Our Story Continues......
Donna Joyce, LMT
April 2, 2014
Spring has sprung! We are so fortunate to live in this lovely state! So, its a good time to take care of you!
Spring is a time of renewal and rebirth. A great time to begin a wellness program.. So any resolutions that you have put on the back burner...now is a good time to bring them back to life! We have some great Yoga classes, some new changes, so be sure to check the web-site. Stretch and strengthen and move those toxins out of the body! Our Core Ballet class is very popular, to strengthen the core, improve balance, and laugh and have a good time. After all that activity, a relaxing massage can renew your spirit! Let's not forget a facial to brighten your complexion and refresh your look after a long winter. This is the best time of year to renew, refresh, and revive! Yay Spring!
Your Yoga.....Donna Joyce April 14, 2014
So how is your yoga practice going? Are you finding yourself truly enjoying the class, and connecting your mind and body? Often people forget that yoga is all about the breath. Every practice is unique to the individual. No two people will have the same experience in a yoga class. Consider these thoughts as you create your own yoga practice:
Do only what YOUR body will allow. Listen to your own body and don't worry about what anyone else is doing. It is better to get into a pose, or not, to whatever level you are at. If you are getting stressed trying to do a pose, get into childs pose or another resting pose and just breathe....feel your body...honor it, and move on.
As your are going about the class, trying to get into posses and stretches,, mentally scan your body to see if there are any areas you may be "holding". That is, are there any areas you may be holding tense as you are concentrating on the pose or stretch? You may be holding in your shoulders, your toes, your jaw, even your tongue! You might even be holding your breath. You may even be rolling your eyes back. We often do these things subconsiously. Do a mental scan, find that area of holding, breathe, relax, and release.
Try closing your eyes. If you have been practicing yoga for a while, you may be familiar with the wording of the instruction enough to close your eyes. This helps you center yourself more and get your energy moving, get the flow of your practice going. Like a dance, with just you and your inner self. Listen to the sound of your breath. Like the ocean waves, moving you through your practice.
Yogis are at all levels of practice. You are a yogi! I honor all who bring their mat and their practice to share with me. I am humbled by the ones who begin their journey at our studio. It is our journey together, as we become one in our practice. I hope to see more of you all and I welcome the curious. Join us.
Namaste....The Divine in me, honors the Divine in you....
Are you relaxed??by Donna Joyce, LMT April 29, 2014
As a Massage Therapist, I often find myself telling a client to "Just relax", I never actually realized how that could be a difficult task for people. I assumed that since they are coming in for a massage, that they already understand the art of relaxation. I say this is an "art" because I see that it is something we actually have to work at a bit. To be able to just let go and allow the service to be enjoyed, is, well, not as natural as I thought. I have had the pleasure of being able to have facials done here, as we here at MOT take care of one another by offering services for services. I have not had many facials in my life so my first one was a little weird for me. I was unsure of what to expect and was far from relaxed. I felt it was more of something I had to get through to take care of myself, like maintainance I guess. While it was enjoyable on some level, I didn't get the full effect because I was not able to relax. So on my second facial, I knew I wanted to totally enjoy this wonderful service, and so I was going to relax. Hmmm....well, as I found out, I had to keep telling myself, in my mind, to relax! Imagine my dismay when I caught myself, holding tension in my arms, face, and shoulders, when I was supposed to be relaxed! I share this with you today as a little reminder to "check in" with yourself while you are receiving a service with us. Are you getting the very most of your massage or facial. Are you experiencing totally, every wonderful thing that is going on?? The sound of the music, the aromas in the room, the wonderful hot towel on your neck or feet. We provide such wonderful services aimed at calming and nurturing you. Make your experience a lasting one in your mind. Let us know how we can help you, to help yourself....to breathe and RELAX.....)
By now we all know that vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant, but did you know that it is vital to collagen production in the skin? More than 70% of the skin's mass is made of collagen, and that it cannot be created without the vitamin C that triggers the necessary reactions at every step of the process.
Vitamin C is not naturally created in our bodies so we have to add vitamin C to our diets. Many people do not get enough vitamin C daily, and that requirement has not actually been established, so it is suggested to take 500 mg two times a day. Many fruits and vegetables are loaded with vitamin C, so eat plenty! Add some lemon to your water too. Plain old H2O is key to healthy skin, so the addition of the lemon as a vitamin C source makes it twice as good!
The use of topical vitamin C skincare products has also been proven to be beneficial to skin by improving firmness, and texture, and to diminish fine lines. With regular use, under eye puffiness, dark circles, and hyper pigmentation can also be reduced significantly. Recent studies also show that the use of topical vitamin C may reverse sun damage, and will also boost the effectiveness of sunscreens applied after.wards.
When considering topical vitamin C enriched products, lipid-soluble vitamin C derivatives are the primary choice as they allow the vitamin C to penetrate the lipid barrier of the skin into the dermis to stimulate collagen production. The most common forms of lipid-soluble vitamin C are, I-ascorbic acid, calcium ascorbate, ascorbyl palmitate, and tatrahexydecyl ascorbate. Check the ingredients of the products you buy.
Here at MOT, we have two, highly experienced estheticians available to answer any skin care questions you may have. Please check the web site for complete descriptions of all the options for your skin care needs. And be sure to read the bios of our skin care specialists.
Everybody wants beautiful skin......Hope to "C" you soon.....)
Holiday down time, relaxing?Donna Joyce, LMT July 7, 2014
So we just came out of a nice long holiday weekend. Some of us had the opportunity to travel, get projects done around the house, hit the beach, cook out, and just un-plug from the day to day duties of our work obligations. Was this a relaxing time for you? All too often this so called "down time" can cause stress that we were not expecting. We just wanted to enjoy ourselves, but the traffic on the road was insane. Too many people trying to get to the fireworks, the line in the grocery store,what did I eat that made me sick?, that annoying relative who gets on your last nerve...sound familiar?As I was enjoying my yoga class this morning, I wondered how many people actually wound up being more stressed from this little mini vacation. Lets face it, even with the best of intentions, the stress monster can creep in. Stress is the number one cause of dis-ease in the body. Yoga is a great way to keep your stress level at a minimum as you go through your busy week. During yoga, you gain control of your breathing, calm the nervous system, and improve circulation. We can carry this practice beyond the class as we go out into the world and are challenged with stressful situations. Every time we hit a red light as we are going from point A to point B, take a deep breath, or two. While waiting on line at the grocery store, behind that person who is digging for change, breathe and relax the shoulders. Try to be conscious of areas on the body where you might be holding tension. Breathe into that area and exhale that tension. Yoga has taught me a lot about being present and tuning into my body, through breathing. I find I am calmer throughout the day and I can carry my practice with me as I work with clients. Yoga is my new best friend. I encourage all of my clients to try a class and to incorporate some kind of deep breathing practice into their health regime. I often will share some techniques with them as we work through a massage. It's all about the breath. So the next time you are feeling stressed out, breathe.....as for that annoying relative, just smile, take a deep breath, and go to a happy place in your mind. Just breathe......
Shoulders, back and down !
Donna Joyce, LMT August 11, 2012
Ahhhhh.....just got out of a wonderful, relaxing massage. Or maybe it was an invigorating yoga class, where we were being mindful of our posture, breathing and letting go of our worries. We stroll out to our cars and begin the ride home or maybe even to work. Feeling wonderful and relaxed with a smile on our face, ready to face the day. Well as luck would have it, we find ourselves on the road with people who are not in the same place as we are, they cut us off, honk at our leisurely driving, speed around us and give us that look, or something else. Before we know it, our stress is back, our shoulders are hiked up around our ears, and we are gripping the steering wheel for dear life.
Where has that calm, relaxed, peaceful feeling gone to now??? Most likely it has retreated to our neck and shoulders. The favorite place for stress to gravitate to.
We have no control over the daily stresses that may come our way, but we do have control over how we react to it. The best thing to do is not to react or over react. This can cause more than stress. And we sure don't want that. If you can remember to take a deep breath, move your shoulders into a back and down position, (smile maybe) you can release the stress in your neck and shoulders. This is a good practice for any time you find yourself in a stressful situation. Breathe deeply, actively move your shoulders back and down, align your spine and find that peaceful place within. We can never be totally free of stress, but we can sure find a better way to deal with it so it doesn't wreak havoc on us physically.
Wishing you a more peaceful, stress free reality.....DJ
Keeping the Ahhhhh in Massage.....
October 6, 2014
Donna Joyce LMT
Do we really know how to relax? Sounds like a silly question, but it is something to think about. Often folks don't really relax on the table. They have their eyes closed, not talking, breathing slowly, but as soon as I go to move an arm or leg...BoInG! Instant stiffness...and all of the muscles are engaged. Often, people even hold their breath. This is definitely not relaxed. So what is it to be totally relaxed? And what would it take to get there??
Everyone thinks as massage is a relaxing thing, Really getting into a relaxed state, for some people, actually takes effort. Sad to say, we are victims of the environment we live and work in. We run around in a constant state of alertness and stress. Our minds are running from one thought to another, constantly. This is all good and well, and most of us are very efficient in this state. However, when it comes time to STOP! Here in lies the challenge.
So, the next time you find yourself a little keyed up, see how you can truly relax. I like to suggest creating a rhythm with your breathing first. You can count, 4 in and 8 out. Really get that rhythm going. Then, begin to feel your body parts, one by one, getting heavy and sinking into the mat or table or whatever you are lying or sitting on. Really feel your muscles release and melt onto the surface. Make pretend that you are unable to even move them. Breathing and releasing, breathing and releasing.....by now, this should feel great. You are totally relaxed.
In the massage room, we create a perfect environment for you to relax in. From the moment you walk in the door, the air smells inviting, the music is soothing, the lighting is comforting, and even the temperature of the room is neutral. We often use warm towels, stones and bamboo stix as a part of the service. A little aromatherapy the perfect amount of pressure, the smooth glide of the lotion, all combined allow for the perfect Zen experience...the rest is up to you.
Have you relaxed lately??
Happy New Year....Happy New You!
Donna Joyce, LMT January 9, 2015
I was reading an article today, about how muscles you don't even know about are responsible for major discomfort of the body. Many folks come to me with issues of a low back nature, hips and even knees, and just a few stretches done on a regular basis, can alleviate much of that discomfort. For some reason, stretching is the one thing that we just don't take the time to do, and even when we do, it is not done properly, or long enough.
So there's this muscle called the psoas, and when it is tight, it tugs on the low back, throws your hips out of alignment and can even effect your knee! I have been experiencing this lately myself and was so happy to find that I only need to do a few specific stretches of the psoas and it is helping alot! Also when this muscle is tight or short, it pulls on the diaphram effecting your breathing. and by now we all know how important our breath is to our general well being.
Aside from me going into a long story about the psoas muscle, which I would be happy to tell you all about when you come in, I will share with you the importance of stretch, breath and relaxing, all at the same time! A good stretch encompasses these three things together.
Muscles that are tight, are short. The purpose of a good stretch is to return the muscle to its original state, being long and flexible. In order for the stretch to be effective, it must be done regularly, and properly. Take the time and hold your stretch for a good minute or two. Be mindful of any tension you may be holding elsewhere in the body. It could be you are frowning or clenching your jaw, or even flexing your toes! Even if you are trying to stretch your low back, if you are holding tension anywhere else in the body, it lessens the effectiveness of the stretch. Do a mental scan of your body as you are holding your stretch, check for any areas of tension, release that area, and move on, until you have released every area of tension you find. While you are doing that, be mindful of your breathing. Breathe deep into your belly, seeing the breath go to the area that is tense, then breathe out and feel the tension leave. Be patient and hold your stretch, breathe slowly, relax the whole body...you will feel the area you want to stretch be eased of tightness as well as a general feeling of calm and relaxation.
This is the reason the Yoga and massage work so well. Massage stretches the muscles, you relax on the table, and your breathing becomes slow and rhythmic. Same thing with Yoga, You hold the stretch, relax the body and breathe. Regular massage and or Yoga, help to keep the aches away, so why not stretch as well? There is no magic to massage or Yoga. It is about doing something good for yourself and your body. So when you miss that Yoga class, or cant fit a massage into your daily grind, give yourself a good stretch, you'll be glad you did....)