Have a “Pretzel” : – Relieve Stress and Tension with Acupressure

Ever wondered why pretzels (Ger. Brezeln) are shaped the way they are? There are several different stories, but most refer to medieval devotional practices in Austria, Bavaria and Switzerland. Given as New Year’s gifts to parishioners for good luck, or as unleavened bread during lent, pretzels depict the custom of crossing one’s arms (Lat. Bracchia) and positioning the hands in prayer either on the shoulders or just beneath the collar bone. Most stories mention that the position of the hands on or near the shoulders, like the position of hands folded in prayer, shows the peaceful intentions of the practitioner, [...]

By | October 14th, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on Have a “Pretzel” : – Relieve Stress and Tension with Acupressure

Rosemary for Memory

A 2013 study conducted by researchers at the Psychology Department of Northumbria University, Newcastle, set out to investigate whether rosemary lives up to its claim that it helps memory. The researchers were particularly interested in testing it for the “ability to remember events that will occur in the future and to remember to complete tasks at particular times [as] is critical for everyday functioning.” (1) […]

By | September 1st, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on Rosemary for Memory