In an increasingly divisive and violent world, many Ashevilleans are seeking a gentler and more compassionate way to communicate. Nonviolent, or compassionate, communication, practiced by several local helping professionals, emphasizes empathy and honest self-expression in building authentic relationships.
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.
At Secrets of a Duchess wig shop, women have an opportunity to look healthy even when undergoing chemotherapy. Owner Judy Maisel helps them hold their head up high in public.
The main reasons pets are surrendered are related to behavior problems and not spaying or neutering animals. Addressing these issues in annual visits can help save pets’ lives.
Just three days before Monday’s rally in Asheville’s Pack Square Park to oppose the U.S. Senate’s version of a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Lindsay Furst, a local teacher and activist, went to a coffee shop with her fellow organizers who shared her lack of sleep, she told the crowd in front of […]
Procedural delays introduced by state and federal regulators nearly ran out the clock on the 2017 planting season, but growers have managed to get hemp plants and seeds in local dirt for the first time in 70 years. Hemp entrepreneurs say they hope the crop will prove a boon for WNC farmers and natural products manufacturers.
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.
The benefits of meditation for adults are well-researched and supported by science. Improved cognition, decreased anxiety and increased focus are just a few of meditation’s touted effects. The research on children’s meditation isn’t as plentiful, but studies have shown that kids, too, can reap the benefits of “quieting the mind.” Asheville parents and teachers are […]
Locals who experience gluten intolerance and other conditions that require dietary limitations have to cope with numerous challenges when dining out and socializing.
Timothy Riesz is taking it into his own hands, and handlebars, to raise funds for Parkinson’s disease research in an event he has dubbed Pedaling the Parkway for Parkinson’s. Over six consecutive days, from Tuesday, June 20, through Sunday, June 25, Riesz will tackle 469.1 miles of the winding Blue Ridge Parkway, and 48,601 feet […]
State Attorney General Josh Stein visited Asheville on June 6 to discuss the region’s efforts to combat the far-reaching effects of the opioid crisis. While not alone among North Carolina counties in dealing with drug abuse, overdoses and drug-related deaths, Buncombe County’s problem is significant, local representatives and Stein said.
Asheville is on the leading edge of recovery therapies, with two new businesses offering treatment for injuries, dehydration, hangovers, jet lag and a variety of illnesses.
According to a host of experts in Asheville and around the nation, female patients are likely to experience more dismissals of symptoms and receive less medical knowledge about their diseases as a result of “gender bias in medicine.” The long-standing prejudice is well-known within the medical community — and women are still taking the brunt of it, experts say.
When the DOT finally decided on a design for Section B of the Connector project in 2015, many stakeholders thought they saw light at the end of a very long tunnel. Other residents, however, see serious flaws in Alternative 4B, questioning whether the project’s long-term benefits will justify the sacrifices their neighborhoods must make to see it completed.
At a May 19 workshop, the greenway advocacy organization Friends of Connect Buncombe hosted a national expert, along with several local bright lights, to discuss strategies for supercharging greenway development.
Health coaches serve as partners to other health professionals, helping clients balance diet, rest, exercise and stress to achieve maximum well-being.
Athlete defies age For 90-year-old track and field athlete Cory Hartbarger, the greatest competitor he has defeated in sports is age. “I’ve had a lot of health concerns [heart surgery, diabetes, arthritis] and have been very fortunate to stay alive this long, but I wouldn’t be able to do it if I didn’t continue to […]
Each week, Xpress highlights notable WNC crowdsourcing initiatives that may inspire readers to become new faces in the crowd. This week features the inaugural product line by The Bright Angle, a recording project by the Mountain Chamber Jazz Ensemble and a community center called Songbird Sanctuary.
Asheville author Suzanne Shaffer writes and speaks about strategies for creating a fulfilling life path in retirement. Shaffer shared some insights and tips on successful aging with Xpress.
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 […]