Salvere Blog: A Peek at Zero Balancing

February 18, 2019
by Salvere Health and Fitness
zero balancingIn our first in depth look at a non-traditional healing treatment option, we will examine Zero Balancing. So when I first heard “Zero Balancing”, I thought so many different things about what it entailed and what exactly it accomplished. Taken directly from the national website, “Zero Balancing is a powerful body-mind therapy that uses skilled touch to address the relationship between energy and structures of the body.”
Now that we cleared that up!! To better understand, lets start with a better understanding of what exactly these modalities such as Zero Balancing and Acupuncture work on when they say “energy”. We hear energy and might think of having none after a long day at work or a kid who goes and goes, without seeming to rest, or energy when we use power.
Well, the energy they refer to, often called Chi, flows throughout the body to organs and throughout systems in the body giving us life. In a very small nutshell, when we experience pain, illness or such, it indicates a blockage in this energy flow. Zero Balancing addresses this through gentle touch around the bones, joints and soft tissue to bring things back into balance.
To understand more about this technique and learn if it could be something to help you relieve pain, decrease stress or improve your well being, check out the Zero Balancing Health Association website. I encourage you to investigate various techniques to see how you feel afterwards. Often it takes several meetings to really notice the benefits and changes to your body. Let us know if you tried it in the past or try it after this article!
by Lisa Martin, owner and personal trainer at Salvere Health and Fitness. To contact, email Lisa@SalvereHealthAndFitness.com or call 410.707.0055.
We welcome your thoughts and ideas! Thank you for reading and taking the steps to become a healthier YOU.

Salvere Blog: Building Your Team

January 28, 2019
team puzzleAs we discussed in our last blog we want to take her deeper look into utilizing various modalities keep your body running in good condition. We like to encourage our clients to develop a team of people to help them maintain optimal movement and advise when something does not feel quite right.
Like your car or your house, you utilize various professionals for different problems. For example, you wouldn’t call the roofer to fix your plumbing. Now, lets take this mindset to our bodies.
First thing to remember you are in charge of your own body. Give feedback and as much information as you can when talking to someone. For instance, provide details on any old injuries, illnesses, accidents, child birth issues, medications, etc. Find people to be on your team that ask for and want to listen to what you tell them. Your feedback provides the road map for us to help uncover what might be the cause.
Second, be sure they’re willing to talk to other people on your team to help you feel your best. Encourage conversations and ask a lot of questions. Expect the same from each and every practitioner! Do they receive your feedback and implement it into their treatment plan? Do they follow up after your initial sessions to get to know more about how your body responds?
Finally, change practitioners if someone does not listen or let you be the one in charge of your body. Do you job and follow thru on the suggestions and if something makes it worse, better or no different, give that feedback. Often we let things go and it takes time to uncover what might be the root cause. It takes time for someone new to learn your body. Don’t wait too long if you see little to no progress. For instance, you may need to go through one or two massage therapists before you find the one that works for you.
Pain does not mean that the problem started there! Start when it’s minor, be patient with the process and do you part outside of your time with the practitioner. Yes, it takes an investment in time and money. Find partners willing to be on the journey with you, in a positive environment.
by Lisa Martin, owner and personal trainer at Salvere Health and Fitness. To contact, email Lisa@SalvereHealthAndFitness.com or call 410.707.0055.
We welcome your thoughts and ideas! Thank you for reading and taking the steps to become a healthier YOU.

Salvere Blog: Why Wait

January 22, 2019
Everyday as Americans we sit,we drive, we watch TV, we get on our phones or computers for hours and hours a day. When it comes to taking care of our house or car we make sure we maintain our hot water heaters, HVAC systems, our tires and get regular oil changes.
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We invest in these maintenance things so we create the best environment for them so they last as long as possible and as efficiently as possible. Why do we wait when it comes to our bodies?
Something whispers in that “it kinda feels a little” — so we wait, convincing ourselves it will go away. Maybe it does, maybe it doesn’t. Or it goes away, only to come back in 6 months, a year later and instead of whispering, it’s talking a little louder. And then, the next time it visits, it’s kinda screaming — It usually takes a loud talk or yell before it gets addressed.
How do we start to invest in our bodies, our human machines (we only get one!) the way we do our house or car? Its hard to know what to do, who to see, where to ask, how long to expect, what happened to begin with, how to fit it into a busy schedule, how to afford it… In our next series of blogs, we want to introduce you to some lesser used techniques and modalities to help our bodies maintain a healthy musculoskeletal system.
If you want to know more about something you heard of, please drop us an email and we will include it in our series… After all, if you wonder, pretty good chances someone else wonders too!!
by Lisa Martin, owner and personal trainer at Salvere Health and Fitness. To contact, email Lisa@SalvereHealthAndFitness.com or call 410.707.0055.
We welcome your thoughts and ideas! Thank you for reading and taking the steps to become a healthier YOU.

Salvere Blog: Being Talented

December 17, 2018
by Salvere Health and Fitness
What talents do you notice and others? What talents do you notice in yourself? How do you defined talent? Ever thought that you weren’t talented because you don’t play a sport or draw or play an instrument?
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I find it interesting that we admire certain talents such as painting or drawing or playing the piano yet being a starving artist is a real thing. If it’s so valued and admired why are they starving?
What talents do people have extending beyond the arts and sports? Maybe it’s a talent working with kids or a talent gathering the community or a talent with listening and making someone else feel heard. Maybe it’s a talent with telling a story or a talent with articulating and summarizing a book.
What talents do you see and do you compliment people on their special talent? Could you broaden your perspective of talent and share what talents you see in others? How about in yourself? What unique talent do you see in you?
by Lisa Martin, owner and personal trainer at Salvere Health and Fitness. To contact, email Lisa@SalvereHealthAndFitness.com or call 410.707.0055.
We welcome your thoughts and ideas! Thank you for reading and taking the steps to become a healthier YOU.

Salvere Blog: Can We Change the Conversation?

December 3, 2018
inner-beauty-jgwWe started talking about how and what we say throughout our blogs, in various ways. Before we go any further, I wanted to go more into “why” its important to change how we discuss dieting and exercise.
How many of you think about exercise in terms of weight loss and/or external appearance, dieting to be healthy, workouts should be hard, good and bad foods and/or that there’s a “right” way to exercise?
How would it feel if we talked about moving our bodies in terms of feeling better, more energetic and less stiff? Or in terms of our abilities? Or how it creates an environment to build a community, feel connected and get to know your friends and neighbors better?
How would your kids feel if we took time to be outdoors, enjoying each other company, hiking, biking or wandering? How would it feel if you enjoyed that glass of wine or cake without feeling bad about it later? Of if we took time to talk about and appreciate our inside gifts, what make us unique? What if we talked more about appreciating what taking care of our bodies enables us to do?
How can you begin to expand and change your mindset with the ideas and concepts surrounding exercise and food? What can you do to change how you talk to yourself, friends and children? Take time to “see” and say to people you know and even strangers!
YOU MATTER!!!
by Lisa Martin, owner and personal trainer at Salvere Health and Fitness. To contact, email Lisa@SalvereHealthAndFitness.com or call 410.707.0055.
We welcome your thoughts and ideas! Thank you for reading and taking the steps to become a healthier YOU.

Salvere Blog: What To Stay Instead

November 19, 2018
In continuing the idea of changing the conversations, sometimes it might be hard knowing what to say instead. This week, we put together ideas on what to say instead of complementing someone on their external appearance/body, try these.
I enjoy your sense of humor.
It’s great how much you know about history
I appreciate all you do for your community
You’re such a good listener.
I value the advice and deep perspective you provide during our conversations.
I learn so much listening to you talk about the books you read
You bring such a positive feel when you walk in the room.
Thank you for checking in periodically, it makes a difference.
I admire your persistence with _____________.
Hope these help to get you thinking!!
by Lisa Martin, owner and personal trainer at Salvere Health and Fitness. To contact, email Lisa@SalvereHealthAndFitness.com or call 410.707.0055.
We welcome your thoughts and ideas! Thank you for reading and taking the steps to become a healthier YOU.

Salvere Blog: What We Really Lost From Dieting

November 12, 2018
by Salvere Health and Fitness
Through our dieting culture, we lost quite a bit… and not quite a bit of weight but quite a bit about the realities of food and exercise. By hyper focusing on weight loss, we missed all these things (and more):
  • Eating fat and carbohydrates are good for you
  • Its okay to enjoy food
  • Complementing things about a person beyond appearance matters
  • Real food matters
  • There’s way more to movement then simply checking the box of exercise
  • Movement matters to all, regardless of size
  • Skinny does not equal healthy
  • External appearance means very little
  • Losing weight does not automatically mean something “good”
  • Self worth extends far beyond anything the scale can tell
  • Food fuels your body
  • Appropriate exercise matters way more then the intensity of an exercise
  • Exercise includes so many more things, far beyond going to the gym
  • Dance, play and enjoy life — It matters most
We want to work to change the conversations surrounding weight loss. How can you look beyond the media messages in your own life and with others?
by Lisa Martin, owner and personal trainer at Salvere Health and Fitness. To contact, email Lisa@SalvereHealthAndFitness.com or call 410.707.0055.
We welcome your thoughts and ideas! Thank you for reading and taking the steps to become a healthier YOU.

Salvere Blog: Hoping One Day to “Arrive”?

August 20, 2018

by Salvere Health and Fitness

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How often do you look at something in your life and think, one day, I’ll finally arrive? Could be regarding your marriage, friendships, family, your health, fitness, etc.

Let’s dig deeper into the fitness and exercise piece of this. How many times have you started exercising or changed your eating habits with the thought of “once I lose this weight…” or “I’ll do this for the next 6 weeks then…” or “once I decrease my cholesterol…” or

While we see victories and pit stops all along the way, arrival never really happens. We may stay with one particular think for months or even years and then at some point, we move on. Look at movement as it changes constantly throughout a lifetime. As a child, we run and play outside then possibly translate that into an organized sport, dance or other activity.

Once we move on to adulting and work, our bodies experience something different. Maybe we outgrow the opportunities, maybe an injury sets in causing us to stop playing, maybe we take up running for a while, maybe we switch to yoga, maybe then we combine different things, maybe we need physical therapy, maybe …

Things happen throughout life. How would your perspective on things change if we told ourselves to expect something (even though you might not know exactly what)? Your movement program changes as your life does… How can you create the space to allow this to happen?

by Lisa Martin, owner and personal trainer at Salvere Health and Fitness. To contact, email Lisa@SalvereHealthAndFitness.com or call 410.707.0055.

We welcome your thoughts and ideas! Thank you for reading and taking the steps to become a healthier YOU.

Salvere Blog: Fruit Juice

August 13, 2018
If someone suggested drinking a glass of fruit juice daily, what thought initially pops into your mind? Show of hands if you thought no because of something regarding how much sugar it contains?
Now, show of hands if you think drinking a glass of red wine provides heart healthy benefits? How many of you would be more accepting of drinking a glass of wine a day for health benefits vs a glass of fruit juice? I’m talking, real, 100% pure, real fruit juice — Like concord grape, pineapple, grapefruit or something along those lines.
Recently, I started listening to a book on how we hear certain messages without even knowing and the author brought up this topic of red wine and the health benefits. So, wine vs fruit juice– advertisements tout the benefits of glass of wine a day for heart health …. Yet what conversations do we have regarding fruit juice? Look below at my quick google search for “wine” and “fruit juice”.
As an adult, when’s the last time you drank juice? Do you still give your child juice? Maybe the benefits of antioxidants and such make revisiting a daily dose of juice worth investigating??
by Lisa Martin, owner and personal trainer at Salvere Health and Fitness. To contact, email Lisa@SalvereHealthAndFitness.com or call 410.707.0055.
We welcome your thoughts and ideas! Thank you for reading and taking the steps to become a healthier YOU.

Salvere Blog: Having Challenging Conversations

July 30, 2018
See how long you can go without either talking about or hearing someone talk about weight, losing weight, weight loss, being skinny, being heavy and/or eating “bad” foods. Reply with the longest amount of time you experienced!!!
What’s the big deal with this you might ask? Well, maybe nothing, maybe a whole lot, maybe somewhere in between. I talk a lot with friends and clients regarding these various topics and more often then not, they say how uncomfortable these conversations make them. (FYI this comes from people of all body sizes) Maybe because they tried to lose weight and didn’t, lost weight and gained it back or struggled after a health issue.
A few topics: going for weight loss surgery, not eating to lose weight, being heavy hurts knees/back, etc, so lucky to be skinny or not need to worry about weight, questions why exercise when thin, doing a shake or something extreme to lose weight.
What if you find yourself in a conversation that feels uncomfortable regarding weight or dieting, what do you do? Well, you could say something simple along the lines of “this conversation feels uncomfortable, can we change the topic?” Or you can expand on why it feels that way to you.
What if you find yourself being the one that brings it up and find out the other person doesn’t want to talk about it? Listen to the other person and respect what they feel. Complimenting weight loss feels like a great thing and sometimes it’s not.
Instead of immediately complimenting someones external body, find a way to ask a question first about what’s been going on. You might find out they’ve been sick or depressed or not eating. Notice something else like they seem to have more energy, notice their positive outlook or improved posture.
As a trainer, when we sit down and drink a beer together, it’s okay to simply enjoy the chicken wings with me! No need to justify or explain how it’s your cheat day or you’ll get back on track tomorrow or… Let’s change the conversations!!!
by Lisa Martin, owner and personal trainer at Salvere Health and Fitness. To contact, email Lisa@SalvereHealthAndFitness.com or call 410.707.0055.
We welcome your thoughts and ideas! Thank you for reading and taking the steps to become a healthier YOU.