Tis the season! I know it has been a very long time since I have posted! I have taken some time off, traveled and started a few other adventures but plan to get my hands back into the field in 2016! That is all I am going to say for now, so stay tuned for more updates on future services in Ayurvedic bodywork, cupping and massage! Wishing everyone happy and healthy holidays!
According to Disney affiliate babble.com:
"If on Mother’s Day, given an extra hour – mom would rather have a massage (52%) than a bike ride (48%)" http://www.babble.com/baby/what-moms-really-want-for-mothers-day/
For me, my mom never takes time for self-care rituals like getting a massage, she is so selfless and always puts herself last! Does this sound familiar to you? If so treat your mama with a massage this Mother's Day!
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Sometimes a change of scenery is needed! Effective April 8, 2015 I will be working out of 4 Dexter Row, Charlestown, MA. This new space is so beautiful and charming and in many ways more convenient for many of you such as unmetered street parking and Whole Foods across the way:)
I would love to have you join me and happy to offer you 10% off any service for the month of May. If you would like to help support me with creating a community for this new space, please forward this e-mail announcement to everyone you know who is interested in Massage Therapy, Cupping and Ayurvedic bodywork.
For more info please visit www.samsaraa.com or simply click here.
I look forward to seeing you!
If you live in the Northeast, specifically state of Massachusetts you are experiencing February Fury! We just got dumped again yesterday with another foot of snow which marked another milestone: The third snowiest winter on record, with 89.2 inches so far in Boston! All within the last 3 weeks which has set the city into a state of Fury with nowhere to put the snow and making it quite hard to get around! On a positive note, spring is in just 32 days- not that I'm counting or anything:)
So how do you deal with all of this snow?
1. Plan ahead- OK- your not a planner but when you can't control mother nature you have to control the controllables like- shoveling out of your home, getting up early to get to work/school/appointments on time, finding a parking spot (good luck).
2. Self-Care- In the midst of all the planning take some quiet time for you. Just because the weather is slowing you down, this is the time you NEED to continue doing the things that help "soothe" you. Is it yoga, running, strength classes, massage or as simple as meditation? Slowing down your mind is going to help you through the "stressful" times so don't stop taking care of you! If your shoveling yourself out like myself for the last three weeks its really important to be foam rolling, stretching and getting massages if possible.
3. Nourishment- Nourishment is part of self-care, but specifically nutrition is critical as it affects your mood on a daily basis. We are all different and have different needs when it comes to diet but my point is make sure you still get to the grocery store and eat whole foods. Don't go on a package food binge as you hibernate in your home:) If you need any ideas check out my Pinterest pins
Stay warm and sane:)
Valentine's Day + Massage at Samsaraa = Love
Choose from Therapeutic Massage, Massage Cupping, Facial Cupping and/or Ayurvedic Bodywork. To book simply contact me- email@example.com or click HERE #feelmushy #metime #valentine2015
We are almost halfway through January- how is your New Year going so far?
I had a lovely start of the New Year with my husband with a quick getaway to Portland, Maine. Even though it was freezing, we really enjoyed the town and look forward to going back in the Summer when it is a tad bit warmer;)
Did you decide to make any small or big changes for 2015? I have my list but the most critical ones are my day to day self-care routines. My role as a therapist is to help others slow down, relax and see the benefits of taking time for themselves. Sometimes as care-providers we tend to forget to practice what we preach so I had to wipe the slate clean and start re-focusing on taking better care of myself so I can do all of the things that I want to do in this lifetime and to be the best therapist I can for my clients. So what does that look like?
In Ayurveda, health is when mind, body and spirit are all in harmony. I feel best when I am connecting and helping others (my work, volunteering, meeting new people, ), when my body is moving and in motion (yoga/exercise, walking) and spending time in nature (hiking, beach, animals). So this is my 2015 self-care routine:
1. Practicing my Dinacharya routine. Get a massage more often!!!
2. Working with an awesome personal trainer who gets me.
3. Pursuing my education in Ayurveda to offer more to my clients.
4. Volunteering and exploring my spiritually.
If anyone personally knows me I have been wanting a dog FOREVER! There was an open house this past weekend (first picture above) at the Pooch Hotel in West Newton ran by Last Hope K-9 Rescue http://www.lasthopek9.org/. Check them out- They are a great organization and had a great turnout with lines out the doors. I am hoping to have a fur baby by the end of 2015- just need to get the husband on board:)
1 day only! Samsaraa is offering a buy one, get one treatment of choice which is a great stocking stuffer for a loved one....or yourself. Give the gift of #metime this holiday you will be liked more than Santa! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org on Dec 17th to claim this offer!
So you might ask what is massage cupping? Massage cupping is a modified version of "cupping therapy," which has been used extensively in Chinese medicine for several thousand years.
By creating suction and negative pressure, massage cupping is used to drain excess fluids and toxins; stimulate the peripheral nervous system; bring blood flow to stagnant muscles and skin; and loosen adhesions, connective tissue and stubborn knots in soft tissue.
There are two main cupping techniques: stationary and moving. Stationary cups are placed on the skin and left for a period of five to 15 minutes in one location, or four to six cups may be applied and removed cyclically in a technique called "flash cupping." These are the methods most commonly used in Chinese medicine. Moving (or "massage cupping") is the more commonly used form of cupping among massage therapists and other health care practitioners. Prior to applying the cup, oil is administered to the skin to facilitate smooth movement and palpably discover the areas of tension and congestion. Create the vacuum and place the cup on the affected area, then glide it over the surface. A cup may be "parked" for a short time on stubborn knots or over inflamed joints or tissue. Cupping can be used on the neck, shoulders, back, sacral area, hip, abdomen, thigh, upper arms and calves.
The sensation of cupping is often characterized as deep warmth and tingling, long after the treatment has ended. Cupping is not an irritant to the skin or body. It draws the inflammation out yet does not add to it. The treatment is sedating, and people will often descend into a profound state of relaxation.
Have any questions about cupping or want to give it a try- go to www.samsaraa.com to book an appointment or for my contact information.
"Snowvember" was the caption yesterday morning on Boston.com in response to our snowy Sunday. Yesterday would seem like the perfect day to some folks- gaining an extra hour of sleep on a damp, snowy day would be "Sunday Funday" For other Vata's like myself it was just a friendly reminder we need to keep ourselves in check!
It is officially Vata Season, the principle elements of Vata dosha are air and ether (space). The attributes of Vata dosha are dry, mobile, cold, light, clear and subtle. All of these are heightened during Vata Season with the cold and dry wind which can easily make you imbalanced.
Here are some signs your Vata dosha might be imbalanced:
Sensitivity to cold, damp, and windy weather.
Like increases like in Ayurveda, so think opposite to bring your Vata dosha back to balance by:
Eating warm, moist cooked meals. Eat in season, butternut squash, pumpkin, sweet potatoes.
Daily self massage with grounding oils such as sesame or almond oil is calming.
Eating enough healthy fats (ghee) which helps grounds an imbalanced Vata.
Gentle exercise such as yoga, walks nothing overstimulating.
Meditation and/or Pranayama.
Having a routine (Dinacharya) for waking, eating, and sleeping. Stay structured!
Don't be so hard on yourself!
Stay warm and dry!
Siddhartha is my inspiration for this post! Our good friends Chitra and Prashant brought Sidi into this world back in February 2014 and we have had the honor of seeing him quite often before they shipped off to California! Next week I will be taking my Motherhood Prenatal Certification with Leslie Stanger here in Boston. While studying Ayurvedic bodywork in India last year I was fascinated about the pre/post natal care there. In small villages of Kerala, mothers to be would go to stay with Amma & Acha for a month or two before childbirth to prepare for the baby to come. During this time they are massaged daily to assure good baby positioning.
When my friend Chitra gave birth, her Amma (Induaunty) came and brought Dhanwantharam Kuzhambu from Kerala, India. This is for any physical aches /swelling, you would apply "Dhanwantharam Kuzhambu" (see picture below) 30 minutes before the bath(it's like a thick-stinky oil and lightly massaged on). "This oil is used for massage for ladies, after delivery, to improve body strength and is also used as massage oil for babies." (www.ayurmedinfo.com)
India has a wonderful tradition where a pregnant woman stays with her parents three months before and after having the baby to ensure that she gets abundant rest, support and nurturing. This enables a woman to recover from the extraordinary mental and physical stresses placed on her through childbearing, allowing her the relaxed time and assistance needed to bond with the baby. Post-natal care typically an elder lady will come home and give a massage & steamy bath for the mother and a massage bath for the baby. This care would be done daily for at least a month to help build strength and immunity in both Mother and child Also within the initial 90 days traditionally the mother would consume most parts of a goat. The goat would be cooked in different ways- Soup/curry/whatever form. When I say a whole goat, I mean everything such as the brain-the goat is the most compatible to us humans and is meant to help restore the mother after she has given everything to her child during the birthing process.
It sounds like an amazing process! Once I get my Pre/Post-Natal Certification I hope to include some Ayurvedic practices in these treatments-I promise you I won't feed you goat:)