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UNC Paws: The Power of Cute

Universities have tried this sort of therapy for stressed students, allowing “puppy petting stations” and found that students were calmer and more relaxed after a few minutes of kanine time. Neuro-scientists are now training them to help with veterans suffering from PTSD.

Dogs are able to be our eyes, our ears and now, help ease our minds. These amazing creatures really are a best friend.

-UNC Health Care via Neuroscience News

Puppy Power: Using Puppies to help Veterans with PTSD


Post-natal Fitness

Diastasis recti is something that a lot of women face post-pregnancy. What not everyone knows, is that is can start before pregnancy and last for months if not years afterwards. Diastasis recto affects the lower back and pelvis as well, and can cause hip pain and a weak pelvic floor. We help a lot of women through this transition, at The Movement Studio and Envision Physiotherapy. Re-stabilizing the core after pregnancy is important for any woman, but with DR there can be additional pain trouble with core strength, that doing crunches just won’t fix.

Read more about what DR is and how you can combat it to get your body back on track.

Article by Julie Revelant of Fox News

Diastasis Recti – The real reason you have a post-pregnancy belly bulge

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The Pelvic Floor: What are Your Thoughts on Kegels vs. Squats?

Most women have been told at one point or another that Kegels should part of their everyday; something they should practice from a young age to help strengthen their pelvic floor. In this article Nicole Crawford takes a look at Kegels vs. squats and tighter vs. stronger. A very interesting read for any woman.


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Lemon Quinoa Spectacular!

A delicious recipe high in protein from the new addition to our Movement Studio Family, Nikki Hurst. Nikki is a Holistic Nutritionist specializing in plant-based nutrition. Check out the first of many of her recommended recipes!

More about Nikki: http://www.themovementstudio.com/instructors.html

Quinoa is a high-protein, gluten-free whole grain loaded with fibre, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium
and iron. Pair quinoa with fresh citrus juice, and it’s loaded with Vitamin C as well, making this dish an
explosion of essential nutrients imperative for optimum fertility. Serve this dish as a side or main, you
¼ cup raw slivered almonds
1 cup uncooked organic quinoa
2 cups water or low-sodium vegetable broth
sea-salt to taste
¼ cup fresh lemon juice
2 stalks celery, chopped
¼ red onion, chopped
¼ tsp. cayenne pepper (increases nutrient absorption as it aids circulation!)
2 cups baby spinach (folate!)
1 bunch Italian parsley, chopped
1. Toast almonds in a dry skillet over medium heat for a few minutes only. Flip constantly to avoid
burning. Set aside to cool.
2. In a medium sized saucepan (I recommend cast-iron, as it adds natural iron to your foods!),
combine the quinoa, water or broth and salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium and
cook until quinoa is tender and water has been absorbed, about 10 – 12 minutes. Cool slightly,
then fluff with a fork.
3. Transfer the quinoa to a serving bowl and stir in the almonds, raw spinach, lemon juice, celery,
onion, cayenne pepper and parsley.
4. Serve warm or cold
Serves: 6

The 3 Habits of Productive People

Make sure you check these boxes everyday! They are fantastic tips on living well and being productive, by Daniel Dipiazza, via Entrepreneur Magazine.



Is Your Doctor Asking the Right Questions?

We often get sidetracked by trying to find a a specific symptom to answer why we don’t feel well. However, sometimes the answer is in our basic routine. Your Doctor, along with other questions, should really be asking some simple questions about your daily life, to get an idea of the problem’s source and if they are related. Here are 6 questions by Dr. Deborah Caldwell, via HuffPost Healthy Living, that might help.


Female doctor discussing reports with patient at desk in medical office

The Simple Goodness of Antioxidants

‘Antioxidant’ is not just a buzz word! They are a very real and very beneficial part of your diet. But what are they exactly? Here’s a simple breakdown of what they are and what they do for us, by Dr. Atil Arnarson via Authority Nutrition. 




The 10 Year Twitch

Some say that 10,000 hours or 10 years of training and you can master anything. How much of a person’s ability is nature and how much is nurture? “All of us are blessed with a certain amount of fast twitch and slow twitch muscles. If you are a slow twitch person, you can do some drills to train and get faster but you’re never going to be an Olympian.” (Brendan Cournane, Chicago-based running coach).


Simple steps to fresher food.

Never have a brown avocado again! Some great tips from Huffpost Taste on how to keep your food fresher for longer.



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