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Stress much? Feel like your day to day is often out of your control and you’re just along for the ride? This high octane, crazy train called life can sometimes feel like it’s just fish-hooked you from one task and spun you in two different directions wondering what the heck just happened. And needless to say holding onto our ‘Zen’ proves to be quite the challenge. Work, family, friends, events, lunches, bills, vacations, weddings…..the list can go on and on. And on. Relax, you’re doing a great job rocking out life. But a Chinese proverb speaks truth in saying ‘the people of the West are always getting ready to live’. Our impressingly driven selves get caught up in thinking we need to constantly move and cross all those tasks off of our list, when what we really need to do is stop and smell the coffee. Oh the coffee….. you could revel in the smell of it. So revel.
When we find ourselves in that chaos of never ending to-do lists, responsibilities that sometimes start at the break of dawn and a mind that will not, or cannot, slow down it’s time to redirect our focus, get off of auto-pilot and back into the driver’s seat. So sit down. Relax enough to read through these 10 helpful tips to get back some control in your life and get your Zen back.
1. Start your day off on the right foot-If your crazy day starts first thing in the morning give yourself the gift of waking up a little earlier than everyone else. Try to sneak in a run around the block, maybe sit in the yard with your coffee with nothing but the sound of the birds and the world waking up. Sit in meditation to draw in intention and direction for your day, or do a handful of yoga poses to wake up all of your senses and get into your body and focused for the tasks that lie ahead. Stay unplugged in the am for as long as possible and set a positive, calm & productive vibe for your day.
2. Clear the clutter. Take a look at your workspace, car and home. If these areas are in disarray it can create a sense of chaos and being out of control. Set time aside to keep these areas tidy or recruit family members to help stay organized to keep stress level down.
3. Know your triggers. What stresses you out? Paying your bills, your commute to work? When we can identify out triggers we can more easily work through them and offer ourselves a little extra patience and support. When it’s time to pay bills make a cup of tea, diffuse an essential oil or play classical music to soothe your mood. If your commute is a nightmare get a ‘book on tape’ or podcast you’ve been dying to listen to but haven’t had the time, you won’t want to get out of your car when you get to work!
4. Clear your calendar. Once and a while-learn to say NO! We often feel obligated to accept every invitation from family and friends, but trust when you know you need some ‘me’ time. Your family and friends will understand, and it’s better to respectfully decline upfront then backing out of it later.
5. Reset your mind & body throughout the day. Set mindful alarms on your phone to chime throughout the day. Take this time to check your posture, take some breathing, meditation or stretching breaks. 5 minutes on your breath can be the perfect refresher you need to clear your head and refocus. And if you must get up and get outside, move and disconnect here and there. Your brain will thank you.
6. Stay organized. If your day is stacked with playdates, work, correspondence and running from here to there take the time to get organized and map out your day or week ahead of time. Set your plan of action and create a mantra for each day of the week depending on what you have coming up. If you have a big presentation at the end of the week set a mantra such as “I am organized. I am confident.” When you have a family field trip this weekend with so much to get together set your mantra to “Mother Warrior Goddess” and tackle those challenges with confidence. You can take on anything!
7. End the day with grace. At the end of your crazy day take a moment before you go to bed to set the same attitude you did to start it. Unplug, offer yourself even 5 minutes to meditate or offer yourself a few yin yoga poses to decompress. If you have a hard time ‘turning it off’ and falling asleep keep a journal by your bed. Jot down everything you were grateful for that day, let the good things take precedence. If you must, take this time to make your list for the next day and get anything down on paper that might keep your wheels turning as you retire for the evening. Rest with ease that you’ve done all you can today and have to clear plan on action for tomorrow. And give your permission to rest.
8. Be kind to yourself. Carve out some time to do something you enjoy throughout the day or week, if only for a short time. Find what feeds your soul and offer yourself that gift for being a domestic and corporate bad ass. Buy yourself something you’ve wanted, you deserve it.
9. To err is human, to forgive is divine. Life is hard enough, we don’t need to add self judgements and defeating thoughts to the mix. If we don’t get to everything or even royally mess things up remember we are all human. Take the time to reboot and reevaluate your plan of action. If your busyness is affecting your relationships with others it may be time to look at your schedule and yourself with a new set of eyes. Take the time to step back and reset your default.
10. Give thanks to yourself, for all that you do each day. For showing up to take care of yourself and of others.......for all that you have.....and for all that you are. When life gets us down or stressed sometimes all it takes is a little shift in perspective to show us that everything is ok.
When life is crazy remember to tune into that peaceful space within yourself. Close your eyes and tune into your breath. Let go of the external world and give soul a peaceful place the dwell. With the right tools you can become the eye of the storm of the chaos around you. The calm center. So take a deep breath in and know, you’ve got this.
Kali. Or Kali Ma to others. She isn't your average Hindu God, oh no. She is the bad ass Mother of Demons, first of her name. The goddess of time, creator of change. The Queen of destruction and preservation she is the breaker of chains to our ego and the liberator of all men. And yes, if you are following my Game of Thrones references she too was born of fire, but to devour blood. I'd like to tell you a story of Kali Ma. She is Enlightenment herself, a mother of tough love meant to lead us to find true transformation & release our pre-conceived notions of who we think we are or think we should be so that we may find Moksha, or liberation. She is the powerful, hungry feminine who wears a string of skulls around her neck and a skirt of severed arms. She wears infants for earrings and carries a severed head in one of her 4 arms and a sword in another. But we'll get back to that.
First we'll begin the story of how she came to be. It's a plot fit to be in a popular HBO series, but much fiercer and with greater reward. She was born during a battle between the Gods & the Titans. Durga, the Mother of the Universe rode into battle on the back of a lion to slay many demons & the Asura King. However, every time one of her 10 weapons in her 10 hands ripped through his flesh, each drop of blood that touched the Earth created a clone of the king. Hundreds of replicas appeared as quickly as she wielded her swords. Feeling the crushing weight of defeat Durga did something out of desperation, frustration & anger. She emanated her most gruesome & compelling aspects of herself. And from her brow the Goddess Kali was born. Designed with a lust for blood and a cyclonic wrath, Kali worked to quench the demon fire that was sure to lay waste to the heavens. Her tongue reached for every drop of blood that hit the ground; devouring the army of kings & eventually the king himself, restoring peace among the Gods.
So. Earning her bragging rights on slaying demons and killing kings, Kali continues to live on offering us peace by bestowing comfort and wisdom with the protective fury of a mother for her children. So lets get back to that skirt. Her appearance can be construed as frightening but has much more meaning than death and destruction and straight up slaying everything in her path. Her face is often depicted as dark blue or even black, representing the vast darkness in which the universe was created and which will be its eventual destruction. Her goal is to protect us from evil & release us from our egos which ultimately come from our connection to our physical body. It's said that one can only reach liberation when there is a release of the attachment to our physical form and we connect with our true eternal self. Death. Transformation. Liberation. So the skulls and body parts represent her trophies in victory for liberating her children from their ego through knowledge. In one hand she holds the Sword of Truth, the other a severed head dripping blood. This represents destruction of the ego through knowledge. Her tongue is out ready to lap up the blood of those slained, ready to kill some demons. Her breasts are bountiful and her womb fertile. A true nurturing mother who will do anything to protect her children.
Her many strengths include her compassion & ability to consume. She is the essence of life. When we find ourselves in battle with inner demons or challenges of the world we can invoke our inner Kali, draw in a fiery fierceness to stand up to our demons and fight. The ability to absorb into yourself or consume your enemy allows you to fully own your fear. To experience it, know it, and eventually move toward peace and resolution. But don't misunderstand to assume engaging in confrontation. Our internal strength is used to understand and slay what lays waste to our eventual liberation. Confrontation only breeds more aggression and conflict.
So when you're up for battle remember this mantra: Om Krim Kalikayai Namah.... I bow my head to the Goddess Kali, Mother of Demons, First of her name. The Queen of destruction and preservation she is the breaker of chains to our ego and the liberator of all men.
Channel Your Inner Kali and Live Forever!
When life gets overwhelming and we find ourselves stressed and scattered, allow yourself some time (if only a few minutes!) to focus on gratitude and to offer yourself some kindness. Turn off your phone, power down the PC, and for Pete's sake turn off the election coverage! We can too easily allow ourselves to get consumed in the chaos. Find a comfortable spot, make some tea, and take some time to reboot. (I am taking my own advice as I write this blog, CNN has captured way to much of my attention & heightened my stress level today!) Start to settle into a quiet space within yourself & away from the turmoil of the outside world. Allow your eyes to gently close and begin to tune into your breath. Start to connect with the rhythm of your breath moving in and out of your lungs, noticing how the body expands and then contracts. Allow the breath to regulate and hone in on any tension. Smooth over your forehead, soften your jaw. Begin to work with your breath to ease any stress or tension clinging to you or your thoughts. Begin to let the mind settle down, and start to draw gratitude into your heart space with each breath in and out. Start to bring to mind anything you are grateful for from today. A sunny morning, no traffic on your commute, the person in front of you picking up the tab for your coffee....allow the good things take precedence. Think of the people in your life you are thankful for, sending them well wishes. Draw in gratitude for the automatic functioning of your lungs, allowing fresh oxygen to nourish your body. Give thanks for your legs and your feet for taking you everywhere you wanted to go today.....for your eyes for all that they see......for your mouth and your throat, allowing you to communicate with others. Continue to draw gratitude into your heart with your breath, thanking your intuition for guiding you along the way and keeping you safe. Give thanks for your mind and the ability to make decisions and live a full, rich life. And finally give thanks to yourself, for all that you do each day. For showing up to take care of yourself and of others.......for all that you have.....and for all that you are. When life gets us down or stressed sometimes all it takes is a little shift in perspective to show us that everything is ok. :) Namaste.
So if you've dived head first into the wellness pool; exploring meditation, yoga, green smoothies, clean eating, bodywork & other areas of wellness you've probably come across the term Chakra. We've finally dedicated ourselves to taking care of our bodies, our minds, even our spirits.....but now we have to take care of our energy centers? If you're beginning to find there is no end and the whole thing is getting a little too woo woo for you, let me give you some advice.....do yourself a favor and learn about these core aspects of yourself-the woo woo in you will thank you!
So here's the low down on our Chakras.....we have 1000s of them, but to keep it simple we are going to quickly go over our 7 main Chakras. The word Chakra is Sanskrit for 'wheel' or 'disk'. It is said in Hinduism and many other Eastern religions that we not only have our physical bodies; made up of organs, blood, bones and the other things that make us us, but we also have energetic bodies. Auras, Meridians, Chakras & Doshas oh my! A Chakra is an energy center, a spinning vortex of energy located in the body & can extend outward as well. Our 7 main energy centers run vertically up the length of the spine, beginning just below the spine at our perineum and ending up above the crown of our head. Each Chakra has a different frequency, a different vibration. These vibrations radiate a certain color frequency as well, that's why you may have heard that Chakras have different colors. Each energy center helps to regulate not only physical but emotional function, and these can fluctuate throughout our entire lives from childhood until our last days in this physical body.
On a physical level, our Chakras are connected to our Endocrine system, so glandular function may be affected if these frequencies get out of whack. Emotionally, each Chakra is connected to a different part of our selves, such as creativity, self esteem, security and more deeply engrained personality traits. Some of our Chakras can develop at certain times in our lives, and it varies from males to females. Take me for example, my throat Chakra has been very closed during most of my life. I was shy, had terrible anxiety whenever I had to speak in public, didn't know how to express myself. It wasn't until my mid-thirties I finally found my voice! I'm now a teacher, a coach & speak in front of dozens of people at a time (with a smile on my face!). It just took a while for that part of me to become fully developed. Sometimes our Chakras are cool and balanced, all is good. But sometimes they can be overloaded, depleted or somewhere in between. Our Chakras are often envisioned as lotus flowers and they can be in several stages from a closed bud to full bloom. Lost yet? No worries, if you know what these parts of ourselves represent, you can use that information to put more tools on your tool belt to help keep you balanced! Let's get started and break it down:
7 Main Chakras-starting from the bottom up:
1. Root Chakra (Muladara Chakra)-located at the perineum this is our basic energy center, red in color and representing our survival instincts, security & groundedness. This chakra is the foundation of the development of our personality & connected to our adrenal glands & sympathetic nervous system.
2. Sacral Chakra (Svadisthana Chakra)-This energy center resides below our navel by our sacrum, the triangular bone between our lumbar spine and our tailbone. Also known as 'the sweetness', this Chakras regulates our desires, self-expression and intimacy. Residing behind our sexual organs it helps regulate our ovaries or testes as well as our sexuality.
3. Solar Plexus Chakra (Manipura Chakra)-This yellow, fiery, solar energy of the sun sits at the space just above our navel. Here sits our personal power & self esteem-our 'go-getter' attitude. Here's our pranic energy, our life force, is created and distributed to the rest of the body & where our egos are developed. This Chakra is connected to our pancreas and adrenal glands.
4. Heart Chakra (Anahata Chakra)-Resonating green in color this center is located in the space surrounding our hearts. Controlling our self-forgiveness, universal loving kindness & compassion this Chakra acts as the bridge between our lower physical self & our higher/spiritual selves. Connected to our thymus gland this energy center is said to be where to soul resides.
5. Throat Chakra (Visuddha Chakra)- Our communication, both with ourselves and others, as well as our inner listening, this Chakra develops our personality, thoughts & our emotions. Offering the color sky blue this center is connected to our thyroid and parathyroid.
6. Third Eye Chakra (Ajna Chakra)- Located at the space in the center of our forehead our intuition & inner wisdom resides. The color of indigo blue, the night sky, this space is also the 'communication center' & 'commander' of our other Chakras and is connected to our pineal gland.
7. Crown Chakra (Sahasrara Chakra)-Our final main Chakra is the highest part of ourselves; our connection to the Divine, our understanding. A beautiful white or sometimes violet colors, this 1000 petal lotus is our purest consciousness, connected to our pituitary gland.
There are several ways to help keep these parts of yourself balanced through meditation, Reiki or Pranic energy healing, yoga, chanting with Bija mantras and more. Simply wearing the color of the Chakra you are working on can help facilitate balance. So there you have it, the low down on our Chakras! If you'd like to learn a little more about these energy centers I will be hosting a Chakras 101 workshop Sunday May 22nd at 6:30 pm. Visit the events page and reserve your spot today. Here we will dive in a little deeper into these energy centers and do meditations to help find balance-with information & meditations you can take home.
Stay cool and balanced, Lotus Tribe. Namaste.
Many who choose to dedicate a space for meditation or ritual create their own area in which to customize for this purpose; I have my 'meditation station' or altar area. A cleared out space where you can be comfortable and relaxed to center yourself is a great gift. Often times you can incorporate what some call an altar with personal photos, photos of family, friend & gurus, fresh flowers, statues of Gods or deities, and anything that gives you peace and inspiration. A cushion, stool or chair for which to sit on is often used. This space is never necessary, but if you want to have that personal sanctuary then create it! It should reflect who you are and what feeds your soul. I love having my own space where I know I can feel relaxed, inspired and allow myself to be free from the outside world. If you choose to not to create a space then maybe your favorite designate spot in the house or your favorite spot under a tree in the park nearby. You'll find that if you create a space for tranquility, the moment you settle in the relaxation begins. Nurture your mind, body & spirit. Namaste.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) has grown and in frequency in recent years. This mysterious and complex disorder can be debilitating to most sufferers and a cause has yet to be discovered. This complex disorder is characterized by extreme fatigue that does not improve with rest and often times is worsened with physical or mental exertion. CFS can often times go overlooked or misdiagnosed because it's symptoms mirror so many other illnesses. Fatigue itself may be a symptom of hundreds of conditions. So how do you determine it may be CFS? People with CFS function at a much lower level of activity than they were once capable of before they developed the condition. Many of your personal, social, work-related and other activities show significant reduction and some of the following symptoms are recurring for at least six months:
*Increased malaise or extreme exhaustion after physical or mental exertion lasting more than 24 hours
*Difficulties with memory (especially short term memory) and concentration
*Muscle pain or join pain without swelling or redness
*Tender lymph nodes in neck or armpit
*Recurring sore throat
If these symptoms have not occurred before the first fatigue and persist for at least 6 months or more, you should ask your doctor if CFS is a possibility. They can often rule other illnesses first with diagnostic testing. Although symptoms do not define CFS nor contribute to the diagnosis of, many people also have the following symptoms:
*abdominal pain *alcohol intolerance *bloating *chest pain *chronic cough *diarrhea *dizziness *dry eyes or mouth *earaches *jaw pain *morning stiffness *nausea *night sweats *psychological problems (anxiety, depression, irritability, panic attacks) *shortness of breath, tingling skin sensations, weight loss
Some experts say that CFS may be triggered by a number of factors, ranging from viral infections to psychological stress. There is still no single test to confirm the diagnosis of CFS and the treatment focuses on the relief of symptoms. Other possible causes may include immune support problems or abnormal blood levels of hormones produced in the hypothalamus , pituitary or adrenal glands.
Some factors may increase your risk including:
*Age-most commonly occurs in people in their 40s & 50s
*Sex-Woman are more likely than men to develop CFS
*Lifestyle-being overweight, inactive and overly stressed increase risk
Some questions to expect from your doctor:
1. What are your symptoms and when did they begin?
2. Does anything make your symptoms better or worse?
3. Any problems with memory or concentration?
4. Problems sleeping?
5. Ever feel depressed or anxious? If so how often?
6. How much do your symptoms limit you ability to function?
7. What trWhile there is no single test to diagnose doctors may rule out other illnesses such as:
*sleep disorders (sleep apnea, RLS or insomnia) using sleep studies *medical problems (anemia, diabetes, hypothyroid. etc-using blood tests *mental health (depression, anxiety, bipolar, etc.)
You can find out more information about treatment, education and more at www.cdc.gov and www.mayoclinic.com
Some say CFS is caused by Candia overgrowth in the body as well as inflammation & auto-immune illnesses. Candida with is a fungus (yeast) found naturally in the body but if you have a weakened immune systems is can multiply exponentially and cause a damaging effect on the body. Some use a raw foods diet, green drinks, juices, essential oils and coconuts which are natural mold and fungus killers help to control their CFS symptoms.
A typical green drink:
*One young coconut including meat and water
*2 cups organic spinach
*handful of blueberries (optional)
*Blend until smooth
Essential oils that help treat CFS: *Frankincense *Oregano *Peppermint *Thyme *On Guard see how to use these at www.everythingessential.me and search CFS protocols
Diet is important, ask your doctor about trying to avoid sugar and sugar substitutes, anything canned or processed, food colorings, dairy, fungus & yeast products such as mushrooms, bread and cheese. Meats and anything white (white flour, milk, sugar white rice, etc) may also want to be avoided
Please take care and as always Be Well.
One Drop is my personal passion project to help spread the message of how we can all do our part to make a change. Especially now as the holidays are upon us we usually try to think of a way to donate and give back a little. My goal is to have everyone do this all year round can pay it forward on a regular basis.
In first starting this project my main objective was to
help spread the message of the Power of One-how each of us as individuals have the power to do what little we each can, and putting those little things all together it becomes a wave-an ocean of change. I still believe this to be true and I continue my mission to simple share the resources I come across and the information I have with you. I know I myself and not perfect. And yes, I do practice what I preach- however, I am only human and need to remind myself to try and not buy bottled water or forgo the plastic bag at the store for one little item. But I'm getting better. As I always say, knowledge is power. And I know none of us are perfect, but if we have the knowledge then we are armed with the ability to make conscious decisions on a daily basis that can have a better impact on the world. And there are so many little things we can
do, and technology has had a tremendous effect on that. While drinking my morning coffee it took me 5 minutes to donate $5 which helped give 10 ppl enough medicine for an entire year to help fight off diseases in their developing country. A day later I was checking my Facebook and the Red Cross had a link to donate $10 for the Phillipines Relief Fund. That took even less time. If we just keep our eyes open we can see opportunities around every corner where we can make a difference. Buy an extra coffee in the morning and hand it to the man standing on the corner holding a cardborad sign. Pay to the person's coffee behind you in line. Odds are they will follow suit and do something good for someone else that same day, and on and on it goes. If we only realize that we are all on this planet together, have the same wants and needs, and even strangers can have a huge impact on eachother's lives then we can be one step closer to uniting the Human Race. Looking at the planet from a distance, you don't see borders. YOu don't see colors, or statuses, or anything differentiating one place from another. We are all one, and if we can start seeing ourselves that way then we can start to really take care of each other.
So please join me in spreading the message. Pay it forward. Be the Change. Check out 'The List', 'Ways to Go Green' and 'Volunteer Opportunities' tabs at www.onedropworld.org to see how you can start to make a change today. And it's always wonderful to do your part the holiday season, but even better if you keep it up and do it all year long. I will be joining up with Complete Care-they have decided to be a 'One Drop Business' and do their part to Go Green and Give Back. We will be hosting a One Drop Meet Up in December-stay tuned to the events page to see where you can come and join the One Drop Army. Thank you.
Meditation is a mental dicipline that helps you let go of your normal, reflexive thinking that helps your reach a deeper level of awareness and insight which in turn can lead to relaxation and clarity. Meditation has it's roots in several religions, but it is also practiced by many non-religious practioners as well. The goals of meditation vary. As some would strive for a higher state of awareness and spiritual development, others are looking for things such as better focus and creativity, physical and emotional healing, better insight, stress reduction and relaxation just to name a few.
There are 4 types of meditation techniques one can use in their practice, the first involves using a focus. The goal with this technique is leaning to focus and concentrate. We work to train our minds on focusing on an image, whether it be a candle, an object in the room, or simply your breath. In this we can harness the ability to calm and stabilize the mind, recognizing uncontrolled thinking patterns and learning to relax quiet our thinking.
Secondly there is using mindfullness. In this practice we learn to be mindful of both ourselves as well as the world around us. Here we concentrate in things such as the subtle sensations in our body and the content of our conscious thoughts. Throught this type of meditation we can observe mental habits that may create negative thought patterns and hold us back from things in life. We learn to be in the presents moments, letting go of the past as well as the future. In this we can learn to bring that mindfullness with us out into our everyday lives, so we do not travel through life on 'auto-pilot' and live in the present moment.
The third type of meditation is focusing on a topic. During your meditation you simple choose something that you would like to work on personally such as patience, anger, forgiveness or acceptance-or you can choose a topic that would help society such as world peace or clean water for third world countries.
Lastly we can use the senses in our meditation. Engaging the senses we can help harness the mind's power to create it's own reality. Listening to music or the sounds of nature can help bring you into a relaxed, meditative state. Also, we can use voice, being that of your own voice by using a chant or mantra in your meditation or listening to a guided meditation that can help ease you into relaxation and visualize the reality you wish to inhabit.
The benefits of meditation are virtually endless, but we'll go over a few here. Physically meditation can help your body in many ways. Simply by meditating on your breath you can lower your blood pressure, slow your heart rate and reduce anxiety. Meditation can be used in conjunction with traditional or alternative treatments for illnesses such as cancer to help alleviate symptoms and anxiety related to those conditions. In addition to the benefits mentioned above, meditation can also bring you mental contentment, clarity, enhanced sleep quality and longevity to your life. I will be hosting an Introduction to Meditation Workshop at the office Tuesday November 19th-here we will go over the information I've mentioned here, plus more information in packets for you to take home and we'll be doing some of my own guided meditations as well. To get a preview, please visit my 'Meditation Station' on YouTube and see what we will be going over in that workshop-meditating in a group is extremely helpful and enjoyable, as you can share experiences and feel the collective evergy in the room. I hope to see you there, tickets are only $10 and I'll be sure to give you plenty of resources to take with you! Be well and I'll see you to get your 'Om' on!
What is massage therapy? Massage therapy is a type of bodywork where the therapists works in several different modalities (or techniques) to manipulate soft tissue to help increase function and induce relaxation. Massage can also help increase circulation by bringing oxygen and nutirents to the tissues, decrease inflammatioin, increase flexibility, reduce muscle tension and pain, reduce pain & stiffness in muscles & joints and much more. The benefits are endless, and we at Complete Care have a great team of therapists to help you with your specific needs! We are all trained in several modalities, and some of us specialize in certain fields. In today's blog I will share with you some different types of massage therapy to give you a better idea of what you may need for your specific needs. And always feel free to call or stop in with any specific questions, our therapists would be happy to answer them for you!
DIFFERENT TYPES OF MASSAGE THERAPY
Our trained therapists will typically use a combination of the following modalities to tailor each session to each individual's specific needs. We always work in conjunction with the doctors to facilitate proper treatment
with safety of the patient first priority
Swedish Massage Therapy (Standard Relaxation Massage)
This is the most common type of massage therapy in the United States. It is also
known as Swedish or relaxation massage. Massage therapists use long
smooth strokes, kneading, and circular movements on superficial layers of muscle
using massage lotion, cream or oil. Swedish massage can be very gentle and
relaxing, creating a smooth, flowing type of session. Those who like relaxation massage can also request firmer pressure with the same flowing session. If you've never had massage before, trying out a relaxation massage is a good way to start out.
Also called prenatal massage, pregnancy massage is quite popular with
expectant mothers and recommended by many doctors. Therapists knwo the proper way to position and support the woman's body during the massage, as well as how to modify techniques for her comfort and saftey. Pregnancy massage is used to reduce stress, decrease swelling, relieve aches and pains, and reduce anxiety and depression.
At Complete Care we have our prenancy pillow in which the expectant mother can lay on her stomach all the way to full term, a woman's best friend towards the end!
Although reflexology basically a foot massage, it is much more than simple foot
massage. Reflexology involves applying pressure to certain points on the foot
that correspond to organs and systems in the body. A reflexology session is said to help
not onlyrelax but help achieve overall healing and balance for the entire body.
Reflexology is very relaxing, and perfect for the person who wants a shorter session and someone who works on their feet all day. You wont even have to get undressed and will feel the benefits everywhere!
This Japanese healing technique is performed fully clothed and works to restore the
life-energy balance in the body and may aid in stress reduction, relaxation,
& overall well being. Reiki is a specific type of subtle energy work in which healing is performed by the
touch of the hands, allowing the flow of the energy from a limitless source to
the patient via the Reiki practitioner. It is extremely powerful, yet gentle
energy that can be easily channeled to yourself and others, just by intension. This is a great technique
for someone weary about massage work, but looking for some healing or overall wellness.
Deep Tissue Massage (we don't typically offer deep tissue massages, however our therapists can work deep to focus on a particular need of the patient)
Deep tissue work targets the deeper layers of muscle as well as connective tissue. The
massage therapist uses slower strokes or friction techniques across the grain of
the muscle. Deep tissue massage is used for chronically tight or painful
muscles, repetitive strain, postural problems, or recovery from injury. People
often feel sore for one to two days after deep tissue massage. Deep work is not always
nessesary for the best results, as therapists we have many non-invasive and effective
techniques we can use for optimal results.
Sports massage is specifically designed for people who are involved in physical
activity but works to loosen muscles and increase flexibility. The strokes are generally faster than
Swedish massage. The focus isn't on relaxation but on preventing and treating injury and enhancing athletic performance. A combination of techniques are used including stretching and joint mobilizations.
Great for the younger kids, athletes and those who work out often.
Geriatric Massage (Senior Massage)
Geriatric massage therapy is designed to address the specific needs of the elderly
population. This type of massage for the elderly uses gentle and light
application of massage techniques and can include passive stretching and a light
oil or lotion to permit your muscles to be worked on without causing excessive
friction to the skin. These techniques can help enhance blood circulation,
combat depression, improve balance and flexibility, reduce the pain of
arthritis, increase joint mobility, improve posture, and encourage overall
well-being. Geriatric massage can be especially helpful for maintaining and improving overall health
as we age. It also has been shown to relieve anxiety and provide comfort,
especially to touch-deprived elderly clients.
Lymphatic massage is used to help bolster the immune system, cleanse the body of toxins
and maintain healthy muscle and skin tissue. This is an extremely light and slow type
of massage session, with the therapist barely moving the skin, but the results can be
tremendous! The lymphatic system works with other parts of the human body to handle waste
removal on a cellular level. The flow of lymph in the human body can experience blockages. When this
happens, skin can dry out and tissue does not receive the proper nutrients. Lymphatic
massage is a specific technique designed to increase circulation and the flow of
lymph. As a result, waste removal is more efficient and tissue receives more
fluids and nutrients. By eliminating these blockages, one can avoid dry and
damaged skin and weakened muscle tissue. Also, since the lymphatic system
affects the human body's immune system, lymphatic massage can reduce the
frequency of colds, joint aches, fatigue, arthritis, acne and many other
ailments by helping to remove toxins from the body. Lymphatic and other types of
massage therapy are often used for pregnant women and people with already
weakened immune systems to avoid infections or
Myofascial Release Treatment
Myofascial release is a type of treatment that uses stretching and sustained pressure to
loosen myofascial restrictions. Fascia is a very thin connective tissue that covers every part of the human body, from major organs to bone, muscle and everything in between, similar to a
membrane. You can almost picture is as a full body stocking that kind of holds
everything in place, and if you pull it or it gets tangled at one end, you can surely feel it
at the other. Fascia connects everything. Myofascial release treatment is
meant to focus on restrictions where areas of muscle and fascia have become
tense or rigid. Fascia is normally pliable, and using the heat and sustained pressure from
the therapists hand they can work to make that tissue even more pliable. Injury or tension resulting from
repetitive motion or poor posture causes it and muscle to tense up. Since fascia
connects all parts of the body with each other, tensing in one area can
negatively impact others as well. The treatment reduces the resulting pain and
Trigger Point Therapy
A trigger point is a tight, palpable area within muscle tissue that causes pain in other
parts of the body. A trigger point in the back, for example, may reduce referral
pain in the neck. The neck, now acting as a satellite trigger point, may then
cause pain in the head. The pain may be sharp and intense or a dull ache. Trigger point
therapy is often used in the treatment of headaches, and is specifically designed to alleviate the source
of the pain through cycles of isolated pressure and release. In this type of
massage for trigger point therapy, the recipient actively participates through
deep breathing as well as identifying the exact location and intensity of the
discomfort.The results and benefits of trigger point massage are releasing constricted areas in
the muscles thus alleviating pain. You can experience a significant decrease in
pain after just one treatment. Receiving massage with trigger point therapy on a
regular basis can help naturally manage pain and stress from chronic
This is only the tip of the iceburg when it come to massage therapy and the different modalities out there. Other types of massage include Thai, Shiatsu, Orthopedic, Polarity, Cranial Sacral, Hot Rocks and many many more!
Massage therapy is much more than a luxury and our therapist trained and continue to train hard to learn everything they can to help learn how to manage your pain! We look forward to working with you in the future
and hope you take advantage exploring the different areas of massage therapy!
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Known as 'white gold' in the Himalayas, Himalayan Crystal Salt is the purest salt on Earth. It is untouched by pollutants and toxins, found at the foothills of the Himalyan Mountains formed 250 million years ago. Himalayan salt is far superior to traditional iodized salt and contains the same 84 natural elements and minerals found in the human body. Himalayan salt has a unique cellular structure and allows it to store vibrational energy. This salt is so beneficial to our health it's important to know the reasons why!
Standing at the foot of the ocean the cool sea salt air invigorates you, do you know why? The cool salt breeze from the ocean relaxes you and makes you feel more alive because of the highly charged, healthy negative ions released feed your cells. It's said that in the 1800s a Polish physician discovered that breathing pure, iodized air in salt mines was beneficial in soothing inflammation and curing respiratory conditions. People soon sought out 'salt caves' in Eastern Europe to help cure their ailments. In current times our lungs are continually under stress from both indoor and outdoor pollution. A current, popular physician Dr. Mehmet Oz recommended Himalayan Salt Therapy as a way to help relieve asthma, congestion, colds, allergies and hay fever.
While we cannot always be near the serenity of the salt water ocean, we can indeed bring a part of it into our homes and offices.
'Pure Crystal Salt lamps release negative ions into the environment, creating some of the benefits of being in a “salt cave.” The emission of ions is primarily caused by the alternating actions of the salt's ability to first absorb water, and then evaporate it. As the lamp heats, the heated salt crystal attracts water molecules from the air to its surface. The salt goes into a solution as it mixes with the water molecules. Sodium, as a positively charged ion, and Chloride, as a negatively charged ion, are emitted.
Negative ions are electrically charged particles, and in addition to their beneficial effects on our respiratory and immune systems, they help remove airborne contaminates. Negatively charged negative ions help cleanse the air because they attach themselves to contaminates and allergens, which are positively charged. The larger particles formed by this interaction then fall to the ground, and out of the air we’re breathing.' -Solay Wellness Himalayan Salt Lamps.
These salt lamps also help to protect you against the constant EMFs (electromagnetic fields) we are surrounded by everyday from our televisions, computers and wireless devices. The Himalayan Salt Crystals resonate a frequency almost identical to our bodies, helping to counter the excessive EMFs organically. The lamps not only help with our health but are beautiful and serene to look at.
Many other benefits of these salt lamps include:
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Hello lovelies. I hope you enjoy my journey of discovering my magick and Divine Feminine along with health, wealth of spirit and evolution. I am happy to share my experiences with you to heal, love, and evolve. Namaste-Heather Rae