Monday, January 31, 2011

Give your Valentine the Gift of Massage

We're taking $10.00 off the price of any gift certificate purchased during the month of February 2011.

We're also taking $10.00 off any massage booked in the month of February as long as the massage is scheduled by March 31, 2011.

Mention this blog post in order to get your savings!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Two Sights That Made Me Smile On A Cold Winter Day

I bought an amaryllis this fall. I thought I planted it for Christmas blooms but both Christmas and the New Year dawned to a growing plant but no blooms. I was disappointed but kept watering and caring for the plant. Well it bloomed early this week and fully opened a couple of days ago. I can't tell you how nice it is to have a living flower blossom in the middle of a cold, dark, snowy winter! I believe I'll plant a bulb with the intention of late January blooms every year. Forgive my amateur photography. I assure you it's much more stunning in real life.

This is a picture of our cat, Starsky and his canine brother, Hutch taking a lazy afternoon nap. I warn you, I am always taking cute sleeping pet pictures. Pets can add some serious Radiance to your life. My apologies on the spacing in this post! Blogger is having some serious issues.

Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your
smile can be the source of your joy.
- Thich Nhat Hanh

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Easy Exercise to Help Rebalance Your Body

The exercise described below reads very much like the basic stance used in the T-Tapp rehabilitative method. In reality it is a stance that was presented as part of my Myoskeletal Alignment Certification. On closer inspection those familiar with T-Tapp will see the differences. If you are not familiar with T-Tapp rest assured that I will be introducing it in the near future.

Now that I've cleared that up I'll explain that this stance can be a great introduction to exercise designed to rebalance the left and right sides of the body - exercise to "prehab" the body if you will - to prevent injury. Over the next few weeks I'll be introducing more exercises to help in the rebalancing process. We team these exercises with massage therapy that we plan specifically to loosen tight restrictive muscles thus the weak, overstretched, ineffective muscles to become stronger. It literally doubles the bang for your massage buck.
Prehab so you can avoid Rehab!

We provide our clients with copies of these and other exercises that will be specifially beneficial to their particular postural distortions. I decided it would be nice to have an online record of some of the more common exercises we use.

Postural Rebalancing Stance

1. Stand with your feet shoulder width apart.

2. Look down at your toes, and point them straight forward. Move upper body forward so that you feel more of your weight in the balls of your feet rather than your heels.

3. Slightly bend your knees, weight evenly between your feet. The purpose of this is to transfer some of your weight to your legs. You should feel the muscles in the front of your thighs working to hold you upright.

4. Tuck in your pelvis, flatten your stomach. The muscles in the abdomen just under your navel should be tensed, and the muscles of your low back will become relaxed. You can shift forward and back until you feel our body lining up in a straight line looking from the side. The ankles, hips, shoulders, and head should form a straight line. Doing this will make you feel as if you are leaning forward.

5. Hold palms facing forward, letting the shoulders be in a relaxed position, not pulled back like your mother taught you. Again be sure your shoulders are in line with your hips and your feet, balanced on top of one another.

6. Tuck your chin in, eyes facing straight ahead. Your hands should be slightly in front of your hips. NOW You are ready! Use the muscles on the lower side of your shoulder blades to help reach down toward the floor with your finger tips. Push knees apart and tighten the buttock muscles at the same time. Hold for 5-6 seconds; relax the same amount of time. (Enough time for you to take in a deep breath and let it out again.) Repeat 5-6 times. Use a mirror at first to help you. The most common error is bringing the shoulders back behind the hips. This is a daily activity, best done on awakening or just before going to bed at night.

*This exercise should not be considered medical advice. If you develop pain as a result of this exercise or existing pain becomes worse please discontinue using it immediately.
**If I've provided this exercise to you with different hold and release times than listed please use those times unless of course they cause or worsen pain. Should that happen please call us and we'll readjust your program.
***If you are a massage therapist reading this and wondering if I'm overstepping my license please understand that I am also certified through the American Council on Exercise as an Advanced Health and Fitness Specialist. I am also certified as T-Tapp Rehabilitative Trainer and have multiple courses in Post Rehab exercise and Postural Realignment. This allows me to provide our clients with copies of exercises that may benefit them much as a regular personal trainer would provide.

Movement is a medicine for creating change in a person's physical, emotional, and mental states. - Carol Welch

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Serendipity in Every Day - Massage Article

It is copied in its entirety below. I don't always hit this concept square in the center but oh when I do! Life moves forward at an amazing pace.
Serendipity in Every Day

By Glenn Llopis

Originally published in Skin Deep, September/October 2009. Copyright 2009. Associated Skin Care Professionals. All right reserved.

We all know that person. The man or woman with the seemingly perfect life, all in control, with everything seeming to always break his or her way. "They're just so lucky," is a familiar refrain. And so it would seem. I would argue, though, that luck has little to do with good fortune.

It is a paradox that I refer to as the fortune-cookie myth. Luck, like happiness, is a moment in time we attempt to reclaim. Luck is, essentially, uncontrollable, it is fleeting, like that little scrap of paper drawn from the cookie: unpredictable, ineffable, and fallible. While it is impossible to predict that moment of luck, the key is learning to create and sustain a momentum of good fortune in a far easier and more predictable manner.

When we learn to apply four simple skills, we find the good things we expect from life come more consistently, and life's inevitable hiccups can often be turned to our advantage. Embarking on this path to good fortune is as simple as learning to See, Sow, Grow, and Share opportunities.

See with Circular Vision. Broaden your observation to see beyond the obvious details in front of you, thus enlarging your field of opportunity.

Sow Entrepreneurial Seeds. When good vision is met with consistent, hand-dirtying execution every day, the result is a stable, growing fortune.

Grow Seeds of Greatest Potential. Learn how to recognize the most promising opportunities and give them the right amount of attention, don't let the best opportunities wilt and don't waste energy on opportunities with limited potential.

Share the Harvest. Focus on meeting others' needs to improve personal good fortune, make generosity part of your purpose. Sharing the harvest is one's ability to lead with kindness.

I have found it an interesting truth, as I've addressed audiences and mentored individuals from coast to coast--women tend to adopt and apply these skills more readily than men.

The strong and natural networking skills that women possess, coupled with their eagerness to see and seize the opportunities that lay before them make them easy masters of seeing and sowing. Women, in my experience, also seem to inherently apply analytical skills to their personal and professional relationships, which gives them an advantage in growing their seeds of greatest potential. And that most women seem to be instinctive givers means that sharing the harvest is almost second nature.

In the end, learning to earn serendipity means learning to approach our everyday encounters and activities with an entrepreneurial mind-set. It means learning to live our lives as if we own them. I don't believe for one moment that anyone's life is actually perfect, but with work and the proper focus, good fortune is yours for the making.

Glenn Llopis is a speaker, trainer, and president and chief executive officer of Glenn Llopis Group, LLC. He is president of the E2E Mentor Program at the University of California-Irvine's executive MBA program and lectures at Vanguard University. Llopis is the author of Earning Serendipity: Four Skills for Creating and Sustaining Good Fortune in Your Work, (Greenleaf Book Group Press, 2009).

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you've imagined!  -  Henry David Thoreau

Monday, January 17, 2011

Saved from the Landfill!

So we have a new TV and what we really needed was a more contemporary low profile bench style center. What we actually had was an old, outmoded entertainment center for an old fashioned TV. It was good solid wood but no one wanted it because it was so old fashioned.

Rather than spend money to buy a new one I decided that we should do a furniture hack and create two pieces of furniture from one. DH was willing to try but obviously skeptical. Here is what we ended up with.


 Before: I left it get junky looking before taking the shot, much like they always stick their stomachs out and don't wear make-up when they do those fitness before shots. heh heh heh

Entertainment Center
 After: A low profile entertainment center plus...

...and a bonus desk! All for the price of some elbow grease.

Working together on this project brought us more than just two new pieces of furniture. It filled several days with the Radiance of doing it ourselves, of saving money, of working together, of robbing the landfill of a perfectly sound piece of furniture and most of all of enjoying using the finished projects in our newly decorated TV/Office area.

Begin to find some Radiance in every day! Your life will never be the same!

To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.
- Thomas Edison

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Quintessential Bodyworks, LLC Update

In the month of January we'll be replacing our present massage space stereo with a surround sound system for your listening enjoyment.

Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life. - Red Auerbach

Friday, January 7, 2011

Great Article, Great Magazine!

Experience Life is a great magazine. It touches on total mind, body, spiritual wellness. I've read it pretty much since the first issue. It's consistently gotten better and better. They also give free access to tons of great articles on their website.

This article really grabbed my attention this month. It really tells it like it is.

This website is new (to me anyway) and is connected with the article. I'm not a huge fan of all the folks it shows to be part of it but I like the concepts that many embrace. I can't wait to see how it's developed. You can be certain it's designed to make the folks involved some money but it also looks as though the info it provides could be quite good.

The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. - Ben Franklin

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Grabbing the Radiance

Sometimes it's a simple thing....sharing a healthy dinner with the family...baked chicken, salads and fruit...

Other times it's a look you share with a loved one.

Still other times it's a conversation or joke you share with a friend or even a stranger.

A sunrise, a sunset, the moon hanging in the sky, snow, sunshine, rain, a rainbow - you get to choose.

Our lives are filled with radiant moments which we often ignore while highlighting all the trials and tribulations of our day. You have to deal with the trials and tribulations to be sure but making them the centerpiece of your day also pulls your day and ultimately life down.

Practice noticing the Radiance, mark it, talk about it, celebrate it and notice how much more abundant your life will feel.

"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle." - Albert Einstein

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Skin Brushing, Salt Glow and Hydrotherapy

Skin Brush

Skin brushing is an amazingly simple yet beneficial and economical self-care practice.

Add some hydrotherapy and possibly a salt glow and aromatherapy to the practice and you've elevated it to something you'd pay big bucks for in a spa setting but can recreate at home for pennies.

If you google skin brushing you will find sites that make all nature of claims about what it can do. I, myself have experienced some pretty amazing benefits from regular skin brushing.

What I can honestly tell you is that skin brushing increase blood and lymph flow. It exfoliates the skin which leaves it smooth and soft after a period of regular brushing.

NEVER brush as though you're trying to remove three layers of skin. A gentle brushing - imagine butterfly wings fluttering over your skin - is all that's necessary to increase lymph movement. Take care if you decide to alternate cold and hot water in your shower. Start with gentle changes in temperature.

If you find yourself gasping or creating raised blisters chances are you're being a bit too extreme in your approach.

Here's a great article that describes the salt glow, hydrotherapy protocol as well as an aromatherapy protocol you can add to it all.

This article gives a lot of those amazing claims I told you about. Below the claims it provides both basic and very exacting instructions on how to perform skin brushing.