Holistic Health With Enhanced Movement


Practicing some post-therapy care at home after a session with Enhanced Movement.

Let’s be real. If you really know me, I’m actually a just a genetically lucky junk food junkie whose major means of fitness is not having a car (I walk everywhere) and carrying heavy books. A few months after purchasing a massage package as a gift for someone, I finally had a chance to experience Enhanced Movement, an independently owned boutique-style wellness center located in North Miami Beach, for a meditation class and massage session! I have a packed schedule because I am a physician assistant student but I have always been fascinated by Eastern practices.

Western medicine is intended to be preventative, curative, and focuses on the history of the present illness, diagnosis, and treatment whereas Eastern medicine offers a holistic and naturopathic approach to care for the individual; it considers aspects other than the physical disease symptoms. Incorporating both perspectives of medicine, many believe, is necessary for the best outcome to enhance your wellbeing. I never practiced meditation before, but the instructor helped me to focus on mindfulness of  breathing. Of course, increased levels of carbon dioxide is what regulates breathing and initiates the drive for you to inspire air.  When you aren’t breathing adequately or at all, increased carbon dioxide from inadequate respirations can lower your blood pH. Carbon dioxide is a metabolic waste product and holding your breath does not stop metabolic processes from occurring, this is why inadequate breathing can make you slightly more acidic. Imagine the outcome for those who are inactive smokers!

In addition, unfortunately for many people who have maintained an unhealthy lifestyle and eating for years, vasculature is stopped up as a result of hyperlipidemia, or “clogged arteries.” Being thin does not excuse anyone, including myself, from this condition! In severe or unstable cases, the arteries can become almost completely occluded or chunks of fatty cholesterol deposits can break off and float away in your blood stream, something known medically as an embolus. These emboli can get trapped in other parts of the body like your legs, lungs, or brain causing conditions like deep venous thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, and strokes–conditions that may be fatal! Your blood stream essentially becomes the Miami freeway during rush hour with multiple car pile ups if you have poor circulation.

It is a physician’s job to prevent this from happening through prescribing initial lifestyle modifications and medical therapies. Physicians also serve as surgical clot busters when performing invasive procedures. Moreover, from an Eastern medical perspective, it is a holistic therapist’s job to prevent this from happening by guiding lifestyle modifications.


With a hectic schedule, breathing itself is sometimes something I forget to do! I finished the meditation class feeling more relaxed and yes, at risk of sounding hippy-dippy, my acid base balance felt more at equilibrium while I was able to clear my mind of mental clutter. Something as simple as gravity and sitting in a weight dependent position all day in a chair can cause your blood to pool to your lower extremities and affect the overall pressure of your circulation. The goal is to circulate blood to all extremities of the body for adequate perfusion. I try to stay proactive and move as much as possible even though I am confined to a desk most days while I’m in school and I’m grateful that I had a chance to work on my body with Enhanced Movement.


After the meditation class, I began a massage therapy session. The massage therapist used several different techniques on me.

The fusion of techniques from my extended massage therapy session included:

1. Deep tissue massage designed to release deep muscular restrictions
2. Medical massage the clinical aspect of treatment.
3. Neuromuscular massage therapy techniques releasing muscle attachments and fascial restrictions.
4. Abhyanga massage an ancient Indian rhythmic massage technique that acts as a powerful recharger.
5. Ashiatsu massage

I started out as a tense, scared, shaking chihuahua but once the massage therapist applied pressure to release tension from my sacrum and magically worked the knots out of my back, the stress on my body dissipated. The Japanese ashiatsu massage (he worked on me with controlled weight while stepping on my back barefoot) did something to me. I think I was reborn after that point.


Since I’m constantly sitting in class and hips don’t lie, the massage therapist also offered some post-therapy pointers on how to stretch at home to relieve tension in my glutes and minimize stress on my body. I felt like I was unraveling  in layers after the treatment and spent the rest of the evening reflecting and strolling on the beach, which is located just steps away from the boutique style facility. If you’re looking for passionate staff, unpretentious, affordable, and holistic care to enhance your wellbeing, I highly recommend Enhanced Movement!

The first class is free for Miami Beach residents and there is currently a $25.00 discount on your first service!



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Enhanced Movement
6948 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33141
(786) 859-2254



Source: Pathophysiology for the Health Professions (Barbara E. Gould)



Laneige: When Water Meets Science-Dive Into Real Hydration


Photo Credit: Youngnan Zhou

I was ecstatic that Laneige, a Korean-based beauty brand that combines the power of water with the power of science, delivered a complimentary sample of Water Bank moisture cream to me to review for their latest campaign with Influenster!

As a long-time brand ambassador and spokesmodel for Kia Motors America, another up-and-coming innovative Korean brand, I was excited to experience other science and technology-driven products that have risen out of Asia. Also, it doesn’t hurt that my new Korean roommate eyed the brand and chimed in:

Oh it’s a Korean beauty product? It Must be good!” (She has flawless milky skin like many beautiful Asian women-I believed her!).


Since Laneige’s Water Bank moisturizer combines science and water, let’s talk a little science!

Did you know that your skin is the largest organ comprising the human body and the first line of defense against infection? If your skin is protecting you from the elements, why not give it some TLC from time to time?

If you are beaching it up or out at sea over the summer, you are likely to be tracking more than just sand back home. Sea salt may linger over your skin as well. After a dip in Miami Beach’s stunning sapphire Atlantic, you will probably notice that your skin’s outer surface feels dry but clean after a swim in the saltwater. This is because salt that stays on the skin’s surface draws out the moisture through osmosis, a process where water travels from an area of  low solute (salt) concentration to an area of high solute concentration. More simply stated, water travels to areas where there is less water.

Luckily, the Miami heat is super humid, but depending on your skin type and whether or not you are returning to an arid environment like Arizona or a heavily air conditioned stuffy office, you can find yourself completely dried out.

So how do moisturizers work to keep your skin from drying out? Well, the tissue is the issue!

There are three different layers of the skin: the outer layer (epidermis), middle layer (dermis), and lower layer made up of connective tissue (hypodermis or fatty layer). Like your skin, blood is considered to be a type of tissue. The liquid portion of your blood is called plasma and it is made up of mostly water.

Moisture is delivered to the skin through blood vessels. When you get warm, the blood vessels get bigger and travel closer to the epidermis. From there, water travels upward and outward through the epidermis before evaporating into the atmosphere.

When the moisture evaporates, its cools you off and the enlarged blood vessels cause your skin to flush. You might notice that you turn a little pink when you are warm.


A diagram of the skin. Notice that the epidermis is not directly supplied by blood vessels, but when they enlarge, or vasodilate, it is easier to deliver water from your blood vessels to the surface of the skin where you sweat it out to cool off.

Richly textured moisturizers like Laneige’s Water Bank cream works as a humectant. When it is applied over your epidermis, it traps moisture in your skin to keep it from escaping, and restores moisture in the outer layer of skin that’s already been lost. Laneige’s Water Bank has a hydroxyl group in its chemical structure, a hydrogen and an oxygen atom which love attracting water! It also fuses essential minerals like zinc, potassium, calcium, magnesium, manganese, and sodium which helps replenish and retain ideal hydration levels, preventing your skin from drying out. If you live in an area that is super dry, pair this humectant with an occlusive like Vaseline to seal the deal! Keep moisture from escaping!

The Laneige Beauty Box compliments of Influenster

Once I signed for my package at the front desk, I noticed the playful baby and aqua blue water drop pattern packaging was inviting and cheerful! After I opened my Laneige beauty box, I was greeted with a Laneige post card (it called me gorgeous, I blushed). The Water Bank cream came with a plastic sample spoon. I dipped it into the thick, rich, cool moisturizer and gently spread it from center of my face and outward. Immediately, I felt fresh, hydrated, and noticed that it minimized the appearance of pores. My skin felt smooth and complexion appeared clearer and brighter. I definitely recommend this product to anyone with normal, oily,  dry, sensitive or combination skin for a soft, clean, smooth finish that lasts all day! Check out my previous Influenster post from the Marc Jacob’s Influenster campaign in the link below to find out how you can get your own complimentary beauty samples housekeeping supplies and much more delivered to your door!
Marc Jacobs Dew Drop Coconut Gel Highlighter



Location: South Pointe Park Miami, Florida


Source: Business Insider: Everyone  Should Know the Difference Between the Three Types of Moisturizers by Julia Calderone


The Best Wood Oven Baked Pizza


Pizza is a divine food from the Gods. Rich red sauce, bubbling mozzarella cheese, and spicy pepperoni are my Achille’s heel.  It’s hard to mess up a pizza, but if you have ever experienced pizza baked in a wood-fired oven, you have undoubtedly noticed a significant taste difference. The enhanced flavor and unique crisp texture that wood-fired cooking offers comes from it’s even heat distribution and gives the crust a subtle smoky flavor.

Tucked in a bustling corner off S. Miami Avenue, Mister 01 is a semi-hidden  modern, conceptual and trendy pizzeria. Unique must-try menu items like the Star Luca Pizza and Nutella Pizza really make the restaurant outstanding!

The Star Luca Pizza

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Mister O1 – Brickell

1000 South Miami Avenue, Miami, FL 33130

(786) 332-6868





The Phillip and Patricia Frost Science Museum Aquarium Experience


The sea is beautiful, mysterious, and menacing. What lies beneath was put on display earlier this month after the grand opening of the Phillip and Patricia Frost Science Museum in Miami, Florida. The design of the aquarium parallels the experience of submerging the ocean. I began touring the four story exhibit from the open water top level and descended each floor to experience the diverse sea life that inhabit different depths. Everything from the seahorse to the hammerhead shark was housed in the display. Like humans, sea creatures must form relationships to survive the dangerous world they live in. Parasitism, commensalism, and mutualism are three types of relationships that can form above ground and under the sea; mutualism, of course, being optimal for every creature involved. We all know a parasite–the person who never pays back borrowed money or the telemarketer exploiting a senile older man. Under water, it’s the worm who latches on and feeds from fish gills. Have you ever seen a vagabond hanging onto a caboose of a train? Similarly, barnacles attach harmlessly to a humpback whale which carries them to new food sources as an example of a commensal relationship. Do you know a power couple that is prolific when they work together? Under water, sea anemones catch a ride on top of a crab while the crab, in turn, uses the sea anemone for stinging protection–a dynamic example of mutualism.

Of course, this trip sent my imagination into overdrive. I was inspired by the beautiful sea creatures and envisioned living in their world. I was able to mimic the way the fish swam in my own imagined underwater world thanks to a collaboration with Peruvian photographer, Roli Photography.

Discounted tickets can be found through Culture Shock Miami for $2.50. Below is a preview of some of the creatures you can discover!

Phillip and Patricia Frost Science Museum
1101 Biscayne Blvd| Miami, FL 33132

For more information on the exhibits, click on the link below:
Phillip and Patrica Frost Science Museum


Marc Jacobs Dew Drop Coconut Gel Highlighter


I finally received my complimentary coconut glow highlighter by Marc Jacobs in the mail from Influenster and I am loving it! The product came in a black Marc Jacobs branded vox box. Safely tucked inside layers of wrapping paper was a brand new bottle of coconut glow dew drop highlighter, just in time for summer! I was excited to get my hands on the sleek pill shaped chrome accented bottle with pull-off white cap. A simple push-pump dispenses pearls of shiny highlighter that you can dab onto your skin for a subtle glow. The delightful hint of coconut scent on your cheekbones plays off an island vibe. If your dull winter skin needed an SOS, Marc Jacob’s dew drop coconut gel highlighter has come to your rescue!

I applied the coconut glow dew drops across my cheeks and blended them in with a blush brush. I was happy with the way the gel complimented my skin and created a subtle glow when I angled my cheekbones to the light. I had a chance to shoot the product poolside. Below are some images so you can see my #coconutglow in the sunlight. Thanks again, Influenster!

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Photo Credit: Vic Pinto

What is an Allergy ¿Qué es una Alergia?


What is an allergy?

“Our bodies can react in a dramatic way sometimes!”

Everybody has an immune system! Immune systems are a part of our bodies that fight off germ invaders that can make us sick. Usually, our bodies can get rid of the invaders without any problems. Sometimes, our bodies think that special foods, animals, or things are invaders. When we are exposed to these invaders, our bodies will react in self-defense because they are confused about who the dangerous invaders might be. In fact, our bodies are so confused that they overreact to allergens, the substances that our body thinks are invaders, and cause our bodies to change in response to them. Our bodies can really be dramatic sometimes!

“Is it degranulation at first sight, or should I float by again?”

A cartoon depiction of a type I hypersensitivity. Upon first exposure of an allergen, B cells are stimulated by CD-4 and TH-4 helper cells to produce IgE antibodies.

For example, some kids can eat peanuts without any problem but in other cases, kids that have allergies to peanuts will have a reaction against them and can have different problems like being sleepy, sneezing a lot, skin redness and itchiness. Sometimes, if our bodies really overreact to the allergens, or things that it thinks are invaders, it can cause us to swell up so much that we can have trouble breathing. This can be a big emergency and can really cause damage if we aren’t careful!

On a second exposure of an allergen, IgE binds to mast cells which release their contents through a process called degranulation. Histamine granules make blood vessels “leaky” and also cause them to get larger in diameter!

When people have allergies that cause their bodies to overreact to the point where they have problems breathing, it is important to know about how to deal with this. When you can’t breathe, you are having an emergency. If you see somebody who can’t breathe or is turning blue, call 911!

What Can be an Allergen?


Allergic Emergency

epipenjewelry Some people who know they have bad allergies that can cause an emergency wear special jewelry that says what their allergy is. Other people carry around an EpiPen. Doctors and physician assistants can order this medicine for special patients. This medicine can help that overreactive immune system go back to normal.



¿Qué es una alergia?

 ¡Nuestros cuerpos pueden reaccionar en una manera dramático a veces!

Todo el mundo tiene un sistema inmunológico. El sistema inmunológico nos ayuda a combatir enfermedades y a mantenernos sanos. Es la parte de nuestro cuerpo que combate contra las substancias y gérmenes que nos invaden, y que nos hacen enfermos.

A veces, nuestro sistema inmunológico se confunde y piensa que ciertas substancias son dañinas cuando en realidad no son. Estas se consideran substancias alérgenas.

Ciertos animales, alimentos, plantas, u otras substancias pueden ser consideradas substancias alergenas, y pueden causar alergias en ciertas personas.

Los sistemas inmunológicos son una parte de nuestros cuerpos que combate contra los invasores de gérmenes que pueden hacernos enfermos. Por lo general, nuestros cuerpos pueden deshacerse de los invasores sin ningún problema. A veces, nuestros cuerpos piensan que los alimentos especiales, los animales o algunas cosas son invasores. Cuando estamos expuestos a estos invasores, nuestros cuerpos reaccionarán en legítima defensa porque están confundidos de quiénes podrían ser los peligrosos invasores. De hecho, nuestros cuerpos están tan confundidos que reaccionan excesivamente a los alergenos y nuestros cuerpos cambian en respuesta a ellos. ¡Nuestros cuerpos pueden ser dramáticos a veces!

Por ejemplo, algunos niños pueden comer cacahuetes sin ningún problema, pero en otros casos, los niños que tienen alergias a los cacahuetes tendrán una reacción contra ellos y pueden tener problemas diferentes como estar soñoliento, estornudar mucho, enrojecimiento de la piel y picazón. A veces, si nuestros cuerpos reaccionan de manera exagerada a los alérgenos, o cosas que piensa que sean invasores, puede hacernos hincharnos tanto que podemos tener problemas para respirar. Esto puede ser una gran emergencia y realmente puede causar daños si no tenemos cuidado!

¿Que puede ser un alergeno?

Cualquier cosa puede ser considerada una substancia alergena, o algo que puede causar o generar una alergia. ¡Mucha gente puede ser alérgica a muchas cosas diferentes!
Alergenos Comunes:



A veces no sabemos que somos alérgicos a una substancia en particular, hasta que somos expuestos a ella! Alerta a tus padres si te sientes extraño después de haber estado en contacto con un alimento, animal o cualquier cosa que te haga sentir extraño o fuera de lo normal.Tus padres pueden hacer una cita para hablar con un medico, un PA o una enfermera sobre tus alergias. Si te sientes mal, se puede hacer una prueba para ver si tienes alergias. Si tienes alergias,  te pueden dar medicamentos para ayudarte a sentir mejor.

 ¡Si ves a alguien que no puede respirar o se está poniendo azul, llame al 911!

Algunas personas que saben que tienen alergias malas que pueden causar una emergencia usar joyas especiales que dice cuál es su alergia.

A type I hypersensitivity, more commonly known as an allergy, is an allergic reaction that is provoked by reexposure of a specific allergen.

Source: Pathophysiology for the Health Professions (Barbara E. Gould)



Have You Found the ONE? Febreeze ONE Orchid Scent Fabric & Air Mist, 10.1 oz


When you’ve finally found the ONE, let everyone know–but don’t just say it, SPRAY IT! As a busy student with three other roommates, cleaning can quickly become a second priority and odors know no bounds! That’s why Febreze ONE Orchid Scent Fabric & Air Mist gently cleans away odors from both fabrics and in the air, all in one easy-to-use spray. Simply spray in the air and on fabrics until damp to eliminate odors.

dt_homepage_promo_oneThat funky fried fish smell ?  Just press the spray and funk be gone!  Is it a little stinky in your sinky? Just say sayonara and spray!  This  deodorizer is formulated with no aerosols, no dyes, and no heavy perfumes for pure light freshness. Its unique nozzle provides a versatile, ultra-fine mist. Pump the nozzle once for a little or three times for a continuous spray.

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