November is for KRAZY LEGS!

When your feet and legs hurt your body hurts BUT when the muscles in your feet and legs are loosened and stretched and blood and energy circulate freely….your WHOLE body feels GREAT!

Enjoy November’s KRAZY LEGS SPECIAL!

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A massage session that blends soothing and relaxing with energizing and uplifting
from the top of your legs to the tips of your toes,
the front the back, the knees and the ankles!

LavenderA 45 minute session that will have you jumping off the table and dancing down the street.
You may also choose to have the KRAZY LEGS essential oil blend of
Lavender, Spearmint and Tangerine added to your session!
Regularly $65 for the month of November enjoy your session for Only $50!
**Please note: Gst will be added to the price. Your session must be booked and received between Nov.1 & 30, 2013. Gift Certificates can not be used towards or purchased for monthly health session specials.
 

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H2H WonderWhyse Tips #3 ~ hydration!

Yes it is the “W” word

Why do I recommend you bring water to dance class OR drink extra water after a Spinal Touch Session or Massage treatment OR suggest 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!

Your Body needs regular watering just like the garden and it needs some extra before and during your dance and health session time. Here is why…

  • Drinking water before you dance, work out (and yes, a massage is considered a work out for your muscles) is going to give your body more umph! Water helps to convert your food into energy and helps your body to absorb the nutrients from the food you eat. It also carries the nutrients and Oxygen to your cells. So more water = more energy!
  • Face it, when you workout, move about and dance, you sweat (ok, perspire) … and that means that your body is experiencing water loss which needs to be replaced. Water also helps to keep your body temperature regulated (ie. keeps the red faced flush on the cooler side)
  • If you’re dancing hard and fast you are likely breathing hard and fast and if you’re not hydrated you can get that yucky dry mouthed sticky feeling when you breath…but with enough water on board the Oxygen is moistened creating easier breathing.
  • As you are moving and shimmying and bending and twisting in your dance or your therapist is doing the bending and twisting for you, that water already in your system is protecting and cushioning your vital organs AND is helping to cushion your joints…perhaps helping you in your day to day activities to bend your knees a little deeper, tone down the joint noise as you go up stairs, letting your shoulder reach further overhead…
  • As you undulate your torso in dance or receive an abdominal massge you are doing wonders for your internal organs by giving them (especially the colon) a really good gentle session … water helps the process along by helping to remove the wastes.
  • Did you know that your body is comprised of large amounts of water? All of those parts that help you move. The bones that keep your frame upright are 22 % water, those beautiful muscles that move the bones are comprised of 75% water, the blood pulsing through your veins  is 83% water and that thoughtful brain of yours is comprised of 75% water
  • And your skin…a whole month of articles could be written about how vital water is to the healthy appearance of your skin, nails and hair!

Česky: Pitná voda - kohoutek Español: Agua potable

…so the question has to be asked…why wouldn’t you drink up and help your whole being get more?

Do you have some Tricks & Tips you use to keep yourself hydrated?

 Do you only Drink up for certain occasions or do you guzzle all day long?

What Is It That I Do?

I have trouble with this question

What I have is a faith, trust and optimism in your body’s ability to heal itself. I know that it is far more able than many may believe. I’ve been in practice long enough to be a witness to the miraculous healing abilities the body and mind can create.
I’ve been given by some (but don’t like) the title “healer”. I don’t like it because  I honestly believe that each person heals themself, the therapies I offer facilitate that healing but it is ultimately up to the individual.

Over the years of training, observation and experience I’m then guided to say “I’m a natural health practitioner who facilitates and supports clients in achieving wellness on a holistic level. I have a number of skills to share and I employ those that are the best for each individual client.” But really, my “work” feels like it’s more than that…

My intuitive assessment skills have grown and developed through watching what your body movements or lack of movements are showing me, and through listening to what you’re saying, and sometimes not saying, about how you are doing. I’m honoured by the trust clients place in me as a partner in their healthcare plan as they move towards achieving and maintaining good health on all levels. What keeps my work interesting is how individual each person is on any given day, I learn constantly.

If I took the description of what I do further…while I do have a handful of male clients, through the past 17 years the majority of my clients have been girls and women of all ages, sizes, backgrounds, cultures, belief systems, … so I may further add to the job description that my specialty is more with assisting female clients.

As infants, girls and women come into my session room they are dealing with a number of common issues (teething, colic, menstrual difficulties, menopausal symptoms, stress, pregnancy, osteoporosis, cancer or its treatment effects, arthritis, …). As they enter I am watching and listening to how they are being affected as an individual…and each of them, every single one, is affected both physically and mentally in different ways… pain relievers, anti-anxiety meds or heat packs are not a cure-all for every one.

This is probably the aspect of my training that I appreciate the most, assessment skills that help me to assist each person, not solely the issue nor just the diagnosis or whatever else the “label” is, but as an individual dealing with life as it is presenting itself to them at the moment and how the body, mind and spirit are being affected by that.

It’s also the reason homeopathy appeals to me (something I’m currently studying) as it includes the assessment and the treatment of the whole individual, on all levels (mental, physical and spiritual).

I am listening when you talk about how this sore knee is making you feel, what you’re doing to help yourself, what you’re taking for pain (or about how you just grit your teeth and bear it) and how that may be affecting other parts of you (i.e. anti-inflammatories that may be giving you an upset stomach, pain that is waking you up at night…). Sometimes you talk to me about the food you eat, how stressful work is at the moment, a recent activity that you’ve done just for you. As you are speaking, my mind is creating a picture of your holistic well-being. I believe that well-being is the natural state of your body, mind and spirit…I’m listening to how you and your body are adjusting and adapting in trying to return to that state. It might prompt me to suggest drinking more water, taking more calcium, perhaps less ice or more heat…

As I provide a massage, reflexology or reiki session my hands are also listening. Feeling where there is excessive heat or cold tells me how your circulation is doing, how your muscles respond to my touch tell me where the pain is, flexing or spasms will tell me if I’m working too deeply, your speech and breathing will let me know when you’ve started to allow yourself to relax…

So what is it that I do?
Listen, ask questions, touch & feel/listen to your body’s response, put a picture together, pull out my skill set and select the tool your body/mind/spirit is asking to receive. Rather than have you continuously coming back to me for sessions my goal is to assist you to achieve a state of optimal wellness where occasional maintenance sessions may be in order.

I strive to be a partner in your natural self health-care.

Belly Oils

The last in the belly series, here are some recipes just for tummy rubs.

When massaging your abdomen be gentle with yourself, massage in the direction that your organs digest your food in and don’t overdo it. If you’re not sure, have a session with a massage therapist first so that they can show you the “how tos” for yourself and members of your  family.

Please be sure to read some of the warnings regarding essential oils at the bottom of the post and I highly recommend that you add some essential oil books to your library that provide the benefits of the oils, ways to use them, when not to use them, how to test for allergic reactions… I’ve listed some of my favourites below.

Essential Oil Recipes for Tummy upsets, scars and appetites

These recipes were created with pure therapeutic grade essential oils

To help your Digestion

1 oz of carrier oil blended with 4 drops Basil, 3 drops Rosemary, 3 drops Thyme, 1 drop Ginger and 1 drop Peppermint.
Gently massage over the abdominal area as needed but not to be used more than twice a day.

To Stimulate your Appetite

1/2 oz of carrier oil, 4 drops Basil, 4 drops Orange, 3 drops Coriander. Blend, breathe in and massage over your abdominal area.

To Suppress your Appetite

1/2 oz of carrier oil, 10 drops Fennel, 5 drops Bergamot. Blend and breathe in! You can also massage over your belly.

Scar-b-Gone

30ml of a lotion base, 1 drop Helichrysum, 3 drops Frankincense, 1 drop Neroli, 2 drops Chamomile. Blend and massage into visible scars and you’ll begin to notice they fade.

Momma’s Belly Oil Blend (helps to prevent stretch marks during pregnancy)

30 ml carrier oil, 15 ml Wheatgerm oil, 5 drops Carrotseed, 7 drops Rose, 6 drops Lavender, 5 drops Tangerine. You can also add a few drops of Vitamin E to this oil. Blend and massage into belly daily.

 

Carrier oils: my favourite is Sweet Almond Oil. Jojoba Oil is also very good for the skin. If you don’t like the oily residue find a vegetable based natural lotion at a health food store that carries body care products.

Light sensitive: Citrus oils such as Orange, Bergamot and Neroli are photosensitive and it is not recommended that you use them before going out into the sun.

Skin sensitive:  While they may be all natural you can still have allergies to them. Be sure to test blends on a small portion of the skin and watch for any redness or swelling in the area over 12 hours before applying all over.

Contra-indications: some oils are not safe for some conditions, especially pregnancy. Be sure to check your essential oil reference guide to ensure you’re using essential oils that are safe for you.

Suggested Reading – These are my Essential Oil favourites!

The Fragrant Pharmacy by Valerie Ann Worwood – an excellent guide to essential oils and their safe use for all family members, including pets.
The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils by Julia Lawless – a guide to using the oils in Aromatherapy and Herbalism
Complete Aromatherapy Handbook by Susanne Fischer-Rizzi – I love this book, the stories and histories of the oils as well as ways in which to use them.

Sometimes just a whiff of a calming scent can settle the emotions that upset our stomach…what are your favourites?

 

Abdominal Massage

April’s Health Session Special……Abdominal Massage…..receive it and/or learn how to do it!

Abdominal/Tummy Massage can help to:

  • reduce gastric upsets and pain
  • relieve constipation
  • promote good digestion
  • ease colic
  •  break down scar tissue from surgery
  • help the uterus to unwind from menstrual cramping
  • ease headaches
  • soothe the nerves
  • become a “positive touch” way to embrace another aspect of yourself

Whatever your reason this gentle, soothing massage technique feels good.

For April’s Health Session Special you can:

  • Add an Abdominal Massage to any other session you are booking in for ($10 additional cost)
  • Have only an Abdominal Massage ($15)
  • Learn the techniques to give yourself Abdominal Massage so that when your stomach is upset or your nerves need soothing you have the tools you need ($15)
  • OR receive an Abdominal Massage and learn how to give it to yourself (and others) ($20)

Add or book your Tummy Massage session between April 1 & 30, 2012.
our session must be booked and received between those dates.
Sorry Gift Certificates are not available nor can they be used towards monthly health session specials.

Oh well…that’s just how I am!

Or

I’ve always been that way

OR

I’ve learned to live with it that way

Uh oh!  Change?   No, I can’t/won’t/don’t want to!
a constant companion in life
one thing we can absolutely rely on to happen

I’m often amazed with how many clients don’t notice anymore, the pain or stress held in their bodies. Usually because it’s been there for so long that they’ve come to accept it as part of the way they have to live. Pain, stress or dis-ease in the body or the mind are NOT our natural state…a vibrant well-being is. BUT, is it in our best interests to seek that state of well-being?

To take notice of and make a change in our physical or emotional being takes us out of our comfort zone and we often, through fear, expend vast amounts of futile energy avoiding that. It requires that we let go of the familiar, move out of the stagnant waters and…adapt to something new. We all seek pleasure rather than pain and will avoid change because, let’s be honest, it’s often uncomfortable, overwhelming and really, quite inconvenient at times.  As a natural health/holistic practitioner I will often observe how a client’s body is hanging on to stress and emotion through the physical pain they are experiencing. What I’ve found interesting is when clients stop sessions as they are starting to experience the positive changes in their lives…sometimes it’s just too distressing for them to let go of the comfort zone. When giving a massage it’s interesting to feel the muscles open up and release under my hand as a client talks about their stress. It seems in the sharing of what is upsetting them their body releases its restriction and pain. They don’t necessarily have to talk; sometimes that release comes through some deep and heavy sighs. Some people are ready for that step, to release the stress and the pain and move forward into the change that brings into their lives.

So what if we approached change with a completely different attitude? Knowing that it’s inevitable, what would happen if we took hold and steered that ship of change rather than letting it steer us? Do you think that’s possible?

As humans we experience growth and development through change (we watch our children do it every day). Life constantly presents us with new opportunities, opens doors to new possibilities and experiences. We may not be able to see the positive side of the new opportunity but regardless, the door is going to be opened to us and, whether willingly or kicking and screaming, we will have to walk or be dragged through it. Perhaps embracing and relaxing into the experience would be easier. Yes, that does require trust that the change is going to be for the better and at times also requires of us a HUGE leap of faith.

Through relaxation techniques such as Meditation, Reiki, Craniosacral therapy, Relaxation Massage, etc. the body and mind are offered an opportunity to fully relax. The mind is given the chance to quiet itself, stop weighing the pros and cons of the changes coming (or that have recently transpired) and be totally present in the NOW.  It’s in that relaxed and quiet space that our energy isn’t scattered over time or thoughts, and we are able to embrace life, as it is presenting itself to us that day. We can often move above the fear and self-doubt that keeps us stuck and resigned in our current situation and reach into that courageous place that we all have deep within us. Taking that relaxed space for our mind can sometimes allow us a peek into the positive gift an upcoming change is presenting us with. It may give us the chance to connect with our Spirit and allow us to accept guidance in accepting change. As the mind is relaxing our body is often letting go of tension, stress and pain…double bonus!

I often find that Spring in itself brings a sense of renewal, rebirth and new possibilities … that is why for the Month of March health session (see previous post) I have invited clients (old and new) to try something different…experience a health session they haven’t experienced before…take a chance on NOT having your “usual” session and open the door to what something else may provide you with.  A safe gentle step into change that just may open other doors. When you walk in  and experience your session I invite you to close the door on the mind chatter and demands you’re experiencing in the “outside” world (just for a while).  I encourage you to allow some of your senses to switch gear… dimmed lights and candles instead of glaring fluorescents, quiet music instead of chatter, a peaceful and unobtrusive atmosphere… I might even tempt you to lie down, put your feet up and be calm and quiet for a little while… Go ahead….take the leap!

 

 

Change alone is eternal, perpetual, immortal  ~Arthur Shopenhauer

How does change affect YOU?
Do you have tips and ideas to share on ways that you embrace change? What works for you?