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.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

NEW Therapeutic Facial Massage Class (TFM)

If you know me, you know that NOT working any more is slightly uncomfortable. Don’t get me wrong, retirement is pretty cool. Health insurance is affordable, I can hang out in the mornings and drink coffee in my cozies, and importantly, can give my body a rest.

After a back injury a few years back, I had to step away from a 35 year massage therapy career that had become too strenuous. I wasn’t at all ready to stop providing therapy and teaching others about it so I continued treating my clients with head and neck therapies, including manual lymph drainage, and reflexology.

In a short amount of time, I was receiving referrals for TMJ, headaches, and skin toning and rejuvenation. I loved it! As I usually do, I dug in and researched and studied everything face! Energetic pathways for reflexology are accessible in the face, sinus and lymph drainage can be accessed in the face, muscles of the face can be toned through massage, skin can be rejuvenated through massage, and on and on!  My clients look and feel great.

Last weekend I introduced my new Therapeutic Facial Massage program to a handful of Licensed Massage Therapists and we were all really excited to focus on specific techniques for the face. We had only planned on Saturday and were still practicing on Sunday afternoon. It was a great weekend.

Why Therapeutic Facial Massage (TFM)?  Simple. The face contains fluid, toxins, muscles that are not kept toned, tired skin, and other points that relate to the internal organs and their health. Deep relaxation can be accomplished through head, neck, and face therapy, and with rest, the face shows it! Clients look like they have had a restful vacation.

If you are a Cosmetologist, a Massage Therapist, or just someone who enjoys making others feel and look great, contact me to see the schedule of classes beginning June, 2018. If you know me, you know that teaching massage is my passion and I'm really proud of this new program including tons of new information and head and neck techniques. I can’t wait to see you this summer! Kathy D.

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!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Athlete's Choice Sports Massage Oil By Zen Planet Herbs

Take a peek! I haven't even had a chance to have the bottle professionally photographed yet. This is my new sports massage blend that I've been working on for many years. The blend of Arnica, Olive, and a variety of specially selected essential oils is absolutely perfect for athletes and those with sore and heavily challenged muscles.

The combination of incredible aromas contains herbs that are known to be relaxing, anti-spasmotic, and anti-inflammatory.

Having performed thousands of massages in an almost 40 year career, I've used many combinations of oils and I am positive that this is the one! I've gotten input from many therapists and athletes, and at last, I'm ready to commit!

Like wine, or even an orchestra, essential oils have specific"notes." This blend contains a balanced blend of top, middle, and bass notes. According to our focus groups, this blend not only smells incredible, but relieves pain, brings relaxation, and with it's anti-inflammatory ingredients, helps with stiffness. Watch for more about the launch in September!

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