Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Natural Living Expo 2014

     November 15th and 16th marks the 8th Annual Natural Living Expo in Marlborough.  The location is set at the Best Western Royal Trade Plaza Center.  Among us will be over 200 other holistic vendors from around New England!

     Please join us this year and enjoy some chair massage and psychic readings.  We'll also be selling jewelry, stones, herbal heat packs, and more! You can even enter to win a few prizes!

     We look forward to seeing you there!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Road Races and More!

     The Sacred Self has been busy this month! On July 3rd, I offered post-race massage to the runners of the Harvard Pilgrim Finish at the 50 race.  It was located at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro.  Even though it was an excruciatingly hot day, the 5K and 10K went off without a hitch! And many of the athletes enjoyed a relaxing rub-down after working their muscles.

     And then 10 days later was the Narragansett Summer Running Festival located at Stonehill College in Easton.  Thankfully this 5K, 10K, and half marathon was done and over with by noon.  And Ilisa and I went non-stop in offering post-race massage to all of the runners!

     Our next event is the Autofest Car Show in Wrentham on Saturday, August 16th.  It's an all day event and Ilisa and I (and possibly Jess!) will be there offering chair massage.  It's even possible that we'll be bringing a couple of oracle decks with us to offer mini psychic readings to the public! So, please be on the lookout for that!

     Do you know of an event that we could be a part of? Summertime is a great time to explore and see what small businesses have to offer.  A lot of the events that take place during the year would love to have a company offer chair massage (as well as, mini intuitive readings!) to the guests, attendees, and to the general public.  And this is just one of the services we have to offer! Please let us know if we can be of assistance!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

My hands are hot.

That's what a psychic told me a couple of Saturdays ago.  I was receiving a reading at my aunt's house, and the psychic informed me that my hands were hot, like red hot.  She also stated that it's because of all the healing energy I am able to give off.  My hands are my power source, my gold mine. 

Hmmm . . .

I knew I possessed healing abilities, and that the source of it came through my hands.  But I always pictured them as white and green, personally.  But, hey, if red means the same thing then I'll take it! 

Aside from massage, I also do Reiki.  And I have found that when doing Reiki my hands actually start feeling really warm and hot.  This is how I know the energy is flowing through and onto the recipient.  I've even had clients mention that to me, as well.

This afternoon I had my very first Acupuncture appointment.  And it was amazing! And of course, she placed a couple of the needles in each of my hands.  So, maybe that will help open up my healing energy even more?! I have to go back for a few more appointments over the next couple of weeks, so we will see!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Reiki is an Energetic Massage for the Soul

     And I don't mean energetic in the sense of fast-paced or quickly moving.  Reiki is energy work.  By definition, Reiki is a form of healing where the practitioner channels universal, positive energy into the patient in order to encourage healing or restore wellbeing.
     Here at the office, we are all trained in Reiki and other forms of energy healing.  It can be done as a stand-alone treatment, or it can be introduced through Massage.  Because like the title says, it's a massage for the soul.

     Reiki has been used to help treat stress and tension, high blood pressure, pain (whether chronic or acute), and depression to name a few.  Others have used Reiki to increase their immunity and vitality, remove energy blockages, help with their spiritual growth, aid themselves during cancer treatments, and to improve their sleep.  There's many benefits to Reiki other than what has been listed here.
     But, I find not too many people know what Reiki is or have even heard of it in the first place.  It's not as "commonplace" as Massage Therapy, or Chiropractic, or yoga.  If you are interested in learning more about Reiki, or maybe you'd like to receive a treatment, you can always schedule an appointment here at the office (The Sacred Self).  Otherwise, here are some organizations to help build your knowledge base:

The International Center for Reiki Training
IARP - International Association of Reiki Professionals
The Reiki Alliance
Reiki Room
Massachusetts Reiki Community
Heart of Reiki

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Natural Living Expo


     This past weekend I, Marisa, Jill, and Ilisa promoted The Sacred Self at the Natural Living Expo in Marlborough.  It is one of New England's largest expos.  We were among 225 other vendors, and let me just say that the energy in the hall was amazing! It was so high and so unbelievably uplifting; everyone in there came out buzzing!

     We met a lot of great people and were able to provide them with mini Chair Massage, Reiki treatments, and Psychic Readings.  The feedback we received was positive, and we can't wait to do it again next year.  In fact, I already sent out the application for next November.  And I plan on being at this event every year for years to come.

     If you were unable to be there this year, you have to go next year.  Aside from my company being there, you will meet so many other vendors/exhibitors offering all sorts of holistic products and valuable information.  You'll even get the chance to sit in on a meditation or talk held by some of the speakers.  Even if it seems like it's a far drive, trust me, it's worth it.  :)

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Suffering from Arthritis? Get a Massage!

     As alternative therapies for arthritis are becoming more popular, people with arthritis are turning to massage to address both the pain and stiffness of their condition and their general well-being.  Perhaps you haven’t tried massage yet because you don’t know what to expect, are not sure that massage is a good idea for your joint pain and inflammation, or don’t know where to find a good massage therapist.  Well, to get you acquainted with its benefits towards arthritis, let’s first discuss what massage is.

     Massage is one of the oldest healing arts. The ancient Chinese, Egyptians, and Greeks are all known to have practiced it. Massage became accepted in the United States in the mid-1800’s, only to wane in the following century and not revive until the 1960’s and 1970’s.  Today, there are well over 100,000 massage therapists at work in the United States. They practice massage in many settings, from hospitals to health clubs to private studios.  In massage, a trained professional known as a massage therapist presses, rubs, strokes, kneads, and otherwise manipulates the muscles and soft tissues of your body.  People go to them for many different reasons: to ease pain, to rehabilitate from injury, to reduce stress, to ease anxiety and depression, and to improve general well-being.

      While there are more than 250 varieties of massage techniques, many practitioners use a form of Swedish massage, which employs long, flowing strokes meant to be calming and relaxing.  As your body becomes relaxed, the massage therapist can also apply focused pressure to relieve areas of muscular tension.  Other popular forms of massage include deep tissue massage, which features strong pressure on deeper layers of tissue, and myofascial release, in which long, stretching strokes release tension in the fascia (the connective tissue around the muscles).  There are also the Asian techniques of acupressure and shiatsu, which use finger pressure on specific points on the body, and the technique called reflexology, which holds that rubbing certain points on the feet, hands, or ears has a positive effect on various body parts.

     So, what can it do for arthritis? As it turns out, a lot! Massage carries numerous benefits.  It can aid in relaxation, which in itself promotes healing and reduces stress. It can also reduce pain, improve joint movement, relax tense muscles, and stimulate blood flow.  For people with arthritis it should be used in conjunction with (and not to replace) other regular medical treatment such as pain medicine or physical therapy. 

     The biggest benefit is relaxation.  It should bring a sense of well-being to the body.  Massage triggers the body’s parasympathetic nervous system, which encourages the body’s restorative processes — muscle tension is improved, the heart rate slows, and the fight-or-flight response is reversed.  Massage is also thought to encourage the flow of lymph in the body. (Lymph is a fluid that circulates throughout the body; the cells in lymph help fight infection and disease.) Massage can also increase the flow of blood. However, exercise actually has a greater effect on increasing circulation than massage does. And during a relaxing massage, local circulation may increase, but systemic circulation actually slows down, as evidenced by lowered blood pressure, decreased body temperature, and slower breathing. This explains why many people actually become cooler during massage.

     In a study done by the American Massage Therapy Association, 93% of people who tried massage felt it was effective for pain relief.  Researchers speculate that massage encourages the release of pain-relieving hormones or that massage may block pain signals that are sent to the brain.  Through direct pressure, massage affects the muscles and connective tissues in the body, increasing mobility.  Especially for people with arthritis, this can help increase the range of motion in the joints and lessen stiffness in the muscles, tendons, and ligaments.  Massage’s psychological benefits are well documented. Massage can alter mood, alleviating anxiety and depression and enhancing feelings of well-being and safety. Many people turn to massage for just this reason.

     Talk with your doctor about getting a massage.  There are some conditions that may be too severe for massage.  And once you have cleared your decision with your doctor, you should choose the massage therapist that feels right for you.  You may prefer male, or even female, but always make sure they are either nationally certified or properly licensed.  

Thursday, September 5, 2013

That Time of Year!

     You know it's September when the kids are back in school and parents schedules are back to their
normal routine.

     And that's a good thing! Normalcy is wonderful.  It keeps our lives on track, creates less stress (some of the time), and allows each of us some time to breathe.  So, why not take the opportunity to schedule in some "me" time?!

Schedule a massage!

     You know you want to.  You will have the time and opportunity to do so.  And, you will also receive 20% off for being a first time client.  So, visit us at The Sacred Self on Washington Street in Canton, MA.  We're available by appointment on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.
Check our website: www.sacredself11.com

Have a Happy September!