Hi, Everyone! I know I say this every time I post, but it has been quite a while this time. Every time I sit down to write, I either get interrupted, sidetracked, or just can't get my thoughts organized enough to write a post. But, here I am, taking another shot at it.
I have been thinking about Spring lately. Spring, by its nature, is about renewal. It comes after the "dead of winter" and brings new life. The new buds on trees and flowers, baby birds, etc. It is like the planet is waking up after a long nap. It makes me long for contact with nature--fresh air, sunshine, the smell of rain, feeling a gentle breeze. I love all of the seasons and I am grateful to live in a place where I can experience all of them. Fall is my favorite, but Spring runs a close second.
I don't have a lot of time to get outside and enjoy it, but I take what I can. I think that because I don't get to experience "outside" as much as I would like, I bring it inside to me. When I opened this massage studio 5 years ago next month (wow!), I really wanted to surround myself with nature. So, I named it Nature's Elements Massage. I love using anything and everything from nature my massages and body treatments because I believe in the healing power of staying in contact with nature. There is something about using a stone that was naturally tumbled and polished in the ocean for centuries before it ended up in my hand as an instrument for soothing and relaxing someone's muscles. Or using a Himalayan salt stone to help remineralize and detoxify your skin while it delivers soothing warmth. Or a cool (or cold) marble stone to ease inflammation or calm down a headache. I love getting my hands into anything that came from the earth. I guess it's my grown-up way of playing in the mud when I get to do a body wrap with clay or apply a face mask. Believe me, it is just as healing for me as it is for the client. We get so far removed from nature these days, and I think that if we don't make a conscious effort to reconnect, we lose a big piece of ourselves. I am always on the lookout for different ways to apply the healing properties of nature to my sessions. That is why you may have noticed I have added several "mini" add-on choices to the menu. These are different enhancements you can choose to add to one area of your body (usually the back) to experience the effects. Then, if you enjoy it, you may choose to schedule a full body experience on your next visit. Or, you may choose to try something different. Right now, the "mini" choices include:
*warm healing stones
*warm Himalayan salt stones
*cold marble stones
I am working on and practicing a couple of other ones, which I will write about soon. I am not ready to offer them just yet.
* wands (a handle covered with bronze-considered to be a healing metal in Ayurveda)
*tuning forks (for vibrational healing)
Also, remember that complimentary aromatherapy is included in your session upon request (we want to customize it for you). Essential oils are a great way to enhance your massage!
And, of course, I still offer a natural facial treatment, a detoxing foot treatment, body scrubs, and body wraps, all using elements from nature. However, I am finding that most of my clients prefer to have a traditional massage, sometimes with the addition of stones or bamboo.
So, with Spring in full bloom, remember to take care of yourself. After you spend time in your yard or garden, or after you "spring clean" your house, schedule a massage for yourself, and while you are at it, give one of the mini add-ons a try. Take advantage of this season of renewal and reconnect with yourself.