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Feet up the wall: Viparita Karani

imageWhen I have limited time to re-energize I throw my legs up the wall.

This easy, restorative yoga inversion:

•Rests my back, letting gravity and the earth support me.

•Sends blood flowing to my heart and brain, increasing circulation.

•Deeply relaxes my legs, supported by the wall and my core.

•Engages my breath to guide the monkey/ruminating mind to let go.

•Revives me, physically, mentally and spiritually.

Try it, you’ll like it!!

Massage Therapy Helps Support Immune System


It’s fall in Iowa City. With the change of seasons, daylight savings time and colder temperatures, it’s ripe territory for seasonal allergies, colds, flu and SAD. Studies have shown that massage therapy is a viable option in our regiment to stay healthy, happy and active during the fall and winter months. In addition to other benefits research shows that regular massage therapy helps support our immune system, keeping us healthier.

Researchers from Cedar-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles found that people who receive regular massage experience measurable changes in their body’s immune and endocrine response and had an increased number of lymphocytes. Lymphocytes are white blood cells that defend the body from disease.

Boost your immune system, increase circulation and overall well-being by enjoying the many benefits of massage therapy this fall and winter season.