Entries by Ha.Lé

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Massage for knee arthritis eases pain

Cartilage is our friend. Protective cartilage on the ends of our bones cushions the bones and allows easy movement. Over time, though, this firm yet slippery tissue wears down, and the rough surface creates friction. Friction creates pain. The pain intensifies when cartilage breaks down entirely and bone rubs on bone. This is the most […]

What is Ear Acupuncture?

The eyes may be a window to the soul but the ears are a gateway to the whole human organism. Ear acupuncture involves stimulating five points on the ear to help lessen pain and illness, much like foot reflexology. The ears, like the feet, contain groups of “pluripotent cells” that hold information from the whole […]

Acupressure Improves Insomnia

A simple acupressure intervention, pressure applied to a point on each wrist, improved sleep for residents with insomnia in a long-term care facility during a five-week study. The study involved 50 residents of two facilities in Taiwan who were randomly assigned to a control group or an acupressure group. Four assistants were trained to provide […]

Guided, gentle stretching exercises create foundation for wellness

This 11-minute audio podcast guides listeners through a series of simple, gentle stretching exercises that release tension in the neck, shoulders, chest, back and spine.  The way we stretch helps determine the quality of motion we display. Beginning with basic neck rolls, the series progresses through four stretches. Stretching should be gradual and slow and […]

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Mindful breathing energizes our minds as well as our bodies

Babies are better at breathing than almost all of us. They instinctually breathe with their whole bodies, flooding every cell with oxygen. As adults, most of us have forgotten what a full breath feels like. But breathing is crucial not only our respiratory system, but our cardiac, neurological, gastrointestinal, muscular and psychological systems, too. How […]