Monday, October 24, 2016

I said breathe

Breathe breathe breathe: I say it a lot and I usually mean one of two main things. I suppose there are dozens of ways to go about it, but I mean to shift away from our normal, unconscious, shallow breathing to either to a de-stressing or an empowering breath. Another way to say that is belly breathing and chest breathing.

Buddha sitting in in lotus pose

Monday, October 17, 2016

Surprise massage

Massage is good for physical and emotional health—and it feels wonderful. Studies tell us to get a massage a minimum of once a month, especially if you want to reap the collective benefits for the immune system.

The best massage seems to be the last one I've gotten. But this one, let me tell you, this one was the absolute best ever. A fellow massage therapist called me with a neck issue. After her session, we enjoyed a salad, and then, much to my surprise, it was my turn! Wow! I have not been at my best, it's been a few weeks since my last massage, and a friend had told me that I needed to think of some way to treat myself today. I didn't have to "think": I just went into my studio and got on the table. A-mazing, sang the voice inside my head, when she first began. "Financial issues?" I imagined Louise Hay whispering in my ear, as my low back and hips got their attention. Feet, hands, face, and head…"No wonder our clients love massage," I giggled to my friend. We then come up with a brilliant plan to spread the love. (I'm sure that I'll blog on that when the details have been ironed out).
Me giving a massage

Friday, October 14, 2016

Getting started

A few years ago, I didn't have or use a computer, but my friends and clients pestered me until finally I agreed to accept one as a Christmas gift. Without one, who could I ask all my crazy questions? But now, I have Google. I am really glad that I joined the computer world. I have fun and stay in touch through Facebook; I ask Google something or other on most days; my clients are glad to be able to PM me at any time of day or night. Now, it's time for something new: I've been introduced to blogging. I have progressed from checking my email once a month to once a day, and this should get better with time too.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Aromatherapy / Not the flu

Keeping your immune system strong with essential oils smells good to me! I prefer staying well over getting well. Pine, eucalyptus, tea tree, and lemon are all essential oils that aid the immune system. Using them to clean your home is a great idea. Just add 5-10 drops into a surface cleaner, whether homemade or store bought (that one popular cleaner has long used pine). I've heard that pine trees were brought inside homes during cold months to stave off even the plague!