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Happy New Year, everyone!

Just wanted to give a quick update on my health status. Chronic fatigue syndrome, Chronic Recurring Epstein Barr Virus, Adrenal Fatigue, IBS, and gastritis have been my official diagnosis. The road to recovery has been a long one, with a lot of ups and downs. There are good days and bad days, and it can be very unpredictable. I’ve also learned the hard way that pushing myself too much too soon can have debilitating effects; about a month ago after a period of time where I seemed to be feeling better, I decided to give a try to getting back in the gym and starting up my workout routine again. Well, that proved to be a very bad idea, as it triggered a relapse that I’m still recovering from.

I’ve learned that it’s going to have to be baby steps to heal my body from these conditions, and to not get impatient and try to do too much too soon. So, for this reason I will not be opening back up for business for the foreseeable future.

But, the good news is I’m using this time to study many new areas of treatment and deepen my studies in current modalities, including hypnotherapy, Thai Ayurveda, spiritual healing, breath work, chakra balancing, flower remedies, coaching, EFT, past life regression, and ministerial studies. My goal is to move beyond just massage therapy into a holistic, spiritual healing practice. Of course I will always love and continue to offer therapeutic massage, but I know the Lord has a larger calling for me, and this time off is meant for me to pursue the education needed to fulfill my Highest Purpose.

Peace and Blessings for the New Year. May it bring healing to all.

Relapse, and a plea for help

This illness has been difficult. Every time I think I’m starting to feel better, I suffer another relapse.

I am humbly asking for help, and started a go fund me for what ever you may be able to donate. I will be eternally grateful.

My Recent Health Struggles and the Road to Recovery

As many of you who’ve tried to contact me recently have known, I’ve been off on medical leave, with an automated text message on my business line stating this.

Today I’d like to share a bit about what I’ve been dealing with, and what steps I’m taking on the road to recovery.

As I’ve shared in previous posts, I’ve struggled with anxiety and panic disorder most of my life. Whilst I’ve generally been able to deal with these conditions by natural methods, the stresses of this year overwhelmed me, both mentally and then physically.

The year started off with fear of this unknown virus and fear that this could be a life threatening plague. Soon after realizing that it was actually not all that serious, the lockdowns started, prohibiting me from working at all. This of course introduced fear for basic survival; how am I going to be able to keep a roof over my head, or food on the table? And the more the “powers that be” kept pushing this fear narrative when in reality the numbers were being manipulated, tests were inaccurate, deaths that had nothing to do with covid were being counted as covid deaths, etc. This created a fear of, what is this really about then? What nefarious plan is this government really trying to pull off? (By the way, if you still count on the controlled mainstream media propaganda outlets for the news, ie CNN, Fox, etc., I’d stop now and tune into the RBN network for the Truth; republicbroadcasting.org)

In addition to the fears and stress created by the insanity going on in the world, I had some personal issues also that caused me great duress; my Father’s worsening Alzheimer’s, the sudden and unexpected death of my beloved cat, (which hit me just as hard as the death of any loved one would have), and finally my mother informing me that her husband has been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer and was given 4-6 months. My mother lives in Florida, and when her husband passes she will be alone down there. I began to think about planning to move there, when my lease is up in two years. And just the thought of planning a big move like that was quite stressful.

All of these stresses and worries became too much for my body to physically handle. On the 13th of June, after several days of a bad migraine, I found myself waking up out of sleep with my heart pounding so fast I thought I was having a heart attack, sweating, and shaking. It was like I woke up out sleep and into a panic attack, which usually doesn’t happen. I took my emergency medication that I usually only use when having an extreme panic attack, and tried to go back to sleep. It seemed to work at first, and I briefly fell back to sleep, but then continued to wake up in the same condition several more times. The next day I felt sick to my stomach and seemed to be dealing with a bad episode of IBS; another condition I’ve dealt with for years and frequently accompanies anxiety disorders.

So, I followed my usual protocol of clear fluids to recover until I could progress to soft bland foods; but the problem was I never got to that phase. I was experiencing constant nausea and a complete loss of appetite. Even the thought of trying to eat anything made me more nauseous. So I tried to keep taking in liquids, Boost shakes, smoothies, and this liquid meal replacement product I found on Amazon called Liquid Hope. But even this was a struggle; I would feel painful and bloated for hours after just consuming a Boost shake. And I began to feel so weak I could barely get out of bed.

Finally I decided to go see my doctor. And my doctor promptly sent me to the Emergency Room. There they did bloodwork and urinalysis, ran a CT scan on my abdomen, tested me for Covid, and gave me IV fluids. After all this, they found nothing wrong, diagnosed me with IBS and sent me home with a prescription for anti nausea medication and told me to follow up with my regular doctor. I did follow up with both my primary care physician and my gastroenterologist, more tests, but still no answers. And I still felt just as bad, couldn’t get down any solid food, struggled everyday forcing myself to consume these liquid meals, and still felt so weak I couldn’t walk from my bedroom to the kitchen without feeling like I was going to pass out. There were points I literally thought I was dying.

I wasn’t getting any answers from my medical professionals so it was time to look for an alternative solution. I decided to consult a Medical Intuitive; Lynda Diane at lyndadiane.com. Her background and reviews were impressive, and I could tell from the moment I got on the phone with her that she was the real deal. She started telling me about my problems before even asking any questions. She told me I was dealing with Epstein Barr recurrence, Adrenal Fatigue, and low stomach acid in addition to the IBS. She emailed me a bunch of links to articles about how to heal these conditions with both supplements and natural foods. I began incorporating these foods into my smoothies and ordered some supplements from Amazon, and I began to feel some improvement. But the real game changer was when I began to work on the low stomach acid issue. I read the Dr. Axe article about low stomach acid that she sent me, and purchased a supplement called Betaine HCL with Pepsin and Gentian Bitters, by the company Doctor’s Best. This was like a miracle pill; I took it the first day before each of my liquid meals that contained protein (it must be taken with a protein containing meal) and the next day I felt 90% better. The nausea was gone, my appetite returned and I was able to eat solid food, and I even felt like some of my strength was coming back.

It all made sense; without enough stomach acid, your body is not going to want to take in any food because it will just sit there for a long time causing pain and discomfort, and it also makes you unable to absorb any nutrients from whatever food or liquids you do consume, so it just goes into the gut undigested and putrifies, hence the reason I was so weak and dehydrated despite taking in liquid nutrients.

And of course one of the primary causes of loss of stomach acid is stress. Along with the other two conditions, Epstein Barr is the virus that causes Mono. I had mono when I was 18, and it’s one of those viruses that never actually leaves your system; it goes dormant and can reactivate due to physical or mental stress, leading to feelings of exhaustion, and can even evolve into Chronic Fatigue Syndrome if left untreated. And finally, our adrenals produce our stress hormones; cortisol, adrenaline, noradrenaline. Basically our fight or flight response. But this response is not meant to be going on continuously, so when we experience prolonged periods of stress, they begin to function inadequately. In addition to our stress response, these glands also control metabolism, blood sugar levels, blood pressure, salt and water balance, and the balance of estrogen and testosterone. So when these glands get over taxed from prolonged constant stress, it can throw off our physical health in a multitude of ways.

So, with all this knowledge, the proper foods and supplements, plenty of rest and self care, I am on the road to recovery and hope to be back to work in September. I’m planning to see a hypnotherapist on the 15th to help with my anxiety, and plan to be much more mindful of my physical and mental health going forward.

The moral of this story is, don’t let stress take over your life for extended periods of time; take time for self care, seek therapy, seek help from whatever sources bring you comfort, because prolonged mental stress can and will shut down your physical body.

I hope to be back to 100% health very soon, so I can help all of you reduce the stress in your lives. 😊

Please send prayers and healing energy, I gratefully and graciously appreciate it. 🙏

Tips to Ease Neck Pain

Neck pain is common and there’s a variety of things that can cause it. You may have just slept wrong and tried to turn your head a certain way only to feel some pretty sharp pain; then you’re stuck walking around all day barely able to turn to the side. You may have been hunched over at your desk all day, or done some exercise that didn’t quite agree with you. Whatever the cause, it’s no fun. Of course, a massage session here will help, but there are some things you can do in the meantime to ease that pain.

Stretching 

Neck pain is frequently the result of tension within the muscles. When the muscles are tight, they bear down on blood vessels, decreasing blood flow to areas, resulting in even more pain, like those nasty tension headaches that can come along for a ride. Stretching can help loosen that tension and improve blood flow, overall decreasing your pain levels. Slowly tilt your head forward, back, and side to side, until you feel a good stretch in each position. Hold it for several seconds and breathe deep. Release and keep moving through the motions and stretching. Listen to your body and find the places where the stretch really seems to be the most effective.

Heat & Cold Therapy

Heat can help to improve blood flow and relax the muscles, while applying cold can decrease inflammation. You can use whatever feels right, but alternating between the two will often help even more. Apply your heating pad for 5 minutes, then a cold pack for 2 or 3 minutes. One round may be all you need for very mild symptoms, but if the pain is persistent, keep alternating between the two for up to 20 minutes, ending with cold to make sure any inflammation is taken care of.

Self-massage 

You can use your fingertips, knuckles, self-massage tools like a Thera Cane, or even just a tennis or golf ball; anything that will provide direct pressure into the muscles. Start gently working throughout the neck and shoulders to warm up the tissues, and slowly work into deeper pressure as it feels right. Don’t be afraid of slight discomfort, but stop if you experience any sharp pains.

Get a different pillow 

If you’re experiencing neck pain frequently, try switching up your pillow to see if it may be the cause. No one size fits all here. You need to find what works best for your body. And don’t forget that those pillows need fluffed and replaced on a regular basis to keep the proper support.

Of course, you can always come get a massage when you’ve got any sort of pain like this, but I know that’s not always possible and I still want you to feel amazing as much as you can. So, use these tips the next time your neck starts bothering you, and book your next massage to keep you feeling great too!

Lomi Lomi: A Beautiful Massage Modality That Combines Massage and Spirituality

Lomi lomi, also known as “loving hands” massage, is a Hawaiian ritualistic therapy that involves an intuitive, flowing, free-form technique. While you may think of almost all massage as flowing strokes, lomi lomi takes that to an entirely new level. There is extensive training that pracitioners go through to learn the technique as the energy, style, and technique are powerful. In the words of Nancy S. Kahalewai, lomi lomi is infused with “mana, the power and vitality permeating these islands”.  

A lomi lomi appointment generally begins with a quiet space between you and your massage therapist. During this, we’ll bring the focus of energy onto you and your healing needs through conversation and reflection. One of the most wonderful things about lomi lomi, is the intuition that is allowed to lead the therapist, meaning no two sessions are going to be alike. In general though, lomi lomi is performed with long, free flowing, fluid strokes using the hands and arms. These may be very slow to relax and bring peace, or faster and more invigorating if needed. The goal is to rejuvenate the mind, body, and spirit, removing any energy blockages and opening the energetic pathways of the body. We may incorporate meditation or visualizations and in the very traditional forms performed by many practitioners in Hawaii, medicinal plants and other techniques may be used also. What makes lomi lomi truly special is the intense connection of mind and body throughout a session. 

There are a few things to consider that are unique to this type of bodywork. First, understand that many lomi lomi practitioners don’t time their massages in the way you normally see with other forms of massage. Instead, most lomi lomi sessions are a 90-minute minimum. This allows you to have a much deeper connection and more beneficial experience. Also, the coverings and draping are minimalistic for this technique. While we always respect your modesty and will keep private areas covered, we do only use small covering to allow for the most fluid strokes possible, so you can feel the amazing energy of a single, uninterrupted stroke literally from head to toe.  

While lomi lomi may be considerably different than other massages you’ve had, it’s definitely worth experiencing the incredible connection created between body, mind, and spirit. 

Geriatric Massage: The importance of massage for the elderly and considerations to be aware of

There’s no doubt that as we age our bodies change. We become more susceptible to illnesses, lose bone and muscle mass, and generally become more frail. And while we can’t exactly stop the aging process, there is a way to help your body as you navigate the waters of aging; massage therapy. Geriatric massage is a type of massage therapy specifically tailored to address issues that commonly affect the elderly. 

While people of all ages can enjoy a standard massage, finding someone trained in geriatric massage can ensure their ability to address some of your unique needs. For example, there should be extensive discussions between you and your massage therapist about any medications, medical conditions, or areas of concern to ensure that your appointment is the most helpful. Any time you return for an appointment be sure to update us of any changes. Generally, geriatric massage should be light and gentle, aiming to improve movement, decrease joint pain, increase local circulation in specific areas where you may have some deficiencies, and improve mood. 

Most deep pressure techniques, and those meant to penetrate down into the muscle tissue, are avoided as they can cause more harm than good. We don’t want to leave you bruised, achy, or not feeling well after what should be a wonderful experience. Be sure to speak up if you ever feel like the pressure is too much. There also tends to be a loss of sensation as we age, and sometimes that means your brain doesn’t interpret the pressure quite as strongly as it really is, leading you to feel like you can handle more than is really safe for your body. This doesn’t apply to everyone, by any means, but if you notice that we’re not using as deep of pressure as you’d prefer, it may be our way of protecting your body. We may do this to adjust for medications you’re on as well, such as blood thinners which can make you bruise much more easily. 

Another important aspect of geriatric massage is the simple act of touch. Beyond all the physiological benefits, massage has been shown to improve mood and boost feeling of well-being, especially in those who are experiencing a form of touch deprivation. As we age, through life changes and medical needs, we often don’t receive healthy forms of touch as often as we used to. Massage can make up for some of that by providing a safe, comforting form of touch; something every single person innately needs. 

So, if you or someone you know could benefit from this specialized form of care, book an appointment or get in touch and we’ll discuss any special needs you may have. 

Massage and Diabetes

Did you know that diabetes affects almost 10% of the population? It’s a frustrating condition for many people that can completely alter their day-to-day activities. Every bite of food and any physical activity has to be taken into account. 

For a general overview, diabetes affects insulin in the body. Insulin is what regulates blood sugar levels so our cells function properly. There are two primary forms, simply called Type 1 and Type 2. Type 1 diabetes is generally diagnosed in childhood as the result of the body’s inability to produce insulin. These patients require supplemental insulin. Type 2 on the other hand, can develop at any age and is the result of the body not effectively using insulin. They don’t require supplemental insulin, but rather can control their blood sugar levels with proper diet and exercise. However, if not controlled, Type 2 can turn into Type 1. There are also many complications that are associated with diabetes, including heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, vision problems, nerve damage, and depression to name a few.  

While Diabetes can restrict a lot in life, getting a massage shouldn’t be one of those things. Generally speaking, it is perfectly safe to receive a massage as a diabetic. However, open communication is essential! It’s not only important to tell your massage therapist that you are diabetic, but also about how it’s being managed, and what your recent health is like. It’s also important to note that massage can alter your blood glucose level considerably, and it may take a few sessions to get a clear idea of how your body responds to the massage. This will help you moving forward with regular sessions, so you know when you should eat or take your insulin in relation to when you receive your massage. 

If you’re dealing with diabetic neuropathy (damage to the small nerves of the hands and feet), you’ll want to be really clear with your massage therapist about exactly what your current symptoms are, as this varies from person to person. You’ll also want to keep communicating during the session so your therapist can adjust the pressure and techniques accordingly. 

Massage therapy can do wonders to help with some of the symptoms and side effects of diabetes. Whether you’re dealing with neuropathy, circulation issues, depression, or just want to relax, massage may help. Just make sure you keep an open line of communication with your therapist and keep them updated with any changes that happen along the way. This will not only keep you safe, but it will make your experience as enjoyable as possible. 

How Stress Affects Your Body

We all wear many hats in our busy lives. Whether you work or stay home, have children or don’t, own a business or work for someone else, if you’re human, you have stress. Period. It’s an unavoidable part of lifeAnd while you may feel the emotional weight of all that stress, the anxiety, depression, and negative thoughts most often associated with it, stress can also take a huge toll on your body.  

When you’re stressed, your central nervous system (CNS) goes into what is often referred to as the “fight or flight” response. Your body releases adrenaline and cortisol, your eyes dilate, your heart beats faster and your blood pressure increases, your muscles tense and your digestion stops to allow blood to be redistributed to those muscles needed to fight or run for your life. When the perceived threat is gone the CNS will usually act to ease the mind and body, a state often referred to as “rest and digest” because the body calms and functions return to normal. However, chronic, or long-term stress means that signal may not be sent for quite some time, so your body is staying in that state of stress for far too long.  

Maybe you really don’t like your job, and the minute you wake up in the morning you’re already dreading the work day. As you get yourself ready and out the door, the impending day is hanging over you like a dark cloud. Then traffic is rough and you’re on high alert to avoid an accident. Then your day is spent dealing with difficult coworkers, bosses, or customers. When the work day finally ends, you’re exhausted. Not just because of a long day, but because your body has been in this hyper-attentive, stressed state since you opened your eyes.  

Whatever your stress looks like, the physiological toll of it can be immense. The associated muscular tension can lead to widespread pain, headaches, and even make you more prone to injury. The regular increases in blood pressure can put strain on your heart and blood vessels leading to an increased risk of hypertension and even heart attack and stroke. The changes in digestion that occur during this fight or flight response can lead to nausea, constipation, acid reflux, and even increase your risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes. 

Clearly the affects stress has on your body go deeper than the eyes can see. If you truly want to tackle this worthy opponent, you need to take it one step at a time and realize different techniques work for different people, so take the time to figure out what works best for youHere’s a few tips to get you started: 

Exercise & Movement – When your body gets moving and your blood gets pumping, it releases all kinds of feel-good hormones that ease mental and physiological stress. You don’t have to hit the gym for two hours to get the benefit. Even just a brief walk or a few minutes of stretching can make a big difference for your mind and body. 

Yoga – Don’t worry, you don’t have to have the perfect poses to get the benefits of yogaThe slow, controlled movements and breathing exercises will help you to relax and focus your mind which will help reduce stress levels.  

Meditation – You don’t need to be a master of mindfulness to meditate or to see the benefits of it. Whether you take just 2 minutes or an entire hour is up to you. Regardless, taking the time to close your eyes, breathe slowly, and allow your mind to focus on something other than the things you usually stress about, will ease a lot of that mental and physical stress. 

Journal – Journaling has been shown over and over again to be highly beneficial in combatting stress. Whether you’re unable to speak your mind, or you just feel overwhelmed, getting it all out in a journal of some sort can allow you to take control of those stressful thoughts and move forward. 

Do something for you – As the saying goes, you can’t pour from an empty cup. You have to take care of yourself, not just others. That may be 10 minutes a day or an hour or two every week. Whatever you can fit into your schedule, start taking some time to devote solely to something you enjoy. Go for a walk, read a book, dance around to your favorite music, or get a massage! 

While life is inevitably stressful, you don’t have to let that stress take control of your life or lead you to some mental or physical issues. You only get one body in this life. Take care of it! 

Messages From The Universe and Exciting New Steps on My Path

For several years now, during my personal meditations, during my explorations into my Akashic Records, in activations I’ve received in the various energy healing workshops I’ve attended, I’ve received a persistent message; to teach. Whether it’s been visual images of myself teaching a group, and/or verbal messages, or just a sense of knowing, it’s been recurring and consistent. And quite honestly, I’ve not been too keen on the idea of this. I don’t particularly enjoy speaking in front of a group or having attention centred on me. So for the most part, well I won’t say that I’ve flat out ignored these messages, but I’ve basically just “tucked them away” in the back of my mind with the thought of, maybe someday, in the far distant future, I’ll consider this. 

Well, a recent series of events and the strongest messages I’ve yet to receive have led to my decision to take this step Now. 

It started in one of my personal meditations. I do many types of meditations, but at least several times a week, I meditate to receive messages from The Universe. I will do this by playing some solfeggio frequency music, taking a few crystals to hold or place on my body, and then just quieting the mind, and announcing something to the effect of:

“Dear God, Angels, Masters, Guides, all Multidimensional Beings of 100% God Light who wish to join me during this meditation, to transmit any messages for my highest and greatest good and the highest and greatest good of all involved, I am open to receive, with Love and Gratitude. Open to receive, open to receive, open to receive.”

And then I just see who shows up and what they have to tell me. 

Recently during one of these sessions, I received a message relating to another person. This has always been a bit difficult for me, because I would always worry how the person will react to the message if I tell them; will they appreciate the information? Will they just ignore it? Will they look at me like I’m a nutter and tell me to get lost? 

But, I’ve come to learn that none of that actually matters. That I am only the messenger, and once I deliver the message, my responsibility ends there. What they choose to do or not do with the information is between them and The Universe. 

So, during the meditation, I received a message about a potential Light Worker. I then went looking for information to pass on to this individual, but was not able to find what I needed. But during this search, another conversation led to the topic of me teaching. I again said, “Maybe someday I will”.

In the following nights meditation, the message to teach was clear and persistent; that the one on one energy work I’m doing is great, but ultimately I should also be helping to activate more Light Workers. I came out of that meditation with the mindset of “Yes, I understand this. If I hear about any teacher training courses in the area in the future, I will look into taking the training.” 

Well, next time I checked my messages where I made the initial inquiry, I received a response that, no, there weren’t any of the first level classes coming up, just a teacher training course in August. 😯

The Universe can be really persistent sometimes. So finally I said “Ok Universe! Fine! I get it! You want me to teach. I will! So be it, I will take this training!” 🙌

And so it is. I am now signed up for the New Paradigm MDT Teacher training course, taking place next month. Upon completion, I will be able to provide activations and certification for all who feel called to this modality and the Light Worker path. I’m really quite excited about this now. 

So for anyone feeling this calling, stay posted or just get in touch in a couple of months, and I will start looking into options of scheduling a class. I look forward to assisting your journey into the Light Worker Path! 🙏😁☮️🌌

Love & Light 

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