Category Archives: Healthy Living

Thinking About Drinking

Benefits and Risks
By Shanti Argue

It seems as though everywhere you look there’s a joke about how inseparable women are from their wine. “Wine is to women as duct tape is to men—it fixes everything.” Gift shops carry mugs reading, “This might be wine,” and oversized wine glasses that say, “Mommy’s sippy cup.” Even internet memes tout wine as the solution for every problem, from work stress to parenting— “Wine makes everything possible” or “There’s no problem that six glasses of wine can’t solve.” Continue reading

Mindfulness and More

Meditation for Beginners
By Anne Scherer

“At the heart of meditation is the practice of mindfulness—the cultivation of clear, stable and nonjudgmental awareness. It is this training of attention that wakes us up out of our habitual thinking patterns and reveals the nature of who we are, our ‘basic goodness’ and our natural wisdom and compassion.” Continue reading

Sleep

The Health Factor
You Shouldn’t Underestimate
By Gina Dewink

There’s an international collaboration of sleep experts working toward informing, educating and aligning research in the field of sleep medicine. With more than 88 countries having participated in the past, it’s a pretty big deal…and it all started in Rochester. Continue reading

Living and Aging, Wisely and Well

Sylwia Bujak Oliver and 125 LIVE connect the socially isolated and enrich lives of all ages
By Erin Pagel

125 LIVE is more than a community center. It’s more than a fitness facility. Take just a few steps inside its doors, and it is clear that 125 Live is a whole lot more than expected. 125 Live (and its vibrant executive director) is a hidden gem of Rochester and a facility that offers something for everyone.   Continue reading

Sister Seekers

Connecting women through spirituality
By Terri Allred

It seems that we are increasingly disconnected from each other and busy.  Many of us, as women, are looking for authentic connections, and we yearn to explore our spirituality in a safe and supportive environment. Diane Anderson, Marie Neher and Donna Magtibay came together as Sister Seekers to create just those opportunities.  Continue reading

Anam Cara

Soul sisters spend time together in coastal Maine
By Jennifer Visscher

Since society still struggles with disclosing and discussing health, many find themselves online looking for others with their disease. That is how our Minnesota and Maine friendship began.

Betsy Baker and I have Ankylosing Spondylitis, a systemic inflammatory disorder affecting the axial skeleton, peripheral joints, connective tissues (entheses), eyes, skin and intestines. People with AS often have extra-articular manifestations, such as inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis), psoriasis and uveitis. Continue reading

Raindrop therapy

By Tiffany Hansen
Photography by Fagan Studios

“Not all storms come to disrupt your life, some come to clear your path.” ~ Unknown

As this summer—with no shortage of rain—comes to an end, you can still embrace the healing power of this natural phenomenon through a session of raindrop therapy. It’s hidden in the hills of northern Rochester at Garden of Massage. Rosemary Schliep has owned and operated Garden of Massage for 18 years. She also taught massage therapy at Minnesota State College Southeast for eight years. She first heard of raindrop therapy when she was studying for her massage therapy degree. The power of the essential oils became immediately evident, and she chose to study aromatherapy further. Continue reading

“Let’s Talk about Sex, Baby”

Sex After 50
By LuAnn Buechler

A great song title, but a much more difficult topic to address personally, would you agree? It’s no doubt on a lot of women’s minds, but it seems to be a taboo topic. News flash: Women are sexual beings, even as they age. They have needs and desires and have a right to a satisfying intimate life. Continue reading

Dao-Chinese Philosophy on Sex

Perspectives from Master Healer Chunyi Lin
By LuAnn Buechler

Sex is sacred; however, it’s never spoken of in public and even rarely in personal relationships. Yet, it’s a very important part of life. After 50 women may find that they lack sex drive and it can be very painful. Unbeknownst, this is not only a female issue. Continue reading