The offering of massages at spas and healing centers these days is extremely diverse—and goes far beyond just the usual Swedish or deep-tissue, incorporating techniques from all over the world. If you’re feeling adventurous, or your regular massage just isn’t cutting it, here are four popular styles to consider.
Nicole SprinkleNICOLE SPRINKLE has spent her career in publishing. She's been a health editor at Parenting magazine and has written about health, parenting, food and travel for national magazines like Family Circle, All You, Fit Pregnancy, Natural Solutions, Brides, Bridal Guide and Time Out New York Kids. She has contributed to the New York Times' "Motherlode blog" and writes for the Huffington Post's Parentry blog. She is currently the Food + Drink Editor at Seattle Weekly.
Articles by Nicole Sprinkle
Women of all ages love make-up but, as we get older and our skin becomes more mature, our regimen needs a bit of tweaking. Look your best by calling attention to certain features while subtly addressing any signs of aging.
Recently I had an amazing pasta dish at a restaurant in Seattle, which was a take on the Italian classic Cacio de Pepe (essentially pasta tossed with parmesan cheese and pepper). However, in this version, there was another subtle burst of umami, which I was told came from the addition of nutritional yeast. Not only did it taste amazing, but I later learned that nutritional yeast has health benefits to boot.
Alternative medicine often gets a bad rap—and while it’s true that it’s a field with far less research and clinical studies to back it up, primarily because there isn’t big pharmaceutical money behind it, even conventional doctors, hospitals, and organizations like the Mayo Clinic are recognizing the benefits that can come from complementary and nontraditional medicine. The Mayo Clinic even has an Integrative Medicine and Health department that works alongside traditional doctors, and a research arm that studies complementary and integrative medicine and performs clinical trials.
International bestselling author and neuropsychologist Rick Hanson is an expert in brain neuroplasticity. That’s a mouthful, but all it really means is that you have the power to change your brain through the experiences you choose to have and, by doing so, also change your state of mind to one of peace, calm, and happiness.
With the holidays approaching, you’ll likely be snapping pictures faster than anyone can say “cheese.” But to really capture the moments that you’ll want to frame and keep forever—or to make that killer family card you send out every year—check out some of these “photo recipes” from Me Ra Koh, author of Your Family in Pictures: The Parents’ Guide to Photographing Holidays, Family Portraits, and Everyday Life.
Summer ends and simultaneously the word salad drops from our vocabulary. But it doesn’t have to, because fall and winter provide ample opportunities to enjoy seasonal salads, typically heartier, grain-based ones that also incorporate ingredients such as root veggies, dark greens, dried fruit, nuts, and richer cheeses. In fact, during this time of year, a salad can easily become a main dish.
Everyone knows about menopause; it’s the time in a woman’s life when her reproductive cycle ends, typically in one’s early fifties. But long before that—often in the forties and sometimes even as early as the mid- to late-thirties—approximately 3 million women will experience perimenopause or “around menopause.” When estrogen and progesterone levels begin to decrease, menstrual cycles may become irregular, and other less obvious symptoms can rear their head as well, such as disrupted sleep; fatigue; vaginal dryness; decrease in sex drive; mood swings and depression; difficulty concentrating; noticeably dry hair, nails, and skin; and a change in cholesterol levels. Some women may even experience hot flashes.
In her book, Approval Junkie: Adventures in Caring Too Much, Emmy Award–winning contributor to CBS News Sunday Morning and panelist on NPR’s Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!, Faith Salie, takes on her lifelong quest for approval—one which many women can relate to. In it she digs deeply into the myriad ways in which women are taught by society […]
The word beauty has come to represent a billion-dollar industry that promises women ways to look younger by spending their money on everything from creams and cosmetics to Botox and butt lifts. We seek outer transformation in vials and containers, slathering our hair and faces with the latest touted ingredients. Sometimes they work, for a night, maybe a few months even. But when these magical potions cease to continue giving us the outcomes we desire, we move on to the next “great” bottled balm.