Sometimes as caretakers we don't take the time nor think of doing things for ourselves! Gift Cards for bodywork and treatments are a wonderful way to show others the need to care for themselves. Gift Cards are great for everyone from mother's to be, parents, siblings, birthdays, holidays or just because you want to do something thoughtful for someone! You can purchase a gift card for a specific service or for a general amount and let them pick the service.
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Since I came back from India, Ayurveda is starting to become the new "buzz" word these days. It is great to see that it is being recognized but the important thing is to understand what Ayurveda actually is. Ayurveda is a Sanskrit word the meaning translates to "science of life", it teaches self knowledge and self discovery and encourages people to learn about their physical, mental and spiritual health. Ayurveda is a medical system that is 5,000 years old in India that focuses on preventive care, and focuses on the root of disease. We use Ayurveda to restore balance in your lifestyle by observation of our diets, habits (bad and good) and see how these interact with your Constitution (dosha type).
Health is one of our greatest forms of wealth, the quality of our life is mostly dictated by our lifestyle or karma. If you abuse your health you are at risk of sickness likewise if you adopt a healthy lifestyle you are on the path to better health. In the ancient texts it is stated that a person who follows an Ayurvedic lifestyle and follows practices of Dinacharya, or healthy routine, in our day-to-day life have a better quality of life. Ayurveda found me when I was dealing with IBS, Celiac and other stomach issues that disrupted my life on a daily basis. When I learned about my unique constitution (dosha type) I found out that my stomach couldn't process raw foods and I should eat smaller meals at a time. I also found that oiling myself on a daily basis has helped me tremendously with my generalized anxiety. My point is and this is from experience, don't always wait to listen to someone else to tell you what's wrong! I have gone to doctors, therapists, tried medications anything to fix the symptoms I was having. Sometimes you just have to dig deeper and look at the root of the issue. Do the work on you and find someone you trust to help guide you, you know yourself best!
Join us as at No Limits Conditioning in partnership with Samsaraa Massage Therapy and Ayurveda. Learn about your personal training options and about our classes such as:
Kettle Bell Basics
Total Gym Full Body Circuit
Core Stix Challenge
TRX Fundamental Movements
Classic Strength Training with Dumbbells
TRX/Kettle Bell Power Circuit
Learn about Ayurvedic Massage and get a free chair massage! Good food, good people, good things for you.
Start off the school year with a good self-care plan. Do you!
I am really bummed to say that I decided to not run the 2014 Marathon this year. It has been 3 months and I still can't bear full weight on my right knee just walking, nonetheless running. I have been so anxious about the fact that I haven't ran since the spring and the marathon is 3 months away! Luckily I found out I can apply in December and get re-entry for the 2015 Marathon. This will allow time for my knee to heal and get mentally prepared. During this period of time I have really tried to put things into perspective on how I feel. Look at the Boston Marathon tragedy with runners who lost limbs, people who are sick with long-term illness and I am complaining that I can't run the marathon. I am still running for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of MA/RI and will have an active page up again before the holidays! Time to regroup, focus on healing and get some of this extra weight off from sitting;)
Treatments At Samsaraa Massage Therapy and Ayurveda located at 364 Boylston Street on the 3rd floor above Back Bay Yoga!
Sore tight muscles? Try Massage Cupping!
Stressed out? Try an Abhyanga or Shirodhara!
Today I decided to start my day with a Mukhalepa! I have been a bit bummed about my knee injury so thought I would practice some good self care with a face mask. Mukhalepa in Malayalam means face and Lepa, lepana means application of a paste. The herbal pack contains different herbs made into a paste made out of red sandalwood, Vacha powder, Manjista powder, Licorce root and tree turmeric. I was a bit lazy and didn't make my own but used LaVanya which is a great, pure organic product. Oil is first applied to the face and then the paste is "patted on" and stays on the face until it hardens which is typically 45 minutes to an hour. It should penetrate the subcutaneous tissues in order to deliver the required nutrients. This treatment can be done alone or be incorporated into an Abhyanga. This treatment specifically for acne issues, wrinkles, black spots, and adding luster to your complexion!
Let me know if you have any questions! Stephanie
The weather has been warming up here in the Northeast which causes a rise in our Pitta Dosha.
Pitta is the dosha of fire in our body. It is responsible for the actions of transformation and digestion. Pitta controls the luminosity of our skin, our vision, enzymatic processes, metabolism, detoxification and our ability to digest food, thoughts and emotions. The sun, being of a fiery pitta nature, increases our internal pitta. We experience this through our eyes and skin, our organs of sensation. By nature, the eyes themselves are pitta, and summer increases their fire, making our eyes more sensitive to light. An excess of heat absorbed through the eyes and skin can aggravate the liver and interfere with our body’s detoxification processes. When pitta boils over, the emotions of irritation, anger, jealousy, impatience and extreme competitiveness. Physically imbalanced pitta can cause a feeling of being overheated, sunburn, redness, rashes and skin problems, high blood pressure and increased inflammation. So how can we avoid this?
1. Avoid being outsides in the sun during prime hours 10am-2pm.
2. Avoid strenuous exercise in the heat that will cause body temperature to overheat. Try yoga, swimming or working out early in the morning to avoid the heat.
3. Stay hydrated! Don't drink cold water.
4. Eat cooling foods such as cucumbers, mint, cilantro, and green leafy vegetables.
5. Use cooling coconut oil to your daily Abhyanga.
6. Wear light clothing- linen or cotton that is loose fitting.
Most important listen to your body!
Happy Hump Day! I am not sure if I made it public but I have won the NYC marathon lottery on my 1st try! I also had decided that I wanted to run the race for a purpose and had decided to run for the Mass/RI chapter of "Make a Wish Foundation". Needless to say I have been having some chronic knee pain that has started to bother me in the middle of the night making it hard for me turn in bed. Let's put it this way, I don't look like the "typical runner" (hence I found this picture appropriate for this post) I stand 5-8 158 lbs and finished my last marathon in 5:04.
The verdict is no MCL or ACL issues (awesome) yet my IT Band, and stir-up muscles aka Fibularis muscles are inflamed. Apparently I was informed that most women are heavy quad dominate and don't fire their hamstrings and glutes enough. I am working with a trainer at No Limits Conditioning to help stimulate those muscles fibers. I was also told that the pathway between my femur and and tibia/fibula was smaller than normal? Anyone have similar issues? If it was any other marathon I probably wouldn't risk it but C'mon its the NYC Marathon!!!
What do you do for self-care? I have been incorporating R.I.C.E which means Rest, Ice, Compress, Elevate during inflamed periods and then practicing massage cupping and Manja Kizhi post inflammation to loosen up the quads and IT Bands.
I would to hear from all of you!