Category Archives: Health

Chic Review: Worthy Yoga

Located in the heart of Mariemont, WORTHY Yoga is a faith based practice. It’s a light bright, open, simple and welcoming space.

The owner – Brenda Westfall, who also teaches some of the classes, says it’s part of an International Training Program called Holy Yoga, where she completed both her 200 hr and 300 hr Master’s level training. Many of their other instructors have been trained through Holy Yoga, too. 

It’s a brand that fuses physical postures and breath work, to strengthen and make the body more flexible, with a type of yoga that emphasizes the opening of the heart to divine love, to strengthen your faith and devotion to Christ.

What they do a bit differently at WORTHY, versus your traditional yoga studio, is open with prayer and set an intention or theme for the practice based on a passage from scripture. They welcome, and respect, all faiths and denominations.

Then, from there, it’s 100% yoga. They offer a variety of classes all throughout the week and weekend from gentle, slow flow and a more meditation-focused class, to a Yin Yoga, Vinyasa Flow or even a Barre class.

There are no mirrors in the entire space by design… they want you to feel the pose, not see the pose, and not to feel any competition – just a lot of grace. Love that.

You can check out their full class schedule, get location info, introductory offer/class pass and pricing details, and learn more about what makes WORTHY unique and awesome at worthyyoga.com

Knee Pain? Check Out itBandz

Happy New Year! As my first post of 2018, I thought I’d start with a resolution-themed tip about something that helped me a TON.

Last year, just a few months after having my second daughter, I made a resolution to get in shape again. Yes, I know, join the club, right? Well, I took it a step further and signed up for a full marathon (the Columbus Marathon) in October 2017!

Things were going great as I got ramped up. Started with walking and elliptical, eased my way into running a few minutes with some walking breaks, and then got to running several miles non-stop. But once I got into some serious mileage (15-20 miles a week), I started to have some really serious pain in my knees. I was worried that it was going to put my whole marathon on hold, so I immediately did research on what could help.

After digging through LOTS of potions and products online with mixed or dismal reviews, I found that people — especially runners — were raving about these itBandz. They looked easy to use and weren’t expensive (about $20), so I decided to try it out.

I couldn’t believe it. This little band, worn right under my patella (knee cap), took my pain from a solid 9 to a mere 2 or 3. It works by stabilizing the knee, and it’s made with a moisture-wicking, stay-in-place material so there’s no rubbing or chafing, even on the longest runs. I can honestly say it single-handedly helped me to continue my marathon training as planned!

Turns out, there’s a reason my knees were suddenly hurting, aside from more mileage. I found out this summer that I’m pregnant and hormones are loosening my ligaments in preparation for baby #3!

So, now, even after my marathon, I’ve continued to wear my itBandz because of these crazy hormones and loose tendons. Definitely helps to ease joint pain and keep me moving, which is a MUST keeping after two kiddos and preparing for one on the way! (Due April 1!)

Just thought I’d share my story because I know a lot of people are making resolutions this time of year to get back in the saddle and get active again. But that often comes with new aches and pains that can sideline us if we can’t find relief. If this is you, I definitely recommend trying out itBandz!

Visit https://www.itbandz.com to learn more!

Victory Wellness & Medspa: ThermiVa

Aside from skin care treatments and weight loss programs, Victory Wellness & Medspa also offers a different type of treament – ThermiVa®.

According to Dr. Kerschner, ThermiVa® is a radiofrequency treatment that came out about two years ago. It aims to improve vaginal and pelvic fitness by gently heating tissue in the pelvis and vaginal areas to heal tissue.

Oftentimes, Dr. Kerschner says, women will visit Victory Wellness & Medspa with issues of incontinence, especially after having several children or when they are post-menopausal. With these cases, ThermiVa® will go in and restore muscle function around the urethra to help improve the issue.

Helping with incontinence isn’t the only benefit of receiving ThermiVa® treatments. The procedure can also aid in restoring vaginal tightness. Women who have gone through multiple childbirths find that they’re feeling a bit “looser” than they once did, but ThermiVa® an help tighten the muscle around the vagina and restore it back to its youthfulness.

ThermiVa® treatments can also help to increase sensitivity and sexual pleasure, Dr. Kerschner says.

Each ThermiVa® treatment is 45 minutes, and Dr. Kerschner says that you’ll need three sessions up front. And then, depending on the severity of the damage, you’ll need a maintenance treatment every 6 months to 1 year.

This non-invasive procedure also allows you to avoid surgery, which can keep you out of work and life for a while, as it as no downtime.

Dr. Kerschner adds that ThermiVa® treatments have a 98 percent satisfaction rate nationwide, and 100 percent of her clients are satisfied with their results.

Learn more about ThermiVa® and whether the procedure is right for you by visiting victorywellness.com or by calling 513-936-3065.

 

NYR Organic Now MADE SAFE Certified

I told you about my friend Gina Jonson who introduced me to NYR Organic a few months ago, and I’ve been loving their products (their foaming bath and body oil are so dreamy!) I’ve been looking into possibly switching over some of my lotions and cosmetics to NYR, but I was confused when I started comparing. Some of my lotions say they’re “all natural” or even “organic” but NYC just recently stepped it up a notch and got a third party involved to verify the safety and purity of some of their products. Currently, five of the NYR Organic products are now Made Safe certified with more products undergoing the certification process as we speak. I know that definitely helped me when I was comparing to know that a third party was fact checking the ingredients and putting their “made safe” stamp on things!

If you haven’t checked out NYR Organic, definitely go online and learn more about them and look through their online store. They’ve been leading the way in organic since 1981… before organic was even “cool”! 🙂 It’s actually the #1 selling skincare in the UK and Japan! Like I mentioned, I love their foaming bath and body oil, and I’m about to start trying out their baby line because it’s winning all kinds of awards! I’ll check back in with you in a couple months to let you know how it is! In the meantime, feel free to call or email (her contact info is at the top of this page) my friend Gina if you have any questions or want to try anything out!

Hair4Harmony 5k Walk/Run

This Saturday is going to be a GREAT day! Not only because it’s my birthday (woohoo!) but it’s also when the Harmony of Hope Foundation is hosting its Hair4Harmony 5k Run/Walk!

The event will start June 10 at 9:00 AM and benefit the Harmony of Hope Foundation, Inc., a Non-Profit 501 c(3) organization that raises awareness of children suffering from hair loss caused by cancer, alopecia, chemotherapy, and other serious illnesses. They also strive to encourage, empower and support families and loved ones thru this time in their life by providing free wigs, hats, wig care and support FREE of charge up to the age of 21. They are the only Non-Profit in the US that supports all hair loss and can support up to the age of 24 if the child is a full-time student!

When you sign up for the race, 100% of your Registration fee will be donated to this non-profit organization! Not many races can say that!

I’ve attended several Harmony of Hope events, and met many of the people — of all ages — who have been positively affected by this unique organization, so I always love supporting what they do.

The walk/run will be held at Armco Park in Lebanon. Early registration fees are $25 and $30 after June 6 (eek! That’s tomorrow, so hurry!!) Click here to RSVP!

8 ways to boost your confidence immediately!

Check out this super fun blog from my intern, Alexis, on eight ways you can boost your confidence – NOW!

1. Put on those jeans that fit

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There is absolutely nothing more uplifting than your favorite pair of jeans. You know, the ones that are skinny enough that your booty looks super cute but not so tight that your bladder is crushing. A good pair of jeans can be just as comfy as your leggings without the desire to pair it with your high-school boyfriend’s XXL t-shirt that you painted the house and rescued a dog with.

2. Listen to rap

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I promise, it’s scientifically proven! Make a playlist of your favorite rap songs; whether it’s Tupac or Iggy Azalea, that song with that kick-ass beat that you love being injected directly into your brain will have you walking like Tyra Banks.

3. Take a long shower

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Hot showers themselves can already relax and rejuvenate yourself, but getting out with clean hair, shaven legs, and exfoliated skin that smells like berries can have you feeling like a whole new person.

4. Read inspiring mantras

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Having to always lift yourself up alone can be exhausting, but reading one-second blurbs from powerful women who want to lift you just as high isn’t. It’s a great pick-me-up and just as easy as scrolling through Twitter.

5. Call someone who loves you

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Nothing boosts an ego like someone who loves you. Whether it’s your dad, your nana, your cousin, or your partner, you know they will hype you up and give you every bit of strength and confidence you need to get through whatever it is you need to get through. Think about it, have you ever called someone who loves you that much and felt worse after it? Probably not.

6. Put on matte lipstick

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We don’t wear makeup for men, we wear makeup for ourselves, but even then, there’s nothing more annoying than lipstick smudged all over your face. Matte lipstick gives you that bold statement you’re looking for without compromising your lip liner and keeps people mesmerized all day long.

7. Power Pose

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Power posing is the up-and-coming trend to boost confidence. Pick a pose, any pose, that makes you feel powerful – if you were on a billboard, what would it look like – and do that pose in the mirror for 30 seconds. Feel that feeling of power sweep over you and when you’re ready, go out and conquer the world.

8. Do something kind for someone else

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There’s always a sense of internal gratification that comes from doing something nice for someone else. It was unprecedented, unasked for, you just did it because you’re an awesome person. Whether you held the door open for the person behind you or bought a homeless person lunch, no one asked you to do it, you just did it out of the kindness of your heart. That’s pretty awesome, take the awesomeness through the rest of your day.

The Barre Code Opens April 22!

A few months ago, we caught wind of (and of course wrote about) an exciting new fitness studio would be making its way to downtown Cincinnati… The Barre Code!

Essentially it’s a one-stop shop for cardiovascular conditioning, strength training, and restoration. The Chicago co-founders, Ariana Chernin and Jillian Lorenz, developed a full-bodied program six years ago, determined to change the way women perceive their own strength: the focus is always placed on what we have to gain, not lose. And women are loving it! In fact, it was named by Self Magazine as one of the best workouts in the country!

Each class is unique, routines change weekly, and new formats/classes will be introduced throughout the year. Core classes, all 50mins in length, cover all of the body’s needs in a holistic exercise regimen:

  1. The original “Barre Code,” is a total-body workout of isometric holds, heavy repetition, and deep stretching
  2. The “HIITRestore” class empowers clients to reach beyond their physical, mental, and emotional limits on a three-dimensional ride of plyometrics, speedwork and agility training, paired with extensive stretch
  3. The “TBC” or bootcamp class focuses on full-range-of-motion strength training, in addition to HIIT movements

But even though the concept was started in Chicago , it’s still very much locally owned and operated! TBC Cincinnati is owned by downtown Cincinnati resident Michelle Ziegler. She has more than 15 years of dance experience and discovered The Barre Code while living in Chicago in 2013. She quickly felt at home, loved the classes, instructors and wide range of formats. In 2015, she auditioned and was selected to train as an instructor. Since as early as she can recall, aspiring for what she “wanted to be when she grew up”, Michelle has always had a strong desire and passion to run her own business one day. That one day is now!

It wasn’t until she became part of The Barre Code family that she recognized the unique opportunity to join the franchise network and make her lifelong dream a reality. She’s mom to a 6-month old daughter and is extremely proud to be raising her family in Over-the-Rhine.

So, make sure you check out TBC Cincinnati soon to open, located at 615 Main Street, just a few blocks from Fountain Square and on the streetcar line. It’ll be perfect for downtown residents and professionals looking to sneak in a workout before work, during lunch or after a busy day!

To learn more about The Barre Code, click here. You can also follow the Cincinnati studio on Facebook.