THE WELL Q&A: Todd Allen
Our Mindful Movement instructor shares his go-to wellness tips and how a dance background began his wellness journey.
As a kid, I always had a pediatrician and a homeopath because of my severe allergies. I had no idea how unusual this was at the time.
I also began dancing at age three, and was surrounded by artists and teachers while growing up that encouraged me to explore and create. They exposed me to yoga, acupuncture, Feldenkrais technique, Pilates and other wellness practices. I feel extremely grateful to my (conservative) parents for allowing me to exist and thrive in a world that they did not fully understand.
First thing that came to my mind — I have way too much stuff. I can live happily and well with a lot less.
Anything related to animals. I follow way too many animal rescue organizations.
This is not so much a secret, but my favorite new find — Patchology PoshPeel PediCure at-home foot treatments have changed my life.
I keep crystals in my dopp kit at all times. I currently have a rose quartz, a tiger’s eye and a rhodonite in my bag: rose quartz to promote love and harmony in all of my interactions throughout the day, tiger’s eye to help release fear and stimulate taking thoughtful action and rhodonite to foster compassion and forgiveness and to clear old negative emotional patterns.
I also always travel with an essential oil or two as well. I carry lavender oil to curb anxiety because travel can be stressful and a citrus oil like bergamot or grapefruit to use as an air freshener and for a quick pick-me-up when needed.
I have found that I sleep much better if I stop eating a couple of hours before going to bed.
Take some quiet time alone, in nature if possible. I LOVE the beach. I grew up in Utah so the mountains and the desert are home for me.
My dogs, Butch and Lefty.
I am very allergic to dairy and I'm Celiac, so everything must be dairy- and gluten-free. I eat a mostly plant-based diet as a result.
Current choice: everything bagel seasoning. (Is peanut butter a condiment? That is up there too.)
Oat milk matcha latte, please.
Drink (at least) half of your body weight in ounces of water each day.
My quick reboot if I am feeling overwhelmed or stressed during the workday is to put on my headphones and play music that I love. There may be singing and dancing involved too — only when working from home, of course! This always lifts my spirits, calms me down and allows me to refocus.
Take my Immune Complex from THE WELL and up my intake of water and vitamin C.
IV Therapy — I went with a friend in Los Angeles who swears by it. I am very averse to any type of needle (I am known to pass out during a blood draw) but thought I would be okay in a calm, supportive atmosphere. I was WRONG! I couldn't relax at all, felt uncomfortable the entire treatment and was really unable to feel the benefits of the session. Lesson learned that it is so not my thing.
Last night watching a rerun of Friends.