#ShopSmall – Small Business Saturday

It’s almost that time again!  American Express’ Small Business Saturday!  The day devoted to encouraging people to buy local from small businesses for your Christmas gift giving!

This year, Body Blessings Massage & Aromatherapy will be debuting our Idaho Soak Salts, a delightful blend of Himalayan Pink salt, Dead Sea salts, and Epsom salts orchestrated with different essential oils from Simply Earth essential oils, all carefully mixed the ‘hand-wrought and home tinkered way’ by local L.M.T. and owner of Body Blessings, Elizabeth Edwards.

unnamedIdaho Soak Salts are just one product in the trio that will be available in 2019, and will be available for purchasing at the LiveWell Natural Healthcare Small Business Saturday Open House from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. the Saturday after Thanksgiving.  Denise Bahadar, MSN, FNP, owner of LiveWell Natural Healthcare will be present to meet the public and answer questions about naturopathic care and the services that LiveWell Natural Healthcare has to offer!

Idaho Soak Salts are just one item that will be available for sale.  Only 24 jars will be available, however, orders can be taken for Santa’s list!  Remember, 10% of all sales from Body Blessings Massage & Aromatherapy is donated to the Wyakin Foundation – www.wyakin.org.

LiveWell Natural Healthcare not only offers naturopathic care, but you can now get your naturopathic, primary care and massage therapy under ONE ROOF!

We hope you will join us for this year’s #ShopSmall – Small Business Saturday both online and in ‘brick and mortar’!

Please visit the Body Blessings Massage & Aromatherapy Facebook page for more details!

Merry Christmas from Boise, Idaho!

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One Journey…A Thousand Participants

Last day of the #TheseHandsCreate campaign – organic campaign created by Ben Brown – an international #hashtag campaign to raise awareness about the benefits of massage therapy and for the therapists to share our ‘stories’. Most therapists I know have come to the profession from either the fact that they are the empath of the family unit, or they have experienced trauma, or both. Those of us that respect and honor our craft do our best to meet our clients at their place of need, emotionally, physically and spiritually. We all need to keep in balance to win our race with Life – a race that we run only by ourselves. Do your best to take care of yourself on all levels, as we live in very taxing times. Allow creative space for nurturing and sustenance of the soul, restorative time for nature and working out, and of course, do the best in your job that you care capable of, even if you do not like your current position, as all work moves toward the greater good and you may learn lessons in a job that you do not like that end up being blessings in a job that you love.
 
I look forward to meeting those of you face to face that I have not yet met, and to seeing my clients again soon.
 
Until then…Take Care of You!

…..#aromatherapy, #himalayansaltstone, #medicalmassage,

#massagemendsthemind, #massagebybodybless4u.life,

#massageismorethanaluxury, #massagechangeslives, #painrelief, #polaritytherapy, #pregnancymassage, #relaxation, #stressreduction, #sportsmassage, #swedishmassage,

#veterans, #wyakin, #takecareofYOU!

How I Prepare the Day for My Clients

Keeping a positive mindset for my clients is of utmost importance to me, as 80% of my clients are generally in pain, and pain can color a person’s perception of the world that may not be totally accurate.

Each morning after waking up, I spend time reading and studying the Bible, talking with God, and praying to show up as His hands, heart, ears and mouth, and I strive to bring a bit of joy to each person who allows me to work with them.  I work out to keep my body in condition to deal with the demands of massage therapy.

 

I believe that bodywork requires a level of trust, and I want my clients to feel comfortable in my presence.  With every new client, I do an intake where I can learn a bit about their body and it’s particular needs.  On the first visit, I do a bit more talking than I generally do, as I guide them through the massage to let them know what to expect.  I do my best to establish ‘sacred’ space for them, a place where they feel comfortable, free of judgement.

I end each massage with a centering prayer, and hope that the short time they are in my presence they feel relaxed, safe and supported during their session.  I then share some self-care tips as it is always my goal to help others take care of themselves.

#TheseHandsCreate, #Aromatherapy, #HimalayanStone, #Pain Management, #Pregnancy, #Polarity, #Sports, #Swedish

 

What Brought Me to Work with local Veterans

Day #2 of the #TheseHandsCreate organic campaign developed and initiated by Ben Brown, L.M.T. in New York.  TODAY’S CHALLENGE is to share my vision around bodywork and/or my practice.

Before I moved back to my beloved Idaho about five years ago, I had met a Veteran in  Northern California who had just finished his massage therapy certification, and he had shared with me a vision that he and another Veteran he served with were creating.  The goal was to get local holistic practitioners to donate their services to Veterans at no cost so that Veterans had access to alternative modalities in healing.  I knew I would be moving soon, and did not have the time to ‘plug in’ as a volunteer except to share some business skills that I had acquired throughout my career.  I had wanted to start a chapter in the Treasure Valley when I returned, as both my parents, and many of my family members, have served in the military going back to the Spanish-American war.  I was a party of one, they were a young non-profit, and it did not happen.  However, I had been introduced to the Wyakin Foundation through my efforts.

Close to three years ago, while I was working at JMZ Salon and Spa (Zoberski’s), I wanted to create a practice where I started off by donating 10% of my monthly profit to the Wyakin Foundation, a local non-profit that I had chosen to intern at while attending Boise State University in 2014-2015.  I also wanted to start seeing the participants of the program who were interested in monthly massage once a month at no charge.  I have had one Wyakin graduate, Sgt. Greg Bradley, and am currently serving veterans on a monthly basis from both Wyakin and the Idaho Veterans Wellness Center, a fledgling non-profit.

I believe that everyone who walks through my doors benefits from my practice, and today I am featuring a brief video with Sgt. Bradley in it, offering his words on how receiving massage helped him while he was involved with Wyakin.


I do what I do because I see the world that I love changing rapidly, technology isolating us more and more, and it is important to me to put positive, life-affirming energy into anything that I do.  I give back to those who have given the most to this Country’s ideals of freedom as they are truly ‘family’ to me.  I come from a time and space when there was more trust, more ‘neighborliness’, and I would like to continue that energy in whatever livelihood I choose.

This life experience can be a very demanding one, and if I can do just a bit to brighten someone’s day and help alleviate their pain, then I believe I am fulfilling God’s desire for me.

Massage helps with so many maladies; anxiety, depression, sore muscles, pinched nerves, stress reduction and relaxation. In my lifetime, I hope to see it become incorporated as preventative care in the field of Western medicine. 

#TheseHandsCreate, #Aromatherapy, #HimalayanStone, #Pregnancy, #Polarity, #Sports, #Swedish, #Perseverance, #Integrity, #Honor

My Journey to Bodywork

Today begins my journey with a ten day #hashtag campaign titled; #TheseHandsCreate, an organic campaign that was originated by Ben Brown, L.M.T. in New York.

Each day we are to make a post using prompts he shares with us, so that the general public may come to a deeper understanding of what massage therapy and bodywork actually are, and to ‘share our stories’.  Enjoy! 

My first memories of ‘massage therapy’ as when I would visit the Boise Veterans Home with my mother, Helen Louise, who had served in WWII as a PhM3 in the Navy.  I have one distinct memory where she took me there, we visited the ‘War’ heroes, and she had brought food and rubbed a Veteran’s legs.  I was only about four or five at the time.  

Many years later in a different time and space, I was going through a divorce, and working at a Northern California health club.  My manager, who was also my friend, had just completed her certification and needed to ‘practice’.  I became her guinea pig!  

Up to that time, I had thought that massage was only for those who took cruises and lived a lavish lifestyle, as I was brought up by a man and was his constant shadow.  He was a very gentle man, and took me with him everywhere, always holding my hand.  

Once I started seeing the benefits of how massage therapy helped me deal with anxiety and stress, I thought to myself that one day I would like to learn this, as I have always served high stress management, sales and marketing positions, and I felt that bodywork may help me to express a side of me that was not being used.

I then began giving massage to my young son, as it was a time for us to bond.  We were attending a church in Sacramento called ‘Spiritual Life Center’, where I served as a Chaplain and a Youth Ministry coordinator.  I met a woman by the name of Marie Wilson in the chaplaincy program, and she began to teach me about essential oils.

I have learned that I have an innate way to connect the modalities I have learned to help my clients relieve pain, achieve relaxation, and and help soothe their weary and tired spirits.  Bodywork is a way for me to give energy into this world in the way that my family has given to me, and helps me create my Creator’s work in this world.

If you would like to find out more about my work, please visit www.BodyBless4u.life

 

#TheseHandsCreate