How Do You Train Your Mind?

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One of the most remarkable capacities of the human mind is its ability to simulate sensations, actions, and other types of experience. An area of  interest for neuroscientist and sports psychologists is the use of mental imagery or motor imagery. This practice involves the mental rehearsal of actions without engaging in the actual physical movements involved. 

High performance and elite athletes use mental rehearsal and visualization techniques to enhance sports performance. They are all physically matched but what differentiates them is their level of mental training. Visualization is more than seeing a goal, a shot; it is defining, creating and living in a new reality (aka “zone”). When these athletes visualize and mentally rehearse, they create a blueprint and lay down a neural network map. 

The underlying premise is simple: if you visualize yourself performing the way you want to perform, your body will follow. Mental training and rehearsal further boosts athletes’ self confidence and reduces anxiety by visualizing potential pitfalls and hurdles and successfully resolving them.

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Floatation-REST and sensory deprivation therapies present the optimal environment for mental training because they induce a deeper state of meditation and heighten concentration.

Quoting Stephen Curry, the NBA Champion who recently partnered up with Kaiser Permanente to promote mental wellness in a Floatation Pod: "this tool is more than just a sensory deprivation pod, it is meditation, self-motivation, focus, deep breathing, and mindfulness.”

How do you train your mind? Come experience the benefits of using MIZU's sensory deprivation pods to improve visualization & focus, and achieve mental clarity & success like JJ Watt and Steph Curry.


Importance Of Recovery

MIZU provides luxurious, private suites for your convenience during floatation therapy

MIZU provides luxurious, private suites for your convenience during floatation therapy

The science of physical recovery is a relatively new area of investigation, but in the last several years, there has been a significant interest in research examining both the effects of recovery on performance and potential mechanisms of effect. Recovery is becoming increasingly important to the high-performing athlete in a bid to reduce fatigue and enhance performance, but has application to anyone participating in physical activity, or trying to get over chronic or acute injury.

During the process of recovery, the body rebuilds muscles, heals damage, re-balances hormones, and repairs the central nervous system. The process occurs in two states, Active Recovery and Passive Recovery. 

Active Recovery is when the body is in motion and engaged in activity. Passive Recovery, occurs when the body is at rest and relaxed. Active recovery methods used by athletes include post workout light cycling, jogging, stretching and use of compression garments.

Passive recovery techniques are generally felt to have the most profound effect on recovery, given that passive recovery imposes fewer energy demands on the individual. 

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Some of the most effective passive recovery techniques utilized by athletes include:

1. Nutrition is increasingly recognized as a key component of optimal sporting performance, with both the science and practice of sports nutrition developing rapidly. Evidence supports that combining several dietary strategies will be of greater benefit than one strategy in isolation. These strategies include optimizing intakes of macronutrients, micronutrients, and fluids, including their composition and spacing throughout the day. The importance of individualized or personalized dietary advice is becoming increasingly important.

2. Sleep plays an important role in your physical health and recovery. For example, sleep is involved in healing and repairing your heart, blood vessels, muscles, and nervous system. Research shows that ongoing sleep deficiency is linked to an increased risk of heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke and obesity. Sleep not only helps support general growth and development, but the immune system relies on sleep to stay healthy and function at its highest level. Importantly, sleep affects how well we think, react, work, learn, and interact with others.

3. Floatation-REST Therapy is most unique because it simultaneously addresses physical and mental recovery needs. Findings of recent studies comparing control groups versus Floatation-REST group participants found that Floatation-REST:

  • Decreased Stress.
  • Decreased Pain (in Worst Pain Measures).
  • Decreased anxiety.
  • Decreased depression.
  • Increased sleep quality.
  • Increased optimism.
  • Increased mindfulness.

Floatation-REST Therapy is quickly becoming a mainstay recovery strategy for elite professional athletes and is used by sports franchises and research-focused human performance laboratories.

We encourage you to visit MIZU Clinic + Float Center to experience the tremendous physical and mental recovery benefits of our protocoled Floatation-REST therapy.


What is Integrative Medicine?

Mizu integrative medicine clinic + Float Center exam room 

Mizu integrative medicine clinic + Float Center exam room 

One of the questions that is frequently posed at MIZU is, “what is integrative medicine?” Integrative Medicine, while a common practice in large academic medical centers, is a rarity in traditional outpatient settings. Integrative Medicine is supported by positive research data and is growing in popularity in an age where patients are yearning for a more comprehensive and tailored approach to their health care and management.

An Integrative Medicine approach skillfully combines evidence based general medicine with effective and research proven complementary therapies. At MIZU, these complementary treatments currently include nutrition medicine, western medical acupuncture, herbal medicine, and cognitive behavioral therapy. The focus and goal of Integrative Medicine is to treat the patient  as a whole, both body and mind, and to account for all aspects of life that may effect one's health and wellness - It is far from the traditional approach of treating symptoms.

Duke University’s Integrative Medicine Program defines Integrative Medicine well,  as “an approach to care that puts the patient at the center and addresses the full range of physical, emotional, mental, social, spiritual and environmental influences that affect a person’s health.”

MIZU Integrative Medicine Clinic + Float Center Waiting Area

MIZU Integrative Medicine Clinic + Float Center Waiting Area


Therefore, what differentiates MIZU from other clinics? We skillfully employ an Integrative Medicine approach in a unique, tranquil and luxurious sensory driven environment. At MIZU clinic, we eliminate the traditional 'rushed' clinic visit where patients are dissatisfied, confused, and have limited physician contact. Every appointment is patient-centered and is no less than 45 minutes of direct contact with the physician, and involves an in-depth review of the patient's medical history, prescriptions, supplements and areas of concerns. All aspects of life that impact health, wellness, and disease (for both mind and body) are considered in order to develop a unique and tailored medical care regimen by MIZU’s physician. 

MIZU's unique concept clinic welcomes you to discover a new path to health, wellness, and longevity for both mind and body. 

"What Is Integrative Medicine?" Duke Integrative Medicine. Duke Integrative Medicine, n.d. Web. 24 Jan. 2017.

Weil, Andrew. "What Is Integrative Medicine? - Andrew Weil, M.D." DrWeil.com. N.p., 22 Nov. 2016. Web. 16 Jan. 2016.

SERVICES OFFERED

MEDICAL ACUPUNcTURE at Mizu integrative medicine clinic + float center

MEDICAL ACUPUNcTURE at Mizu integrative medicine clinic + float center

With a focus on treating both the mind and body, the Clinic provides patients with evidence-based general medicine services combined with research-proven complementary therapies. Services include preventive care, wellness exams, chronic care management, herbal medicine, acupuncture, cognitive behavioral therapy, and nutrition medicine. 

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MEET MIZU'S CHIEF PHYSICIAN

DR. MAHYAR BADREI

With a focus on treating both the mind and body, the Clinic provides patients with evidence-based general medicine services combined with research-proven complementary therapies. Services include preventive care, wellness exams, chronic care management, herbal medicine, acupuncture, cognitive behavioral therapy, and nutrition medicine. 

Schedule a visit with Dr. Badrei today and discover a new path to health, wellness, and longevity for both mind and body.







MORE TEA MY DEAR!

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First New Year's Resolution: More Tea My Dear!

With the New Year here, let's learn to appreciate the nuances of good quality tea or herbal tisanes and use tea time to unwind, relax and be in the present. This month's newsletter will provide a brief history of tea and a glimpse into MIZU's own, small batch, artisanal specialty herbal blends.
 
According to ancient legend, the history of tea dates back to 2737 B.C. in China, where Emperor Shen Nung made an accidental discovery. He had been boiling water in his garden to drink when leaves from a nearby Camellia sinensis tree, now know for green and black tea, fell into the pot. Emperor Shen Nung, being an herbalist, decided to try the infused water. Finding that he enjoyed the flavor and felt refreshed by the brew, he decided to experiment further by trying various leaves and herbs steeped in boiling water, and eventually discovered several that had medicinal properties1.
 
At first, tea was primarily drunk for medicinal purposes. However, during the Tang dynasty (618-907 AD), the consumption of tea became widespread. It was during this period that tea became known as the national drink of China1. During the Sung dynasty (960-1280 AD.), Chinese tea culture began to impact other countries as well. A Japanese Buddhist monk, Saicho, became exposed to tea while studying in China. He brought the practice of growing tea plants back to his monastery in Japan, and soon after, other monks began to do the same3.

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Drs Hannah and Mahyar Badrei at the Kozan-ji Temple, Kyoto, Japan in 2013. This zen temple (UNESCO World Heritage site) was established in the 8th century and contains the oldest tea field in Japan.


Tea travelled farther, once the British East India Company began to import the exotic goods from abroad and gained interest in America with Dutch settlers in the 1600's.
Since the times of colonization, improvements have been made in the ways that we drink and serve tea. The invention of iced tea and tea bags in America in the early 20th century allowed for increased approval and profitability of the popular drink. Not only this, but the continuation of research into the health benefits of drinking tea has caused its consumption to surge. Tea has been found to contain compounds known as catechins and epicatechins, which belong to a group of chemicals called flavonoids2. These compounds are thought to provide tea’s medicinal benefits, including suppressing inflammation, reducing plaque buildup in the vascular system, and improving vascular reactivity2. There is also evidence that consuming green or black tea may lower LDL cholesterol levels in the body.

The rich history of tea is a fascinating story that spans many countries and cultures and is infused with stories that have influenced religion and politics.

1. "Artisan Crafted Teas: A History of Tea." Mighty Leaf Tea. N.p., n.d. Web.
2. Publications, Harvard Health. "Brewing Evidence for Tea's Heart Benefits." Harvard Health. N.p., July 2015. Web.
3. "Tea - A Brief History of the Nation's Favourite Beverage." UK Tea & Infusions Association - Tea - A Brief History of the Nation's Favourite Beverage. UK Tea & Infusions Association, n.d. Web.

MIZU SPECIALTY TEA BLENDS

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At MIZU, we work tirelessly to develop unique, small batch, artisanal herbal teas with a purpose. Drs. Badrei partnered with an American master tea blender to create six proprietary herbal teas, which were all formulated based on clinical research to be palatable with optimal health benefits. The couple’s love of tea culture and history is evident in their thoughtful blend of specialty teas. MIZU is proud to present six fantastic blends of tea, each unique to suit your needs.

ENERGY - TEA BLEND No 102
The Energy Tea Blend contains Eleuthero Root (AKA. Siberian Ginseng), Fresh Spearmint, and Orange Rooibos. While being caffeine free, this tea can serve as your afternoon pick-me-up, as it combines fine botanicals and herbals known to promote mental and physical performance while improving concentration. 

SERENITY - TEA BLEND No 222
The Serenity Tea Blend is the perfect tea to help you relax at night, or even throughout the day. This blend combines fine botanicals and herbals known to promote relaxation and sleep, including chamomile, spearmint, lemon myrtle, and lavender. Caffeine free.

 

DIGESTION - TEA BLEND No 403
The Digestion Tea Blend is a great cup to sip when you want to promote healthy digestion and reduce bloating. This tea contains a simple blend of peppermint, licorice and sage - all known to help digestion. 

WELLNESS - TEA BLEND No 502
The Wellness Tea Blend is a great blend to have around for overall general health and wellness. This blend contains ginger, chamomile, eleuthero root, Licorice, mint leaves, and lemon grass. This caffeine free blend is good for your everyday brew.

DETOX - TEA BLEND No 326
The Detox Tea Blend is perfect for when you need a little cleansing. This tea helps boost metabolism and promotes healthy digestion. This blend combines Zhen Mei green tea, cinnamon, chickweed, stevia leaf, yerba mate, eleuthero root, pureh, and fennel. This blend is one of our sweeter teas and is also our only caffeinated blend.

IMMUNITY - TEA BLEND No 533
Last, but certainly not least is a MIZU favorite - The Immunity Blend. This blend combines fine botanicals and herbals known to promote immune system modulation and possess anti-inflammatory properties. Containing echinacea, lemon grass, cinnamon, ginger, licorice, and lemon myrtle, this caffeine free blend has a great flavor profile and is packed full of good-for-you botanicals.

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Come stop by MIZU or visit our E-Store to pick up some of these great tea and herbal blends! We hope you enjoy making our teas a part of your daily routine.


What's happening in January?


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From Floatation Therapy to Mindfulness

FROM FLOATATION THERAPY TO MINDFULNESS

The constant bombardment of stimuli from technology and media can make disconnecting seem like an impossibility. We have lost the art of monotasking in a day and age when being able to thrive in a fast-paced environment and juggling tasks are sellable qualities. It is time to rethink how we approach our efficiency and change our focus from multitasking to mindfulness.

Although mindfulness is a recently trending topic, the concept has been around for centuries, with roots in Buddhism and Hinduism. These practices all had one thing in common: a focus on the present and stillness of the mind to better understand the world. Mindfulness has since transcended into fields from psychology to behavioral economics, and is used to help combat stress and anxiety, improve performance, and stimulate creativity. Simply stated, mindfulness is being actively present and mentally engaged when interacting with our environment.

Mindfulness has been shown to reduce the physiological and psychological implications of stress. However, stress takes a greater toll than just a mental one. High stress levels can cause increases in the body’s fight-or-flight hormone, cortisol, which can lead to increased blood pressure and inflammation in the body. This constant excess of cortisol in our system has been identified as a contributing cause for a myriad of chronic illnesses. By reducing our mental load through mindfulness, we can lower stress and learn how to immerse ourselves in the present moment to achieve positive and rewarding interactions. Floatation Therapy can be a foundation for achieving mindfulness.

Floatation therapy provides an environment free from external stimuli and gravitational stressors. Floatation Therapy or REST (Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy) has been shown to improve psychological well-being by encouraging deep relaxation and stress reduction. Improved psychological well-being has a positive correlation with increased mindfulness. Overall, Floatation Therapy allows you to achieve a more introspective state through its restorative benefits and serves as a platform toward achieving mindfulness.

We encourage you to find a path toward mindfulness through floatation at MIZU Integrative Medicine Clinic + Float Center. Book with us today!

MIZU Gift Cards Have Arrived!

Share the gift of floating with your loved ones this holiday season!Please stop by or call us at 832.767.4312 to purchase.

MIZU Hosts Grand Opening Party benefiting

The Brian Cushing Foundation

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

Be sure to check out the photos from our grand opening party! We had a great time showcasing the new space and introducing Houstonians to our unique concept and services.