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Mind + Body: October 2017


Body Movement: A local mind-body training class goes directly to the root cause of most chronic muscular pain.


Keith Thompson, a certified therapeutic massage therapist and Hanna Somatics educator, is teaching clients how to relax more deeply during his Move Better, Feel Better class every Saturday at St. Charles Athletic Club at 9 a.m. The Hanna Somatics method is a form of neuromuscular movement re-education that allows the client to regain awareness, sensation and motor control of muscles — an educational process during which the brain can remember how to relax and move the muscles properly.

This process of sensory motor training creates improved muscle function and enhanced sensory awareness. And it’s the only method of pain relief and sensory motor training that targets the condition of Sensory Motor Amnesia — the condition of chronically tight muscles that have learned to stay contracted due to accidents, injuries, surgeries, repetitive tasks or on-going emotional stress. The resulting conditions are chronic back pain; neck, shoulder and hip pain; limited mobility; joint pain; poor posture; shallow breathing; and uneven leg length.

In his class, Thompson focuses on the core areas of the body, (the lower back, waist and abdominal area) and teaches how gaining more control of these muscles groups contributes to better movement in the shoulders, legs and neck. Benefits of the class include improved mobility, strength and coordination; improved posture; long-term pain relief; greater physical independence and mastery of your movement; and more. The class is $12 for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Register at facebook.com/feelbetterandmovebetter.
Business Minded: A new study finds that one in two Millennials plans to start a new business in the next three years.

The Millennial generation, which is America’s largest generation and also the largest workforce, is turning out to be quite entrepreneurial. According to a study by the America’s Small Business Development Center and the Center for Generational Kinetics, America’s Voice on Small Business, one in two millennials plans to start a small business in the next three years. Of the study’s participants, 40 percent cited being one’s boss as the motivation to do so, and 61 percent believe that entrepreneurship is more secure and stable than employment.

The study, which surveyed 1,000 people across America and weighed it to the Census, also revealed that 59 percent of Millennials say that with the right ideas and resources they would start a business within the next year, and 45 percent said access to capital is the biggest barrier to starting their business. It also found that the lack of knowledge and small business savvy is another roadblock to start small businesses.

“We recognize that entrepreneurship desire and actual implementation can be quite different, especially to the Millennial generation that is up against many roadblocks to starting a small business, as well as gaps in information,” says Rande Kessler, state director of the Louisiana Small Business Development Center. “The LSBDC is specifically here to either assist in roadblock removal, or help the budding entrepreneur to see a way around it.” lsbdc.org
–Maria’s Pick —

Sweet Sustenance: A new cookbook asks America’s best chefs what they cook for the people they love.

A new cookbook, entitled America the Great Cookbook (Weldon Owen, $40), celebrates the diverse food scene across the country and will be released Oct. 31. The book offers a glimpse into the lives of more than 100 food personalities — including top chefs, artisan producers and fascinating food heroes — plus their stories about food, family and their passion for cooking. Also included is one or more of their personal signature dishes and family favorite recipes. Edited and curated by Joe Yonan, the two time James Beard Award-winning food and dining editor of The Washington Post, the cookbook spans five regions of America: the Midwest; Northeast; Southeast; Southwest; and the West Coast.

The New Orleans personalities (and their recipes) include: Leah Chase, owner and Executive Chef of Dooky Chase’s Restaurant (Creole Gumbo); Pableaux Johnson, food writer, photographer and host of Red Beans Road Show (Monday Night Red Beans and Rice); and Tunde Wey, Chef, food writer and founder of Blackness in America dinners (Jollof Rice and Poached Chicken with Pepper Sauce).

The cookbook, which goes on sale Oct. 31, helps fight childhood hunger by helping No Kid Hungry connect kids with at least 200,000 meals.

“Food is at the heart of a family,” says Maria Muro, publisher of New Orleans Living. “Food brings the family together at mealtimes, and recipes are handed down for generations — especially here in New Orleans.” nokidhungry.org