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September Newsletter
September 13, 2011, 5:25 pm
Filed under: Massage Therapy | Tags: , ,

I figured I would start posting my newsletter here as well as sending it to my clients. Enjoy.

 

Welcome to Fall! 



September Specials! 

This month was a little behind due to my preparation for an EXCITING new addition to my massage coming the end of October!

 

For September: $20 off 1 hour regular priced massage ($70)**

Call 314-882-2586 to book your appointment!! 

 

To read more about the EXCITING new addition coming in October, please follow the link below:

 

http://www.grandstrandhealthyliving.com/images/ashiatsu_0909.pdf

 

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As summer leaves us and we welcome fall, take a moment to honor yourself and your 

health!  As the seasons change, it is a great time to attune your body to the forward 

motion into the next pattern.  There are many ways to do a cleanse and finding the right 

cleanse that feels the best to you is most important.

I thought I would share a simple recipe to inspire you 🙂 

 

Avocado & Apple Salad

Prep Time: 10 Minutes

Yields: 4 servings

This salad is suprisingly delicious!

INGREDIENTS:
2 avocado – peeled, pitted and diced
1 large green apple – cored and diced
2 tablespoons honey
1/2 cup raisins, soaked in water and drained
1 tablespoon hulled raw sunflower seeds

 

DIRECTIONS:

 

1.In a medium bowl, combine the avocados, apple and raisins. Drizzle with honey, and sprinkle with raw sunflower seeds.

 

(Taken from http://yogamurrieta.com/node/201)

 

Thank you! Namaste! 

 

**Your appointment must be booked before Oct 11, 2011. Appointments are based on availability and will be unavailable after Oct 11, 2011.


My Mama.
September 9, 2011, 4:18 pm
Filed under: Love & Relating, Spirituality | Tags: , , , , ,

With all of the coverage on NPR about the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, I have stopped listening to 90.7 for the weekend.  Not because I’m against the coverage but because every time I hear a story, I end up crying!

I should preface this by saying, the whole 9/11 attacks have been fuzzy to me.  I didn’t know anyone in New York at the time. I still haven’t met anyone who had someone close to them die in the 9/11 event.  I remember sitting in Mrs. Pontious’ Geometry class when the planes hit and thinking, “Why are they showing us this weird movie? And why is the entire school stopping for this?”  It wasn’t until later that I realized the severity of the situation.  I mean, give me a break, I was in high school; I was way more worried about what everyone else was doing in school rather than the world.  I’m not against our country but I’m not super patriotic.  I’m not the kind of person you will find “Americana” decor in my kitchen or have American flag checks.  That’s just not me.  I do take a basic interest in politics and the policies the politicians create.  I also feel like I don’t really have a huge say in what happens so I’m not going to get really worked up if it doesn’t come out the way I had hoped.

Anyway. I heard this heart-wrenching story from a girl who lost her mom on the plan that hit the towers.  She now goes around the country telling her story to others.  Honestly, I don’t even remember her name.  She says her mom gave her this moral obligation to change the world through her story.  I think that’s beautiful but that’s not what made me cry.  She said on the 10th anniversary she will be spending the day on the countryside where her mom like to go out and “be with the day.”  Shortly after the attacks, she went out to that spot and she felt she could “feel” her mothers presence as there was no wind yet the ferns were moving.  That is also beautiful but did not make me cry.  (it’s interesting to me how so many people have these metaphysical, unexplained events and it’s totally acceptable when someone dies but that’s a whole other story we can get into later.)   She mentioned how it was hard to believe that she hadn’t spoke to her mom in 10 years.  This is what made me cry like a baby! I had put myself in her shoes at that moment and imagined my life without talking to my mom for 10 years! I jumped on the phone and told my mom I loved her and thanked her for being such a huge support in my life.

Through all of the crap my partner and I have been going through, I can tell she does her best to keep a calm, cool neutral approach.  How amazing is that? I mean, it’s so much easier to fly off the handle in an emotional rage (trust me, I’ve done it) than to take a few deep breathes and keep moving forward.  This may be easier for her because it’s not her situation but her support for me has been exceptional.

I really attribute my logic and roots to both of my parents.  As different as we all are, they are really great.  I’m so thankful and full of gratitude for their continued support through my life.  They don’t always take my side and do their best to give me the straight facts even though I may not want to hear it!  I appreciate the tough love.  They have taught me how to take care of myself, how to rely on myself, and how to trust myself. What a beautiful lesson in a world full of chaotic people.

The moral of the story: Hug your parents today!



Wheatgrass
September 2, 2011, 5:15 am
Filed under: Cooking, Gardening | Tags: , , ,

On a whim, I decided to buy a seed pack of Wheatgrass seeds. I’ve heard wheatgrass is super awesome for you and I know it’s used in smoothies quite often. I planted it and in about 2 days I had sprouts!

2 Days!

2 Days!

Ok.. now that I have sprouts..what do I do with them?

I’ve heard in the past that you need a special juicer so you don’t clog a regular juicer.  Tonight, while Micheal is sleeping and I’m not, I thought I would do some research. I came across a really good article on the benefits of wheatgrass. The full article can be found here:

http://www.wheatgrasskits.com/40pointsofwheatgrass.htm  

The low-down on juicers: 

  • Electric juicers are expensive.  The cheapest one was $299.
  • The reason you should use a wheatgrass juicer instead of a regular juicer.  Just as I suspected, the grass can actually clog your juicer.  Furthermore, the high speed of the blade can actually oxidize the enzymes.  Which means you may loose some of the goodness you are trying to achieve by consuming wheatgrass. Regular juicers have an RPM of 1000 and wheatgrass juicers have an RPM of 80-120.  (I found this info on the same website as above).
  • There is another option! A Manual Juicer!! Which looks a lot like the canning materials my parents used to use for tomatoes.  On this website, the manual juicers were still $95.  (This image is from the same website as above)

 

  • On Livestrong.com, they mention putting wheatgrass into a blender and then straining the juice. I wonder about the oxidizing of enzymes, the blender seems pretty harsh too.

 

  • I did find on livestrong.com, that most people do not ingest the blades because they are fibrous and do not digest well.

 

Well- I’m still not sure what I’m going to do with this wonderful sun food.  I do know–I want it in my body.