Basic Body Care + Spring Sale

Hello Spring! 
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The northern hemisphere is officially in bloom and Mama Nature is beckoning us outside to play… Time to get reacquainted with the Earth. 

At the beginning of the year, I had my natal birth chart read by an astrologer. If you’ve never had a chart reading, I highly recommend it. It’s the roadmap of your soul’s intent in this lifetime. My astrology session confirmed so many aspects of myself and opened my eyes to others. One of the fun things I learned in my reading was that I have NO earth planets in my chart. All of the planets at my time of birth are equally balanced in water/air/fire but no earth. This makes SO much sense! No wonder I more easily identify as a spiritual seeking mermaid moon goddess than a creature of land. This also explains that when my life is imbalanced, I tend to feel anxious and ungrounded. It’s all confirmation that my regular body practices such as yoga, meditation and nutrition are very important for me. If I didn’t have such practices to help me root in my body, my ethereal self may easily be swept away into the stars! 

Regardless of how many earth planets you have in your birth chart, we can all benefit from connecting more deeply and lovingly with our sweet earth vessels. Since we are holistic beings, the way you treat your body affects your mental, emotional and spiritual health as well. 

As we welcome the beauty of this brand new season, let’s get down to earth with my top tips for Basic Body Care: 

1) Grocery shop/ Food prep. I am a huge fan of routine and preparation for optimal health. Routine and prep help to ground us in our body practices and reduce stress, anxiety and lack of focus. Take time each week to map out a few meals, get to the store for ingredients, and dedicate a couple of hours to prepping meals in the beginning of the week. This will prevent you from eating out/ eating sporadically since you’ll already have food prepared for the week ahead. You’ll save time and money too. A beautiful client of mine used Cook the Seasons in addition to her coaching program with me and loved it. 

2) Cleanse/ Eat grounding foods. Springtime is a wonderful time for a cleanse. You don’t have to do anything extreme in order to give your body a nice little jumpstart. Check out this post for basic cleansing tips. For additional support in rooting into your body, add more root veggies to your diet like beets, carrots, turnips, parsnips, rutabaga and sweet potatoes. If you find yourself feeling anxious and unfocused, these foods will help ground your energy. 

3) Yoga/ Exercise. Make sure that you are moving that body of yours! Whether it’s going to the gym, a yoga or fitness class, riding a bike, going for a run, or taking a 5-minute dance break, move it. I love moving my body because it gets me out of my (sometimes chaotic) mind and in touch with my breath and body. When I’m able to clear my mind and sweat out any toxins that may keep me feeling stuck or sluggish (mentally/physically), I have way more energy and clarity to both take care of business and find time to be leisurely. I like to map out my yoga classes and workouts for the week ahead (there’s that routine thing again). Yoga is an especially beneficial tool for balancing. From an energetic standpoint, practicing the physical balancing postures consistently will help you find balance in all other areas of your life. 

4) Meditation. Meditation is not only a mindfulness practice but a chance to connect with your body through breath and stillness. Actually, the whole point of yoga (asana, the postures) is to prepare the body for meditation. Tara Brach is among my favorite meditation teachers. Check her website for guided medis and more. 

5) Sleep. A good night’s sleep affects everything from energy to mood to metabolism. Be sure you are sleeping adequately each night. Reduce or eliminate use of electronics close to bedtime. Get on a good sleep schedule. Go to bed/ wake up around the same time each day. I have found that the 11:30pm – 7:30am sleep sched is perfect for my body. I was a vampire in my former life and that was well, an unhealthier time. 

6) Positive self-talk. To improve body image and overall health, please speak to yourself in gentler, more neutral language as you evaluate your body. If it’s a challenge for you to feel good about your body, then speaking kindly to yourself is a must. As you look in the mirror, make it a point to focus on a positive feature and give yourself at least one compliment. Appreciate your body’s natural gifts, talents and abilities. Your body is your temple, treat it as so in all ways especially with your thoughts and words. 

7) Go outside. One of the best ways to get grounded is to simply be in nature. Plant your bare feet in the grass, lay in the sand, hug a tree… Be grateful for all the beauty and wonder that surrounds you. Our earth mama is so nurturing. May we respect and honor her as she heals our bodies, minds and spirits each day. 

To further support you in your health and life practices this Spring, I’d like to introduce my Spring Sale! Check out my offerings below, all are valid until April 15, 2016. Please email me with any inquiries or to schedule a healing session. 

“Every cell in my body is loved.” – Louise Hay affirmation

Much love, 

Michelle 

Spring Sale! 

Holistic Health & Life Coaching Session

I’ll help you get clear on your health & life goals, uncover and release any blocks that are holding you back, and discover exactly what you need in order to experience more freedom and success. 

A single 60-min private session (via phone or in-person)
$110 

(save $15)
 

Reiki Energy Healing Sessions

For stress relief, emotional clearing and relaxation, try Reiki!
For more information on how Reiki might benefit you, click HERE.

60-min in-person $80
45-min distance $60
(save $15)

Oracle Card Reading

A card reading will gently yet effectively provide clarity,
guidance & support for you to become more empowered in your life!

$20 (via phone or in-person)

It’s Time To Lighten Up!

unnamedHappy March!

I hope this finds you very well! I’m sorry I missed you last month. My father had a stroke at the beginning February so my energy was directed toward him for most of the month. It has been quite a journey and at this stage, I’m just really grateful for my family’s support. Needless to say, the incident has been exhausting for all involved but this has brought us together in a significant way. My dad is currently in an acute rehab receiving lots of physical therapy and his recovery is progressing well.

As we all know, sometimes life seems to pull the rug out from underneath us and as challenging as these times can be, they are also the greatest catalysts for healing and growth. For me, regarding this situation with my dad, it has been an opportunity to heal old wounds around the relationship. I have certainly done a lot of work to heal family stuff along my path but there’s always room for more love. Being with my father through this process has opened me up to deeper levels of forgiveness, acceptance, patience and trust. I’m aware that this all happened in order to strengthen the ties between us.

In speaking with clients over the past few weeks, I’ve gathered that painful circumstances and big change has been the name of the game. It seems like the Uni has been giving us the ultimate test! The truth is, we have all attracted these experiences into our lives in order to change ourselves. WE are responsible for all that we see before us. The test is how we manage our own energy in response to what’s going on around us.

As we transition out of the heaviness of winter, how about we make the conscious choice to lighten up a bit, shall we? There are many beneficial tools for shifting your energy in a positive way. Here are 10 suggestions on how to lighten up!

1) Clear the Clutter. Get started on your spring cleaning early and get rid of all the things that are getting in your way. Take out the papers and the trash or you don’t get no spendin’ cash…

2) Swap Clothes. While you’re clearing the clutter, don’t forget to clean out your closet. Spring is already here in California, so we can put the sweaters away and get the sandals out. Otherwise, you can simply fill a bag with clothes you’re no longer thrilled about and give it away. Create space for new spring duds.

3) Eat Clean. If you want to feel lighter in your mind, then stop feeding your body heavy, rich and toxic foods. Three foods you can eliminate immediately in order to lighten up are processed foods (anything in a package really), fried foods and sugar. Focus on eating whole, fresh foods and observe how this affects your mood.

4) Buy Fresh Flowers. Now that your space is nice and clean, brighten it up with some pretty flowers or a new house plant. There’s something so sweet about buying flowers for yourself. It’s an act of self-love.

5) Assess Your Relationships. In order to lighten the load, it’s important to release toxic relationships. My practice with this is to focus on giving my energy to the people who make me feel my best, where the love is reciprocated. Don’t waste your energy giving to those who are shut down and unable to give back.

6) Go for a Long Walk. This has been my new favorite thing, my happy hour. Taking a long walk gets the blood moving and clears the mind. Utilize your walk to think about the things you desire and feel the excitement of manifesting those things all throughout your body.

7) Choose a New Thought. Lighten up by simply (and powerfully) changing your mind. If the usual doubt and negativity creeps in, pause and say “thank you for your concern but I’m choosing to go in a different direction today.” Then replace that thought with either a positive affirmation or an image of what you desire. (You might have to do this a few hundred times a day, but keep doing it)!

8) DANCE! Seriously the best medicine ever. Take a 5 minute dance break at least once a day to raise your frequency. If you know me well, then you know I am singing and dancing to the rap and r&b jams all day, errday!

9) Sit in the Sunshine. Sun = Light. Mmmmm, feels so good.

10) Laugh Your Ass Off. Watch a comedy show or hang with someone who makes you giggle. I laugh the most when I’m with my sister Maren, who’s been making me cry-laugh for 36 years!

I hope this inspires and empowers you to lighten your life! May we have gratitude for the tough times we’re moving through and the tough times we’ve overcome. As we pay loving attention to those darker places within us, we are lead to tremendous healing and happiness. I’m sending you so much sweetness for the month ahead.

Love,
Michelle