Boy, last week sure went by fast! Unfortunately I missed the
tri-mixer. I'm guessing that my classmates carried on in my stead.
I was, instead, fighting with car issues. I'll spare you all the
details. Suffice it to say, the "Wonder Wagon" (my car) will be
seeing some time with the mechanic in the very near future.
Hopefully it's all fixable.
I wouldn't dare have taken pictures of this, but in Functional
Rehabilitation this last week, we had a guest "lecturer" come do a
yoga class with us! It was AWESOME! I used to do a fair amount of
yoga and stretching but have fallen out of practice with it. It was
good to learn some different poses. It's definitely something I'd
like to get back into. Of course a lot of our patients will likely
be yoga followers--so it's good to be familiar in that aspect.
The best part of the demonstration was trying "laughter yoga."
If you haven't tried this--I highly recommend it. The teacher
challenged us to laugh for one minute--stating that our bodies
don't know the difference between fake and real laughter. Now, I
disagree with this philosophically, but it was absolutely
hilarious. I have to call out my classmate Alid Perez. We all
started our "fake laugh," and I swear he burst into authentic
laughter. Within seconds I was crying because I was laughing so
hard. It was therapeutic in really amazing and odd ways. I'm
honestly thinking that I will try to find a laughter yoga group to
participate in. Here's a web article from The Body Knows Best about the benefits of
laughter yoga. If you're interested in finding a laughter yoga
group near you--try the Laughter Yoga website. Have a laugh! It might
make all the difference.
I've been doing some research on a variety of topics this week,
the latest of which is on oxytocin and its roles in social
conditioning. It's absolutely fascinating. Most of the research
stems from the links between oxytocin and bonding between mother
and child, but there's also research regarding partners and
long-term relationships. I had, jokingly, made comments about
relationships and oxytocin before. I had absolutely no idea there
was truth to it. So I'm eating it up with a spoon. I've even added
it to my Pubmed research returns. I'll probably have a million of
those before too long.
Now that I'm driving a car without AC (in Florida!), I want to
remind everybody how important it is to drink a lot of water. This
page, The Health Benefits of Water, isn't very
flashy, but has a lot of good factoids about water. The body is
over 70% water, the brain 75%. We lose 1/2-1 cup of water out of
the soles of our feet every day! That blows my chronic flip-flop
wearing mind! To contribute to my own dehydration, I went out to
Pass a Grille beach to take some pictures for you all. Enjoy and
have a great week!