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Please join us SEPTEMBER 18TH from 12:30P.M.- 2 P.M. as Lauri Leadley, founder and President of Valley Sleep Center leads us in Yoga nidra. Yoga nidra or yogic sleep is a state of consciousness between waking and sleeping, like the "going-to-sleep" stage, typically induced by a guided meditation. There is evidence that yoga nidra helps to relieve stress and insomnia. It has even been applied by the US Army to assist soldiers to recover from post-traumatic stress disorder. As a culture, we're always connected, often stressed, and our nervous systems are constantly in a fight-or-flight, sympathetic state. Yoga nidra is an effective and efficient way to access the "rest and digest" parasympathetic state, which is where healing happens. In the beginning, whether you fall asleep during practice (which is quite common) or not, you'll start feeling more rested and restored. It has been said, one hour of yoga nidra is as restful as a few hours of sleep—so it's a great tool to rely on when you're feeling under-rested. And as you progress, you can use yoga nidra as a spiritual practice to help clarify and execute your purpose as you spend more time inside your mind, fusing your consciousness with your powerful subconscious. Don’t worry about your ability to hold "regular" yoga poses. The best way to describe yoga nidra is that it's a lot like a very long savasana, or corpse pose. The difference is that while in traditional yoga classes this pose typically lasts for a few minutes, in a yoga nidra class you'll be holding it for the full hour of practice. You will direct your awareness to your body, breath, and conjure up imagery that helps you more easily transition into that hypnotic, ultra-relaxed state that leaves you feeling so rested afterward. You will need to bring a pillow, thick blanket to lay on (limited number of foam mats are available to use at our office) as well as a light blanket to cover yourself as this state of deep of relaxation can cause a slight drop in our body temperature. There are a few glider rockers available for those who cannot access the floor easily. Ultimately you want to have your body in a state of supreme comfort.

Lauri Leadley is the Founder and President of Valley Sleep Center which provides complete sleep health management at their 5 clinics located in Phoenix, Arizona, USA.A two-time cancer survivor, Lauri knows first-hand how important sleep is to health and she has made it her life’s mission to help others get the sleep they need.Lauri and Valley Sleep Center have won several awards of excellence including the Phoenix Business Journal – Top 25 Women in Business, Spirit of Enterprise Award, and Careerbuilder Top Companies to Work for in Arizona.

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Current Articles

» Reiki Community Share
» Back Pain Increases As Children and Adolescents Age
» Study Reveals Majority of U.S. Adults Inclined to Visit a Chiropractor
» Boost Performance - Eat Your Breakfast

Reiki Community Share


Reiki is a spiritual healing art with roots in Japanese origin. The word Reiki comes from Japanese word (Rei) which means "Universal Life" and (Ki) which means "Energy". Reiki is not affiliated with an particular religion of religious practice. It is not massage nor is it based on belief or suggestion. The practice has been around for thousands of years and has been said to help improve the flow of energy around the body, enabling relaxation, reduce pain and improve healing time. These Community Share sessions will be held every Wednesday evening, inside suite #2 wellness center, from 5-7 pm, begining September 4th. Niki will be joined by three Reiki Masters, Zara Smith and Vira Smith (who happen to be Niki's sisters!) and dear friend Michelle Johnson, LMT. These share sessions are open to all certified Reiki Practitioners (any level) and anyone who would like to receive a session or learn more about Reiki. Cost per class is $10. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Back Pain Increases As Children and Adolescents Age

With all the studies evaluating the prevalence and cause of back pain, few have focused on back pain in our children and adolescents and none have been conducted on a larger scale.  Fortunately, this changed when doctors at the Hospital of Special Surgery in New York City surveyed 3,669 children and adolescents across the United States.  Their goal was to establish the prevalence of back pain in 10-18 year olds as well as identify any demographic or physical activity factors.  Their findings revealed that overall, 29% of the boys experienced back pain in the previous year.  Perhaps more surprisingly, this number rose to 38% in the girls.  Additionally, the occurrence of back pain increased steadily with the age of the children/adolescents.  Almost 80% of those studied stated they participated in a sport or physical activity.  As the level of competition increased and became more intense (travel teams vs. recreational athletes), so too did the occurrence of back pain.  Additionally, there was a strong correlation between the incidence of back pain and the style of backpack used.  Those using a two strap backpack were less likely to experience back pain as compared with those using rolling backpacks with two straps and the waistband fastened, or, those using backpacks with a single strap.  The data collected from this study shed light on the serious risk our youth face when it comes to back injuries.  Chiropractors undergo years of extensive study and training to identify and treat back pain, in both adults and children.  In fact, of those youth surveyed above who experienced back pain within the last year, approximately 34% sought chiropractic care.  If your child or adolescent is or has experienced back pain, we encourage you to schedule a no-commitment consultation with a licensed doctor of chiropractic today!

Source: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. March 12, 2019
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Study Reveals Majority of U.S. Adults Inclined to Visit a Chiropractor

Millions of U.S. adults would choose chiropractic care first to treat neck or back pain, according to a recent nationwide survey. The Gallup-Palmer report revealed 57% of all U.S. adults believe in the effectiveness of treatment and are likely to visit a chiropractor. Over 50% of adults have visited a chiropractic doctor in the past, and over 25% would choose a chiropractor over any other type of doctor if they experienced back or neck pain. The nationally representative survey, commissioned by the Palmer College of Chiropractic in Iowa, also found that more adults are seeking chiropractic treatment than previously estimated. The survey found that 33.6 million Americans visited a chiropractor in 2014, up from the 2012 estimate of 20.6 million Americans. Chiropractic care takes a trained, conservative approach to the treatment of neuromusculoskeltal concerns, limiting the need for prescription painkillers or surgery. However, about four in ten U.S. adults reported concerns about cost, and nearly half did not know whether their insurance plan covered chiropractic services. According to the American Chiropractic Association (ACA), numerous recent studies refute these misconceptions. The ACA reports that chiropractic care is at least partially covered by most insurance plans and is considered a cost-effective form of treatment for back and neck pain.

Source:, online September 08, 2015
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Boost Performance - Eat Your Breakfast

Skipping breakfast can lead to a reduced athletic performance later in the day according to U.K. researchers.  In a group of 10 males, researchers compared performance later in the day when eating breakfast as well as when skipping breakfast.  In this particular group of individuals, when breakfast was skipped, even though more calories tended to be consumed during lunch (an average of approximately 200 additional calories), their later day performance was still reduced.  More studies will need to be performed but if you're an athlete with an athletic performance later it the day, making a decision to skip breakfast may reduce your overall performance, even if more calories are consumed later in the day.

Source: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, online May 12, 2015.
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