It's the stuff I wish we didn't have to talk about, but we must. "Copy-Cats" are snagging pictures and duplicating social media accounts of businesses and public figures in an effort to scam supporters. It's not only happening to celebrities. It's hitting closer to home. Unfortunately, social media platforms are very slow to respond to reports of fraud. (I personally made a report recently. Facebook wouldn't address it for about a week.)
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Play it safe and if you see duplicate social media accounts, please speak up.
I'm going to share a story about the time I failed at something and how it ended up working in my favor.
Several years back I sent in my application and scheduled my audition for a position as a Master Trainer with a company that was a leader in the fitness industry. Essentially a Master Trainer is the trainer of the trainers. I truly believed my purpose on this planet was to serve my community in the fitness and wellness industry.
I picked out my outfit, rehearsed until I couldn't get it wrong, and stepped onto the stage with energy and confidence that day. It went pretty well. However, during the interview it was noted that I didn't teach enough classes through the week and my social media following needed to be bigger, as well.
It took awhile, but I finally took a step back did some soul searching and asked myself "Why I wanted this."
I knew what I didn't want.
I didn't want to burn out teaching 15 fitness classes a week.
I didn't want to break down my own body with high intensity work every day.
I didn't want to spend all of my waking hours stuffed in a gym or driving from gym to gym.
I didn't want the stress of constantly pushing the sale (in this case trainings) to my clients.
It turns out I didn't want this particular accolade. I wanted to design my own programs and pair gentle movement with body work. It was time for me to make a big shift.
Fast forward several years: I am now the founder/owner/operator of my own wellness boutique that offers Gentle Yoga and Massage Therapy. Bringing pain relief and relaxation to my clients is my dream job and I'm so excited for what the future holds.
The company I auditioned with completely closed up operations a few years ago. I don't believe that things happen by accident. Perhaps that denial was the universe putting me right where I needed to be.
If you are stumped on the perfect gift idea this year, don’t fret! I’ve curated a list of my favorite things. These are items or services that have added value to my everyday life. Happy Shopping!
1. LEVOIT H13 True HEPA Air Purifier
You may have seen this gadget at the studio. It was rather impressive. I also bought one for home. Great for anyone suffering from allergies or wanting to purify the air in their home. If you’ve been cooking a little more, this will help with lingering kitchen odors.
2. The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living
I’ve incorporated this reading into my AM routine. This short and sweet read is a great way to start your day. Do you want to WOW the recipient? Tell them you picked up this book, turned to page xyz, and immediately thought of them.
3. Younique Rose Water Toner
This toner is great for reducing redness on the face and it leaves your skin feeling so soft. It’s been a part of my skin care routine for years. My hands were becoming chapped and irritated from hand sanitizer. A few spritzes of this toner on the affected area and I was healed in a few days. AMAZING!
4. Blue Apron
If you are suffering from food fatigue (eating the same boring thing every week) it’s time to introduce your palette to some gourmet food. Each meal has 2-4 servings. Recipe card and all ingredients (with the exception of salt, pepper, olive oil) are delivered to your door. Purchase a gift card for your out of town relatives.
5. Revive Oils
My clients are always greeted to the studio with a light aromatherapy in the hallway. This year the fan favorites are:
Summer of Love (smells like orange creamsicle)
6. Paint kits from Paintly
Paint and sip from the comfort of your home. Choose from a wide variety of pictures. All materials will be shipped to you and you will be given access to the instruction video. Perfect gift to send to out of town relatives! You all know I LOVE hospitality. They included a hand-written thank you note and a bag of snacks with my carefully packaged order.
7. Sound Machine
This is another tool at the studio, which helps create a serene atmosphere. Choose from a variety of sounds including: babbling brook, rolling waves, birds, crackling fire, and more. Makes great background noise while reading or falling asleep.
8. Music Lessons - James Diller
My husband wanted to get out of the house and work on his guitar skills, so he took some lessons this year. He thoroughly enjoyed them! James also offers virtual lessons for anyone that can’t make it to the studio.
9. Pet Grooming Gift Card - Tiny Cause Grooming
Pet grooming is just about aesthetics, it also important to your pet’s health and comfort. These amazing humans keep my Lhasa Apso looking and feeling great all year long.
10. Misfit Markets
Organic fruits and veggies are delivered to your doorstep weekly. You can customize your order and also select add-ons such as pantry items. Less time at the grocery store is a win. Am I right? Gift Certificates available.
11. Ellie Active Wear
I’ve been ordering my workout gear and athleisure from this company for years. Get a top, leggings, and sports-bra for $45. You can subscribe and have it delivered to you monthly (they have quite a selection) or skip a month. Gift Certificates available for a box containing a 3 piece outfit and two accessories. Also worth noting, the packaging is really cute.
I don't share recipes very often because my ingredient list would read:
approximately one handful of tomatoes from your garden
Cooking is my passion and I'll make an effort to share more of these recipes in the future.
Let's start with this nutritious creation that I put together in about 5 minutes.
Difficulty Level: Easy
Time: approximately 10 minutes
Serving Size: 1
2 Eggs (whisked with a dash of pepper & 2 TBSP Almond Milk)
Handful of Grape tomatoes (halved)
2 TBSP finely chopped Onion
2 TBSP Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
1 TBSP Fresh Parsley
1. Coat your pan with olive oil, Heat over medium. Add the egg and cook until the bottom is set. (approximately 3 minutes) Top the Omelet with Tomatoes, Onion, Cheese & Parsley. Fold the Omelet and cook approximately 2 more minutes. Garnish with additional Parsley.
Chef Tip: If you don't have fresh herbs on hand, substitute with dried herbs. Mrs. Dash has an Italian Herb Medley that I use frequently.
Were you ever hesitant to book a massage therapy session because you were concerned the therapist wouldn’t meet your expectations? You want to know you are going to receive quality work before you drop a chunk of change. Right?
I'm not only a Massage Therapist, but I also receive regular body work, as well. I'll give you some pointers on what I look for before scheduling my own appointment and also how I communicate with my Massage Therapist.
Do your homework.
Run a google search to find local practitioners in your area. Visit their website. Their bio section should give you an idea of their specialty and who they serve. Their website should also answer questions such as:
-Is it easy to schedule an appointment?
-Is this your desired price range?
-Do they offer loyalty rewards or memberships to encourage regular bodywork?
-Is the location convenient? Is it easy to find parking?
-Do the hours of operation work with your schedule?
-What is the cancellation policy and procedure?
The key to a great massage therapy session is communication.
Discuss your goals before the start of your session.
Here is an example of how I will communicate with my Massage Therapist: “I’m looking for full body massage. I’ve been prepping for a half marathon and logging more miles lately. My legs are feeling fatigued and I have tension radiating to my lower back. I’m also looking forward to head and face massage.” Thoroughly communicating before every session reduces your risk of disappointment.
Communication during your session is also important. Is the pressure is too firm or too light? Did you suddenly become too warm or too cool? Do you dislike the music? Did you get congested and you need a tissue? Don’t hesitate to speak up during your session. A good Massage Therapist cares about your comfort.
Did the session go well?
If you plan to schedule with the therapist again, be sure to let them know what you appreciated about the session or what they could do differently next time. Always keep in mind Massage Therapy is a broad profession. If you are in the market for a Massage Therapist that specializes in Prenatal, Reiki, Aromatherapy, or Rolfing never hesitate to ask them. If it's not our area of expertise, we would be happy to point you to one of our trusted colleagues.
Cupping is a traditional Chinese therapy that’s been used for thousands of years, but it gained even more popularity in 2016 when everyone noticed that Michael Phelps had large perfectly round discolorations on his back while competing in the Olympics. Many people before that had never heard, or never been exposed to this type of bodywork. During a cupping session, the therapist may use cups made of glass, silicone, or plastic. The vacuum pressure is created with either a manual pump, electronic pump, or even fire. Every therapist is different in how they approach cupping and will adjust treatment to the needs of their client. Some prefer stationary cupping which means leaving each cup in place for several minutes. Others prefer to keep the cups moving to get a broader effect and reduce the likelihood of marks being left on the skin. And still others prefer a combination of both stationary and moving cupping.
Cupping can be used to decrease swelling by stimulating lymphatic flow and increasing superficial blood circulation. It creates negative pressure instead of positive pressure; so instead of pushing into those tight tissues in an attempt to separate and realign fibers, those tissues are being pulled apart. This offers a far less intense feeling of pressure and discomfort than a typical “deep” massage, but with similar effects.
Cupping is great for several reasons:
Neck pain is common and there’s a variety of things that can cause it. If you spend time working on a computer, carrying a small child, or doing hard labor you may suffer from neck pain on occasion. I’m sharing my top tips to help ease the discomfort.
Neck pain is frequently the result of tension within the muscles. When the muscles are tight, they bear down on blood vessels, decreasing blood flow to areas, resulting in even more pain, like those nasty tension headaches that can come along for a ride. Stretching can help loosen that tension and improve blood flow, overall decreasing your pain levels. Slowly tilt your head forward, back, and side to side, until you feel a good stretch in each position. Hold it for several seconds and breathe deep. Release and keep moving through the motions and stretching. Listen to your body and find the places where the stretch really seems to be the most effective.
Heat & Cold Therapy
Heat can help to improve blood flow and relax the muscles, while applying cold can decrease inflammation. You can use whatever feels right, but alternating between the two will often help even more. Apply your heating pad for 5 minutes, then a cold pack for 2 or 3 minutes. One round may be all you need for very mild symptoms, but if the pain is persistent, keep alternating between the two for up to 20 minutes, ending with cold to make sure any inflammation is taken care of.
You can use your fingertips, knuckles, self-massage tools like a Thera Cane, or even just a tennis or racquet ball; anything that will provide direct pressure into the muscles. Start gently working throughout the neck and shoulders to warm up the tissues, and slowly work into deeper pressure as it feels right. Don’t be afraid of slight discomfort, but stop if you experience any sharp pains.
Get a different pillow
If you’re experiencing neck pain frequently, try switching up your pillow to see if it may be the cause. No one size fits all here. You need to find what works best for your body. And don’t forget that those pillows need fluffed and replaced on a regular basis to keep the proper support.
Of course, a massage session will help, so book your next session to keep yourself feeling your best!
Halloween is near and I’m sharing my top tips to keep everyone in the family healthy while enjoying the festivities.
When my daughter was younger she typically had a party at school, another at a friend’s house, and maybe 2 rounds of trick or treating. It’s fun to dress up in costume and roam the neighborhood with friends. I came up with a creative solution to rid the processed sugar from the house very quickly. The day after Halloween she would pick through the little bit of candy that she really wanted. The rest would go in a bowl for “The Halloween Witch." The witch would leave a small gift in exchange for the candy. Worked like a charm.
Grocery stores start stocking the shelves with Halloween candy in August. This means more time for us to buy, consume, and restock the office candy bowl. Can we take part in Halloween without letting it carry on for 3 months? You bet! Rather than devouring sugary treats from October 4th – November 2nd, try waiting until Halloween. Enjoy a few of your favorites, but only on that one day. It’s something you can look forward to and you won’t feel deprived. Go ahead and reach for the Sour Patch Kids if that is your thing. Shove the Peanut Butter Cups my way!
It’s the season for all things Pumpkin Spice! I love to stick to seasonal fare and strive to keep my choices as clean and nutritious as possible. I was taking part in a pot-luck and almost brought a sugary treat. Keeping in mind my own nutrition goals, I decided to craft this option instead. This bowl is versatile enough for breakfast, dessert, or a mid-afternoon snack. Enjoy!
Pumpkin Spice Smoothie Bowl
2 small Frozen Bananas
1 cup Pumpkin Puree
¾ cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
2 TBSP Almond Butter
2 TBSP Maple Syrup
1 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
Toppings: Sliced Banana, Granola, Chopped Pecans, Shredded Coconut
Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth. (Excluding the toppings) Pour into 2 bowls and add toppings.
I am truly ecstatic to serve the Alle Kiski region by offering my expertise as a licensed Massage Therapist and Yoga Instructor. I look forward to guiding each client and student on their journey to achieve holistic wellness.
Everyone has a calling in life. In 2002, I was injured in a car accident that left me unable to care for my small child. Instead of following the prescribed path of pain management through use of medications, I turned to alternative therapies such as Chiropractic and Massage to provide a focused and natural treatment plan to address the pain at the root cause. This played a huge role in my recovery, and as a direct result of my experiences, I went on to study Massage Therapy so I could help others find the same relief from their stress and discomfort.
Later in my journey I developed a strong love for exercise and fitness. Through this newly found passion I learned that strengthening your body, mind, spirit, and emotions is crucial in your quest for optimal health. As a direct result, I was determined to help others get fit by instructing Group Fitness classes, and I now hold certifications from AFAA, Spinning, Yoga Fit, and many other specialty formats.
Ultimately, I found the greatest satisfaction in giving back. Supporting varsity sports programs and engaging our youth through fitness & Yoga is near and dear to my heart. Periodically, I volunteer my talents at local high schools leading gym classes and support team booster organizations through fitness fundraisers.
Here are a few fun facts about me. My favorite activity is walking my dogs in the woods and chilling with a coffee. I’m an absolute foodie. I love cooking exotic – healthy recipes. You can usually find me in the great outdoors taking part in activities such as mountain biking, running, hiking, kayaking, and zip lining.
I look forward to seeing you soon and helping guide your wellness journey.
Amy Feldbusch, L.M.T.