This time of year can be rough for those of us that like to get our movement in outdoors. Here are some good ways to add movement into your day when it’s cold and wet outside:
1.) Make your meetings walking or standing meetings. Take a stroll with your colleagues around the office while you talk or just stand around the conference table while you meet.
2.) Take stretch breaks. Spend 5-10 minutes twice a day stretching out your back, neck, hips, and shoulders. You can bend forward to touch your toes then grab the opposite elbow and gently sway side to side.
3.) Foam Roll in the evenings while watching your favorite shows. Even just a few minutes on the foam roller every day will help loosen up tight, stiff muscles.
4.) Add incidental movement to your day by taking the stairs instead of the elevator or parking your car at the far end of the parking lot.
5.) Stand at a counter while you eat your lunch instead of sitting.
6.) Walk around while you take your phone calls.
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We are very excited to welcome TWO new artists to the Equilibrium Gallery for our spring into summer show!
Rachel Brodkey is showing her vibrant collection of paintings of all sizes.
Plus Dan Madsen of Drifted Arts will be exhibiting a few of his living sculptures.
To celebrate, on Thursday, May 4th from 6pm-9pm, we’re teaming up with our neighbors at Evolution Hair Design for a First Thursday FIESTA! Please join us for art, music, food, fun, and margaritas!
Equilibrium is thrilled to welcome artist Musa Jaman and her series of botanical oil paintings titled “Late Bloomer”.
Please join us at Equilibrium on Thursday, January 5th from 6pm-8pm for an artist reception, wine, and hors d’ouevres.
Artist Musa Jaman is a “late blooming” self-taught painter residing in Portland Oregon whose primary inspiration comes from her love of nature and the outdoors. A Northwest native, Musa’s upbringing has been full of raw, unpasteurized adventure and the distinct propensity for “taking the road less traveled”. Her background in science feeds a multi-dimensional curiosity and deep inspiration for broad creative exploration. For Musa, nature is the ultimate healing force driving much of the inspiration for her paintings.
“Because there are infinite ways to approach a subject, I simply work to distill what is most pleasing to me – once the brush is in my hand the adventure begins in pursuit of the intangible abstractions revealed only through the process…it’s an annealing of sorts – a cathartic journey through the fire of the unknown.”
A quote aptly describing this creative process comes from one of Musa’s greatest influences;
“The abstraction is often the most definite form for the intangible thing in myself that I can only clarify in paint.” ~ Georgia O’Keeffe
This body of work is an invitation to bask in the brilliant color, sublime curve and deep serenity of nature through the expression of the subtle and intricate beauty of botanicals.
More of her work can be found on her website and Facebook page.
Please contact her directly for commissions, gallery invitations, and special projects at: 503.999.0202
This in-depth article explores how Western medicine views the benefits of acupuncture.
Neurobiological Mechanisms of Acupuncture
By Kwokming James Cheng on ScienceDirect.com
This paper presents some previously proposed neurobiological mechanisms on how acupuncture may work in some clinical applications from a clinician’s perspective. For the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions, the proposed mechanisms included microinjury, increased local blood flow, facilitated healing, and analgesia. Acupuncture may trigger a somatic autonomic reflex, thereby affecting the gastric and cardiovascular functions. Acupuncture may also change the levels of neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine, thereby affecting the emotional state and craving. This mechanism may form the basis for the treatment of smoking cessation.
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