Stress exists. If you are a living, breathing human on this planet, you will experience stress. There is no way around it. Yet, stress can show up in different ways. It can show up in healthy ways (new job, first date, travel) or not-so-healthy ways (traffic, deadlines, losses). Regardless, stress is not the easiest to navigate, largely due to the body’s natural reactions designed to keep us safe no matter the nature of the stimulus. Have you ever noticed how after you encounter a stressful circumstance, i.e. barely dodging a car accident or nearly dropping something made of value and breakable, that your bodies innate response is to take a deep breath once the potential threat has passed? Or as soon as you do something “big and significant” like giving a presentation or having a hard conversation, that once it’s over, you literally breathe a sigh of relief? Same goes for when you meet someone who is uplifting and enjoyable to be around; you might describe that person and their energy as a “breath of fresh air!” Breath not only gives life through delivering essential oxygen to the body’s cells for fuel and removing carbon dioxide, it also helps to restore the body and mind to a state of balance when stressful experiences “take our breath away!”

Fear, danger and excitement are are all digested in the same way on a physiological level. The sympathetic nervous system comse to our aid with responses that prepare us for action. Stress responses are gifts, even if they don’t necessarily feel that way while in the midst of experiencing them. Adrenaline tells the heart to speed up so that enough blood and oxygen can be pumped to the tissues, especially muscle tissue that is required to effectively move you to action. Heart rate and breathing also kick up a few notches to help supply oxygen to the brain so you have better capacity for navigating the immediate threat, whether it’s real or perceived. All these are good, right?

Well, to an extent. If the stimuli are constant and never balanced with restoration and rejuvenation, it will be a detriment to overall health down the line. Think about it, it takes a lot of energy to maintain persistent action! As we live in a world that is constantly moving and going and racing at such a fast pace, your brain and body are aware and working so hard to keep you safe and alive through all the twists, turns and detours that present themselves.

So how does this translate into your health and wellbeing? Headaches, agitation, anxiety, insomnia, neck and shoulder tension and poor digestion are all signals that your health is being affected negatively by stress.

The great news is, you have two powerful tools readily available to you during times of stress.

Breath & Massage.

When you’re stressed, your breath becomes shallow, meaning that instead of inhaling deeply (feeling your ribs and belly expand), your inhales are limited to the upper chest and neck area; the purpose being for efficiency. Your brain is always seeking out ways to accomplish tasks as efficiently as possible that breathing during stress is no exception. Overtime, your fast paced and shallow breathing can lead to overused and overstressed neck and upper chest muscles… as well as headaches, neck and shoulder tension.

Receiving massage and other bodywork such as acupuncture, Reiki, cupping and more – are of course beneficial in simply receiving, but the mots profound healing occurs when the client can consciously breathe during the session.

Breathwork during these sessions can help to cultivate deep breathing, helping to soften those previously mentioned overworked neck and shoulder muscles (as well as the rest of the body), and help to also trigger the parasympathetic nervous system (where your body can rest and digest). Think of the muscles being able to better respond to touch as if butter under a heat lamp – literally melting! This aids in better sleep, better digestion, less tension and more peace of mind after a massage using deep breath as a healing tool.

Try This Exercise! 

The positive benefits you receive from a massage can be prolonged with very simple, daily breathing practice between sessions.  

1. Get comfortable, either sitting in a chair with your feet in solid connection with the floor, or lie down on your back with your arms at your sides, palms facing up. Feel free to use a small rolled towel under the curve of your neck, as well as a pillow under your knees to create the most comfort possible. Close your eyes. 

2. Start by not changing anything about your breathing. The first step to changing anything is to notice it as it currently is. What do you notice? When you inhale, where does the breath stop before turning around to be exhaled? In the chest? The rib cage? The abdomen? This could also be a good time to notice any slight shaking, sweating, elevated heart rate, clenching in the jaw, etc. Be in tune with your nervous system responses as they are in the present moment.

3. Place both of your hands over the upper chest and clavicles. Feel the rise and fall of this area as you inhale and exhale. Do this for 3–5 rounds of breath. 

4. Next, place your hands on each side of your rib cage, palms resting on the ribs and fingertips pointing toward each other (toward the midline of your body). Notice the expansion and contraction of your rib cage, front to back and side to side. How much movement is there? Breathe normally, simply observing without judgment, for another 3–5 breaths. 

5. Place your hands over your abdomen. Notice it ebb and flow as well. Or, notice if it isn’t moving much at all. This is common, so again, no judgement. Repeat for 3–5 rounds of breath. 

6. Now, begin to choose your breath. Each time you inhale, envision drawing the breath deep into your belly, so your belly expands up into your hands. As you exhale, gently use your abdominal muscles to lightly squeeze the air back up and out of your nose. Practice this for 3–5 rounds of breath. 

7. Return your palms again to each side of your rib cage. As you inhale, expand the breath into your entire rib cage area. The ribs can expand front to back and side to side. Fill the vast space of your rib cage with life-giving air. Exhale, and use your rib cage (along with your abdominals) to gently press the air back out of your nose. Repeat for 3–5 breaths. 

8. Finally, return your hands to the upper chest and clavicle area. As you continue directing your breath down into the fullness of your rib cage and belly, notice if anything has changed in the upper chest and neck. Does this area move less? More freely? With less tension? Observe for a final 3–5 rounds. 

9. To bring the practice to completion, simply return your arms to your sides, palms face up, and notice your overall being. Likely you might feel as though you have released thoughts about your day, what you have to do this week, what you didn’t get done yesterday, etc. You might experience feelings of calm, relaxation or even sleepy. Or on the opposite side of the spectrum, you may feel energized and rejuvenated, ready to get up and continue on with the day!

Either way, through these simple breathing techniques, you can literally shift your state of being by using your breath to slow the heart rate, release muscle tension and calm hyperactivity.

Such a simple but powerful practice of breath.

By combining the breath with being present during your sessions, you will induce a state of health and well-being, needed to help restore your vital physiological functions.

Ready to relax?

At your next booking for massage, acupuncture, cupping or Reiki at Heal. in Altamonte Springs, let us know that you would like to incorporate breath work into your session.

All it takes to bring your body back into balance and wellbeing is the breath. Not only will you help to reduce the symptoms of chronic stress, it’s a beautiful and free “add-on” to include in your next massage or other body work session at Heal.

When you choose to consciously breathe positive, fresh air into the body, you then become a breath of positive, fresh air to everyone around you. That’s the beauty of the breath.

Let us know if you have any questions regarding breath work.

Note that all of the yoga classes offered at Heal. also incorporate some form of breath work (pranayama) into each class to help increase the overall relaxation response and so that you too can use the breath in daily life to ease your mind, calm your body and open your heart.

We’re here for you!

407-300-5364

It can be easy to get carried away with the inevitable and at times unavoidable stress that comes with the Holiday’s. I’m sure that you can think of just about a million things left to do on your Holiday to do list, but have you put YOU on that list?

Does stress somehow manage to sneak it’s way in to your holiday excitement? If so, you’re not alone! Even in times where you’re having fun, adding extra activities and commitments to an already full plate can really be stressful. Just remember, in the midst of all the holiday hustle and bustle it’s important to take care of yourself!

It’s never fun to try to shop with family, bake cookies with your little ones or sing holiday carols when you’re feeling run down, sick or tired. The joyful Holiday spirit comes a little bit easier when you have your emotional and energetic tank full. It feels good to give from a full cup!

The best part of self-care through the Holiday Season? It’s accessible, easy and inexpensive. Gradually doing simple things throughout your days can significantly boost your overall wellbeing. At Heal. in Altamonte Springs and Winter Park, we are here for you every step of the merry way of this Holiday Season. Here are some self-care tips to help boost personal well-being this season.

1) Breathe. Allow yourself to take deep, cleansing breaths as many times as you need throughout the day, they help you to relax the body, mind and spirit!

2) Know your priorities. Remember what’s most important to you to help overcome feelings of overwhelm. Give yourself permission to finish the most important things first to create a sense of peace – then any extra time can go towards satisfying the rest of your Holiday demands.

3) Give from a full cup. Like we mentioned earlier, you can’t give your best when you’re feeling your worst. Make a point to do something nourishing for yourself. It can be as simple as a warm cup of tea every night before bed or a relaxation massage at Heal.

4) Take a “YOU” day. We made this one easy for you all. *wink* Join us for a Relaxation STAY-Cation here in Altamonte Springs on Saturday December 7th. This “YOU” day is exactly what you deserve. Click here to learn more.

5) Practice Presence. No matter what you’re working on throughout the day, especially if the kids are home or you’re stuck in traffic on the way back from holiday shopping – allow yourself to pause, notice and bring awareness to all of the experiences happening within you and outside of you. The color on the trees, the smell in the air, the temperature of the sun, etc.

6) Listen to Your Body. So many people ignore or override their body’s signals. Really listen to the cues your body gives you during the added stress of the Holiday season. You know YOU best. Hungry? Eat! Sleepy? Sleep! Cranky? Do yoga! See? Simple!

7) LAUGH! Laughter is such healing medicine. Now a days during the holiday season, there are plenty of funny Holiday/or not holiday themed movies to choose from! Call up your funniest friend and just allow yourself to be silly and let loose, even for a little while! Sing, dance, rejoice!

8) Allow yourself to receive healing. Self-care means paying attention to more than how much you eat or exercise. It also requires paying attention to thoughts and feelings. Optimal health means functioning at your best in all areas of life – physically, mentally, emotionally!

9) Give with Gratitude. Just saying “thank you” to yourself or to the world around you can instantly shift you from a state of STRESS into a state of PEACE. The best way to counteract any lower feelings is to give. Give with Gratitude and kindness. Here are some ways for you to GIVE the gift of relaxation this year.

If your holiday season becomes overwhelming, stressful, fast paced or just hectic in general – know that you, too, have a choice in setting clear boundaries, spending time with yourself through acts of self-care and honoring YOU. Practice self-compassion, gratitude and an open heart and all will be well.

Wishing you a happy Holiday season from all of us here at Heal.

You’re tired.


It’s a Sunday night and feeling vaguely cranky to find yourself working on what’s supposed to be a day of rest. But it needs to get done, so you push through.


You can’t seem to figure out why ideas that once flowed so effortlessly to you suddenly have dried up.


We know taking breaks is a scientifically proven method for regaining our focus, sharpness and motivation. But taking a walk or a reading break in the middle of a workday? Are we able to allow ourselves to do so without judgment and with compassion?


Aside from taking daily breaks, when was the last time that you allowed yourself a day of… NOTHING?


Doing nothing from time to time, or choosing a day out of the week to rest, play, create or just sit on the couch is absolutely necessary to your mental health.


There’s no way that we can continuously push and strive and grow and DO without experiencing some type of burnout – whether physical or emotional.

Taking mental health breaks/days are necessary to help improve and maintain your mental state!

It’s a loving act to yourself when you allow time to recharge your physical and emotional batteries to avoid having a decrease in your state of being while keeping you performing at your best and most productive self.


While taking full days off may not always be feasible, a way to improve and maintain your mental health is to simply disconnect from the world and spend time with yourself.


1 hour a day.

That’s a great place to start.


Yoga, meditation, massage, journaling, salt therapy, light and sound therapy, binge-watching your favorite TV series, cooking with your family, etc.. are all wonderful and fulfilling ways to disconnect from time to time.


You allow the focus to move from thinking about all the stressors in life to now feeling how you feel in this present moment – whether you are alone or with friends or loved ones.


It’s time you nourish yourself. Bring yourself back to becoming WHOLE.

No more feeling overworked, overwhelmed or overstressed. Time to take the power back into your own hands.


After all, you cannot be your best self and beacon of light when you aren’t putting yourself first!


That’s why Heal. is here for you.


To help you become familiar with the goodness that follows when you allow yourself a break.


Join us at Heal. in Altamonte Springs for an opportunity to rest, recharge, refuel.


Chances are, there is something here for everyone (yes, including you).


Come check us out off of 436 and Ronald Reagan to discover a new world of YOU.


A YOU that can better handle stress.


A YOU that has more patience.


A YOU that responds instead of reacting.


A YOU that is WHOLE.


We are here for you!

The more you float the better it gets! Every float session is unique and two floats are never the same.
Float therapy is a great healing tool and can help with the following:

  • Release of endorphins aka your body’s natural pain killers
  • Release of stress
  • Increased relaxation
  • Personal and spiritual growth
  • Best environments for the deepest meditation
  • Releases pain from back injuries
  • Eases fibromyalgia
  • Improves skin conditions
  • Detoxifies the system
  • Aids in weight loss
  • Increases creativity and taps into imagination
  • Helps recovery from phobias, addictions and depression
  • Regulates sleeping patterns
  • 1 hour of floating stimulates 4 hours of sleep!

What effects does floating have on the body?


Unlike simply floating in a pool, float therapy in a float tank is a wonderful way of attaining the deepest relaxation – it has been said that just one hour of floating can have the restorative effect of four hours of deep sleep.


Floating is a great way of attaining the deepest sense of stillness and relaxation. One hour of floating has the same restorative effects of four hours of deep REM sleep.


The body balances and heals internally as all the senses are resting in a gravity-free environment! Research has shown that floating reduces blood pressure and heart rate while lowering the levels of stress-related chemicals in your body, how cool is that?


All types of aches and pains, especially in the spine, are relieved as floating helps to circulate blood more freely throughout the body.


Did you know that epsom salt (aka magnesium sulfate) has been used for thousands of years as a treatment for aches, pain and skill ailments? Pools do not carry this important component and therefore the stress relieving benefits are few to none in typical pools.


Magnesium sulfate is incredibly healing and vital to health and wellbeing. Most people have a deficiency in this mineral that is used in over 300 enzymatic functions.


It is also necessary for the proper functioning of the brain and nervous system. Supplementation through the skin while floating is the best way to absorb magnesium due to the large amount of magnesium sulfate dissolved in the water.


Not only that, but the float tank offers a sense of relaxation.


As you’re completely isolated, you’re given the ultimate ‘me time’.


You are in total isolation, with nothing to see, hear, or feel. In this state your conscious mind will switch off and your brain will easily reach the ‘Alpha State’ (relaxed, calm, lucid, not thinking).


Research has shown that some experienced floatees have had their brainwaves measured while floating and it was found that they had reached the ‘Theta State’, a very deep state of relaxation, similar to those a Tibetan Monk trains for years to achieve.


At Heal. in Altamonte Springs we aspire to bring the Central Florida community complete relaxation.

Not only through massage, dry salt therapy and yoga.. but with float therapy as well!


If you’re ready to take the power back into your hands, feel your best and BE your very best – don’t hesitate to reach out to us.


To learn more about how Float Therapy can help YOU, give us a call at 407-300-5364

Needleless acupuncture is used to create balance within the patterns of energy in the human body.


When there is a disruption, certain vital organs and systems receive too much energy, while others do not get enough.


This imbalance can cause different health issues and conditions and that is why modern medicine is looking at acupuncture as a reliable form of treatment.
Acupuncture restores balance to the body, enabling it to heal itself and function as it should. It builds resistance to illness and diseases in the body, and provides a higher state of health and well-being.

MPS Therapy uses devices called the Dolphin that uses micro currents in the body to promote the nervous system to tap into the parasympathetic state, the state in which your body is able to rest and digest! This current is also recognizable by our body allowing the system to work at a cellular level helping to heal and repair scar tissue, nerve interference and stagnant Qi .


Here are some of the many benefits of MPS Therapy (Aka needless acupuncture which is a service provided at Heal. in Altamonte Springs):

  • Relief from insomnia or sleep disturbances caused by mental health issues or medication
  • Clearing of scar tissue aiding in better mobility throughout the body
  • Great for muscular and neurological disorders such as headaches, chest pain, facial tics, neck pain, frozen shoulder, tendinitis, tennis elbow, lower back pain, osteoarthritis, sciatica, and more
  • Relief from digestive disorders such as hyper-acidity, constipation, spastic colon, diarrhea, gastritis, etc.
  • Treatment for disorders of the respiratory system including sinusitis, bronchitis, asthma, sore throat, recurrent chest infections
  • Treatment for urinary, menstrual, and reproductive issues
  • Better concentration, short-term memory retention, and decisiveness
  • Reduced headaches and ringing in the ears
  • Reduced pain in the face, ears, and jaw when yawning or chewing

This therapy is safe to use on all ages, body types and provide relief to where you need it in the body. Excited to try this out for yourself? Give us a call at 407-300-5364 to get more information or to schedule your first MPS Therapy session with us at Heal. in Altamonte Springs!

It’s almost as if the benefits of Dry Salt Therapy are endless!

Dry Salt Therapy goes farther than just improving and treating your respiratory system – it plays a huge role in improving other conditions in your body as well!
Ever noticed how nice a space feels when you add a Himalayan salt lamp into the mix? It’s because the salt helps balance out the positive and negative ions in the room! Just like the Himalayan salt lamp takes care of the air in the room, a dry salt therapy booth also takes care of YOU in the same way.


In a dry salt therapy booth, the pharmaceutical grade salt takes care of balancing the positive and negative ions within your body in which helps you do better adapt to stressors and promotes a sense of overall contentment and increased well being! Dry Salt Therapy promotes better physical and MENTAL health!

The dry salt particles in a dry salt therapy booth act as the “bronchial brush” which help to clear out the micro-organisms from the bronchi. The sodium ions are anti-inflammatory in habit, helping to clear various inflammation and diseased conditions including asthma, bronchitis, frequent colds, season dust, allergies and also sinus problems.


At Heal. in Altamonte Springs, we pride ourselves in being Central Florida’s only all emcompassing physical, emotional and mental wellness reset facility. Taking care of YOU from the inside out.


In regards to mental well-being, salt therapy is known to improve mental health in humans. Salt naturally produces negative ions, which are known to have a “clarity effect” on the mind. Therefore, dry salt therapy helps to treat various issues like stress, anxiety, fatigue, headaches, lethargy and even depression symptoms.


It’s no wonder you feel your very best and relaxed after a session in our dry salt therapy booth! It allows you to feel good about yourself and gives you a chance to appreciate yourself – completely whole and perfect exactly as you are.


Relaxation is the best medicine for your well-being. Take a moment for yourself and step into our dry salt booth for a feel good salty session.


Give us a call at 407-300-5364 to schedule your next appointment!

Recent studies show that America is sleep-deprived, to say the least! Around 40 million people per year suffer from chronic, long-term sleep disorders and an additional 20 million experience occasional sleep issues.

Poor sleeping habits lead to mental health problems such as depression and anxiety, memory loss, reduced immune system functionality and even weight gain. Not to mention, reduced sense of overall well-being and even loss of productivity.

Why is Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep so important?

REM fosters positive emotions.

A 2009 study reported that taking a nap that includes a period of rapid eye movement (REM) sleep refreshes the brain’s ability and sensitivity to process human emotions by decreasing a negative outlook to occurring emotions while amplifying the recognition of positive emotions. 

The researchers believe that the importance of rapid eye movement sleep is part of a process that increases positive emotions while maintaining high levels of social and professional mental health.

A 2011 study from University of California, Berkeley found that time spent in rapid eye movement (REM) sleep can help people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) minimize painful memories. Researches found that during REM sleep, stress chemistry shuts down and the brain processes emotional experiences in a way that can take the edge off painful memories.

Sleep deprivation also impairs our ability to think clearly!

REM (rapid eye movement) is the deepest stage of the sleep cycle that stimulates the brain regions used in learning. So many studies have been done on REM! When sleep is disrupted it literally wreaks havoc in the nervous system and inhibits our ability to receive clarity.

Sleep concerns may be more likely to affect those with existing mental health conditions!

Once upon a time, sleep problems were thought of as just symptoms of mental health conditions, but now research tells us they may contribute to or even be a cause of them. This also means that treating the sleep disorder may help alleviate the symptoms associated with a mental health condition and vice versa.

Scientists still don’t know why dream activity is so critical to healthy brains, but they do agree that having adequate amounts of REM is vital.

REM is the sleep stage associated with the feeling of refreshment the moment you wake up after a good night’s sleep. But it’s more than that: when sleep stages are interrupted, REM sleep is often sacrificed, as it is the last sleep in the cycle to occur before the sleep cycle repeats itself. From there on out you can see how disrupted REM sleep can literally cause just a myriad of health issues both physically and mentally.

Some tips to combat poor sleep are:

-De-stress! Following a regular bedtime routine and wake up time is essential in building consistency in the body’s sleep cycles

-Say NO to caffeine, alcohol and nicotine close to bedtime

-Exercise or move your body any which way during the day. Could be yoga, pilates, gym or even just light stretching before bed.

-Get adequate sunlight if you can during the day. The more exposure to natural light the better!

-Meditate! That’s right, whip out your INSIGHT timer App and meditate away. Slow down those brain waves with Yoga Nidra at Heal. in Altamonte Springs every Monday night from 7:30pm-8:30pm.

-Put away the electronics an hour before bed. No phone, no tv, just you and your breath.

-Adapt a routine using the LAXMAN light and sound therapy machine at Heal. in Altamonte Springs. LAXMAN light and sound machine uses gentle chromatic lights in goggles that stimulate spontaneous bursts of meditation as well as Rapid Eye Movement… all of this synced to Binaural Beats to help the body relax and the mind settle into stillness.

Let us know if you have any questions regarding LAXMAN Light and Sound Therapy as we will be glad to share with you some more information on how this powerful healing service can be of benefit to you.

Send us an email at info@heal407.com or call at 407-300-5364.

Until next time,

Peace and Wellness.

We all experience anxiety, there’s no doubt about that. At some point in life there comes a time where stress grows, life happens and our self-maintenance takes the back seat.

Anxiety can creep up on you without a warning and today we would like to share with you 3 ways in which you can naturally treat anxiety whenever it does arise.

Yoga, meditation and gut health.

They all play a powerful role in helping to ease the intensity of stress, anxiety, doubt, fear, restless, etc.

Yoga is a gentle practice of being able to press pause and let go of what no longer serves you. At Heal. in Altamonte Springs all of the yoga that is offered here consists of mindful movement, breath work and meditation.

If you or somebody you know experience high stress levels, trying out a yin yoga class for stress relief is exactly what you need to counter balance being in a constant fight or flight mode throughout the majority of your day.

Yoga uses the breath and specific movements throughout the body to open, release and let go of stored stagnant energy. When energy cannot flow freely through the body it is when we are likely to experience a deeper resistance. With this resistance comes the inability to recharge, renew and restore the body… mind and soul!

Going with the practice of yoga, meditation also plays a big part in reducing stress and anxiety symptoms. So many studies have shown how meditation literally turns off the part of your brain that is always scanning for threats in it’s environment and with gentle awareness, so can you enjoy the benefits of meditation.

Meditation opens the gateway to higher resolve where you not only connect to your best, loving self – you also gain the ability to connect to others on a greater, higher level! Meditation practice should be considered to be just as important as flossing your teeth, but through meditation you floss the conscious and subconscious mind.

At Heal. in Altamonte Springs we offer Yoga Nidra every Monday from 730-830pm. Yoga Nidra is also translated to be called yogic sleep. In the practice of Yoga Nidra, the intention is to slow down the brain waves so much that you are in a deeply meditative yet aware state of being where true deep change and healing can occur.

The benefits of this practice are endless. Increased wellbeing, decreased anxiety, better sleep and overall an improvement in VIGOR! You receive the same benefits of an 8 hour sleep in this 1 hour class.

Last but not least, gut health plays a direct role in our mental wellbeing. What you put into your body, whether it’s food, thoughts, substances etc all create an effect within the gut. Studies show that maintaining a healthy gut through probiotics, stress reduction and through eating whole foods can signficantly decrease anxiety and dperession symptoms.

At Heal., we have found that specific probiotic strains through Amare supplements is key in targeting the specific neuropathways and vagus nerve that connects gut to brain. Not only do our thoughts and emotions and feelings live in the brain space, but also in the gut! No wonder they call our gut the second brain, science has proved that there is a strong connection between the two.

If you are interested in learning more about Amare, we have monthly Heal Your Gut Improve Your Mental Health classes at Heal. for you to learn more information. Sometimes all we need to do to heal is try out new things. Some might work better for you than others but the end result is all the same – a sense of coming back home to who you truly are, without the layers of stress, worry, doubt, fear…etc…

We hope this article has helped you out today in thinking about how you can maintain your anxiety levels to a minimum through the practice of yoga, meditation and through gut healing.

Let us know if you have any questions at all.

407-300-5364

Your mood can be affected by a variety of factors, including thought patterns, chemical imbalances, and sleep quality. But what about your gut?

Research has shown that our gut literally functions as our second brain. Since 2013, the US National Institute of Mental Health has funded several studies to better understand how the gut microbiome (made up of bacteria, fungi, viruses) influences your thoughts and feelings.

It’s well known that stress can influence mood, and that may be partly due to the role stress plays in gut function. According to an article published in Harvard Health Publications, psycho social factors such as stress can directly influence your gut’s physiology, affecting the balance of bacteria and thereby impacting your immune system and mood. If you want the gut and brain working together in favor of more positive emotions (in addition to overall health), it’s vital that you keep your stress levels in check.

Thankfully, lifestyle changes can be made to help bring gut bacteria closer towards homeostasis, which will then influence your emotional health. Following these four tips may help restore your gut health: 


1. Take a probiotic.

At Heal. in Altamonte Springs, we carry a specific probiotic gut-brain axis supplement line called Amare. Amare means “to love”. Amare has created the first award winning gut-brain axis system. The specific strains of probiotics in their supplements play a huge role in improving overall physical vigor as well as mental health! Click here to learn more about them. Most probiotics you receive off of the counter do not hold the required amount needed to target the gut in a way that helps to increase the good bacteria in the gut microbiome. With Amare, studies have shown that depression and anxiety symptoms significantly decrease within 30 days of consistently taking the Fundamentals Pack of probiotics and other Ayurvedic supplements paired together in a cohesive pack.

2. Eat Whole Foods

Whole foods provide us with the needed nutrients that our bodies best thrive off of. Nutrient dense foods are key in helping us to feel better not only physically but mentally and emotionally as well. The quote that states “eat the rainbow” is one to live by! The more colors in our diet, the better the variety of whole foods we are allowing our bodies to enjoy. Whole foods not only provide nourishment to the body, but they can also help maintain a healthy balance of bacteria in the gut. Try replacing processed foods with foods that benefit the gut, such as asparagus, broccoli, carrots and more.

3. Stress Less!

Stress plays a big role in gut health as it has the power to actually change the gut balance of bacteria. Reduce your body’s stress levels by practicing relaxation techniques such as gentle yoga for stress relief, relaxation massages, guided meditations, float therapy and more!

At Heal. in Altamonte Springs we are the only center in Central Florida that is a one stop shop for all that you may need to de-stress! Come check us out off of 436 for a quick tour or consultation to better reduce pain and stress in your life. We have everything that you could possibly need, all in one place!

4. Be mindful of sugar intake.

High consumption of sugar can also lead to an imbalance of gut bacteria, affecting your gut and immune system. Try to limit your intake of refined sugar and instead stick with natural sources of sugar found in organic fruits or raw organic honey.

And that’s all folks!

While there are many habits that can negatively impact your emotions and moods, there are many ways to positively impact your emotional and mental states as well. Take these healthy eating habits and steps that are well within your control to further increase your overall wellness and happiness.

Give us a call at 407-300-5364 for more information about Amare or to schedule a stress management consultation to compose a plan targeted towards your specific mood balancing needs.

Chances are if you are reading this there are areas in your body in which feel like they could use a massage. Poor posture from sitting in chairs at work all week, long commutes on I-4, sleeping incorrectly, slouching while walking around in the hot Florida sun and even hooking your purse or backpack on your shoulder improperly can all cause the muscles to become tense and sore. Not to mention the effects stress has on the body too!

One study found that people who received massage every other week, and especially weekly, all had less stiffness and increased mobility! Bi-weekly massage can help with releasing tension that can make your body ache and it allows better freedom of movement throughout daily tasks and function.

Although massage can sometimes be seen as a luxury, the matter of fact is that massage is actually a powerful form of bodywork therapy that releases toxicity from the body. Think about it, on a daily basis your body comes into contact with so many different chemicals, toxins and stressors that all play a part in seeping into your muscles that result in cramping and stiffness.

Seeing a massage therapist bi-weekly can help to remove these impurities from the muscles to flush them out through bodily waste! TMI… I know, but it’s the truth. The key is to hydrate properly before and after massages.

Another great benefit to bi-weekly massages is that long after stressful situations have passed, our bodies will still hold on to the emotions and trauma. Specific massage techniques can help to relieve these heavier and denser energies, especially paired with aromatherapy or energy work.

At Heal. in Altamonte Springs all of our massage therapists can provide you with the specified massage session for you, tailored to what your body AND mind need for that specific day.

Not to mention, when the body is relaxed the mind can therefore be still. Gaining clarity and calming the nervous system is another great benefit from bi-weekly massages. Massage therapy is a great way to maintain overall wellbeing and mental health!

You’ll notice at times during your massage that your mind drifts away into a gentle meditative state and this very sense of ease and relaxation that you are in during the massage can help usher in more peace and tranquility off “the table” in your day to day life.

Know that you can literally dump the garbage and debris of emotional, physical, mental and even spiritual clutter in the massage room and then leave it there… for good!

We are here to help you relax completely. The better we can treat ourselves… the better we can show up for the world around us.

What are you waiting for? Time to set up your bi-weekly massages that are not only stress and pain relieving but also affordable and can be easily maintained with a consistent schedule.

Life happens, we get it, but if you don’t put your health first… no one will.

Time to take the power back into your own hands.

Reach out to Heal. in Altamonte Springs for more information or to schedule your next massage.

Give us a call at 407-300-5364 or send us an email at info@heal407.com

Peace & Wellness.