This past month I have taken 2 courses that were so very different but both great. One was another style of lomi lomi Hawaiian massage (Aunty Margaret style!) that gave me more tools and techniques to use in my general massage. I just love how thorough the lomi lomi styles are, really warming up the tissue and going deeper in a more rhythmic, relaxed way. Aunty Margaret's style uses more compression of the forearm vs. the rhythmic knuckle motion of the temple style I have been doing the last few years. I look forward to taking a more in depth followup of Aunty Margaret's lomi lomi next spring.
The class I just took this past weekend is another Craniosacral therapy class. And that work just amazes me! It is much more subtle and energetic, but can have such profound results. My learning is ongoing the more I get to practice it, so please come in if you would like to give it a try. (See below for more info about it.)
And I would still love to barter massage for seasoned firewood and venison. Please contact me if you are interested or have any leads!
Previous newsletter info:
It's another change of season, wrapping up summer, starting school... Have we accomplished what we wanted this summer? Have we taken time to listen to our bodies? If not, come get a massage and see how good it feels to soften some of those tense muscles and relax the body and mind. And then reflect on how you might be able to make any changes, physically, mentally, etc, to keep feeling better. Perhaps through more regular massage, exercise, activity changes, or even changes in attitudes. You never know what an hour dedicated to your own physical and mental/emotional well being can do for your self!
Spring is here! And I have put the snow shovels AWAY!!! I am ready to finish up with the wood stove...soon... and start work on the garden. I realized that my body needed some attention after the winter, too. Hauling firewood has been twisting my hips and giving me slight indications that something was out of balance. So I got a much needed adjustment from Dr. Shaw and feel better. I didn't really have much discomfort, but have learned that if I notice anything, I should take care of it, or I wait too long and it's harder to correct. Soooo...... this is my reminder to you to take care of your body, especially if you have neglected it. Pay attention to any small or larger indicators that call your attention. Come get a massage, an adjustment, stretch a bit, start exercising/walking if you haven't been. Let's get outside and celebrate the end of this winter!!!!
I had a fabulous Craniosacral Workshop last month that gave me greater experience and understanding of the craniosacral work that I would love to share with you! So I am continuing to promote craniosacral sessions for $60/hour. They are deeply relaxing and healing. Of course, I can easily add a bit to a regular massage session if you would like to experience just a taste. It's not the same as the full meal, but still great! :)
Craniosacral therapy is a holistic healing practice that uses very light touching to balance the craniosacral system in the body, which includes the bones, nerves, fluids, and connective tissues of the cranium and spinal area.
According to Dr. John Upledger, craniosacral therapy is ideally suited for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, headaches, chronic middle ear infection, pain, and general health maintenance. It is recommended for autism, fibromyalgia, heart disease, osteoarthritis, pneumonia, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic sinus infections, and gastroenteritis (inflammation of the lining of the stomach or small intestine). It is also used with other therapies to treat chronic fatigue syndrome, back pain, and menstrual irregularity. In addition, other craniosacral practitioners have reported benefits for eye dysfunction, dyslexia, depression, motor coordination difficulties, temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD), hyperactivity, colic, asthma in babies, floppy baby syndrome, whiplash, cerebral palsy, certain birth defects, and other central nervous system disorders. Whew! That's a lot!
May you breathe peace and love into your life with every breath!
Remember: Massage is good for just about everything! (circulation, digestion, hormone regulation, sleep, immune system, pain, stress... Don't postpone feeling good!)
- Improves Circulation & Cardiovascular Function
- Improves Immune System Function
- Relieves Pain
- Burns Calories and Controls Weight
- Eases Joint Pain and Stiffness
- Reduces Stress and Fatigue
- Improves Skin
- Removes Bodily Toxins and Assists in Detoxification
For more information about the Biomat and above benefits, here is a website I found very informative, citing research done in China, the biomat technology that NASA patented, and explaining how some of the Biomat technology works. http://biomatamethyst.com There are different settings, for increased heat, but the negative ions are still emitted without heat. So I can turn the far infrared rays off for any reason. And if anyone is interested in the sauna effects of the mat, without massage, I can arrange that, also.
I have also taken an introductory class on lymphatic massage, so I can now work directly with the lymph system to help reduce swelling in the tissues from a number of causes, including injuries, surgeries, and any "itis" as in arthritis. The lymph circulation is important for the immune system, so lymphatic drainage helps with many autoimmune disorders as well. It is very gentle work on the surface of the skin primarily, since the lymph vessels are just under the skin, and in addition to being therapeutic, it is extremely relaxing.
Come in and enjoy the benefits of massage and the Biomat. Let the far infrared heat and the hot stones warm your core and soften any sore or stressed muscles.