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Unique Wellness Therapies are Gaining Popularity: Four local businesses offer healing, relaxing opportunities

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by Sheila Julson

Whether it’s floating in saltwater, receiving a blast of rejuvenating oxygen or relaxing in a salt cave, Austin is now budding with uncommon wellness treatments that have been in existence for decades, yet previously considered fringe or even freaky by mainstream America. However, as preventive health awareness grows, more people are discovering these untapped holistic modalities to achieve physical and mental balance.

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People practice yoga on the south lawn of the Capitol on Sunday June 21, 2015, during the first International Day of Yoga.  About 75 people attended the event which also included speakers, music and additional meditation inside the Capitol.  The event was put on by Art of Living and Overseas Volunteer for a Better India.  The first International Day of Yoga was celebrated around the world Sunday.  JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Join the Yoga Movement at International Day of Yoga

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The second International Day of Yoga celebration will be held at the Capitol building from 6 to 8 p.m., July 30. The free event is open to all and will be marked by the presence of Texas state officials, veterans, yoga studios, celebrities, seniors and children. The program will include 45 minutes of asana sequence, peace meditation, chanting, yoga dance, music and more. Participants are encouraged to bring a yoga mat, water and sunscreen, as well as friends and family to celebrate this timeless tradition of yoga unifying our communities.

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Personal Discovery Awaits at the Body Mind Spirit Expo

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The Body Mind Spirit Expo returns to the Palmer Events Center, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., July 23, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., July 24. The Expo is dedicated to help people discover the radiant life that surrounds us at every moment. This year’s event promises a weekend filled with the finest presentations, exhibitors and entertainment; each intentioned to help people grow personally and discover a realm of wellness possibilities.

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Fight Oral Cancer with a Proactive Approach

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According to the World Health Organization, cancers figure among the leading causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide, with approximately 14 million new cases and 8.2 million cancer-related deaths in 2012. While survival rates have increased for almost all forms of cancer, oral cancer is usually not diagnosed until it has become advanced and/or metastasized. Data complied by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research shows that oral cancer rates are significantly higher for males than females.

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Tress Stress – Natural Ways to Prevent Hair Loss

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by Jody McCutcheon

Ancient Egyptians sought to stem hair loss and stimulate hair growth with a cocktail of iron oxide, red lead, onions, alabaster, animal fats and honey. Today, we’re still deploying creative approaches. Men’s hair loss, specifically, is a billion-dollar industry, touting solutions ranging from chemically laced topical treatments and drugs to transplants and wigs. Yet hairloss science is imperfect; it’s riddled with misinformation that allows companies to sell products of varying efficacy.

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Increasing the Habit of Happiness

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Years of research in the field of neuroscience have shown that habits are created through repetition. All that is needed for us to repeat an action or a thought pattern is a reward, which causes the release of a “feel good” chemical in the form of neurotransmitters— the chemical messengers that coordinate transmission of signals from one nerve cell to the next. Neurotransmitters interact with receptors located throughout the brain and body to regulate a wide variety of processes including emotions, fear, pleasure, joy and anger.

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The Point of Happiness

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by Dee Ann Newbold

Happiness—it’s a feeling we all desire regularly. Our active minds sometimes like to help us create different ideas on achieving happiness, but focusing on the moment, combined with a simple acupressure technique, can bring a feeling of contentment that anyone can tap into at any time.

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Sound Travels at Move Make Create ~ A Summer of Countries, Cultures and Healthy Habits for Kids

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Move Make Create is a fitness and arts studio for families, where instructors Seana Olvera and Fabiana Roller offer classes for children and adults that allow the m to share their love of music, movement, and the visual arts. This summer they are offering mini-camps that give children the opportunity to explore dance, healthy living, cultural learning and the visual arts. Classes meet at Flamencura Music and Dance, in Austin. Each week will focus on a different country or culture and feature a high energy Zumba Kids dance fitness class based on the rhythms of that culture. Kids can also enjoy games, learn about healthy food and fitness choices, and engage in art projects that incorporate each week’s theme.

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