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ELM Maine Essential Happenings September 2018
  • The Power of Music

    Music is therapeutic. No matter what emotion you’re experiencing, there’s music out there to either join you where you’re at or point you in a new direction. When you’re down, music can be there to validate the inner turmoil or send in some good vibrations to break it up. When all is wonderful in the world, music can be there to help you flow more fully with the energetic groove of the day. Have you ever been having an “I’m on top of the world” kind of day and then YOUR song comes on the radio? It just kicks...

  • Improve Your Relationship with the News

    Do you ever feel overwhelmed by the daily news? You’re not alone. And please don’t worry, I’m not going to try to sell you a new app or pill to alleviate your distress. What I’d like to do is share an alliterative mantra I developed for a little self guidance around interacting with the news. It’s an easy four-step process: 1) Turn On 2) Tune In 3) Trans-“send” and 4) Turn Off. I’ll start metaphorically with the notion of satiety. Satiety refers to the sensation that you’ve had enough to eat, and thus your stomach is satisfactorily full. This...

  • The Link Between Stress, Microbiota Dysbiosis and Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Part Three

    Despite its astonishing prevalence in the United States and developed countries, a singular defined cause of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) has yet to be identified. However, Part One of this article series did uncover six possible contributing factors of IBS – abnormal gut motility (constipation or diarrhea), visceral hypersensitivity (abdominal pain), altered brain-gut function, low-grade inflammation, intestinal permeability (aka leaky gut) and psychosocial factors. Another consideration is stress. In fact, stress has been shown to play a starring role in the life of IBS sufferers. Stressful life events, anxiety and depression are all well documented in IBS patients. Additionally,...

  • De-Stress Your Mind, Body & Spirit

    In order to understand the experience of stress, we need to consider what type of beings we are. We are water beings. Many people have heard the statistic that our physical bodies are between 65-75% water, but that estimate is by weight. When we compute the number of molecules in our bodies, it is closer to 90% water. Some examples of this: 83% of your blood, 90% of your brain, 90% of your nerves, and 99% of the cerebrospinal fluid (which surrounds your brain and spinal cord) is water. This proportion changes over the course of one’s lifetime. It...

  • Go Ahead: Imagine

    There are two ideas that I have found to be most valuable in my practice: one is to see every client as perfect, whole, and complete no matter what they are experiencing and the other is one of the tenets of Craniosacral therapy: that every person’s inner wisdom knows what it needs to heal; that the practitioner holds a space for that to happen. I remind myself of these two pieces of wisdom when I am working. I truly believe it is helpful. Sometimes I can feel a person’s tissue change in my hands as I imagine it letting...

  • Finding Peace in Nature

    Whenever I’m experiencing a high level of stress, I find that getting outside shifts my perspective and allows me to slow down and breathe deeper. The rhythm of the natural world is a drastic change from what most of us experience each day. It’s easy to get consumed by technology but taking a break outside away from all your devices can be a vital time to recharge your own batteries. In Maine, we’re fortunate to have so many wonderful places to make this environmental connection. Hanging out by the ocean, taking a walk through the woods or even just...

  • Well Water – Odor, Taste, and Stain Pains

    It is undeniable that water is essential to human health and well-being. When your water supply comes from a private well instead of a public source it is your responsibility to protect the quality of that water. Maine has a very high well water population, with an estimated 57% of homeowners relying on private wells. This makes homeowner education for measuring water quality and implementing required corrections so important to preserving the biggest financial investment most families make – the Family Home. With well water comes a variety of elements that can cause physical effects we see, taste, and...

  • Hydrogen Water: A Powerful Natural Antioxidant

    Free radicals – you’ve heard about them, but what are they really and how do we fight them? In a nutshell – free radicals are inflammation-causing molecules linked to everything from accelerated aging to cancer. And we create them all day long – when we exercise, engage in movement, even breathe. How do we fight them? Science indicates that antioxidants are nature’s way of counteracting toxic free radicals. Hydrogen (H) is the smallest and lightest element and when ingested acts as a natural antioxidant. You may know Dr. Nicholas Perricone for his amazing skincare line – but now he...