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Natural OptionsMassage Therapy: A Rewarding and Expanding Career

Therapeutic Massage has come into its own as an industry. With alternative medicine accepted in more and more mainstream health establishments, bodywork has emerged as a rewarding, financially sound career. It’s especially well suited for people who want to prosper while remaining close to core beliefs about the true source Read more…

Natural OptionsChanging Your Rhythm For A Different Season

Living Wellness with Jennifer DiFrancesco

Living in the Coachella Valley, we can be remiss in witnessing the pronounced entry and exit of the four seasons. Yet, the dramatic shift into summer is one we all experience.  While the desert landscape transitions, plants and wildflowers lose their color and become dormant. The desert floor dries up Read more…

Health & BeautySo, Your Diet Isn’t Working?

I am writing yet another weight loss article, not because I want to tell you about the latest diet trends, but actually to illuminate the opposite perspective. I want to explain why your diet isn’t working.  This article is intended to help you understand why – despite your dedication, perseverance, Read more…

Through the GenerationsMeditation

Stalingrad 1942 was one of the most savage battles in military history. My father, a reluctant German infantry soldier (the other option would have been execution) was wounded and sent back from the front. That saved his life and for me, the guide of my life. He never talked about Read more…

FitnessManaging MS Through Movement

Lynne Risdon of Palm Desert has an energetic spirit and enthusiastic smile. She speaks with determination and grace and appears much younger than her 62 years. You would never know that Lynne has lived with the diagnosis of multiple sclerosis for 22 years. She attributes her fit condition to exercise Read more…

Natural OptionsOfficers Reach Out to Their Own

Law enforcement officers (LEO) encounter stressful situations on a daily basis which can affect both their physical and mental health. Their life expectancy is ten years below the national average at 66, and many are forced to leave the field for medical reasons. Even worse, studies show that the rate Read more…

Health & BeautyYour Happiness Quotient Determines Your Wellness Potential

When setting wellness goals, a simple starting point is often overlooked which greatly impacts our wellness potential: A place of happiness. I recently read Shawn Achor’s Before Happiness and learned that 98 percent of our thoughts are the same thoughts we had yesterday, and 80 percent are potentially negative. We Read more…

FitnessFitness Q&A

Ask Mike: I am a female athlete who likes to strength train. I work out 5x a week, and my goals are to put on more muscle, cut down on fat, and have more energy throughout the day. I know I need to take supplements to lead a healthy lifestyle Read more…

Health & BeautyPutting Body Shaping to the Test

Non-invasive body sculpting is the latest craze. In our July August issue, we wrote about a variety of therapies now available, including Exilis, Zerona and CoolSculpting,  explaining how each treatment worked. But I was skeptical of both their effectiveness and the longevity of their results. So we decided to put Read more…

Natural OptionsEvidence Based Movement

Obesity rates in America are among the highest in the world.  Cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer are household conditions for most. The sedentary, under-slept, over-stressed, ever-indulgent lifestyle has become “The American Way.”  And never before have we so needed a new relationship with exercise! Research now offers a new twist Read more…

FitnessDoes Your Scale Reflect the Real You?

I don’t think mine does. My scale really doesn’t care that I am a great listener. It can’t define my purpose in life, or where I draw my personal strengths. My scale certainly cannot feel the love I have for my family or friends, or whether I am respected in Read more…

FitnessUnderstanding the Benefit and Risks of Steroids

In today’s fast paced society, many people are looking for ‘the quick fix’ to feel, look and be stronger. The market is saturated with supplements, pills, and products promising to add strength and years to your life. Athletes are often the ones to fall victim to those seductive claims. With Read more…

Publisher’s NoteStart at Cactus and Reach for the Clouds

Living Wellness with Jennifer DiFrancesco

Each day I look at our beautiful San Jacinto Mountains and feel an emotional response. I feel awe, appreciation, and personal gratitude for my annual honor of climbing to the top of this grand mountain. It is noteworthy that this hike – to the tram from the base of the Read more…

Health & BeautyWhat’s the Skinny on Body Shaping?

Getting rid of those stubborn fat areas – saddlebags, the pooch, love handles – is a lifelong plight for many. So it’s easy to understand the latest weight loss craze, ‘Body Shaping’ or ‘Body Sculpting’ as these therapies promise results for areas you can’t seem to lose with diet or Read more…

FitnessThe Many Benefits of Strength Training

I have many clients who come to me wanting to lose weight quickly but don’t know how. They’ve tried dieting, aerobic exercise, even many of the fad exercise weight loss programs seen on TV. Nothing seems to work. What is often overlooked is that in order to lose weight, you Read more…

Natural OptionsIs Being Organized Healthy?

People often ask me how I can teach them to be organized. You can learn to be organized, but to a great extent, you have to want to make changes in how you think about your life in an organized manner. Organizational changes don’t happen overnight, but it is possible Read more…

Through the GenerationsRelieving Stress Important for Caregivers

We’ve all experienced it – heart racing, muscle tension, irritability. Perhaps stomach pain or clenched jaw. Anxiety can cause sleepless nights and feeling tired all the time. It can lead to forgetting things, and feeling as if life is spiraling out of your control. These are just a few of Read more…

FitnessFitness – Age Is No Excuse!

In our 20’s and 30’s, health and fitness are a priority. As we get into our 50’s, it often becomes less of a priority. This is a major issue facing society today. Healthy lifestyle and fitness is crucial to maintaining muscular and skeletal systems. Staying fit has been shown to Read more…

Through the GenerationsFamily Caregivers Need Care Too

Are you one of the 65 million family caregivers in the United States? A recent study released by Elissa S. Epel, Dept of Psychiatry at the University of California reports that this often stressful situation can take up to 10 years off a caretaker’s life. Let me tell you about Read more…

Natural OptionsIncreasing Flexibility Has Never Been So Easy!

Tracey Smith

Imagine lying on a soft table with your eyes closed focusing on breathing in and out while someone else does your stretching for you. This is one of the many benefits I discovered with Fascial Stretching Therapy (FST). Fascia is the most prevalent tissue in your body. It is the Read more…