I walked in for my cupping therapy appointment curious and hopeful. My massage therapist has been practicing cupping for over 20 years, so I knew I was in good hands. I’m not queasy about acupuncture, so I thought this would be a breeze. Wow. It was intense.
Kira RoarkWhen not writing for Books for Better Living, KIRA ROARK is practicing yoga, meditating, reading, and going on relaxed runs on the creek trail down the street. Or ... watching Real Housewives and lazing by the pool. (Life is all about balance, right?) She lives in "the city house zoo" - a highrise apartment in downtown Denver she shares with her husband, stepdaughter, dog, cat, tortoise + two fish. You can reach her at ClarityBranding.com.
Articles by Kira Roark
When adult friendships end, there’s usually a deep ache that comes with self-knowledge. We know ourselves better, we understand the world better, and we know we’re probably not going to make up over Snapchat that same night.
Dr. James DiNicolantonio, a leading cardiovascular research scientist, has reviewed over 500 publications to unravel the impact of salt on blood pressure and heart disease. He’s reached a startling conclusion: The vast majority of us don’t need to watch our salt intake.
Well, actually they are your grandma's florals. Imagine having tea in your grandma's breakfast nook. There's a white wicker couch with bright floral upholstery and curtains to match. That's it - that's what's hot in fitness wear these days.
Here are some of our fave books for May, organized around the idea that springtime is about change and renewal and growth. Time for self-care, in all its forms: financial, physical, spiritual. Forget New Year resolutions, spring is the best time to make change in your life. Align yourself with the earth’s energy as it transforms itself and use this time to sweep out the old and bring in the new. These books will give you what you need to spring forward!
Be prepared, travel light, and get globetrotter gorgeous. Don't stress about packing for your summer getaway! Packing can be part of the pleasure of travel. You just need to know what you’re doing. How to Pack by Hitha Palepu gives you everything you need to travel smart for any trip.
The New Allergy Solution is a practical guide for finding relief from allergies. Dr. Clifford W. Bassett talks about how we’re now living in a world where allergies are on the rise – in frequency, severity, and complexity. The reasons why go far beyond the fragile nature of our “microenvironments” (our food, homes, offices, bodies). These factors affect all of us, no matter if we suffer from allergies or not.
Maybe you know better than anyone how to read your bestie's expressions - from "first-bite-of-ice-cream bliss" to "a wrath of fury about to be unleashed." Maybe your BFF has lifted you out of a sad time, forcing you to go outside to see "that the world was still there ... I was still me. And we were still us."
Plants purify the air and cleanse away stress. They create a feeling of sanctuary. A small potted houseplant can also be a lovely reminder to pause throughout your day. In four easy steps, here's how to bring a little mindfulness and beauty into your day.
Benefits of abhyanga include the natural production of ocytocin, the “feel-good” hormone. Try it in the morning and at night to see which feels better for you – it can help you lift your energy for the day ahead or help settle you down for a good night’s sleep. Ayurvedic self-massage can also help release toxins in the soft tissues so your body can naturally detox.