Category: The Whole Shabang

Neuromuscular Therapy Massage

Neuromuscular therapy is a form of soft tissue manipulation that aims to treat underlying causes of chronic pain involving the muscular and nervous systems. This medically oriented form of massage addresses trigger points (tender muscles points), circulation, nerve compression, postural issues,  and biomechanical problems that can be caused by repetitive movement injuries.

Deep Tissue Massage

Deep tissue massage is best for giving attention to certain painful, stiff “trouble spots” in your body. The massage therapist uses slow, deliberate strokes that focus pressure on layers of muscles, tendons, or other tissues deep under your skin. Though less rhythmic than other types of massage, deep tissue massage can be quite therapeutic — relieving chronic patterns of tension and helping with muscle injuries, such as back sprain.

Sports Massage

Developed to help with muscle systems used for a particular sport, sports massage uses a variety of approaches to help athletes in training — before, during, or after sports events. You might use it to promote flexibility and help prevent injuries. Or, it may help muscle strains, aiding healing after a sports injury.

Chair Massage

Ever gone to a county fair, music festival, or conference and envied other people getting chair massages? Or, maybe you’re lucky enough to work at a company that offers 15- to 20-minute massages as a regular benefit. Onsite, chair massages are done while you’re seated fully clothed in a portable, specially designed chair. They usually involve a massage of your neck, shoulders, back, arms, and hands.


Shiatsu Massage

In Japanese, shiatsu means “finger pressure.” For shiatsu massage, the therapist uses varied, rhythmic pressure on certain precise points of the body. These points are called acupressure points, and they are believed to be important for the flow of the body’s vital energy, called chi. Proponents say shiatsu massage can help relieve blockages at these acupressure points.

Thai Massage

During a Thai massage, the therapist uses his or her body to move the client into a variety of positions. This type of massage includes compression of muscles, mobilization of joints, and acupressure.

Hot Stone Massage

For this kind of massage, the therapist places warmed stones on certain areas of the body, such as acupressure points. The stones may be used as massage tools or be temporarily left in place. Used along with other massage techniques, hot stones can be quite soothing and relaxing as they transmit heat deep into the body.


Reflexology uses hand, thumb, and finger techniques to stimulate certain areas of the feet. These areas are believed to correspond to different parts of the body. The massage, then, is expected to promote health and well-being.

Pregnancy Massage

During pregnancy, your body goes through major changes. Pregnancy massage can help with these changes by reducing stress, decreasing arm and leg swelling, and relieving muscle and joint pain. Massage may be particularly helpful during a time when medication and other medical options may be more limited. Using specially designed massage pillows, the massage therapist will help get you into a comfortable position for this type of massage.


Cross this one off the bucket list…. I stood on the red dot of a TED Talk

and led the audience through some approachable yoga postures and mind expanding topics like breathing deeply and honestly. Truly an amazing day to enjoy sharing my yoga with the patrons and speakers in La Jolla on December 2nd. We gathered in the UCSD institute of the Americas building to hear the primarily women speakers come together to speak of their own interpretation of “The Space Between”. From life changing cross-country cycling, to a scientists corelation  of the Wizard of Oz and Flashdance, to advocating for women’s’ sexual freedoms to be taken as seriously as mens ; the event was diverse, raw, and made with love.  I am honored to have been able to share my passions with this group and community.


The following is a current breakdown of Holiday Pricing for  :

  • $60/hour / person
  • $45/hour / person 2 person semi private
  • $40/hour / person 3 person max semi private

Orthopedic / Student / Military :

  • $50/hour / person
  • $35/hour / person 2 person semi private
  • $30/hour /person 3 person max semi private

Packages are available to keep you committed to your wellness program and to provide continuity of proggression :

  • 3 sessions @ 5% off
  • 5 sessions @ 10% off
  • 10 sessions @ 15% off

These prices are for sessions of yoga, TRX, Total Gym Gravity, and other functional training modalities.

Currently primarily training out of Activ Studio on 321 W. Washington St. San Diego, CA 92103.

I am also available to travel, so please inquire!


Gravity Total Gym .

Gravity Total Gym .



Gravity Total Gym .

Gravity Total Gym .

Earlier this month I had the pleasure of an intimate training setting for the Total Gym Foundation Course with the famous International Presenter and Master Trainer Rob Glick.
Check me out at Activ Studio 321 West Washington St. San Diego, Ca. 92103 for private and semi private classes coming to the schedule!

Total Gym® is the world’s leading privately-held manufacturer of functional and bodyweight training equipment. Founded in 1974, the San Diego-based company’s Total Gym products are used in 14,000 physical therapy clinics, athletic training facilities, hospitals, universities, professional sports teams and health clubs, inspiring over 24 million workouts per year worldwide.
Functional Training

Total Gym is an angular variable resistance device. It uses your body weight against the pull of gravity as the load, which means Total Gym doesn’t lock you into one position or movement. You can train in all three planes of motion: front to back, side-to-side and rotational.

Total Gym allows a full, free range of motion of the joints, and builds body strength by working major muscle groups together in concert with the core stabilizers of the abdomen and back.

Functional exercises create stronger, leaner muscles than isolation exercises, because they encourage the muscles of the body to work together imitating real life activities.

Total Gym helps you develop the muscular strength, muscular endurance, cardiovascular endurance and flexibility that can dramatically improve your body shape and composition. Whether you want to build lean muscle mass, to gain size or to replace excess fat, Total Gym is your ride to success.

Flying Around the Wonderful World, a studio production starring our staff and students! We host these shows as a fundraiser event, to give our students the opportunity to perform for friends, family, and the community. We have professional lighting, beautifully choreographed acts, food, music and more!

We hope you will join us this June 8th and 9th!

Friday, June 8th at 7pm
Saturday, June 9th at 2pm and 7pm

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online through our Mindbody Workshops Tab, in person, or at the door. Kids under 10 are FREE with a paid adult.

All money raised will benefit our Studio programs and equipment purchasing! Thank you for your support!

Aerial Revolution Entertainment
5370 Napa Street, San Diego, CA 92110
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Fruits, Nuts & Berries.

That age old proverb “You are what you eat ” has always been a beacon of intelligence that I have been striving towards for many years now. is a site that I have enjoyed hearing from as a reputable source for preventative medicine and care.  I would like to share their latest email with you as I find the information to be straightforward and approachable to the masses that need to be well informed.  Enjoy!

More Good News about fruits, nuts and berries.

Summary sentence:  Ellagic acid, a chemical found in certain nuts and fruits counters the ill effects of a high fat, high sugar diet.

Eating “…fruits and nuts may prevent or reverse common health conditions such as obesity, diabetes and hypertension.”  A new study published April 27 in the European Journal of Nutrition found that ellagic acid, a chemical found in many nuts and fruits counters the ill effects of high fat, high carbohydrate diets.

Researchers from the University of Southern Queensland, Australia fed rats a diet of cornstarch for four months.  Some of the animals were given ellagic acid as a supplement to the diet.  The best dietary sources of ellagic acid are red raspberries and pomegranates.  High levels are also found in blackberries, cranberries, pecans, pomegranates, raspberries, strawberries, walnuts, wolfberry, grapes and peaches.

As expected the high carbohydrate, high fat diet is not healthy: the rats’ hearts changed shape hindering the efficient pumping of blood.  The animals had difficulty regulating blood sugar levels and they developed what is called fatty liver disease. Blood levels of the harmful inflammatory chemical NF-κB increased and the levels of the desirable proteins Nrf2 and CPT1 in the heart and the liver decreased.  All of these negative impacts were reduced in the animals given ellagic acid.

Can we extrapolate doses from this research?  The rats were fed 0.8 gm/kg of ellagic acid per day.  That same dose in a 100 pound human would be 40 gm of ellagic acid per day.  I don’t know that people could really get that much in, even if their life depended on it.
Red raspberries contain just 1500 mcg/gm dry weight

Food Sources of Ellagic Acid    micrograms/gm dry wt
Red Raspberries     1500
Strawberries    630
Walnuts     590
Pecans    330
Cranberries    120

Eur J Nutr. 2012 Apr 27. [Epub ahead of print]
Ellagic acid attenuates high-carbohydrate, high-fat diet-induced metabolic syndrome in rats.
Panchal SK, Ward L, Brown L.
Department of Biological and Physical Sciences, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, QLD, 4350, Australia.
Fruits and nuts may prevent or reverse common human health conditions such as obesity, diabetes and hypertension; together, these conditions are referred to as metabolic syndrome, an increasing problem. This study has investigated the responses to ellagic acid, present in many fruits and nuts, in a diet-induced rat model of metabolic syndrome.
Eight- to nine-week-old male Wistar rats were divided into four groups for 16-week feeding with cornstarch diet (C), cornstarch diet supplemented with ellagic acid (CE), high-carbohydrate, high-fat diet (H) and high-carbohydrate, high-fat diet supplemented with ellagic acid (HE). CE and HE rats were given 0.8 g/kg ellagic acid in food from week 8 to 16 only. At the end of 16 weeks, cardiovascular, hepatic and metabolic parameters along with protein levels of Nrf2, NF-κB and CPT1 in the heart and the liver were characterised.
High-carbohydrate, high-fat diet-fed rats developed cardiovascular remodelling, impaired ventricular function, impaired glucose tolerance, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease with increased protein levels of NF-κB and decreased protein levels of Nrf2 and CPT1 in the heart and the liver. Ellagic acid attenuated these diet-induced symptoms of metabolic syndrome with normalisation of protein levels of Nrf2, NF-κB and CPT1.
Ellagic acid derived from nuts and fruits such as raspberries and pomegranates may provide a useful dietary supplement to decrease the characteristic changes in metabolism and in cardiac and hepatic structure and function induced by a high-carbohydrate, high-fat diet by suppressing oxidative stress and inflammation.


To Make a Ginger Compress

Needed Items:

  • Large Pot
  • 6 inch ginger root fresh
  • Cheesecloth or muslin tea bag
  • 3 towels (hand towels or face clothes are appropriate sized)

Step 1

Boil water in large pot.  Reduce to simmer

Step 2

Grate ginger using fine side of grater for best results; more juice will be released from the finer particles.

Step 3

Grated ginger into a cheese cloth square or large muslin tea bag.  Tightly tie.

Step 4

Add bagged ginger to simmering water for 5 minutes.  Adjust burner to “LOW” and remove ginger.

Step 5

Place towel over are to be treated (low back, kidneys,inflamm, etc).  Dip second towel into warm ginger water and wring out, place over first dry towel.  Cover the two towels with a third dry towel (or blanket) to retain heat.

Step 6

Don’t let compress cool on area, leave on until heat is lost.  Repeat process until the skin glows bright pink.


Save the ginger water to reuse throughout the week for additional compresses(be sure it was not boiled in the process though).  Grated ginger may be saved to use in cooking.   Compress should not be used over eyes.

I welcome you, the reader with open an heart to explore this site periodicly.  I will be posting wellness articles written by myself, fellow health practitioners, and activities of interest.  Please, visit frequently, as these will ebb and flow as my life, interests, and work will as-well.  My work as a yoga instructor, massage therapist, Physical Therapy Assistant, adventuress, and integrative healthcare practitioner will be broadcast over this site (and on )  to keep friends and clientele informed and up to date as to my latest and greatest of hobbies, certifications, travel, and education.  Functional exercises attempt to incorporate as many variables as possible (balance, multiple joints, multiple planes of movement), thus decreasing the load on the muscle but increasing the complexity of motor coordination and flexibility.  I strive to deliver a sense of awareness toward well-being, allowing you to make informed decisions about living the life that you want to lead. I offer a practical means of becoming present, a commonsense approach to physical, mental, and emotional health, and a new way of learning that leads to increased understanding of ourselves and a deepening sense of fulfillment, meaning, and purpose.

Please enjoy; share with others and be inspired to live with intention.

Sincerely in metta;

Anna Berger BS, PT, LMT,

Bach Sci. Integrative Therapeutic Practices

Certified Yoga & Snowboard Instructor

Licensed Massage Therapist

Cert. Personal Trainer