Category Archives: HEALING

Stop, PAUSE and Float

March 26, 2018

So there I was, one hour from my first sensory deprivation experience. I was somewhat nervous to be perfectly honest. Me – alone in the dark, baptized into my sub-conscious mind. On any typical day thoughts race through head like George Costanza on LSD.

It was raining that day – the perfect segue into what was a new and unique experience to me. I sat in the lobby for what felt like 30 seconds and was guided to THE POD.

The rules of the experience were explained – but I failed to listen – I was too excited to start that I almost forgot to take the required shower before entry.

I stared at the pod for a few moments – it reminded me of something out of a science fiction film from the 1960’s.

As I entered the pod, I adjusted into a comfortable position onto my back and held my feeble, herniated neck into place. Once I felt the 1000 pounds of salted water holding me like a baby, I let go. I shut the music off. Then the lights. I expanded my arms, ya know, like Christ…and let go.

I watched the thoughts fly through my head like the Jetsons.

“This is like a Black Mirror episode…”

“What if the pod doesn’t open?”

“What if it did and an alien wielding a scalpel was standing over me?”

“Did I eat today? There must be taco shop close by.

And then…I entered the Theta state. I felt as if I was spinning, forward and back, left to right. I hallucinated a bit (just some shiny lights) and I fell into sleep. The most calm sleep I have ever had.

A voice awoke me telling me my session was complete.

I disembarked the vessel, washed all the salt from my body and vowed to do this again as soon as possible.

– Christian Majewski

Pause Float introduces you to the art of floating, a revolution in stress-reduction and regeneration, a contemporary practice where you tune out the chaotic external world – and tune into your innermost consciousness. For an hour at a time, immerse into one of their private, soundproof flotation suites and float in our custom-blend of buoyant Epsom salts, allowing you to lie back and tune out, unplugging from every sound, care and worry.

 

Benefits

sleep

stress relief

pain management

mindfulness and creativity

focus and productivity

athletic performance

physical recovery

They also have INFRARED SAUNA

PRICING

introductory | 60-min.

single session | $69
three-session package | $189 ($63 per session, includes a 30-min. infrared sauna session)

standard | 60-min.

single session | $75
two-session package | $130 ($65 per session)
five-session package* | $300 ($60 per session)
ten-session package* | $570 ($57 per session)

*sharable packages

NEW | EXPRESS FLOAT | 40-min.

single session* | $49

*introductory and standard pricing is the same, no packages available

 

The Science of Floating

During the early 1950s there was a big question in the world of neurophysiology as the source of our brain’s consciousness. Is the brain simply an organ reacting to external stimuli, or is there some internal force that it responds to as well? There were many theories as to how the brain would react to a completely sensory-free environment.

One man named John C. Lilly decided to find out. By 1954, Lilly had built the first ever floatation tank in the National Institute of Mental Health Lab in the Virgin Islands. Lilly’s tank used water to allow people to float comfortably and to effectively reduce all sensation of touch.

The results were incredible. Lilly found more and more people coming out feeling amazing, reporting of personal discovery and self-actualization. This encouraged Lilly to continue his exploration of the float tank, building one or two more tanks in different laboratories in the United States.

For the next 20 years, floating remained exclusively in the laboratory setting, until 1972 when Lilly partnered up with Glenn and Lee Perry. He asked them to design a commercially available float tank that people could have in their homes.  The first float center was opened, a five-tank center in Beverly Hills in 1979.

This center was met with immediate success and was emulated across the US.  Float centers started popping up in every major city, new manufacturers started to enter the market, and the industry as a whole began to make a name for itself. After 60 years of progress, the world of floating is becoming mainstream. Tranquil lighting, therapeutic music, two-way communication and lobby controls, aesthetically pleasing design, and a welcoming environment have led to a new beginning in the industry.

13353 Washington Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90066 • 310.439.1972

More about floating!

Regenerate

floating lowers stress hormones, replenishes neurotransmitters, and releases endorphins, which induces ultra-deep relaxation and provides a zen-like afterglow that can last for days

Relax

effortlessly slip into meditative states, which has a plethora of proven benefits. you’ll feel intensely awake, yet extremely relaxed and clear-headed

Recharge

the womb-like environment provides a euphoric boost in energy, which is ideal for when we’re jet lagged, sleep deprived, or drained from a long work-week

Recover

greatly accelerate the body’s ability to heal itself from the effects of stress, intense workouts, late-nights, and overstimulation

Dr. Stacy Mitchell Doyle and The Effects of Inflammation

March 20, 2018

What if there was ONE unifying cause of all your health and wellness issues? If there was one thing you could target that would resolve your blood pressure, diabetes, arthritis, dementia, even bad skin and aging? Well there may actually be a root cause of all these conditions and more. That thing is INFLAMMATION. Chronic inflammation is widely recognized as the central pathologic feature of all the things that kill us the most, such as heart disease, diabetes, strokes, and even cancers. But even if you consider yourself healthy and disease-free, stopping chronic inflammation can be your ticket to slowing the aging process, better skin, less infection like colds and flus, and even faster athletic recovery and less injury.

Everyone is familiar with acute inflammation. It is the body’s natural response to injury, infections, or any type of damage. The redness, warmth, and swelling that happens when we injure ourselves is the way that the body heals. The process is complicated, and it involves things like cellular mediators, hormones, oxidative stress and coagulation factors. But if we didn’t have those biologic mechanisms, we wouldn’t make it out of childhood. What happens when that inflammatory process that is so beneficial when you twist your ankle or catch a cold, never shuts off? The result is CHRONIC INFLAMMATION and a myriad of conditions, many of which are life-threatening. The problem with a chronic inflammatory response is persistent oxidative stress and free radicals, which run roughshod through your DNA, cells and organs to produce damage. For example, it is free radical and oxidative damage that destroys the sensitive lining of your blood vessels, makes your heart arteries stiff (raising your blood pressure), and even changes cholesterol into a form that becomes sticky and eventually blocks your arteries and leads to arteriosclerosis and heart attacks. And it is also free radicals that age the skin prematurely and cause wrinkles.

Although there are many sources of chronic inflammation (such as smoking, toxins, etc), the main causes are the foods we eat. Animal products, processed sugars and white flour all produce those inflammatory reactions. The good news is that the acute inflammation dies down in about 4 hours. The bad news is that then it’s time for lunch and the process starts all over again! But if the thought of chronically being bombarded with inflammatory mediators scares you, there is a fix. ANTI-INFLAMMATORIES. And the place to find these amazing substances is in plants. Not in a pill or a bottle, but in actual unprocessed plant foods. The scientific term for these compounds is phytonutrients. These are plant derived substances that have a wide array of amazing properties, such as removing free radicals, deactivating cancer-causing substances, improving immune function, and stopping inflammation in the vessels and organs. Unleashing the anti-inflammatory power of phytonutrients is simple: eat plants, and eat lots of them. It is also best to eat a wide variety of vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts, and seeds, because there are thousands of phytonutrients (one vegetable can contain dozens of them) and they act together synergistically to exert the maximum health effects.

The takeaway message is that it isn’t necessary to treat a host of conditions with different methods. Attacking the underlying chronic inflammation will resolve the majority of health issues, from the minor to the life-threatening. And it is as easy as a trip to the produce section of the grocery store or the farmer’s market

Industry-Leading Physician Stacy Mitchell Doyle MD 
Offers Plant-Based Alternatives to Pharmaceuticals
 
FoodTherapyMD, a Los Angeles-based health information center, is proud to announce the start of its new consultation service, entitled “Second Opinion.” Second Opinion aims to provide patients with alternative methods to treat illnesses and manage their health without relying on the heavy use of pharmaceuticals, so common in today’s treatment plans. By tailoring a patient’s diet using unique properties in plants, Second Opinion is able to specifically address a variety of health conditions.
 
Second Opinion consultations are available with FoodTherapyMD’s resident physician, Stacy Mitchell Doyle, MD. After receiving her degree from UCLA’s School of Medicine, Dr. Stacy opened her own practice in Internal Medicine and treated patients there for nearly two decades, often developing “food prescriptions” tailored to specific health conditions such as hypertension, diabetes and cancer. A long-time advocate of plant-based diets, Dr. Stacy is thrilled to now be able to fully commit her time and extensive knowledge of evidence-based, plant-centric nutrition to help people through her work with FoodTherapyMD.
 
“Our motto at FoodTherapyMD is ‘food is medicine,’ and that is something I have come to truly believe in,” explained Dr. Stacy. “I have witnessed, first-hand, the tremendous benefits that transitioning to a plant-based diet can have on a person’s health; benefits that can be achieved without a reliance on prescription drugs,” she added. “Second Opinion provides a personalized path for people to treat not only the symptoms of an illness, but the root cause of the problem as well.”
 
In addition to offering consultation services to individuals, FoodTherapyMD is also offering Second Opinion to physician groups and corporate initiatives. Businesses looking for ways to improve the health and wellbeing of their employees, or medical professionals seeking to learn more about plant-based nutritional protocols are encouraged to reach out.
 
To schedule a Second Opinion with Dr. Stacy, or to inquire about a group consultation series, interested parties can complete a brief application on the FoodTherapyMD website.
About FoodTherapyMD
FoodTherapyMD is the brainchild of Dr. Stacy Mitchell Doyle, MD – or Dr. Stacy as she is known by her patients. After completing medical training and residency at UCLA Medical Center, Dr. Stacy obtained her board certification in Internal Medicine and set up private practice in Los Angeles. But after nearly two decades, Dr. Stacy realized that she was participating in a failing medical system, and she began to treat her patients using plant-based nutritional protocols. FoodTherapyMD takes the concept of food as medicine to the next level. Not only do they promote whole, plant-based diets for disease management and longevity, they recognize that phytonutrients, the things that make plant food so amazing, can be tailored to fight specific disease states.

The Gift Of Sleep With Swannies

March 17, 2018

If you are not wearing Swannies Blue Light Blocking Glasses NO WONDER YOU CAN’T SLEEP.

Would you like to fall asleep faster, and sleep more deeply?

Would you like to wake up feeling more refreshed, ready to tackle the day?

What about having a greater sense of control over your cravings?

Have you ever woken up feeling hungover, even though you didn’t have any alcohol the night before, and wondered why?

Crappy sleep = hormones become dysregulated, increased cravings (usually for rapidly digesting carbohydrates), emotional instability, and reduced cognitive function.

Did you know that after just a single night of poor sleep, a metabolically healthy person is essentially pre-diabetic the next day?

The problem is, blue light from our screens tells our brains that its daytime, which prevents our pineal gland from secreting a hormone called melatonin that is responsible for (among other things) helping us wind down and sleep long and deeply.

I also am loving the sleep mask. Darkness (and cool room) a must. Also, try the Magnesium spray. I can’t tell if it’s working but I spray it anyway. I also got a pair for my kids cuz iPAD!

HOTBOX – NEW INFRARED CHROMOTHERAPY

March 16, 2018

WOOT! A new spot just opened to get your get your sweat on in DTLA! It’s call HOTBOX.

I had a great sweat the other day. The place is totally gorgeous. The sweat is not at crazy as Shape House and feels very different as you are not in the tight blanket. It’s more of a post gym type of sweat or the kind I would love to own in my home. Many people do!

Each suite also has chromotherapy and a vitamin C infused rain shower, an iPad for tunes or Netflix (I went for Gongs!) and its a hot spot to totally chill. 

HEAT

THE DIFFERENCE OF INFRARED

Developed in the 1970’s by Japanese health practitioners, infrared saunas were designed for those who want to look and feel their best. Infrared offers the same health benefits as traditional Finnish saunas, but provides a gentle and soothing experience.

HEALTHY HEAT,
BREATHABLE AIR

Unlike traditional Finnish convection saunas which heat the body from the outside-in, resulting in hot, often intolerable air – our infrared saunas heat the body from the inside-out, leaving the air pleasant and comfortable, allowing for a longer sweat.

A CLEAN SWEAT

Perspire in a pristine, spotless, private suite, equipped with your own vitamin C rain shower. Infrared heat kills 99% of bacteria, creating an inherently sterile environment. Relax your mind and rejuvenate your body in confidence.

TOTAL BODY WELLNESS

HotBox technology allows for increased sessions providing higher detoxification. Experience glowing beauty, cleansing immunity and more from the proactive benefits of a vibrant sweat.

DETOX

Feel the difference of 7x the toxin cleanse from heating your body directly. 

GLOW

Enhance your beauty, reduce wrinkles, cleanse your pores and renew skin elasticity. 

PERFORM

Increase your endurance and build muscle naturally with the release of HGH. 

RECOVER

Speed up injury recovery time from aches and pains to chronic conditions.

  

SLIM

Pump up your heart rate and melt away up to 600 calories per session.

VITALITY

Lower blood pressure and improve circulation for longevity and rejuvenation.

IMMUNITY

Easily increase core body temperature and eliminate toxins to create healthier cells.

RELAX

Let the pure heat of infrared relieve stress and improve feelings of happiness.

RELIEF

Help the body heal naturally. Reduce soreness of nerve endings and muscle spasms.

COLOR

A HUE FOR A NEW YOU

During any session, treat yourself to Chromotherapy, the science behind the healing power of color. Experience HotBox in a positive light through the natural benefits of visible electromagnetic colors.

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Purlisse x Look Good Feel Better

December 13, 2017

pūr~lisse is proud to have created a Limited Edition Holiday ‘Skin Survival’ Kit in celebration of the brave women that Look Good Feel Better supports: Cancer patients and survivors

100% of the proceeds from this kit will go to the Personal Care Products Council Foundation to benefit Look Good Feel Better.

“Look Good Feel Better is a charitable program that we at pūr~lisse feel very passionate about; the work they do is so important and significant. Look Good Feel Better helps women who feel robbed of their beauty when battling cancer and cancer treatment to ‘look good’ and ‘feel better’ – to feel like themselves again. This is a beautiful gift that Look Good Feel Better provides through the work they do: the gift of confidence. Supporting the beauty industry’s charity with a bespoke Holiday Skincare Kit is truly an honor.” – Jennifer Yen, Founder of pūr~lisse

See this video below for more information about this special holiday kit:

Available at Purlisse.com