Hand Exercises To Relieve Arthritis Pain

On February 22, 2017, in movement, by Anne

One of my clients just mentioned that his wife is suffering from painful and swollen knuckles due to arthritis. He asked me about exercises she can do to alleviate this, and I showed him this video. While I initially made this video for a client who plays guitar, these moves are beneficial for anyone looking to improve strength, flexibility, and mobility, or to reduce pain in their hands, wrists and shoulders. Check it out and let me know what you think in the comments below, or share this with a loved one suffering from arthritis pain.

Anne McCranie is a Portland (Sellwood), Oregon based personal trainer and licensed massage therapist. This video shows gentle pain relief techniques. Please do not do any exercise that causes you pain. See your medical professional before beginning a new exercise program.

Looking For Love

On February 8, 2017, in Health and Wellness, by Anne

This month Anne is looking for love! Your love story, that is.

Did you know that your social connections can have as much of a positive effect on your health and well being as a good diet, and adequate sleep? Studies show that people who maintain healthy relationships live longer healthier lives. I regularly do this loving kindness meditation and when the woman on the recording says “think of someone who, the moment you think of them you feel happy” I think of my little buddy Jonah.

Anne n Jonah thanksgiving 2016

Who makes your heart sing? This can be your grandchild, sibling, spouse, dog, a random stranger. I would love to hear a few words about an experience you had with your special person, or just a feeling you have when you are around them. Share your love story on Fluid’s Facebook page or in the comments below. Want to see my love stories? Click here.

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Spicy Italian Sausage, White Bean and Kale Soup

On February 7, 2017, in recipes, by Anne

I saw this soup recipe on the New Seasons website and decided to try it out.

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It fit my criteria of a short ingredient list, easy preparation, and a healthy combo of protein and veggies. I was temped to add more hot peppers as I really like things spicy, but stuck to the recipe and I’m glad I did. It is just the right amount of spicy. This is a great weekend make-ahead meal, in fact I doubled the recipe and froze half of the soup. I also let it simmer on low for about an hour once I had all my ingredients in the pot.

Try it this week and let me know what you think in the comments below…

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Spicy Italian Sausage, White Bean, And Kale Soup


  • 1 lb of spicy Italian pork sausage
  • 1 cup onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 quart chicken broth
  • 2 cans of white beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 bunch kale, washed and thinly sliced


  1. In a large stock pot or heavy pan brown the sausage for about ten minutes on medium/high heat.
  2. Add onions and cook until translucent.
  3. Add broth and beans and bring to a boil, then turn the heat down to low.
  4. Add kale and simmer for ten minutes.


Anne McCranie is a Portland (Sellwood), Oregon based personal trainer and licensed massage therapist. She offers this recipe to tickle your taste buds. Please see your medical professional for specific dietary advice.

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