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Beverley A. Pattenden, Shiatsu Shin Tai bodywork therapistwinter candle

We are witnessing an incredible, exciting, and challenging time in human evolution: an emerging consciousness of body and spirit merging with matter and energy, physics and metaphysics.  It was once believed that evolution was guided by an external force outside the range of human consciousness, but we now know there is a possibility which will allow the conscious mind to interact, influence and even direct this process.  As we move forward from chaos (war, environmental disasters, etc.) and reorient into personal and social consciousness by way of uncharted territory, we can look to the process of creation as a means of finding the path.
All holistic health care practices require an individual to take responsibility and conscious action for the creation of one’s mental and physical health and happiness.  When our physical body is misaligned, it is often due to our lives being out of balance.  Our body then has to continually compensate and utilize our vital energy, causing us to feel more stressed and exhausted, and our physical and emotional symptoms and conditions often go unchanged.  True alignment takes place when physical, emotional and spiritual levels are aligned simultaneously; when we are aligned with self, our soul’s journey, others and nature.

Shiatsu Shin Tai is a form of bodywork therapy that precisely and effectively addresses postural and structural misalignments.  Shin Tai includes techniques such as specific muscle & joint releases, activating and relaxing the central nervous system, fascial releases and activation and release of energy (Chi) in the energy pathways of the body.   By creating balance, restoring motion and releasing stress patterns in the body enables us to adapt to stress and emotional imbalances very differently, and effectively allows us to fully engage in the flow of our day-to-day lives and happiness.  Once we take action by aligning and refining our individual inner health through Shiatsu Shin Tai therapy and lifestyle, we become more available and creative for ourselves, our families, relationships, communities and the planet; we discover and create our divine nature.

Beverley is available for bookings at DIG Yoga Lambertville by calling 215.584.7461

Aromatherapy

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Meditative Essential Oil Blend for the New Year

This essential oil blend is intended to echo the silence of the season.  Everything around us is frozen- slow and still- and slowing more, freezing more deeply.  Resources have been cut off; nothing was left for the leaves so the leaves left.  Fatty little squirrels sleep off their pumpkin binges and humans try to return like sap to the trunks of their family trees. These are delayed responses.  The days have already started getting longer, and the Earth is tipping us toward the sun. Light is returning, but it will be a bit longer before this has noticeable effect. All growth is dormant, and life force is drawn inward to the core, where it wells and waits and readies itself for the expansion that is to come.

As you engage in this blend, focus on the way the mind responds, slowly arriving at the place these plants are trying to take it.  These grounding and centering oils return the mind to a state of calm; a place of feeling content with simplicity.

Rest and Rejuvenation Massage Oil

15 drops Sandalwood
6 drops Cedar
6 drops Ginger
6 drops Bergamot
in 4 ounces of jojoba or sesame oil

The deeply warming qualities of ginger, the calming and grounding qualities of cedar, the mood balancing effects of bergamot and the meditative qualities of sandalwood, help promote an overall tranquil state: centering us and preparing us for expansion.

Apply these infused oils directly and massage into the skin. The blend can be used before, after, or with baths, during massage, or whenever a moisturizer is needed. Try massaging the ear lobes for deep relaxation.

Safety Guidelines
Use low dilutions. Do not take essential oils internally. May cause photosensitivity. Do not use in direct sunlight. Use with caution during pregnancy.

About the author: Rootfoot is a community-based essential oil distillation collective that produces high-quality oils from locally grown plants and re-purposed aromatic material. We exist to reconnect the earth and its people by providing education on aromatic plants in holistic health, and by collaborating with local farms, urban gardens, and businesses to promote conscious agriculture focused on the restoration of the earth’s vitality. www.rootfoot.com

The Yoga of Nourishment

Winter Spices

Winter Wellness by Kim Kemper

At this turning point of a new year, our natural rhythm draws us inside. Winter is here, temperatures drop and our bodies seek to find a new balance. Turning to foods and remedies which reduce inflammation (leading cause of lower immunity), give warmth, ground, lubricate and calm the body assist this balancing act.Here are a few simple strategies, that you can make to optimize your winter health and wellness.
Reduce inflammation – inflammation is the underlying cause of colds and flu’s – an over acidic condition – eliminate processed sugar, gluten and alcohol for 2 weeks to jump start your winter wellness.
Warm your body from the inside – use warming spices – ginger, black pepper, cinnamon, Himalayan salt. Drinking warm liquids throughout the day like warm lemon water and ginger chai tea will help:
Ginger Chai Tea
Simmer five or six 1/4″ slices of fresh ginger root, 1 tsp. of black peppercorns in 3 cups of water for 20 minutes. Then add a cup of your choice of milk, heat to just below the boiling point and sweeten with honey or stevia.
Ground with foods that are hearty – Skip the light, cold salads and choose more vegetables like roots, sweet potatoes and winter squash. Include a hearty breakfast like steel cut oats or quinoa with grated apple and sliced almonds. Warm, vegetable root soup like Sweet Potato topped with lightly toasted pumpkin seeds and sliced cilantro.
Lubrication aids the reduction of inflammation and dryness in the joints, muscles and skin – Fresh almond milk is a soothing choice. Dry brushing the skin, followed by a sesame oil self massage adds to the lubrication of the body as it brings calming to the nervous system. Massaging your feet at bedtime invites a calm, sweet winter slumber.
Almond Milk
Soak 10 almonds overnight in enough water to cover. Drain the almonds, slip the skins off. Place the nuts in a blender with one cup of warm milk, water or soy milk, a pinch of ground cardamom and a tsp. of honey. Blend at high speed for 5 minutes and enjoy. (you can use the soaking water as well, personal choice)
Natural remedies and supplementing are individual to one’s condition and there are a few that can be considered universal: salt water gargle for sore throat, warm water and lemon frequently to alkalize the body at the onset of a cold or flu, sinus wash with a Neti pot to open and drain congestion, yoga to stimulate immunity and deep, diaphragmatic breathing.
Begin to develop your winter wellness plan; from diet to supplements, to healing cold and flu with natural remedies which nature offers in abundant ways to stay well and heal during the winter months.

For your personal toolbox of effective remedies contact Kim Kemper, Holistic Nutrition & Wellness Counseling 215.262.5295
email: kim@kimkemper.com
website: kimkemper.com

with Beverley Pattenden ~ Certified Oriental Bodywork Therapist

Hip pain and misalignments are a fairly complex condition, often resulting in migrating pain and compensation elsewhere in the body.  This comprehensive 1-hour treatment focuses on the lumbar vertebrae (L 1 – L5), sacrum (S1 – S5), and pelvis. I have synthesized a series of specific muscle energy techniques, joint releases, non-invasive osteopathic body therapy, passive corrections and bio-dynamic stretches to create a highly effective treatment designed to realign the hip structure yet treats the whole body and affects the entire spine.  $95.00 per treatment or $500.00 for a series of 6 consecutive weekly treatments.

This bodywork treatment is:

  • Deeply relaxing
  • Highly effective
  • Aligns whole body structure
  • Reduces pain and stiffness
  • Improves flexibility of muscles, tendons & ligaments in the hip structure
  • Strengthens weak muscle & relaxes tense muscle
  • Regain natural movement in the whole body
  • Treatment for ~ Lumbago, sciatica, scoliosis, osteoarthritis, neck & shoulder pain, headaches, even TMJ.
  • Directly affects the digestive, circulatory, endocrine and reproductive system
  • Excellent for disc problems and for both pre and postoperative back surgery

Please schedule for a treatment with Beverley at 215.584.7361 or
beverley@quintessentialshiatsu.com
www.quintessentialshiatsu.com

I DIG Yoga

By Julian DeVoe

I dig yoga because it’s fun.
I do yoga to salute the sun.
Yoga helped me put my body back together,
I think I could do it forever.

I dig yoga because of the people meet.
I do yoga anywhere, even in the street.

I dig yoga because it makes my butt look good in jeans
And it helps release gas after I eat too many beans.
It keeps my internal organs clean
And my abs shiny and lean.

I dig yoga because it makes me feel good.
I dig yoga, I bet everyone would –
Except those that don’t
They’ll do something else,
Secretly they’re yogis, by being themself.
That’s the key to inner wealth,
Just be plain old you, just be yourself.

Yoga in disguise or yoga in your face,
Yoga is being done all over the place.
From the north to the south, even in outer space.
The more I do, the more I dig,
My heart and body do a celebratory jig.
Yoga for the strong and yoga for the weak,
Come on in and have a peak.
You might like what you see
But, if you don’t, that’s fine with me.

Do your dharma and have a good time.
I wish you the very best and hope you enjoy this rhyme.

Yoga, yoga, I love you so –
I can do you at home or take you to go.
We can party in the rain, sun or even the snow –
In calm or quiet or when the wind blows.

I dig yoga because, sometimes, it makes me cry and shed a layer
Sometimes it helps me fly and become and dragon slayer.
It makes me strong, yet soft,
It even helps heal my aching cough.

I dig yoga for a lot of reasons
Probably because it can be done in all seasons.
But above all it inspires me
To be me –
Whenever, wherever, however
I want to be.

By Olga Kovalyova

 

Well-being and health have always been important to people.  Being happy and having peace of mind, as well as having a strong and flexible body to enjoy life with, are (or should be) goals of all of us.  Therapeutic massage can be a powerful way to help people in achieving these goals.  Whether physically through perfecting balance and strength, or mentally by increasing the level of good hormones to improve mood, there are many real world benefits of massage.

Neuromuscular therapy, a type of massage is a medically oriented form of massage based on physiological laws and principals, pays close attention to alignment, condition of soft tissue, and the release of adhesions and restrictions throughout the body. It aims to treat underlying causes of chronic pain involving the muscular and nervous systems.[1] It can help alleviate many medical problems, large and small, through working on trigger points (pressure points) found throughout the body.

As yoga practitioners, these benefits are of particular importance to us.  Frequent massage can improve our quality of life by alleviating the post-exercise soreness that can come from a rigorous workout.  “Practicing massage therapists know that people who get massage regularly demonstrate greater improvement and … reduction in pain and muscular tension, as well as an improvement in posture,” says Anne Williams, author of Spa Bodywork: A Guide for Massage Therapists (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2006) and education program director at Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals. A recent study has shown that massage can reduce pro-inflammatory cytokines which may be involved in pain. More traditional methods of reducing inflammation – the use of NSAIDS – may, while reducing pain, interfere with the immune system’s ability to heal the affected part of the body. Thus, Neuromuscular Massage can work towards reducing NSAID use, which in turn can boost the healing process.[2]

Medical professionals know that disease progression can be stress-related, and our own experiences show us that nothing wears on us faster – inside or out – than the effects of stress. However, stress might never reach those physiologically detrimental levels if you are able to receive stress-relieving bodywork on a regular basis. “Not only would your body benefit by regularly unleashing its aches and pains instead of adapting to them, but your mind would have time to wash away the stresses of a life lived in overdrive.”[3]

It is important to realize that the benefits that come from massage are multiplied by frequent, regular treatments.  The Journal of Body work and Movement Therapy reports that massage therapy versus relaxation therapy with chronic low back pain patients was evaluated for reducing pain, depression, anxiety and sleep disturbances, as well as improving trunk range of motion over a 5-week period. The study evaluated thirty adults who had been suffering from low back pain for at least 6 months. After the end of the 5-week study, the massage therapy group reported less pain, depression, anxiety and sleep disturbance, and showed improved trunk flexion.[4]  This demonstrates not just the effectiveness of massage, but the effectiveness of REGULAR massage over time.

So, while we already know therapeutic massage can address injuries, scar tissue, and chronic pain, regularly scheduled neuromuscular massage therapy can be a powerful ‘force multiplier’ in maintaing your body on a ‘workout-to-workout’ basis, AND also be an investment in your long-term health.

Olga Kovalyova is now available for appointments at DIG on Wednesdays.  Please visit our website for more info. 


[4] Field, T., Hernandez-Reif, M., Diego, M., & Fraser, M. (2007). Lower back pain and sleep disturbance are reduced following massage therapy. Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapy, 11, 141-145.

By Denise Orloff

Seva is an important part of our yogic lives.  Seva literally means “selfless service.”  Some of us offer this in many ways, everyday, though it is easy to get so caught up in our lives that we forget the value of giving to others.

The practice of seva may be active or it can be something as simple as listening.

The team at DIG hopes that we are in service to all who come to yoga everyday, whether for restorative yoga, or therapeutic yoga, or acro yoga, or hot, sweaty, thought-provoking yoga.  We want to hear you.

We also believe in actively making a difference, of speaking up and stepping outside the studio to serve important causes like the Living Beyond Breast Cancer organization. “LBBC empowers all women affected by breast cancer to live as long as possible with the best quality of life.”  This past week at DIG Yoga we have been raising monies to support LBBC’s 10th annual fundraising event “Yoga on the Steps” in Philadelphia.  Thank you to everyone who gave generously of time, talent and money for www.lbbc.org.

The DIG Yoga team felt resplendent in pink on the Art Museum steps!  On the most gorgeous sunny day, with a subtle breeze, serenaded by live music, surrounded by hundreds of yogis steeped in love, we all felt connected to something special ~ a community that cares where the smiles are easy and the hugs are heartfelt. The sentiments and prayers of compassion, of healing ourselves and each other, made me wonder ~

how would the world look if everyone actually lived in their hearts with deeper empathy?

I am so grateful to have been held, and heard, and helped by these beautiful souls. It felt perfect to be in such good company, with wise women who care deeply about seva, most who will teach in our Philadelphia studio opening this summer. I adore you gals!

“Let us not be satisfied with just giving money. Money is not enough, money can be got, but they need your hearts to love them. So, spread your love everywhere you go.”  Mother Teresa

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