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A Season In Transition

As this seasons name implies, spring is when things come up and we best be ready to work through them or it might get a bit muddy. This year in particular after having such a relentless winter this spring seems like a revival. Though it is slow going to get warmer the flowers are blooming and the parkas are coming off

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Cleaning out the Clutter

Waking up this morning to look out and see large puffy snow falling steadily from the sky, falling over an already snow covered city. One of my favourite sights is a snow covered scene, particularly untouched areas. The snow reminds me to keep the fire inside me burning so that I stay strong and motivated throughout the winter season.

The beginning of a new year is the perfect time to spend some energy clearing out the clutter. For me, when I see snow it makes me want to curl up with a hot drink and a good book or my knitting for hours on end.

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Hello Spring!

I love this time of year. We get to open our windows wide, take off our socks and sweaters, and enjoy the sunshine and warmth. You can feel the lift in everyone as we start to work into our warm weather routines. I already see more people out walking and running, there are the cyclists and boarders, all out taking in the sun. With the changes in season always come our internal changes. The spring is the time to wash away the winter frost and make room for new life to blossom. We too shed our winter bodies and open up to the energizing rhythm of warmer weather.

Our response to this beautiful weather is to be more active and start up with hobbies and sports. For those of us who have not been hibernating all winter, we will want to ease ourselves into these activities. Remember to stretch before any activity; things such as raking, gardening, golfing, cycling and running for example. Even cleaning out the garage is a physically demanding activity. Be kind to yourself and take just a couple minutes before hand to move all your joints through all their ranges. Stretch the major muscle groups of your back, arms and legs, holding each stretch for about 30 seconds. By taking time to stretch and wake up your joints and soft tissue this spring you will be building neural pathways to your brain preparing yourself for the rest of the warm seasons. Think of it as saying to yourself 'wake up and get ready to play!'

Also remember that with warmer weather comes the ever important need to relax. Take extra time this spring to make a sanctuary for yourself where you can sit or lay comfortably for a minimum of 5-10 minutes undisturbed. In our ever busy lives we need to learn to slow down and reconnect with ourselves, reconnect with our inner calm and peace. Decreasing the flight and fight response brought on by stress is vital to our physical, mental and emotional wellness. In the warmer seasons there is extra stress placed on our physical body, so take time to cool down and relax. Bring calm breathing into your routine and enjoy the bliss of the warm sun and blue skies.

Whatever you choose to do with this warm sunny weather, make sure you have fun and wear your smile openly.

Thai Massage: Promoting Health and Well-Being

Thai massage is a dynamic form of treatment using a range of massage techniques and addressing the entire body, including the scalp and face. Originating from oral traditions of medicine passed down through monasteries, Thai massage grew out of Ayurveda-based body science over 2500 years ago. Jivaka Kumar Bhaccha, a doctor from North India who travelled with the Buddha and is known as the “Father of Medicine,” worked with manipulative body techniques as well as offered instruction in diet, herbal remedies and mystical practices. His influence reached across South-Eastern Asia as he travelled, and the styles of techniques expanded during the process. Thai massage, which has many different names varying by region, has evolved into an extremely therapeutic massage style now becoming popular in the West. The synthesis of knowledge, medicine and healing arts from across Asia led to considerable variation in styles and applications of Thai massage, and today, Thai massage is practiced all over the world by skilled therapists of this ancient art.

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A Summer Unlike Any Other

I looked at the calender today and realised that I had been already at my new location for one month, and may I say, Thank You.  I am honoured with the positive response from my clients and the community.

Summer months for me are always a time to take in the warmth and feel the regenerative powers of the sun.  More than ever (with my new start) I feel that there is so much I could do this summer, and I want to  make sure I fit in as much as I can.  Already I have been attending many Yoga workshops and am devouting energy everyday to this practice.  Particular joy for me comes when I am out on my deck, with my cat hanging outside with me, and I can work through a gentle yoga pracitce in the early morning.  Never before have I been in a time and space where this would be possible.  This simple enjoyment propels my day in a great positive way, allowing me to feel good from the start!  For this summer I intend to practice yoga outside, on my deck, in the park, near a river, on the beach and hopefully many more wonderful landscapes.

All this talk of yoga has reminded me that I am not designed to be sitting in front of this computer too long.  For many, this is relatable I'm sure.  So, I will leave this a shorter note and stand up practicing Tadasana (mountain pose/standing with good posture) while I listen to the gentle morning rise.