Stellar Strength Super Simple Greek Village Salad

Stellar Strength Super Simple Greek Village Salad










Simple Greek Village Salad

1  organic cucumber

1/2 red onion

1 Fresh organic tomato

Greek Feta cheese

2 sprigs fresh dill

Maybe 10 leaves of fresh oregano

Greek extra virgin olive oil

Aged balsamic vinegar

Garlic salt, fresh cracked black pepper

This is a very uncomplicated, delicious recipe.  I throw it all together. I mix oil and vinegar and spices to taste.

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How can Myofascial Release help you?

What is Fascia?

Fascia is best described as a three dimensional web that runs throughout your entire body. Fascia covers and interpenetrates every muscle, bone, nerve, artery and vein. It also surrounds all of your internal organs including the heart, lungs brain and spinal cord. Think of the segments of an orange, this best illustrates how your fascial system works and separates everything.

Trauma, environmental stress, repetitive motions, inflammation and injury can all impact how tight and restricted your fascia becomes. Any abnormal tightness binds down your body, making it unable to function the way it was designed to with extremely limited ranges of motion. This creates imbalances, postural compensations, limited range of motion and pain patterns that are seemingly unexplainable. Restricted fascia does NOT show up in typical medical tests.

A high percentage of people experiencing these symptoms may be experiencing fascial restrictions or adhesions. If not released, the fascia continues constrict eventually affecting other parts of the body.

John F. Barnes Myofascial Release (JFBMFR) is a soft tissue mobilization technique designed to eliminate tension and restrictions causing pain or trauma within the fascial system.  It is a hands-on approach done by a qualified JFBMFR therapist by using gentle, sustained, specific pressure. Stellar Strength offers this highly skilled method to clients.

Some of the problems John F. Barnes Myofascial Release helps:

  • Back pain
  • Headaches
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Neck pain
  • Jaw pain (TMJ)
  • Sports injuries
  • Carpal tunnel
  • Scoliosis
  • Sciatica
  • Migraines
  • Scar Tissue
  • Knee pain
  • IT Band issues
Stellar Strength will design an in-home program specifically for you.  Reduce stress while increasing flexibility and range of motion. Eliminate tension and stiffness while balancing your body from the inside out. Call to set up a session.
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Blending VS. Juicing

I’m sure you have all heard about how popular juicing and blending are and how great they for you. You might not know exactly how to get started. I didn’t at first, and I found it extremely intimidating.

I’m here to break down the difference between the two and try and remove any fears you may have about starting something new.

The most important thing to note is, you cannot mess this up. So don’t worry that you will put too much or too little of something in and ruin a concoction.

There are two ways to go about this, one is what I call “Blending”, it’s really just tossing a bunch of high quality veggies or roots and a little fruit into a blender, adding a bit of purified water and turning it on. You want to make sure you have a good blender for this. I have a Vitamix, which I love. You would be completely fine with a NutriBullet or less expensive blender, just make sure it is powerful enough to pulverize whatever you want to add. Blending retains the fiber of the vegetables and there is zero waste, since you are blending the whole fruit, roots or leaves and then drinking it. It does tend to keep you fuller longer. Something important to know; please make sure you blend for a while, and add enough water. Otherwise, you will have little bits of kale floating around because you didn’t blend them up enough. I hate the texture of this, you might not.

The second option is “Juicing”. You really do want to have a high quality machine to do this. I purchased an Omega juicer that I love. I can juice and save it for a few days in the refrigerator and it’s still good. Juicing allows you to get nutrients from a great deal of veggies, roots and citrus all at one time without too much fiber. I feel healthier, much more energetic and happier when I juice. Personally, I prefer juicing because my body reacts better to it. Some people don’t like the pulpy “waste” juicing creates, but this isnt an issue for me because I feed my dogs raw and I give them everything that isn’t used.

Many times I have been in clients homes and they tell me they just don’t think they can do it; it’s too confusing, it’s too time consuming. I have stopped what we were doing and taken them to their kitchen and made a blended smoothie right there. Proving you don’t need a lot of ingredients and it truly is pretty simple.

Some veggies you might want to begin with to blend or juice are, kale, spinach, celery, romaine, beets, parsley, ginger and carrots. The harder fruits are better for juicing, apple, pear, etc. The softer ones are better for blending, avocado, mango, etc. The list goes on and on. I try and keep the sweet stuff to a minimum because I don’t want to drink too much sugar. I don’t use a lot of fruit in my juices or blends, but you can. You can use a few veggies or a lot. They all provide something different nutritionally.

The combination I juiced today was kale, celery, carrot, parsley and spinach. I am drinking it as I type. Let me know how it goes for you, and what your favorite combinations are. I can also add some more detailed recipes, if requested. Some books I recommend to get started are “The Juicing Bible,” by Pat Crocker; and “Juice,” by the founders of Pressed Juicery.

Happy Juicing.


Try Oprah’s Favorite Workout with Master Trainer Estelle Harford

Resistance Flexibility is Oprah’s Favorite Workout

The January 2016 issue of “O” Magazine, was released and showcases Resistance Flexibility as Oprah’s new favorite workout.

Resistance Flexibility (also known as Resistance Stretching) is a dynamic hands on technique that helps increase true flexibility, increase strength and muscle tone, increase range of motion, eliminate pain, and balance the body.Resistance Flexibility is completely customizable and is based upon your needs and goals. Every session is different because every person is different. Come and try a session in Chicago with Estelle. Flexibility training is gaining popularity and press because it helps people in unlimited ways.

Whether you are a Weekend Warrior, or just have the desire to live a life with less stress, aches and limitations. I can work with you to get you back to your best self. I can help you “Stretch Your Potential.”

If you have been unsure or feeling a bit intimidated about trying something new, now is a great time! I will design a session for you and it can be a very challenging workout, or therapeutic and help balance your body.

I am a Ki-Hara Resistance Stretching Master Trainer as well as a John F. Barnes Myofascial Release Therapist.

Please visit for more information and to book an Assisted Session with Estelle.