Tina Lerner is a licensed HeartMath and Biofeedback therapist, using state of the art technology to create powerful impacts on emotional, mental, and physical well-being. Learn how to alter your physiology to direct your body into self healing and increased relaxation.
We’ve all felt it. We’ve felt it in those moments when at a particular mile marker, the rhythmic repetition of our feet on pavement, grass or sand allows us to slide into the zone of one-pointed focus, clarity of mind or even dare I say a state of bliss. Or, we’ve felt it perched on a surfboard scanning the horizon, catching a wave, sweating on a trail, pulling ourselves up on a rock wall, pedaling furiously on a trail, or even gazing off into the horizon.
I looked up and knew I had been caught. “Well, do you think I made the right decision?” she asked me. There was no recovery, I had to admit it. I wasn’t listening to her. She had started her story a few minutes prior, when I became distracted by a group of people riding their bicycles past the table where we sat for lunch.
Over the last decade, the rate of childhood obesity in America has grown drastically. While some reasons for this epidemic may include genetics or poor diet, the rise of technology and computer games has greatly contributed to a growing number of inactive adolescents. Youth exercise affects not just physical health, but attitude and test scores as well. Luckily, Sportwall, located in Carpinteria, has developed an innovative way of using modern technology to improve, rather than inhibit, physical health for people around the world. Who knew that computer games could make you fit? Well, now they can. Through their “XerGames” that are now making their way into hundreds of schools, fitness clubs, and family programs around the world, Sportwall has found a way to improve hand-eye coordination, raise enthusiasm, and bring teamwork skills to everyone involved.
During the Fall quarter, UCSB’s Harder Stadium rings with the chant “Olé! Olé! Olé! Olé! Gauchos! Gauchos!” UCSB students as well as Santa Barbara residents flock to the stadium to watch their school’s favorite sports team, the men’s soccer team, triumphantly conquer another opponent. The team most recently earned the 2006 Division I title for the NCAA Championship. Their victory must be attributed, in large part, to their head coach, Tim Vom Steeg who has coached the Gauchos for eight seasons straight.
Take a Deep Breath.Inhale. Exhale. Inhale. Exhale. This phrase is an often used piece of advice to encourage relaxation. Fortunately, we don’t have to consciously think about every breath that we take, particularly since we breathe anywhere from 10 to 20 times every minute.
While our breath is automatic, the practice of bringing a greater degree of attention to our breath can have a dramatic effect on our state of mind as well as our physical performance.While physical and emotional factors can alter the natural rhythm of our breath, adjusting and modifying the way we breathe can facilitate a greater experience of ease of both body and mind.
It’s early, it’s the weekend, and you need coffee. You muster up enough energy to get out of bed, throw something halfway decent on, and head to the nearest coffee spot. As you approach the door, there they are in their bright colored jerseys, or “kits”, sitting by their bikes, drinking coffee and having what appears to be a great time. Suddenly it clicks, “they’ve been up for hours and are now relaxing after what was probably a 50+ mile bike ride!” Who are these people who willingly wake up at the crack of dawn to bike further than most of us would consider
The benefits of massage are numerous: improved circulation, stress reduction, greater range of motion, prevention of muscle injury… and best of all it feels good. But how do you know which type of massage is right for you? Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (www.abmp.com), a national massage organization, estimates there are over 200 different massage techniques practiced today. As a massage therapist with over 15 years experience, I’ve taken a look at some of the most popular massage styles to find out what people in Santa Barbara are asking for.