Ah, summertime. The days are longer, the living is easier and we want to be outside enjoying ourselves.
But when it's hot and you're thirsty, what do you reach for? If it's a sugary soft drink or electrolyte drink, we have a suggestion for you.
It was only about 10 years ago that 87-year-old Natalie Murrie tweaked her nutrition and learned yoga, proving it's never too late to make changes that will improve your life. Read what she did.
Join us in welcoming Holly Pruiett to our staff. Holly comes to us from United Methodist Village and is especially skillful working with seniors. Learn a little bit about Holly here.
Looking for an evening appointment? Daniel Sheets is available most evenings and weekends. Dani Ray is here Thursdays 4pm and later (call her directly at 636-284-4931).
We now have five massage therapists on staff. Call one today and when you do, why not ask for a Muscle Melt?
Don't let the summer sun damage your skin. Esthetician Kendelle Pelot has two specials for you!
Yoga class announcements:
We offer a wide variety of classes and times as well as services to give you a pick-me-up.
- Yoga Teacher Training July 18-19. Tracey Curtis's Sunday class will be canceled.
- Angie Becker, in training to become a yoga teacher, will be alternating weeks with fellow student Di Rulo to teach an all-levels class Thursdays, 6:00-7:00 pm. Cost is $5.
Theresa Franklin, NCTMB, LMT, RYT, CMT
Olivia Kelly, NCTMB, LMT, RYT
Life is Her Classroom
Natalie Murrie's personal motto could be, "Learning is a never-ending process."
Natalie, 87, is a self-taught computer nerd and nutritionist, and says learning yoga changed her life, introducing her to "another way of thinking."
She was a schoolteacher in Alton in1978 when the district put computers in all the schools. Her principal told her he was making her their school's computer person.
"I didn't know anything about computers but I got hooked. I've been a computer nerd ever since," she said. This was the days before software came in a box, so she taught herself programming, too.
Although she'd always been into exercise and nutrition, those interests became more personal when her husband, Paul, was ill. He passed away in 2005 from Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.
One day she took a close look at the half dozen medicines Paul was taking. She realized all the side effects were the very conditions they were supposed to be alleviating.
"Then I looked at the medicine I was on for blood pressure and cholesterol. I took myself off them and quit going to the doctor for about three years."
Natalie got on the computer and after hours of research, found alternative medicines and supplements as well as information on nutrition.
"As I've learned along the way, I've gotten better at it. We didn't have all the stuff in our food back then that we do now. Sugar is the worst thing you can put into your body."
Today, she makes her own yogurt, kefir water and kombucha. She also drinks a cup of juiced vegetables every day.
"I noticed more improvement in my energy and overall health since I started juicing. I'm not a vegetable eater and I'm cooking for myself, so I get most of my vegetables by juicing."
She also gets a massage twice a month and finds them therapeutic.
Natalie took up yoga about 10 years ago after dropping in on a class while visiting her grandchildren in Texas. Unaware it was a large, intermediate level class, she ended up sitting on the side just watching.
"I didn't even understand the language much less could do the postures but I was intrigued by it."
Her doctor, D'Andrienne Jones of the Healthy Institute, told her about Be Well Now's yoga classes. Natalie started attending Theresa Franklin's Tuesday morning class. Natalie had to drop the class after she became the caregiver for her two sisters. Now, she practices at home, several times a week for 15-20 minutes.
"I need a new routine because I do the same ones all the time."
No doubt Natalie will get on the computer and teach herself some new poses.
Infuse Water for a Healthy Summer Drink
Anyone who has neglected to change the oil in their car or lets it run dry knows what happens to the engine. Parts start rubbing together, causing wear and tear. The engine could even overheat and become damaged.
Think of water as our body's "oil." It lubricates our moving parts, keeps our "motors" from being sluggish and flushes our systems.
How much water we need depends on who we are and what we're doing. Exercise in warm weather and you'll need a lot more than if you're sitting in the house reading a book. Most health care professionals suggest 48-64 ounces day - or 6-8 glasses.
Plain water too boring for you? You could add a slice of lemon to a glass, restaurant style. But if you're tired of that, try one of these infused waters.
Infusion involves a little more than dropping a lemon slice in the glass. You have to let it steep over time so the flavors of the fruit or vegetables leach out. Steeping also adds important vitamins and minerals to the water.
Detox Water with Cucumber and Citrus.
Or, try one of the several combinations below. Each fruit or vegetable brings its particular health benefit to the drink. For instance, mint aids in digestion and ginger boosts the immune system.
- lemon + orange + ginger
- raspberry + lime + mint
- orange + lime + mint
- blackberries + raspberries + strawberries + mint
- carrots + apple + lemon + ginger
- carrots + pomegranate + sage
Find the combo you like. Even if you don't know the particular health properties, you could find yourself drinking more water overall. And that's a benefit in itself.
Holly Pruiett Joins Our Staff
We're excited to introduce Holly Pruiett, LMT, who recently joined our staff of massage therapists.
Holly, 30, is a 2010 graduate of Alvareita's College in Godfrey. She specializes in Swedish techniques.
Holly served in the Army from 2003-2007, including two tours in Iraq. Military life can be hard on families, especially single parents. She says she would have been a "lifer" if she hadn't had to leave her daughter behind in the care of her parents, Mark and Jane Short.
After leaving the service, Holly decided on massage therapy as a career. She has a particular interest in treating injured veterans and plans to research their unique needs. Holly specializes in geriatrics and previously worked at United Methodist Village.
When Holly isn't working, she enjoys kayaking and fishing.
Holly is available Tuesday through Saturday but has flexible hours, so if you need some massage therapy,
don't hesitate to call her at 462-4900
Repair Sun-damaged Skin With These Specials
Check out these two July specials Kendelle Pelot is offering!
Clear Complexion Acne Treatment: $70
This treatment is designed to exfoliate damaged and dead skin cells reducing clogged pores, blackheads, blemishes, excess oil, and signs of sun damage. The scientifically advanced Glycolic Acid Peel and Oil Control Facial Mask act synergistically, allowing deeper penetration of oil controlling ingredients to unclog pores and decrease oil production,
creating a clear complexion and youthful appearance.
Restorative Eye Firming Therapy: $30
This treatment is designed to reduce puffiness and crow's feet while firming and tightening sagging skin in the eye area. The Enzyme Complex Peel, Reparative Eye Serum, and Rejuvenating Facial Firming Mask work synergistically to remove dead skin cells, induce enzymatic activity in the renewed epidermis, and infuse hydrating molecules into the skin.
Call Kendelle at 618.444.8695 for an appointment today!
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Muscle Melt Massage
Mmmm.... Just reading the title conjures up an image of sinking blissfully into the massage table, totally relaxed, muscles limp.
This herbal therapy is designed to relieve pain and inflammation.
A selection of therapeutic herbs, including prai root, ginger, turmeric and lemongrass, are wrapped in a muslin compress, steamed and then applied to the body in gentle pressing, circular and rolling movements.
This treatment is used to provide the same type of stimulation as acupressure along energy channels, known as Sen Sib lines in Thailand.
Call 462-3900 to schedule your Muscle Melt Massage or any other treatment.
Yoga Teachers Wanted
Are you a yoga practitioner who loves to share your passion with others?
We're looking for certified yoga teachers to add to our staff. If interested, give us a call at 462-3900.
"A negative mind will never give you
a positive life."
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