Train Your Brain To See Both Sides

Every action brings with it an equal and opposite reaction. One way to manage stress and balance emotions is to develop a basic understanding of the laws of physics as they pertain to emotions. Emotional highs are followed by emotional lows, or what goes up must come down. By training your brain to see both sides, you have the opportunity to live life with fewer emotional extremes. When you train your brain to see both sides, you have less of an emotional reaction and more of a rational choice about how to respond to situations.

When emotions are extreme, they run your life. You’re focus is unsteadied, your mind is disorganized, and your energy dissipated. When your emotions are synthesized, (balanced), your mind is focused, your brain is clear, and your energy is boundless.

Expand Your Consciousness

Expanding your mind to encompass the seven areas of life will stretch your consciousness. Once expanded, the mind cannot become small again. It is as if a light has been turned on (enlightenment), and the shadows have been revealed. Your ability to understand greater dynamics and balance stressful situations is directly related to how big a picture of the world you have.

To assist you in expanding your view, it preferable to find a mission that will go beyond your physical lifetime. Your goals in tune with this mission will necessitate a long-term vision and stretch you. Most people plan their lives based on emotions. This sets them up for failure. That is why most people depend on social security for retirement. By expanding your consciousness and rising above emotions, you set yourself up for success.

The growth of consciousness has been described as going from one concentric circle to another. Once we master one level, we break through and proceed immediately to the next level of challenge. The higher we go in consciousness, the larger the circles become. The larger the circle, the greater the domains of management, magnetism, and influence. The apprentice begins his journey being consciously conscious of his inability to perform his craft. After a time, he becomes consciously conscious of his ability to perform his craft. Ultimately, the craftsman becomes unconsciously conscious of expertly performing the tasks associated with his craft. It’s like driving a vehicle while eating or talking on cellphone. Like any skill, we learn best through assimilation and accommodation, taking one step at a time.

Cleanse and Detoxify Your Body for a Healthy New Year

Do you need to detox your body and cleanse for the new year?  You probably have heard of friends, family or coworkers talking about “doing a cleanse” and never really thought it was for you.  The truth is, it is a good idea to cleanse your body on a regular basis.

In today’s world, there are toxins all around you which leave your immune systems weakened and increase your risk of poor health.  A cleanse is a great way to detox your body and give yourself a clean slate to start with.  Upon completion of a cleanse, it is important to make healthier choices when it comes to your lifestyle and diet.

Some symptoms as simple as trouble sleeping are your body’s way of telling you it need a cleanse.  This link provides a quick description of if your body needs a cleanse, or to be detoxed, soon.

When toxins build up in the body, a range of symptoms can occur. Detoxing your system will help reduce the toxins that cause these symptoms and increase your general mental state and promote a feeling of well-being. Call Lavanga Chiropractic to find out more on cleansing, and our detoxification programs at 215-364-1112

Hydration – Why We Need It

Hydration is key to the body’s peak performance.  It’s ironic that the one thing Debbie Scaling Kiley needed was the one thing that was all around her as far as the eye could see, but wasn’t for the taking: water. Setting sail from Annapolis, Md., and headed for Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., the boat Kiley and her crew of four were on sank off the coast of North Carolina leaving them with no survival equipment and not a drop of fresh water.

Stranded at sea in a small life raft, the five survivors slowly started to dehydrate, and after several hours, dehydration set in.

“We sank at about 2 p.m.,” says Kiley. “By the next morning, we were thirsty, but the cold was more important than the thirst. Later that day, though, the thirst started to drive us crazy. It’s a longing like nothing I’d ever felt before; it’s nothing like being hungry. It’s torturous because there was nothing we could do, but we’d have done anything for water.”

By the third day, they were semidelusional, and that night, two of the men on the raft drank seawater to quench their thirst. The next day, in a delusional state, both men jumped overboard.

“By the fifth day, we were so thirsty, we were overwhelmed by it,” says Kiley. “We were at the point of believing we were going to die of dehydration. I’ve been told the human body can last absolutely no longer than seven days, but in many cases, as I believe was the case with us if we had stayed out there longer, a person can only last five or six days.”

On the fifth day, Kiley and one other survivor were rescued. They were immediately given ice cubes to suck on and IV fluids to re-hydrate them. Her story, compelling in so many ways, illustrates to the extreme the importance of water and fluids in our lives.

Water: Why We Need It

“Hydration is important because the body is comprised mostly of water, and the proper balance between water and electrolytes in our bodies really determines how most of our systems function, including nerves and muscles,” says Larry Kenney, PhD, a professor of physiology and kinesiology at Penn State.

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Headaches and Chiropractics

If you have a headache, you’re not alone. Nine out of ten Americans suffer from headaches. Some are occasional, some frequent, some are dull and throbbing, and some cause debilitating pain and nausea.
What do you do when you suffer from a pounding headache? Do you grit your teeth and carry on? Lie down? Pop a pill and hope the pain goes away? There is a better alternative.
Research shows that spinal manipulation – the primary form of care provided by doctors of chiropractic – may be an effective treatment option for tension headaches and headaches that originate in the neck.
A report released in 2001 by researchers at the Duke University Evidence-Based Practice Center in Durham, NC, found that spinal manipulation resulted in almost immediate improvement for those headaches that originate in the neck, and had significantly fewer side effects and longer-lasting relief of tension-type headache than a commonly prescribed medication.
Also, a 1995 study in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics found that spinal manipulative therapy is an effective treatment for tension headaches and that those who ceased chiropractic treatment after four weeks experienced a sustained therapeutic benefit in contrast with those patients who received a commonly prescribed medication.
Headache Triggers
Headaches have many causes, or “triggers.” These may include foods, environmental stimuli (noises, lights, stress, etc.) and/or behaviors (insomnia, excessive exercise, blood sugar changes, etc.). About 5 percent of all headaches are warning signals caused by physical problems.
Ninety-five percent of headaches are primary headaches, such as tension, migraine, or cluster headaches. These types of headaches are not caused by disease. The headache itself is the primary concern.
“The greatest majority of primary headaches are associated with muscle tension in the neck,” says Dr. George B. McClelland, a doctor of chiropractic from Christiansburg, VA. “Today, Americans engage in more sedentary activities than they used to, and more hours are spent in one fixed position or posture. This can increase joint irritation and muscle tension in the neck, upper back and scalp, causing your head to ache.”
What Can You Do?
The ACA suggests the following:
  • If you spend a large amount of time in one fixed position, such as in front of a computer, on a sewing machine, typing or reading, take a break and stretch every 30 minutes to one hour. The stretches should take your head and neck through a comfortable range of motion.
  • Low-impact exercise may help relieve the pain associated with primary headaches. However, if you are prone to dull, throbbing headaches, avoid heavy exercise. Engage in such activities as walking and low-impact aerobics.
  • Avoid teeth clenching. The upper teeth should never touch the lowers, except when swallowing. This results in stress at the temporomandibular joints (TMJ) – the two joints that connect your jaw to your skull – leading to TMJ irritation and a form of tension headaches.
  • Drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day to help avoid dehydration, which can lead to headaches.
What Can a Doctor of Chiropractic Do?
Dr. McClelland says your doctor of chiropractic may do one or more of the following if you suffer from a primary headache:
  • Perform spinal manipulation or chiropractic adjustments to improve spinal function and alleviate the stress on your system.
  • Provide nutritional advice, recommending a change in diet and perhaps the addition of B complex vitamins.
  • Offer advice on posture, ergonomics (work postures), exercises and relaxation techniques. This advice should help to relieve the recurring joint irritation and tension in the muscles of the neck and upper back.
“Doctors of chiropractic undergo extensive training to help their patients in many ways – not just back pain,” says Dr. McClelland. “They know how tension in the spine relates to problems in other parts of the body, and they can take steps to relieve those problems.”

The Importance of Personal Development

Personal development is a process and requires you to take steps to achieve your goals.  Take a look at your life an decide how often you work on improving yourself.  Personal development is a lifelong pursuit.  Every day brings new opportunities in our lives.  It’s important to use these opportunities to make improvements in your life.  Making a commitment to personal development will help you change your life for the better!  In keeping with the overall practice of the Circle of Wellness, you know that you don’t have to do this alone.

Trainers, coaches and personal development programs are key to making a true change to a healthier lifestyle. The Lavanga Center can help you explore the various types of coaching and personal development exercises that complete the Circle of Wellness.

At the Lavanga Center we customize flexibility and rehabilitation programs, synergy exercise systems, personal training and our Personal Development Yoga (PDYOGA) programs.

Call us today at (215) 364-1112 to get your customized fitness program!

Massage Benefits: Wellness You May Not Know About

Sometimes the relaxing period of time after getting a massage makes us forget that a regular massage benefits our health!  The most noticed benefit is the relaxation that follows immediately – you will even be asked to sit up slowly and take a glass of water before you are on your way out.  Massages are a great way to reduce stress and bring back tranquility and peace to your life – even if it is only for a short time during the actual massage.  The more unnoticed massage benefits include help for the following conditions:

  • Anxiety
  • Digestive disorders
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia related to stress
  • Myofascial pain syndrome
  • Paresthesias and nerve pain
  • Soft tissue strains or injuries
  • Sports injuries
  • Temporomandibular joint pain

Types of massage

Swedish massage is a gentle form of massage that uses long strokes, kneading, deep circular movements, vibration and tapping to help relax and energize you.

Deep massage is among the more common.  This massage technique uses slower, more-forceful strokes to target the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue, commonly to help with muscle damage from injuries.

Sports massage is similar to Swedish massage, but it’s geared toward people involved in sport activities to help prevent or treat injuries.

Trigger point massage focuses on areas of tight muscle fibers that can form in your muscles after injuries or overuse.

You masseuse can identify which form of massage will be best suited for your needs.  As with all other forms of pain relief and exercise, be sure to check with your doctor before you start a new regimen.  Read more about massage benefits here.


To enjoy massage benefits The Lavanga Group has to offer, and to schedule your massage, contact Lavanga Holistic Center today!  Now through February 14, 2015 single massages are only $59.00 or schedule a couples massage for $119.00(a $30.00 savings!).  What a great way to reconnect and simply be with your loved one!

Staying Active With Back Pain

Back pain can be very painful which can make it difficult to do even simple tasks.  Staying active can help you recover faster from back pain.  Michael Melton, the CEO of, states that those engage in physical activity while experiencing back pain will heal faster than those who are inactive.

Working out at the gym is not your only option—you can stay active while having fun!  Try playing a game of tennis with your neighbor or going to the batting cages.  Going to the park is one way for parents to stay active and spend time with their children.  Setting time aside to get exercise is not always easy.  Try to make it into a habit–this way you can heal from your back pain and prevent future pain.  Another simple way to incorporate physical activity into your daily routine is by walking your dog around the neighborhood.  Any physical activity is better than none.  In addition to healing back pain, physical activity contributes to your overall health.  A study found that, “Leisure-time physical activity improves mood and quality of life and prevents social isolation and loneliness.”  Whether or not you are experiencing back pain, staying active is beneficial to your health.

To learn more about how you can stay active while experiencing back pain, contact the Lavanga Group.

Fatty Acids and Your Health

The FDA recommends eating two servings of fatty fish per week to maintain a health level of fatty acids in your body.  While a lot of people either don’t like fish or have little time to go to get fresh fish to cook during their busy schedules (fresh fish is preferred), this protein is encouraged for more than just a “round diet”.  If you fall into the category of folks who dislike fish, do yourself a favor and take Omega-3 fatty acid supplements regularly!

Fatty acids have been linked to some major health benefits explained in more detail here:

Heart Health

By following the recommended 1-2 servings of fatty fish per week, people were found less likely to develop arrhythmia’s, lower triglyceride levels, slowed growth rate of atherosclerotic plaque, and even lower blood pressure!  These are all major points to keep your heart in tip top shape and functioning properly.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Fatty acids found in fish have been linked to reducing pain and inflammation from diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis when coupled with NSAIDs.  Imagine less chronic pain and discomfort from a simple dietary change.

Current Research

There are currently clinical trials being conducted to link fatty acids and their positive effects on: diabetes, osteoporosis, ADHD, IBD, breast cancer, prostate cancer and many more!

Scared to take the plunge?  Try using regular supplements and cooking fish sparingly until you find “your fish”.  Fish is such a versatile protein that is often shrugged off because of fear of how to cook it at home.  When you order fish at a restaurant, it’s typically much more expensive and cooked in a way that may seem intimidating. has a lot of easy to follow recipes that are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids and are relatively simple to make!

Stay Focused While Working From Home

In today’s world, the internet makes it possible for most people to work – virtually – everywhere and sometimes it’s hard to stay focused when you’re not in an office.  There is actually a psychology behind an office-like workspace and its relation to the employees work habits and behavior. has an interesting article about the Six Best Practices for Those Who Work From Home.  In this article, Jaqueline Whitmore explains how something as simple as setting working hours while working from home can benefit our productivity and increase our family time – that sometimes takes a hit when regular work-from-home-ers work more than the expected.

For those in the service industry, there isn’t really an easy way (or possible way) to work from home.  The thought of not having a commute, not needing an extensive “work wardrobe”, not having Big Brother over your shoulder all day is a very glamorous idea.  Unfortunately, working from home is not for everyone.  Especially those who have a hard time trying to stay focused while balancing their home life.