Although the U.S. is the only industrialized country in the world that doesn’t have a paid parental leave policy, two local companies are leading the way in ensuring that working families get the support they need to take care of their newest family member.
If you’re in need of an herbal supplement, you’re likely to find it in one of Asheville’s many herb stores, which carry products for overall health as well as specific health problems such as winter-related colds and flu. If you’re hunting for an unusual gift, many stores carry niche items such as drink concoctions, herbal smoking blends and uncommon essential oils.
A “health-meets-social” approach to aging rolls out this month at the YMCA of Western North Carolina, in collaboration with AARP. The partnership has created a three-month program, dubbed Disrupt Aging Community Health Challenge, that combines a fitness challenge with social involvement for people 50 and older. The YMCA of WNC was one of 10 YMCAs across the country […]
Wellness tourism has taken off in Asheville. Asheville Wellness Tours highlight the best wellness experiences Asheville has to offer, with walking tours, bachelorette parties and shopping.
A new yoga center will pop up in town in October. West Asheville Yoga owner Cat Matlock has bought out One Center Yoga and has plans to transform it into a wellness center. Matlock says the new Embodiment Center will offer alignment yoga, vinyasa yoga, ayurvedic medicine, dancing, health coaching and kirtan.
Ortho-Bionomy is a technique developed by a British osteopath that utilizes the body’s own reflexes to reset the nervous system and allow space for healing and proper alignment.
Yoga doesn’t end when you get off the mat, say several local yoga instructors, who broaden their practice to include working for social justice.
For over a decade, Larry and Linnea Wardwell have had one main goal: to bring high-quality herbal medicine into practice. The annual Medicines from the Earth Herb Symposium 2017, planned for the Blue Ridge Assembly in Black Mountain Friday to Sunday, June 2-4, does just that, says Linnea Wardwell. The symposium, which began when the owner of Gaia Herbs […]
Nearly 20 percent of Buncombe County’s population is over 65, and most of those have one or more chronic health conditions. Local agencies are stepping up efforts to prevent and treat chronic diseases.
A variety of Asheville nonprofits include yoga in their offerings to at-risk populations, including the incarcerated, the homeless, and older adults. The organizations stress that any activity that taps into the parasympathetic nervous system creates an inner sense of safety.
National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, Feb. 26-March 4, offers the opportunity for communities to engage in discussion and hold events highlighting the need to bring the serious problem of eating disorders into the light.
Maternal and child health experts in Asheville offer prenatal care, education and assistance as first steps toward improving the health of infants. As disparities range across race and socioeconomic status, doctors and agencies strive to relieve the obstacles for healthy pregnancies.
Writing your resolutions can be tough, and keeping them can even tougher. Asheville wellness practitioners offer their resolutions and intentions as a way to inspire community members and remind them of the local support, education and opportunities to stay healthy and motivated throughout the year.
A variety of intention-setting yoga workshops on New Year’s Eve will help participants create and keep their resolutions for the new year.
Traditional Chinese medicine uses cupping as a conjoint modality with acupuncture. Now massage therapists are using the technique and creating alternative, safer methods of using cups for healing.
What if a medical practitioner told you it was possible to look into the future of your health? To predict what illnesses you might get and what medications could be helpful or harmful to you? While it might sound fantastical, companies around Asheville are starting to dive into exactly that: Precision or “personalized” medicine (also known as targeted medicine) is beginning […]
Something sweet is in the air. The seventh annual sweet potato cooking contest and fundraiser is happening Saturday, Oct. 1. This event will also double as the fall open house for the new Homegrown Families Health and Education Center at 201 Charlotte St. The center houses a variety of integrative family health services, including licensed […]
August is National Breast-feeding Month, and Asheville abounds with breast-feeding services for new and expectant mothers. Kimberly Rush, an Asheville lactation consultant, mentions some of the many resources: “We have La Leche League, breast-feeding support groups and many other ways to support and provide information.” Cheryl Orengo, director and educator at Start from Seed, notes that Mission […]
“Pain eats you up day in and day out and becomes overwhelming, and when you don’t know how to stand outside of it a little bit, it just controls you,” says Adam Bradshaw. What are the options for treatment?
The Center for Spiritual Emergence and local therapists provide care for individuals undergoing a spiritual or existential crisis. Providers rule out psychotic episodes and medical conditions to help those undergoing a powerful, life-changing experience of a spiritual nature.
Kathleen Hahn moved back to Asheville from New York City with a vision: to open a dance studio that empowers all dancers. When Hahn offered a free week of classes at her studio off Riverside Drive before the Thursday, June 23, grand opening of Danceclub Asheville, I decided to shake the dust off my dancing shoes and […]