crown of the head rises toward the ceiling, and the shoulder blades slide down the back.

 

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An extremely easy but beneficial yoga pose (or asana) is Shavasana, or Corpse Pose.

·       Lie down in supine position on a yoga mat/ carpet.

·       Keep both the legs a little apart about one to one and a half feet from each other.

·       Keep both the hands a little away from the side of the body.

·       Now let the left toe point towards the left and right toe towards the right.

·       Head may be kept straight or may be inclined towards the left or right.

·       Palm should face upwards.

·       Whole body should be in a straight line and relaxed.

·       Close your eyes gently.

·       Imagine that the entire body is relaxed. This way each and every organ of the body will get relaxed. Concentrate your mind on your body parts from toe to your head and feel your body is getting lighter.

·       While in this asana carry out normal rhythmic breathing.

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Sukhasana is really any comfortable, cross-legged, seated position. It is a good pose for meditation.

Instructions:

1. Arrange padding under your sit bones so that your hips come above your knees.

2. Come to sit in a comfortable, cross-legged position.

3. Bring one heel in towards your groin. The other foot may rest on the floor in front of you or you may bring it into your lap.

4. Root your seat down as your spine grows long. Stack the shoulders over the hips and slide the shoulder blades down your back. The crown of your head rises towards the ceiling.

metaphysicalLack of sleep or poor quality sleep has been linked to several problems, including increased risk of depression and anxiety, increased risk of heart disease, impaired memory, and weight gain, to name a few. Yet nearly two-thirds of Americans say they lose sleep because of stress. Do you get enough sleep? Do you wake up refreshed, or are you using caffeine as a boost during the day? Do you often get drowsy during the afternoons or evenings?

If you’re not sleeping enough, and you’re resolved to improve your sleep (and thereby improve the likelihood that you’ll succeed at your daily tasks), here are some things you can do.

Set a regular bedtime. Having a routine tells your body that it’s time to sleep.

Reduce caffeine. Try eliminating caffeine during the six to eight hours preceding bedtime.

Relieve stress before bed. Relax in the tub or by practicing mediation before bed.

Exercise. Exercise right before bed will rev you up; however, exercise earlier in the day actually improves sleep.

Make your bed for sleeping. Don’t use it as your home office. If you’re having trouble falling asleep after 15 minutes, it’s best to get up for a little while, then try again.

Sweet dreams. Here’s to an improved sense of well-being.

This is the time of year when many of us have made New Year’s Resolutions. You know what I’m talking about – that list of unrealistic goals that the majority of us forget about by February. However, the beginning of the year is a good time to make positive change in our lives. The key is to make those changes reachable. Sometimes it’s hard to find the balance between too easy, and impossible, but it’s there. Evaluate what you really want for yourself and how you want to spend your time. You will be a product of that choice.

metaphysicalOne easy resolution that is good for almost everyone is to move more. Take the stairs. Purposely choose the parking space farthest from the door, to get those few extra steps in. Take a few minutes to step outside at lunch, breathe in the fresh air, and take a quick jaunt around the block. These small actions are cumulative, and your body will thank you.

Watching a dance performance, one can easily get caught up in the emotion and beauty, whatever the type of dance. The same is true when we participate in the dance ourselves. Of all the creative arts, dance is the most elemental. It involves only your body – it’s you, connecting your physical being and your mind. Dance is not just a beautiful form of expression – it is also therapeutic. Some of the physical effects are obvious: dance can boost cardiovascular health and bone strength (because it’s weight-bearing exercise), as well as improve balance and flexibility. But there’s evidence it does much more.

Because dance involves memory, sequencing and, frequently, social interaction, it has been shown to improve health in dementia patients. It is also used as a therapeutic tool in recovery for cancer patients. Dancing does not just rebuild strength, range of motion and muscle mass, it also helps patients take a proactive role in their recovery. It gives them an outlet for expression of very difficult emotions, as well as helping them regain inspiration.

Dance as a curative process isn’t a new phenomenon. The dance therapy movement began  when Marian Chace first introduced dance to psychiatric patients at St. Elizabeths Hospital in Washington, DC in the 1940s. She taught a class called “Dance for Communication” to World War II vets, offering them a way to convey feelings that can be difficult to verbalize. Chace eventually helped found the American Dance Therapy Association in 1966. Dance/movement therapy focuses on the psychological and emotional benefits of dancing. Today, dance is used in treatments for everything from eating disorders to autism to depression.

So, whatever ails you, maybe a step in the right direction involves getting out your dancing shoes. Turn on the music and connect with your body. Feel instead of think for a change, and let your body help heal you.