November 4, 2020
Spiritual, Tips, rituals, Yoga

Working Hard Is Hardly Working

In a standard yoga class, whether it’s a traditional Ashtanga Primary or your favorite hot power hour, there is a formula to how the class is structured. There is a little warm-up with breathwork and stretching, some sun salutations to get your blood moving, and then the big hard stuff like the strength-building power poses, arm balances-you know, all the stuff of Instagram model fame. Other strength training modalities often use weights and movement to build muscle, but in yoga, we just use all of our muscles to stand still while we fight gravity. It’s a unique concept, that strength is in the stillness, that you can sweat and want to cry while simply stretching your hamstrings.

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October 27, 2020
Tips, Massage

Sacred Hour’s Best Kept Secret

We owe it to ourselves to celebrate all the little things and the milestones, and our Lakewood location offers a unique opportunity to celebrate our health and our accomplishments at once by enjoying a spa service with a sidecar of bubbly. Tribu is a pitch-perfect combo that meets so many Covid-era requirements: safe, private, clean, partially outdoors, and relaxing, and I am so glad that in this moment, we are able to help so many of our clients celebrate safely.

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October 21, 2020

Turn And Face The Strange

Most of the time I come into your email box with helpful suggestions to deepen your self-care practice or new ways to find time and space for yourself, and otherwise nice notes from your massage therapist. Since I started writing this blog, I have considered all the ways my friends’ work and home lives (and all their stressors) might look like yours, and translate my advice to them to fit a wider audience. But when it comes to the unique experience of parenting amid the coronavirus, I find myself at a loss. I am not a mother yet, but the acts of heroism and sacrifice I have seen out of my mom’s friends have inspired in me a sense of hope for what comes next, and some curiosity about how they are making all of this work. Parents always walk the tight rope, but right now you are doing it while spinning plates.

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October 14, 2020

You Get So Alone Sometimes

The first thing your mother’s doctor did after you were born was place your tiny, brand new body on your mother’s chest, and through the first few days of your life one of your parents’ many jobs was to take turns taking off their shirts to hold you. This practice is casually called “kangaroo care,” making it sound silly but it’s serious business. Touch is how we let newborn babies know that we love them, and numerous studies have been done on how skin contact as an infant develops serotonin and oxytocin pathways in us, helping us form healthy bonds and develop trust in others as adults. Being touched, by this metric, is literally how we learn to love each other and experience joy on a chemical level.

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September 24, 2020
Tips, Love

The Mary Experience

It’s hard to know how to introduce someone whose presence is so enormous, and whose personality so casually evades description, but I’ll give it my best shot. Mary is a woman whose energy can only be described as a mighty wind. She never just walks into a room, she always bursts in, eyes wide with wonder, somehow yelling and whispering at the same time. She projects a very active peace, so the air around her hums with a subtle calming, electricity. Being around Mary can feel overwhelming at first, but I would say that’s because many of us are not accustomed to being around people who consider vitality to be a lifestyle. She arrives with her clients in this spirit, so buckle up and enjoy it. All is well, and so it is.

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