Kindness starts with you.

Did you know that this week, Valentine’s Day week, is also International Kindness week? It is and right now the world needs more kindness, so let’s spread the love!

Random Acts of Kindness
This week make the conscious decision to do at least 1 Random Act of Kindness. Who knows, you may feel so good afterwards that you’ll do another one. And then another!

Here are some ideas to get you started:

❤️ Facebook message a genuine compliment to three people right now.
❤️ Let the person behind you at the checkout with one or two items go ahead of you.
❤️ If you spill creamer or sugar on the counter at the coffee shop, wipe it up.
❤️ Hold the elevator.
❤️ Give someone a hug.

Be Kind to Yourself
The most important person to be kind to is YOU. We’re all so hard on ourselves and often time engage in negative self-talk or self-sabotage.

While you’re doing your Random Acts of Kindness be sure to include yourself!
Love yourself!

Love Your Life™

Love Your Life Again!
holistic wellness for women
When did self care become a luxury and indulgence
instead of being the necessity it TRULY is?
How can you fill someone else’s cup when your own cup is empty?

These are the questions countless women just like you are asking themselves on a daily basis, and you’re living proof that neglecting yourself has it’s price.

  • Chronic stress, anxiety, and brain fog
  • Disconnection from your body, feelings of chronic pain and dysfunction
  • Disharmony in intimate and family relationships
  • Lack of motivation, inspiration, and progress in career

And that’s just the start…As the mom, the high powered career woman, or maybe the dedicated wife, you’ve become The Queen of meeting the needs of others… and somewhere along the way, you forgot about yourself. You don’t even remember the last time you did something just for you.

And I’m not talking about that extra shot of espresso you got at Starbucks last week…I mean really connected with yourself, your desires, and your joy.

Maybe you feel good in career, but not in your personal life? Maybe you feel great about your relationships, but feel like a black cloud sits over your health?

Wouldn’t it be great if you could have a clear vision of what was holding you back from having your whole life be a 10 on the “Love Your Life” scale instead of a 2 or 4? Then you’ll love this assessment I’ve created just for women like you!

Women who:

  • Have lost touch with that vibrant and youthful enthusiasm that at one time infused each moment!
  • Have forgotten what it was like to not always be putting your needs on the back burner.
  • Are struggling to balance all the titles, chores, and responsibilities that seem to only keep growing.
  • Know that there has to be more to life than this…But, just don’t quite know how to get back to it! Or even know what “it” is!

Take a deep breath, relax, I’ve got you. The first step to getting order, freedom, and pleasure back into each moment is to get clarity on what is holding you back most!

So grab that espresso, find a cozy spot, and let’s share a few minutes getting you refocused, realigned, and reinspired!

Just click the spark “button” below, take your free online assessment and begin to Love Your Life again!

Best of Chicago 2016

Image credit: Design by Paul John Higgins, Danielle A. Scruggs, Sue Kwong
Image credit: Design by Paul John Higgins, Danielle A. Scruggs, Sue Kwong

The results of the annual Chicago Reader’s Poll are in.

My office was voted 2nd BEST MASSAGE in Chicago!

This is great big news and I’m thrilled an honored to be associated with such an amazing establishment. Be sure to check out all the wonderful practitioners at Millennium Park Massage and hope to see you soon.

How often should I get a massage?

How often should I get a massage?
Every day! Well, maybe that’s not practical, even though it would be nice. This is one of the most common questions clients ask me about and it really all depends on WHY you get massages. Do you get massages for the health benefits? Or, to help you relax and handle the stress of everyday life? Most likely it’s a combination of the two, so let’s look at a couple of the most common reasons to get regular bodywork:

Relaxation & Stress Relief
One of the very best reasons to get a massage is for relaxation. Relaxation massage helps to support your body, including blood circulation and flexibility of joints. Regular massage can help prevent pain, muscle tension, and stress points from building up and causing problems.

If you’re in a high-stress job or work in an environment where you stay in a certain position for a long period of time (at a computer for example), you may begin to develop tight or “knotted” muscles. This will frequently occur in your shoulders, arms, and back. All of this increased muscle tension will make movement harder and can cause a great deal of pain. Regular massage can help to keep you loosened up and will help to prevent pain and stiffness.

Living with high levels of stress for a prolonged amount of time increases the risk of contracting heart disease and other diseases. It’s been estimated that 75 – 90 percent of all visits to primary care physicians are for stress related problems. The good news is, massage can help! Just knowing your massage is coming up in a few days can help to relieve stress, and a massage every 2-4 weeks will help with stress related tension.

Why wait until you have a problem to get a massage? Massage is perfect for preventing issues with your tissues. Relaxation massage is usually recommended at least once per month, or as often as you want!

Chronic Health Conditions
People with ongoing health issues often find massage very helpful to alleviate symptoms. Chronic health problems that greatly benefit from massage therapy include back pain, joint pain, and localized inflammation. If you get therapy for specific issues, the frequency of getting massage therapy varies with the type of condition you have and how severe it is.

Relief from pain caused by a chronic condition can usually be achieved with 2-4 massage sessions per month and once the condition is being managed a maintenance schedule can be established.

Vacation Reply 🌴

No appointments available this week (4/10-4/16)

I’ll be attending a friend’s wedding in VooDooNew Orleans and then taking a couple days to explore and relax through Wednesday night.

Upon my return to Chicago I’ll be attending the American Massage Therapist Association’s annual conference. While there, I’ll be learning some great new techniques that I’m already looking forward to sharing with you.

In the meantime, book your session with me for the week on April 17th before they’re all gone! 👉BOOK NOW

Essential Oil Spotlight : Davana

davanaDavana is an essential oil from India with a potent fruity aroma. The plant is leafy green, growing to about 16 inches tall and has tiny, puffy yellow flowers. The flowers are revered by the local peoples and used in religious and ceremonial offerings.

Ayurvedic healers have traditionally used Davana for women’s reproductive health from helping to normalize the menstrual cycle to easing menopausal symptoms.

Davan also does really well with calming the mind and easing anxiety when life rattles your cage. A few deep breaths of the diffuse oil will help soothe nerves, quiet your mind and calm strong emotions.

Davana is the featured EO for the months of April and May! Every client will receive a portable aromatherapy inhaler infused with this luscious oil.

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Three Tips to Quiet Your Mind

Three Tips to Quiet Your Mind 
If you are not extremely busy in today’s society, you are the exception and not the rule. We are all in high gear; we overextend, overachieve, and overstress ourselves to the point of breaking. This can have lasting negative effects on our health! Here are a few ways to break the cycle:

Gratitude
11351163_10206828990466951_1840282642819684677_nIt is so easy to be upset when things don’t go our way. From the moment we spill our coffee, lock our keys in the car, and forget our lunch, a spiral of circumstances can set us off into a tailspin of negativity. We can choose to stay in a state of discontent and let that dictate our day, or we can be grateful for the other things in our lives even if they are not present in front of us right now.

Did you ever notice that when something nice happens, we tend to smile for a moment and then move on? However, when something goes wrong, we feel the need to tell everyone and anyone that will listen. It is in those exact moments that we need to focus on what we are grateful for, and that is how we can instantly change our perspective and attitude.

Keeping the focus on gratitude offers your mind something to smile about, regardless of outside circumstances. Focusing on people, places, and even things that make you grateful, gives your mind a break from stress!

Stillness
Everyone has a busy schedule; that is a fact. We all tend to create schedules that are overflowing and then complain that we do not have time for ourselves! Take a good hard look at your schedule and see what you can delete and what you can delegate. If you are going to have a stillnesshealthy mind, you need to take care of it just as you would your body, and that means giving it some rest.

One tip for quieting your mind is to put it on your schedule. Put it in big red pen on your calendar, text yourself a reminder, and place it on your list of things to do this week. Take time for you.

Stay in the Moment
Being in the moment has become a cliché; however, if you really take the time to focus on what it means, you can start to practice quietening your mind. Focus on what you are doing at the exact moment you’re doing it. If you are washing a dish focus on the water, the soap bubbles and the dish mindfulin your hand. When you take time to do this, you will be in the moment and not two days from now when something big is scheduled.


BONUS : Love Yourself

When you truly love yourself you are able to live your life on purpose and with purpose, which allows you to exist from a place of gratitude, mindfulness and peace.