Hand to Health at Atmosphere Health…here we go!

Super thrilled to be offering sessions at this dynamic, patient focused clinic beginning Tuesday, September 5th! Check out http://www.atmospherehealth.ca to discover more about what is offered and about the knowledgeable and experienced healthcare staff. I look forward to seeing you soon.Teresa Graham RMT Calgary

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Life can be a Bumpy Ride. Hang in There!

Uprooting my businesses and moving my career to Calgary has been a bumpy ride, to put it mildly.  Others tell me “that which doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger”…I’m strong enough, thank you!

But when you make a huge life change what choice do you have but to “hang in there”, have faith and trust in things turning around, hope for the best, look at the half full glass… Are there any other platitudes that you can think of?

I will admit to being pretty upset (well actually, super pissed off (can I say that?) with the Universe over the past few months. The doors to Calgary were a completely unexpected opening and the Universe quite literally pushed me through them, but it was only a few days after arrival that things began to fall apart. The job I moved for was not what I had been led to believe it was (remember, this was a career move) and with an income far below expectations. After living in the bubble of small town BC for years it was shocking to rediscover how busy, and expensive a big city can be. For the first few months I hauled it back and forth (driving, with my cat, over the Rockies, for many hours) between Calgary and Abbotsford to see my past clients, just in the hopes of making ends meet.

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I didn’t want to come out from under the covers most days, afraid of which shoe was going to drop next, my world was becoming a scary place. I railed and cursed at the Universe on a fairly regular basis (I know, surprising huh?).  Frustrated, home sick, missing friends and family I was on the verge of giving up and going home to B.C. …but then the proverbial glimmer of hope began to show itself. And that’s where I was shown why the Universe had sent me in this direction.

I have been really fortunate to meet some fabulous people and very gifted health practitioners while in Calgary, and have now been presented with the opportunity to work with them, in a team oriented clinic with a focus on client care…which is what I feel is the optimal space for people to attain wellness. Positive, supportive individuals who are experts at what they do will be the people I get to work with on a daily basis, beginning next week. To say this is the optimal move for my career would be an understatement. But more importantly, it fits my belief system as a healthcare provider and my heart and soul are shouting a loud and long YES!

So despite the bumpy ride, disappointments, stress and tension, I do have to say you should Hang In There and have trust and faith. If the Universe has opened some doors for you there is a reason…it may just not be obvious, at first…but it is there.

 

Have you experienced the Universe opening doors on confusion that led to brighter happenings? Did you walk through those doors?

 

Radical Self Care – I’m learning, exploring…and you?

Iworkpict always seems that I have to get that universal kick in the butt before the concept of self-care crosses my awareness. In complete opposition to what I encourage with my clients. Yes, guilty of doing, more than being.

A recent round with a cold/flu virus knocked me back…again…seems this year I’ve caught everything that is going around. I probably should have received the message the 2nd time around with a cold but it took this last knock for me to sit down and reassess. My body had been talking pretty loudly before the virus…knowing I needed to do more yoga and meditation, take more time for soaks in the tub and “do nothing”time. But as many of us do, I kept putting it off until I “had the time”. Well the universe made sure of that.

This time I paid attention. I took time to review just how busy I had been through the last months and in that business had neglected my being. We all get caught in the hamster wheel of “busyness” but I was more than a little surprised to see just how many hours I was logging in with work tasks each week. No wonder I was achy and sore given that both my jobs, holistic therapist and dance instructor, are so physically demanding. I let that number of hours echo around in my brain for a few days realizing I was the only one who could make the changes needed for a more balanced life.Holisticentrepreneur

What I find tough in that is how much I love the work that I do and how difficult I find it to say no when a client has injured themselves and is in pain, or a student is working with a choreography and has hit a wall. I realize that I’m not very different to a lot of others in the varied personal service industries, if you’ve been at it for any time at all it is likely because you have a passion for what you do. But again, I’m brought back to I tell others; if you get sick or disabled and can’t work what is going to happen in the different aspects of your world?

So what changes have I made? With both businesses I’ve reduced the number of hours that I am making myself available. Saying no is difficult so I’ve decided during the off hours I will stay away from the computer email messages and turn the phone off. A little self preservation that will go a long ways and I KNOW that in the long run, I will have more to give to both others and myself. It is the first in a few steps that I need to implement but it is a start!

(for my adjusted hours at Hand To Health please click here)

What steps are you taking, right now, to look after you?

Something Extra for Mother’s Day Weekend!

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!

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Gentle Stretches for Weekend Warriors

Despite it’s title as being for gardeners, this clip that I discovered has really great gentle stretches for most weekend warrior activities. What I like is the information given to work with YOUR body and where it is now in it’s ability and flexibility, and not to push to a point of pain. I would recommend these stretches to my dance students and clients who are more physically active on their time off. It is really well done!

Weekend Warrior Muscle Care

261538_10150305603031539_681361538_9623919_3322552_nThe dictionary describes a Weekend Warrior as “someone who participates in what is usually a very strenuous activity only on the weekends, or part time.”
Can you guess who books in for sessions the most in the early days of the week, especially during the spring? Weekend Warriors, especially the gardening variety!

I totally understand it. As soon as the weather starts to warm, even just a little, I’m out digging in my garden and forgetting that hours have passed….until I go to move. While I am active as a dance teacher, I use different muscles groups to garden and they are the ones that complain.

Over the next few weeks I will be posting blogs that focus on some tips that will help those hardworking muscles whether it’s gardening, golf, hiking, picnic12dancing, or whatever your warrior pleasure may be. Ways to ease the muscle ache or avoid it all together

Probably something we all forget is that once we’ve pushed ourselves in an activity our muscles have had a really good work out and need to be treated. This includes drinking extra water, gentle counter stretching, and some warm water treatments such as soaking
in a bath with epsom salts. Muscles just love warm moist heat to help them ease, relax and recover.

Coming up…
Stretches487357_263419263767005_1115576424_n for before and after your warrior session
What is the best muscle treatment after a warrior weekend…not necessarily massage
Foods that keep your muscles hydrated

​…and more

Healing Hips…A Session for Every Woman!

The Hips…such a key area for so many aspects of a woman’s life! Holistic Massage for Women in Abbotsford
Physically they take the weight of our upper body and help us to move in so many directions. Emotionally they are the body’s junk drawer as they carry our stress and unresolved emotions.

An amazing network of muscles, ligaments, bones, the root chakra and our nurturing energy it is said the hips cradle the soul.
A good hip massage opens up our movement, relieves stress on our lower back and allows us to move more freely while also releasing the build up of stress. Our root chakra feels more grounded and stable as energy flows unrestricted.

Hip Massage Special for Every Woman in Abbotsford