May Newsletter highlights and info

Feature- Clearing the clutter

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Spring is finally here...At  least for now. 
Spring is a time for clearing out the old to make room for new growth in your garden , your surroundings and yourself!  Take some time to rejuvinate yourself, walk outside and see the Spring flowers in Bloom. Connect with Nature and relax in the warmth of the sun. Even a few minutes outside will elevate your mental alertness and bring down your stress level.
Updates :
We had to cancel our March Workshop on clearing clutter with Susan, but we have included an article on that subject for you still in time to help you get your clutter in order.
Susan is still available for booking Reiki , Asian bodywork and personal readings, and is available most Sunday afternoons.
We have added a new therapist this Spring, Cindy Hyzy who is a 35 year veteran in massage therapy and is trained in lymphatic drainage, Reiki , hot stone massage and of course therapeutic massage. You may read about her on our therapist page .
We have also recently added the ability book your appointment on line on our website. Some of you have already been using this feature, and we have been getting very positive comments from our clients on it's convenience and ease of use. Give it a try, and let us know how you like it.
This is a special month for our clients who are Nurses,  Nurse's Week is this first week in May, so we would like to say a big "THANK YOU" to our Nurses for all that you do . Essential Healing and Massage will be at Cadence Health this week to help in appreciating these wonderful people , providing chair massage  for them at their location. 
If any of our clients are regular users on Yelp or google plus, we would appreciate a review from you!  It truly helps our business and helps other potential clients to make a decision on where they decide to book their massage. 

Essential Oil highlight:

Peppermint Essential Oil:
(Peppermint piperita)
The humble peppermint plant has
quite a list of attributes, and is an
essential oil we’ll highlight this
month. The herb peppermint is a
perennial originally from the
Mediterranean region. The P.
Piperita species is a natural mix or
hybrid of watermint and
spearmint. The essential oil is
distilled from the plant just before
flowering. Among its properties
are these of an analgesic, making
it useful in sore and swollen tissue
combinations, it is anesthetic,
antiseptic, antispasmodic,
astringent, carminative, cephalic
( clears the head), cordial,
decongestant, expectorant,
febrifuge (fever reducing), hepatic,
nervine (relaxes the nerves),
stimulant, stomachic (aids
digestion), and helps nausea. It
also has the attribute of making
other essential oils it is mixed with
more potent. In double blind
studies, both peppermint and
lavender essential oils proved to
be more effective at treating
migraine headaches than
prescription drugs. The
combination of the two is
especially effective, and the anti-nausea
properties of peppermint are of
double value in this regard. It may
be used to ease the stomach
during travel and ward off
headaches by simply smelling the
essential oil, and a drop or two of
diluted peppermint oil rubbed
onto the soles of the feet or at the
back of the head for a headache
already in motion.


Don't grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form.

May Featured Services And EVENTS        
(see on our web page)


Still Time to Detox for the Spring!
Add on a  FIR sauna treatment to your massage, yoga lesson, Thai Bodywork, or - your lymphatic drainage appointment, 15, 20, 25,30 or 40 minutes. Save even more with a Sauna package! details here: FIR Sauna benefits

Hot Stone Massage

With Helen or Cindy
This is 60  minute  massage
A relaxing and grounding massage that uses hot stones heated in water to do the massage. We suggest a 90 minute session to get the most from this experience.
(Unavailable in ½ hour sessions)
$85.00 for 1 hour
$115.00 for 1½ hour

On-going Yoga Classes available
with Liz Gresher
Continuing on an ongoing basis- Private Individual Yoga Classes and group classes

Yoga Group class :Tuesdays at 6:30 PM and 12:00 PM,   drop in or sign up for a multiple session package. Drop in fee 20.00 all levels welcome. see details here: Yoga Class 

With Liz-  a private class for $75 
May Recipe

Grilled Apricots with Burrata, Country Ham and Arugula

see original recipe in Food and Wine

Depending on the season, You may also makes this salad with plums, peaches and pears.


  1. 1 1/4 pounds apricots, halved and pitted
  2. 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing
  3. Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
  4. 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  5. 1 small head radicchio, cored and thinly sliced
  6. 5 ounces baby arugula
  7. 1/2 pound burrata cheese, shredded
  8. 4 ounces shaved country ham
  9. 1 tablespoon aged balsamic vinegar
  1. Light a grill or preheat a grill pan. Brush the apricots with oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill over high heat, cut sides down, just until lightly charred, 5 minutes. Let cool.
  2. In a bowl, whisk the lemon juice with the 1/4 cup of oil and season with salt and pepper. Gently toss in the apricots, radicchio and arugula. Transfer to a platter and top with the burrata, ham and vinegar. Serve.
Clearing the Clutter
Inside and Out
By Shirley Vanderbilt
  Originally published in Body Sense magazine, Spring/Summer 2006. Copyright 2006. Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals. All rights reserved.

What's cluttering your life? Is it the stuff in the corner of the bedroom or the stuff in the corner of your mind? What are you tolerating that keeps you from expressing your true self? Authors Bruce and Lou Stewart say that clutter -- both in our environment and our mind -- is stagnating, blocking the free-flow of energy, or chi, in our homes and lives. Whether we're detouring around a box in the living room or repeating a negative pattern in our head, it's time to clear the path.

In their new book, Your Way Home -- The Psychology of Place Inside and Out, the Stewarts present a unique approach to clutter-clearing by combining Lou's expertise in feng shui with Bruce's mastery of neurolinguistic programming (NLP). While feng shui has to do with external placement and structure, NLP is a psychological approach that addresses our internal structure of mind, body, emotion, and spirit. With feng shui, we can free energy flow by rearranging the room; with NLP tools, we can do the same thing with our mind. The goal is to bring balance between the inner and outer sanctums by clarifying our core, or essential self, and allowing our environment to reflect and support our core values.

When the Stewarts first blended their feng shui and NLP skills together in workshop presentations, they noticed it was easier for people to clear their environment when they were connected to their core. "It really is a cycle," Lou says. "The environment and our core are reflections of one another. When we know our core, it's much easier to understand our environment." But it's a chicken and egg thing, actually. Either one can work as a start.

As a bodyworker, Lou says, "What feng shui and NLP do for the body's environment is so similar to what a massage will do for the body, flushing the system of blockages. When I go through a person's home or office, what I'm doing is very similar to when I first put my hands on a client." In the process of combing through to find blockages in the environment, she will ask the client about particular objects. "Nine out of 10 times it is incongruent with who they want to be right now. They've gotten numb to it, and it sticks out just like a knot in a muscle. The energy is different."

You don't have to be trained in feng shui or have a personal consultant to implement the concepts of this ancient art, nor is an NLP practitioner required to help you find your core. Throughout their book, the Stewarts offer practical exercises for applying the principles of NLP and feng shui to begin the clearing process. "In feng shui, when the chi of an environment is balanced, it allows the movement of the occupant to be well supported, just like when circulation is pumping well and is unclogged," Lou says. "With NLP, it's the same thing -- running through patterns in the mind, flushing out old phobias and patterns that are either negative or destructive."
NLP recognizes that each of us has developed our own individual style of communicating and processing information which results in the patterning in our brain and the ways in which we express ourselves through language and body movement. Sometimes our set patterns do not support who we are at our essential core, but we can change that. Through the core work of NLP exercises, Bruce says, you can discover what you truly identify with and have a better understanding of yourself. At that point, you may find that your goals for your life have changed. It's this clarity of sense of self that is essential to creating an environment that supports and nourishes who you are and what you value in life.

When we take things for granted, or ignore them out of habit, we're not living fully in the present moment. We're tolerating, and we're not inspired. Lou says we need to ask, "What can I do here to make my environment more supportive for me and my family?"

If you're ready to start clearing out the clutter, there are some simple ways to begin. The Stewarts define clutter as "anything you no longer use, love, or need." So if you don't use it, but still love it, keep it. Keep your target areas small, and limit the time you spend at the task to avoid feeling overwhelmed. And as you examine your "stuff," consider how it fits with your core, your essential self. Does it support who you are at this moment, or is it a reflection of something in the past you're ready to release? Is the item pleasing to your senses? What fits with your individual way of experiencing the world?

"If you're particularly visual and like arts and crafts, you feel more comfortable with that around," Bruce says. "Someone who is very kinesthetic may not care how it looks but will want the chair to be comfortable."

Once the path is cleared, you can use the principles of feng shui to further enhance harmony and positive flow in your life. But the process involves more than hanging a mirror or installing a water fountain. As with NLP, it has to do with our core self and our intention. "Where attention goes, the energy flows. That's what it boils down to," Lou says. "As we focus our intentions, then our conscious and subconscious mind can connect, and when they connect with our body and our emotions and our spiritual core, then the intention is strengthened significantly." Think of it as a vinyl record with no grooves. "There's no music," she adds. "What our intentions do is they create that pathway on the record. So then we have the choice: Are we going to make it a smooth groove or a bumpy groove? Intention is our tool."
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