Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Ava Anderson and Kata Hyvarinen

I know that I've been quiet for a couple weeks now, but there is a reason for that. You, my dearest clients, have been keeping me busy! I am so thankful for each and everyone of you.
I am also very excited to tell you, that after living in North Carolina for 3.5 years,one of my struggles is over: I have found products to use without consuming all those 2000 toxic ingredients that are banned in Europe, but allowed here in US.

Some of you may know that I have come through some serious skin issues while living here in Charlotte, and these days all my water (also shower and bath tub water) is purified and I still can't drink the water from a tab. Because if it tastes disgusting, it can not be good for you, right? The same thing with all the chemicals they put to your skin products. Skin is our biggest organ and guess what is the most effective way to absorb chemicals to our body? (Yes, it's through skin.)

That also means that I have brought my skin care products from Finland, since in Finland you can count that if it says 'Organic' in your product, it also means 100% organic. That, by the way, is not the case here in US. Here you can call any product what ever you wish and you need to be a detective to understand what is hidden in your products. For example under the label fragrance, are hidden so many toxic and harmful chemicals that are linked with birth defects, breast cancer or other autoimmune diseases.

Fortunately I had a chance to meet some awesome ladies who introduces me to a world of Ava Anderson! She is a young lady who founded this company carrying her name to help us stay free of chemicals and lower our toxic load. I ordered my skin care products immediately and just added a new order for my house cleaning, dishwasher and laundry products. This is so great; no more trips to Walmart but I get high quality stuff straight to my house!

Are you as excited as I am? If you are, feel free to ask me more next time we meet! I will be having some products and samples in my office and I can order your stuff to you. I could also be presenting AVAhours at your house, but well... maybe that is not my way to do this. But I will definitely contact you to people who would love to come to have a presentation at your place.

The best thing is, that in January 2016 I will add a new treatment in my services: completely organic and toxic free face, head and  scalp massage! Awesome treatment to get out of that tension in your neck and upper body and activate lymphatic drainage in your face. In this treatment I will be using Ava Anderson -products to clean, hydrate and if you wish also exfoliate your face, but the massage is the thing that you want. I did these treatments back at home and now that I can count on these products, I am back in pampering my ladies!
This 'Queen City Treatment for Awesome Ladies' will last about 30 mins and I'll charge $50. Is that a great gift idea to your friends and family or not? Gift cards are in sale from this moment and 2 lucky ones get a free sample, since I need test these products and procedures before January. Anyone? Contact me if you want to be my guinea pig... only 2 fastest one gets their free 30 minutes treatment!

I am pretty excited about this, so stay tuned. Introducing Ava Anderson Products will be one of our workshops at Ballantyne Chiropractic Wellness in the beginning of the year 2016. But before that, we have a Thanksgiving to celebrate to and also Christmas, my favorite time of the year. I will have reduced hours on Christmas time (I have visitors from home), so book your treatment or collect your gift cards sooner than later.

Season Greetings to y'all!

If you are interested, check the link below.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Our Feet

Those of you who already know me, also know that I like feet. Not just my own, but also my clients. That´s simply because everything starts there. Feet are like a basement of a house and you sure want to have a firm, healthy and stable base to built your house on.

Here is some facts (

The feet are flexible structures of bones, joints, muscles, and soft tissues that let us stand upright and perform activities like walking, running, and jumping. The feet are divided into three sections:
  • The forefoot contains the five toes (phalanges) and the five longer bones (metatarsals).
  • The midfoot is a pyramid-like collection of bones that form the arches of the feet. These include the three cuneiform bones, the cuboid bone, and the navicular bone.
  • The hindfoot forms the heel and ankle. The talus bone supports the leg bones (tibia and fibula), forming the ankle. The calcaneus (heel bone) is the largest bone in the foot.
Muscles, tendons, and ligaments run along the surfaces of the feet, allowing the complex movements needed for motion and balance. The Achilles tendon connects the heel to the calf muscle and is essential for running, jumping, and standing on the toes.

 My job is to make sure that each and every one of those joints are movable, muscles and soft tissues are flexible and there is no ischemia. What does that mean?

In my treatment I will check all the joints between each parts of toes, toes and metatarsals, between metatarsals, between cuneiform and cuboid, between cuboid and navicular etc, you get the picture. Sometimes the muscles and tendons are so tight that the first session goes on more superficial (soft tissues) work, since a big part of the picture are muscles of the shins (peroneals, tibialisis, soleus and gastrocnemius) and only in the second session we can try to move those ligaments to open the joints.

Opening the joints is essential because we want all the nervous tissue be free of any kind of impingement and discomfort. Is it painful? Definitely no, if it's done in a right way. When I am opening your joints, it happens with time and you probably don't even feel it. If we have more stubborn foot, I might ask you to flex and extend your ankle, so that you are always in charge of the movement. That is if I have a slightest idea that my work would give you any pain.

Why you want your feet to be flexible? Because that is how they are meant to be to keep you going. If we wouldn't need the flexibility all those joints give us, we wouldn't have that many joints in our feet!

Most of you have also heard about Reflexology, that addresses all the pressure points at the souls of the feet to help in a huge variety of issues. And yes, I do some reflexology, but that is not my specialty or the field where I am in my most comfort zone. In my believe, you can't get all the benefits of reflexology if you feet lack blood, are swollen or immovable. If the signal from the brain (like keep your feet warm) can't reach the feet, how can the signal from the feet (reflexology) make it's way to a different parts of the body? At least the reflexology session is much more helpful to you if your feet are healthy.

Okay, I will not start to explain about how an imbalance in one ankle affect to the knees and hips etc. You can read about that in my other blog posts (About Posture, More about Soft Tissues) . But what I want to tell you, is that I am able to help you so many issues with your feet: plantar fasciitis, bunions(!), rheumatoid arthritis to a certain point, achilles tendon issues, edema, calluses(!), corns, heal spurs, fallen arches, mallet toes and claw toes (depending on situation) and sometimes even in Morton's neuroma. My treatment is helpful also in cold feet or even peripheral artery disease and peripheral neuropathy if it is supervised by a medical doctor.

Unfortunately I can not help you, if you have gout, fraction, any kind of infection or osteoarthritis or osteoporosis (unless your doctor is working with us). I also need to know and be prepared, if you have warts, athlete's foot or any other kind of fungal infection.

And if you don't have anything special going on with your feet, just come and relax. I know some relaxation techniques that make you sleep in my table.

Loving your feet is healthy!