South Central WI Archive
December 2015

December 2015

It’s that time of year again! The holidays are here, and have a tendency to take over the month of December. Weekend plans, concerts and baking days fill our calendars. Snow days and twinkling lights are reintroduced in our neighborhoods. There’s so much nostalgia surrounding these days that a lot of us wish they would last forever.

The hustle and bustle and overall “fullness” of the month can also sometimes be overwhelming and stressful, but the small reminders of the simple joys that fill the air bring us right back to the feel-good aspect of it all.

Gratitude is important all year round, but is seemingly most abundant during this season. We at Nature’s Pathways have a lot to be grateful for, and can’t help but feel especially lucky to be able to share community experts and their wisdom with readers around the state. Our December issue holds what the holidays do: different perspectives, advice, knowledge and an overall solidarity in its mission to help those around us.

We hope you feel the same this season.

Happy Holidays from all of us at Nature’s Pathways.

He was my son and he knew the streets. Knew those men. Was often one of them himself. It was his choice really. He did not need to live there, Usually had a job and a place to sleep. Sometimes salvation was a bed at the Sally (Salvation Army). Or…
When you look through the services or techniques that a massage therapist might offer, you might come across cupping. Unless you have had this particular therapy done, you are probably like most thinking, what is it? According to Wikipedia, cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine in which…
Art is your story and it is a unique expression of who you are. I have been using art in my therapy practice since the beginning for this reason. Art provides a structure, a method and a place for change to occur for all ages. Children enjoy drawing and coloring…
If you’re familiar with floatation therapy you probably know that it is one of the most effective ways to relieve stress and relax the body and mind. But did you know that floatation therapy can be used for much more than stress relief? Professional athletes, great minds and artists all…
Throughout the Midwest residents are bracing for winter as we prepare our homes, our yards and our vehicles for the cold months ahead. The harsh winter air is also brutal on our skin and hair, and can have the same damaging effects as overexposure to the sun. Many report that…
We are entering a season that is often filled with physical and emotional disorders as the hustle and bustle of the busy holiday season consume our every ounce of wellness. The pharmaceutical companies would like us to believe that medications and western medicine are the only protocols to follow, whether…
Does this topic seem out of place to you? I find that the average person who does not work in bodywork associates massage with a range of things from treating oneself for a special occasion, to working on a chronic pain problem to achieve results, to providing therapeutic maintenance to…
These are not easy questions and there are too many responses to count. With the holidays right around the corner, many would choose from the following list of wants versus needs: the latest and greatest, biggest and most cutting edge technological marvels (iPhones, bigger screen TVs,), bigger dream homes, new…
When it comes to her clients experiencing discomfort and pain, Tracy Jobe hears it all the time: “I used to be able to” and “I’m just getting older.” It’s a common mindset, but the phrases, and the feelings, don’t have to be. Her business, Restorative Massage LLC, encompasses a variety…
Stress is normal! We all have stress. I think it’s part of the human experience. Stress is the body’s reaction to any change, or disruption that requires an adjustment or response. The body reacts to these disruptions with physical, mental and emotional responses. It’s important to take seriously the negative…
As early as the 1400s, ballads depicted Robin Hood, with his band of Merry Men, as robbing from the rich to give to the poor. Today, US’ wealth is highly concentrated among few people. As of 2010, the top 1 percent of households, the upper class, owned 35.4 percent of…
When we are in pain, it can be hard to focus on anything but getting rid of it. We may feel we are in a fight against our bodies, and direct all action and remedies toward treating or suppressing symptoms or disease in the body. We can end up focusing…
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