Perfect Mornings

Add Some Love to Your Bath

Ok so I do some times have long lazy mornings. Sometimes I have to invent a super long lazy morning. I love a good relaxing bath. Some people are aware of the benefits of adding Epsom salts to bath water; but that’s just the beginning. Honestly, the list of things you can add to your bath is ridiculously long. One of the most over looked are flowers, herbs, and minerals.bath12

The first time I ever healed anyone it
was a newborn with “colic.” I worked with the father and I could see this family falling
apart after several weeks of not sleeping and dealing with a constantly cry child. I had just learned about chamomile and lavender as calming herbs. I gave him a bag of both.  The prescription? Make a strong tea and add a little to the babies bath. Worked like magic.

Ok , so true the experts say there are benefits to bathing at night. Including helping you sleep and produce more melatonin. But, there are entire cultural traditions revolving around baths including Korean, Russian, Finnish. We forget that the skin is highly absorbent. So the next time you have extra time add a little flower power to your water. This is not a complete list or description. Just some general info: Continue reading “Add Some Love to Your Bath”

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Bodywork

How are your mornings? How you start your day can make such an impact on your general well-being. The journey of perfect mornings is about finding ways to invest some love and light into yourself before tackling your day. We take for granted the impact of daily life stress as it accumulates insidiously in the body.

The little aches and pains that have been so ignored you don’t even they are there. I have been professionally doing bodywork for 8 years; everyone has aches and pains they don’t know are there. Everyone. So the next time you can, schedule yourself some morning body love.

 

Bodywork improves:

  • Overall pain
  • Stress, anxiety, depression
  • Circulation
  • Immune system
  • Helps the body detoxify
  • Energy
  • Quality of sleep

Any kind of bodywork. Massage, rolling, cupping, scrubs, chiropractic, craniosacral therapy, reflexology, Rolfing, Shiatsu, or whatever you like. Schedule regular care as often as you can. You only get one body. Regular self-care will keep it running with fewer problems for a long time.

Treatments

Cold and Tired? Then Moxa is Hot

How are your mornings these days? If you find that you are dragging, cold, or really fatigued you’re not alone. Winter mornings, in particular, can be rough. Yup even for me. So this morning requires a little moxa. Click here to read more in-depth about this cool treatment principle.

DISCLAIMER: Moxa is a safe, gentle, effective treatment for many ailments. BUT, you need to speak with your local acupuncturist first to make sure moxa is right for you. If so, then your acupuncturist will decide what kind, frequency, and which points.

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Different types of Moxa

Moxa is great to do with your morning tea or coffee. Any amount of time you have sitting will do. There are many different types of moxa. My favorite method is a prerolled stick on that is smokeless. I frequently prescribe moxa to patients to do in between treatments. It’s great for:

  • energy
  • warming you up
  • OBGYN issues
  • aches and pains
  • feeling cold
  • digestive problems
  • weight management
  • It even works to flip breech babies, and more! (I’m not kidding)

 

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My moxa morning, activating Spleen 3

This a journey of self-care. There are so many different ways to take care of your body, mind, and spirit. Acupuncture and Oriental medicine is a complete system of care that is tailored to your condition. Find out if this one is for you. Tailor your perfect mornings in any way that works for you so that you can stay vibrant, healthy, and strong. Call your local acupuncturist today and schedule an appointment. #getpoked

 

Perfect Mornings

Take a Moment for Your Skin

Good morning. I hope by now that taking an extra moment in your morning is becoming more normal. After all you are your own MVP. One of the over looked MVPs of the body is the skin.

Find the extra 5-7 minutes to rub lotion on your skin especially in the cold winter months. Your skin is the bodies largest organ and a major player in your immune system. Just the act of rubbing yourself down with oil helps to increase circulation, increases energy, activates your lymphatic system, alleviates stress, fights signs of aging, and can help you sleep better.

If you really want to go for the gusto you can give yourself a body scrub in the shower. You can use a homemade or store-bought creations. You can also purchase a variety of scrub mitts, body brushes, and loofahs that will exfoliate and invigorate your skin.

Dermis appreciation and care can be as simple or as elaborate as you desire and have the time for. On long lazy weekends, you can relax in a bath with, salts, teas, oils, or heck even milk honey. Do whatever you like. There is no right or wrong when it chines to self-care.  Then follow up with a scrub and a good lotion before doing the regular old errands. Make time for you.

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Acupuncture 

How are your mornings these days? Mine have been pretty awesome. Folks have asked me why haven’t mentioned acupuncture as a part of a perfect morning. Well, it can be. I just didn’t want to seem like I was playing favorites.

Whatever you need to improve your morning acupuncture can help. Acupuncture is great for relieving stress, depression, and anxiety. Acupuncture is wonderful for mental clarity, focus, increasing energy, and taking care of aches and pains. Besides, most people take a really good nap during treatment and who couldn’t use that? So what’s not running smoothly in your mornings? #getpoked

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Get Your Move On

How goes your gradual shift into perfect mornings? And let me be clear. I know they are not usually perfect. But with practice, patience, and perseverance you can cultivate mornings that are more nourishing and peaceful. Mornings that help you get moving through your day instead of making you wish for a do-over. Moving is a great way to give your temple a little love. Now yes, I’m a gym bunny. I’ve been powerlifting since I was 16 years old. But that’s not what I mean. Any movement that you love will do. I had a colleague who literally learned to fly on the trapeze. I still admire her, but as I’m afraid of heights I’m never going to bother to learn lol.

Pick something you want to do.  Not something that’s supposed to be “good” for you.  Hula hoop, walk, swim, belly dance, tao qi, yoga, a 30-day challenge, ribbon dancing, burlesque, pole dancing, old gym stretches, horseback riding, racketball, katas, forms, dance, golf, kayaking, etc etc …it doesn’t matter.  Just pick something that sounds fun and exciting. And you know what? If you hate it in a week, pick something else. Because this is not about exercise.

This is about being happy to move your body. This is about the euphoria you feel after a good body moving session. This is about the act of moving your body, in a way that just makes you happy, a part of your day. Perfect because you took the time to love you before taking on the rest of the world. In this world of movers and shakers get your move on and then go shake up the world. #getpoked

Meditation

Visualizations, Affirmations, and Manifestations

We truly take for granted the power of human will. On this quest for the perfect mornings you are exercising your will to put a little love in your own tank before moving out into the world. One of my favorite things to do in the morning is focused day dreaming aka visualization, affirmations, and manifestation.

“It is by will alone I set my mind in motion… ” Mentat Litany Dune

You have either heard of all 3 or it’s just some new age hooey to you. Yes technically all 3 are different. Should you chose to delve into quantum physics you will find some of the scientific evidence that supports the power of positive thinking and the effects it has on the human body. We spend too much time worrying about day to day problems and the things we don’t want.  We don’t spend the same amount of time and energy thinking about the things we do want.

Personally I like to imagine, in vivid detail, a goal, desire, or outcome the same way kids imagine Christmas the night before. I “live” in the day dream. I think of the sights, the sounds, the smells, the people I’d meet both good and bad, and how exactly everything I wanted would be just pefect. When I’m done I think about how to get to my dream and what can I do about it today.  Michelangelo famously said: “I saw an angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.” That’s how it should be with your own life: see your own potential of the angel within, and chisel away at your limitations until this potential is realized.

 

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Scent-sational

It can feel hard to carve out 30 minutes of “me” time in the morning. Particularly in the winter, when it can feel like the perfect morning is staying glued to the bed. It reminds me of the old Folgers commercial. “the best part of waking up…” wasn’t just drinking the coffee. It was about the smell. On this journey of perfect mornings, today is about the nose.

Find ways to add wonderful smells to your morning. Maybe it’s a cup of tea or oil diffuser. Body wash or lotion purchased just because of smell not because they are necessities. Candles, potpourri, or just good old flowers. It doesn’t matter what you use so long as it works for you. Take 5 minutes (or however long you like) to breathe deep slow breaths. Really pay attention to fully inhaling and exhaling. Even after you’re done with the exercise, the smell will be there lingering in the background, helping to bolster the day.it_smell_good_img01

The effects of aromatherapy and deep breathing are very centering and calming. This is practice can be done anywhere you can take your smell with you. Small vials can be purchased to carry a small amount of a smelly-good with you. Managing, nourishing, and recharging your energy is the best way to stay ahead of stress and illness.

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Stone Sitting

How was your morning? I like to do a little breathing meditation in the morning with beautiful stones. I have a thing for stones. I love their vibration, their colors, the way they will hold the heat of sun or fire. I love how stones are always cool to the touch. I love to read about the different vibrations and attributes of different stones.

So what is stone sitting?  I mediate with stones. I love the quiet presence of a good stone. I place a stone or some in my lap, against my chest, the palm of my hand, any body part, or around me like the base of a pyramid. There is no right or wrong way. If you like a stone’s attributes, you can make that a part of your reflections. If the stone is small enough you can put it in your purse or pocket to bring you back to a place of peace throughout the day.

Don’t limit your self to just stones you can hold and carry with you. In the warmer months, I like to find a large outcropping, rock, or boulder to sit on or near. This is especially awesome on a warm day. It quickly can turn into stone napping.

By the way, you can do this with flowers, candles, trees, kittens or anything else that brings you a deep-seated peace. It doesn’t matter.  It only matters that you give your body, mind, and spirit an opportunity to recharge. #getpoked

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