On Relationships

Life is relationships;
the rest is just details.
~ Dave Smiley

When we have relationships that feel safe, nurturing, and we receive caring touch, our brain produces oxytocin, which acts like a hormone to regulate our nervous system. It helps us feel calm, relaxed, alert, engaged, and more open and trusting with those we’re close to. The oxytocin response is key to maintaining healthy…

Esalen Massage

relaxation massage

Founded at Esalen Institute, Big Sur, California, Esalen Massage supports the whole person rather than disjointed parts. It is a nurturing, flowing massage that incorporates long strokes, gentle rocking, passive joint mobilization stretches, and the flow of the breath. Lightly-oiled, flowing strokes are intrinsic, and therapists switch between using hands and elbows for deeper work and…

The Amazing Human Brain

The human brain is the most complex part of the human anatomy. Here are a few interesting facts!

Nerve impulses to and from the brain travel as fast as 270 miles per hour. Ever wonder how you can react so fast to things around you or why that stubbed toe hurts right away? It’s due to the super-speedy movement of nerve impulses from your brain to the rest of your body and vice versa, bringing…

Be Kind To Your Body

Be thankful.

Be grateful.

If you are kind to your body,

it will respond in an incredible way.

~ Vanda…

Connectedness Through Therapeutic Attention

Things don’t exist in isolation, especially living beings. Being aware of our own anatomy comes alive as relationships of the parts of the body to each other are revealed. Weaving these parts into an appreciation of the whole happens when attention and touch animate the body. Our relationship to breath is also paramount in our embodiment of living. Something seemingly as simple as t…

What is Lymphatic Drainage Massage?

lymphatic drainage

The lymphatic system is a branch of the circulatory system made up of organs (spleen, thymus, tonsils and adenoids), lymph nodes, and lymph vessels. It produces the clear, extracellular fluid that bathes the tissues (lymph), and circulates it through the lymphatic system and back into the bloodstream. The lymphatic system is responsible for keeping our bodies free from excess water, protein,…

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