Somatic experiencing for pain management and relief

Somatic Experiencing is a body-based method to resolve symptoms of traumatic stress, including tension and pain. Pain and trauma often go hand-in-hand, and involve a complex overlapping of physical and emotional symptoms. Pain and trauma can be challenging to diagnose and treat when the approach is specific to either the mind or the body but does not consider the interconnection of the two. SE works with the bi-directional communication between the body and brain and addresses both physical and emotional responses as they emerge. As such, it can be a powerful tool in managing, and relieving, chronic pain and tension holistically.

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Pain and the brain: How perception, mindfulness and personal experience all play a critical role in managing pain

The human experience and pain are symbiotic; pain is universal, yet highly individualized. We need to feel pain to navigate and survive in our environments. Our reaction to pain is formed at an evolutionary level, meaning our primitive brain reacts and starts a cascade of physiological events. However, pain is a complex phenomenon, in that each person experiences it differently making the experience subjective, with no specific diagnostic tools to accurately capture the full capacity of the situation.

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Acute vs. chronic pain: What’s the difference and why do treatment options need to vary?

Understanding pain, and the suffering that it causes, still eludes us despite decades of research in the field.

Chronic pain is recognized as the most frequent cause of disability in the United States and many other industrialized nations today. The diagnosis, physiology, symptoms and treatment of acute vs. chronic pain are quite different and require separate consideration.

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Cool down and energize on hot Tahoe mornings

I don't know about you, but these peak-of-summer mornings are getting a little too hot for a steaming cup of coffee. Yes, yes, iced coffee is an easy option but as we love all things health and wellness related, we thought we'd look for some awesome alternatives to that morning cup of Joe that will help refresh, hydrate, boost you up and give you a glow.

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Summer superfoods to cool down

It's hot! And we're all reaching for a drink to help us hydrate, replenish ourselves and cool down.

It's all too easy to crack an ice cold beer at this time of year, or sip on an iced latte on route to the beach, but how can we really maximize the benefits of our daily hydration options?

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Slow down, you’ll get there quicker

It's finally here. This most loved and hated season. The one so many of us rely on for our paychecks, and the one we so look forward to in the depths of winter. And yet, it's inextricably one that many of us despise in equal measures with the onslaught of traffic, never ending construction zones and myriad of alternative transport options that invade the sidewalks.


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Food to Help Fight Anxiety

There are lots of obvious foods and drinks that we know to exacerbate anxiety: caffeine, too much sugar, alcohol … but what if we could eat our way to being calm instead of fueling the symptoms?

Refined sugar, while giving us that initial high, can cause massive crashes in energy, lethargy and mood swings. Caffeine has a similar effect on the body after that initial burst of fire.

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Acknowledging anxiety triggers: Part 1

Do you ever wake up with a tight chest feeling like you can't quite catch your breath? Have you found yourself immobilized in a busy street while the world rushes on around you? Are there days when you notice that you can't seem to calm your mind, like it's jumped on a runaway train that's going around in circles, incessantly honking, asking you to take notice but you've no idea how to address the thoughts, or even where exactly they're coming from?

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Detox your every day with simple changes

For the past two weeks we've been talking about spring cleaning your health in this section: making the switch to spring eating, and beginning to eliminate processed and refined sugar from your diet in order to expel toxins from your body and in turn cleanse, nourish and support your liver during the change of season.

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Eating with the seasons for optimal health: Spring edition

Generally speaking, we all feel a little more inspired and uplifted come spring time. Once you catch sight of a few buds on the trees trying to burst open and there's a run of 60 degree days, we're able to start thinking about shedding a layer or two and everything seems a little more possible. It's easiest at this time of year to adopt a more positive outlook toward the future, set some goals, and let go of the heaviness and introspective nature of winter.

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