Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Facelift Massage Focus Group

We had a great time! Last Saturday a group of my therapist friends were kind enough to take their
Saturday to take my Facial Massage Class as well as comment and suggest.

I am so excited to be back to teaching about physiology and massage! I started the day by providing an organic breakfast for everybody while the others got to know each other. We each shared experiences about our massage and beauty practices, and learned something new from each participant.

While practicing the techniques on each other, four out of six students fell asleep during their practice treatments! We all learned that our treatments would be much more satisfying if we, the therapists would allow ourselves to slow down and silent our own thoughts while working.

It was a nice cool day which allowed for us to work outside under the trees, and i'm ready to share this deeply relaxing and beneficial face and head treatment to the world!

The June 23 session is full, so please look at the August 25 session if you're interested. In 2019, our classes will move to Nevada and California. I hope to meet you soon!

Monday, April 30, 2018

God, I love my dog!

When I lost my Golden, Gracie, I knew that I wanted another dog in our lives right away. Since we're getting ready to retire soon I knew that we needed a small and portable pet. Pete, as we call her, certainly wasn't as cute and healthy as in the photo, and had some health issues that required a vet. She was in a home that could not afford the health care and grooming that she would need, so she was given to us.

Pete spent a couple of months with Al in his easy chair during radiation treatment, and keeps me up and walking every day. Our home (and our health) wouldn't be the same without her.

The Animal Shelters in our area are busting at the seams right now with plenty of spring births on the way. Think about adopting this spring. Checkout your local shelter or try ours:

Denver Dumb Friends League
(303) 751-5772

Denver Rescue Mission
(303) 297-1815

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Have A Cup Of Tea!

The first bowl moistens my lips and throat;
The second bowl banishes all loneliness;
The third bowl clears my mind of words and books;
At the fourth cup, I begin to perspire ---
life's troubles evaporate through my pores.
The fifth cup cleanses my entire being.
Six cups and I am in the realm of the divine;
Seven cups --- ah, but I can drink no more;
I can only feel the gentle breezes blowing
through my sleeves,
wafting me away to the Isle of immortality!

---Lu Tong, Eighth - Century Chinese poet, from
In Gratitude For A Gift Of Fresh Tea

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

In Life, You Grow

"I believe in process, I believe in four seasons, I believe that winter's tough, but springs coming. I believe that there's a growing season. And I think that you realize in life, you grow. You get better" -- Steve Southerland

Friday, April 6, 2018

Siesta, Riposo, Nap, Rest ...

In Spain it’s called Siesta. Businesses close for up to two hours while workers spend time with their family, or take a nap. They simply step away from the urgency of their work day. In Italy it’s called Riposo, another word for rest. Italians will close their businesses for up to three hours mid-day. Everything is closed but the Gelato stores. They sell the snacks to those wishing to socialize in their personal time. In China, workers put their heads down on their desks for an hour long nap. In China, it’s considered a constitutional right.

Americans are slowly catching on to the nap thing. Companies like Google encourage employees to take a rest break as research shows better productivity when employees are rested.

Research shows that deep relaxation has several positive benefits on the mind and body. Deep relaxation is known to relieve aches and pains, improve heart health, reduce stress, and improve sleep.

As I interview and work on people, it’s clear to me. Anxiety accelerates aging. According to Dr. Joseph Marcola, stress creates accelerated aging on a cellular level. What can be constituted as stress? Stressors can be anything from poor nutrition, to smoking, to money and job stressors.

When I ask people if they meditate or are interested in learning, they say they don’t have time, or they can’t sit still for that long. I understand that. It took me several years to learn how to quiet my mind for 10 minutes, let alone an hour!

Muscle memory is something that you hear about in sports. Muscles continue to do what they’re used to doing until you change their patterns. Now, here is my point;

You scrunch your forehead when you’re mad or stressed about something. You scrunch your forehead when you’re telling someone else about it, then you do the same when you’re mulling it over in your mind. Now, what? Well, since the muscles in your forehead are trained to be scrunched, they’re scrunched! They are contracted constantly without a break! Now, you have a ridge in your forehead or over your eyes.

Some people have Botox injections which smoothes the lines out of your forehead. I’m here to tell you that there’s a better way. A Therapeutic Facial Massage is given in complete silence. There is no talking about all of those things so that your forehead is scrunched. Your face will remain completely relaxed allowing muscles and skin to be manipulated without resistance.

You will enjoy one hour of complete silence while your therapist re-trains your facial muscles to be relaxed. During this time, toxins will be flushed from your face, followed by a complete Face Reflexology treatment which will benefit your entire body.

Riposo, Siesta, REST. Do it. It will be written all over your face.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Where The Heck Have I Been?

People ask me all the time why I haven’t been blogging for a while. The truth is that our political climate is such that every time I have something to say about it, it’s completely hateful and unkind. I’m still studying and researching the things in life that are important to me, and writing a couple of cool new massage therapy programs for continuing education for MT’s.

So, I’m well, still here, and still enjoying my happy, loving family. Here’s a clue as to what I’m writing about.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Happy Holidays Everybody!

For instructions on how to built this beautiful wreath, go to Click on "Tips and Tutorials." There are two different designs. I love this wreath!

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