Helping Body, Mind and Spirit transition selfcare through the seasons
takes some thought and planning, but you can make it easier.
Falling into Self-Care Activities
Self Massaging Autumns Dryness Away
This year the dry weather seems to have arrived a little earlier and my skin regime has already needed to change. Increased dry brushing to get rid of dead skin cells and LOTS of moisturizing. I make moisturizing a self-massage ritual. Usually coconut oil, blended with favourite essential oils and massaged into muscles, joints and skin. This increased and focused touch is a great way to improve body awareness plus skin that just feels good to live in.
For my scalp and hair I use warmed coconut or sesame oil to nourish and nurture. Wrapped up in a towel for a few hours my upper being absorbs all the goodness.
Lots and lots of Massage Therapy
Seasonal Eating Selfcare
Do you also prefer warm foods in your tummy when the weather is colder outside? There is nothing quiet like a steaming bowl of soup to warm you from the inside out. Or starting the day with a bowl of oatmeal and warmed fruit.
Preferring to buy local and fresh my self care nourishment includes lots of squash, kale, beets, carrots, apples and pears blended into stews, soups, oatmeal and other deliciousness. The addition of warming spices such as cinnamon, clove, curry, nutmeg speak to my soul this time of year.
Cozying up to Self Care
How do your self care rituals change through the seasons?
When you have to stay indoors rather than be outside, what do you do for self care?
For many, Spring is the time of year to toss out the old and make room for the new! This tradition can help to create fresh energy that benefits both our physical and emotional wellbeing. The art of Feng Shui suggests that clutter in our home can bring clutter and stagnation into our lives. For myself, I find that physical clutter affects my mental calmness and clarity of mind.
For many years I have embraced the beautiful art of placement, Feng Shui, as it has brought so many positive energies into my home space. People will often comment that my home feels welcoming and peaceful. The sense of sanctuary, my space of peace that separates me from the rest of the world, the work, the noise pollution, the chaos... is essential to my wellbeing.
For this part of Spring Clean Yourself I will share what I have used in my physical space when practicing my own type of energy cleaning. Watch for Part 2 where we'll talk about emotional spring cleaning...even more important!
Anything you don't absolutely LOVE!! The most important step. When you look around your home at the objects you have how do they make you feel? Do they offer positive thoughts, memories, associations? or do they bring your energy down? Certainly there are the everyday mundane things we must have for day to day activities, however, if the can opener you're using is difficult to use and not doing it's job, how are you feeling as you open that can of food for you or your pet to ingest?
Take a look around and get rid of those things that don't work that well, that you've kept out of some sense of doing the right thing, gifts that just don't fit (re-gift them to someone who will enjoy them). Once you've removed these things take a breath and notice how the energy in your home feels. Does it feel better?
Once I've gone through all the stuff and cleaned everything then I often smudge my home or mist with a purification blend of essential oils to move out any old energy. Other regular activities can include:
-Opening all the windows for 15 minutes each day to allow stagnant air out and fresh air in
-Find natural scents that you enjoy and fill your space with candles, incense, oil diffusers or whatever works for you
-Before bringing anything new into your home take a moment to check into how it "feels". Do you love it? just like it? meh?
-Create corners of sacred space that bring you joy each time you see the contents. This could be photos, pictures, art work, plants, candles, crystals, etc. Whatever brings your heart joy.
-Smudge regularly as energy can get stuck in spaces. I usually choose just after the New Moon each month when energies are fresh and new
Coming next: Spring Clean Part 2 - Emotional/Mental cleaning
With heart health month quickly coming to an end here is a special to reinforce all those good things you've been doing this past month for you! Ease away stress and totally relax...so good for YOU!
Something simple that you can create at home for yourself. An Essential Oil blend to soothe muscles!
The two previous blogs helped with protecting and nurturing those hard working, snow shovelling muscles but you do need to think about some Massage care! Here is a special for you for this week!
We've had several requests for duo massages. That is two tables, two practitioners, two massages happening at the same time for couples, mother/daughter, good friends.... So we have added that to our Mother's Day weekend for Saturday, May 7th.
Cindy Alison of Blu Stone Massage will be joining me at Hand to Health to offer duo massages for those that would like them! We can offer screening between tables or leave the space open...you choose.
What are the benefits of duo massage?
We rarely have the time and energy to fully connect with those we love and care about. Imagine a space filled with serenity and peace, where mind, body and soul are able to relax and restore. Now imagine sharing that energetic space with someone special. You can catch up and visit or just lie quietly and enjoy the energy together. It's a fabulous setting for all!
Contact me to book your session for Saturday, May 7, 2016! Cindy is only here for the one day and we have limited spaces available so be sure to contact me soon!
Is the heat making you feel Hot, Irritable and Grumpy? Sun can be drying to our bodies; it can be scorching to our tempers as well!
My session room is peaceful and cool. I invite you to a quiet oasis to relax, breathe and melt onto the table. A mini-vacation for just a little while.
Choose scents of cooling mint or uplifting eucalyptus as an addition (scent optional) as you place yourself in my hands for a soothing session
While the weather is hot and dry here are some Cooling Hints for in between your sessions ….
*Drink LOTS of extra water to keep your body, mind and spirit hydrated!
* Try to preplan your day and get your energy intensive obligations completed during the cooler times of the day (early morning, later evening)
* Embrace the concept of the afternoon nap. Rest and restore your being during the hottest parts of the day. It is tradition in other, hotter climate countries for a reason.
*Place a pan of cold water and ice cubes in front of your electric fan. It will blow the cool mist out and about your space.
* Or take a cool shower and stand in front of the fan rather than drying with a towel
*Place your feet in a pan of cool water and place a cold, wet cloth on the top of your head
*Practice a cooling breath. Breath in through your nose and out through your mouth but create a tunnel with your tongue and lips and you’ll find your breath out is much cooler!
Are you ready to let yourself just receive?
If you answered yes then this month's health session special is for YOU!
Slide into March with a #RELAXATION theme!
With a focus on RELAXATION, a softer approach to Massage with a sprinkling of Reiki and a soothing Aromatherapy blend will ease you into Spring.
A Relaxation Massage with a loosening of muscle and tendons while breathing more deeply (and with less of a deep tissue approach) combined with Reiki and Aromatherapy is a perfect prescription for anxiety, stress and tension.
Enjoy a 1 1/2 hour session during the month of March
Your session must be booked and received between Feb. 23 & March 31, 2015. Gift Certificates and coupons can not be used towards nor purchased for monthly health session specials
Are you ready?
As this month moves towards the "This I Do For Me" event happening on November 23rd, the holisitcally healthy specials this month are about YOU!
The massage table warmer is pluged in, the fireplace turned up and the candles are lit...and that is just setting the atmosphere for your quiet oasis at the Abbotsford clinic.
There are 2 specials this month...I encourage you to try them both!
** Special 1 **
Enjoy two hours of stress busting bliss!
This pampering treat combines:
~ Relaxation Massage with immune building essential oils (or unscented if you prefer)
~ Reiki to begin and end the session with...just breathe!
~ Scalp & Face Massage with nourishing oils
$155 (plus gst)
** Special 2**
Take an hour to put your feet up by the fire, close your eyes and just receive!
A soothing treat that includes:
~ Hand and lower arm Massage
~ Lower Leg and Foot Massage
~ Nourishing and natural lotion (scented or unscented)
$ 75 (plus gst)
**November's Specials must be booked and received between Oct.31 & Nov.23, 2014. Gift certificates or any other discounts coupons can not be used towards monthly health session specials**