A Gift of Your Heart is a Gift from the Heart

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It’s that time of year again, when we’ve gained some distance from the holiday season (and the post-holiday January recovery period), and we’re starting to look forward to longer days and enjoy *slightly* warmer weather here in the northeast.  Enter February, and that holiday that many of us look to with a fair amount of dread and/or resentment:  Valentine’s Day. Continue reading “A Gift of Your Heart is a Gift from the Heart”

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Pregnancy Massage: A Holistic Approach to Pre-Natal Care

Pregnancy is an exciting time in life.  The anticipation of a new addition to the family is a major change to life and body.  In many cultures throughout history, pregnant women are seen as goddesses for their ability to create life, honored for their ability to hold and nurture another life within their body.  Likewise, throughout history, women have been nurtured with touch during their pregnancies, to aid with discomfort and ensure the good positioning of the baby.

This can also be a stressful time for you as an expectant mother.  Like most women, you may be working in your career throughout your pregnancy, or busy with other children and/or family members, and along with the physiological changes taking place within your body, you are busy readying your home and adjusting your lifestyle in order to care for this new life. Continue reading “Pregnancy Massage: A Holistic Approach to Pre-Natal Care”

The Worst Massages I’ve Ever Had Were My Own Fault

Of the many massages I’ve had in my lifetime, I can think of two which stand out as the most disappointing. Now, given the number of massages I’ve had in total (and no, I don’t have an actual count, but it’s a lot), I can say that two bad ones, relatively speaking, is pretty inconsequential.  And on a “bad” scale of 1-10, they weren’t really even terrible; just…lacking.  You get so jazzed at the idea of going and having a massage, you look forward to it from the moment you confirm the appointment date and time, and then you get off the table when it’s over, and think, “Meh. That was a bummer.”  But despite that small number, even now, years later, I can still remember them as being standouts.  And, as I never saw either of those massage therapists again, being a standout on the negative side is not a good thing.

But as I said, those negative experiences were my fault.  And here’s why: Continue reading “The Worst Massages I’ve Ever Had Were My Own Fault”

About My Oils

Lavender and white pine infused in grapeseed and olive oils.

For years, I have used only the best quality grape seed oil or olive oil as my medium for massages.  I’ve found that both provide wonderful glide without feeling greasy, absorb into and nourish the skin very nicely, and are easily found without having to special order.  Plus, I’ve never had to worry about my clients experiencing allergic reactions to either oil. Since these oils are food-grade, I feel good about what I’m putting on my clients, because these are healthy, easily digestible oils, as safe to put on the body as into the body.

In my path to becoming an herbalist, I am now experimenting with infusing herbs into my oils, resulting in a new level of experience for the senses.  The process involves introducing plant matter into the oil, letting it steep for a period of time, and then straining it out, the result of which is a new way of bringing herbs into the therapeutic process.

The process takes time and patience, but as I am bottling up my very first batch of oil –a beautiful spring lavender– I believe it’s completely worth the effort.  I’ll be working on new oils as the summer progresses, in small batches so that I can not only closely monitor the quality of each jar of oil, but also harvest responsibly; all of my oil infusions will be made from home-cultivated herbs, or locally wild-crafted plants, ethically harvested.  White pine is in the making; what will be next?  The honeysuckle is certainly intoxicating right now…

How to Get the Most out of Your Massage

You’ve booked a massage.  You’ve blocked time out of your schedule just for you.  If you’re anything like me, you’re eagerly anticipating that “Yay!” moment when you get to leave whatever you’re doing in your day to get to your appointment.  And if you’re anything like me, that appointment flies by way too quickly.  It feels so good to be on the table, having all that stress and tension gently kneaded away, that when your time is up, you are left thinking both “Ahhh,” and “Awww….”

Whether you receive massages on a regular basis, or you are looking forward to your very first one, here are a few ways that you can get the most from your experience and prolong that “Ahhh” feeling. Continue reading “How to Get the Most out of Your Massage”

The Importance of Loving Your Chosen Path

My Treatment Room

It’s an honor to do what I do.

When I step into my treatment room, I step out of the world that is filled with judgement, stress, and chaos.  I shut out all the things that fill up our day:  noise, bills, relationships, traffic, groceries.  When I enter this room, I  step into a place where the message is clear:

This is a place to heal. Continue reading “The Importance of Loving Your Chosen Path”