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Foot Fitness

Foot Fitness

Can you feel your heart pulsing in your chest? How about in your fingertips? What happens when you notice your heart beat in your feet…? Consciously directing our attention on a point of intentional focus is essential to growing our intuition and expanding our sensory prowess. Likewise, reversing the polarity of our head-centric culture by …

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Transforming Pain

Transforming Pain

One of our guiding principles to self care is inspired by the Taoist proverb to “prevent trouble before it arises”. We live into this ideal by purposely organizing our days around feel-good practices that reinforce stability in areas of weakness and flexibility in areas of tension. And we have learned to mine our personal pain …

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Everyday SelfCare

We are constantly looking for ways that we can include self care into our lives, and ultimately have forged a self care lifestyle. We ask ourselves, How can self care fit into wherever we are, with whomever we are with, and with whatever it is we are doing? Below are some of the regular ways we infuse …

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Reset Breath

We take 960 breaths an hour, 23,040 a day, 8,409,600 a year, and approximately half a billion breaths in a lifetime.That means we have over 20,000 opportunities every day to start fresh and presence ourselves. With every inhale, we can choose to invite what we want more of, and with every exhale we can let …

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The Letting-Go Breath

Though breathing is usually run by our unconscious autopilot, when we assume the driver’s seat and consciously shift our breath, we recalibrate our attention and inspire more energy to get where we want to go. Our breathing responds and adjusts according to the thoughts we are thinking, the feelings and body signals we are sensing, …

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Embodied Cognition

Embodied cognition  is the idea that “the relationship between our mind and body runs both ways, meaning our mind influences the way our body reacts, and the form of our body also triggers our mind.” Embodied cognition redefines the interrelated role of our brain and body. The brain, while important, is not the only resource we have available to us to generate behavior and …

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The Integrity Experiment

Lately, Heath and I have been focusing our attention on our own integrity. Specifically we are wondering, what is integrity and what are the skills we can use to put integrity in action? We love the definition of integrity as experiencing our own wholeness. When we embody our wholeness nothing is missing, nothing needs to …

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Mastering Transformation

  As we practice getting more willing to give loving attention to ourselves, we’ve become more adept at mastering commitment. An agreement is something made between one or more people. A commitment is an agreement we make with ourselves. Commitment simply means to gather together and take action. Many people, however, associate commitment with a …

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Loving Attention

We now experience more aliveness and positivity than at any point in our lives! And we’re excited to share the most effective practices we’ve discovered to consciously move your body, breath and attention to reliably cultivate a practice and life of ease and flow. We experience and define self-care as giving loving attention to ourself. And …

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Presencing

My relationship to and with myself is changing and evolving into a new way of being. I notice the changes I am experiencing are emerging from the inside out, rather than from the outside in. They are happening “endogenously” (created from inside) rather than “exogenously” (externally created). And, there is a different quality of feeling …

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No Regrets

Have you ever woken up thinking about something you have to do or something about a relationship comes to mind? Or, have you ever tried falling asleep and the last thing on your mind is that event or person? Then, according to the Foundation of Conscious Living, you may have an incompletion.”  For me, incompletions …

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Emotional Genius

Emotional Genius is the ability to change your state by choice. I heard this statement in a workshop I recently attended with Foundation for Conscious Living,  And I find this statement to be empowering. Life is a series of choices: Life is happening to me or I’m happening to life. Am I creating from the …

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Conscious Agreeements

Heath and I are generating new ways to expand our capacity to connect, appreciate and trust each other and ourselves. We are experiencing the beauty and freedom that comes from making conscious agreements. Agreements regarding our relationship, our business, our money and our home. The last time we made conscious agreements with each other was …

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Wondering Into Presence

Lately curiosity and wonder have been playful parts of my personal practice of “presencing”. Placing a new priority on wonder and curiosity is changing me. It is changing my experience of the world. I notice shifting my attention to wonder questions like “I wonder how” or ‘I wonder what “, shifts me from feeling stuck, …

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Moving Into Essence

When is the last time you remember experiencing moving at your own natural pace without feeling rushed? What would it feel like to move at the pace of your essence? When do you feel your most natural self? Time urgency is a constant stress that has us moving out of pace with our own essence. …

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It’s A Wrap

I am wrapping things up…literally, physically, mentally and emotionally. Not only am I wrapping gifts to share with friends and family. I am also freeing up some bound up energy by wrapping up some old business. I am creating completions and it feels really, really good! According to the online dictionary, “to complete” something is …

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Appreciation Project

Did you know one major component of a healthy, happy and thriving relationship is appreciation? Recent research by John Gottman has shown that “couples, while discussing problems, who make at least five times as many positive statements to and about each other and their relationship as negative ones are happier.”  Heath and I are putting …

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Body Awareness

As bodyworkers we are constantly listening to how our clients are responding to our touch. We feel for tension, resistance, and freedom. We then make adjustments to our session to meet their needs, but how often do we extend that same kind of attention to ourselves. How often do we tune into our own body …

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Pattern Interrupt

“Movement is the physical acceptance of change.” –Dr. Ida Rolf Everything is moving! From the cosmic whirling of galaxies to the microscopic shape-shifting of electrons transforming from waves to particles: our world is in flux! Even if we hold our breath and appear to be motionless, our heart continues to beat, our cells are endlessly …

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Recipe for Spring Cleaning

A once-a-week liquid cleanse gives your metabolism a break and allows the liver (the chemical factory of your body) and other organs to focus on metabolism, healing, and restoring balance to the body. The idea is simple: for one day of the week, eat/drink only smoothies, juices, water and soups throughout the day, and eliminate …

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Shift into Alignment 

What are the body cues that keep us from feeling at our best, passionate, alive, connected. Often it’s our bodies that are telling us something is out of alignment, literally expressed through subluxations in the spine or as simply as feeling tired. We can see these symptoms as signals for change. Feeling less positive and …

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Casual Disicpline

Have you ever heard the expression, “Casual Discipline”? This year, I have been invited to treat myself with casual discipline. Up to this point, I had never heard of such a notion. I was immediately intrigued and like a fish, I took a nibble.  Now I am in: hook, line and sinker. Though, initially I …

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Affirmations

Remember the greatness that you are! New research provides evidence that self affirmation can protect against the damaging effects of stress especially when faced with a problem, improves our willpower, and increases our self control. More research shows that affirmations contribute to the rise and circulation of feel good hormones and helps our brains push to …

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No Mind

Mai Pen Lai is the Thai expression for, “don’t worry about it.” Mai Pen Lai (my-pen-lie) literally translates as “no mind”, and is similar to saying never mind, or don’t think about it. For us, going to Thailand is an opportunity to let go of too much thinking, to let go of expectation, and instead …

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Letting Go Breath

Fall is fast approaching and soon we will experience a shift and change of season. The Autumn Equinox brings a time of balance, when there are equal hours of darkness and light. It is a time of harvest: an opportunity to reap the benefits of our efforts and a time to be thankful and grateful …

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Happiness Interval Training

How would you feel if you treated yourself as good as you treat your clients? I recently came across an article that shared some reasons why Massage Therapists love their job…the resounding answer: the feeling gained from helping others. Why does it feel so good to give?  A cornucopia of research has been done related …

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Doing Presence

We recently attended a Conscious Loving + Living workshop with Kathlyn Hendricks in California and it is wonder-full to be a student! In this very experiential workshop we got to move, breathe and love in new ways.  I am still processing all that we experienced and shared, but there’s one word and feeling that has …

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Ahhh-preciate

Summer is the season of the heart, according to Traditional Chinese Medicine. This time of year, the air is warm, the blood is readily circulating, and our feelings become more palpable as things heat up and intensify! When we align with the season of Summer, our intuition is strong and our hearts project  feelings of …

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Computer Hunch

The Computer Hunch Americans spend six to nine hours a day in front of a digital device. It is becoming increasing clear that more time spent working, communicating, playing, and interfacing with computers and phones has its consequences. Prolonged sitting (at a computer, at home, in a car, etc) increases the likelihood of developing painful …

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A Thought Experiment

We create through the power of our focus. This is not a new idea, though, putting this principle into regular practice supercharges our ability to create our own reality! What you focus on grows…And, what you focus on with feeling becomes real! When we utilize our emotional wisdom and add feeling into any recipe of …

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Your Heart

“There is no feeling in a human heart which exists in that heart alone–which is not, in some form or degree, in every heart.” ~ George McDonald When we become more aware of our heart we connect not only with the mechanics of it, we also connect with its electromagnetic field, and its  emotional energy. …

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Eye Palming

In Traditional Chinese Medicine the “Wood” Element exerts its power influence over the Spring season. The Wood Phase is embodied by the movement of all things living, growing, and building momentum. Think expansion from the inside out and the outside in, like a tree developing a deeper and wider root foundation and simultaneously reaching its …

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Can You Say It Better?

As I sit in traffic, running late for an appointment I find myself starting to get tense. I hear myself saying things like “I’m never going to make it on time, why is everybody going so slow, I should have left earlier, I hate traffic!” I feel frustrated, impatient, and stressed. After remembering the idea …

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Clean Slate

It is the year of the Horse according to the Chinese calendar. This is a year of resilience, strength and hard work. It will also be a year to cultivate and practice patience.  This is a year of resilience, strength and hard work. It will also be a year to cultivate and practice patience.  As this …

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Source of Happiness

Have you heard of the “Hugging Saint”?  She is for real and she travels the world simply taking time to hug everyone she meets. Her name is Mata Amritanandamayi, she goes by Amma, which in her native language means “mother”.  When she travels the world auditoriums, and banquet halls fill with the expectation of a …

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Just One Question

A question worth answering: Am I able to feel good and have my life go well all the time? When I answered this question for the first time I thought, “Impossible!” After contemplating the idea for some time, I thought, let’s put it to the test. First, what does it mean to feel good? Gay …

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Inner Smile Organ Meditation

This meditation provides us with the opportunity to cleanse, rebalance, and recharge the energy of five major internal organs. Just as we take steps to clean our bodies and brush our teeth, this exercise gives us an opportunity to wash away any residual stress, tension or emotions we may be holding on to. Espoused by …

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Winter Soup

Time for soup!?!  This year Heath and I have been enjoying the wonderful array of lentils available in the dried bin section of our Sprouts supermarket. After exploring the many varieties, I offer you a quick summary of your choices and which one we recommend for our favorite lentil soup. Compared to other types of …

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Got Your Back

Low back pain is estimated to affect 90% of the population at some point in their lives.  Low back pain has different causes, which leads to different experiences of pain. Some causes of low back pain derive from pregnancy, falling, a direct blow, pulling, coughing, sneezing, or having a short leg. Two common types of …

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Skin Breathing

Our skin is our largest organ and can be considered our third lung. Our skin breathes. It is alive and it has a rhythm, an inhalation and an exhalation. It absorbs (inhales) oxygen, nutrients, senses light, and regulates heat and cold. It releases (exhales) carbon dioxide, sheds dead skin cells and completely regenerates itself every …

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Build Your Wei- Qi

As nights grow longer and days grow colder now is the time to strengthen your Qi in order to build your immune system.  The lungs are the internal organs related to fall. They  are  considered by Traditional Chinese Medicine to be the “tender organ.” This is because the lungs are the uppermost organ in the …

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Everything is Moving!

From the cosmic whirling of galaxies to the microscopic shape-shifting of electrons transforming from waves to particles: our world is in flux! Even if we hold our breath and appear to be motionless, our heart beats, our cells are endlessly dying and being reborn in infinite chemical exchanges, and let’s face it: every second we’re …

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Osteoarthritis & Massage

Arthritis is a form of joint disorder that involves inflammation of one or more joints. There are over 100 different forms of arthritis.  By far the most common type of arthritis in the world is Osteoarthritis or “OA”, also known as “degenerative joint dysfunction”.  In Ruth Werner’s book  A Massage Therapists Guide to Pathology ( …

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Smiling Small Intestine

The Small Intestines, one of the organ pairs related to the season of summer that could use some care right about now according to Traditional Chinese Medicine. Together with the large intestine and the stomach it forms the gastrointestinal tract. In living humans, the small intestine alone measures around  23 feet. The proper functioning of …

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The Super Seed: Chia

Have you tried Chia Seeds yet??  People are adding them to their salads, shakes, yogurt and even ice cream…all of which are great options but our newest favorite is making it into a breakfast or desert pudding. However, first you may be wondering what is a chia seed and why would I want to eat …

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Clear, Calm & Energizing

Today we bring to you an oldie but a goodie…a mantra meditation that has recently recycled its way back to the surface of our consciousness. It’s a powerful meditation in that every syllable  you make consists of the 4 primal sounds and describes the eternal cycle of life: birth, life, death, rebirth. In Kundalini Yoga …

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Cultivate Self Love

Self-love is both an attitude and an act. It’s how you view yourself, and how you live your life. Self-love is about tuning into your needs, honoring your body and boundaries and taking care of yourself mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually. Self-love is a daily practice – not a destination.  It is through a practice …

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Acoustic Music for Massage

By popular request we are sharing more our favorite music for relaxation and massage. Last month’s playlist consisted of groovy tunes for more of an upbeat, rhythmic session. This month we put together a soothing acoustic guitar playlist for the times when you’re seeking to create a mellow mood. We hope you enjoy.    Help …

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A Chillout Playlist

In recent workshops we play music that isn’t necessarily ‘massage music’ but still creates musical environments that feel relaxing and fluid without being too intrusive. I have compiled a requested playlist of songs that  are rhythmic, super chill down tempo beats.  You may want to include some of these songs to create your own groovy …

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Medical Massage for Low Back, Hip, & Sciatic Pain 7/28

We review the anatomy and contributing factors of Low Back and Hip Pain, Disc and Facet Joint Injuries, and True and Pseudo-Sciatica. We then learn highly effective techniques integrated from various modalities (such as Neuromuscular Therapy, Structural Integration, Cranial Sacral Therapy, and more) to relieve these conditions. Also, movement and repatterning exercises are offered for …

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Medical Massage for Shoulder, Arm, & Wrist Pain 7/29

Chandler, AZ 8.5CEs We review the anatomy and contributing factors of Low Back and Hip Pain, Disc & Facet Joint Injuries, and True & Pseudo-Sciatica. We then learn highly effective techniques integrated from various modalities (such as Neuromuscular Therapy, Structural Integration, Cranial Sacral Therapy, and more) to relieve these conditions. Also, movement and repatterning exercises …

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Medical Massage for Neck, Jaw, & Migraine Pain 7/30

Chandler, AZ 8.5CEs We review the anatomy and contributing factors of Neck and jaw pain and stiffness, tension and migraine headaches, teeth grinding, tinnitus, and TMJD. We then learn highly effective techniques integrated from various modalities (such as Neuromuscular Therapy, Structural Integration, Cranial Sacral Therapy, and more) to relieve these conditions. Also, movement and repatterning …

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Medical Massage for Neck, Jaw, & Migraine Pain 8/4

Las Vegas, NV 8.5CEs We review the anatomy and contributing factors of Neck and jaw pain and stiffness, tension and migraine headaches, teeth grinding, tinnitus, and TMJD. We then learn highly effective techniques integrated from various modalities (such as Neuromuscular Therapy, Structural Integration, Cranial Sacral Therapy, and more) to relieve these conditions. Also, movement and …

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Medical Massage for Shoulder, Arm, & Wrist Pain 8/5

Las Vegas, NV 8.5CEs We review the anatomy and contributing factors of Shoulder Bursitis, Rotator Cuff & Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Golfers/Tennis Elbow, and Carpel Tunnel. We then learn highly effective techniques integrated from various modalities (such as Trigger Point, Neuromuscular Therapy, Structural Integration, Muscle Release Technique, and more) to relieve these conditions. August 5, 2012 …

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Medical Massage for Low Back, Hip, & Sciatica Pain 8/6

Las Vegas, NV 8.5 CEs We review the anatomy and contributing factors of Low Back and Hip Pain, Disc & Facet Joint Injuries, and True & Pseudo-Sciatica. We then learn highly effective techniques integrated from various modalities (such as Neuromuscular Therapy, Structural Integration, Cranial Sacral Therapy, and more) to relieve these conditions. Also, movement and …

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