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Spring Inspiration
April 5, 2012, 5:20 am
Filed under: Gardening, Massage Therapy, Spirituality, Uncategorized | Tags: , ,

What a beautiful evening!

As I sit in my living room feeling inspired, I can hear the big drops of water fall from the balcony upstairs onto my porch.  I feel the cool, rainy breeze blow in from the back door.  Earlier, I brought more plants outside to soak up the spring-time rain.  I love looking out my back door and see the wonderful potential my garden has.  I love seeing the herbs in pots reaching up towards the sun! I can hear my beautiful partner stirring in bed as he gently drifts off to sleep.  And now, I’m finding myself reflecting on how beautiful my life is.  Looking back through all we have been through and looking forward to all of future events.   Wow, there is nothing like a refreshing spring-time storm to leave a gal feeling grateful!

I have my hands in a few projects and it feels good to help others feel good! I love creating! I’m thinking about writing my first article regarding Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy (R) and why it is so awesome.  Why is ashi such an awesome massage? The constant and consistent pressure allows for a release in the muscles and tissue that is deeper than the surface yet above the pain threshold.  I wonder if there have been any studies done about healing soft tissue injuries with massage and how connecting with a particular layer of tissue could bring about relief and balance.  I also ask myself, “Why does everyone (ok, almost everyone), love massage? I know I do; but why? I love the feeling when I first lay my hands or feet on a client.  You can literally feel their whole body take a big, deep breath. That is connection. That is the earthly bond between us as spiritual beings!

My newest passion is to inspire other therapists and holistic healers to spread the word to anyone and everyone! There is more than enough work for everyone and the more we spread the word of whole-body-health, the more people will start to realize it is real and not just some fad.  This goes beyond massage! How can we expect to thrive when we are eating dead food? How can we expect good things in our lives when we have un-positive thoughts? This is the year of change and I welcome it with open arms! Working together–everyone benefits.

Namaste!

In Gratitude,

Sara Ann 🙂

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Change.
October 26, 2011, 4:43 am
Filed under: Camping, Hiking, Love & Relating, Massage Therapy, Outdoors, Spirituality, Uncategorized

No one can deny this year has not only brought about change but in fact a tidal wave of change that has really shook things up to say the least. I have learned a lot. I have grown.  I have groaned.  I have laughed.  I have cried. I have loved.

Many people talk about how change effects them.  I forget which sign thrives in change.  I’d like to think I roll with change well. I have learned some very valuable tools about myself and I believe that awareness is the first step to freedom.

In June, Micheal and I went camping.  It was an amazing trip! He had told me about the trip up the mountain and how tiring it could be but as the days went on it became easier.  We parked the car, walked up the lane, checked in and paid our money, crossed a river and immediately started up the mountain.  I thought we would be at the main base for a bit before heading upwards.  Half way up the mountain I stopped in a pant.  I realized something huge about my life.  I find it important to mentally prepare myself before a vast change in my environment occurs.  Ok, duh, right? I know it’s small but, yet, so huge.  The was the first moment that I realized if only I would have been able to say to myself, “Ok, now you are going to be exerting a lot of energy to get up this mountain.” I believe that first walk up would have been totally different.  Since then, I have found many examples of how if only that slight switch in thought would totally change a situation.  The question then arises, how can you handle moments that have no moment to switch your thought? How can I challenge my brain to be flexible in any given situation? I choose to see the face of change as comforting instead of scary.

I went to school for a new modality.  I will now be using my feet to massage clients instead of my hands.  The technique is called Ashiatsu.  I have found that some people have some real reservations about someone putting their feet all over them. I find myself feeling anxious about telling a client about it or introducing it.  I had a very hard time getting the bars installed in the ceiling to the point where I began to think it was going to be impossible to actually practice this modality.  I had these thoughts creep in my head that I wasted all of the money on school and my career was over because my hands were going to give out on me before I could figure something out.  All the while dealing with the usual pressure and stress of my life.. money, the ex-wife, the future father-in-law, bills, family.. etc etc. ugh. How much more convenient it would be if I could just roll with change? That could be one less thing I would have to worry about.

The future of Ashi is looking a lot brighter which is making the rest of the world shape up but for a moment, I felt very bleek.

Change. I’m not talking about those dirty coins at the bottom of your purse.

I see change happening all over the world.  You would truly have to live under a rock not to see that something huge is happening all around us.  There is a major shift occurring and we are all being forced to ride the wave and challenge our humanity.  Personally, I would like us all to view this as a challenge the Universe has provided to test our trust in each other. Seeing this small switch in the way I am viewing the situation is paramount for success on the other side of the shift. We will need to drop our current brain chatter that is convincing us the world is to always be the same. We will need to work hard and work together.

I believe in myself and I believe in our world and I believe in our future as long as we learn to come together.



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.



From the Kitchen…
August 7, 2011, 9:39 pm
Filed under: Cooking, Gardening | Tags: , , , , ,

Today my day consisted of laundry, grocery shopping, kombucha, and my first time in the kitchen with pesto & spring rolls (not together though, bleh!)

I had received a bunch of fresh basil from my friend Holly, so I thought I would try my hand at making my own pesto from scratch.  I heard it was easy so I thought I would attempt it.

First off, you should know, I rarely use recipes.  I have this second nature for most things cookery so most of the time I have a skeleton idea and just go from there.  The ingredients I were told to use were:

Basil Leaves

Garlic

Pine Nuts (for cheaper substitution, cashews or any oily nut) 

Lemon Juice (yummy taste and basil preserver) 

EVOO 

Throw in food processor and you’re done..right?

As I started, I realized I wasn’t sure if it was safe to use basil leaves and stems or just leaves.  I did a quick google search and sure enough, use only the leaves.  I don’t think the stems will kill you or anything but I think it makes the pesto consistency change.

Lessons Learned: I need more basil. Also, I think the nuts need a few choppings more than the rest of the ingredients. I still think I’m going to use my less-than-perfect pesto for something.. maybe sauté with mushrooms?

I haven’t tried the spring rolls yet, you’ll have to stay tuned for the results.



Fall Beets!
August 7, 2011, 3:12 am
Filed under: Gardening, Outdoors, Uncategorized | Tags: , ,

I’m so excited! I learned yesterday I can plant beets for fall harvesting!  I guess beets grow best in cooler weather so the fall will consist of beets!

In preparation of these lovely purple veggies, I thought I would share a recipe I can’t wait to try! Hopefully, to inspire you as well!

I took this from Farmgirl Fare:

Give Beets A Chance:
Caramelized Beets With Garlic Recipe

So easy. Scrub your pile of fresh beets under running water. If the skins seem a bit thick or tough, you can peel them. (I’ve never made this with storebought beets—or ever bought beets at all, come to think of it—so I don’t know what the skins are like.) Trim tops and bottoms, then cut into about 1-inch dice.

Pour a generous amount of your favorite olive oil in a large skillet or pot and heat. Add beets, stir to coat with oil, then cook slowly, stirring often.

Meanwhile, peel several cloves of garlic, sprinkle them generously with salt, and chop them up. When the beets are fully cooked and caramelized, make a hole in the center of the beets and add the garlic, stirring around to make sure the garlic touches the bottom of the pan and cooks. Cook about 1 or 2 mintues; do not let garlic brown. Stir garlic into beets and serve.

If you happen to have any leftovers, they taste great the next day, either reheated or straight from the fridge.



Welcome!

Hello! Welcome to my brain on your computer screen.  This is dedicated to my  thoughts, my experiences, and my questions along the journey we call life.  I use writing as an outlet to express myself and work-out complex emotions and ideas that leave me feeling confused and/or elated.

I am a young woman.  I am a Massage Therapist.  I am a girlfriend.  I am a Step-Mom. I am a dancer.  I am a Spiritualist.

I like being outdoors. I like gardening & flowers.  I like listening to music.  I like learning and pondering about the future and the world.

I plan to use this space to write about love, relating, politics, spirituality, challenges, and what makes happy.  I want to share with the blogging world what really moves me into feeling alive all the way to what challenges my experience.

Disclaimer: If you read something that mildly or severely upsets you or something you may think is about you, do not dwell on it.  I write for me–not you. This is my therapy.  I welcome comments, feelings, and beliefs but I refuse to take responsibility for your emotions–that is your job.