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Reiki by Christina

Posted on November 26th, 2015 by Shari´ Parks

Christina is a Usui & Tibetan Reiki Master practitioner. She previously practiced energy work and intuitive Reiki in the Hudson Valley area of New York before moving to Baltimore and receiving her Master level certification. Her natural healing work incorporates various modalities such as aura diagnostics, breath work, and chakra alignment.

Christina believes that all bodies deserve a safe, judgement-free space to receive energy healing. She incorporates this belief into her Reiki practice and is dedicated to creating accessibility and awareness around alternative medicine services. She applies Reiki for self-care and believes in the power of Reiki to promote physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual healing for others.

Christina will be begin to provide Reiki and chakra balancing services at Aaduri in December. Appointments can be made for 30,60 and 90min sessions.

Go to www.aaduri.com to schedule a session.

Giving Back: Aaduri Food drive

Posted on November 25th, 2015 by Shari´ Parks

Join us for our annual food drive. GEDCO, NE Baltimore based food pantry, is in need of the following items:

* Jelly
* Canned meat, tuna
* Spaghetti sauce
* Peanut butter

We are accepting donations Nov 23 – Dec 31. Stop by the studio to make your contribution to help sustain those that depend on our area food pantries.

Lypossage at Aaduri

Posted on November 17th, 2015 by Shari´ Parks

Ellen Khaneer, LMT is now offering Lypossage Massage services!

Lypossage is a contouring treatment that breaks up adhesions, flushes toxins, and helps smooth out cellulite. This treatment has been PROVEN to smooth cellulite, promote toning, and decreases the inches around problem areas. Treatments are broken down into three zones. Each zone requires 18 treatments. It’s a 6wk commitment with 3 sessions per week. Each session is 30min. The initial appointment is a $50.00 investment for the 30min treatment. Each session afterward is $60.00 per 30min treatment.

Schedule your initial session by going to www.aaduri.com

New Services at Aaduri

Posted on November 17th, 2015 by Shari´ Parks

Great news. At Aaduri Healing Arts we are now providing a deep discount to our special population clients. For those that educate our future, protect our community and country we offer the special55. Year round. Not just around Veteran’s Day, or Teacher’s Appreciation Month, but year round. Thank you for your service. When scheduling your next session be sure to enter the code in the notes of your appointment to receive the special rate. Go to www.aaduri.com

~ 60min for Educators is now $55 use code Edu55
~ 60min for Veterans is now $55 use code Vet55
~ 60min for Active Military is now $55 use code Mil55
~ 60min for Police Officers is now $55 use code Pol55
~ 60min for Firefighters is now $55 use code Fire55

Chronic Fatigue and Massage Therapy

Posted on February 27th, 2015 by Shari´ Parks

Chronic fatigue syndrome, commonly known as CFS, is certainly an illness that leads to severe and many times disabling exhaustion and fatigue. Also accompanied by pain in various parts of the body. Chronic fatigue can last for months or years. The exact cause is unknown; however some of the factors can be allergies, a malfunctioning immune system, or chronic infection.

If this is you, there are a variety of alternative therapies to select. Three of the most common treatment choices are massage therapy, acupuncture and yoga.

Massage therapy can reduce stress-related symptoms, improve circulation, and increase your overall sense of well-being. Acupuncture stimulates the body to heal and protect itself from negative forces. Yoga encourages breathing techniques to give the body energy.

Whatever method you select CFS is a condition that can be managed; restoring optimal health and pulling you out of exhaustion that you may have experience for far too long.

Source: Chronic fatigue syndrome | University of Maryland Medical Center
Source: Your Health | January 2015 | Treatments for Chronic Fatigue

Life of a Vegan part 6: Where’s the Protein

Posted on January 23rd, 2015 by Shari´ Parks

Many people believe a plant-based diet doesn’t provide enough protein. Yes, one can survive and not die living off a whole plant based diet. How else do some of the biggest and strongest animals on the planet like the gorilla, buffalo and elephant get so powerful on a herbivorous diet? So, when we talk protein we are really measuring amino acids. Amino acids have a specific role in our metabolism, muscle development, and wound healing. When you hear about your protein source being better than another, it’s referencing the amino acid makeup. Some animal foods contain high levels of amino acids. How much protein do you need? Between 10-20% of your total daily caloric intake. As a vegan athlete, another question I get all the time is about my protein intake. Sure, athletes need more protein than non-athletes, but I also need more carbs and fat than the average person. In fact, overall my caloric intake needs are much higher because I burn so much energy while training.

Of course there are many plant based foods that are great sources of protein. Some of the more popular are:
Legumes
Grains
Green vegetables
Nuts/Seeds
Whole grains
A variety of protein powders: hemp, pea protein, rice

So, don’t believe the hype. You won’t die of a protein deficiency if you eat a balance blend of some of the outstanding plant based sources. Take it from me. I’ve been doing this for a while.

* Sources *
No Meat Athlete by Matt Frazier

Life of a Vegan part 5: Strong Bones

Posted on January 9th, 2015 by Shari´ Parks

Another question I get all the time is about calcium consumption. No dairy products means weak bones right? Where do vegan’s get their calcium? Aren’t you afraid off fragile bones? I refer them to the 12year Harvard study of 78,000 women. Those that drank cow’s milk 3times a day actually broke more bones than women who rarely drank it. Dairy products do contain calcium, but that’s accompanied by animal proteins, lactose sugar, animal growth factors and contaminants. Just to name a few.

The most healthful calcium sources are green leafy vegetables and legumes. Brussel sprouts, collards, kale, swiss chard and other greens are loaded and have high absorbable calcium levels. Beans have more than 100 milligrams of calcium; particularly in a plate of baked beans. They also contain magnesium which your body uses along with calcium to build bones. Another fun fact is vitamin D controls the body’s use of calcium. So get out into the sunlight.

Ways to Keep Calcium:

* Get protein from plants. Animal sources tend to leach calcium from the bones and it goes directly to the urine.
* Avoid excess salt. Calcium passes through the kidneys into urine. Sodium in your foods can greatly increase calcium loss through kidneys.
* Exercise. Keeps the bones strong. Active people tend to keep calcium in their bones.

Source: Vegan Health & Fitness, Fall 2012 edition.

Life of a Vegan part 3: Where’s the Muscle?

Posted on December 19th, 2014 by Shari´ Parks

Another huge misconception of vegan’s is that we are thin, frail and lack muscle mass. Or that you need meat to build muscles. Nothing could be further from the truth. While it is factual that animal products do support muscle growth, but they also support disease growth such as heart disease and diabetes. Just to name a few.
Whole plant base diet supports lean muscle gains with none of those risks. It also wards off chronic disease and enhances the immune system.

Some steps that vegans take to aid muscle growth are:

* Create the demand for more muscle by increasing the intensity of strength training. For me, LesMills BodyPump weight training regimen serves as my strength training. I see and feel positive results.

* Take in enough calories and protein from whole plant foods so your body has the energy need to build more muscle tissue.

* Get rest. Muscle growth doesn’t happen when the system is fatigued.

I personally get a kick out of telling people in my group fitness classes that I’m a vegan. Because I teach BodyPump, I set a wonderful example for vegans. By eating smart, one can have outstanding lean muscle mass on a plant based diet.

There you have it. The framework is set. Now all you need is to follow through with these key steps for lean vegan muscles. Sit back and reap the positive changes you will feel in your body.

Resources:
Vegan Health and Fitness Magazine, Fall 2012 edition

Life of a Vegan part 2: Vegan Athlete

Posted on December 6th, 2014 by Shari´ Parks

When you think athlete you think piles and piles of meat? Protein right? Meat is not needed to sustain a vegan active lifestyle. As a vegan athlete I have to be even more prepared and proactive than I’d say the sedentary vegan. Competing and training in multisport competitions can get tricky with my food choices. Sure, it’s simple when I’m at home gearing up for a long run. Everything I need is at the palms of my hand; however well planned out fuel food must be put into consideration when I’m hoping in my car to stay at a hotel or traveling by plane to the next big race. I admit, this is one of the biggest inconveniences of being vegan. Travel just might be the toughest to deal with. Usually, I find a decent organic plant based grocery store to buy what’s needed. Which also puts into play, preparation. The internet is my favorite tool when scooping out grocery stores near the hotel.

So, you ask what do I eat? To fuel my body for such intense activities? One of my staples is a a green smoothie. A wonderful blend of leafy greens, some fruit, almond milk or coconut water with a variety of other goodness like tumeric, garlic, chia seeds, flax seeds and ginger. Yum. After that I’m good to go after a heavy workout. Another staple of mine are raw fruits and vegetables. The list wouldn’t be complete without carbohydrates. That’s my fuel of choice. It most readily turns into energy. The key is to select the right carbs for energy. My favorites are sweet potatoes, whole grain pastas, quinoa and legumes.

In plant based nutrition, the emphasis is on variety because there’s many nutrient dense plant foods. Plant based whole foods are rich sources of vitamins and minerals that the body needs. Also, a varied diet acts as insurance against nutritional deficiency.

So, there you go. With the right food choices vegan athletes can thrive and kick butt just like their meat eating competitors.

Life of a Vegan: part 1

Posted on November 21st, 2014 by Shari´ Parks

Some may know that I’ve been a vegan for about 8yrs. I sort of stumbled into it after being a vegetarian for over 10yrs and I must say it’s the best dietary decision I ever made. It really gels well with my lifestyle, morals and environmental consciousness.

For the rest of the year I plan to blog about the many questions I receive when I tell people that I’m a vegan. Some of the most popular ones are:

-Where do you get protein?
-How about b12?
-Do you miss meat?
-What do you eat, salads all day?
-Aren’t you hungry all the time?

Brace yourself. Get ready to be floored by some of my answers.

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