Pregnancy myths are fun to write about, but this next one makes me seriously a little afraid of hate mail. Hate the conventional wisdom not the person guiding you past it! This is me smiling nervously…I’m just teasing, kind of, but today’s topic is something that every American (I wonder if this is a global phenomenon?) woman ever has heard a MILLION times and that is…
“Girl you’re doing your Kegels though right?”
So there are a few things to clear up here, first being that (just as is the case with anything else) you never want to depend solely on one thing to solve a problem. Usually problems are way more complicated than a quick fix. Plus this particular problem took years to make, so a quick fix just won’t cut it, and never could.
School is back in session, and we know how much fun it is to take children back to school clothes and shoe shopping! Most schools have switched to a uniform dress code (which is lame) but kids can wear whatever shoes they want. We wanted to let you in on a couple of shoe buying tips that will help keep your children healthy and stylish! We know choosing shoes for our kiddos can be stressful enough without adding new guidelines, so we wanted to make it as easy as possible:
Did you know October is National Bully Prevention Month? I didn’t even know that was a thing until my child’s PRESCHOOL sent us an announcement about it. Really…preschool. Kids are already being bullied in baby school. Once we found out about this, my husband Thomas Williams – our Jiu Jitsu instructor – asked if he could talk to the school about bullies, bully prevention, and even stranger danger awareness. As we have been doing this we have noticed a few things that parents should keep in mind.
The number one excuse I hear when people tell me why they don’t eat well is “I don’t have time to eat healthy.” I think the Dali Lama said it best when he was asked what surprises him most about humanity. He replied “Man sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.” Here are four tips I have been using that have helped me through a sugar detox. If I can do it with my limited diet, ANYONE can do it!
Look down at your shoes and let me know how they stack up to the shoe test:
This month at Balanced Bodies we are focusing on families, and I definitely want to plant the seed here that when evaluating the health of your family, footwear is crucial. As Balanced Bodies’ Certified Foot Practitioner, I might have some bad news about the shoes that are on your feet or your kids’ feet at this moment. But keep reading to realize it’s really not so bad. You’ll be glad you did.
Currently I am wearing my Unshoes, which I love dearly. For me, they fit all the requirements that a shoe should meet. They have a strap that goes over my foot so they are definitely attached, they have no heel and I’m wiggling my toes as we speak (I mean type?). They have many different types to choose from for everyone in the family. The ones shown here are the Wokova Feather, and you can find them at the Unshoe web site.
Training a martial art has numerous advantages for the person involved, ranging from mental toughness to improved physical fitness, self-discipline, confidence, respect…the list goes on and on.
Take those benefits and instill them into a family that is experiencing them together and you get a very different and unique dynamic. Families bond through shared experiences, so what happens when those experiences test each other’s limits mentally and physically?
The bond is like iron. The family can share in the hardship and revel in the breakthroughs. They know each other’s weaknesses and strengths; because they have been through the same experiences, they are more apt to support each other instead of breaking each other down. This is something I have experienced on both sides of the coin.
One of the most important things I have learned on my yoga journey is to be selfish. That is really all you need to know but if your interest has piqued, then by all means continue reading. We have all probably heard the quote “You can’t fill from an empty vessel.” Well it’s true. If you are never depositing funds into your own “love bank” then how will you be able to afford giving, and receiving for that matter, the love your people deserve? “Learning to love yourself first brings more joy and peace than trying to love someone else.” -BPBEE
OK enough with the quotes, the seriousness of self-care is extraordinary. We are told and shown from a very young age to consider ourselves last. We are told to look out for others and be of service but that way of thinking leads to the idea that we are not that important and our needs can wait. But how can we be of service when we are empty inside? When we give ourselves to others all day and have nothing left to nurture ourselves, discover our passions, or even just enjoy OUR life?
I see this become a problem with teenage relationships and young married couples. After the relationship starts to change and perhaps becomes more serious each person stops doing what they love. They become so infatuated with the other that they literally stop doing the things that most likely attracted them to each other. I see it happen to women especially when love is new, they drop their friends or their hobbies. I see it more so in women once children are introduced to the equation. It is like they lose who they are.
As many of you have experienced, we offer several types of massage therapy at Balanced Bodies. You want deep tissue? We’ve got a therapist for that. You want to relax? We have one for that! You want a bit of both? We have a therapist for that too. But what about an Athlete specific massage? WE do that too! It’s called sports massage.
Many people don’t know what that even is much less feel like it is a service they can ask for. Well, here at Balanced Bodies, we specialize with athletes. We work with local gyms, CrossFit boxes, Jiu Jitsu academies, martial arts centers, running clubs, golfers, veterans, weight lifters, body builders, yoga teachers & students, dancers, etc. to not only work out their tension or help them relax but also to help them better perform with Sports Massage.
A sports massage is typically similar to a traditional combination of Swedish (relaxing) and deep tissue massage with a little bit faster pace, and a lot more attention to the bio-mechanics (body movement) of the client. In a sports massage session, we work to prevent injury by finding weak muscles, overworked muscles, and imbalanced muscles to create the most aligned, balanced, and injury-free body we can. By adding stretches, muscle resistance, and myofascial release we are able to change the mechanics of the body over time so that you can compete at your maximum capacity.