Nia Technique, a natural, self-expressive dance that you can’t do wrong

Watching this video is what hooked me

I mean, I wanted to take this class and now. The closest class I found is held at the Tustin Senior Community Center. The next class starts Saturday, January 9, 2010 thru Saturday, February 27, 2010, 11:30am -12:30pm.  I’m told its usually a small group, to dress comfortably, we’ll be dancing with bare feet, and people attend of all ages and fitness levels.

300 South “C” Street, Tustin, CA.

Call to register: 714-573-3326, course #17106

$64 for non-residents of Tustin, a few dollars less for Tustin residents.

Laura Jackson, the instructor:  714-731-6761

Email:  laura@niaharmony.com 

A Nia Class 

It feels like dancing with your friends – a class

What is Nia?

Nia is a workout, lifestyle and personal growth program. More than a physical fitness or weight loss program, Nia is a way to condition, heal and transform your body, mind, emotions and spirit. Nia is a system that blends Eastern and Western movements, concepts and philosophy derived from three main movement forms: Martial Arts (mindful precision), Dance Arts (personal expression) and Healing Arts (self-healing). The philosophy of Nia is based on the pleasure principle: If it feels good, keep doing it; if it hurts, stop and adapt what you do to feel better.

What are the benefits of taking Nia?

  • Increase the pleasure of living in your body
  • Facilitate weight loss and proper weight maintenance
  • Strengthen muscles, improve muscle tone, and increase muscle definition
  • Calm the mind and relieve stress
  • Improve endurance
  • Increase grace and flexibility
  • Balance the autonomic nervous system
  • Improve posture and even increase height
  • Improve organ function, particularly that of the heart and lungs
  • Enhance sensory awareness
  • Heighten sexual function
  • Build reservoirs of chi energy
  • Alleviate emotional problems, including depression, anxiety, and stress
  • Improve circulation of blood and improve lymphatic drainage
  • Strengthen immunity
  • Improve concentration and cognitive function 

Do a search on Nia Dance, or Nia Technique for more info.  Lots of video featuring Nia on youtube.com
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Trager Approach-You owe yourself a one-hour session if you’re carrying any stress or anxiety

I’ve written about the Trager Approach before (See Archived Blogs on right side of page), but just had another session yesterday and am  inspired again to share the Trager Approach with everyone.  The profound soothing, calm and relaxation you experience is what you’re really looking for, but don’t quite achieve, when you receive a traditional massage.

Click HERE to watch a Trager session.

Trager work is one of the least invasive forms, using gentle rocking and bouncing motions to induce states of deep, pleasant relaxation. It helps the nervous system’s communication with the muscles, so that it can be used as a method of rehabilitation especially by people suffering from traumatic injuries, post-polio syndrome, and other chronic neuromuscular problems.”                                               – Andrew Weil, M.D.

The Trager Approach is also for everyday stress that’s held tight in the body, the cause of illness, and a host of other physical, behavioral and emotional complaints.

A local practitioner:   Glennda Adair
$65/hr
Phone: 949-707-5691  Email:  glennda.adair@cox.net
Located in north Mission Viejo near the intersection of Marguerite and Santa Marguerita Pkways.

Prevent Xmas or New Year’s Eve COLD SORE from making a guest appearance

‘Tingling’ symptom?
  No need to panic.

  

            1.   Apply a few dabs.
            2.   Infection aborted. 
            3.   Good to go!

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      Mission Viejo pet store recommendation

      It’s the independently owned Pet Stop Warehouse located at Marguerite and Santa Marguerita Pkwy in the Ralph’s shopping center, behind Starbucks. (Shortcut-enter the shopping center from Mustang, the street that runs behind the shopping center).

      The owner is knowledgeable, helpful, and generous with samples.  What I find so awesome are the interesting products that you won’t find in the major chain stores. Yesterday, I purchased a great harness I hadn’t seen anywhere else.  The inside is soft, no sharp areas to irritate my dog’s skin, and a leash, in orange to match her new harness, my favorite leash of all time.  The majority of its length is rubber tubing so neither you nor the dog is jerked. Throw it in washing machine with no problems, cleans up great.

      Next, I purchased a CD called Chopin for dogs (they also have it for cats) which uses different kinds of sound that’s pleasing and calming to a dog.  When I played it at home, not only did I like it but my dog sat up and listened to it so it really was resonating for her. It’s a good tool to have, especially for times you know your pet will be frightened – when there’s lightening, fireworks, etc.

      Do you have a dog that doesn’t signal you when it has to go out?  The Pet Stop Warehouse offers a product that will help you train your dog to do so with a strong ribbon type of material with bells hanging down its length that you hang from the door handle.  Easy instructions. Goal is for your dog to ring the bell when it has to relieve itself.   I had heard of this method of training before and fashioned my own ribbon adding some bells, but for a variety of reasons, didn’t work out well.  Although we’ve only started using the new strip of bells, I’m seeing some early signs of response so I’m really jazzed.

      Although they have a lot of the pet food and some other merchandise you’ll see in the Petsmart’s & Petco’s, there are so many interesting products that are unique. Another example  –  dog themed quality Xmas wrapping paper, gift bags, and greeting cards.

      She runs sales, and when a supplier offers her special pricing, she makes sure you benefit from it as well.

      Do yourself a favor if you live in the area, go to this store instead of the chains.  You’ll appreciate it so much more, including the personalized service.

      They now offer dog and puppy training classes, and will soon be hosting pet adoption events.

      Phone:  949-305-0532

       

      A little-known-about post office location ‘hides out’ in Lake Forest pharmacy

      Could there be a better time than now to discover a small post office location that’s unknown to many people?

      Well, here it is, but don’t tell anyone – we want to keep this secret resource for ourselves.   

      Rite-Price Pharmacy
      23653 El Toro Rd., Lake Forest
      Ph:  586-7780

      Find it across the parking lot from Home Depot at the corner of  El Toro Rd and Rockfield.

      Note –  it’s a small branch, and doesn’t offer the full range of services of a larger post office.  For instance, for overnight mail, you will have to get it in hours earlier than a larger branch.  Call for more information.

      The Trager Approach, each 1-hour session more relaxing than a massage

      I’ve been receiving ‘Trager’ for a few months now, and am so impressed that I want to share it with you. You may be unfamiliar with it as I was until this past summer when, upon a friend’s recommendation, made an appointment with Glennda Adair, a Mission Viejo Trager practitioner.  After each session, I find myself in a deeply relaxed, soothed state, more profound than what I have achieved from massage.

      I lay on the massage table, and Glennda may start with my ankle, which she will so very gently rock back and forth.  A very subtle movement.  You may think at first at your first Trager session, “how is this going to help me? She’s barely doing anything!”

      Trager work is one of the least invasive forms, using gentle rocking and bouncing motions to induce states of deep, pleasant relaxation. It helps the nervous system’s communication with the muscles, so that it can be used as a method of rehabilitation especially by people suffering from traumatic injuries, post-polio syndrome, and other chronic neuromuscular problems.”                                               – Andrew Weil, M.D.

      And may I add to what Dr Weil says, Trager is equally beneficial for everyday stress.

      A session usually lasts from 60 to 90 minutes. No oils or lotions are used and the client is dressed for their comfort.

      Glennda charges $65/hour.  I find her to be a quiet, gentle person with whom I would imagine anyone would feel as ‘safe’ and comfortable with as I do.  To contact her, Glennda’s email address is glennda.adair@cox.net.

      For more information, go to  trager.com

       

      Holiday season, common time for a cold sore or canker sore

      All the stress and fatigue that goes along with the Holidays commonly causes a cold sore or canker sore for those prone to them.

      Cold Sores Begone® will prevent that little cold sore of yours from erupting.  Yep. A few dabs at that dreaded tingling feeling, the infection is aborted, no cold sore, good to go.

      Canker Sores Begone®, for most folks, heals the ulceration within 24 hours to a few short days.

      No worries.  Safe for even small children, non-toxic, herbal topical formulation.  Endorsed by PREVENTION and NATURAL HEALTH magazines, no less.

      Be smart and pick up a bottle BEFORE you need it.  Let’s see – some fitting cliches: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, The early bird gets the worm (no, this doesn’t quite fit, does it?)

      Available now at Whole Foods Market, Mother’s Market, Sprout’s, Henry’s Marketplace (Cold Sores Begone® only), SRP $10.99.  Also available ONLINE