Archive for June, 2012

Just Breathe!

Posted on: June 25th, 2012 by healing_arts_admin

just breathe

I'm reminding myself to be mindful when online, breathe, let it be a meditation, relax my shoulders, you know all that stuff I tell clients?

Hello SUN!!!

Posted on: June 20th, 2012 by healing_arts_admin

Summer Solstice

Happy Summer Solstice 2012!

Todays Summer Solstice falls one day after the New Moon, the Moon is in Cancer & the Sun is in Cancer @ 7:09pm when the Solstice Sun will shine directly over the tropic of Cancer.   This Solstice will be good for home, health, gardening, nature and family, the pursuits Cancers love. This Solstice is also a great time for manifesting Fertility & Abundance!  Cancer is the sign related to Mother... Hope you have enjoy this longest day of the year!  I'll be teaching Reiki 1 class Saturday 6/23 & I'm sure the Reiki Attunements will be Solar charged!

Summer Solstice Health Guide

Posted on: June 18th, 2012 by healing_arts_admin

Summer Solstice @ Queen Anne Massage

Summer Solstice Summer Solstice is June 20th 7:09pm for those of us in the Pacific Northwest.  This is the Sun’s longest day and Summer has just begun. Filled with trips to the beach, sunny skies (finally, right?) and hopefully some lazy days. Summer is a time for families to get together, go on adventures and create some lifelong memories! When I was a kid and we went camping, my mom always had a great first aid kit on hand.  I loved looking through the various creams and remedies, my love of healing coming through.  I was fascinated by a rattlesnake bite kit my mom had. I secretly hoped one of us would get bit so we could use this thing, but it never happened... I was talking to one of my clients, who is a mom, about some things I always like to have in the car when we travel, like Arnica, Advil, basic first aid stuff.  Then we were talking about sunscreens, she was saying how confusing it all was.  I decided to blog about a Summer Health Guide including my favorite first aid remedies. This is a great reminder for myself as we get ready to do some road trips, camping and travels I want to make sure I have all of this on hand in the car. As an added plus, if the Mayans are right and the world is coming to an end as we know it, I'll have my survival gear all ready!  Of course, I live with a Wilderness First Responder w/ MERT training so I have learned a lot from him combined with my Massage Therapy knowledge, here’s what we know:  

Family First Aid Summer

Summer First Aid kit:

  Injuries, bruises, muscle pain: Arnica either Traumeel cream or Boiron brand cream + tablets.   Natural Aromatherapy Insect Repellent: Made of Citronella, lemongrass, lavender, ginger in a base of pure water, aloe, vitamin E and witch hazel, available as a spritzer we are calling “don’t bug me!” in our store

Aromatherapy Insect Repellent "don't bug me"

I always seem to attract mosquitoes (my friends love camping with me because the mosquitoes always go for me & leave them alone!) This is the only combination I have found to keep bugs away. Avoid the toxic bug sprays that contain DDT, a toxic neurochemical, I can't believe anyone would spray that stuff on children...The nice thing about this aromatherapy spritzer is even if you forget to use it initially and do get a few bites (I usually don't think to put it on until after I've had the first mosquito bite me) this blend feels soothing on bitten, scratched skin unlike the toxic sprays that can sting scratches. It's featured in our Store!

Mexoryl is the only Sunblock that protects against UVA & UVB rays

  Sunblock vs. Sunscreen? So confusing right? There has been a lot of talk about the difference between Sunscreen & Sunblock… Rumours that sun block can prevent Vitamin D intake, which we desperately need in the Northwest… Dr.OZ show recommended Mexoryl sunblock, which has been getting a lot of positive press.  UVA rays have a longer wavelength than UVB rays, so they go much deeper into the skin, which causes wrinkles and melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. Normal sunscreen does not protect against UVA rays.  As the name implies, it is a screen, not a block, so it lets a lot of harmful rays in. No wonder they haven’t worked for all of us! They only work to protect against UVB rays that cause sunburn, but do not prevent long-term damage from sun exposure. Some sunscreens contain Oxybenzone, Titanium Dioxide that does block a small amount of UVA rays, but you literally have to coat it on so strong that your whole face would be bright white!  Mexoryl is the only product on the market that can actually protect you from all UVA rays. La Roche-Posay has the U S patent for now so they are the only brand to buy.  I’d say my face & my child’s skin future is worth it! You can order Mexoryl Sunblock at the bottom of this blog... I have also learned that the FDA is cracking down on sunscreens that say they are waterproof because they have found that doesn’t test out, so don’t fall for that, sunscreen either washes off or becomes ineffective when swimming or immersed in water.  Reapply often, too.   Sunburn: Even with the best Mexoryl sunblock, you might get sunburn in Summer (especially if you are from the Northwest & you have 8 months of winter with three months of getting out to get your solar battery charged!) Aloe Vera is the #1 go to for sunburn! Slather it on generously, it is an affordable remedy which you can even grow in your home.     Allergic Reactions: Benadryl can be used for allergy attacks of course, but is also a good one to keep on hand in case of an allergic reaction to bee sting, mosquito bite, etc.  I remember camping one time when a mosquito bit the one area I hadn’t sprayed with Citronella, my eyelid! It swelled up like a baseball within minutes, but thanks to Benadryl I was able to control the swelling.   Insect Bites: Burt’s Bees Rescue Remedy amazing healing for bug bites, scrapes, scratches.   Blisters: Moleskine pads & blister band aids can save the day & keep you hiking!  These are such life savers, especially if you have hiked in camping and you have to hike out with a big blister.   Pain: Advil or Tylenol.  I find Advil relieves swelling much better than Tylenol so if the pain is related to swelling use advil (like in tooth pain or swollen muscle).   Bandages: Butterfly band-aids are the best for stitching together an open gash. These can be huge lifesavers! I still remember getting a huge gash in my knee from a skating incident that involved falling w/ a glass of soda in my hand, somehow a huge piece of glass gashed opened my knee.  The Doctor recommended butterfly bandages instead of stitches. A good assortment of sizes bandaids is always good to have on hand.   Other good to have on hand items: • Gloves • hand santitizer • scissors • tweezers • peroxide • bactine • Neosporin • cotton balls & Qtips • eye wash cup • Emergen-C for rehydration • Chocolate for blood sugar • Space blanket (metallic heated blanket) • tourniquet bandage • Dramamine • Biohazard bagGinger candy for car sickness or nausea • Aqua Water Treatment Tablets    Matches- if you get a tick bite & the tick is embedding in you, you can use a heated match (not on fire of course, light, blow out & then..)place heated match on the tick and it will back out.  Matches are great for starting fires, never know when you’ll need to do that!   Aqua water treatment tablets   Book: Backcountry First Aid & Extended Care

first aid

Be safe & have fun this Summer! And don't worry if you're sore you can always get a massage &/or Reiki... Here is a link to many of the things you may want to stock up on for Summer, including Mexoryl: Mexoryl Sunblock:

Dads & Grads Massage Special

Posted on: June 11th, 2012 by healing_arts_admin

Dads & Grads Massage Special

This Sunday is Father's Day & Misa Bowman has times available for Massage.  Give dad the Spa escape he really deserves! Men are notorious for not taking care of themselves, sad to say.  I always say 85% of my massage business is woman and the 15% of men who come in only come in because their wives made them!  It's kind of sad that Dads are so neglectful of their health. So let's give dad what he needs that he doesn't even know he needs, A MASSAGE! Misa Bowman is graciously offering a 90 minute Dads & Grads Special of 90 minute Massage for the price of an hour ($95.) This offer is only good through 6/17/12, but you can buy a gift certificate for the special in our store if you can't get dad in by then. Also, wanted to let you know that the last Reiki 1 Class of the Summer will be held on 6/23/12, last chance to get that Reiki Attunement, more Reiki 1 classes to follow in the Fall, 2012