This past week I had the opportunity to participate in 2 workshops for enhancing Craniosacral Therapy outcomes for clients. While there was a lot of fascinating information shared one topic that stood out to me was the role of Craniosacral Therapy in gently releasing muscular restrictions in the body, versus Deep Tissue Massage where that release is forced, through pressure.
"Stand up straight and tall!" Who didn't hear this as a child? What was never explained was why.
Posture, next to stress, is one of the main reasons clients come in to see me. Though I'm not sure they realize that. Posture while standing, Posture while walking, Posture while sitting at a desk and computer, Posture during screen time... Good posture, or lack thereof, makes a difference to more than your muscles.
You've heard me suggest drinking extra water after your session, but do you know why your body needs Hydration?
I may make an extra suggestion during your session that your body (usually the skin) is telling me you’re not hydrated enough? Keeping hydrated is a major keynote in getting your body to give you it’s best! Especially while venturing into the great outdoors through the summer months.
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For Fraser Valley clients
Teaching Reiki in Alberta and BC this Spring and Summer, below please find upcoming dates for Reiki Classes and Exchanges:
Reiki Level 1 Class - Sunday, April 22nd 9:30 to 5
Reiki Exchange - Sunday, April 22nd 2 to 4:30pm
Reiki Exchange - Sunday, May 6th 10:30 to 12:30
Reiki Classes - Level 1 or Level 2 - Sunday, Sept. 9th 9:30 to 5:30
Reiki Exchange - Sunday, Sept. 9th 2 to 4:30pm
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
Two wonderful health session for YOU in September!
1~ Rose Water Nurturing
I spent the other day creating Rose Water. My home was filled with this beautiful, nurturing scent as the rose petals steeped in water. The petals were soft, delicate and beautifully scented and have created an equally delicate scented water that nurtures the skin.
For the remainder of September 2014 enjoy the scent of Roses or your session in one of the following ways:
After a very hot and dry August your skin is likely as parched as the earth. Hot and dry weather is hard on the body's largest organ. So here is a special session offered during September 2014 to help!
Moisturize from top to toe! This special session includes:
~ A herbal foot bath to soothe dry and tired skin while you sip vitamin water or tea
~ An Indian Head Massage with nurturing coconut and essential oils
~ A top to toe Relaxation Massage with moisturizing gel and essential oils
~ A creamy moisturizing foot massage
Plan to be here for 2 to 2 1/2 hours Cost: $155
While purchasing new oils and candles I discovered a couple of new organic lotions! Citrus Mint and Lavender Aloe are on the menu for a special week...
SOMETHING SPECIAL FOR FEET & HANDS
August 26th to 30th enjoy these amazing special prices when you book this week!
Your Foot or Hand Massage, with aromatherapy...only $25 (plus gst) (Regularly $45)
Add the Foot or Hand Massage to another session $20 (plus gst)
For sessions in Abbotsford on August 26, 27, 28 or 30
in Chilliwack on August 29th
email@example.com to book!
Did you know that Hand to Health shares an amazing array of holistic health modalities offered by highly trained professionals?
What we understand is that each person is an individual and because of that different modalities work for different people. As practitioners we enjoy working together as an integrated team to ensure that we can offer clients their best and healthiest way of being! For more information about each of the practitioners please click the name!
From left to right...
Elizabeth MacKay, MH, Cht, MR - offering Clinical Hypnotherapy
Teresa Graham, D.I. Hom - offering Spinal Touch, Reiki, Reflexology, Massage and Craniosacral Therapy
Tammy Nielsen, DCH, RCSHom, CBP - offering BodyTalk and Classical Homeopathy
Brenda Verhoven - offering Reiki, Manicures and Pedicures
Does the look on this child's face make you break out in a smile? It sure did for me. What I notice is how often I witness this exhuberant joy in children but not as often do I see it in adults. It leaves me wondering why?
I do have the joy of experiencing this kind of enthusiasm for life
when I teach dance and I think it is because the women that come to class have the opportunity to forget, for just a little while, all the stresses and responsibilities of life. In the safe environment of the studio, for just a short time, it doesn't matter who they are in day to day life, what "hats" are worn, whether they are thin, chubby, tall, short, had a bad hair day, can't make the contacts go in,...none of it matters, none of it is noticed.
(While I hear others say that this is rarely seen these days, I'm blessed to be surrounded at these classes by the least judgemental and most supportive women that I have ever met) In that "freedom" I am witness to these ladies playfully enjoying the camaraderie of each other as they experience and express their creativity together (oh yes, and have the fitness benefits too.) I do get to see smiles like these and it is a blessing.
In the pure joy of others, be they children or adults, the surrounding energy is uplifting. It feels great to be around happy people. But why do you think it is seen less often in adults?
In a society where it seems that to "be too busy" is worn as a badge of honour, or where one needs to feel overwhelmed, burned out and totally stressed in order to fit in and relate to others, are we forgetting the benefits of adding Joy to life? Of taking time to play? and if so, why?
The healing benefits of laughter and joy can not be underestimated. The feel good chemicals and endorphins released in the body are essential to good health of body, mind and spirit. My great-nephew often asks me why I laugh so much, I ask him "why
It does not take a lot of effort to choose joy. It may take some time to explore and discover what brings you joy at this stage in your life, but the adventure and exploration can be joyful in itself AND it is worth the time it takes.
I'm told that when I dance or teach dance, I glow. I haven't noticed that aspect of it but what I do notice is that the rest of my world goes away for a while and I can lose myself in the joy of the music, the movement and the time I am spending with others. When teaching and I happen to notice that smile, or sparkle of joy in the eye of a student, I know that I do glow on the inside...it warms my heart to see another person in that moment of joy.
Here is an opportunity to experience some pure JOY!
In a one hour playshop we will put on some inspiring music and just move! I'll share some very basic and easy belly dance moves that we can playfully put into combinations. We will bump our hips, twirl with veils and most importantly enjoy the experience of moving in a safe and fun environment.
YOU will play at the speed and level of movement that works for YOUR body. This playshop is for every woman regardless of size, age or fitness level! No dance experience is required. I can guarantee that this one hour of play will bring a smile to your lips!
Playshop size is limited so please register early. Wear comfortable clothing, bring some water and even the smallest desire or motivation to have some fun.
Saturday, August 23rd 10:00 to 11:00am and/or Wednesday, Sept. 3rd 6 to 7